President of the United States Donald Trump has extended U.S. sanctions against a number of Belarusian officials for a year. The relevant notice was sent to the U.S. Congress, the White House press service reported on 13 June.
“I have sent to the Federal Register for publication the enclosed notice stating that the national emergency with respect to the actions and policies of certain members of the Government of Belarus and other persons to undermine democratic processes or institutions of Belarus is to continue in effect beyond June 16, 2017,” the message reads.
The USA believe that the actions and policies of certain members of the Government of Belarus and other persons undermine democratic processes or institutions in Belarus. Human rights abuses related to political repression and public corruption continue in the country.
“These actions pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States,” Trump’s letter to the Congress says.
Sanctions against Alexander Lukashenko and a number of Belarusian officials and members of their families were introduced by George W. Bush in 2006. Restrictive measures were imposed after the presidential elections in Belarus, which in the United States and the EU recognized as undemocratic.
Sanctions pressupose blocking accounts of these individuals in U.S. banks, prohibiting them the entry to the USA and prohibiting American companies from having any business with these persons.
Meanwhile, in April this year America prolonged sanctions relief against nine Belarusian enterprises. The relief will be in force till 30 October 2017.
Source: TUT.BY. Photo: White House/Shealah Craighead