Baltics to expand sanctions for Belarusian regime officials - Lithuanian presidential office

  • 2020-09-24
  • LETA/BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia will on Friday expand their sanctions for representatives of the Belarusian regime, responsible for vote-rigging and violence against peaceful protesters, the Lithuanian presidential office said.

Over 100 people will be put on the blacklist and they will include judges, representatives of the presidential administration and force structures.

"Following his meeting with the foreign minister today, the president authorized to publish an updated list of Belarusian citizens who are barred from entering the Lithuanian territory. It should be done tomorrow, and Latvia and Estonia also plan to do that at the same time," Antanas Bubnelis, spokesman for Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda, told BNS.

According to the presidential office, a blacklist of 103 people should be released on Friday, and it will include representatives of Belarusian force structures, OMON, judges of the Supreme and Constitutional Courts and the presidential administration.

The additional sanctions will follow Alexander Lukashenko's secret inauguration on Wednesday. Lithuania and other Western countries do not recognize the results of the August 9 presidential election in Belarus and do not consider Lukashenko to be Belarus' legitimate president.

The Baltic states introduced sanctions for Lukashenko and another 29 regime officials in late August, and the people on the list are banned from coming to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

The European Union is also considering imposing common sanctions but no decision has been made yet due to diplomatic disagreements.