EU to consider rapprochement with Belarus after Lukashenko poll win

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MINSK: Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko looked for relief from European Union (EU) sanctions against his regime on Monday after he thundered to victory in polls in which there were no major opposition protests. Lukashenko, 61, won a fifth consecutive term by a landslide in Sunday’s polls and warned the opposition against protests that could derail the lifting of EU sanctions imposed over rights abuses. Ahead of the polls EU diplomats had said that Brussels was ready to reconsider sanctions against Lukashenko’s regime provided the polls passed off without major protests and in an “acceptable climate.” On Monday, EU foreign ministers were set to consider lifting the Belarussian sanctions, with a decision to be taken before October 31, when the measures expire and must be renewed or scrapped, sources have told Agence France-Presse.

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