Sikorsky: The European Union is ready to expand sanctions

The EU is ready to "go further" in the issue of tightening sanctions against Belarus. This was stated by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Radoslaw Sikorski, speaking in Brussels on 26 March at a forum on international relations.

In particular, the policy does not rule out the possibility of imposing sanctions on Belarusian companies. "If the situation in Belarus has deteriorated, we will return to this subject", — quotes Sikorski the official website of the Brussels Forum.

Foreign Minister also said that Poland has the EU to create a system of incentives for small countries — participants of the Eastern Partnership. As an example, Sikorski led model of the relationship between the EU and Poland at a time when she began the process of accession to the EU. "The model was as follows: we give you the" big carrot "- membership — after a difficult reform — he said. — If we are not willing to give so much promise to members of the Eastern Partnership, we need to draw up a system of "small carrot."

In this case, Sikorski said that such a system will require changes in the EU's approach to relations with its eastern neighbors and the transition from a formal approach to the political. On He said, formal approach are now, for example, the relationship with Belarus, the EU has to give cheaper visas for Belarusians, forced to engage in negotiations on simplification of visa procedures with the Belarusian authorities. "But this is crazy. We should just do it (to simplify the visa regime. — BelaPAN..) I did it with the Polish national visas. Why can not we do the same in Europe as a whole?" — Said Sikorski.

In turn, the European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fule also noted that the EU is ready to introduce a "deliberate and smart economic sanctions" against Belarus if the situation will worsen.

He recalled that on 31 January the European Union renewed sanctions against Alexander Lukashenko and a number of Belarusian officials banned from entering the EU and freeze their assets in the EU. "If this situation continues or worsens, we will return again to this topic. I think that if Lukashenko and his regime will continue the current policy of the member countries will strengthen the consensus that this area should do more, "- said Fule.

In turn, the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Gordon noted that the EU should take as an example the U.S. and impose economic sanctions. "We have already done this and we believe that [the European Union] would be correct to impose economic sanctions," — he said.

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