In June 2006, the US adopted Executive Order 13405, which declared a national emergency in respect of Belarus. The E.O. imposed asset freezes on a number of individuals determined to have “undermined Belarus’ democratic processes or institutions” following the March 2006 elections. President Trump has extended those sanctions for 1 year by continuing the national emergency as declared. White House Notice.
Turkey On 27 February 2020, the EU Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2020/275, which imposed sanctions on 2 Turkish nationals on the basis of their involvement in unauthorised drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea (see post). North Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Iceland, and Armenia have aligned themselves with this decision. Press release here. Belarus On 17 February 2020, the Council adopted …
The EU has extended its Belarus sanctions for 1 year until 28 February 2021. The measures comprise an arms embargo, and targeted asset freezes and travel bans against 4 people designated in connection with the unresolved disappearances of two opposition politicians, one businessman and one journalist in 1999 and 2000. See Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/214. EU Press Release.
The UK has published guidance relating to the Republic of Belarus (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. Like the other post Brexit guidance and regulations, these will apply at the end of the transitional period. See here for more guidance on UK sanctions regimes.
OFAC has issued Belarus-related General Licence 2G, which extends the expiry date of the licence until 26 April 2021, thereby continuing sanctions relief for 9 Belarusian entities. All transactions otherwise prohibited by Executive Order 13405 involving these entities, or any entities owned, directly or indirectly, 50% or more by one or more of the named entities, are now authorised. However, …