Biden extends U.S. sanctions against Belarus

Biden extends U.S. sanctions against Belarus

U.S. President Joe Biden extended U.S. sanctions against Belarusian officials by another year, signing a relevant decree and notifying the U.S. Congress about it, the White House said on Tuesday.

According to the document, "the actions and policies of certain members of the Government of Belarus and other persons continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States." They "undermine Belarus’s democratic processes or institutions," he said.

Washington also accused the Belarusian government of committing "human rights abuses related to political repression, including detentions and disappearance," and of engaging "in public corruption, including by diverting or misusing Belarusian public assets or by misusing public authority."

In this regard, the U.S. president decided to extend sanctions against Belarus by another year, Biden said.

Similar terms were used by Biden’s predecessors Donald Trump and Barack Obama. According to Washington, human rights situation in Belarus remains unchanged so far, TASS reported.

The blacklist of sanctions-hit Belarusian officials has ten names: the president, the chair of the Belarusian Security Council, the ministers of interior and justice, the head of the country’s security service KGB, the head of the Central Election Commission, the head of national TV and radio broadcaster and others.

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