LONDON – The United Kingdom has announced the first round of sanctions against Belarus for supporting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The government sanctioned Victor Gulevich, Chief of the General Staff of Belarus and First Deputy Minister of Defense, along with other deputy defense ministers, and two military enterprises – an aircraft repair factory and a manufacturer military conductor sales.
Gulevich is responsible for directing the activities of the Belarusian armed forces, including joint exercises with Russia, and has agreed to deploy Russian troops along the Belarusian border with Ukraine, according to the Foreign Affairs Office, Commonwealth General and Development of the United Kingdom.
Other sanctioned individuals are Andrei Burdyko, Deputy Defense Minister in charge of logistics and Director General of Logistics of the Armed Forces of Belarus; Sergei Simonenko, Deputy Minister of Defense for Arms and Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Belarus; and Andrey Zhuk, deputy defense minister.
The move comes on the same day Ukraine’s parliament announced Belarus’ troops were on Ukrainian soil, although the United States said later in the day that it had “no indication” that the claim was accurate.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said: “The Lukashenko regime actively supports and abets Russia’s illegal invasion and will feel the economic consequences of supporting Putin.”
The UK has previously stated its aim is to extend the entire package of sanctions against Russia to Belarus.
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