The Council of the European Union on Monday, June 21, approved the fourth package of sanctions against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus. The restrictive measures were published in the Official Journal of the EU and immediately came into force. The sanctions list includes 78 individuals, as well as eight state-owned enterprises and companies.
The list includes such enterprises as Minsk Automobile Plant (MAZ) and Belarusian Automobile Plant (BelAZ).
Those who fall under the sanctions are prohibited from providing financing, and their assets, if they exist in the EU countries, will be frozen.
This decision was made in view of the escalation of serious human rights violations in Belarus and violent repression against civil society, democratic opposition and journalists, according to a press release from the EU Council.
The fourth package of sanctions against Belarus in the European Union has been prepared since the beginning of the year. But the decision to move to economic sanctions was made only at the EU summit on May 24-25. The reason was the forced landing of a Ryanair plane in Minsk.