The restrictions, as noted, were a response “to the escalation of serious human rights violations in Belarus, the opposition and journalists,” as well as in connection with the forced landing of a Ryanair plane in Minsk on May 23.
The sanctions provide for restrictions on trade in petroleum products and potash fertilizers, as well as tobacco products and raw materials for them. Belarus will not have access to the EU financial markets, the republic will be banned from transferring military and dual-use goods and technologies, equipment for wiretapping, and intercepting Internet and telephone communications.
The European Investment Bank will also stop any payments on projects related to the Belarusian public sector. In addition, officials from the leadership of the republic cannot receive insurance services from EU resident companies.