The European Union decided to expand the sanctions regime against Belarus against the background of the migration crisis on the border with Poland.
According to the EU Council, the decision was made at a meeting of the foreign ministers of the EU member states.
The decision will make it possible to “respond” to the use of people by the Belarusian regime as a “political tool”, follows from the message.
The amendment introduced to the sanctions regime against Belarus by a decision and resolution of the Council of Europe expands the criteria for including individuals and legal entities in the sanctions list.
Thus, the EU decision will allow to prosecute and impose sanctions against individuals and organizations that organize or contribute to activities that facilitate illegal transfer from Belarus to EU countries, such as Poland, Lithuania, Latvia.
Brussels accuses Minsk of instrumentalizing migrants to destabilize the European Union. Belarus denies accusations.
At the same time, the European Commission in recent days has been negotiating with countries of origin and transit to prevent migrants from traveling to Belarus to enter countries such as Poland and Lithuania.
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