The UK is introducing additional sanctions against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday because of his support of Russian aggression against Ukraine. This was reported by the press service of the British Foreign Office.
The new sanctions include a ban on exports of refined petroleum products, components of advanced technologies (such as those used in quantum computers) and luxury goods - such as works of British artists and designer handbags.
The UK also bans imports of Belarusian iron and steel and restricts the Belarusian regime's access to the British financial sector - namely, it bans a number of Belarusian companies from trading securities on the London Stock Exchange.
"The Belarusian regime has actively contributed to Putin's invasion by allowing Russia to use its territory to jam Ukraine, launching troops and missiles from its border and flying Russian planes through their airspace. "Lukashenko has also openly supported the Kremlin's narrative, claiming that Kiyiv is 'provoking Russia' to justify Putin's bloody invasion," the British Foreign Office noted.
The new sanctions will cover about £60 million worth of trade in goods.
"Today's action builds on the wide-ranging measures the British government has imposed on Belarus, in particular a 35% increase in duties on a number of goods originating in Belarus, and sanctions against President Lukashenko and senior government officials for repeated human rights violations and undermining democracy," the statement said.