Lithuanian president: EU leaders agree on Belarus sanctions, US to follow suit

As the European Union has agreed on sanctions against Belarus, the United States is expected to make a similar move, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has said.

“Lithuania is coming home with good news – a plan of sanctions to Belarus will be approved and we now can expect the United States to approve their sanction plan in the near future,” the Lithuanian leader said in comments to BNS.

“Hence we will have the response of all key regions to what is going on in Belarus and, most importantly, will truly meet the expectations of Belarusian people who have said repeatedly – do something as it will be much more difficult for us to win alone, if you don’t help us,” he added.

The EU’s delay in agreeing on sanctions against the Belarusian regime focused on the “conflict in the Mediterranean Sea”, according to Nausėda.

He thanked Greek and Cypriat representatives “for flexibility”.

On Friday, leaders of EU member states greenlighted sanctions against some 40 Belarusian officials. They will be hit with travel and asset freezes.

However, European Council President Charles Michel confirmed that Lukashenko himself was not among the figures targeted on the new sanctions list.


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