The European Union imposed sanctions across the Belarusian economy on Thursday in response to the forced landing of a Ryanair flight by Minsk to arrest a journalist on board last month, which Western leaders said was "state piracy", APA reports citing Reuters.
The new sanctions, which follow overflight bans on Belarusian aircraft, including bans on EU businesses from importing goods or doing business with Belarusian companies in sectors including banking, petroleum products and potash.
The EU "introduced new restrictive measures against the Belarusian regime," EU governments said in a joint statement. The sanctions were first agreed last Friday by national envoys to the EU and will now be published in full in the bloc's official journal.
The EU said the new targeted economic sanctions include the prohibition to "directly or indirectly sell, supply, transfer or export to anyone in Belarus equipment, technology or software intended primarily for use in the monitoring or interception of the internet and of telephone communications, and dual-use goods and technologies for military use and to specified persons, entities or bodies in Belarus."