On June 11, US leader Donald Trump continued for one year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13405 dated by June 16, 2006. It was first introduced by the then president George Bush in the wake of post-election protests.
„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,” the statement reads.
The sanctions ban the blacklisted persons from entering the United States and freeze their assets in US banks; prohibit US companies from doing business with them.
Apart from President Alyaksandr Lukashenka, the blacklist includes his eldest son Viktar, presidential aide for national security since 2005; Lidziya Yarmoshyna, Chairperson of the Central Election Commission since 1996; Viktar Sheyman, the then state secretary of the Security Council who is currently special presidential aide; Dzmitry Paulichenka, the then chief of the Special Rapid Response Unit (SOBR) of the Interior Ministry, etc.