US expands Belarus sanctions to ‚impose costs‘ on regime: White House

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki tells reporters the US and its allies have „taken a number of actions to impose costs on the Lukashenko regime in Belarus.“ The EU and the US have both targeted dozens of individuals and entities over a brutal crackdown on opposition since Lukashenko claimed victory in elections last August deemed fraudulent by the West. The 27-nation bloc and London added seven officials — including the defence and transport ministers of Belarus — to their sanctions blacklists for the grounding of a Ryanair jet last month. SOUNDBITE

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