22 October 2021,   19:17
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US, EU, UK and Canada impose fresh sanctions on Belarus

The United States, European Union, United Kingdom and Canada imposed fresh sanctions on Belarus Monday in a coordinated response to the Lukashenko government’s forced landing of a Ryanair flight and arrest of an opposition journalist last month as well as the “continuing repression” in the former Soviet state.

In a joint statement, the partners said they were “united in our deep concern regarding the Lukashenka regime’s continuing attacks on human rights, fundamental freedoms, and international law”.

“Today, we have taken coordinated sanctions action in response to the May 23rd forced landing of a commercial Ryanair flight between two EU member states and the politically motivated arrest of journalist Roman Pratasevich and his companion Sofia Sapega, as well as to the continuing attack on human rights and fundamental freedoms”, - the statement said.

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