By Ivan Maltsev
The sanctions affected the son of Alexander Lukashenko and dozens more Belarusian security officials, as well as 12 organizations.
The United States on Thursday imposed restrictions on transactions with new issues of sovereign debt obligations of Belarus and expanded sanctions against the country. The sanctions list included 20 individuals and 12 legal entities, including one of Alexander Lukashenko’s sons. This was reported by the U.S. Treasury Department.
The Ministry of Finance has imposed restrictions on the purchase of new issues of sovereign debt issued by Belarus.
The Department of the Ministry of Finance for Control of Foreign Assets (OFAC) announced the inclusion of 20 people in the list, including Dmitry Lukashenko, the son of the current president of Belarus and chairman of the central council of the state-public association “Presidential Sports Club.”
The United States welcomed the allies’ decision to impose new sanctions against the Lukashenka regime.
The Canadian authorities announced this morning that Ottawa joins the EU, the UK, and the U.S. in imposing coordinated sanctions against Belarus. Earlier, Britain and the European Union announced the introduction of sanctions against the Lukashenka regime
Secretary of State Antony Blinken welcomed the introduction of coordinated sanctions against the ruling regime in Belarus. According to the Secretary of State, today’s actions have become the third round of joint sanctions with allies and are the result of “the continuing blatant disregard of human rights by the Belarusian authorities and Belarus’ failure to fulfill its international obligations in the field of human rights protection.”
“The United States calls on the Lukashenka regime to put an end to repressions against representatives of civil society, independent media, political opposition, athletes, students, lawyers, and other Belarusians; immediately release all political prisoners; conduct a frank dialogue with the democratic opposition and civil society; fulfill international obligations in the field of human rights protection… and to hold free and fair elections under international supervision,” Blinken said in a statement released by the Department of State.
The United States, Canada, the EU, and the United Kingdom also issued a joint statement today, confirming their continued support for the “democratic aspirations of the people of Belarus.”
“We once again demand that the Lukashenka regime immediately and completely stop organizing illegal migration across the borders with the EU,” the statement reads.