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 EU to lift 12-year-long sanctions against Lukashenko, - Russian media

The EU foreign ministers have decided to lift sanctions imposed on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and other officials in the country.

Censor.NET reports citing RIA news agency quoting a diplomatic source in Brussels.

"As far as I know, decision is made," the source said.

As previously reported, on Dec. 31 the European Union suspended sanctions against Belarus for four months after Lukashenko pardoned six political prisoners, including former presidential candidate Nikolai Statkevich.

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The EU imposed personal sanctions against certain Belarusians in 2004. At that time, Lukashenko's opposition did not win a single seat in country's parliamentary elections. At the moment, travel restrictions and asset freezing affect 200 people.

After Lukashenko released a number of prisoners and presidential elections took place in the country, the EU decided to considerably alleviate the sanctions by extending them for four months and simultaneously suspending them against all individuals on the list, except for four people considered to be personally responsible for disappearance of people.
   
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