Earlier, the EU threatened Belarus with sanctions, considering the elections held on August 9 in the republic to be dishonest, and the voting results - rigged.
As the newspaper notes, Germany insisted on not including Lukashenko in the sanctions list. It was supported by France and Italy. As explained in Berlin, in any case, the EU is better off maintaining relations with Lukashenko, and his inclusion in the sanctions list could complicate these relations. Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland were opposed. The source of the publication added that there was no formal vote on whether to impose sanctions against Lukashenko or not, but all countries must unanimously approve the inclusion of one or another candidate in the sanctions list. Thus, the decision of the European Union means that Lukashenko, after the outbreak of unrest in the country and their brutal suppression by the security forces, "will leave Minsk unharmed", - the newspaper concluded.
After the presidential elections in Belarus, protests began. The results of the elections, which, according to official data, were won by the incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko, were not recognized in the EU, calling Lukashenko an illegitimate president. The European Union has imposed sanctions against about 20 high-ranking Belarusian officials. Lukashenko himself was not on the sanctions list. Russia considers the elections held in Belarus to be valid.