BRUSSELS — European Union international ministers agreed on Monday to impose sanctions on President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko of Belarus, broadly seen as having stolen the current election — however in addition they appeared to supply him a method out of the penalties.

The proposed sanctions should first undergo authorized vetting and will not be carried out if Mr. Lukashenko engages in critical talks with the opposition about new elections and eases a crackdown towards protesters.

Some 40 Belarusian officers have already been sanctioned with an asset freeze and a journey ban. After a harsh crackdown on protesters in Belarus on Sunday, the E.U. international ministers, assembly in Luxembourg, agreed to broaden the record to incorporate the authoritarian president and others.

“According to the E.U.’s gradual method, the E.U. stands able to take additional restrictive measures, together with towards entities and high-ranking officers, together with A. Lukashenko,’’ they stated in a statement.

As soon as the authorized work is finished, the ministers must approve the implementation of any new sanctions, which they’re attempting to make use of as a method to strain Mr. Lukashenko. He has been beneath E.U. sanctions up to now, however they had been lifted in 2016 when he eased up on the opposition and launched some critics from jail.

Mr. Lukashenko is already beneath sanctions from the USA and Britain, in addition to from the Baltic nations. In response, Belarus has expelled a number of ambassadors of E.U. member states.

The ministers additionally agreed on Monday to reduce the monetary assist the European Union offers to the Belarus authorities and to redirect a number of the funds to civil society teams. The bloc has already declared that it doesn’t acknowledge Mr. Lukashenko because the respectable president of Belarus after elections on Aug. 9 that it deemed fraudulent.

“The EU calls on the Belarusian authorities to hunt a peaceable and democratic resolution to the disaster by means of an inclusive nationwide dialogue with broader society,” the ministers stated, supporting a plan by the Group for Safety and Cooperation in Europe to assist arrange such talks.

The ministers stated {that a} substantial package deal of help can be accessible to assist a democratic transition.

The ministers additionally agreed to impose sanctions on Russian officers and organizations blamed for the poisoning of Aleksei A. Navalny, a distinguished opposition chief, with a nerve agent.

However the European Union’s foreign-policy chief, Josep Borrell Fontelles, supplied no particulars about who in Russia may face sanctions or when the measures may come into pressure, saying that technical work on making ready the motion was continuing.

Monika Pronczuk contributed analysis.


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