UK imposes sanctions on Belarus, Lukashenko responds ‘choke on them’

17:43, 09 August 2021
 UK imposes sanctions on Belarus, Lukashenko responds ‘choke on them’ Photo: Kremlin Pool/Global Look Press

The UK imposed new sanctions on petroleum and potash exports from Belarus in an attempt to pressure Belurusian President Lukashenko into changing his course.

“These sanctions demonstrate that the UK will not accept Lukashenko’s actions since the fraudulent election. The Lukashenko regime continues to crush democracy and violate human rights in Belarus,” Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of the United Kingdom Dominic Raab said in a statement.

The Belarussian President on the other hand was quick to respond with a “choke on them” claim.

"You are America's lap dogs," he said.

Britain’s current policy towards Belarus is focused on limiting the domestic sales of the products that are being produced by Belarusian state-owned companies.

"They are carefully targeted to build pressure on Lukashenko, state institutions, and those around him to change behavior, while minimizing, as far as possible, any unintended consequences on the wider population in Belarus," Raab said commenting on the sanctions. 

"The products of Lukashenko’s state-owned industries will not be sold in the UK, and our aerospace companies will not touch his fleet of luxury aircraft," he added.

Earlier, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that the US is preparing to impose additional sanctions on the Belarusian government. 

The UK, the US, and other major western countries are currently holding an overall negative sentiment towards Belarusian officials and Lukashenko, in particular, following the detention of Roman Protasevich, a dissident journalist who was a former editor of the opposition Telegram channel Nexta.

Other accusations of Lukashenko include his crackdown on protests a year earlier as well as the latest situation with the Olympic athlete Kristina Tsimanovskaya, who was being taken by Belarusian officials into her home country against her will, following her critique of Belarusian Olympic officials.