Posts tagged as sanctions

If EU drops veto rule, would Lithuania sees its Brussels influence fade?

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

The unanimity principle in the EU’s foreign and security policymaking often leads to deadlocks, as a single member state can block a decision agreed by the majority. But would abandoning the veto rule harm small countries like Lithuania? It took the European Union two months to impose sanctions on Belarusian officials while the security forces continued beating peaceful protesters. The reason for the delay stretches back almost three decades, when…

EU to impose sanctions on Lukashenko, Lithuanian ambassador says

Thursday, November 5, 2020

The European Union decided on Wednesday to impose sanctions on Alexander Lukashenko over vote-rigging and violence against people of Belarus, Lithuania’s ambassador has confirmed to BNS. “The ambassadors agreed in principle to [blacklist] Lukashenko and another 14 persons who brutally treated their citizens and contributed to the electoral fraud and to the illegitimate president staying in power in Belarus,” Simonas Šatūnas, Lithuania’s acting permanent representative to the EU, told BNS.…

Beijing outraged at calls by 39 states including Lithuania to respect human rights

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Thirty-nine countries, including Lithuania, have called on China to respect minority rights of Uighurs and other Muslims and expressed concern about the situation in Hong Kong. “We call on China to respect human rights, particularly the rights of persons belonging to religious and ethnic minorities, especially in Xinjiang and Tibet,” said German Representative to the UN Christoph Heusgen, who oversaw the initiative. “We are gravely concerned about the human rights…

Baltics imposed sanctions on themselves

By Adomas Abromaitis on Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Sanctions are used as a tool of foreign policy by many governments. This month such restrictions were imposed on Belarus in order to force Belarus leader Alexsandr Lukashenko to leave office. Political and economic situation in this country has been remaining complex for about two months since the Presidential elections in August. The U.S. and EU leaders say they do not recognize Belarus’ election result though the vote was not…

Belarus opens tax evasion investigation into Lithuanian company

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Belarusian institutions have opened a criminal investigation into a Lithuanian company that allegedly failed to pay state taxes. The officers seized the firm’s accounting records and assets, the country’s state news agency BelTa reported on Tuesday. The Belarusian Financial Investigations Department of the State Control Committee has accused a Lithuanian company engaged in a trade of non-ferrous metal scraps of large-scale tax evasion. The firm in question was allegedly registered…

Lithuanian president leaves for Brussels

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda is leaving for Brussels on Thursday to attend a two-day session of the European Council. The situation in Belarus and the EU’s relations with Turkey will be in focus. On the eve of the visit, Nausėda said the European Union should not lag behind in imposing sanctions for the Belarusian regime, including Alexander Lukashenko. “European countries, as well as other countries around the globe, impose sanctions…

Belarus imposes sanctions on Baltic officials

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

On Tuesday, an official from the Belarusian Foreign Ministry said the country has imposed sanctions on 100 people in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. “We are also imposing symmetrical restrictive measures against each of these countries,” said Anatoly Glaz, spokesman at the Belarusian Foreign Ministry. According to the country’s state news agency BelTa, 100 officials form each of the three Baltic countries are now forbidden to enter Belarus. Last Friday, Estonia,…

Washington may announce sanctions on Belarus officials this week, says US diplomat in Vilnius

Monday, September 28, 2020

The United States may announce sanctions for Belarusian officials responsible for vote-rigging and violence against peaceful protesters on Tuesday, according to Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent. “At this point, I anticipate an announcement early next week. We have the first tranche of names prepared. I believe we could expect an announcement next Tuesday,” Kent told BNS on Friday. The diplomat also said the…

Latvian Foreign Minister: EU sanctions must not harm Belarusian society

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

On September 21, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, took part in a meeting of the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council, according to a statement from Foreign Ministry. The meeting exchanged views on developments in Turkey, Russia and China, as well as a discussion on relations between the EU and the African Union, and the latest developments in Belarus. The EU Foreign Ministers discussed potential EU support for…

Trump Regime vs. the ICC: The Wrong Side of “Sovereignty”

By Thomas L. Knapp on Friday, September 11, 2020

In June, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order providing for sanctions against persons who “have directly engaged in any effort by the [International Criminal Court] to investigate, arrest, detain, or prosecute any United States personnel without the consent of the United States.” On September 2, The US regime imposed such sanctions on two ICC officials: Fatou Bensouda, the court’s chief prosecutor, and Phakiso Mochchoko, head of its Jurisdiction,…