EU does not extend sanctions on Belarus

EU agrees not to extend its sanctions on Belarus after removing them for four months while leaving arms embargo

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko speaks during a news conference in Minsk on January 29, 2015.

The European Union will not extend its economic sanctions on 170 Belarusians, including those on authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, but will maintain its arms embargo, the bloc's foreign ministers agreed on Monday.

The sanctions were already lifted for four months at the end of October in a gesture to Lukashenko, as the European Union seeks to improve ties with the man whom the United States once said runs Europe's last "dictatorship."

Officials said the EU will keep sanctions for another year on four men suspected of being behind the disappearances of political opponents in Belarus.

TRTWorld, Reuters