Protests are still under way in Belarus / Photo from UNIAN

The European Union has officially imposed sanctions on 40 representatives of Alexander Lukashenko's regime who are involved in suppressing peaceful protests in Belarus and rigging presidential election results.

This is announced in a statement on the European Council's website.

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"The Council today imposed restrictive measures against 40 individuals identified as responsible for repression and intimidation against peaceful demonstrators, opposition members and journalists in the wake of the 2020 presidential election in Belarus, as well as for misconduct of the electoral process," the statement said on October 2.

At the same time, Alexander Lukashenko is not on the list of persons subject to the sanctions, which was published in the EU Official Journal.

Sanctions against Lukashenko's regime

  • On the night of October 2, the media reported that EU representatives at a summit agreed on the introduction of sanctions against representatives of the Belarusian authorities. The sanctions should take effect next week.
  • The process of imposing the restrictions was hampered by Cyprus, which demanded that Europe in return react in the same way to the unauthorized exploration of crude oil fields by Turkey in its waters. On this occasion, the country's president even met with President of the European Council Charles Michel.
  • Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania imposed sanctions on 128 Belarusian officials. Among them are Lukashenko and his son Viktor, the head of the presidential administration Igor Sergeenko and his first deputy Maxim Ryzhenkov, deputies Olga Chupris, Dmitry Krutoy, as well as other officials of Lukashenko's administration.