History of European Union sanctions against the official Minsk

In 1997 the European Union decided to restrict aid to Belarus, not aimed at humanitarian needs or democratization of the country. Then it was decided that only the central authorities of the European Union are entitled to a meeting with Belarusian ministers.
In 2002, after the termination of the Belarusian authorities of the Advisory and Monitoring Group in Belarus, if the official Minsk refused visas to all its employees, in response to the EU imposed a ban on visas for Belarusian bureaucrats 8, including Lukashenko. The ban was lifted in 2004, when the Belarusian authorities were allowed to open a new office in the OSCE Minsk.
In April 2006, after the fraudulent presidential elections and the dispersal of mass demonstrations in Minsk again the EU imposed a ban on visas for A. Lukashenko and 30 Belarusian bureaucrats responsible for the disappearance of four opponents of the government, election fraud and attacks on peaceful demonstrators.
In May 2006 the European Union has approved a decision to freeze the accounts and assets of the Belarusian regime important figures on the ground states of the European Union. The list was expanded in 2006.
Total cash and visa sanctions against 41 Belarusian act bureaucrat, including Lukashenko.
Since 2004, acted ban on contacts within the European Union with Belarus at the top and the highest level, which for the first time was broken only at the moment when the French Presidency of the EU Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Martynov invited to a meeting in Luxembourg on the sidelines of another meeting of the European Council with so called "Troika" — EU Commissioner for external relations and European Neighbourhood Policy Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Foreign Minister of France Bernard Kouchner and EU High Representative for foreign policy and security Javier Solana.

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