The United States announced that it was preparing, with the European Union, “a list of targeted sanctions against key members of the Lukashenko regime associated with current human rights violations and corruption, the falsification of 2020 elections and the events of May 23, “White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Friday, calling for” a credible international investigation “into the rerouting of a Ryanair plane from Athens to Vilnius, escorted to Minsk by a Belarusian fighter plane. These events are “a direct affront to international standards,” added Psaki. The US Treasury Department is also working on the development of sanctions against “elements of the Lukashenko regime and its support network”.
The United States has, moreover, recommended to its citizens to avoid traveling to Belarus, and to “exercise extreme precautions” in case they consider taking a plane over the country. Washington also confirmed the entry into force, on June 3, of economic sanctions against nine Belarusian state-owned enterprises, reimposed in April following the crackdown on pro-democracy protests.
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