The foreign ministers of the EU countries at a meeting in Luxembourg increased the range of sanctions against Belarus, freezing the assets of the three companies, which are associated with Alexander Lukashenko.
This decision was taken in order to strengthen the financial pressure on the Belarusian authorities to force them to stop the repression against the opposition. It was also decided to add a "black list" of 188-mi Belarusian officials banned from leaving a few businessmen.
Thus European sanctions for the first time will affect the business sector under these regulations is subject to Lukashenko's economic adviser Vladimir Peftiev and his three firms involved in the arms trade (Beltechexport), business investment ("BT Telecommunications") and the lottery business (Sports Betting). The names of the three businessmen who were also subjected to a visa ban EU will be filed shortly publicity.
The resolution of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the European Union states that the trade embargo imposed against Belarus "for weapons and materials that could be used for internal repression."
The Ministers also reiterated their earlier position that the European Investment Bank can continue its activities in Belarus only after the positive conclusion of Brussels on the situation of human rights in the country.
At the same time the resolution emphasizes that donor support will continue for the EU civil society in Belarus.
The resolution also offers the Belarusian authorities to engage in a constructive dialogue on visa facilitation for certain categories of citizens and on readmission.
The resolution condemns the closure of court proceedings "Nasha Niva"And the" People's Will "and trial journalist Andrei Poczobut.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Radoslaw Sikorski tweeted: "We endorsed the arms embargo and froze the assets of firms that finance Lukashenko. He must choose the path: to democracy or to The Hague. "