On 9 August, the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office advised that the UK has imposed a package of trade, financial and aviation sanctions on Belarus, in response to the continued undermining of democracy and human rights violations by the Lukashenko regime. The US has also announced new sanctions measures. The package includes:
- Aviation measures to prevent Belarusian air carriers from overflying or landing in the UK and a prohibition on the provision of technical assistance to President Lukashenko’s fleet of luxury aircraft;
- Trade measures on potash, petroleum products, interception and monitoring goods and technology, goods used in cigarette manufacturing, and dual-use goods and technology to reduce the amount of revenue flowing to the Lukashenko regime and to limit its access to items that could enable the internal repression of the Belarusian population; and
- Financial measures prohibiting purchases of transferable securities and money-market instruments issued by the Belarusian state, as well as those issued by state-owned banks, and the provision of loans.
It is said that this comprehensive response will also include prohibitions on the provision of insurance and reinsurance to Belarusian state bodies, and changes to the UK Government’s policy to further tighten the existing arms embargo.
The measure on aviation-related technical assistance applies in relation to the following designated persons:
- Alexander Lukashenko
- Viktor Lukashenko
- Igor Sergeenko
- Ivan Tertel
- Viktor Khrenin
- Natalia Eismont
- Ivan Kubrakov
- Mikhail Gutseriev
The restrictions on technical assistance relating to the following aircraft would be considered to be for the benefit of the relevant designated persons:
- Gulfstream G550 (EW-001PJ)
- Boeing 767-300 (EW-001PB)
- Boeing 737-800 (EW-001PA)
- Mil Mi-8 helicopter (EW-002DA)
- Mil Mi-8 helicopter (EW-001DA)
- AgustaWestland AW-139 helicopter (EW-001PH)
- Embraer ERJ-135BJ Legacy (P4-MSG)
- Bombardier BD-700 1A10 Global Express XRS (P4-GMS)
Also on 9 August, a Notice from HM Treasury advised that Russian businessman Mikhail Safarbekovich GUTSERIEV had been added to the sanctions lists, and that entries for 7 other individuals (including President Lukashenko) are amended.