Australia Imposes Sanctions on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, More Russians

The Australian government on March 25 imposed sanctions on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and members of his family, as well as 22 Russian individuals.

Australia sanctioned Lukashenko because his government “continues to provide strategic support to Russia and its military forces in their assault” on Ukraine, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne announced in a statement.

The Australian government also sanctioned Lukashenko’s son Viktor, who held senior national security roles, and First Lady Galina.

The new sanctions are in addition to those previously imposed on 13 Belarusian individuals and entities, including Belarusian Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin, whom Australia said played a significant role in allowing Russian to launch attacks from Belarus.

Australia also placed new sanctions on 22 Russian “propagandists and disinformation operatives,” including senior editors from organizations including Russia Today, the Strategic Culture Foundation, InfoRos, and NewsFront.

The number of sanctioned pro-Kremlin propagandists is now at 32.

“These latest steps, one month into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, continue our focused efforts to ensure that Russia and those who support its illegal, unprovoked invasion of its democratic neighbor, pay a high cost,” Payne said.

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