Urban Ahlin on European Partnership and Belarusian visa

Swedish politican Urban Ahlin considers the European Partnership as a good opportunity for Minsk to prove themselves and their will to democratize – to the European community.

According to Ahlin Belarusian officials have a lot to gain from learning and interacting with EU officials that have a different political culture and “could not have negative impact on democratic processes in Belarus”.

However, Ahlin does feel that it is necessary to keep the visa sanctions for those Belarusian officials that are suspected of implication in human rights violations.

On the other hand, banning president Lukashenka from the European Partnership is not on Ahlin’s mind since he thinks that a policy like that should not exclude but be based on mutual communication.

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