Trump extends sanctions against Belarus top officials

US leader Donald Trump has sent an a message regarding Belarus to the Congress.

“The actions and policies of certain members of the Government of Belarus and other persons to undermine Belarus’s democratic processes or institutions, to commit human rights abuses related to political repression, and to engage in public corruption continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. Therefore, I have determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13405 with respect to Belarus ,” Trump’s statement reads.

The sanctions have been extended to June 16, 2020.

The national emergency with regard to Belarus was first introduced by the then US president George Bush on June 16, 2006.

The sanctions ban the blacklisted persons from entering the United States and freeze their assets in US banks; prohibit US companies from doing business with them.

Apart from Mr Lukashenka, the US sanctions target his eldest son Viktar, presidential aide for national security since 2005; Lidziya Yarmoshyna, Chairperson of the central election commission since 1996; Viktar Sheyman, the then state secretary of the Security Council who is currently special presidential aide; Dzmitry Paulichenka, the then chief of the Special Rapid Response Unit (SOBR) of the Interior Ministry, etc.

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