In an interview with the German newspaper Die Welt, Pavel Latushka called on the EU to toughen sanctions against the repressive regime in Belarus
"Every day I am talking with activists from courtyard communities, as well as members of strike committees. And people who are fighting for freedom in Belarus constantly ask me: where is the reaction of the European Union? We explain that the EU has been working for six months to launch the sanctions process. We are grateful to the EU for its solidarity. But real action is important to us."
"EU sanctions are not enough, in fact, they have no effect. These are cosmetic measures. For six months, Belarusians were victims of massive repressions throughout the country. Nine people were killed and over 33,000 were arrested. At least 1,800 people have been tortured in prisons. Also, 500 journalists were arrested".
"Sanctions are not the purpose in themselves, but they should be an instrument of pressure on Lukashenka so that he finally stops torturing the Belarusian people. The sanctions should force the regime to negotiate with us. Lukashenka will never talk to the people voluntarily. This can only happen under pressure."
"We are talking about EU sanctions on different levels. Firstly, it is important to take measures against judges who issue unfair sentences. It is about 400 people. Many prosecutors and investigators also need to be sanctioned. Until now, no cases have been initiated about the murders of peaceful Belarusians. In Brest, a special forces soldier killed Gennady Shutov with a shot in the back of the head. Alexander Taraikovsky was shot while he was standing with his hands up. "
"Sanctions must be targeted and sensitive to the regime."
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