UK revokes Belarus basketball visa over Ukraine invasion

London on Saturday revoked the visas of the Belarusian men’s basketball team, which was set to play in Britain on Monday, as the country was “connected” to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“The UK will not welcome the national sports teams of countries that are involved in (Russian President) Putin’s unprovoked and illegal invasion of Ukraine,” Interior Minister Priti Patel tweeted.

The two nations were set to play a World Cup qualifier in Newcastle, northeast England, on Monday.

Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko has condemned Russia’s decision to allow its troops to use its territory to invade Ukraine.

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