Norway imposes restrictive measures against the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko

Alexander LukashenkoPhoto: Nikolai Petrov / BelTA Pool Photo via AP
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Norway decided to support the EU countries’ measures. It will now introduce measures against Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko and 14 other people.

“We hope the restrictive measures will put pressure on the Belarusian authorities to respect human rights, enter into dialogue with the opposition, and facilitate democratic development. 

“The abuses of power we are witnessing are completely unacceptable,” Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide (H) said.

Common position

On October 2 this year, the EU countries adopted a common position on restrictive measures against 40 Belarusian citizens.

On November 6, the measures were extended to include President Lukashenko and 14 other people.

Norway supports these measures, which include travel restrictions and the freezing of funds.

Responsibility

The government pointed out that Lukashenko is the one most responsible for the state apparatus’s repression and violence before, during, and after the presidential election in August this year.

The official election results show that Lukashenko received 80% of the vote, but the opposition believes electoral fraud was committed.

Since the presidential election, there have been a number of large demonstrations.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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