BRUSSELS, September 17. /TASS/. The European Parliament (EP) has drafted a prolonged decision on the scenario in Belarus. The doc was printed on Wednesday, the vote shall be held at a parliamentary session on Thursday. On this doc, the European parliament calls on the EU establishments to delegitimize President Alexander Lukashenko as a lot as doable, to impose powerful sanctions not solely in opposition to him and the republic, but in addition in opposition to the Russians, supporting the Lukashenko authorities. The European parliament additionally calls on the EU establishments to dam financing of Minsk by all obtainable channels, and to offer all doable assist to the Belarusian opposition.
Resolutions of the European Parliament are advisory and will not be binding even for EU establishments. The ultimate wording of the decision may differ as the method of amending this doc shouldn’t be but full.
The doc incorporates loads of proposals put stress on Belarus. Specifically, the European parliament “deplores the truth that Belarus has already loaded nuclear gas into the primary reactor of the Astravyets nuclear energy plant and is planning to begin producing power in November 2020.”
It means that the European Council ought to freeze “any EU fund transfers to the present Belarusian Authorities and state-controlled tasks and stopping EIB, EBRD and different loans to the present regime,” in addition to maintain “a donors’ convention for democratic Belarus.” Brussels additionally calls on the Worldwide Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) to withdraw its determination to carry the 2021 World Ice Hockey Championship partially in Belarus.”
The European parliament is attempting to problem the newest agreements between Moscow and Minsk claiming that Alexander Lukashenko “has no political or ethical mandate to enter into any additional contractual relations on behalf of Belarus, together with with Russian authorities, which might threaten the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Belarus.”
Elections and sanctions
The European Parliament refuses to acknowledge the outcomes of the presidential elections in Belarus. The draft decision states that “systematic irregularities and violations of worldwide electoral requirements have been reported throughout polling, together with intimidation of voters.”
In response to the draft decision, the European Parliament “won’t acknowledge Alexander Lukashenko as president of Belarus as soon as his present time period of workplace expires” and “welcomes the Coordination Council as an interim illustration of the individuals demanding democratic change in Belarus that’s open to all political and social stakeholders.”
On this respect, the European Parliament “calls on the Fee, the VP/HR and the Council to offer help to Belarus’ democratic opposition, together with the Coordination Council led by Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.”
In response to the draft decision, the European Parliament “strongly helps EU sanctions in opposition to people answerable for the falsification of the election outcomes and the repression in Belarus, together with Alexander Lukashenko; calls on the Council to implement directly, and in shut coordination with worldwide companions, broad and efficient sanctions in opposition to all Belarusian perpetrators of election fraud, violence and repression in Belarus.
It additionally “calls on the Council to comply with the instance of the Baltic States, which included Lukashenko of their sanctions record, in addition to “to discover the potential of together with Russian residents who’re straight concerned in supporting the Lukashenko regime in Belarus.”
Simple to undertake however arduous to implement
It is vitally doubtless that this decision shall be adopted virtually unchanged, for the reason that main factions of the European Parliament have very radical perspective in the direction of Minsk. Nevertheless, the probabilities of fulfilling even a small share of the MEPs’ appeals are small, since such resolutions will not be binding even for the establishments of the European Union.
The EU has did not approve the black record of Belarusian officers Brussels considers “answerable for election fraud and police violence.” The record was made on August 14 however the introduction of restrictions was blocked by Cyprus. In exchange for the approval Cyprus requires the adoption of sanctions in opposition to Turkey, which is conducting geological exploration of fuel fields within the disputed waters off the island. The EU is attempting with all its may to delay the approval of measures in opposition to Ankara, as a result of in case of aggravation of relations, Turkey can let as much as three million migrants detained on the border and accommodated in camps on its territory, flee to Europe.