The EU’s senior representative for security and foreign policy, Joseph Borel, said that if President Alexander Lukashenko is removed from office and a democratic transition is implemented, the EU is willing to provide Belarus with 3 billion euros.
Earlier in the day, the European Commission reported that it had proposed to the Council a plan to provide economic support for a future democratic Belarus.
Borel said when attending an informal meeting of EU defense ministers in Lisbon: “By doing so, we hope to express our commitment to the people of Belarus. This plan will be launched before Belarus begins the transition to democracy, not before then.”
He added: “Lukashenko is not satisfied with this idea.”
The European Commission reported that the 3 billion euro package includes grants and loans to help Belarus stabilize its economy and reform its system. The money will come from various sources within the EU.
Today, however, Lukashenko is meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, just the day after the United Nations Aviation Administration (ICAO) announced an investigation into the forced landing of a Ryanair plane.
“I don’t know if their meeting will be held, and I don’t know. Putin and Lukashenko did not inform me of their agenda, so I don’t know. Putin is a staunch supporter of Lukashenko, that’s very clear. , But I don’t know anything about their meeting.”
Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlic Radman (Gordan Grlic Radman) said after meeting with his EU counterparts in Lisbon yesterday that at the same time, the EU intends to impose sanctions on Belarus because the country’s authorities forced Ryanair’s The plane landed and arrested opposition militants and their partners. .
Grlić Radman (Grlić Radman) told Hina: “We agree to speed up the sanctions. The fourth set of plans in the sanctions regime is currently being formulated.”
German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass (Heiko Mass) said that the sanctions may involve major companies in the fertilizer industry, and the EU may prevent the Belarusian government from issuing bonds in the EU. Ministers of 27 EU countries are considering expanding the list of persons subject to sanctions. After the presidential election last year, 88 people and 7 companies close to the regime were sanctioned by the European Union.
Belarus should not have been the subject of an informal meeting of 27 EU foreign ministers in Lisbon, but in view of the current incident involving the forced landing of planes, the agenda has been put on the agenda. Belarusian authorities said on Sunday that they had ordered a plane from Greece to Lithuania, which was in airspace at the time, to land in Minsk due to bomb threats. When the plane landed, its passenger Roman Prostasevic and his partner Sofia Sapega were arrested.
EU leaders accused Belarus of state-sponsored kidnapping activities. The European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, stated that it supports the desire of the Belarusian people to achieve a peaceful and democratic transition after the August 2020 presidential election, which it claims is neither free nor fair.