Dec. 23 (UPI)– The outbound Trump administration on Wednesday blacklisted lots of Belarusian officials and entities over their participation in the European nation’s August presidential election.
Alexander Lukashenko, the president of Belarus, won a 6th term in August in an election that Western nations, consisting of the United States, Britain and those in the European Union bloc, rejected for neither being fair nor totally free.
Following the election commission’s declaration that Lukashenko had actually won, protesters streamed into the streets of Minsk promoting a hardline action that has resulted in thousands of arrests and drew in a staunch backlash from those very same Western nations and human rights groups.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned one individual and 4 entities while the State Department enforced visa constraints versus 39 people the United States holds responsible for weakening democracy in Belarus.
” The Belarusian people deserve totally free and fair elections,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated by means of Twitter.
This morning, I imposed visa restrictions on 39 people and @USTreasur