At an informal video meeting with EU foreign ministers, Reinsalu also said that Belarusian companies that support Alexander Lukashenko’s regime should be included in the existing sanctions list.
The recent high-profile death of protester Raman Bandarenko has made it clear that little has changed over three months after Lukashenko’s return to elections widely condemned as rigged, Reinsalu noted.
“The death of 31-year-old Raman Bandarenko, who was killed last week by the brutal actions of the Belarusian security forces, requires a response. Those responsible for this tragedy must be held accountable and we call on EU countries to take additional measures to take sanctions against Belarusian officials. Belarusian companies that support the regime must be included in the EU sanctions lists, “the Foreign Minister said in a press release, noting that the situation in Belarus has worsened.
Estonia, along with Belgium, Germany, France and the UK, raised the issue at a UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting last week, Reinsalu added.
Other topics at the online meeting included multilateral issues – the Palestinian Foreign Minister attended the meeting from a distance – the recent US presidential election and the ceasefire following the recent Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
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