EU responds to Uladzimir Makey's statement

Let us remind you, the high-ranked Belarusian official stated on Wednesday that there would be no release and rehabilitation of political prisoners under Europe's pressure.

Catherine Ashton's Spokesperson has informed to BelaPAN that the European Union will continue urging for release and rehabilitation of all political prisoners. Kocijancic has reminded that the EU tends to the policy of critical interaction with Belarus, and this includes the dialogue in the framework of the "Eastern Partnership" program. According to Kocijancic, development of bilateral relations depends on the progress in the sphere of human rights, democracy, supremacy of law. She has also informed that the Belarusian issue is "highly likely" to be considered at the session of the Council of the EU on October 23 in Luxembourg.

According to the information provided by human rights defenders, there are 13 political prisoners in the country now.

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