Lithuania includes Lukashenko, 117 Belarusian officials in sanctions list
All Belarusian officials to be banned from the entrance to Lithuania and their assets in the banks will be frozen
President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and over 100 officials and public servants are included in the sanctions list of Lithuania as TASS reported.
“The Foreign Ministry of Lithuania filed to the Interior Ministry the specified list with 118 people, including President Lukashenko,” adviser of Foreign Minister Rasa Jakilaitienė.
It is the second variant of the sanctions list of Lithuania. The first list that included 32 people was filed to the Interior Ministry on August 19. These people are involved in the falsification of the results of the presidential elections in Belarus and undue use of force against the protesters.
The next day Prime Minister of Lithuania Saulius Skvernelis stated that the technical issues remain after the solution of which, the list might be announced.
The persons included in the list to be banned from the entrance to Lithuania and their assets in Lithuania will be frozen.
As we reported, the European Union will adopt sanctions against Belarusian officials the next week. However, President Alexander Lukashenko is not included on the list.
As we reported, the EU aimed to impose new sanctions against Belarusian officials responsible for the brutal crackdown in the ex-Soviet state. The top diplomats from the bloc’s 27 member states met on August 14 to review former restrictions against Belarus party leadership that the EU removed in 2016, citing progress in improving the rule of law.
Later, Members of the European Parliament did not recognize the results of the presidential election in Belarus. They released a joint statement, according to which, incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko is considered persona non grata in the EU.
On August 9, the clashes of the protesters with the law enforcers started in Minsk. The law enforcers used stun grenades and water cannons against the protesters. Later, it was reported that a man died during the protests. A young man received a fatal head injury. On August 10, protests against the results of the presidential elections were resumed in the Republic of Belarus, a flash-noise grenade exploded in the center of Minsk; journalists talked about three volleys at the intersection of Kalvariyskaya Street and Masherov Avenue.
During three nights of protests in Belarus, over 6,000 people were detained; about 500 were hospitalized. Over 40 criminal proceedings were opened. According to Belarusian mass media, the location of some detainees is still unknown.
On August 14, the Central Election Commission of Belarus announced the final results of the election. According to the commission, incumbent President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko won the election.