Bildt: We are taking more severe measures today

EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton has reminded about the EU"s main demand before the session of the Council of the EU which is taking place in Brussels.

Catherine Ashton: "I am deeply concerned about the situation with the Belarusian civil society. We send a clear message: the regime should release political prisoners. We are ready to settle down our relations if the Belarusian authorities do what we ask them to do".

Swedish Minister Carl Bildt has said that today's decision will be more severe:

Carl Bildt: "We are taking more severe measures now. I think that Mr. Lukashenka deserves this. We see the he has gone even farther away from Europe recently. This is the only European regime which has political prisoners, the only regime which has death penalty. The situation is horrible".

Photo — Radio Sweden