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Belarus Warns Opposition Figure over Sanctions Call

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Belarus Warns Opposition Figure over Sanctions Call          - Sputnik International
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Belarusian opposition politician Viktor Ivashkevich was officially warned on Tuesday over his calls for international sanctions on Belarus.

Belarusian opposition politician Viktor Ivashkevich was officially warned on Tuesday over his calls for international sanctions on Belarus.

In mid-March, Ivashkevich urged European governments to introduce an embargo on the purchase and transportation of Belarusian oil products in protest against the ongoing political arrests.

He told reporters the Prosecutor General’s Office had warned him that actions aimed at “undermining state sovereignty” were unacceptable.

Ivashkevich protested his innocence.

“I do not consider myself guilty of undermining state sovereignty. Just the contrary, the actions by the Belarusian authorities, their reprisals are provoking the introduction of sanctions,” he said.

Following the recent execution of two Minsk metro bombers, European Union foreign ministers on Friday extended their sanctions on the Belarusian regime.

The EU ministers added 29 firms and 12 individuals to some 230 Belarusians already blacklisted in a bid to put more pressure on President Alexander Lukashenko.

The EU also called on Lukashenko to engage in a dialogue with the opposition.

 

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