Today, February 27, entered into force the decision of the European Union about the lifting of most sanctions against Belarus. This is stated in the EU Official journal, which published the relevant regulations, reports TASS.
EU sanctions were renewed for one year only in respect of four Belarusian security forces who are charged with the prosecution of the opposition. This former interior Minister of Belarus Uladzimir Navumau and Yury Sivakou, former Secretary of the security Council Viktar Sheiman and former head of the special rapid response unit of the Ministry of Dmitry Pavlichenko. In addition, remains in force and the arms embargo. Thus, elimination of the EU restrictive measures against 170 people, including President Alexander Lukashenko, as well as three companies.
The political decision to lift most sanctions against Belarus, which operated for more than 13 years, has been adopted by the foreign Ministers of 28 EU countries at a scheduled meeting of the community Council 15 February.
«The release of remaining political prisoners on 22 August 2015 has become a long-expected step. In response to their release and the holding of presidential elections on 11 October 2015 in violence-free atmosphere and taking into account the overall level of relations between the EU and Belarus, the EU Council in October last year decided to freeze most of the restrictive measures at four months, and today not to renew the portion of the restrictive measures», — was stated in the final statement of the Council.
The first block of visa sanctions against Belarus and its President, the EU imposed in connection with violations of human rights in 2002. Since then, the package of sanctions has been revised, and three were frozen.
Recall that in late October of last year, the European Union four months has suspended sanctions against Belarus. In turn, the Ministry of Finance of the United States decided to partially suspend sanctions against some Belarusian enterprises.
Sanctions the EU and the USA against Belarus were adopted in 2011 after the Belarusian opposition on 19 December 2010 in Minsk organized an unsanctioned rally after voting in the presidential election. Authorities detained hundreds of protesters, including opposition presidential candidates.
For the first time sanctions were imposed against the Belarusian authorities in 2004. The reason then became flawed elections and repressions against the opposition. In 2006, Lukashenko and his colleagues were declared persona non grata in the EU. After the events of the 2010 black list of personalities has greatly expanded, were frozen assets of some Belarusian companies. In 2012, the EU has twice extended the sanctions against Belarus. In June 2013, however, the entry into the territory of the EU «to facilitate diplomatic relations» was allowed to the Minister of foreign Affairs of Belarus. In 2014, sanctions were again extended.
According to the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, the abolition of Western sanctions against Belarus was the Minsk process on the settlement of the situation in the East of Ukraine.
Entered into force the EU’s decision about the lifting of most sanctions against Belarus 27.02.2016