EU sanctions over the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny will be signed off soon and will cover several Russian individuals and one entity, Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau told PAP on Tuesday following a Monday meeting of EU foreign ministers.
In an interview with PAP, Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau has said the EU very quickly reached consensus in Luxembourg on Monday on the issue of further sanctions for the Belarusian regime, including President Alexander Lukashenko.
If the European Union does not impose sanctions on Belarus, the neighboring countries may consider introducing their own national sanctions, Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said after Monday talks with his Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjarto in Budapest.
Polish President Andrzej Duda is considering imposing national sanctions on Belarus, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said on Friday after a telephone conversation with his Polish counterpart.
Russia should face very strong sanctions following the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and Germany should drop support for a controversial Russian gas link, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki told Bloomberg in an interview broadcast on Tuesday.
Sanction procedures against selected members of the Belarusian authorities are underway, Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said on Friday in Berlin after a two-day informal meeting of EU foreign Ministers.
The European Council at its Wednesday videoconference criticised the execution of the recent Belarusian presidential election and believes it should be repeated, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said after the meeting.
Following a sitting of the European Council on Wednesday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said sanctions against those acting against demonstrators in Belarus were strongly supported, adding that Belarusian society should not suffer as a result.
Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki told a videoconference of EU heads of state and government on Belarus that Poland was for sanctions on those involved in suppressing protests in Belarus but against measures hitting Belarusians, PAP was told by an unofficial source.
The EU members' foreign ministers on Friday agreed to individual sanctions against Belarus at a videoconference devoted to the situation in the country. Representing Poland at the talks was Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz.