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Von der Leyen urges the 27 to impose sanctions on Belarus for suppressing protests

August 14, 2020

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, advocated the adoption of sanctions against those responsible for the repression in Belarus, where protests were violently suppressed and thousands of people who denounced election fraud were arrested this Friday.

“We need additional sanctions for those who violate democratic values ​​and human rights in Belarus,” he said in a comment on Twitter, referring directly to the extraordinary meeting of EU foreign ministers that will address the Belarus crisis this Friday possible sanctions on the table.

“I am sure that the Foreign Ministers’ discussion will demonstrate our strong support for the rights of the Belarusian people and their fundamental freedoms,” added the German Conservative.

Von der Leyen urges the 27 to impose sanctions on Belarus for suppressing protestsVon der Leyen urges the 27 to impose sanctions on Belarus for suppressing protests

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell, who decided to convene the extraordinary meeting at the request of Poland, has defended that the EU “cannot develop its relationship with Belarus by ignoring obvious violations of human rights and political freedoms”.

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