The USA extended for one year sanctions against Belarus

Moscow. June 14. INTERFAX.RU – U.S. President Donald trump extended for another year sanctions against several Belarusian officials, reported the press service of the White house.

“I was sent to the Federal register for publication notification that a state of emergency in connection with the actions and policies of certain members of the government of Belarus and other persons that undermine democratic processes and structures in this country, which was declared by the decree 13405 of June 16, 2006, must continue beyond June 16, 2017”, – stated in the notice trump Congress, published on the White house website.

The US extended sanctions, because I believe that the actions and policies of certain members of the government of Belarus and other persons undermining democratic processes in the Republic. In Belarus, according to U.S. authorities, continue to violate human rights associated with political repression and corruption. “This is a threat to national security and foreign policy of the United States,” – said in a published letter to the President of the United States.

U.S. sanctions against Belarus were imposed by President George Bush.

In a letter sent to the U.S. Congress on June 16, 2006, Bush ordered to freeze the financial accounts of the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and nine other senior Belarusian officials, and forbade American citizens to join them on any transactions. The reason for the imposition of sanctions on the presidential elections in Belarus, which the United States and the EU have recognized undemocratic.

Later, in 2007-2008, Washington imposed restrictive economic measures against the concern Belneftekhim. In October 2015, the U.S. Treasury has suspended the sanctions against Belneftekhim company and eight related companies of the petrochemical industry.

In April this year, the United States was extended to October 30, the suspension of sanctions against some Belarusian enterprises – “Belneftekhim” and its subsidiaries in the United States (Belneftekhim USA), “Belshina”, “Grodno Nitrogen”, “Grodno chemical fibers”, “Paints”, OJSC “Naftan”, “Polotsk Fiberglass”.