The European Union approved a third package of sanctions against Belarus in connection with the “continuing repression of civil society. A decision to that effect was published in the Official Journal of the EU.
The sanctions list includes 29 new names. Among them – Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Anatoli Sivak, head of Belteleradiocompany Ivan Eismont, Information Minister Igor Lutski, chairman of Hrodna Executive Committee Vladimir Karanik, Prosecutor General Andrei Shved, businessman Alexander Shakutin, judges and security officers.
In addition, restrictive measures were introduced against seven companies, including Beltechexport, MZKT factory and the main economic department of the Presidential Administration of Belarus.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas earlier threatened Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko with new sanctions if the situation in the country did not change. The diplomat stressed that the EU countries will expand restrictive measures if the Belarusian government continues to “rely on truncheons instead of an honest national dialogue.