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U.S. Sanctions Belgian for Aiding Russian Military, Targets Lukashenka Regime



The U.S. government has intensified its economic actions against individuals and entities involved in supporting Russia's military operations and the Lukashenka regime in Belarus. On Tuesday, the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control announced sanctions against Hans De Geetere, a Belgian national involved in procuring electronics for the Russian military, along with his associated companies and a network of Belarusian firms and individuals.

De Geetere and his network, spanning Russia, Belgium, Cyprus, Sweden, Hong Kong, and the Netherlands, are accused of supplying military-grade equipment to Russia. Concurrently, the U.S. Justice Department unsealed indictments against De Geetere, and the Commerce Department listed him and five of his firms on its entity list, significantly restricting their business operations.

These sanctions, which block access to U.S. property and bank accounts, aim to disrupt Russia's military procurement and the Lukashenka regime's oppressive activities in Belarus. State Department spokesperson Matt Miller emphasized the U.S. commitment to degrading networks that support Russia’s military and perpetuate the war in Ukraine.

Additionally, the U.S. Treasury targeted 11 entities and 8 individuals associated with the Alyaksandr Lukashenka regime for their role in suppressing democratic civil society in Belarus, corrupt enrichment, and complicity in Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Treasury's Under-Secretary Brian Nelson affirmed the U.S. dedication to holding Lukashenka and his regime accountable for their actions, both domestically and internationally.

So, What Does This Mean?

The latest round of U.S. sanctions represents a concerted effort to undermine the support structures enabling Russia's military actions in Ukraine and the Lukashenka regime's authoritarian practices in Belarus. By targeting individuals and entities facilitating these operations, the U.S. aims to disrupt the flow of resources and equipment crucial for their continuation. These measures also signal a broader strategy of the U.S. and its allies to use economic tools to respond to geopolitical conflicts and human rights violations, emphasizing the role of financial networks in modern warfare and international relations.

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Dec 07, 2023

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Unknown member
Dec 06, 2023

Certain individuals will always shun the rule of law and sanctions, its ironic that the UK that has so long supported Ukraine with military hardware, continues through the City of London to "wash" Russian money into tax havens, which the British Government is fully aware of, ditto Germany selling an increasing quantity to Kazakhstan which has risen expontentially over the past 6months, of course white goods can be stripped of their chips and used for other purposes.

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Unknown member
Dec 06, 2023

There are a lot of cracks in the sanctions that result in people in free countries who unwittingly give money to putin and russia. putin then uses that money to purposely target not just the Ukrainian military but also unarmed women and children civilians. Sanctions are a weak tool but if we have sanctions, they need to be painful for putin and his oligarchs. What Biden, Mike Johnson, Ron Johnson, NATO, and the West need to do is immediately send many more weapons, and much, much more ammunition to the Ukrainian fighters.

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Dec 06, 2023
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It pains me to see the aid "peacemeal" when you join the dots and timeline, its rather cynical of all to provide enough to hold the line, but not enough to break the line, Ukrainains have shown their ability to adapt and overcome in regards naval drones etc but this as said just moves the can down the road a few feet, an overwhelming blow is required.

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Unknown member
Dec 06, 2023

This is excellent news. I am hoping that it is a tiny bit of what the US is doing to defang Russia.

I have too many friends living nextdoor to Russia

It is ironic that Putin is so dependent on Western Technology that he must go to extremes to get his hands on western military tech - you'd think if Iran can produce tech then Russia could, too.

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Unknown member
Dec 08, 2023
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It's the old cost-risk-benefit analysis differential thing. Hard logic. Even in WWII, Germany and the USSR effectively traded small amounts of critical goods via third party interlocutors.

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