The EU's top diplomat warned on Thursday that "we are witnessing a further escalation of repression against the Belarusian people".
Europe needs a two-track strategy on Russia: offer a helping hand to the growing numbers of discontented Russians and be ready to confront the Kremlin with resolve and systematically punishing its aggressions, argues Rostislav Valvoda.
"We will not accept that the United Kingdom will be the only country in the world that does not recognise the Delegation of the European Union as the equivalent of a diplomatic mission," High Representative Josep Borrell warned on Monday.
The Commission said the funds will help migrants and refugees "facing a humanitarian disaster" by financing warm clothing, blankets, food, healthcare and mental health and psychological support.
European diplomats say Cypriot officials are threatening to veto sanctions against Minsk if the EU does not consider action over a separate dispute in the Mediterranean Sea.
The bloc's foreign policy chief said ministers will agree on sanctions on Belarus on September 21 while EU leaders will discuss restrictive measures on Turkey on September 24.
According to the UN, 483 aid workers were subject to attacks last year, an 18 per cent rise on 2018 and the highest number ever recorded.