Biden said that the actions of the Belarusian authorities continue to pose an extraordinary and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.
President of the United States Joe Biden on Tuesday, June 8, signed a decree on the extension of US sanctions against the Belarusian authorities for another year and notified the US Congress about it.
This was reported by the press service of the White House.
“The actions and policies of individual members of the Government of Belarus and others continue to pose an extraordinary and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States,” the ruling reads.
The sanctions in question were imposed on the Belarusian leadership back in June 2006, after the “fundamentally undemocratic elections” that had taken place a couple of months earlier.
The White House noted that the “human rights violations related to political repression, including detentions and disappearances, as well as corruption and abuse of power” recorded at that time have persisted to this day.
Recall that the European Union next week, most likely, will approve sanctions against the representatives of the Belarusian authorities responsible for the forced landing of the Ryanair plane in Minsk.
In April, the US Treasury Department resumed previously imposed but then suspended sanctions against nine enterprises of the petrochemical industry of Belarus due to the” blatant disregard of human rights by the Belarusian authorities “and Belarus’ failure to comply with its obligations under international law.