K.Bilt: Lukashenko and dozens of members of the government to ban entry to the European Union

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Alexander Lukashenko and dozens of officials responsible for the crackdown after the election, will be banned from entering the EU. This was stated by Foreign Minister Carl Bildt in a telephone interview with the Belgian edition EUObserver.

"We must be guided by the logic of our own policy — said the diplomat. — The last time when there were no more political prisoners, we have taken positive steps (lifted a ban on entry into the EU a number of Belarusian officials.) Now there are many more political prisoners, and those who have contributed to this, should again be on the list of those banned from entering the EU. "

Answering the question whether Lukashenko among those included in the list, Bildt said: "I find it quite likely that he was involved in those actions that have place. "

The EU could also reduce the number of projects carried out with the participation of the Belarusian authorities, exclude Belarus from meetings in the framework of the "Eastern Partnership" in including scheduled for May 2011 in Budapest summit of countries — participants of the initiative

According to EUObserver, EU embassies in Minsk prepare a list of persons who will be restricted from entering the EU. Diplomatic source told the newspaper that the preliminary version of the list included more than 100 people.

According to EUObserver, some EU countries, such as Czech Republic, insisted on holding an emergency meeting of foreign ministers to discuss the situation in Belarus next week to approve a new list. However, Germany and Sweden have decided to wait for the scheduled January 31 meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs.

Bildt also noted that the EU will not be limited visa sanctions. "The question is weighty economic assistance is not included in the agenda for the foreseeable future," — he said, when asked about the promised EU assistance to Belarus 3 billion euros.

In addition, writes EUObserver, the EU can also reduce the number of projects carried out with the participation of the Belarusian authorities, exclude Belarus from meetings in the framework of the "Eastern Partnership" in including scheduled for May 2011and the Budapest summit of countries — participants of the initiative. At the same time, the EU can increase its assistance to Belarusian civil society, including the financing of the European Humanities University in Vilnius, and urge countries — EU member states to unilaterally reduce the cost of visas for Belarusian youth, students, teachers and representatives of non-governmental organizations.

Embassies of the EU in Minsk prepare a list of persons who will be restricted from entering the European Union

The newspaper said the experts also recommend the EU to impose targeted sanctions against Belarusian companies' Beltechexport "and" Belvneshpromservice "which officially authorized to export arms. "Profits from this, as they say, sent directly to the personal bank accounts of the nomenclature, "- emphasizes EUObserver.

The publication also suggests that the EU is unlikely to complete the non-recognition of the election results in Belarus, fearing that the total isolation of Belarus will strengthen the Kremlin's influence on the country, BelaPAN.

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