“The actions and policies of certain members of the Government of Belarus and other persons continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. For this reason, the national emergency declared on June 16, 2006, must continue in effect beyond June 16, 2021. Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13405,” Biden stated.
It is noted that the restrictive measures were imposed on Belarus on June 16, 2006. It concerned members of the Belarusian government and other persons involved in undermining democratic processes or institutions during the undemocratic March 2006 elections. The sanctions were also linked to human rights abuses, political repression and corruption by the Belarusian authorities.
In May, the US White House has imposed sanctions against Belarus and also suspended flights with this country due to the landing of a Ryanair plane in Minsk and the detention of journalist Roman Pratasevich.
After the detention of the journalist Roman Pratasevich in Minsk, the U.S. and a number of the EU countries demanded to stop the flights over Belarus, including the flights to the country itself.
Head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen threatened with sanctions the Belarusian officials responsible for the incident with the plane.