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Belarus publishes list of ‘unfriendly’ countries, Georgia not included

Belarus: As per the reports published in the Belarusian pro-government newspaper, the Republic of Belarus has approved a list of unfriendly nations, which excludes Georgia from the list.

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Belarus: As per the reports published in the Belarusian pro-government newspaper, the Republic of Belarus has approved a list of unfriendly nations, which excludes Georgia from the list.

The “Belarus Blacklist” comes after Russia’s list of unfriendly nations and includes many countries, but Ukraine is notably absent.

Australia is at the top of the list, followed by every European Union member state.

The list published by Belarus includes :

  • Australia
  • Albania
  • Canada
  • EU member states
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • New Zealand
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Montenegro
  • United Kingdom
  • USA
  • Switzerland

Moreover, the dictator of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko explains Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and shares the rhetoric of the aggressor country; as a result, Western nations have placed sanctions on Belarus as well.

A similar list, which did not include Georgia, was published by Russian officials on March 3. Russian people and organisations, according to the Kremlin, can only repay debts to creditors from “unfriendly governments” in Russian rubles.

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, both Russia and Belarus have been hit with several sanctions, with numerous businesses and organisations boycotting both nations.

Many nations have sanctioned Russia, its nationals, and its businesses, and this is reflected in Russia’s list.

It’s worth noting, though, that some of the countries on Russia’s list, such as Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, and Japan, are not on Belarus’s list. 

In addition, companies registered in these countries will need the authorisation to conduct business and invest in Russia from a special committee of the Russian government.

Furthermore, it’s also worth noting that an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation between the State Security Committee of Belarus and the State Security Service of Georgia went into effect on August 14, 2021.

The agreement calls for information sharing and cooperation in the fight against crimes such as crimes against state security, terrorism and cyberterrorism, organised crime, illicit arms trafficking, corruption, and the exposure of sensitive information, etc.

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