“It is essential that all politically motivated convictions be reviewed and that those released be released by April 26,” NAV said in a statement posted on Telegram on Wednesday.
According to NAV, “only the release of all prisoners of conscience without exception by April 26 can be considered sufficient fulfillment of the conditions imposed by the US State Department on the Lukashenko regime.”
“This is exactly what NAV requested in its letter of February 3, 2021 [Iždo departamento] Foreign Assets Control Office (OFAC), justifying the need to renew sanctions on petrochemical companies. “As a result, the State Department has recommended that the US Treasury Department not renew the OFAC 2G license for several Belneftchim companies,” the opposition said.
The National Anti-Crisis Board also stressed that “the revocation of the license will have very serious consequences for both the regime and the employees of the sanctioned companies.”
“Therefore, we want to warn the regime’s officials who are currently looking for ways to avoid sanctions instead of releasing political prisoners – we know all the ‘gray schemes’ you have created and are already implementing the necessary countermeasures,” NAV said.
U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said in late March that the State Department intends to recommend to the Treasury Department not to suspend sanctions on nine Belarusian petrochemical companies, which will end on April 26, 2021.
At the end of this suspension period, the State Department may change its position on the matter if Minsk changes its treatment of political prisoners.
For his part, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Dmitry Krutoy, answering questions from journalists, said that Minsk would react if the threat of US sanctions became real.
“I believe that this situation will be addressed at the level of the government of our republic. If necessary, some things will be reported to the President, and there will certainly be some retaliation – if this threat becomes a reality, ”said D. Krutojus.