: U.S. extends sanctions against Belarus

15:16 Jun. 11, 2016

U.S. extends sanctions against Belarus

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko at the 3rd Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia in Minsk's Independence Palace. (Getty Images)

Members of Belarusian Government and other persons involved in ‘undermining Belarus's democratic processes or institutions' are on the sanctions list

The President of the U.S. Barack Obama signed an order to extend sanctions against a number of Belarusian officials.

Read also Lukashenko's first E.U. trip since sanctions lifted

This is according to the statement published on the White House official website.

The sanctions against some members of the Government of Belarus and other people involved in undermining democratic processes in Belarus are continued for one year.

‘The actions and policies of certain members of the Government of Belarus and other persons to undermine Belarus's democratic processes or institutions, to commit human rights abuses related to political repression, and to engage in public corruption continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States,' the statement says.

In February, the E.U. agreed not to prolong economic sanctions against 170 Belarusian citizens, including the President. The decision was made after Minsk had released some of its political prisoners.

Read also 'Russia's afraid of radicalism in Ukraine' - Russian ambassador to Belarus

In late May, Lukashenko made his first trip to E.U. since sanctions were lifted.

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