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EU adopts fifth sanctions package against Belarus over border crisis

dpa
Brussels
EU ministers have adopted a fifth package of sanctions on Belarus at a council meeting on Thursday, according to diplomatic sources.
The retaliatory measures target 17 individuals and 11 entities deemed culpable in the crisis at the EU-Belarusian border.
The sanctions immediately enter into force after their publication on Thursday evening in the the European Union’s Official Journal, a legal register for EU regulations.
Belarusian state airline Belavia and Syria’s Cham Wings are expected to be among the entities targeted in the sanctions.
The bloc accuses Belarus of transporting people hoping to claim asylum in the European Union to its external borders with Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, in retaliation to western sanctions. Minsk refutes this.
Another package of sanctions - the sixth since the contested August 2020 Belarusian election - is also in preparation but will likely only be ready in January or February, one EU diplomat said.

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