Estonian govt to discuss bill re Belarus sanctions on Thursday

  • 2020-08-26
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - The Estonian government will discuss the imposition of sanctions regarding the situation in Belarus on Thursday.

The purpose of the bill is to establish as a government sanction a ban on entry under the International Sanctions Act against persons regarding whom there are reasonable grounds to believe that they are responsible for or have contributed to the falsification of election results, violence or human rights violations in Belarus.

According to the positions on the European Union's policy towards Belarus approved by the government at its sitting on August 18 and supported by the Riigikogu's foreign affairs committee and the European Union affairs committee at its joint sitting on August 19, Estonia does not recognize the results of the presidential elections in Belarus on August 9, 2020, as they were not free or fair.

Estonia supports the introduction of targeted sanctions against those responsible for the violence and electoral fraud. At the same time, sanctions must not harm ordinary citizens of Belarus.

The purpose of the sanctions is to keep persons responsible for, participating in or contributing to the falsification of the election results, violence or human rights violations in Belarus away from the territory of Estonia.

The government plans to adopt a regulation imposing a sanction and the list of specific persons will be established by a directive of the Minister of Foreign Affairs after the regulation's entry into force.