Australia imposes sanctions on Belarus president, places more on Russia

Australia places sanctions on Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on March 25, 2022. PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (REUTERS) - Australia on Friday (March 25) placed sanctions on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and members of his family, as well as 22 Russian individuals, whom it called "propagandists and disinformation operatives".

The latest sanctions will include editors from organisations including Russia Today, the state-controlled international television network; the Strategic Culture Foundation; news agency InfoRos; and NewsFront, a website based in Russia-occupied Crimea, Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne said.

Belarus continues to provide strategic support to Russia and its military forces "in their assault on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine", Ms Payne said.

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