The European Union approved new sanctions against Belarus on Tuesday for its involvement in the “unacceptable and illegal Russian military aggression against Ukraine," notably prohibiting the sale of a wide ranging type of machinery, including nuclear reactors, APA reports citing CNN.
In its 117-page official release, the Council of the European Union stated that “it shall be prohibited: to sell, supply, transfer or export, directly or indirectly, machinery as listed ... whether or not originating in the Union, to any person, entity or body in Belarus or for use in Belarus.”
The new sanctions aim not only at Belarus' exports to the European Union, but also the Union’s exports of machinery to Belarus.
Sectors and products ranging from iron and steel, tobacco, wood, cement and rubber are targeted by the new restrictions. “It also prohibits the export to Belarus or for use in Belarus of dual-use goods and technology, exports of goods and technology which might contribute to Belarus’s military, technological, defence and security development, and exports of machinery”, the official release said.
Some sanctions also target 22 Belarusian military personnel and officials.
No Belarusian banks were targeted with fresh sanctions for now.