Category Archives: Belarus

Lukashenka okays tit-for-tat sanctions against Western countries

Alyaksandr Lukashenka signed Decree Nr128 ‘On the Application of Special Measures’, the press service reported on Tuesday. The document provides for the imposition of economic sanctions by Belarus on the states that introduced restrictions against Belarusian individuals and entities. According to the Belarusian side, the new decree aims at ‘ensuring safeity and protecting the national interests of the state’. It

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Putin gives Lukashenko $19 million and defers loan payments for two years

Russia is once again extending a financial helping hand to self-proclaimed president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. In the next two years, Minsk will be able to not pay Russia $906 million in installments for the loan provided for the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant. According to Interfax, the relevant protocol was ratified by the Russian Federation Council. Under

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“Complete nonsense.” Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reacted to accusations of Belarus in supplying “weapons for terrorist attacks”

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry called the statement of the head of the KGB of Belarus Ivan Tertel about the supply of ” weapons for terrorist attacks” to the country nonsense . “This is complete nonsense, which is not the first time heard from the lips of Belarusian officials. We categorically reject the hackneyed mantra about “weapons from Ukraine,” Oleg Nikolenko, press secretary of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, wrote

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Belarus Demands Extradition of Opposition Leader Tikhanovskaya

Belarus said on Friday it had requested the extradition of exiled opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who was forced from the country during a crackdown on critics of leader Alexander Lukashenko. Tikhanovskaya, who challenged Lukashenko in last year’s presidential vote that the opposition said was rigged, sought refuge in EU member Lithuania as the crackdown intensified on anti-government demonstrations in her home

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Questions remain after Putin hosts Lukashenka

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore They went skiing. They rode snowmobiles. And they lauded their “strategic partnership and alliance,” pledging to deepen integration between their two countries. But after Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin and Belarusian strongman Alyaksandr Lukashenka met for six hours in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on February 22 and spoke again by telephone the next day, it

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Lukashenko spoke out against smartphones: “Smart people have long been looking for push-button phones”

According to him, Americans are watching every step of smartphone owners. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has spoken out against push-button telephones. This was reported by the Belarusian newspaper Onliner At the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly, he spoke about business and Belarus without oligarchs and moved on to the topic of smartphones. “You see, offended, poor, without oligarchs Belarus. I’m not talking about twelve smartphones and

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The way to an unknown land

Edward Lucas Brave protesters in Russia and Belarus need leadership and support. Courage and idealism are necessary but insufficient conditions for combating tyranny. This is a science from Moscow and Minsk. A leading Russian anti-corruption activist, Alexei Navalny, has been jailed along with 3,000 supporters who have been protesting in support of him for days. In Belarus, key opposition leaders are also behind

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Belarus presents the West with an opportunity to be on the right side of history

Brian Whitmore The International Ice Hockey Federation’s decision to move this year’s world championship from Belarus despite a personal appeal from Alyaksandr Lukashenka not to do so is just the latest sign of the Belarusian strongman’s isolation. Examples of Lukashenka’s ostracization have been mounting since August 2020, when he launched a brutal crackdown against pro-democracy demonstrators protesting an election that

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In an interview with the propaganda Russian media, Lukashenko said that he was ready to resume relations with Ukraine and “does not hold evil” against Zelensky

Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko said in an interview with the propaganda TV channel Russia-1 that he was ready to resume relations with Ukraine, despite the fact that the country did not recognize the results of the presidential elections, TASS reports . Lukashenko believes that the initiative to restore relations should be shown by the Ukrainian side, and if he met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, he

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Russia approves $1 billion loan for Belarus

The Russian government has approved a draft agreement to provide Belarus with a $1 billion loan in 2020-2021. “To approve the draft agreement between the Russian government and the government of The Republic of Belarus, agreed with the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Russian Ministry of Economic Development and the state development corporation VEB.RF, on granting a state financial loan,” reads the

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Russian National Guard to Partner With Belarus Police Amid Protests

The Russian National Guard has signed a cooperation agreement with Belarus’ police force to combat “terrorism and extremism,” Interfax reported Friday.  The agreement comes amid months of opposition protests in Belarus against the country’s disputed presidential election. Belarus’ Moscow-backed President Alexander Lukashenko has accused the opposition of being backed by the West and has jailed several opposition figures on charges

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U.S. Senate approves country’s first ambassador to Belarus in 12 years

The decision was approved on December 15 On Tuesday, December 15, the U.S. Senate approved the candidacy of the country’s new ambassador to Belarus: Julie D. Fisher will be appointed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Belarus. Official results of the voting are published on the official website of the Congress.

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Belarus expands sanctions against EU

The Belarusian authorities decided to include representatives of the leadership of the European Union and a number of European countries in the sanctions lists and to suspend the dialogue with the EU on human rights, said the Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei in an interview with Belarus-1 TV channel. “If we are affected, if any sanctions are imposed against us,

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Lukashenko ‘finds’ U.S. Intelligence centers in Warsaw and Kyiv

Alexander Lukashenko said the U.S. Intelligence has deployed its control center near Warsaw and Kyiv. The canters were allegedly discovered by the Russian and Belarusian intelligence services, reported BelTA agency. “The U.S. – they created a center near Warsaw, and now they have created a center in Kyiv. Well, I would say, but us and the Russians, our intelligence agencies 

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British Diplomats Harassed by Belarusian State-Controlled TV

A sensationalist report with shaky footage of a camera crew pursuing two individuals – this is how the Belarusian state-controlled ONT television chose to “inform” their audiences that Belarusian authorities were expelling two British diplomats. “These people were gathering information about the internal affairs of Belarus and the development of the protests. […] They met repeatedly with representatives of the

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Lukashenko warns Ukraine of sanctions, criticizes Zelensky for playing along with West

Ukraine’s move to impose economic restrictions on Belarus Lukashenko branded “shameful copycatting the European Union and the U.S.” Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus has threatened Ukraine with sanctions in response to measures recently taken by the Ukrainian side. Lukashenko has suggested in his interview with the national and foreign media that President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky imposed sanctions against Belarus under

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Lukashenko calls U.S. elections disgrace and mockery of democracy

President of Belarus believes that it is necessary to demand the holding of re-elections in USA President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko commented on the US presidential elections and called them a disgrace, as well as a mockery of democracy. He stated this at a meeting with journalists during his visit to the Belarusian nuclear power plant, BelTA informs. “The bulwark

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Moscow Mechanism OSCE rapporteur confirms election fraud, massive human rights violations in Belarus

On November 5, the OSCE Moscow Mechanism rapporteur Wolfgang Benedek, a professor of international law at the University of Graz, presented his 58-page report to the OSCE Permanent Council concerning alleged human rights violations related to the 9 August presidential elections in Belarus. According to the author, the presidential election did fall short of fulfilling the basic international requirements for

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Belarus Rights Abuses Under Fire at UN

Belarus faced harsh criticism at the UN on Monday, with diplomats slamming arbitrary detentions and torture allegations in the response to months of protests against President Alexander Lukashenko. During a review of Belarus’s rights record at the United Nations in Geneva, many diplomats urged Belarus authorities to halt the crackdown on demonstrators, who since August have been protesting Lukashenko’s disputed re-election.

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Pompeo reassures Lukashenko of absent NATO threat – media

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said in a telephone conversation with the United States’ State Secretary Mike Pompeo that as members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Minsk and Moscow are obliged to respond to foreign aggression; Pompeo said there was no such threat from NATO countries. According to the presidential press pool’s Telegram-channel, Lukashenko said that Russia was Belarus’

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