Russia-Ukraine crisis: Sanctions block up to $18 billion in Belarusian exports to the West, PM says – News

President Lukashenko says Belarus has been unfairly labeled an ‘accomplice’

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By Reuters

Published: Mon 16 May 2022, 07:13

The sanctions that have been imposed on Belarus have blocked $16 billion to $18 billion of its annual exports to the West, the Belta news agency reported on Sunday citing Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko.

Belarus and Russia have been hit with sanctions after Moscow sent tens of thousands of troops to Ukraine on February 24 from Russian and Belarusian territory in what it called a “special military operation” designed to demilitarize its next to.

Ukraine and the West say the allegation is baseless and that the war is an unprovoked act of aggression.

“Because of the sanctions, almost all exports from Belarus to European Union and North American countries have been blocked,” Golovchenko said, according to a transcript of an interview with Al Arabiya TV, based in Dubai, published by Belta State News. agency.

“That…comes out to about $16 billion to $18 billion a year.”

President Alexander Lukashenko has insisted that Belarus must be involved in negotiations to resolve the conflict in Ukraine, also saying that Belarus has been unfairly branded “an accomplice of the aggressor”.

Belarus was also heavily sanctioned last year following the interception of the Ryanair plane flying between Athens and Vilnius and the arrest of a dissident journalist and his girlfriend after the plane landed .

Christi C. Elwood