U.S., EU, Britain and Canada impose new sanctions on Belarus

The United States and its allies, including the European Union, on Thursday imposed sanctions against dozens of individuals and entities in Belarus in a coordinated move to escalate punitive action against President Alexander Lukashenko and his government. The latest round of sanctions aim to significantly increase pressure on Lukashenko, who is accused of rigging the… Read More U.S., EU, Britain and Canada impose new sanctions on Belarus

Russian President Vladimir Putin orders government to help Belarus weather western sanctions

President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russia’s government to help Belarus weather western sanctions imposed during Minsk’s crackdown on political opponents, the Kremlin said on Thursday. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko travelled to Russia, a close ally, to hold talks with Putin on Tuesday. The European Union and United States have imposed punitive measures on Belarus in… Read More Russian President Vladimir Putin orders government to help Belarus weather western sanctions

EU imposes wide-range economic sanctions on Belarus over Ryanair incident

The European Union imposed wide-ranging economic sanctions on Belarus for the first time on Thursday, targeting its main export industries and access to finance a month after it forced a Ryanair flight to land in Minsk. The measures include banning EU businesses from importing goods or doing business with Belarusian companies in sectors including banking,… Read More EU imposes wide-range economic sanctions on Belarus over Ryanair incident

EU imposes new sanctions on Belarus over forced Ryanair plane landing

The European Union on Wednesday agreed additional sanctions on Belarus in response to the forced landing of a Ryanair flight in Minsk and the arrest of a dissident journalist on board in May, an EU diplomat said. The sanctions, approved by EU ambassadors and to be adopted by the bloc’s foreign ministers at a meeting… Read More EU imposes new sanctions on Belarus over forced Ryanair plane landing

EU bans Belarusian airlines from flying over territory, access to airports

Belarus carriers will be banned from flying over European Union territory or having access to its airports from Friday, the bloc said, as the country’s exiled opposition leader called for more joint Western sanctions. The EU decision is part of planned punitive measures against Belarus in response to Minsk scrambling a warplane to force the… Read More EU bans Belarusian airlines from flying over territory, access to airports

Russia vows to support Belarus in event of EU sanctions

Russia will defend Belarus and help it if the European Union imposes economic sanctions on Minsk over the grounding of a plane and arrest of a dissident blogger, the RIA news agency cited a Russian foreign ministry official as saying. Many European nations have imposed flight bans on Belarusian aviation over the forced landing of… Read More Russia vows to support Belarus in event of EU sanctions

European Union to impose sanctions on 31 senior officials over controversial presidential election

The European Union aims to impose economic sanctions on 31 senior Belarus officials including the country’s interior minister by mid-September, three EU diplomats said, in response to an August 9 election that the West says was rigged. Almost a month into mass demonstrations against the outcome of the contest, in which President Alexander Lukashenko claimed… Read More European Union to impose sanctions on 31 senior officials over controversial presidential election

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko orders police to shut down protests

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko ordered his police on Wednesday to put down protests in the capital Minsk, signalling an escalation after a week and a half of mass demonstrations against his rule. Lukashenko’s order came as European Union leaders held an emergency summit over the political crisis in Belarus, long Russia’s most loyal neighbour, which… Read More Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko orders police to shut down protests