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Kosovo imposes further sanctions against Russia, Belarus

Kosovo imposes further sanctions against Russia, Belarus Vegim Zhitija/CC BY-SA 2.0

PRISTINA (Kosovo), May 17 (SeeNews) - Kosovo's government said it has decided to extend the scope of sanctions against Russia and Belarus in line with the sanctions of the U.S. and the Council of the European Union.

The new sanctions include ban of Russian and Belarusian road transport companies to transport goods to Kosovo and ban on imports of coal and other solid fossil fuels from Russia, the office of Kosovo's prime minister said in a press release on Monday.

Kosovo's government also decided to impose sanctions against Russian private military entity Wagner Group, including asset freeze, travel ban and prohibition to make funds available to the entity.

"Wagner Group is considered to be affiliated with or responsible for actions that undermine and threaten Ukraine’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence. They are also considered responsible for human rights violations and abuses and destabilizing activities in other countries, including Libya and Syria. The activities of this entity are in contradiction with international human rights law," the press release read.

In February, Kosovo's government said it will implement the sanctions imposed by the US and the Council of the European Union against Russia. The sanctions include asset freeze, travel bans and prohibition to make funds available to sanctioned individuals and entities.

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