Ukraine set to join EU sanctions against Belarusian officials

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has reiterated Kyiv’s intention to align itself with the sanctions imposed by the European Union on the persons involved in election fraud and violence in Belarus, Radio Svaboda reports.

“We have a very complicated mechanism of introducing sanctions. We are now working on amendments to the legislation to make the mechanism more flexible,” Dmytro Kuleba said when asked about the feasibility of the sanctions rollout.

According to the top official, the procedure has already been initiated. He did not specify at what development stage it was then.

Under current Ukrainian law, it is the National Security and Defense Council that adopts sanctions against foreign nationals; the next step is President’s endorsing their decision.

In November 2020, the Ukrainian authorities started calling Alyaksandr Lukashenka only by his first and last name, without the ‘president’ status.

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