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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

EU Extends Visa Freeze for Belarus

BRUSSELS — The European Union on Tuesday prolonged a freeze on visa restrictions for senior Belarussian officials but opted not to lift the sanctions entirely because of a lack of progress on political reform.

The EU imposed visa bans on President Alexander Lukashenko and dozens of other officials after he was accused of rigging his 2006 re-election. The bans were suspended in October 2008 in order to encourage reforms.

A statement approved by EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels said the suspension would be extended until October 2010 to encourage further democratic advances.