The Baltic states have expanded sanctions against Minsk due to falsification of presidential election results. This is reported by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on their websites.
Lithuania and Estonia added 28 people to the sanctions list who are accused of involvement in violence against protesters in Belarus and in the death of Raman Bandarenka. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius wrote about this in his Twitter.
Latvia has included 26 Belarusian officials in the list of persona non grata, the republic's Foreign Ministry reports.
Linkevičius said the Belarusian information and sports ministers were sanctioned because they imposed restrictions on the internet and constributed to persecuting athletes who criticise the government.
“The information and sports ministers are on the list. The information minister is linked to internet restrictions, and the sports minister is responsible for terrorising the sports community. It [the blacklist] also contains more police officers, including those who have taken part in violent crackdowns,” the minister said.
Now the sanctions list of Riga includes 159 citizens of Belarus.
The Estonian Foreign Ministry noted that its sanctions list now consists of 156 Belarusian officials.
“Yesterday, at a meeting of EU foreign ministers, I called on my colleagues to introduce additional sanctions against Belarusian officials and add companies supporting the Lukashenka regime to the EU sanctions list,” Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said.
As we reported earlier, Ukraine and six other countries ( Montenegro, Albania, North Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) have joined the EU in the imposition of sanctions against officials of the Republic of Belarus.