Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

More Than 150 EU and US Officials On Belarusian Black List

Posted by Info on 21/03/2011

The Belarusian authorities have prepared a black list of more than 150 EU and US officials in reply to the EU sanctions against Belarusian officials.

“The response measures are to affect over 150 persons from the European Union and the United States, among them President of European Parliament Jerzy Buzek, MEP Jacek Protasiewicz, and a number of other politicians, parliament members, journalists famous for their most controversial initiatives towards Belarus.”

He said “restrictions on issuing entry visas to the persons, who have the most biased and destructive attitude towards Belarus and played the main role in aggravating the crisis in Belarus-West relations, have already been imposed”.

“Belarus does not intend to resort only to visa restrictions and has worked out a number of other retaliatory measures”. “It is not ruled out that they will affect the issues of trans-border cooperation and activity of certain foreign foundations and NGOs in Belarus.”

On January 31, the Council of the European Union imposed visa restrictions on 157 Belarusian officials including Alyaksandr Lukashenka. The EU foreign ministers are supposed to extend the list of the Belarusians officials banned from entering.

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