Canada will be imposing new sanctions on Alexander Lukashenko’s Belarusian regime for their involvement in Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, reported U.S.-based news channels CNN citing to Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Melanie Joly on March 17.
The new restrictions apply to 22 senior officials of the illegitimate Ministry of Defense of the Belarusian regime who have forced their country to serve as a “launch pad” for the Russian invasion.
“The world is horrified to witness the senseless violence [of Russia] occurring in Ukraine,” Minister Joly said.
“Just as Canada is imposing severe sanctions on the Russian regime, the Belarusian leadership must also be held accountable for enabling and supporting Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked attacks.”
In total, since Russian invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, Canada has sanctioned more than 500 individuals and entities from Russia. Earlier, Canada also closed airspace to Belarusian aircraft.
Russia, which launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, uses the territory of Belarus for its own purposes. From there airplanes and rockets are launched, and military equipment enters Ukrainian territory. Alexander Lukashenko's regime has also allowed Russian missiles to be transported via its railroad, but has states that his troops will not be participating in the invasion.
On March 11, Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksii Reznikov addressed the Belarusians and warned that the command of the Russian occupation forces is preparing a series of false flag attacks on several settlements located near the Ukrainian-Belarusian border.