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UK cancels Belarus basketball team's visas over Ukraine

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UK cancels Belarus basketball team's visas over Ukraine
UK cancels Belarus basketball team's visas over Ukraine   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2022

LONDON – Britain has cancelled visas for the Belarusian men’s basketball team over their nation’s support for the Russian invasion of Ukraine, British interior minister Priti Patel said on Saturday.

“The UK will not welcome the national sports teams of those countries who are complicit in (Russian President Vladimir) Putin’s unprovoked and illegal invasion of Ukraine,” Home Secretary Patel said on Twitter.

She said the Belarusian team had been due to play in Newcastle in northern England on Sunday.

On Friday, Britain summoned the Belarusian ambassador, Maxim Yermalovich, to protest at Belarus giving assistance to Russia with its invasion.