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US renews sanctions against Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko over Ukraine invasion

The Treasury Department renewed sanctions against Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko Tuesday and expanded them to include members of his family over the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Officials also targeted several senior Russian defense officials in the latest wave of American economic penalties. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the moves were prompted by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “premeditated, unjustified and unprovoked war against Ukraine.” He also blasted Lukashenko’s “support and facilitation of the Russian Federation’s invasion.” “The United States, with support from allies and partners, is taking action to promote accountability for the Russian and Belarusian governments’ human rights abuses and violations within and...
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Who is Europe’s ‘last dictator’ Alexander Lukashenko?

As Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine continues and the aggressor finds the courageous street-level resistance its troops are encountering much tougher than expected, neighbouring Belarus could be about to play a pivotal role in the conflict.Prior to open warfare erupting last week, the country’s president Alexander Lukashenko, a longtime ally of Vladimir Putin, hosted some 30,000 Russian soldiers on its soil for military drills and has since suggested that nuclear weapons could follow if the West comes to Ukraine’s aid militarily.Mr Lukashenko has since said he could dispatch his own forces to Ukraine to support Russia “if needed”, an event...
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