Biden Administration Weighs New Sanctions Against Belarus

The Biden administration is looking at a new spherical of economic sanctions focusing on Belarus and its authoritarian chief right after a primary dissident appealed to U.S. officials for more robust U.S. action, in accordance to participants in meetings final 7 days in Washington.

The new sanctions would be in addition to punitive steps imposed by the administration earlier this yr and would purpose to even more isolate the chief, Alexander Lukashenko, virtually a yr right after he initiated a crackdown on a preferred rebellion in the nation, in accordance to a Belarusian political adviser.

The administration’s deliberations occur on the heels of a check out to Washington final 7 days by Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who opposed Mr. Lukashenko in final year’s contested election. In meetings with lawmakers and senior administration officials, Ms. Tsikhanouskaya pressed for harder sanctions.

Ms. Tsikhanouskaya satisfied with President Biden’s major two international-policy aides, countrywide stability adviser Jake Sullivan and Secretary of Point out Antony Blinken. Mr. Biden didn’t meet with the dissident chief.

Franak Viacorka, a senior adviser to Ms. Tsikhanouskaya, reported Point out Department officials indicated their intent to enact new sanctions, specifically on the Belarusian potash and crude-oil sectors, which Ms. Tsikhanouskaya reported are shut to Mr. Lukashenko, in addition to becoming vital elements of the country’s financial state.