Canada announces new sanctions against Belarus | War in Ukraine

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Canada announces new sanctions against Belarus | War in Ukraine

Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly (archives)

Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly announces new sanctions against Belarus on Tuesday in response to his support for Russia's war against Ukraine.

Belarusian leaders are allowing human rights abuses and enabling the country to serve as a launching pad for Russian attacks, Ms. Joly argues in a statement.

The Canada adds 22 Belarusian officials to sanctions list, including individuals involved in transporting Russian military personnel and equipment.

Sanctions also affect 16 Belarusian companies in the military manufacturing, technology, engineering, banking and rail industries.

The announcement comes as the country's exiled opposition leader, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, travels to Ottawa to meet with Minister Joly.

The two women have the #x27;will discuss the complicity of President Alexander Lukashenko's regime in the war and the importance of maintaining democracy in Belarus, Joly said.

Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

Mrs Tsikhanouskaya is also due to meet with deputies and senators during his stay in the federal capital.

President Lukashenko was re-elected in the 2020 elections considered to be fraudulent.

Ms. Tsikhanouskaya has since been in exile in Lithuania. The government has carried out a sweeping crackdown on the protests, arresting more than 35,000 people.

President Lukashenko's utter disregard for human rights , both at home and abroad, is unjustifiable, says Ms. Joly.

These measures will put additional pressure on the Belarusian leadership. President Lukashenko must stop being an instrument of the Russian regime.

With information from The Associated Press

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