EU countries agree to expand sanctions against Belarus over the migration crisis

Representatives of the European Union member states agreed on Wednesday to include 28 individuals and entities in the sanctions list imposed on Belarus in response to its facilitating, according to Brussels, the flow of migrants to the bloc's borders.

The European Union accuses the regime of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of launching a "hybrid attack" on the bloc's territory by encouraging thousands of Middle Eastern migrants to head to the borders of Poland and Lithuania.

And the European Union member states had previously decided to impose sanctions on Belarusian parties, and on Wednesday representatives of the bloc countries approved a list of the targets prepared by the European Commission, according to diplomats.

One of them said that among the new targets were 17 officials and 11 companies or official bodies. EU ministers are expected to formally endorse the decision on Thursday.

And the European Union had previously imposed sanctions on 166 individuals and entities, including Lukashenko and two of his sons, against the backdrop of the repression of protests that erupted in rejection of the results of the 2020 elections in which he won a new term and whose legitimacy is challenged.

Western countries did not recognize the results, considering that the elections were rigged, but Lukashenko still enjoys the support of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
And in June, the European Union imposed economic sanctions on key sectors of the Belarusian economy and banned Belarusian airlines from flying in its airspace.

Brussels accuses Lukashenko's regime of having encouraged, in retaliation for the sanctions, thousands of migrants, most of them from Syria, Iraq and Yemen, to go to Minsk and from there to the borders of the European Union, which the Belarusian president denies.

The Polish police laid barbed wire along the border with Belarus and repelled hundreds of migrants who tried to enter its territory and returned them to the territory of Belarus.

The Polish authorities do not allow journalists to enter the border area, but there are reports that 12 migrants have been killed on both sides of the border since the outbreak of the crisis.

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