02 Nov 2020
The EU should act fast and impose more sanctions on the regime of strongman Alexander Lukashenko and its supporters, Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has said.
In an interview with the Financial Times published on Sunday, Tikhanovskaya welcomed the EU’s decision to penalize 40 Belarusian officials last month, but urged Brussels to step up sanctions to include “people and companies supporting Lukashenko,” as well as the Belarusian Olympic Committee, which is headed by Lukashenko.
She also noted that the bloc had at times been slow to act. The sanctions issued in October had been delayed because Cyprus had demanded simultaneous action against Turkey.
“This help is needed now. And if European countries, and all the countries supporting our movement, could move faster in their decisions, that would be wonderful,” she said.
Her comments came as Belarusians protest for the twelfth consecutive week against Lukashenko, who claimed to have won a presidential election in August with 80 percent of the vote. Tikhanovskaya, the main opposition candidate, fled to Lithuania after the vote. The EU has called the election “neither free nor fair.”
By Zosia Wanat, Politico, 1 November 2020
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