Belarus expelled from Eastern Europe

Albania, Iceland, Bosnia and Herzegovina ready to introduce against Belarus the same sanctions that the European Union and the country to ban the entry of Belarusian officials from the "black list" and freeze their accounts in their banks.And representatives of the countries of the Visegrad Four, signed a document on readiness to impose a ban if Minsk does not release political prisoners, was sent to prison after the crackdown on the opposition on the night after the presidential vyborov.Albaniya, Iceland, Bosnia and Herzegovina ready to introduce against Belarus the same sanctions thatand the European Union country to ban the entry of Belarusian officials from the "black list" and freeze their accounts in their banks.And representatives of the countries of the Visegrad Four, signed a document on readiness to impose a ban if Minsk does not release political prisoners, was sent to prison after the crackdown on the opposition on the night after the presidential election.

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arus officials involved in the persecution of the opposition, joined by half a dozen countries outside the EU.

Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Iceland, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Liechtenstein, Norway declared that they share the restrictive measures against certain officials of Belarus imposed by the European Union, said EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton.

The statement stressed that these countries ensure that their national policies conform to the EU decision.The European Union in response greeted this statement.

In addition, the country made by the Visegrad Four (Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia) to the new threat of support sanctions.Close neighbors Belarusians adopted a joint statement which refers to the willingness, if necessary, to impose new sanctions against Lukashenka's inner circle.

«If the regime in Belarus and will continue to keep people in prison for political reasons, it is necessary to be prepared for additional targeted measures", - said in a statement, signed in Bratislava as part of the expanded summit of foreign ministers of the Visegrad Four representatives of the Member States of the European"Eastern partnership".The Quartet has expressed condemnation of politics Lukashenko: February 15, at the summit of Heads of Government of the Quartet with the participation of Germany, Austria and Ukraine adopted a statement condemning the policy of the Belarusian authorities.Ukraine has not acceded to the request.

In early February, the EU adopted sanctions against 158 ​​senior officials from Belarus, including President Alexander Lukashenko.This "black list" was made up of the names of officials involved in the harsh crackdown on the night of the opposition after the presidential elections of December 19, 2010.All denied entry to the EU, any of their European assets frozen.The right of entry to the EU of the Belarusian leadership is left only for the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Martynov and the First Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko.

Russia did not support the decision of the EU and recalled the policy of Belarus involvement in international cooperation."In this context, the strategic use against Belarus for political reasons, unilateral sanctions, based on the undermining of social and economic stability in the country would be counterproductive," - Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said.

Wednesday in Minsk were sentenced to terms of real three-Belarusian oppositionists.A spokesman for the former presidential candidate Andrei Sannikov, Alyaksandr Atroshchankau got 4 years of strict regime, student Alexander Molchanov and the driver of one of the embassies Dmitry Novik - 3.5 years of strict regime.Previous to 4 years in prison, was sentenced another private party protests, Basil Parfiankou.Among the four other arrested dozens of criminal offenses awaiting trial in the case on December 19 and two Russians, Ivan Gaponov and Artem Breus.On March 1, the Belarusian prosecutor's office re-filed the charges on both parts. 2, Art.293 of the Criminal Code - "participation in mass riots".By the merits the court will begin on 10 March.