The European Union imposed further sanctions on Belarus, including for its involvement in aggression against Ukraine. The new restrictions concern the ban on the export to Belarus of goods.
The European Union imposed further sanctions on Belarus, including for its involvement in aggression against Ukraine. The new restrictions concern the ban on the export to Belarus of goods and technologies that contribute to the military strengthening of Belarus.
According to the European Commission, the new sanctions are to ensure that the sanctions imposed on Russia will not be circumvented by Belarus. Therefore, the changes also bring the sanctions against Belarus into line with the sanctions regime in Russia.
In addition to restrictions on the export of goods and technology related to the military industry, the Council also imposes an additional ban on the export of firearms and ammunition and goods and technology suitable for use in the aviation and space industries. Other names have also been added to the blacklist of people subject to restrictions.
EU sanctions were imposed on Belarus for supporting Russian aggression against Ukraine, as well as for repressions against the Belarusian opposition, the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen announced at the beginning of January this year. Until then, negotiations between the EU countries did not bring a breakthrough.
In it, the EU states that "EU sanctions against Russia are effective", limiting Russia's ability to wage war against Ukraine, produce new weapons and repair existing ones, and prevent the transport of military supplies.
In addition, "the EU continues to ensure that its sanctions will not affect the export of energy and agri-food products from Russia to third countries".
The EU has previously imposed sanctions on Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko and his entourage, mainly for supporting Russian aggression in Ukraine. In addition, the UK imposed economic, trade and transport sanctions on Belarus.