Australia imposed this Friday sanctions against the president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenkoand his wife, in addition to 22 Russians linked to the Kremlin propaganda apparatus, in response to the invasion of Russia to Ukraineaccording to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the oceanic country.
The Executive of Canberra considers that the Government of Belarus, under the mandate of the president Lukashenkocontinues to provide strategic support to Russia’s military forces in the “assault on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine”according to a statement from Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne.
The sanctions against the Belarusian president and the first lady, Galina Lukashenko, are added to those already imposed by the Australian Government against thirteen individuals and organizations from that country, including its Defense Minister, Viktor Khrenin.
Payne recalled that Belarus it opened the doors for Russian soldiers to train before the invasion and later allowed them to launch ballistic missiles into Ukraine, move troops and heavy military equipment, refuel and store weapons, among others.
The statement indicates that with the 22 new measures against Russian individuals who promote disinformation about the invasion of Ukraine -which include the editors of organizations such as Russia Today, the Strategic Culture Foundation, InfoRos and NewsFront- there are a total of 32 sanctions against people linked to the propaganda apparatus.
Since the Russian invasion, Australia It has imposed a series of sanctions against Russian banks and government entities, as well as against Putin, and almost half a thousand officials, high-ranking government officials, the military and oligarchs of that country, including Roman Abramovich.
In addition, the Canberra Executive has prohibited the export to Russia of aluminum ores, including alumina and bauxite, and has sent lethal and humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
On the other hand, Australia, together with the Netherlands, sued Russia in the middle of the month for the downing of flight MH17, which in 2014 was hit by a missile launched by pro-Russian forces while flying over eastern Ukraine, killing 298 people, 38 of them they Australians.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in an offensive by land, sea and air, which has been met with fierce resistance by the Ukrainian forces and people and has caused more than 6.5 million internally displaced persons and 3 .5 refugees.
Moscow alleges that it attacks Ukraine due to the threat posed by their intention to join the NATO and for the alleged Nazi infiltration of the government, while kyiv accuses the Russian authorities of wanting to control the country and prevent its rapprochement with Europe and the West.