June 20 at a press conference after a meeting of foreign ministers of the European Union Catherine Ashton, the High representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, once again urged Minsk to release political prisoners and justified the new sanctions against the Belarusian regime.
"We want to see the immediate release and rehabilitation of all political prisoners, and we strongly condemn the continued repression of the Belarusian Civil Society, independent media and opposition "- said Ashton.
On the additional sanctions, she said:
"We decided on additional measures in response to each situation worse by introducing an embargo on arms and equipment to suppress street protests and, for the first time, point sanctions Some business interests linked to the regime. "
Ashton also confirmed the earlier position of Brussels at the persistence of contacts with Belarusian society:
"We remain committed to Belarusian people, and we will go out to meet him, for example, through an invitation to negotiations on visa facilitation. "