The Council imposed restrictive measures against 27 additional individuals, including high-level Belarusian officials, responsible for the ongoing repression and intimidation, as well as against 2 individuals and 7 entities who benefit from their association with and support the Lukashenka regime.
In response to the brutality of the Belarusian authorities and in support of the democratic rights of the Belarusian people, the Council today decided to adopt 36
These sanctions target high-level officials responsible for the ongoing violent repression and intimidation of
peaceful demonstrators, opposition members
, among others. They also target economic actors, prominent businessmen and companies benefiting from and/or supporting the regime of Aleksandr Lukashenko.
This decision aims to send a powerful message to the responsible political and economic actors that their support to the regime comes at a cost.
Restrictive measures include a
. The travel ban impedes those listed from
entering or transiting
through EU territories, while the asset freeze is used against the funds or
of the listed persons. In addition, EU citizens and companies are
forbidden from making funds available
to the listed individuals and entities.
Today’s decision follows up on the agreement reached by the EU foreign affairs ministers at their video conference meeting on
19 November 2020
. The sanctions will now apply with immediate effect.
and 7 entities
are now designated under the sanctions regime on Belarus.
In the context of the crackdown by Belarusian authorities, a
of sanctions was imposed by the Council against
on 1 October 2020. A
of sanctions targeting
Alexandr Lukashenko and 14 other officials
was imposed on
6 November 2020.
Designated persons, among others, include key figures of the political leadership and of the government, senior officials of the Ministry of the Interior and its troops, the Chair of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus, the Prosecutor General, several judges, the Chairman of the National State Television and Radio Company, and several prominent economic actors.
The purpose of these sanctions is to put pressure on the Belarusian political leadership to
prevent further violence
and repression, to
release all political prisoners
and other unjustly detained people, and to initiate a
genuine and inclusive national dialogue
with broader society.
The EU stands ready to support a
peaceful democratic transition
with a variety of instruments, including a
comprehensive plan of economic support
for a democratic Belarus. The EU also stands ready to adopt further sanctions, including on other economic actors, if the situation in Belarus does not improve.
The relevant legal acts, including the names of the persons concerned, have been published in the Official Journal.
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