For the first time in many months: the EU wants to synchronize sanctions against Belarus and Russia, – media
Belarus is an active accomplice in Russia's war against Ukraine. However, the European Union does not impose the same sanctions against Minsk as against Moscow. Discussions on such a move are now ongoing in Brussels.
This is reported by the media with reference to their own sources. According to them, the European Commission has begun consultations not only on a new package of sanctions against Russia, but also on the synchronization of restrictions against Belarus as well. out of sync
From the beginning of the full-scale invasion, the Lukashenka regime actually gave Russia its territory at the disposal, from which the invaders launched an offensive in the North, in particular, into the Kiev region, occupying the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Bucha, Irpen, Borodyanka, Makarov, Gostomel. In addition, rocket attacks were repeatedly launched from Belarusian territory into Ukraine. However, the EU has chosen a position to distinguish between the aggressor and the country that supports him. Therefore, the sanctions that the EU imposed against Russia often did not apply to Belarus.
This position in Brussels is argued by the desire to show this difference to Belarus and not to push Minsk completely into the hands of the Kremlin.
However, against the background of reports about the threat of the direct participation of the Belarusian army in the war against Ukraine, the EU decided to discuss the issue of synchronizing sanctions. So far, Germany and several other EU members oppose such a move, arguing that as long as Belarus is not a physical participant in the invasion, it is necessary to adhere to the policy of distinguishing between the aggressor and his support.
What steps are the EU ready to take and why they are needed
According to media sources, the European Union is discussing the introduction of a complete embargo on weapons and dual-use goods. The reason is simple, logical and overdue – Belarus imports conditional medical equipment from the EU, and then it can be sent to a drone manufacturing plant. In addition, Belarus can still import certain types of weapons, which allows it to transfer these weapons to Russia.
Brossel also discusses a ban on the export of electronics, household appliances or luxury goods from the EU to Belarus. After all, Russians can buy goods imported from the EU in Belarus.
Sources of the publication claim that sanctions against Belarusian banks will definitely be imposed, because Russians travel to Belarus to withdraw money from their cards.
Brossel is also discussing sanctions against the furniture sector and a ban on the import of alcohol and tobacco products from Belarus.
Recall that the EU is preparing the tenth package of sanctions against Russia. Now the European Union is discussing and agreeing on new restrictions. A preliminary new package of sanctions is planned to be announced on February 24 – the anniversary of the start of a full-scale war.