Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, has replied for the address of Agnieszka Kozlowska-Rajewicz, a co-chair of the Belarus Working Group at the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly.
Ms Kozlowska-Rajewicz asked whether the EU would try to bring any influence on the Belarusian authorities taking into account that opposition activists are repeatedly detained in the country.
“Violation of principles of democracy and human rights is still a problem in EU-Belarus relations. It is embodied in EU’s critical interaction policy towards Belarus which includes the exstensive system of sanctions. EU’s Delegation to Minsk is aware of the so called preventive detentions and is carefully monitoring the situation,” Catherine Ashton said.