US imposes new sanctions on Belarus three years after election

Protest after the fake presidential election in August 2020.

As the State Department announced in Washington on Wednesday, business relationships with the state airline Belavia would be punished. In addition, 101 Belarusian officials, judges and others responsible for undermining democracy are being refused entry.

In the presidential election in Belarus in August 2020, Lukashenko was confirmed for his sixth term according to the official result. This triggered mass protests, which were brutally suppressed. The United States “continues to stand with the brave Belarusian people who aspire to a country founded on the rule of law, respect for human rights and an accountable, democratically elected government,” said Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Canada announces similar measures in coordination with the EU and the UK

At the same time, Canada also announced new sanctions against Belarus. Coordinated measures are planned by the European Union, Great Britain and New Zealand, according to the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said there could be no impunity for human rights violators. In addition, the support “of the Belarusian regime for the brazen actions of the Russian leadership will not go unpunished”.

Lukashenko is considered the closest ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. In connection with the Ukraine war and because of the suppression of the Belarusian opposition, the EU has already imposed sanctions on Minsk several times since 2020.



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