The European Union is extending the scope of sanctions against the Belarusian regime

The Council of the European Union decided on Monday to extend the scope of the sanctions imposed on the Belarusian regime, accused of facilitating the transit of immigrants to the European Union for political purposes.

“The EU Council today changed the sanctions regime, in the context of the situation on the EU border with Belarus, so that we can react to the use of human beings by the Belarusian regime for political purposes. The sanctions regime was amended by an EU Council decision and The European Union will be able to target individuals and entities that organize or contribute to the activities of the Alexander Lukashenko regime to facilitate the illegal crossing of European external borders, “the EU Council said in a statement. press release posted on its website and viewed by MEDIAFAX.

“Today’s decision reflects the European Union’s determination to counter the use of immigrants for political purposes. We reject this inhuman and illegal practice. At the same time, we continue to stress that the repressive actions taken by the Belarusian regime are unacceptable and we will react appropriately.” said Josep Borrell Fontelles, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

EU ambassadors said last week that actions by the Minsk regime, accused of facilitating the transit of illegal immigrants to EU borders, could be considered a form of “hybrid attack”, according to Brussels diplomats. The administration of Alexander Lukashenko has denied the allegations, saying Belarus is in fact the victim of a “hybrid attack”.

(source: AFP)

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