A European Union official says the bloc may suspend sanctions on Belarus, following the release of political prisoners there earlier this year.

The official, who was not authorized to issue public statements on the issue and spoke on condition of anonymity, said Friday that ambassadors from the 28 EU member nations had reached an "agreement in principle," and that "the most restrictive measures" could be suspended temporarily by the end of October.

However, the EU official said a formal decision on the matter remains to be made, and that it will take into account the conduct of Belarus's elections this coming Sunday.

The EU official said in four months, there will be a further review of the bloc's restrictive measures targeting Belarus, as well as the possibility of increased cooperation.