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Luxembourg, June.21,2021 (Lusa) – On Monday, the European Council adopted the EU's fourth package of sanctions against the Belarusian regime, sanctioning 78 individuals, including two ministers, and eight entities involved in human rights violations and the forced hijacking of a commercial flight.
Meeting in Luxembourg, the foreign ministers of the 27 imposed restrictive measures against the defence and transport ministers and five other personalities and one entity for their involvement in the forced landing of a Ryanair flight in Minsk on 23 May to detain activist Raman Protasevich and his companion, Sofia Sapega.
As for the remaining targets of today's extension of sanctions, the Council points out in a statement that "the decision was taken in view of the escalation of serious human rights violations in Belarus and the violent repression of civilians, the democratic opposition and journalists", with "several prominent business figures supporting and benefiting from [President Alexander] Lukashenko's regime" among those targeted.
"These sanctions thus send a stronger signal to the regime's supporters that their continued support for Aleksander Lukashenko comes at a substantial cost," reads the Council statement, which thus targeted key sectors of the Minsk regime's economy.
The restrictive measures against Belarus now apply to a total of 166 persons and 15 entities, who are subject to an assets freeze and barred from receiving funds from EU citizens or companies, and to travel to or within the EU.
Earlier this month, the Council had already adopted the decision to close airspace and airports to Belarusian aircraft, following the hijacking and forced landing of the Ryanair flight between Athens and Vilnius, as determined by EU heads of state and government at a summit held on 24 and 25 May in Brussels shortly after the incident.
Portugal is represented at this meeting by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva.
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Date : 2021-06-22 10:37:00







 

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