EU Foreign Ministers will speak in an extraordinary Foreign Council video conference this Friday on the crisis in Belarus, where the repression of citizens’ protests has widened since Sunday’s elections, with a focus on the review of relations with Minsk and the possibility of To impose sanctions.
According to the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Josep Borrell, the EU supports the sovereignty and independence of Belarus but “cannot develop its relationship by ignoring obvious violations of human rights and political freedoms”.
Diplomatic sources suggest that sanctions are an option on the table, although in any case the debate between the 27 will be limited to an exchange of political views and how to deal with the restrictions. Since this is a remote meeting, the formal procedure and the details of the sanctions framework must follow the written channel.
In the past few days, Germany has argued that the EU needs to reconsider whether the lifting of sanctions is appropriate in light of the excessive use of force, intimidation and arrests that have taken place in Belarus since Sunday. In addition, the Baltic countries, which have a land border with Belarus and which are the hard line within the EU, were the first to denounce the irregularities in the electoral process and asked the European bloc to discuss the situation.