EU sanctions on Belarus blocked by Cypriot veto

EU foreign ministers failed on Monday to adopt sanctions designed to put pressure Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko due to continued opposition from Cyprus, in a deadlock that is increasingly irking other EU capitals.Nicosia has been blocking the measures – agreed last month as a response to election fraud and repression in Belarus – demanding further measures against Turkey for its gas exploration activities in the eastern Mediterranean.The two issues are not directly related, but Cyprus argues the European Union must act consistently when responding to the violation of core principle…

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