German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas threatened the regime of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko with new sanctions if the situation in the country does not change. The portal Dtoday.de reported about it.
The politician stressed that the EU countries will expand restrictive measures if the Belarusian government continues “to rely on truncheons instead of an honest national dialogue.” He reiterated that Germany and its European partners are strongly opposed to the human rights violations that took place in the post-election protests in Belarus.
On November 23, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry announced the expansion of sanctions against the EU.
The European Union imposed sanctions against 40 Belarusian officials on October 2. The country's President Alexander Lukashenko was not included in the initial list; sanctions were imposed on him on November 6. They also touched upon 14 Belarusian officials. Their assets will be frozen, they will be banned from entering the EU.
In Belarus, for the fourth month, mass protests continue, which began after the presidential elections on August 9. According to official results, Lukashenko, who ran for a sixth term, received 80 percent of the vote.