EU to slap new sanctions on Belarus, target its economy

BRUSSELS (AP) – The European Union’s top diplomat says the bloc’s foreign ministers will adopt new sanctions against numerous civil servants in Belarus and prepare a range of new measures to damage the country’s economy. The EU has tightened sanctions since President Alexander Lukashenko won his sixth term last August in elections deemed fraudulent by the bloc of 27 nations. They are directed against people who are accused of misconduct in elections and of responsibility for the subsequent actions of the police. The ministers will also adopt a number of sanctions against the Belarusian economy. The head of EU foreign policy, Josep Borrell, said on Monday that “this will hurt, it will seriously hurt the economy of Belarus”.

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