The sanctions against Minsk were compared to a light slap in the face
The Washington Post published an article by Brian Paul Klaas, associate professor of Global Politics at University College London, in which he called on the US president to demonstratively and as harshly as possible punish the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko. The author believes that in this way Washington will send a clear signal to other “non-free” countries.
The class recalled the recent death in Kiev of the Belarusian dissident Vitaly Shishov, who first disappeared during a morning jog, and a day later was found dead in one of the parks of the Ukrainian capital.
The author called this incident one of the most brazen attacks on opponents of the Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. Klaas also mentioned the story of the landing at the Minsk airport of a plane flying from Athens to Vilnius. After landing at the airport of the Belarusian capital, opposition leader Roman Protasevich and his girlfriend were detained on that flight.
The class said it was time for Biden to strike back. At the same time, the author called the sanctions against Minsk ineffective, comparing them to a slap in the face. According to the observer, Lukashenka has already taken into account his financial losses and was able to adapt to them.
Now, Klass believes, Washington should shock Minsk with a “terrible punishment”. In particular, he called, in coordination with the US allies, to impose sanctions on the petrochemical industry of Belarus, as well as to destroy “tax havens” where Belarusians “launder” dirty money.
The author, among other things, called on the White House to create a special fund to support the Belarusian opposition and provide asylum to Belarusian dissidents.
“The White House should even consider the possibility of using some limited cyber operations against the Belarusian regime as warning shots,” Klaas believes.
At the end of June, the United States and the European Union imposed sanctions against Belarus, which affected the export of potash fertilizers, oil and petrochemical products, as well as the tobacco industry and the financial sector of the republic.