EU ready to expand sanctions and hit pillars of Lukashenka’s regime, German Foreign Ministry says

Lukashenka is demanded to stop violence in Belarus.

The European Union may expand sanctions against the regime of Alyaksandr Lukashenka. They demand that he made concessions and stopped violence against the Belarusian people. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas stated this during the Minsk Forum.

“Since Lukashenka and his ruling circle continue to rely on truncheons instead of a serious national dialogue, we in the European Union introduced sanctions and recently tightened them. And if Lukashenka and his supporters do not yield, we will expand these sanctions. It is important to note that we are aiming with the help of sanctions on the pillars of the Lukashenka’s regime,” the politician noted.


The EU introduced personal sanctions against Lukashenka and his entourage in the fall. The sanctions provide for the freezing in the EU of the financial assets of individuals and organizations on the list, and a ban on the issuance of visas to the EU countries to these people. Alyaksandr Lukashenka and other Belarusian officials were included in the sanctions list.

The EU ruled presidential elections in August to be not in line with international standards. The Belarusian authorities are accused of reprisals against independent candidates and violent dispersal of peaceful protesters.