EU sanctions against Belarus blocked by Cyprus

EU sanctions against Belarus blocked by Cyprus

Opposition by Cyprus has delayed planned EU sanctions against individuals in Belarus, European sources said on Wednesday, Business Recorder reports. 

Cyprus is demanding that the EU first decide on tighter sanctions against Turkey because of a dispute over natural gas drilling in the eastern Mediterranean.

The sources said it was unclear whether the row could be resolved soon and that a solution might not be found before the next meeting of EU foreign ministers on September 21. That will be followed by an EU leaders' summit, where increasingly fraught relations with Turkey will be discussed.

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