The EU has adopted the fifth package of sanctions against Belarus

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The permanent representatives of the 27 member states of the European Union (EU) have adopted the fifth package of sanctions against the Belarusian authorities, it was announced today in Brussels.

"EU officials gave the green light this morning for the fifth package of sanctions, which covers about 25 individuals and legal entities." said a representative of the delegation of one of the EU members in the European Council for the Russian agency TASS.

The decision is expected to be published in the Official Journal of the EU and enter into force tomorrow.

The fifth package includes sanctions imposed on Minsk over the August 2020 presidential election, which, according to the EU, have not been properly conducted.

The sanctions are individual in nature because they target the country's top leadership, including President Alexander Lukashenko and members of his family, as well as members of the government, security officials, prosecutors and members of the judiciary.

The EU has already introduced four packages of individual sanctions, affecting 166 individuals and 15 legal entities.

Source: MIA

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