Borrell plans for Belarus

Borrell plans for Belarus

On Wednesday, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said he’s willing to go to Belarus to help defuse the crisis there but the time is not yet right for such a mission.

Speaking ahead of a videoconference of EU leaders on Belarus, Borrell said the bloc will focus for now on promoting a political dialogue alongside the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), of which Belarus and its neighbor Russia are members.

EU officials have also begun preparing sanctions to be imposed on senior officials considered responsible for electoral fraud and violence against protesters.

Borrell stressed those measures would be strictly focused on individuals. “They will be sanctions targeted at the people responsible for what has happened in that country, in particular for the brutal repression of demonstrators. They will never be sanctions that affect the people of Belarus,” he said.

The key goal for the EU now is to prevent a Russian intervention and avoid mistakes made during the Ukraine crisis, Borrell added. “We must avoid a similar situation,” he said.

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