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Aug. 9, 2021, 11:39 a.m. EDT

U.S. rolls out new sanctions against Belarus

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By Victor Reklaitis

The Biden administration on Monday announced more sanctions against Belarus on the one-year anniversary of the Eastern European nation's election that was widely seen as fraudulent. The White House said in a statement that President Joe Biden signed an executive order targeting Alexander Lukashenko and his regime "for their ongoing assault against the democratic aspirations and human rights of the Belarusian people, transnational repression and abuse, affronts to international norms, and corruption." The sanctions are aimed at entities that include potash producer Belaruskali OAO, the Belarusian National Olympic Committee and "prominent businesspeople who support the Lukashenka regime as well as fifteen companies with which they are affiliated," the statement also said.

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