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Belarus' president threatens expulsion of US ambassador if more sanctions imposed

Belarus' president threatens expulsion of US ambassador if more sanctions imposed

Belarus' authoritarian president on Sunday threatened to expel the U.S. ambassador if Washington imposes more sanctions on the country.
Ambassador Karen Stewart said earlier this month that the United States could add new sanctions against Belarus over its refusal to free political prisoners and allow democratic freedoms.
The United States already has imposed sanctions, including travel restrictions on Belarusian officials and measures against a state oil processing company.
"In the event of introducing serious economic sanctions regarding Belarus by the United States, the Belarusian side will respond in the most severe way in all directions _ political, economic and other directions. The first person to be thrown out will be the U.S. ambassador," President Alexander Lukashenko told reporters.
The U.S. Embassy had no immediate comment.
Lukashenko, characterized in the West as "Europe's last dictator," has stifled opposition and independent news media during 13 years in power in the former Soviet republic. An open admirer of the Soviet Union, Lukashenko kept much of Belarus' economy under state control.


Updated : 2021-03-01 19:16 GMT+08:00