EU Ready to Impose New Sanctions on Belarus

10.03.2011 12:54
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The European Union intends to expand sanctions against the Belarusian officials. Sanctions will be focused on income from Belneftekhim and Triple oil firms,  weapon enterprise Belteheskport and producer of potash fertilizer Belaruskali. The new package of sanctions is planned to be adopted in April 2011. 

Its preparation involves representatives of European diplomatic missions in Minsk, as well as diplomats in Brussels, Euobserver reports.

At the same time, as stated by the former presidential candidate of the United Civil Party, Yaroslav Romanchuk, «it won’t be difficult for President Alexander Lukashenko to mark petroleum products, as produced in Russia» under the customs union agreement.

Reportedly, the new sanctions are intended to damage the state budget and the personal income of Alexander Lukashenko, as well as his officials, but not the Belarusian economy and companies of Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and the Netherlands.

Also, the EU intends to amend the list of the Belarusian officials, banned from entering the EU territory, by correcting mistakes and including ex-Interior Minister of Belarus Yuri Sivakov in the list.

As Telegraf previously reported, a new package of the EU sanctions against the Belarusian officials, including President Alexander Lukashenko, entered into force on February 2.

The EU decided to freeze all assets and economic resources of 157 representatives of the Belarusian authorities. 158 officials got under visa sanctions.

Yuri Sivakov, a former Interior Minister and former Minister of Sports and Tourism of Belarus, accused of laundering money for the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, did not get under the economic sanctions.