New UK sanctions on Belarus

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In a written statement made by the UK Foreign Office, it was stated that a package of sanctions against trade, finance and aviation had been decided in response to the degradation of continuing violations of democracy and rights of man by the regime of President Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus.

The statement stressed that the sanctions package included air measures to prevent Belarusian airlines from flying over or landing in the UK, and a ban on providing technical assistance to Lukashenko’s fleet of luxury jets.

In addition, in order to reduce the amount of income going to the Lukashenko regime, it was noted that the package includes potassium hydrate, petroleum products, shutdown and monitoring of goods and technologies, products used in the production of cigarettes and trade measures related to technology.

It was pointed out that the sanctions also include financial measures prohibiting the purchase of securities and money market instruments issued by the Belarusian state, as well as the purchase and granting of loans issued by banks of State.

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In the statement, it was stressed that the decisions taken represent an important additional step to put pressure on the Lukashenko regime.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab used the following statements regarding the sanctions decision:
“The Lukashenko regime continues to violate democracy and human rights in Belarus. These sanctions show that the UK will not accept Lukashenko’s actions since the fraudulent elections (in Belarus). Industrial products owned by the state of Lukashenko will not be sold in the UK. and our airlines will not touch its luxury aircraft fleet. “

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Foreign Minister Raab met Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya in London on August 3.

Aleksandr Lukashenko, elected President of Belarus 5 times in a row since 1994, won the presidential elections on August 9, 2020 with 80.1% of the vote, and his closest rival Tikhanovskaya was able to secure 10.12% of the vote.

The opposition led by Tikhanovskaya opposed the election results and protests began on the grounds that “the elections were rigged”.

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