Estonia approves sanctions against Belarus officials over elections

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27 August 2020

The Estonian government has adopted the order to impose targeted sanctions against some Belarusian officials over the developments that unfolded following the recent presidential elections, the Government Communication Unit said Thursday, APA reports quoting TASS.

"The people of Belarus have the right to freely choose their own path and they have expressed a clear desire for democratic change," Prime Minister Juri Ratas noted. "The purpose of the targeted sanctions imposed by Estonia is to explicitly condemn the falsification of the election results and the violence used against peaceful protesters, and to ensure that the persons responsible cannot enter Estonia."

The order introduces a ban on entering the country for people believed to bear responsibility for rigging the Belarusian presidential election, violence that ensued and human rights abuses or who were complicit in it, the statement reads. The list of such officials will be later determined by a separate order of the Foreign Ministry.