EU changes Belarus sanction regime to hit those behind border crisis

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The foreign ministers of the European Union amended their sanctions regime against Belarus so that it can be used to penalize the facilitation of illegal migration into the bloc. A response to the ongoing crisis at the Polish-Belarusian border, the move means that companies – for example airlines transporting people hoping to claim asylum in the EU – could from now on be blacklisted and unable to do business with EU firms. Individuals could also have any assets in the EU frozen, or be banned from travel into the bloc. No names of entities or individuals were actually added to the sanctions lis…

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