EU states plan to temporarily suspend Belarus sanctions, including those on authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, despite observers’ reports that Sunday’s election was rigged.
Once dubbed ‘Europe’s last dictator’ by the US, Lukashenko, won a fifth consecutive term on Sunday, with 83.5% of the vote, according to official figures.
The EU’s foreign ministers, speaking in the margins of a meeting in Syria, said the plan to temporarily lift the visa bans and asset freezes between 31 October...


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