If the European Union does not impose sanctions on Belarus, the neighbouring countries may consider introducing their own national sanctions, Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said after Monday’s talks with his Hungarian counterpart Péter Szijjártó in Budapest.
"If such sanctions were to be not launched - we are talking about sanctions targeting individual officials of the Belarusian state - then the countries of our region, I mean Belarus's neighbours belonging to the EU, will consider introducing national sanctions," Mr Rau said.
So far the Euroblock has failed to impose sanctions on Belarus in whatever shape or manner, mainly due to Cyprus preventing the EU’s FMs from reaching a consensus with this a week ago.
In the wake of the fruitless discussion, Josep Borrell, the EU's foreign policy chief, said that the EU's credibility was at stake.
Today, in Budapest, FM @RauZbigniew met with his 🇭🇺 counterpart Péter Szijjártó.— Ministry of Foreign Affairs 🇵🇱 (@PolandMFA) September 28, 2020
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