Ukraine denies media reports on alleged request to EU not to sanction Belarus

12 January, 04:16 PM
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that a number of sanctions have been imposed on Belarus (Photo:NV)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that a number of sanctions have been imposed on Belarus (Photo:NV)

Ukraine has denied media reports that the Ukrainian authorities requested that Belarus not be included in the latest EU sanctions packages, spokesperson for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Oleg Nikolenko said in a post on Facebook on Jan. 12.

Radio Liberty journalist Rikard Jozwiak tweeted on Jan. 12 that “one of the reasons why Belarus hasn’t been sanctioned together with Russia in the EU’s last sanctions packages is that Ukraine has requested that Minsk is to be kept out.”

In turn, Nikolenko said this information “doesn’t correspond to reality.”

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“We’re aware of the discussion between the EU member states regarding the further synchronization of sanctions imposed on Russia,” the official said.

“At the same time, according to our information, there is currently no consensus within the European Union. Ukraine and its partners are now actively working on the most meaningful composition of the 10th EU sanctions package – the adoption of which is long overdue.”

Nikolenko reiterated that many sectoral and personal sanctions have already been imposed on Belarus, including ones against Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko, the military command, propagandists, 25 state bodies, and military and industrial complex companies.

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