EU to consider sanctions against Belarus

EU sanctions against Belarusian authorities and strategic partnership with Russia will be the main topics at the plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels on Monday.

The EU sanctions against Minsk extend to some 160 Belarusian government officials, headed by President Alexander Lukashenko.

The Belarusian opposition organized protests in the capital after the victory of Lukashenko in the presidential election on December 19th.

Authorities detained hundreds of protesters, including opposition candidates for presidency - something that was strongly condemned by the European Union.

The issue of strategic partnership between the EU and Russia will be discussed at a working lunch.

Other topics to be discussed will be Iran's nuclear program, the situation in Tunisia, Lebanon and Cote d'Ivoire.

It is also expected that the European Parliament will come out in favor of the introduction of uniform and strict rules for destruction in the EU of out-of-use electrical and electronic equipment, with due regard for environmental protection.


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