Lithuanian Foreign Ministry accuses EU of failure to agree on sanctions

By | September 22, 2020
Lithuanian Foreign Ministry accuses EU of failure to agree on sanctions

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius is furiously angry about the EU inability to come to a single agreement on sanctions against Belarus.

“The current inability to agree on sanctions designed to support Belarusians suffering and fighting for democracy undermines confidence in the democratic values they are fighting for. Some colleagues should not bind things that cannot be bound. Lithuania will continue to demand substantial action,” Linkevičius tweeted.
Linkevičius expressed this opinion due to the fact that the EU foreign ministers were unable to make decisions on sanctions. The issue will be considered later this week in the EU Leadership Council. “Ministers discussed the sanctions. Although there is a clear desire to announce them, it was not possible to do so, as this decision requires unanimous approval, and today it was not possible to come to it,” – said at a press conference on Monday, the head of the EU diplomacy, Josep Borrelli.

He noted that at a meeting on Monday “one of the countries has not joined the consensus”. Bloomberg previously reported that Cypriot representatives have warned their EU counterparts that they would not approve the proposals to impose sanctions on the Belarusian officials – in case the community does not agree to impose restrictions on Turkey in connection with the exploration of resources in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.