EU pledges €3bn funding for Belarus if it transitions to democracy

Ursula von der Leyen comes close to calling for regime change as she urges country to ‘change course’

The EU has said it will provide Belarus with €3bn (£2.6bn) through grants and loans if the country “changes course” in an attempt to ramp up internal pressure on president Alexander Lukashenko as he met Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president, came close to an all-out call for regime change as she issued the pledge of funds in return for a “transition” to democracy.

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