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The European Union is close to imposing further sanctions on Belarus. They are to be targeted at around 30 people and entities, including the minister of foreign affairs and the Belarusian airline Belavia, reports Reuters, citing three EU diplomats. New sanctions would be imposed next week.

The European Union and NATO accuse Lukashenka of using migrants as a tool of pressure on the West.

The new tranche of sanctions is to be targeted at Belarusian officials who, according to the EU, organized the influx of migrants in retaliation for the EU sanctions imposed on Minsk for violating human rights, writes Reuters.

“Key step”

Wednesday is to be – as Reuters calls it – “a key step”. 27 ambassadors to the European Union are to formally agree that the growing number of migrants along the Belarusian-Polish border constitutes a kind of “hybrid war” and may serve as a legal basis for the imposition of sanctions.

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EU countries are also considering extending economic sanctions imposed on Belarus in July, said the diplomats cited by the agency.

The total number of people targeted by sanctions would increase to almost 200

The fifth sanction package, concerning the freezing of assets and a travel ban for Belarusian civil servants, would be the European Union’s latest response to the worsening dispute with Belarus over the rigging of the country’s August 2020 presidential election.

Reuters points out that further sanctions would bring the total number of people affected by the asset freeze and travel ban in Belarus to nearly 200 people – including Lukashenka and his sons – and more than a dozen institutions and companies.

Crisis on the border

The crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border began in Siperniu. There is a state of emergency at the border, which means that journalists and activists from non-governmental organizations, including medics, are not allowed to enter this area. Tensions increased in the second week of November, when a large group of migrants attempted to cross the border by force. Governments say it is “the most difficult situation” since the outbreak of the border crisis.

Main photo source: Maxim Guchek / BelTA / TASS

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