Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis: We welcome the decision of the EU member states to announce a new package of sanctions in view of the situation in Belarus
On 16 June in Brussels, the Coreper approved a new package of sanctions against the physical persons and legal entities (78 individuals and 7 companies), who are responsible for systematic human rights violations and repression in Belarus, as well as involved in the forced landing of a Ryanair aircraft in Minsk and the detention of Raman Protasevich and Sofia Sapega.
“We are glad that the EU member states have managed to reach an agreement on one of the largest blacklists of specific individuals and legal entities that have personally contributed to human rights violations in Belarus,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis, who also added that the EU had been working on the sanctions package since March, when Lukashenko's regime had carried out a new act of repression of the press and journalists in Belarus, and continued brutal violations of human rights.
This legal act and the blacklist will be finally adopted at the Foreign Affairs Council on 21 June, which will be attended also by Lithuania's Foreign Minister Landsbergis.
“It is obvious that the EU has taken ambitious and consistent actions, and will not tolerate the crimes of the regime,” noted the Foreign Minister.