EU agrees on new sanctions against Belarus

European Union members have agreed to impose new sanctions on Belarus over a crisis that has left a large number of migrants stuck in its border areas.

The EU's foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, revealed this following a meeting of foreign ministers from its member states on Monday.

Thousands of migrants believed to be from the Middle East and elsewhere have gathered on Belarus's border with Poland, which is a member of the EU.

The EU has accused Belarus of encouraging migrants to cross into the bloc in retaliation for its earlier sanctions against Minsk.

Borrell stressed that the EU is exploring ways to stop the government of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko from attacking the bloc.

Details of the new set of sanctions against Belarus have yet to be finalized. Borrell earlier suggested that airlines, travel agents and others suspected of helping migrants to travel will be on the sanctions list.

Since last year's presidential election in Belarus, the EU has imposed four rounds of sanctions on Belarusian officials, including Lukashenko. The bloc denounced his government's post-election crackdown on peaceful protests, among other actions.