While the European Union Foreign Relations Council (FAC) meeting, which will also discuss Turkey, continues, Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya asked for support from Brussels.
Before the meeting, Tikhanovskaya had breakfast with the foreign ministers of 27 EU countries. Spanish foreign minister Arancha Gonzalez said Laya Tikhanovskaya had asked for help “on democracy and human rights”.
The European Union has prepared a list of sanctions against Belarus targeting 40 people, but an absolute majority is required for the list to be approved. Among the countries that have blocked the implementation of sanctions against Belarus is Cyprus.
Conditional approval from Cyprus to Belarusian sanctions
Cyprus is ready to approve sanctions against Belarus if sanctions are imposed on Turkey. Cyprus Foreign Minister Nikos Khristodoulidis said, “We should not act differently on the violation of our values and fundamental principles. We should act rationally.” warned.
Speaking before the meeting, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said, “The violence perpetrated by Lukashenko against peaceful demonstrators is unacceptable. It should also be discussed whether the European Union will impose sanctions against Lukashenko.” said.
Many European Union countries think that imposing sanctions on Belarusian President Lukashenko will negatively affect the dialogue.
Germany does not want sanctions against Turkey
Many sources speaking to the AFP news agency stated that Germany did not want to impose sanctions on Turkey on the grounds that it would harm the dialogue. AFP wrote that two different sources included the statements “This situation is unacceptable for Cyprus”. Another source told AFP, “Turkey made the Oruç Reis ship back to the port, but the ship named Yavuz is still in the area. Ankara is trying to divide the European Union.” said.
The heads of state and government of the European Union will discuss the drilling crisis between Turkey, Cyprus and Greece in the Eastern Mediterranean on 24-25 September.
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Relations Josep Borrell said that the absence of a sanction decision on Belarus before the summit may damage the credibility of the European Union.