The European Union will extend sanctions against Belarus next week. The news was announced on Wednesday by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen after a meeting with President Joe Biden in Washington, where, among other issues, issues related to COVID-19 and climate were addressed.
“Very soon, at the beginning of next week, there will be an extension of sanctions against Belarus,” Ms Von der Leyen told reporters after the meeting, noting that sanctions would be imposed on both individuals and entities.
European Union diplomats have said that the bloc plans to impose sanctions on about 30 people and entities, including the Foreign Minister of Belarus and the Belarusian airline Belavia.
The EU and NATO accuse President Alexander Lukashenko of using migrants as a “weapon” to put pressure on the West, bringing people fleeing the Middle East to Minsk and then bringing them to the borders of Poland and Baltic states.
Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have blamed the EU.
Ms Von der Leyen also said the United States had prepared sanctions against Belarus that would take effect in early December.
“We will consider imposing sanctions on those airlines that facilitate the trafficking of human beings to Minsk and then to the EU-Belarus border,” she added.
Ms. Von der Leyen and President Biden last met in Rome at the G-20 summit and the UN climate conference in Glasgow. President Biden is seeking to improve relations with Europe following tensions created by his predecessor, former President Donald Trump.
The White House said ahead of the meeting that the two leaders would discuss issues related to the economy and address them through a joint US-EU trade and technology council, global warming as well as regional issues such as Ukraine and the Western Balkans.
“President Biden will reaffirm his support for the European Union as a key partner for the United States,” said White House spokeswoman Emily Horne.
Transatlantic relations have improved under President Biden. The United States and the European Union have managed to resolve two major trade disputes, the one related to aircraft subsidies and the production of steel, joining together in the biggest cause that is the threat posed by China.
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