U.S. extends previous sanctions against Lukashenka’s entourage for another year

These sanctions were introduced back in 2006. They have to be regularly prolonged, suspended, or canceled – the term ended on June 16.

Flag over the U.S. Embassy in Minsk. Photo: Natallia Fyadosenka / TASS / Forum

U.S. President Joe Biden has signed an executive order to extend the U.S. sanctions against Belarusian officials for another year. The text of the document was published on June 8.

The document states that the actions of “certain representatives of the Belarusian government and others continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”

It wasn’t officially reported against whom the sanctions were imposed. However, it is assumed that the decree concerns Alyaksandr Lukashenka, Interior, and Justice Ministers, Secretary of the Security Council, KGB Chairman, the heads of the Central Election Commission, and state television. They block the right to property in the U.S., U.S. accounts, and financial transactions related to the United States. In addition, the U.S. has recently renewed sanctions against nine Belarusian companies – these sanctions have been in effect since June 3.