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Muchas gracias Señora Presidenta,

Señoras y señores diputados, señorías,

Hace ya tres años de la violenta represión que ha llevado a Nicaragua a una profunda crisis política, social y económica, que está aún por resolver y que todo indica que puede empeorar.

The Council today introduced new restrictive measures against the Belarusian regime to respond to the escalation of serious human rights violations in Belarus and the violent repression of civil society, democratic opposition and journalists, as well as to the forced landing of a Ryanair flight in Minsk on 23 May 2021 and the related detention of journalist Raman Pratasevich and Sofia Sapega.

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The Council today imposed sanctions on 8 individuals, 3 economic entities and the War Veterans Organisation in relation to the military coup staged in Myanmar/Burma on 1 February 2021, and the ensuing repression against peaceful demonstrators. The EU's restrictive measures are largely aligned with those of major international partners.

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The Council today changed the decision currently in place concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Libya, with the aim of specifying the criteria used to decide on sanctions on persons and entities whose acts threaten the peace, stability or security of Libya

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The Council today decided to renew sanctions introduced in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation for a further year until 23 June 2022.

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10/06/2021 – Brussels – EEAS. In his briefing to the UN Security Council, HRVP Borrell sets out the EU’s support to the work of the UN. He underlines the cost of the absence of multilateral action: reduced access to vaccines, insufficient climate action, peace and security crises that fester.

The Council today decided to strengthen the existing restrictive measures in view of the situation in Belarus by introducing a ban on the overflight of EU airspace and on access to EU airports by Belarusian carriers of all kinds.

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Good afternoon to all of you.

First of all, thank you Augusto, thank you to my friend the Minister [of State for Foreign Affairs of Portugal] Augusto Santos Silva for hosting us here today in this beautiful place, the Belém Cultural Center, and for the excellent organisation of today’s meeting – also for the gastronomy. I think that all the colleagues of the Foreign Affairs Council have noticed and they are very thankful.

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