“I, Joseph R. Biden Jr., President of the United States of America, hereby expand the scope of the national state of emergency declared by Decree 13405 of June 16, 2006, having established that the harmful activities of the Belarusian regime and a long series of violations aimed at suppressing democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms in Belarus <…> constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States,” the document says.
The US Ministry of Finance clarified that the restrictions would affect 23 individuals and 21 organizations. Among them are Belaruskali (one of the largest fertilizer producers globally), Belneftegaz, BelKazTrans, and some other construction, tobacco, energy, and transport companies.
In addition, the list includes the Republican IC, the Department of Internal Affairs of the Gomel Regional Executive Committee, and the National Olympic Committee, which was accused of facilitating money laundering.
Among the individuals are representatives of large state-owned companies Alexey Oleksin, Andrey Bunakov, Leonid Churo, and “well-known entrepreneurs who support the Lukashenka regime.”
Restrictive measures include the blocking of assets located in the United States or controlled from America.
The US administration plans to introduce new restrictions to coincide with the anniversary of the Belarusian presidential election, CNN reported at the end of last week, citing a congressional source.