Brussels May Lift Sanctions Imposed on Belarus Politicians Monday

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The European Parliament (EP) may lift sanctions imposed against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and other politicians from the country on February 15, Chairman of the EP Committee on Foreign Affairs Elmar Brok told reporters on Saturday.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko speaks during a news conference in Minsk, Belarus. File photo - Sputnik International
EU Suspends Sanctions Against Belarus's Lukashenko
MUNICH (Sputnik) In October, the European Union suspended sanctions it imposed against Lukashenko until the end of February.

"It might be a possibility," Brok said, when asked if sanctions could be lifted as early as Monday.

According to the parliamentarian, there has been a progress on the issue of Belarusian political prisoners.

Belarus, a former Soviet republic, has been under US and EU sanctions for about a decade, including visa bans and financial restrictions on Belarusian individuals and entities.

The West has accused the Belarusian authorities of persecuting the political opposition and denying citizens’ basic rights and freedoms, in particular, freedom of expression. Lukashenko has insisted that the accusations are groundless and that putting pressure on Minsk is pointless.

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