The US Department of the Treasury announced the imposition of another series of sanctions against Belarus. They concern, inter alia, turnover of Belarusian debt. The restrictions also apply to 20 people associated with the regime of Alyaksandr Lukashenka, including his son Dzmitry. All because of the violation of human rights and the triggering of a migration crisis on the border with Poland. A group of refugees has been traveling there since September, trying to reach the territory of the European Union.
“These sanctions confirm the US authorities’ commitment to impose costs on the Lukashenka regime for enabling corruption, violating human rights, inhuman use of vulnerable people and organizing irregular migration and attacks against democratic freedoms and international norms, “the ministry said.
US chief of diplomacy Antony Blinken said the moves showed “the unwavering determination of the US to act in the face of a brutal regime that increasingly represses Belarusians and undermines peace and security in Europe.” Blinken also praised Poland, Lithuania and Latvia for their “response to the migration crisis triggered by the Lukashenka regime at their borders”.
Prohibition of trading in new debt
Restrictions introduced by Washington prohibit “all transactions, financing and other dealings in new debt with a maturity of more than 90 days” . The prohibition covers both primary and secondary market transactions.