The EU will assess Belarus only after the courts

The EU will assess the situation in Belarus after the completion of all court proceedings on charges of rioting, BelaPAN quotes the charge d'affaires of the EU in Belarus Jean-Eric Holzapfel.

On He said, decision will depend on the sentences imposed; European Union is closely following the trials and considers them to be politically motivated.

In addition, the official said, the situation in Belarus will discussed at the May 23 meeting of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Recall that on May 12 the European Parliament called on the European Commission and the EU's partner countries "to extend the restrictive measures against the Belarusian regime, including introduce point economic sanctions against state-owned enterprises ", in connection with the prosecution of defendants in the case of the riots on December 19, and the pressure on the independent media.

Mr. Holzapfel said that recently attended a hearing on the case of Andrei Sannikov and the other defendants, and was shocked when she saw Sannikov behind bars. May 13, Charge d'present at the court hearing on the case of Vladimir Neklyaev, Vitaly Rymashevsky and members of their initiative groups.

He also expressed concerns about the situation in the Belarusian media, in particular the threat of closure of the newspapers "Narodnaya Volya" and "Nasha Niva"Grodno and prosecution journalist Andrei Poczobut.

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