Following the European Union, Switzerland imposed new sanctions against Minsk. The penalties were imposed on 17 individuals and nine organizations involved in the transportation of migrants through Belarus.
Switzerland introduces a new packa
ge of sanctions against Belarus. According to the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, the decision on the penal measures against 17 individuals and nine organizations, related to Belarus, was taken on December 17. They will come into force at 18:00 on Monday, December 20.
The Swiss sanctions are applied to the airline Belavia, a Belarusian state enterprise Tsentrkurort, Oskartur, hotel Planeta and hotel Minsk, a special unit of the Belarusian border guards “Special Service of active measures,” the companies Grodno Azot, Belorusneft and Belshina, as well as the Syrian airline Cham Wings and Istanbul-based passport and visa service VIP Grub.
Border guards are among the blacklisted people.
The head of the Belarusian State Border Committee Anatoli Lappo, the head of Hrodna Border Guard Group Konstantin Molostov, the head of Polatsk border guard Pavel Kharchenko, Foreign Ministry spokesman Anatoli Glaz, head of a separate service of active measures Igor Kryuchkov and others are among the individuals, included in the sanctions.
In August, the Swiss authorities announced economic sanctions against Minsk, implying restrictions on trade in dual-use technologies and oil products, as well as a ban on loans to the Belarusian authorities.
In early December, the European Union introduced a fifth package of sanctions against the regime of Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko for trafficking migrants through Belarus in order to send them to the EU illegally. The sanctions list included 17 individuals and 11 entities, including Belavia airline. The U.S., the U.K., and Canada supported the EU sanctions.