The foreign Ministers of member countries of the European Union intends to lift sanctions against Belarus at the meeting in Brussels next week, February 15. This was reported by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty diplomatic sources. According to them, on Monday they would lift the restrictions against dozens of persons, and also included in the “black list” of companies. By the end of February sanctions are lifted, said the source publication.
At the same time, four people suspected of involvement in the disappearance of four opposition figures in 2000, will remain under sanctions. In addition, according to sources, will be extended the embargo on arms to Belarus.
Agency France-Presse says citing its sources, that the foreign Ministers of the EU will finally remove the majority of sanctions with Belarus and this decision applies to President Alexander Lukashenko. According to one of interlocutors of Agency, the decision, in particular in connection with the role of Belarus in the negotiations on the settlement of the situation in Ukraine. “In the Ukrainian crisis, Belarus has played a positive role and showed a desire to get closer to the EU,” he said.
30 October 2015 the EU and the US eased sanctions against Belarus. In particular, the EU Council published the decision to suspend sanctions against the Belarusian legal entities and individuals, including President Lukashenko. The restrictive measures were suspended on the companies “Beltechexport”, “beltech holding”, “Spetspriborservice”, LLC Triple Metal Trade, JV LLC Triple-Techno, MSSFC Logoysk, Triple-Agro ACC.
The changes, introduced by the U.S. Treasury, addressed the concern “Belneftekhim” and its representative offices, companies “Belshina”, “Grodno Azot”, “Grodno Khimvolokno”, “Lakokraska”, “Naftan”, “Polotsk-Fiberglass”, “Belarusian oil trading house”. American companies were allowed to provide enterprises with the data transaction. When transactions worth more than $10 thousand report on these transactions should be submitted to the U.S. Department of state within 15 days.
The European Union imposed sanctions against Belarus in the mid 2000-ies. Then they touched on President Alexander Lukashenko and several Belarusian officials had been banned entry to the EU. Further sanctions were expanded. In particular, this happened in 2010 after the suppression of opposition protests in Minsk.