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Sanctions are part of a policy the EU calls “critical
engagement” with the government of President Alexander
Lukashenko – an attempt to push it to implement reforms.

Parliamentary elections in September were widely criticised
as being a sham and the Belarus government conducts widespread
harassment of its critics, including use of prison sentences or
fines for minor offences.

“The situation in Belarus has not improved,” the EU official
said on Friday.

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