European foreign ministers welcomed Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya to Brussels on Monday as they prepare EU sanctions to support her battle against the Minsk regime. The French Press Agency reports that the former Soviet republic has been convulsed by unprecedented demonstrations against President Alexander Lukashenko since he was returned to power in a disputed 9 August election – and those protests have been brutally repressed. The EU and other Western powers have rejected the result of the election, saying the poll was not free and fair, and Brussels is set to hit members of Lukashenko’s regime with asset freezes and travel bans.