Posts tagged as sanctions

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,…

Norway will back EU sanctions on Minsk

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Norway will support the European Union’s sanctions targeted against the Minsk regime if efforts to achieve free elections in Belarus fail, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said in Vilnius on Tuesday. “Yes, I believe that if we don’t get that, we need to do sanctions against the Belarus regime. And that’s what Norway has said: we will support the European sanctions when they come, because we need to do this…

Lithuania to sanction Belarus’ Constitutional Court officials

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Lithuania may impose national sanctions on officials from the Belarusian Constitutional Court, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said on Thursday. Lithuania sanctioned 30 people, including Alexander Lukashenko, earlier this week. According to Nausėda, the list of officials subject to sancitons “is not complete” and can be changed “depending on circumstances”. The Belarusian Constitutional Court ruled last week that the August 9 presidential election, which saw Alexander Lukashenko declare victory, was democratic.…

Lithuania blocks the development of its own economy

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Admittedly, a lot of good happened over the last years in Lithuania, but unfortunately we have also see political leadership that is not interested in developing their own country. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov slammed Lithuania’s alleged “undemocratic methods” to support the Belarusian opposition. “We see attempts to unbalance the situation. As a matter of fact, no one is concealing this. Our Lithuanian neighbours have already overstepped all bounds of…

Belarus drafts sanctions against Baltic States

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

The Belarusian government is responding to Baltic sanctions with measures of its own, the country’s foreign minister has announced. Speaking at a media conference in Moscow, Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said on Wednesday that Minsk had drafted sanctions against individuals from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. “We also carried out interdepartmental coordination, prepared and approved asymmetric sanctions. We will give an adequate response,” Makei is quoted by Tut.by. The Belarusian Foreign…

Baltic states to announce sanctions on Belarus

Monday, August 31, 2020

Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia will on Monday afternoon release a list of individuals who will be banned from entering the three Baltic countries for their roles in vote-rigging and violence against protesters in Belarus, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said. “Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia will release such a list this afternoon,” the president told reporters on Monday. “It will contain about 30 names, but this will be only the initial version,…

Baltic States urge EU to adopt harsh sanctions against Lukashenko’s regime

Friday, August 28, 2020

On Thursday, 27 August, foreign affairs ministers of multiple EU member states, including Baltics, proposed introducing stricter sanctions that what is planned at the moment against the regime of the President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko. Lithuanian Foreign Affairs Minister Linas Linkevičius said at a meeting of diplomats of EU member states in Berlin that adoption of sanctions against 15 to 20 officials responsible for falsification of election results and use…

Lithuania to impose sanctions on 118 Belarusian officials

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry has proposed imposing sanctions against 118 Belarusian officials responsible for vote-rigging and violence against protesters. “The Foreign Ministry has submitted an updated list to the Interior Ministry,” Rasa Jakilaitienė, spokeswoman for Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius, told BNS on Wednesday. Previously, the Foreign Ministry proposed blacklisting Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and another 30 people accused of vote rigging. Blacklisted persons would be banned from coming to Lithuania. The…

Lembergs turns to US court over sanctions

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Ventspils former mayor Aivars Lembergs, suspended in connection with the sanctions imposed on him last year, turned to the US court against the US Treasury’s Office for Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and its head, said the Minister of Justice Jānis Bordāns (New Conservative Party) on Latvian Television Thursday, August 20. “The Ministry of Justice has information that on August 11 this year Aivars Lembergs has sued the US District Court for…

‘We want action’ Lithuania to propose EU sanctions against Belarus’ officials

Friday, August 14, 2020

On Friday, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said he will suggest imposing EU sanctions against Belarusian officials responsible for vote-rigging and violence against protesters. The minister plans to raise the issue at the videoconference of EU foreign ministers on Friday. “We don’t want yet another statement of concern; we want action,” Linkevičius told BNS. “Officials who used excessive force must feel responsible, so I’ll suggest imposing individual sanctions on officials…