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World UK coordinating with US to sanction Belarus

01:08  25 september  2020
01:08  25 september  2020 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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“ We are coordinating with the United States and Canada to prepare appropriate listings as a matter of urgency.” Raab said the “whole range of potential individuals” was under considerations for sanctions , but did not give any names. Britain had been prepared to work with the European Union

" We are coordinating with the United States and Canada to prepare appropriate listings as a matter of urgency." Britain is preparing Magnitsky sanctions against individuals in Belarus in coordination with the United States and Canada, Foreign Minister Dominic Raab says, after pointedly criticising

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government plans to impose human rights sanctions on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s Belarus as a punishment for the abuse of pro-democracy protesters.

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“We are coordinating with the United States and Canada to prepare appropriate listings as a matter of urgency,” British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Parliament on Thursday. “We will apply all the tools at our disposal to hold Lukashenko and his regime to account, and we call on him to engage in serious and credible dialogue with the opposition.”

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Britain is preparing sanctions under the Magnitsky Act against individuals in Belarus in coordination with the United States and Canada. " We are coordinating with the United States and Canada to prepare appropriate listings as a matter of urgency," he added.

The UK is drawing up “Magnitsky”-style human rights sanctions against officials in Belarus responsible for administering the rigged re-election of president Raab told MPs: “ We do not accept the results of this rigged election. Second, we condemn the thuggery deployed against the Belarussian people.”

Raab’s announcement represents a sharpening of European pressure on Lukashenko, who has relied on violence against protesters and support from Russia to withstand the domestic backlash occurring after his 26 years in power. Still, he avoided stating whether the sanctions would target Lukashenko specifically.

“We’re considering the whole range of potential individuals,” Raab said when asked if the United Kingdom would blacklist Lukashenko.

European Union leaders likewise are uncertain about sanctioning Lukashenko due to disagreements within the continental bloc that have prevented Brussels from imposing human rights sanctions in the weeks following Lukashenko's claimed victory in an Aug. 9 election widely regarded as fraudulent. An unrelated dispute over tensions between Turkey and Greece has contributed to the delay, to the dismay of EU leaders.

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Britain is preparing sanctions against those responsible for “serious human rights violations” in Belarus Second, we condemn the thuggery deployed against the Belarussian people.” He added it is The UK introduced its own sanctions regime earlier this year and in July imposed restrictions on

“ We should introduce sanctions on Belarusian officials responsible for grave violations of human rights and fundamental rights,” he said. Biedroń said the groundswell of support for the opposition was “a strong signal” to the EU to rethink its policy towards Belarus , including finding new ways to support

"We can't have another Foreign Affairs Council incapable of finding unanimity on sanctions against Belarus," said Josep Borrell, the EU's high representative for foreign affairs, this week. "It's becoming personal because I understand clearly that the credibility of the EU and of forging ... a common foreign affairs policy very much depend on this.”

The Belarus sanctions were on the agenda when Raab met last week with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

"We also discussed the need for every nation, especially Russia, to respect the sovereignty of Belarus," Pompeo told reporters at the time. "The Belarusians protesting what were falsified election results are truly inspiring to all of us. The brutality against them must stop."

NATO allies worry that Russian President Vladimir Putin is using the crisis to push Lukashenko to agree to the de facto “absorption” of Belarus into Russia, which the Belarusian strongman had managed to resist in recent years.

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Meanwhile, it said "it is reviewing its relations with Belarus ." Earlier, Borrell said in a lengthy blog-post that the EU's failure to adopt sanctions against Belarusian officials in a timely manner is "a matter of Wednesday’s inauguration sparked another wave of protests in Minsk and other Belarusian cities.

“The danger and the risk is that the price would be the deployment of Russian troops permanently in Belarusian territory,” Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis told the Washington Examiner this week. "It’s definitely a threat for NATO, for the West.”

Raab acknowledged to colleagues that he has similar misgivings “about the predatory approach of Russia” to Belarus.

“We're watching very carefully, along with our international partners,” he said. “That is also one of the reasons that we've taken the measures that I've set out today.”

Tags: News, Foreign Policy, National Security, Belarus, Lithuania, Russia, United Kingdom, NATO

Original Author: Joel Gehrke

Original Location: UK coordinating with US to sanction Belarus

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