Belarus prepares reciprocal sanctions against EU, U.S.: official

FOCUS News Agency

Minsk. Belarus has prepared a response to the U.S. and EU visa and economic sanctions against Belarusian officials and President Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry's press secretary Andrei Savinykh told local media on Tuesday, Xinhua reported.

According to the official, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry has prepared a list of individuals to be banned from entering Belarus, because they "take destructive actions against Belarus and damage international cooperation."

Savinykh said Belarus will tighten control over illegal financing of political activity in Belarus by foreign socio- political associations and foundations, as well as their representatives.

"Belarus will continue contacts with the Western partners, but the visits of American and European-level political delegations to our country will be carried out at an invitation from the legislative and executive authorities of Belarus," said the press secretary.

On March 21, the European Union decided to expand a sanctions list targeting Belarusian officials "in connection with the deteriorating situation of human rights in Belarus." EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy Catherine Ashton said the new expansion included 19 officials.

The sanctions were originally imposed in February 2011 on 158 Belarusian officials including President Lukashenko


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