“I believe that the EU sanctions (against representatives of the Belarusian authorities) will come into force no later than September 21,” TASS quoted him as saying.

He noted that “initially the sanctions list included 20 persons responsible for manipulations during the presidential elections held in Belarus on August 9 and the use of force against protesters”.

“We are again witnessing the brutal treatment of peaceful demonstrators, so we can expand this list in the coming days,” the minister said.

Earlier, the press secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus Olga Chemodanova said that hundreds of people were detained throughout the country at protests on September 6.