Washington announced new sanctions against Belarus — in response to the post-election crackdown of protests in Minsk on December 19 and the persecution of civil society activists.
Last week, Assistant Secretary of State Philip Gordon, speaking at a meeting of the committee of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the White House to unveil further sanctions against the official Minsk on January 31 — the day the sanctions against the Belarusian government officials approve the foreign ministers of the European Union — in order to "send joint international message of "Belarusian authorities.
New sanctions imposed following the same steps of the European Union, provide for expansion of the number of Belarusian government officials who are subject to visa and financial restrictions and restores the moratorium on business cooperation with two branches "Belneftekhim".
In a statement, the U.S. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said the United States announced the introduction of measures in response to the "brutal repression by President Lukashenko and the Belarusian government demonstrations after the presidential election," the "disproportionate use of force and the detention of hundreds of demonstrators, including five presidential candidates, nespynyanyya raids against civil society, media and political parties, the closure of the OSCE office in Minsk and fraud during the vote count. "
As the BelaPAN, the United States renewed economic sanctions against the two branches "Belneftekhim" — "Polack Glass" and "Lida Lakokraska" expanded the list of persons banned from entering the country. According to Crowley, the entry into the U.S. will be closed to those officers and members their families who are involved in the dispersal of the protest on December 19 in Minsk and the subsequent repression in Belarus.
"The United States is also working on financial sanctions against a number of individuals and businesses in Belarus. Patraplennya criterion in this list will be the involvement in action to stifle democratic institutions or breach Human Rights through political repression "- quoted Crowley BelaPAN.
Crowley stressed that the United States insist on the immediate release of all detainees and removing them from all charges, cease repression of civil society, independent media and the political opposition, as well as respecting the right to political expression, freedom of the media and civil society development. Crowley said the United States will react and base its policy towards Belarus in accordance with the actions of the Belarusian government.
"These measures are not directed against the Belarusian people. The United States plans to increase This year, least 30% support to Belarusian civil society, independent media and democratic political parties, "- said Crowley.
He said the United States operate in close coordination with the EU and other partners about the situation in Belarus and in response to the events.