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Belarus officials to face EU sanctions but leaders stop short of Lukashenko

Move comes after late-night talks ended a standoff with Cyprus, which insisted the bloc take action over Turkey

European Union leaders agreed early on Friday to impose sanctions on dozens of senior officials in Belarus accused of falsifying presidential election results and leading a crackdown on peaceful protesters, after unblocking a veto by one of the EU’s smallest member countries.

In an embarrassing standoff, Cyprus had insisted that its EU partners take action against Turkey for its energy exploration work in disputed waters off the Mediterranean island nation’s coast before it would agree to the Belarus sanctions.

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