Catherine Ashton: Lukashenka did not leave us other options

Actions of the Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko made the inevitable sanctions against the Belarusian leadership, said the supreme representative of the EU's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, speaking in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 11 May.

"He did not leave us other option but to enter in response to tougher sanctions against the regime responsible for the repression in including against the president Lukashenka, and we need to strengthen the support of civil society and people to people contacts. "

As the Interfax, she recalled his meeting with the families of those arrested during the events of December in Minsk, the Belarusian opposition and activists Civil Society. According to Ashton, "we have to act against the regime, including President Lukashenko, against those who are responsible for police brutality," — said Eshvtan. She also stressed that the EU should support Civil Society and Belarusian citizens. One of the key messages performances Ashton as a whole was the call is not limited reaction in the form of petitions and protests against regimes that are estimated to be anti-democratic, and take action against them.

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