EU Regulation 2021/1030/EU of 24 June imposed new sanctions on Belarus in response to human rights violations in Belarus, including activities relating to the forced diversion of the Ryanair flight in May. The new measures –
- Prohibit the provision of insurance and re-insurance to the Belarus government and public bodies;
- Prohibit the sale, supply, transfer or export to anyone in Belarus of equipment, technology or software intended primarily for use in the monitoring or interception of the internet and of telephone communications;
- Prohibit the sale, supply, transfer or export to anyone in Belarus of dual-use goods and technologies for military use and to specified persons, entities or bodies in Belarus;
- Restrict access to EU capital markets;
- Imposes restrictions in the trade in petroleum products, potassium chloride, and goods used for the production or manufacturing of tobacco products;
- Requires the European Investment Bank to stop disbursement or payment under existing agreements in relation to projects in the public sector, and any existing Technical Assistance Service Contracts; and
- Requires EU Member States to limit the involvement in Belarus of multilateral development banks of which they are members.
A news release from the EU points out that a total of 166 persons and 15 entities are currently subject to restrictive measures, which comprise an asset freeze applicable to both individuals and entities, and a travel ban on individuals. There are already in force a ban on the overflight of EU airspace by Belarusian airlines and on the access to EU airports of flights operated by such airlines.
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