Canada lifts Belarus sanctions after 11 years


Ottawa goes ahead with a plan to ease trade restrictions imposed on Belarus in 2006, aiming to open up business opportunities for Canadian companies. Canada acknowledges the progress by Belarus in key areas, including the release of political prisoners and conducting a peaceful presidential election in October 2015. Canada also recognizes the constructive role played by Belarus in facilitating negotiations towards a ceasefire and peace agreement in Ukraine. The new measure takes effect on July 12, 2017, reports .