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Mogherini: ‘EU wants to improve its relations with Belarus’

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Mogherini: ‘EU wants to improve its relations with Belarus’

EU-Belarus relations need improving, noted the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini.

“We’d like to move in the direction of improving relations with Belarus,” she said, speaking at the European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg (broadcast on the Internet). Federica Mogherini also noted, “I agree that the approach towards Belarus should be realistic rather than being solely restricted to our policy in the sphere of sanctions.”

Tackling the topic of the recent release of a range of prisoners by the Belarusian authorities, she said there’s a window of opportunity that shouldn’t be lost. “The issue is how to make this in the most sensible, positive and efficient way. I believe that whatever the EU’s answer would be, it would be accompanied by steps to increase collaboration,” adds Ms. Mogherini.

According to her, the EU needs a long-term policy regarding Belarus.
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