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Belarus slams new US economic sanctions

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Belarus has hit back at new US economic sanctions, describing them as “an act of aggression.”

The comments came from Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich, who was meeting Russian premier Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

The measures target four firms owned or controlled by a company linked to Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko. They were imposed by Washington last Thursday in response to his government’s crackdown on the political opposition.

Lukashenko and other officials were already subject to travel restrictions and other sanctions after a disputed election in 2010 in which he won a new term.