The EU lifted sanctions on Lukashenko


The Council of the European Union at the level of foreign Ministers on Monday decided to lift the sanctions, imposed on the President of Belarus and representatives of the 169 items. They lifted the ban on entry into the European Union and financial sanctions. Left a ban on deliveries of weapons and sanctions against four people.

For the first time sanctions against Belarus for violation of human rights and democratic procedures of the EU introduced in 1998, then visa restrictions were imposed on 131 Belarusian officials, including President Alexander Lukashenko, reminds Agency “Foreign policy”. The sanctions have frozen the assets were adopted in 2006, the U.S. first imposed sanctions against Minsk in 2004

In the history of relations between Belarus and the EU was the period of lifting the sanctions: they have not acted from 2008 to 2011, but were reintroduced in response to the events that followed the presidential elections in 2010, Then in Minsk was the largest in recent years, the protest disagreed with the procedure and results of the elections, all presidential candidates were arrested, some sentenced to prison.

The thaw in relations between the EU and Belarus have become visible against the background of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis. Minsk became a platform for negotiations between Russia and the EU. In August 2014, Minsk was visited by the EU high representative for foreign policy Catherine Ashton. In February 2015, Minsk hosted a meeting “Norman Quartet” on Ukraine composed of the presidents of Ukraine and Russia Petro Poroshenko and Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande. At the same time President Lukashenko has declared its readiness to establish relations with the EU and urged Russia not to worry.

Autumn began easing sanctions against Belarus. In particular, the EU Council published the decision to suspend sanctions against the Belarusian legal entities and individuals, including President Lukashenko. The restrictive measures were suspended on the companies “Beltechexport”, “beltech holding”, “Spetspriborservice”, LLC Triple Metal Trade, JV LLC Triple-Techno, MSSFC Logoysk, Triple-Agro ACC.

Belarusian politician will try to balance between Russia and Europe, Russia and the West, to receive dividends from both sides, as it was in 2008 -2010 G., believes Belarusian political scientist Valery Karbalevich. He indicates that the lack of political relations did not prevent the development of economic ties of Belarus with the EU, but now opens the opportunity for greater activation. The decision of the EU can contribute to improving the image of the Belarusian leadership, while the situation with human rights and democracy in the country remains very difficult, said the expert. The President of Belarus more than once in conversations with foreign media joked that he was after the Crimean events is no longer considered Europe’s last dictator.

Now the authorities of Belarus and Russia are conducting negotiations on granting Minsk a loan of $2 billion from the Eurasian Fund for stabilization and development (AFSR). The discussion of the matrix of economic measures of the government of Belarus, the Republic will need to implement when you receive a budget-substituting loan of $2 billion proceeds, reported today to journalists the Deputy Minister of Finance of Russia Sergey Storchak.