The heads of state and government of the European Union announced on Wednesday that they will sanction a “significant number” of those responsible for the violent suppression of the protests in Belarus and that the EU is ready to accompany a democratic transition in the country beginning with Start of an internal dialogue.
This was expressed by the President of the Council, Charles Michel, after the extraordinary summit, at which the heads of state and government of the EU declared that they did not accept the result of the presidential elections in Belarus and supported the pro-democratic mobilizations in the country. “We are sending a clear message that the EU is in solidarity with the people of Belarus and we do not accept impunity,” he said at a press conference.
The Belgian politician has defended that the sanctions framework will be ready as soon as possible and is focused on imposing individual restrictions on the leaders behind police brutality and electoral fraud, as agreed by the EU Foreign Affairs Council.
For her part, the President of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has ensured that the European executive rerouted development aid to bypass Minsk and ensure that it reaches civil society and the most vulnerable groups.