05 December 2022,   06:15
Australia sanctions Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko

The federal government has sanctioned the Belarusian President and members of his family, as well as 22 more Russian propagandists, in response to their role in the war in Ukraine.

Alexander Lukashenko has been added to the list for providing strategic support to Russia and its military during its invasion of Ukraine.

“We are also placing sanctions on his son Viktor Lukashenko, who previously held senior national security roles in the Belarusian government, and his wife Galina Lukashenko, the first lady of Belarus. These latest steps, one month into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, continue our focused efforts to ensure that Russia and those who support its illegal, unprovoked invasion of its democratic neighbour, pay a high cost”, - Foreign Minister Marise Payne said.