The EU, Great Britain, the USA and Canada have introduced a package of new sanctions against Belarusian companies, officials and employees of the state TV due to the situation with migrants, attempts to transfer them to Europe.
The fifth package of European sanctions covered:
Anatoly Lappo – Chairman of the State Border Committee of Belarus; Igor Kryuchkov – Head of a separate service for active measures of the border service; commanders of border detachments in Grodno, Polotsk, Brest, Lida and Smorgon; Anatoly Glaz – Press Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus; judges of different levels of Minsk courts; judges of the Supreme Court of Belarus; officials of the State Control Committee and the Prosecutor’s Office of Belarus; Marat Markov – General Director of the ONT TV channel; Belavia airline; company “Belorusneft”; fertilizer producer Grodno Azot; Belshina company.
Also, penalties for assisting in the transfer of migrants to the EU borders were imposed against the Syrian airline Cham Wings and the Belarusian travel companies Tsentrkurort and Oskartur, the Turkish VIP Grub visa service center and the Minsk hotels Planeta and Minsk.
Under US sanctions were: the son of the Belarusian President Dmitry, the head of the Ice Hockey Federation of Belarus Dmitry Baskov, the electromechanical plant “Agat”, the company “Slavkali” and other legal entities. The Ukrainian company Agrorozkvit, the official distributor of Belaruskali, was also included in the sanctions list.
In addition, the United States imposed sanctions on two Il-76 transports of the Transaviaexport company (presumably, they transported migrants). There is also an Agusta-Westland AW-139 helicopter of the Slavkali company on the sanctions list, on which the Belarusian president can travel.
UK and Canadian sanctions
These sanctions are practically the same as those imposed by the US and the EU. But Belarusian propagandist Grigory Azarenok has been added to the British list. A joint statement by all states states:
“We again demand from the Lukashenka regime to immediately stop organizing illegal migration across the EU borders. Those who facilitate illegal crossing of the external borders of the EU, be they in Belarus or third countries, should be aware that it will be expensive. We call on the regime to release almost 900 political prisoners unconditionally and immediately. ”
Formerly Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko threatened cut off gas supplies to the EU if Europe introduces new sanctions: “If new sanctions are imposed on us, we must react.”