The EU Council extended the restrictive measures against Belarus for another year - until February 28, 2019. This is reported by the press service of the Council of the EU. The decision was made on February 22.
"These measures include the arms embargo, the ban on the export of funds that can be used for internal repression, and the freezing of accounts and travel bans against four people involved in the disappearance of two opposition politicians, a businessman and a journalist in 1999 and 2000 years, "the message says.
At the same time, the EU Council extended the exception for the supply of biathlon equipment to Belarus. The export of equipment is still permitted, and is subject to the prior authorization of the competent national authorities in each particular case.
We recall, sanctions against Belarus were first introduced in 2004 in connection with the disappearance of the four people mentioned above. The arms embargo was introduced in 2011. On February 15, 2016, the EU Council decided to abolish restrictive measures against 170 individuals and four companies, while retaining the arms embargo and sanctions against four individuals, among them former Interior Minister Vladimir Naumov, former head of the Presidential Administration Viktor Sheiman, Yuriy Sivakov, who occupied the post of Interior Minister during the disappearance of politicians, and Dmitry Pavlichenko, commander of the Interior Ministry's special forces brigade.