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Lithuania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs is proposing sanctions for over 100 Belarusian officials responsible for vote-rigging and violence against peaceful protesters.
Aliaksandras Lukašenka
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"The Foreign Ministry has submitted an updated list to the Interior Ministry. It now contains 118 people who are proposed to be sanctioned," Rasa Jakilaitiene, spokeswoman for Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius, told BNS on Wednesday.

Earlier, the Foreign Ministry proposed blacklisting Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and another 30 people accused of vote rigging.

Blacklisted persons would be banned from coming to Lithuania. The final decision should be made by Interior Minister Rita Tamasuniene.

The European Union is also considering sanctions for Belarusian officials. Diplomatic sources have told BNS that the EU diplomatic service plans to propose sanctions to almost 30 Belarusian officials, but the decision is expected in September at the earliest.

EU foreign ministers plan to discuss the sanction issue during their informal two-day meeting in Berlin, starting on Thursday.

People on the EU sanction list are barred from entering the EU and have their assets frozen.

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