The EU Council has continued sanctions against senior officials of Belarus until 31 October 2011. At the same time for the same period, the EU Council and the continued moratorium on the use of these sanctions.
In the list of those banned from entering the EU, came 41 people led by the head of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. However, in respect of 36 persons on the list is a moratorium on the use of visa sanctions. Under the moratorium does not get five people: the former commander of the special forces brigade of Interior Ministry troops Dmitry Pavlicenco, Two former Minister of the Interior Yuri Sivakov andVladimir Naumov, former Attorney General Viktor Sheiman and the head of the Central Election Commission Lidiya Yarmoshyna.
Commenting on the decision of the Council of Ministers of the European Union, the chairman of the CEC Lidiya Yarmoshyna, which appears on the list since 2004, said:
"It is plain, as they say, perseverance, once adopted a position that does not want to revise, and that's all. I've long been waiting for nothing. So do not feel any charm or frustration. I feel nothing. Consider fully indiferetnuyu to this situation. "
A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Andrei Savinykh claimed that the Belarusian side has taken note of the opinion of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the European Union:
"Of course, it is regrettable is the fact that the Council of the EU has failed to overcome the inertia of thinking logic of sanctions. We have repeatedly stressed that the policy limit — it's a dead end road in the Belarusian-European relations. However, we welcome outlined in custody, the EU's intention to continue to develop cooperation with Belarus, including contacts at the highest political level. Belarus is also seeking to expand mutually respectful, equal partnership and dialogue with the EU and its member-states. "
Chairman of the BPF Yanukevich noted that this is a decision that advised the representatives of the democratic forces of Belarus during their meetings with the Europeans:
"It is very true. On one hand, there are penalties on the other hand, they are frozen. And it certainly leaves a certain lever to influence the Belarusian authorities to ensure that the presidential elections were conducted freely. This decision is quite expected. And the final decision on sanctions will be taken, of course, at the end of the Belarusian authorities to hold these elections. "