EU sanctions for Belarus too mild

The EU on Monday reinstated a visa ban on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and around 150 other government officials, and froze their bank accounts in response to his government's continued repression of the domestic opposition.

But this doesn't go far enough, Jacek Pavlicki complains in the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza:

"I fear that Lukashenko's regime simply doesn't care about this.

: The hopes that Lukashenko would morph from a tyrant into a statesman, transferring his power to a democratically elected representative of the opposition have proven false. Therefore the EU must now administer Belarus a huge dose of medicine, introduce tougher economic sanctions even if this means that parts of the country are reduced to poverty. The impact of these measures could be softened by lifting the visa restrictions for ordinary Belarusian citizens or by providing numerous grants for young people or financial backing for independent media."


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