The decision was made at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg. Earlier, the head of international diplomacy of the EU, Josep Borrel, said that 86 individuals and organizations will be included in the new sanctions list.
On June 18, Reuters, citing sources, wrote that the association approved sanctions against the largest enterprises of Belarus. We are talking about the areas of oil, gas, potash production, and telecommunications. The EU also plans to impose restrictions on large companies in the country, freeze assets and ban travel to the territory of the countries of the association of some individuals and legal entities.
Russia has promised to help Belarus if measures are imposed against it. At the same time, experts have repeatedly pointed out the damage that Moscow suffers from such assistance.
The aggravation of relations between Western countries and Belarus occurred after a Ryanair plane en route from Athens to Vilnius made an emergency landing in Minsk on May 23. At the same time, Belarusian security forces detained Roman Protasevich, the former editor-in-chief of the opposition Telegram channel NEXTA, and his girlfriend, Russian Sofia Sapega, who was on board.
The European Union and the United States considered this an act of state terrorism.