UK announces sanctions against four Belarusian military officers

The United Kingdom announced on Tuesday that it had sanctioned four senior Belarus military officers and two companies over that country’s support for the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said in a statement: “The regime of (Belarusian President Alexander) Lukashenko is actively aiding and promoting the illegal invasion of Ukraine and will face the economic consequences of supporting Putin.”

The sanctions, with immediate effect, specifically target the Chief of Defense Staff and Deputy Defense Minister Viktor Gulevich, as well as three other senior military officers.

The four people no longer have the right to travel to the United Kingdom and their property in the country is frozen, it specified in a press release published on the British government’s site.

Two Belarusian military companies have also been approved.

“We are inflicting an economic blow on Putin and those close to him. We will not stop until the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine is restored, ”said Liz Truss.

London has already announced that it is approving oligarchs close to the Kremlin and Russian banks, including public giant Sberbank, and said on Monday it intended to move all Russian banks to its territory “in the coming days”. in” to freeze the property.

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