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After Russia, Washington and Brussels sanction Belarus | War in Ukraine

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The United States will impose on Minsk the same harsh export control measures already inflicted on Russia after the invasion of Ukraine, detailed the American executive.

Clearly, Washington is going, according to the Department of Commerce, to impose a almost total ban to sell equipment to the army of Belarus.

This should prevent Moscow from circumventing the sanctions aimed at Russia by transiting arms or defense equipment through Belarus, explains the White House.

The US executive, which hardly lets a day pass without announcing new sanctions, has also decided to target the Russian defense industry, according to the press release.

Washington has in particular identifiedRussian entities”,”text”:”22Russian entities”}}’>22 Russian entities of the country’s military-industrial complex, manufacturing aircraft, infantry vehicles, missiles and drones.

Their assets in the United States will be frozen and they will be banned from all transactions with American companies or persons.

Washington has also decided to interrupt exports to Russia of equipment and technology necessary for the oil industry, a way of attacking the main source of income of Vladimir Putin’s regime.

The White House stressed that all of its sanctions were being taken, as it has been since the start of the Russian invasion, in close coordination with US allies.

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22 senior officers sanctioned

The European Union (EU), meanwhile, on Wednesday added 22 senior Belarusian armed forces officers to its blacklist of those sanctioned for supporting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a statement said.

In view of the gravity of the situation and the fact that Belarus is participating in an unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine by authorizing military aggression from its territory, the Council considers it appropriate to add twenty-two persons to the list of natural and legal persons, entities and bodies subject to restrictive measuressays the press release published with the list of names, their ranks and their functions in the Official Journal of the EU.

These sanctions targeted consist of an asset freeze and a ban on travel and residence in the EU.

The EU had adopted new sanctions against Belarus on Sunday by banning the export of most important economic sectors of the Minsk regime, partner in crime of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, announced the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

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The hydrocarbon, tobacco, cement and steel sectors are concerned, said the head of the European executive.

Belarusian officials who helped Russia in its offensive in Ukraine are also subject to sanctions, it announced. Belarus allowed Russia to use its territory for the invasion of Ukraine, including forces heading towards Kiev.

Belarus is already under EU sanctions for its crackdown on its opposition, the hijacking of a European plane in June 2021 to arrest a dissident and an influx of Middle Eastern migrants at EU borders from its territory that Minsk is accused of orchestrating last year.

The measures announced on Sunday are the sixth round of EU sanctions against the former Soviet republic, an ally of Vladimir Putin’s regime. They are already hitting 183 officials, including President Alexander Lukashenko, and 26 companies or entities with a freezing of their assets and a ban on entry into the EU.

After the hijacking of a Ryanair plane, the EU had already targeted economic sectors such as potash, restricted the sale to Belarus of sensitive technologies in the field of telecommunications, and prohibited European airspace to Belarusian companies.

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