The EU continued the operation of restrictive measures against Belarus, excluding some individuals and institutions from the "black list", informed the EU Council in Brussels.
"Today, on the principles of annual inspection, the EU Council extended the restrictive measures against Belarus until October 31, 2015. This is due to the fact that not all political prisoners were released and rehabilitated. Observance of human rights, rule of law and democratic principles in Belarus have not acquired a substantial improvement," decided the EU.
At the same time, as a result of sanctions review 24 people and seven institutions were excluded from the "black list".
The EU sanctions against Belarus include an embargo on arms, equipment and facilities for repressive measures, as well as assets freeze and visa ban for persons involved in the violation of human rights.