On Thursday, December 2, the European Union imposed a new embargo on Belarus against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko, who has been accused of pushing immigrants into the EU, particularly in the crisis against Poland, Latvia and Lithuania. These are the classic restrictions on the 27’s arsenal, namely the visa ban for Europe and the freezing of assets in the Union. At the same time, similar integrated sanctions have been imposed by the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
With our correspondent in Brussels, Pierre Benazette
This is the fifth embargo imposed by the European Union since the summer of 2020. It attacks both those who provoked the current immigration crisis, but also those responsible for the repression of civil society since the presidential election in August last year. The 17 people allowed, in particular, include seven officers but seven judges of the Belarusian Border Patrol.
In the same way, the European Union banned 11 Belarusian companies and was the first of three public companies accused of supporting repression.
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Border guards, hotels and airlines
Next, a section of border guards are accused of arranging for illegal immigrants to cross into Europe, including visa agencies, tour operators and travel agencies carrying immigrants from Iraq or Turkey. Under the same sanctions, the hotels that provided them with hotels and the two airlines that carried them, including the Belavia National Company.
In total, the list of European sanctions now includes 26 companies and 183 people. Among them, the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and his two sons.
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