Belarus expects full removal of European Union sanctions – FM

Belarusian Foreign Minister Uladzimir Makey expects that the European Union will lift all the sanctions from Belarus, he said after meeting with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin.

According to the top official, Belarus is extremely interested in normalizing relations with the European Union, which would help the country be stronger in politics as well.

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“We calmly look into the future and I think we are looking in the same direction. It is very important because a lot happened in the past. There was a period of sanctions that did not contribute positively to the development of our country. I hope that these sanctions will be lifted in the future. It would help us continue developing the country in all areas — politics, economy, human rights and other ones,” state-run news agency BelTA quotes Makey as saying.

On October 29, the EU press service announced that the organization suspended sanctions against Belarus for the period of four months.

“We have taken the decision to suspend the sanctions for the next four months, but they can be reinstated immediately if that is required,” France’s Secretary of State for European Affairs Harlem Desir said on October 12, adding that they would be reviewed at the end of that period.

The decision ‘allows us at any moment, if we see there is a step back, to reestablish the sanctions’, the official stressed.

Four members of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s security services, suspected of being behind the disappearances of political opponents, remain under sanctions., following BelTA

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