The European Council meeting in Brussels approved the conclusion on Belarus adopted by the Council of Foreign Ministers of the European Union on Jan. 31, including a decision to impose restrictive measures against some Belarusian officials.
The EU imposed visa bans on 157 Belarusian officials. Simultaneously, the EU said that "remains true to its commitment to strengthen relations with the Belarusian people and civil society."
"The EU remains committed to its policy of critical engagement in including through dialogue and the program "Eastern Partnership" due respect for the principles of democracy, rule of law and Human Rights", — Stated in the conclusions of the European Council.
The EU reiterated "its firm commitment to strengthening cooperation with Belarus civil society. "
The document states that the Council of Ministers Foreign Affairs The EU will regularly review the situation in Belarus and the "save the willingness to consider further targeted measures in all areas of the circumstances."