EU ready to impose new sanctions on Belarus - statement

EU ready to impose new sanctions on Belarus - statement
# 17 December 2021 05:15 (UTC +04:00)

In a joint statement adopted on Thursday, leaders of the 27 EU countries condemned Minsk’s actions, which triggered the "humanitarian crisis" on the EU border, and declared their readiness to impose new sanctions on Belarus, APA reports citing TASS.

"The European council underlines in particular the importance of <…> promptly implementing restrictive measures following the adoption of the fifth package of listings, and being prepared to adopt further measures as necessary," the document says.

The leaders also demanded to ensure unhindered access of international humanitarian organizations to Belarus.

"The European Council underlines in particular the importance of <…> ensuring unhindered access for international organizations in Belarus and stepping up humanitarian support [and] supporting the return of migrants [to their home countries] from Belarus," the statement says.

They also urged to strengthen the union’s external borders and fight human trafficking.

Apart from that, the document contains a standard set of accusations against Minsk, including of human rights violations, repressions against the opposition and the media. It also contains a call to release political prisoners and elect a new president "through free and fair elections."

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