Belarus court dismisses EU sanctions as ‘illegal’

The EU has no legal grounds for imposing sanctions against Belarus over the violent clamp-down on riots following elections in December, the Chairman of the Belarusian Constitutional Court said on Wednesday, RIA Novosti informs. “The elections were held in accordance with the Constitution and the country’s electoral legislation. The legitimate president was elected,” Chairman Petr Miklashevich said. The European Parliament adopted a resolution last week calling for immediate sanctions against the Belarusian leadership. The foreign ministers of the EU’s 27 states are expected to reach a final decision on the issue when they hold their first meeting of the year on January 31 in Brussels.

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