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US lists possible punitive steps against Belarus

US lists possible punitive steps against Belarus

The United States is outlining punitive steps it is preparing to take against Belarus if the country does not ease its crackdown on the opposition.
The State Department's top official on Europe, Assistant Secretary of State Philip Gordon, told a Senate panel Thursday that the U.S. is moving toward expanding sanctions and stepping up support for Belarus's opposition.
Gordon said steps would include reinstating sanctions against the state-controlled oil and chemical company, Belneftekhim. The U.S. is also drawing up a list government officials who could face sanctions and travel bans.
The United States and other Western countries have called the Belarus's elections last month illegitimate and condemned the crackdown on opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko.


Updated : 2021-03-03 11:37 GMT+08:00