Council European Union at the level of foreign ministers will approve the fourth package of sanctions against Belarus on Monday. They will affect 86 people and companies, the press service of the Council of the EU reports with reference to the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell.
“ We will agree on a fourth package of sanctions against Belarus today. The new sanctions will affect 86 individuals and companies, he said.
According to Borrell, economic sanctions will be considered at the EU summit on June 24-25 and approved after the meeting of the head of state. The sanctions will focus on Belarusian exports to the European Union.
Borrell said the EU was trying to avoid sanctions that would “ affect the whole economy and the well-being of the people“, but at the same time increased the pressure because the Belarussian government was not changing its action scheme.
Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said the EU would adopt sanctions for human rights violations and pressure on the opposition in Belarus, as well as other sanctions for forcing Ryanair to board. He also said that the EU would maintain contacts with the Belarusian opposition abroad. The meeting of EU foreign ministers will begin with a working breakfast with former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovska.