UK and US Are Preparing Sanctions against Belarus

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It is not yet clear whether sanctions will affect President Alexander Lukashenko or not. The government of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans imposing sanctions on Belarus as a response to violence against protesters. “We are coordinating with the US and Canada to urgently prepare the relevant lists,” British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told parliament. “We will use all the tools at our disposal to bring to justice Lukashenko and his regime and we urge him to a serious and convincing dialogue with the opposition.” Raab did not specify whether the sanctions would affect Lukashenko himself. “We are looking at a whole range of individuals,” he said, answering the question of whether Lukashenko will be included in the British blacklist. The leaders of the European Union have not yet made a decision on sanctions against Lukashenko due to differences within the bloc. The delay was facilitated by a dispute between Turkey and Greece. But, according to Reuters, the United States, Britain and Canada may impose sanctions against Belarus on Friday.