“The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced new sanctions under the Special Economic Measures Act in response to the ongoing, gross and systematic violations of human rights in Belarus. These new measures impose restrictions on key sectors of the Belarusian economy and minimize Belarusian state actors’ access to international finance,” the message says.
Particularly, the sanctions concern transferrable securities and money market instruments, debt financing, insurance and reinsurance, petroleum products and potassium chloride products.
These measures are assumed in solidarity of Ottawa with actions of the international partners.
In accordance with Special Economic Measures Act, Canada has introduced sanctions against 72 Belarusian officials and five entities.
As we reported, President of U.S. Joe Biden has signed the law on introduction of new sanctions against Belarus.
On July 2, the Lithuanian government declared a state of emergency at the national level in connection with an increase in the flow of illegal migrants from Belarus. On July 7, the Prime Minister of Lithuania Ingrida Simonyte announced that a wall would be erected on the border with Belarus.
Poland and Lithuania urged the EU countries to increase the support of Lithuania amid the crisis with migrants and extend sanctions against Belarus.
In its turn, the EU noted that it is considering sanctions an option to tackle Belarus migrants’ smugglers.