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The United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada have tightened sanctions against Alexander Lukashenko’s regime in Belarus. It happened that he was accused of manipulation after he won a consecutive year in the presidential election.
Also on Monday, Latvia expressed its readiness to declare a state of emergency at its border with Belarus and build fences there to stop the flow of migrants, which it calls a “hybrid war.”
The coordinated sanctions in Washington, London, and Ottawa are in response to what US President Joe Biden called the Lukashenko regime’s “illegal efforts to preserve power at any cost.” They focus on industries such as potash fertilizer, the largest source of foreign exchange income in Belarus, and prohibit the purchase of certain Belarusian state and bank securities.
In Minsk, Lukashenko made a provocative voice. He said Britain might be “suffocated” by sanctions and called it a running dog of the United States. But the president also stated that he is ready to negotiate with the West, and has asked Russia to postpone the repayment of $1 billion in debt, and is seeking new credit lines from the Russia-led Eurasian Bank.
“Don’t make us look like beggars,” he said at a press conference. “The key is to require our government to develop a joint policy to deal with sanctions.”
Belarusian opposition leader Svyatlana Zihanusskaya, who recently visited Washington and London to gain support, welcomed the latest sanctions imposed by the West.she Say Although this “is not a panacea, it is intended to promote dialogue between the regime and prevent its impunity.”
A US official stated that if the situation does not improve, the US and its partners and allies will “continue to impose costs on the Minsk regime.” The European Union has imposed sectoral sanctions, although critics have complained of loopholes.
Lukashenko has ruled the former Soviet Republic since 1994, and people are becoming more and more disturbed about his intentions, because in the past year, he Strengthen anti-western Rhetoric, and inhibition Internal objections.
So far, the Baltic countries are the EU countries that most directly feel the regime’s countermeasures. Lithuania is the first country to experience the “weaponization” of Belarusian immigration. In recent months, more than 4,000 immigrants—mostly from Iraq—have entered Lithuania.
But as Vilnius has become more severe on border issues and Iraq has suspended flights to Minsk under pressure from the European Union, Belarus has begun to transfer asylum seekers from Iraq, Syria and African countries to Latvia and Poland. The two EU countries and NATO border countries.
In Latvia, Interior Minister Marija Golubeva stated that the country is ready to declare a state of emergency at its borders and will receive immediate support from Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins before a formal decision on Tuesday.
No migrants from Latvia crossed the border from Belarus in June, and only a few migrants at the beginning of this month. But this number suddenly increased, with 39 cases reported on Saturday, 35 cases reported on Sunday, and 86 cases reported on Monday.
Latvian Foreign Minister Edgas Linkovich told the Financial Times that he was worried about the potential “event“Due to increased border tensions, NATO troops and Russian and Belarusian troops will participate in joint military exercises next month.
Lukashenko from Minsk is clearly responding to these concerns. He said that Russian military bases will soon be established in Belarus. “They are afraid that Lukashenko and Putin are right,” he said.