Sanctions Profile: Belarus

At a glance

EU sanctions on Belarus were first imposed in 2004 by Common Position 2004/661/CFSP in response to the “continuing deterioration of democracy, the rule of law, and human rights in Belarus”, and comprised a travel ban on listed people.

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Third countries align with EU Belarus sanctions

In December 2020, the EU Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2020/2130, which added 29 people and 7 entities to its Belarus sanctions list. North Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Iceland and Norway have aligned themselves with this decision. See press release here.


OFAC Venezuela and Belarus designations

In December 2020, OFAC added a Venezuelan judge, Lorena Carolina Cornielles Ruiz, and a prosecutor, Ramon Antonio Torres Espinoza, to its list of specially designated nationals under Executive Order (E.O.) 13692. They were listed for their roles in the “unjust” trial and sentencing of 6 US nationals, who were oil executives of US-based Citgo, on charges of corruption. See Notice …

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Third round of EU sanctions on Belarus target 29 people & 7 entities

The EU has adopted Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/2129 and Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2020/2130, which impose sanctions (asset freeze and travel ban) against 29 people and 7 entities “in response to the brutality of Belarusian authorities and in support of the democratic rights of the Belarusian people.” See press release. The measures target 27 officials: the Deputy Prime Minister, …


Switzerland designates Lukashenko & imposes arms embargo

The Swiss Federal Council has announced the designation of 15 Belarusian officials (including Alexandr Lukashenko), all of whom were listed by the EU in November 2020 (see post). The press release says that those listed are “alleged to be responsible for the use of violence and arbitrary arrests following the contested elections in Belarus”. The Federal Council has also amended …


Third countries align with EU chemical weapons & Belarus sanctions

The EU Council adopted the following decisions in October and November 2020: Decision (CFSP) 2020/1466, which renewed the EU’s chemical weapons sanctions regime for 1 year; Decision (CFSP) 2020/1482, which designated 6 Russian officials and a research institution for their alleged involvement in the poisoning of Alexei Navalny; and Decision (CFSP) 2020/1650, which added 15 officials to the EU’s Belarus …

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Current Sanctions



Council Regulation (EC) No 765/2006

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EC) No 765/2006

Amended by:

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1587/2006

Council Regulation (EC) No 1791/2006

Council Regulation (EC) No 646/2008

Council Regulation (EU) No 84/2011

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 271/2011

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 505/2011

Council Regulation (EU) No 588/2011

Council Regulation (EU) No 999/2011

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1000/2011

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1320/2011

Council Regulation (EU) No 114/2012

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 170/2012

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 265/2012

Council Regulation (EU) No 354/2012

Council Regulation (EU) No 1014/2012

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1017/2012

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 494/2013

Council Regulation (EU) No 517/2013

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1054/2013

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 46/2014

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 740/2014

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1159/2014

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 2015/1133

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 2015/1326

Council Regulation (EU) 2015/1948

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1949

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/276

Council Regulation (EU) 2016/277

Council Regulation (EU) 2017/331

Council Regulation (EU) 2018/275

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1387

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1648


Council Decision 2012/642/CFSP


Council Decision 2012/642/CFSP

Amended by:

Council Implementing Decision 2013/248/CFSP

Council Decision 2013/308/CFSP

Council Decision 2013/534/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision 2014/24/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision 2014/439/CFSP

Council Decision 2014/750/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2015/1142

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2015/1335

Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1957

Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/280

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/350

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/280

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/325

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/214

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2020/1388

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2020/1650

Belarus (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 SI 2019/600