Belarus: Sanctions

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 20th July 2021.

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Photo of Tony Lloyd Tony Lloyd Labour, Rochdale

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the evidential basis was for the decision to remove AGAT System from the consolidated list of financial sanctions targets in the UK.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The designation of AGAT System was insufficiently clear as to which entity was to be designated. The UK has therefore revoked the listing for AGAT System with immediate effect. The UK makes decisions on whether or not to designate each person under powers provided by the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 and the relevant sanctions regulations.

We have imposed over 100 designations in response to the fraudulent elections and the subsequent human rights violations in Belarus. We will continue to keep all evidence and potential listings under close review, guided by the objectives of the UK Belarus sanctions regime.

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