Third-time-inaugurated President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has been banned from entering the European Union, along with 30 figures prominent in his power aparatus. Minsk retaliated to the EU move saying it would apply similar measures.
The EU sanctions were in response to what it has said were flagrantly rigged March 19 presidential polls.
The decision came from EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg. Slovenia’s Dimitri Rupel said: “We want to keep the people of Belarus on our side so we would like to cultivate relations with people of the opposition naturally, intellectuals, students, young people, people who are innocent – and interesting people of course. I think this will be a step in the right direction.”