Execution in Belarus is unacceptable

Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal has condemned the execution of Vladislav Kovalyov in Belarus. Mr Kovalyov had been convicted with Dmitry Konovalov for a bombing attack on the Minsk underground last year in which 15 people were killed. Mr Konovalov’s fate is currently unknown.

‘It is unacceptable that Belarus still carries out death sentences,’ Mr Rosenthal said. ‘I again call on the EU to step up sanctions against this last dictatorship in Europe.’

EU high representative Catherine Ashton has also condemned the execution.