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Belarusian Leader Temporarily Escapes European Sanctions

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Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko does not have to fear personal punishment from the European Union for the time being.


He is not on the sanctions list on which the government leaders hope to agree on Thursday finally.

The EU has been hatching sanctions since Lukashenko’s presidential election stolen, according to Brussels, and brutal crackdown on protesters who subsequently took to the streets.

But Cyprus will thwart it as long as the EU does not also impose punitive measures on Turkey, which is arguing with the Cypriots among others about mineral resources under the Mediterranean Sea.

Impatience and resentment about this grow. At the summit of government leaders and heads of state on Thursday, some countries will put Cyprus to the test.

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