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EU Ready to Sanction Lukashenko Over Contested Election

  • Foreign ministers name Belarusian president in new threat
  • Move follows Oct. 2 EU blacklist that spared the Russian ally
Police use water cannon to disperse demonstrators during a rally in Minsk on Oct. 11.

Police use water cannon to disperse demonstrators during a rally in Minsk on Oct. 11.

Photographer: Stringer/AFP via Getty Images

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The European Union moved toward sanctioning Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko after he disregarded calls to work toward “new free and fair elections.”

The 27-nation bloc also pledged on Monday to take up a German-French proposal to blacklist individuals in Russia over the attempted murder of opposition leader Alexey Navalny.