EU against Belarus: what sanctions are included in the fourth package

Bloomberg managed to learn about the details of the accelerated introduction of the fourth package of individual sanctions and sectoral economic sanctions against Belarus.

According to the newspaper, 7 organizations and 71 people were blacklisted – officials, representatives of law enforcement agencies, deputies, members of the government and parliament, judges and prosecutors who worked on the cases of protesters. They will be banned from entering and the assets will be frozen.

Technical work continues on sectoral economic sanctions that the European Union intends to impose. The exact list of sectors is currently unknown. But the possibilities of imposing sanctions, with the least consequences for the EU, against producers and suppliers of potash fertilizers are being studied. A complete ban or restrictions are being discussed, taking into account the minimization of damage to European agricultural producers. There are intentions to impose sanctions against state-owned companies “which are sources of financing for the regime in Minsk.”

Bloomberg did not specify the timing of the imposition of the sanctions, but Josep Borrell, the head of the European Union’s foreign policy service, previously said that their development would be completed by June 21, the beginning of a meeting of the EU Council at the level of heads of foreign ministries. Most likely, the discussion of the introduction of sectoral economic sanctions will take place at the summit of the heads of state and government of the EU, which will be held on June 24-25 in Brussels.

Decision on the adoption of economic measures and the introduction of the fourth package of individual sanctions was adopted after the forced landing at the Minsk airport of a Ryanair flight and the arrest of the blogger Roman Protasevich… Part of the package of economic sanctions is the ban the use of airspace over the European Union by Belarusian airlines and the landing of their aircraft at EU airports.

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