Lithuanian government drafting amendments to intl sanctions law – PM

  • 2022-01-05
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – The Lithuanian government is working on amendments to a law on international sanctions to block the transit of Belaruskali fertilizers via the country, Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte said on Wednesday. 

"We had a discussion on draft amendments to the law on international sanctions, which are still being prepared," she told reporters after the Cabinet's meeting. 

The Law on the Implementation of Economic and Other International Sanctions was adopted back in 2004. 

Simonyte said in mid-December she doubted that a bill drafted by the Transport Ministry to block the transit of Belaruskali fertilizers or other Belarusian goods through Lithuania would be submitted to the parliament. 

According to Simonyte, the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU sets out certain restrictions on what countries can and cannot do.

The Transport Ministry in December registered a draft Law on the Application and Implementation of Economic and Other Sanctions against Belarus that Are Necessary to Ensure National Security.

Transport Minister Marius Skuodis has previously said that the law would give the government a clear legal basis to take any decisions necessary for national security.