Pofalla: We are for sanctions that wouldn't affect ordinary Belarusians

He took part in the festive event dedicated to the 20th anniversary since the European Humanities University was founded.

Ronald Pofalla underlined that the issue of political prisoners remains the most important in the relations between the EU and the Belarusian authorities:

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"We still demand release of all political prisoners in Belarus. Until then, there will be sanctions... We want to impose sanctions that would not affect ordinary Belarusians, as they are not responsible for the current situation in Belarus. The sanctions should put pressure on the leaders of the regime and to show that their behaviour is unacceptable for us".

Pofalla also spoke about the death penalty. He is disappointed that they continue issuance of death sentences in Belarus despite the West's attempts to prevent this.