Belarus rages protests against U.S. imposed sanctions

Having accused them of their involvement in rigging President Alexander Lukashenko’s re-election victory in the month of August or the violent crackdown on protests that followed, the United States on October 2, imposed sanctions on eight Belarusian officials, including Belarusian Interior Minister Yuri Karaev and his deputy.

The move came after the European Union (EU) imposed sanctions on 40 people, including the Interior Minister and the head of the Election Commission. Denying the electoral fraud, Lukashenko was spared, in line with the EU’s policy of punishing powerbrokers as a last resort and said that the protests were backed from abroad.

Lithuanian Foreign Affairs Minister Linas Linkevicius told reporters, “We are not going to summon our ambassadors for consultations, and we will definitely not do anything to reduce personnel,” adding “if the advice becomes a request, then we will take appropriate measures.”

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