The head of the European Commission assessed the timing of the introduction of new sanctions against Belarus

New sanctions against Belarus can be introduced by both the European Union and the United States. European sanctions will be ready early next week, November 15, and American ones – by early December

Ursula von der Leyen

The European Union, together with the United States, is preparing a new package of sanctions against the official Minsk, said the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. Sanctions against the Belarusian authorities may be expanded early next week, she said at a press conference after meeting with US President Joe Biden.

The United States, she said, has also prepared new sanctions against Belarus: they may be imposed in early December.

According to Bloomberg's interlocutors, the sanctions may be for airlines that assist in the transportation of migrants to Belarus, as well as the insurance sector of Belarus. In the case of airlines, there is still debate on whether to impose sanctions on existing contracts, or to restrict their conclusion in the future.

Expansion of sanctions against Belarus in connection with the situation with migrants, the ministers of foreign affairs of the European Union countries will discuss on November 15, the spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry Andrea Sasse said earlier. She noted that not only individuals and companies from Belarus, but also individuals and enterprises in third countries could fall under the sanctions.

According to a Bloomberg interlocutor, among the persons involved in the new sanctions list may be “ Aeroflot & raquo ;.

Since October, the EU leaders have been regularly announcing that the European Union should increase the sanctions pressure on Belarus in connection with the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border. The issue of the migration crisis was discussed by the leaders of the 27 EU countries at the summit on October 22. Then Ursula von der Leyen called Minsk's policy towards migrants a “ hybrid attack. '' According to Brussels, the Belarusian authorities assist migrants and organize their delivery to the Polish border in order to put pressure on the European Union.

A new round of discussion began after another large group of migrants reached the Belarusian-Polish border. According to the representative of the special services of Poland Stanislav Zharyn, 12-15 thousand migrants can be on the territory of Belarus, and directly at the border & ndash; about 4 thousand people. The Belarusian state agency BelTA reported that they are mainly talking about the Kurds. Their country of origin is unknown & ndash; Kurds live in Syria, Iraq, Iran and Turkey.

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