U.S. Renews Sanctions Against 9 Belarusian State-Owned Enterprises

The U.S. is renewing sanctions against Belneftekhim and 8 other Belarusian state-owned enterprises, U.S. Ambassador to Belarus Julie Fisher said at a meeting with Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. An official announcement has also been published.

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya met U.S. Ambassador to Belarus Julie Fisher who reported that the U.S. Department of the Treasury is renewing sanctions against nine Belarusian state-owned enterprises. After 45 days, cooperation with these enterprises should be stopped.

The sanctions are imposed due to the systematic violation of human rights in Belarus. The U.S. calls on the Lukashenko regime to immediately release all political prisoners. The U.S. Treasury has published an official release on the resumption of sanctions. The following enterprises are subject to them:

  • Belarusian Oil Trade House
  • Belneftekhim
  • Belneftekhim USA, Inc.
  • Belshina OAO
  • Grodno Azot OAO
  • Grodno Khimvolokno OAO
  • Lakokraska OAO
  • Naftan OAO
  • Polotsk Steklovolokno OAO

Previously, the sanctions were lifted, but in March 2021, the United States announced that it would renew them, but noted that the Belarusian authorities can avoid this if it releases political prisoners and starts a dialogue with the people. In response, Lukashenko’s regime stated that there are no political prisoners in Belarus.

Julie Fisher will stay in Vilnius until the end of the week. Recall that at the end of March, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya announced that the campaign to start negotiations with the authorities is moving to the second stage. A few hours later, the U.S. State Department announced that it would recommend the Ministry of Finance to resume the sanctions suspended since 2015 against eight entities of Belneftekhim.