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European Union continues sanctions against Belarus for another year

Monday, 27 February 2023, 18:10

The Council of the European Union decided to extend the restrictive measures against Belarus for one more year due to repressions within the country and its support of Russia’s armed aggression against Ukraine.  

Source: announcement made by the European Council, reports European Pravda

Details: The decision was made based on the results of the annual review and in view of the preservation of the seriousness of the internal situation in the country and the ongoing participation of Belarus in Russian aggression against Ukraine.

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The measures will apply until 28 February, 2024.

Quote: "Since August 2020, the EU has imposed successive rounds of sanctions, against those responsible for internal repression and human rights abuses in Belarus and in the context of Belarus’ involvement in Russia’s war against Ukraine, thereby signalling to the political and economic actors responsible that their actions and support for the regime and to the Russian Federation came at a cost," the message says.

The restrictive measures include an EU entry ban and freezing of assets for individuals on the list, which currently contains 195 people, including the self-proclaimed president of the Republic, Alexander Lukashenko, as well as freezing of assets applied to 34 organisations. In addition, individuals and legal entities from the EU are prohibited from providing funds directly or indirectly to persons included in the list.

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Belarus also remains subject to targeted economic sanctions, including restrictions in the financial sector, trade, dual-use goods, technology and telecommunications, energy, transport and other areas.

"The EU condemns in the strongest possible terms Belarus' involvement in Russia's unprovoked and unjustified war of aggression against Ukraine. Moreover, the EU is determined to address the human rights situation in the country and will continue to support the Belarusian people in their legitimate request for democracy, including through support to civil society and independent media," the message reads.

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