The European Union imposed a sweeping set of sanctions against Belarus, targeting key economic sectors in its strongest response yet to last month’s forced landing of a Ryanair flight and the arrest of a journalist in Minsk.
The EU sanctions will restrict the trade of petroleum goods, tobacco-related products and potash, according to a Thursday statement. Exports of the soil nutrient potash and petroleum products are some of the main sources of foreign currency revenue for Belarus.
The move comes after the EU, the U.S. and the U.K. sanctioned dozens of Belarusian individuals and organizations in a coordinated response meant to pressure the government of President Alexander Lukashenko.
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