EU ready to expand sanctions against official Minsk?

This has been informed to the representatives of the Belarusian opposition by the representatives of the European Foreign Actions Service John Kayer and Steven Tracing. The meeting took place in the EU's representation in Minsk on Friday. Belarus was presented by Alyaksandr Atroshchankau, Anatol Lyabedzka, Syarhei Kalyakin, Andrei Dzmitryeu, Alyaksei Yanukevich, Iryna Veshtard and Vital Rymasheuski.


Atroshchankau has said in a comment to "Charter'97" that the EU's representatives assured that their position with regard to political prisoners remained unchanged. In case all political prisoners are not released within the nearest several weeks the sanctions against the Belarusian authorities will be expanded. The diplomats also said that they would watch the parliamentary electoral campaign in Belarus.


The opposition members also asked about visa regime simplification for Belarusians. The EU's representatives answered that they handed their suggestions to the Belarusian side and were waiting for the reply of the official Minsk.


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