US to Reimpose Sanctions on Belarus Over Flight Diversion

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The Biden administration will reimpose sanctions on Belarus on June 3 and has advised Americans against traveling to the landlocked European nation in response to the plane diversion orchestrated to detain an opposition activist. The measures are part of a package on steps announced by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Friday evening. The sanctions target nine Belarusian state-owned enterprises which had previously received sanctions relief. Americans will be prohibited from dealing with the entities beginning on Thursday. Psaki said the United States is working with European allies to develop further sanctions “associated with ongoing abuses of human rights and corruption, the falsification of the 2020 election, and the events of May 23.” In addition, the Treasury Department is developing an executive order which would allow the United States more leeway to impose sanctions on the elements of the authoritarian regime of Alexander Lukashenko, whose iron-fisted rule has earned him …

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