Updated at 16:11,02-12-2016

Tusk: EU ready to give Belarus up to 9 bn euro

A "package of proposals" for Belarus was adopted at the Eastern Partnership summit. The news was told by Polish PM Donald Tusk at a press conference in Warsaw.

Belarus can count on 9 billion euros of aid, consisting mostly of grants and loans from world banks, if the country fulfills the conditions, “Nasha Niva” newspaper reports.

The package supposes the release and rehabilitation of political prisoners, talks between the authorities and the opposition as well as free parliamentary elections. The conditions do not include resignation of Lukashenka.

"It’s the first time when the European Union, with solidarity and decisiveness, has set real, not radical changes in Belarus. These are minimum demands", Donald Tusk said. In his opinion, Belarus can find a way out of the “dramatic situation” only on condition of external aid, but to receive this aid the country should observe human rights.

Tusk noted that the money can help Belarus to solve the difficult economic situation and strengthen the national currency.

"Europe has sent a very clear signal to Minsk", EU President Herman Van Rompuy said. According to him, the EU is interested in democratic Belarus.