Seven more European countries join fifth package of sanctions against Belarusian regime

Four countries aiming to join the European Union and three countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) have joined the European Union’s latest sanctions against Belarus.

Northern Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, and Montenegro have joined the sanctions, as the press service of the European Council reported.

Also, some EFTA countries like Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, joined the sanctions. Switzerland imposed the sanctions back on December 20.

“The European Union takes note of this commitment and welcomes it,” the statement said.

The fifth EU sanctions package included 11 companies and 17 individuals. Thus, the companies Belavia and Tsentrkurort, travel agency Oskartur, Minsk and Planeta hotels, the Selective Action Service, Syrian airline Cham Wings Airlines, and the VIP passport and visa center VIP Grub (Turkey) fell under the sanctions. The sanctions are also imposed on enterprises Grodno Azot (including its branch Grodno Khimvolokno), Belshina, and Belorusneft.

The management of the State Border Committee, judges, employees of the FID and prosecutors, and Foreign Ministry spokesman Anatol Hlaz and the head of the ONT TV channel Marat Markau have been subjected to personal sanctions.