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2021.06.23 15:30

EU sanctions to target some Belarusian exports via Lithuania – sources

BNS2021.06.23 15:30

On Wednesday, ambassadors of EU member states agreed on economic sanctions against Belarus' individual sectors, sources familiar with the talks told BNS. 

The sanctions will ban the transit of some Belarusian fertilisers through the Lithuanian seaport of Klaipėda.

It remains to be seen what impact the restrictions will have on Lithuanian companies involved in transit shipments, because it is not yet clear what specific fertilizer products will be targeted.

The new package should be approved on Thursday after the completion of the written procedure.

The port of Klaipėda and the state railway company Lietuvos Geležinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways) will be affected by the sanctions which will target Belaruskali, one of the world's largest potash fertilizer producers.

The EU is imposing the sectoral sanctions on Belarus in the wake of the forced diversion of a Vilnius-bound Ryanair passenger flight to Minsk in late May to detain opposition blogger Roman Protasevich and his partner Sofia Sapega.

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