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Belarus to impose retaliatory sanctions against Baltic states, foreign minister says

Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei speaks during a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia September 2, 2020. Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Belarus will impose retaliatory sanctions on individuals from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia after the three Baltic countries slapped sanctions on Belarusian officials, the country’s foreign minister said on Wednesday.

Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei added that the sanctions would target people he said had interfered in his country’s internal affairs.

On Monday Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia imposed travel bans on Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko and 29 other officials, announcing sanctions without waiting for the rest of the European Union.

Reporting by Andrew Osborn and Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Mark Trevelyan