Czech foreign minister would support sanctions against Lukashenko administration

The Czech foreign minister, Karel Schwarzenberg, has said he would support sanctions against the Lukashenko administration in Belarus. Presenting a lecture on Czech foreign policy priorities in 2010, the foreign minister said he was against a complete severance of relations with Belarus, but that he would support some sanctions against the country’s political leaders, for instance in the form of travel restrictions. Mr. Schwarzenberg said he could not imagine maintaining friendly relations with an administration which has jailed its political opponents. Belarusian former economy minister Bohdan Danylyshyn, who has been charged with abuse of power in his homeland, was granted political asylum in the Czech Republic last week.