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EU lifts sanctions against Lukashenko and his team

The European Union has lifted most of the sanctions against Belarus, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Feb 15.

The EU has removed Belorussian President Alexander Lukashenko, 169 people and 3 companies from its sanction list. The visa and economic sanctions against a number of Belorussian army and police officials suspected of being privy to the disappearance of some oppositionists are still in force.

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As EADaily reported earlier, in Oct 2015 the EU suspended its sanctions for four months. In Nov 2015 Steinmeier met with his Belorussian counterpart and said that it was a credit of trust. Before that Lukashenko had taken a number of steps to reconcile with the West and many of the steps were openly anti-Russian. Particularly, he refused to host a Russian air base and was one of the first post-Soviet leaders to recognize and to support the Kiev regime. Belarus has also refrained from de jure recognizing Crimea’s reunification with Russia.

Permalink: eadaily.com/en/news/2016/02/15/eu-lifts-sanctions-against-lukashenko-and-his-team
Published on February 15th, 2016 07:24 PM
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