The European Union is going to add a "black list" of Belarusian officials at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg. It is possible that the sanctions will fall and some Belarusian companies, but recently asked to Minsk for assistance from the IMF is unlikely to be on the agenda.
At this point in the "black list" of officials banned from entering the European Union, there are about 190 persons. Since the beginning of the list several times replenished, it was a reaction to the repression of the opposition and lawsuits against individuals detained during protests on December 19.
May Katsyyanchych, Press Secretary responsible for EU foreign policy Catherine Ashton, told us that Brussels is concerned about the future courts and sentences opposition after Lukashenko's controversial re-election last year in December:
"I expect that they will confirm their condemnation of the government's actions and repeat the call for the immediate release of all political prisoners. They will also consider the question of the increasing pressure on Belarus. "
In addition to replenishing the "black list" of people associated with the regime, such as the judges who participated in the process for the area, the foreign ministers of the EU countries may consider targeted measures, such as asset zamarozhanne some Belarusian companies.
According to an anonymous source from the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, "discusses sanctions against one or more companies." Company names are not mentioned, but it is assumed that one of these companies could be "Beltechexport", which deals with weapons.
Despite the fact that in general in the EU there is a broad consensus that something must be done, but some countries, notably Italy and Latvia, refusing to take a tough stance against the regime in Minsk.
Latvia's representatives have expressed concern that sanctions against Belarusian companies could bring harm to the Latvian business in Belarus.
Minister of European Affairs of Finland Alexander Stubb before the start of today's meeting, described the situation this way:
"I think the key issue when it comes to sanctions is not to suffer are the same people who are calling for change. Therefore sought another option, and the best way — it's usually sanctions against companies. I can not say that it always worked 100 percent. Sometimes it is, sometimes — not. "
For the first time in January of this conclusion, the ministers will also take on Belarus. Although critics often consider the conclusion of the European Council "empty words", this move shows the importance that the EU attaches this topic.
The final formulation of conclusion is not confirmed, however, Katsyyanchych, it will be said that Belarus should respect human rights and international law:
"We expect that the ministers will take quite a firm conclusion, for example, in the area of human rights, the rule of law, there will be shown a general view of the situation on the part of the EU."
Today's meeting comes just a few weeks after, as Belarus has asked the International Monetary Fund loan to aid in the financial crisis.
Although the greatest concern of the EU is now the economic situation in Greece, the Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt believes that the Belarusian crisis is now also deserves attention:
"Of course, we are all focused on Greece, the events we are very concerned. But in Belarus could be worse, could end the financial collapse. "
Several MEPs called on member countries to influence the IMF, in the sense that it gave assistance to Belarus only in the event that there will be the release of all political prisoners, but the EU is not going to put pressure on the IMF.
Message from Minsk to the IMF is unlikely to be discussed at today's meeting. An unnamed Brussels diplomat, reported noted that the fund typically does not set clear political conditions.