Canada announces new sanctions on Belarus over Ukraine war

The Canadian government said on Tuesday it would impose more sanctions on Belarus for supporting Russia’s war in Ukraine, according to news reports.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko shake hands as they meet in Moscow on June 24, 2020.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko shake hands as they meet in Moscow on June 24, 2020.Photo: EPA/ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/SPUTNIK/KREMLIN POOL

The foreign ministry in Ottawa said it would sanction 22 more Belarusian officials as well as 16 Belarusian companies involved in military manufacturing, technology, engineering, banking and railway transportation, the Reuters news agency reported.

The Canadian foreign ministry said some of these officials were „complicit in the stationing and transport of Russian military personnel and equipment involved in the invasion of Ukraine,” according to Reuters.

Canada has imposed steep financial penalties on Russia for its war in Ukraine, during which Moscow has used Belarus as a staging ground, Reuters reported.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has imposed sanctions on more than 1,500 individuals and groups, including from Belarus, according to the Canadian foreign ministry.

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Source: Reuters

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