Posts tagged as sanctions

Latvian politics risks causing considerable damage to economy

By Viktors Domburs on Monday, June 7, 2021

According to bnn-news.com, behaviour of Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs risks causing a wave of bankruptcies in Latvia. Thus, after basking in the VIP area together with people of questionable reputation during the opening game of the World Ice Hockey Championship in Riga, Edgars Rinkēvičs demonstrated an act of true diplomatic short-sightedness that has effectively shut down Latvia’s diplomatic relations with Belarus and has caused considerable damage to…

PM Kariņš threatens Lukashenko with EU sanctions

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš told Latvian Radio May 25 that he had never witnessed a decision being made among EU leaders as quickly as the sanctions against Lukashenko in the case of plane hijacking on Sunday. Leaders of European Union member states agreed late Monday evening to extend sanctions against Belarusian officials as well as companies financially supporting the regime in Minsk. It is usually difficult for EU Member States…

Germany, U.S. want closer ties after Nord Stream 2 sanctions waiver

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Germany and the United States are in talks to intensify their economic ties after the Biden administration waived sanctions on the company behind Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday. “President Biden has now moved toward us a bit on the Nord Stream 2 conflict, where we have different views but where we will now talk further about what are the necessary commonalities in…

How Germany Has Worked Around Nord Stream Sanctions

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Earlier this month, U.S. President Joe Biden went after Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling him a “killer.” Without question, the Biden administration’s rhetoric on Russia will be much harder than Trump’s was. But actions speak louder than words, and contrary to popular belief, the Trump administration’s policies on Russia were far from soft. Biden should take note. A prominent example of this is Nord Stream 2, a Russian gas pipeline currently under…

EU ambassadors OK human rights sanctions on China

By Jacopo Barigazzi on Thursday, March 18, 2021

EU ambassadors on Wednesday agreed to a new package of sanctions on four Chinese individuals and one entity over human rights violations targeting the minority Uyghur Muslim population, according to multiple diplomats. The penalties are part of a new sanctions package that will punish several countries over human rights abuses. The overall list includes 11 individuals and four entities in six countries, according to the diplomats. Among those facing punishments…

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…