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UK and Canada imposed sanctions against Lukashenka and a number of Belarusian officials

UK and Canada imposed sanctions against Lukashenka and a number of Belarusian officials

Sanctions targeting persons guilty of violence against protesters

Britain has imposed sanctions on President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and seven other officials for electoral fraud and violence against protesters, British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said on Tuesday.

According to him, Lukashenka’s national security adviser and the head of the presidential administration were also included in the sanctions list..

“The opportunity to influence what is happening in Belarus has a limited time frame, and we believe that we must act now,” he said. “First of all, there must be a price for the human rights violations we have observed and for the fraudulent approach to these elections.”.

Raab told parliament last week that Britain is preparing sanctions against Minsk in coordination with the US and Canada..

The Canadian Foreign Office on Tuesday announced that Canada is also imposing sanctions against President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and 10 other high-ranking officials..

“Following the rigged presidential elections in August 2020, the Belarusian government has been conducting a systematic campaign of repression and state-sponsored violence against demonstrators and opposition groups,” the ministry said in a statement..

Canada says these measures are part of broader diplomatic efforts to support the people of Belarus.

The European Union, from which Great Britain withdrew in January, also announced plans to impose sanctions on Belarusian officials, although they have not yet been finally agreed upon..

Raab said he spoke with UK international partners and London decided to move forward.

“We expect others to follow our example, but I think time is of the essence because of this narrow window of opportunity to influence what is happening,” he said..

“We cannot allow a situation where leaders like Alexander Lukashenko, and, frankly, Vladimir Putin, believe that human rights violations and electoral fraud can remain without consequences,” Raab added..

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