Posts tagged as sanctions

Poland and Baltics want more sanctions on Russia

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Six European Union states including Poland and the Baltics are pushing for new EU sanctions on Russian officials after the jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and a police crackdown, three diplomats said. Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic and Romania called for travel bans and asset freezes on more Russian individuals, on human rights grounds, at a meeting of EU ambassadors on Wednesday, the diplomats told Reuters. The…

Lithuanians worry about fallout from Belarus sanctions

By Linas Jegelevicius on Saturday, January 30, 2021

Although few in Lithuania believed it at the time, Belarus’s dictator Alexander Lukashenko has already partly followed up on his threat last year to divert Belarusian cargoes from the Port of Klaipeda, where in 2020 they amounted to 32% of the port’s total annual cargo turnover, as punishment for the country’s strong stance against his repression of domestic protests. Belarus oil exporter Belorusskaya Neftyanaya Kompaniya (Belarusian Oil Company, BNK) decided…

EU refrains from Russia sanctions over Navalny arrest, for now

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Despite calls from the Baltic countries, Poland, Italy and Romania, EU foreign ministers on Monday (25 January) decided to hold off from imposing fresh sanctions on Russian officials in response to the detention of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. “We have agreed today to wait for the court’s decision, to wait to see … whether Alexei Navalny is set free after 30 days,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told reporters. “This…

New EU sanctions on Belarus coming, Lithuania among initiators – minister

Monday, December 7, 2020

Lithuania’s outgoing Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius will call on his EU counterparts during the Foreign Council meeting in Brussels on Monday to step up the introduction of new sanctions against the Belarusian regime. “The process on the third sanction package is ongoing and we want to step it up. It will contain additional names and also companies that were not in it before,” Linkevičius told BNS. The new sanction package…

If EU drops veto rule, would Lithuania sees its Brussels influence fade?

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

The unanimity principle in the EU’s foreign and security policymaking often leads to deadlocks, as a single member state can block a decision agreed by the majority. But would abandoning the veto rule harm small countries like Lithuania? It took the European Union two months to impose sanctions on Belarusian officials while the security forces continued beating peaceful protesters. The reason for the delay stretches back almost three decades, when…

EU to impose sanctions on Lukashenko, Lithuanian ambassador says

Thursday, November 5, 2020

The European Union decided on Wednesday to impose sanctions on Alexander Lukashenko over vote-rigging and violence against people of Belarus, Lithuania’s ambassador has confirmed to BNS. “The ambassadors agreed in principle to [blacklist] Lukashenko and another 14 persons who brutally treated their citizens and contributed to the electoral fraud and to the illegitimate president staying in power in Belarus,” Simonas Šatūnas, Lithuania’s acting permanent representative to the EU, told BNS.…

Beijing outraged at calls by 39 states including Lithuania to respect human rights

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Thirty-nine countries, including Lithuania, have called on China to respect minority rights of Uighurs and other Muslims and expressed concern about the situation in Hong Kong. “We call on China to respect human rights, particularly the rights of persons belonging to religious and ethnic minorities, especially in Xinjiang and Tibet,” said German Representative to the UN Christoph Heusgen, who oversaw the initiative. “We are gravely concerned about the human rights…

Baltics imposed sanctions on themselves

By Adomas Abromaitis on Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Sanctions are used as a tool of foreign policy by many governments. This month such restrictions were imposed on Belarus in order to force Belarus leader Alexsandr Lukashenko to leave office. Political and economic situation in this country has been remaining complex for about two months since the Presidential elections in August. The U.S. and EU leaders say they do not recognize Belarus’ election result though the vote was not…

Belarus opens tax evasion investigation into Lithuanian company

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Belarusian institutions have opened a criminal investigation into a Lithuanian company that allegedly failed to pay state taxes. The officers seized the firm’s accounting records and assets, the country’s state news agency BelTa reported on Tuesday. The Belarusian Financial Investigations Department of the State Control Committee has accused a Lithuanian company engaged in a trade of non-ferrous metal scraps of large-scale tax evasion. The firm in question was allegedly registered…

Lithuanian president leaves for Brussels

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda is leaving for Brussels on Thursday to attend a two-day session of the European Council. The situation in Belarus and the EU’s relations with Turkey will be in focus. On the eve of the visit, Nausėda said the European Union should not lag behind in imposing sanctions for the Belarusian regime, including Alexander Lukashenko. “European countries, as well as other countries around the globe, impose sanctions…