Biden Signs Executive Order to Sanction Persons Contributing to Destabilizing Western Balkans | Beta Briefing

Biden Signs Executive Order to Sanction Persons Contributing to Destabilizing Western Balkans

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News / Politics | 09.06.21 | access_time 15:50

Joseph Biden

U.S. President Joseph Biden signed an Executive Order to expand the range of special measures for the Western Balkans proclaimed in 2001, setting also criteria for the introduction of U.S. sanctions to respond to challenges like corruption, as well as other acts to obstruct key institutions and international treaties, the Voice of America reported on June 9.

President Biden ordered sanctions for any person the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, may find “to be responsible for or complicit it, or to have directly or indirectly engaged in, actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, stability or territorial integrity of any area or state in the Western Balkans, or undermining democratic processes or institutions in the region.”

The sanctions also pertain to persons “responsible for serious human rights abuse and are involved in corruption in the region, including misappropriation of public assets, expropriation of private assets for personal gain or political purposes, or bribery.”

The White House says the Order also makes it possible to sanction those involved in any act that “has obstructed or threatened the implementation of any regional security, peace, cooperation or mutual recognition agreement or framework or accountability mechanism related to the Western Balkans.”

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