Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has announced that he will investigate the planned EU sanctions against Belarusian President Lukashenko – it remains unclear whether these can be implemented.

Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has spoken out in favor of a personal investigation into EU sanctions against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. “We have to realize that nothing has gotten better in recent weeks. The violence that Lukashenko is waging against peaceful protesters is completely unacceptable,” said the SPD politician on Monday on the sidelines of talks with EU foreign ministers in Brussels. . One must therefore ask whether Lukashenko, the person primarily responsible, should not also be on the sanctions list.

So far, Lukashenko has not been one of the people the EU wants to punish for fraudulent elections or for cracking down on peaceful protests. The reason given was that sanctions against Lukashenko personally could complicate diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict and deny the EU the opportunity to sharpen its course again.

Cyprus is against the sanctions

In the meantime, it is still unclear when the EU can take the planned punitive measures at all. The reason is a veto by the small EU country Cyprus, which wants to convince the other member states to support new sanctions against Turkey.

Cyprus and Greece have long called on the EU to respond more sharply to Turkish gas explorations in the Eastern Mediterranean, which they consider illegal. However, other EU countries believe that this could make the ongoing mediation efforts of countries like Germany more difficult. They therefore want to wait before agreeing to new sanctions against Turkey proposed by Cyprus.

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