New EU sanctions against Belarus

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The European Union has introduced new restrictive measures against the Belarusian regime to respond to the escalation of serious human rights in the country and the violent repression of civil society, the democratic opposition and journalists, as well as the forced landing of a flight Ryanair in Minsk on May 23, 2021 and related to the journalist Raman Pratasevich and Sofia Sapega.
The new targeted licenses include a ban on selling, supplying, transferring or controlling export, directly or indirectly, to anyone in Belarus, equipment, technology or intended to be directly intercepting the Internet and controlling telephone communications, and goods and dual-use technologies for military use and for certain persons, entities or bodies in Belarus. There are restrictions on trade in petroleum products, potash (“potash”) and goods used for the production or manufacture of tobacco products. Access to EU capital markets is also restricted and the provision of insurance and reinsurance services to the Belarusian government and public entities and agencies in Belarus is prohibited. Finally, the European Investment Bank will stop disbursements or payments under existing agreements in relation to projects in the public sector and any provision of existing technical assistance services. Member States will also be sent to measures to limit the involvement in Belarus of multilateral development organizations of which they are members.

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