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UK and Canada impose sanctions on Belarus leader Lukashenko

Christian Fernsby |
Britain and Canada have announced sanctions on senior Belarusian figures including President Alexander Lukashenko following last month's election and the subsequent crackdown on protesters.

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Topics: BELARUS   

Seven other officials including the country’s interior minister, the public security police chief and Lukashenko’s son Victor a national security adviser are covered by the sanctions, which include an asset freeze and travel ban.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said his country and Canada were sending “a clear message by imposing sanctions against Alexander Lukashenko’s violent and fraudulent regime”.

He said: “We don’t accept the results of this rigged election. We will hold those responsible for the thuggery deployed against the Belarusian people to account and we will stand up for our values of democracy and human rights.”

Canada’s Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne added the two countries were acting together to ensure the sanctions “have a greater impact”.


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