August 15, 2011 / 1:17 PM / in 6 years

Belarus condemns US economic sanctions

MOSCOW, Aug 15 (Reuters) - New U.S. sanctions against state-owned enterprises in Belarus are “an act of aggression” and a blow to companies with ties to Russia, the former Soviet republic’s prime minister said on Monday.

The United States imposed sanctions last Thursday against four firms owned or controlled by a company linked to President Alexander Lukashenko in response to his government’s crackdown on the political opposition.

“I believe that this is an act of aggression against the Belarussian people, a blow to the Belarussian economy, especially sectors which are linked to the Russian Federation through cooperation,” Belarussian Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich said at a meeting in Moscow.

Reporting by Gleb Bryanski; writing by Steve Gutterman; editing by Timothy Heritage

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