EU fast-tracked new sanctions against Belarus: what's on the list
The EU Council has expedited the extension of sanctions against Belarus for its assistance to Russia in its aggressive war against Ukraine. The main purpose of the new restrictions is to more closely synchronise Belarusian sanctions packages with Russian ones, as well as to counteract the circumvention of measures against Russia through Belarus.
This was reported by the European Commission. Thus, Belarus, like Russia, is now subject to the following bans:
- on the import of a number of highly sensitive goods and technologies that contribute to the country's military and technical development;
- on the supply of firearms and ammunition;
- on the supply of goods and technologies intended for use in the aviation and space industry.
"The amendments also bring sanctions against Belarus in line with the sanctions regime against Russia. These restrictive measures are being implemented on an accelerated basis, taking into account the urgency associated with the fight against the circumvention of sanctions on certain highly sensitive goods and technologies," the European Commission said.
They added that they will make every effort to ensure compliance with sanctions and combat their circumvention. In particular, the 11th package of sanctions against Russia was introduced in June 2023.
"The EU has adopted new measures to prevent the circumvention of sanctions. The EU continues to work closely with third countries and will continue to provide advice and technical assistance on the scope of EU sanctions," the European officials explained.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, the United States has previously threatened to impose sanctions on all countries that supply weapons to Russia. These restrictions may be applied, in particular, against the DPRK if it provides Russia with ammunition, weapons or military equipment.