Biden extends sanctions against Belarus officials

U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Tuesday extended 2006 sanctions against officials in Belarus a month after a plane was diverted to arrest a journalist.

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The president extended Executive Order 13405 signed on June 16, 2006 imposing sanctions on officials in Belarus.

“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,” he wrote.

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Read full notice below. “On June 16, 2006, by Executive Order 13405, the President declared a national emergency pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the actions and policies of certain members of the Government of Belarus and other persons to undermine Belarus’s democratic processes or institutions, manifested in the fundamentally undemocratic March 2006 elections; to commit human rights abuses related to political repression, including detentions and disappearances; and to engage in public corruption, including by diverting or misusing Belarusian public assets or by misusing public authority.

“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.  For this reason, the national emergency declared on June 16, 2006, must continue in effect beyond June 16, 2021.  Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13405.

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“This notice shall be published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress.

:”JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.THE WHITE HOUSE, June 8, 2021.”

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