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USA-Belarus-sanctions: the United States and the EU impose new sanctions against Belarus
by Daphne Psaledakis and Simon Lewis
Washington (Reuters) - the United States imposed restrictions on transactions related to new Belarusian sovereign debt emissions and extended the sanctions Existing against the country, targeting dozens of people and entities, in coordination with partners including the European Union.
Washington has increased pressure on the Belarus President Alexander Loukachenko by targeting the defense, safety and potash sectors. Belarusian officials and the son of Alexandre Loukachenko were also targeted while Minsk is accused of orchestrating a migratory crisis in Europe.
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Minsk claims further repatriation flights will take place on Tuesday as the border crisis rumbles on.The group of 118 people left on Monday from the country’s national airport in the capital, Minsk, the head of the migration department at Belarus’s interior ministry, Alexei Begun, told state news agency BELTA on Tuesday.
These American measures have been coordinated with Canada, Great Britain and the EU, in a context of increased east-west tension by the flows of migrants at the borders between the Belarus, Allied Russia, and Poland and the Lithuania, EU members.
In a common statement, Washington, Ottawa, London and Brussels call Minsk to immediately stop its maneuvers feeding illegal immigration to its borders with the EU.
"Those who, in Belarus or in third countries, facilitate the illegal crossings of the external borders of the EU must know that this has a substantial cost", is it written.
The Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has indicated that it would meet the sanctions decided by the EU, denouncing measures to "economically stifle Belarus.
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© AFP - Julien Warnand The Chefts of the Belarusian opposition Svetlana Tikhanovskaya before the European Parliament in Strasbourg. On November 24, 2021. The Chaffe of the Belarusian opposition Svetlana Tikhanovskaya was this Wednesday, November 24th in the European Parliament in Strasbourg to urge Europe to be even firmer with respect to President Alexandre Lukashenko.
Minsk did not respond immediately to the measures taken by the United States, Canada and Great Britain.
The EU imposed sanctions against the Bielorusian Airline Berevia on Thursday, accused of transporting migrants to destabilize Community Block countries.
It is now forbidden for European companies to procure planes in Belavia. We do not know if Belavia will be forced to make the 17 devices rented to companies in Ireland.
Brussels accuses Minsk to orchestrate a migratory crisis by encouraging thousands of people from the Middle East and Africa to try to cross the borders with neighboring countries of the EU, saying to see retaliation to the consecutive European sanctions At the repression of demonstrations of the re-election of Alexander Loukachenko in August 2020.
President Belarus rejects these accusations and imputes to the EU the responsibility of the migration crisis.
In a statement, the US Department of the Treasury accused the Government of Lukashenko, including corruption, violations of human rights and illegal immigration.
"The United States is held at the side of their international and allied partners to charge the Lukashenko regime its deplorable behavior, including the trafficking of migrants," said a high representative of the US Department of the Treasury.
(report daphne psaledakis, Simon Lewis and Tim Ahmann to Brussels, Robin Emmott in Brussels, David Ljunggren in Ottawa and Polina Devitt in Moscow; French version Valentine Baldassari, edited by Jean Terzian)
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