Logar condemns retaliatory sanctions by China

Brussels/Ljubljana – Slovenian Foreign Minister Anže Logar has condemned sanctions imposed by China in retaliation for the EU’s sanctions against it due to its treatment of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang.

China introduced sanctions against EU individuals including a member of Slovenia’s permanent representation to the EU, according to Logar.

“We find this action completely unacceptable and not favourable for future relations between the EU and China,” Minister Logar said in a video address posted on Twitter.

It is unclear at this point who exactly the Slovenian national subject to China’s sanctions is, but the entities sanctioned include members of the EU Council’s Political and Security Committee, which features the representatives of all member states.

The statement came after virtual session of the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council which decided to take sanctions over violations of human rights against eleven individuals and four legal entities in six countries.

In a press release after the session, Logar was quoted as expressing concern over deteriorating human rights in several countries.

He said the impact of the Covid-10 pandemic on human rights around the world was also worrying.