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On 22 February 2018, the Council decided to prolong the restrictive measures against Belarus for one year, until 28 February 2019. These measures include an arms embargo, ban on the export of goods for internal repression and an asset freeze and travel ban against four people listed in connection with the unresolved disappearances of two opposition politicians, one businessman and one journalist in 1999 and in 2000.
The Council also prolonged the derogation to the restrictive measures to allow the export of biathlon equipment to Belarus, which remain subject to prior authorisation by national competent authorities on a case by case basis. This derogation was extended to a limited number of specific-use sporting rifles and sporting pistols, subject to authorisation procedures.
Read the full press release on the website of the Council of the European Union.