Russia, Belarus, Burma … The foreign ministers of the European Union are meeting to decide on the sanctions to be taken against these countries. Measures which will be effective for the European summit on 25 and 26 March next. Russian opponent Alexeï Navalny returned to Russia after an attempted poisoning and convalescence in Germany particularly mobilizes the Europeans, but they may demand the release of Navalny, for the moment, nothing helps: “Today we will discuss whether we give the mandate, here in Brussels, to reimpose sanctions on Russia, in particular because of the conviction of Alexey Navalny and the fact that he can now spend his detention in a labor camp. This will occupy us today, and I am in favor of giving here the mandate to the EU to prepare such sanctions against lists of individuals.“, explains Heiko Maas, the German foreign minister.
Diplomats ready to adopt sanctions
In Belarus, imprisonment and harassment against journalists could also be punished, even though three sets of sanctions have already been adopted against the regime and President Alexander Lukashenko has been blacklisted without any effect. Minsk having the displayed support of Russia. “In Belarus, the repression is intensifying, the intimidation of the population, of civil society. Again, we need to think about it to give a quick answer“, said Josep Borrell, the head of foreign policy of the European Union.
As for the situation in Burma, European diplomats “stand by “ to adopt sanctions against the soldiers responsible for the coup and their economic interests, while calling for “a de-escalation“of the political crisis. They want the end of the state of emergency, decreed for one year, the restoration of a civilian government and the release of political prisoners as the symbolic Aung San Suu Kyi.
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