Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn has called for the trial of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
“My wish is — we cannot decide this – that one day Lukashenko will answer to the International Court of Justice for the suffering he inflicted on the people,” the diplomat stressed. He hoped that the new EU sanctions against Minsk would be so painful that they could “bring the regime to its knees.”
According to Asselborn, Europe has shown through restrictions that Stalinism and state terrorism have no place in the 21st century.
Earlier it became known that the Council of the European Union at the level of the foreign ministers of the member states approved the fourth package of individual sanctions against Belarus.
On June 18, it was reported that the association approved sanctions against the largest Belarusian enterprises. We are talking about the areas of oil, gas, potash production, and telecommunications. The EU also plans to impose restrictions on large companies in the country, freeze assets and ban travel to the territory of the countries of the association of some individuals and legal entities.
The aggravation of relations between Western countries and Belarus occurred after a Ryanair plane on route from Athens to Vilnius made an emergency landing in Minsk on May 23. At the same time, Belarusian security forces detained Roman Protasevich, the former editor-in-chief of the opposition Telegram channel NEXTA, and Sofia Sapega, a Russian woman, who was on board. The European Union and the United States considered this an act of state terrorism.