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  • Putin moves to establish Russian military base in Belarus

    09/19/2015 2:44:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 19, 2015 12:26 PM EDT | Yuras Karmanau
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday signaled his intention to establish a Russian military air base in neighboring Belarus—a move sure to unnerve Poland and the Baltic nations. Belarus has made clear it would not welcome a Russian base, but the former Soviet republic remains dependent on Moscow for credit and energy. […] Belarus is a desirable location for Russia because it borders Ukraine and three members of the European Union and NATO: Lithuania, Latvia and Poland. …
  • Russian president awards Belarus president

    03/05/2015 2:54:21 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    BELARUS.BY ^ | 3 Mar 2015 | BELARUS.BY
    MOSCOW, 3 March (BelTA) – President of Russia Vladimir Putin has conferred an Order of Alexander Nevsky upon Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, BelTA has learned.
  • Lukashenko seeks unbiased cooperation with Latvia and other EU states

    02/25/2015 8:30:55 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies ^ | 20 Feb 2015 |
    MINSK, 20 February (BelTA) – Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko would like to expand cooperation with Latvia and other European Union member states without any prejudices. The Belarusian head of state made this statement as he met with Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics on 20 February, BelTA has learned. “There are issues that we have to keep in mind all the time, discuss them and, if possible, find acceptable solutions. I have never had and hopefully will never have any prejudices against Latvia. We have always managed to find common ground with our partners, in particular, in trade and economy. I...
  • Lukashenko: Belarusian army should properly respond to challenges and threats

    02/25/2015 8:25:45 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    BELARUS.BY ^ | 19 Feb 2015 | BELARUS.BY
    Alexander Lukashenko wants the Chief of General Staff to report on the plans of special operations, the readiness of the Armed Forces to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country in order to prevent anyone from attempts to impose military pressure on Belarus.
  • 'Sextremist' Topless Protest Targets Belarus President

    06/18/2013 1:28:55 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 18 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 06/18/2013 | RIA Novosti
    KIEV, June 18 (RIA Novosti) – Self-styled “sextremist” topless protesters from Ukrainian feminist group Femen were dispersed by police in Kiev overnight after attempting to storm a building where the Belarusian president was staying, the group said on its website on Tuesday. President Alexander Lukashenko, once dubbed by US officials as the “last dictator in Europe,” is in the Ukrainian capital for a two-day official visit. The activists, carrying burning torches and with slogans including "Viva Belarus", "Dictator, Get Out!" daubed on their bodies, tried to break through security at the residence in downtown Kiev where Lukashenko was staying. They...
  • Belarusian Ruler Introduces Forced Employment

    12/05/2012 1:08:46 PM PST · by Rio · 12 replies
    Chem Info (from AP) ^ | 12/5/2012 | YURAS KARMANAU
    Belarus' authoritarian president, Alexander Lukashenko, has decided to stem an exodus of qualified workers to Russia, starting by banning those who work in wood-processing industries from quitting. Critics have compared the measure to serfdom and warned that it would only deepen the former Soviet republic's economic troubles and fuel protests against Lukashenko.
  • Was Minsk bombed from Moscow?

    09/29/2011 9:03:52 PM PDT · by struwwelpeter · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Respublika ('Republic') ^ | April 15th, 2011 | Vera Ilina
    The terrorist attack on the Minsk subway has spawned many theories and presumptions about those who were behind this horrific event. Some observers believe that the attackers may be in Russia. According to independent political analyst Dmitry Oreshkin, there are several arguments in favor of this theory when viewed in the context of the upcoming 2012 elections. ‘Respublika’: Dmitry Borisovich (Oreshkin), the terrorist attack on the Minsk subway was a new phenomenon for Belarus, and very unexpected. Do you have any theories as to who might be behind this event? Dmitry Oreshkin: I rather doubt this was (the work of)...
  • Terrorist attacks in Belarus. New Blood

    04/12/2011 8:22:41 AM PDT · by struwwelpeter · 6 replies
    NAVINY.BY ^ | April 12th, 2011 | Alexei Zolotnitsky
    In Minsk they will long remember the evening of April 11th, 2011, when an explosion at the ‘October’ subway station took the lives of 11 people. The law enforcement bodies after their first examination of the scene now have no doubts as to what to label the explosion: this is an act of terrorism, the likes of which modern Belarus has never before known. How it was According to Minsk police, the explosion occurred at 17:55 on the platform of the ‘October’ subway station near the second car of a train that was heading in the direction of the Culture...
  • Belarus: Blast in Minsk subway kills 7, wounds 35

    04/11/2011 11:06:36 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 9 replies
    MINSK, Belarus – An explosion tore through a key subway station in the Belarusian capital of Minsk during evening rush hour Monday, killing seven people and wounding 50 others, officials said. An Associated Press reporter at the scene saw heavily wounded people being carried out of the Oktyabrskaya subway station, including one person with missing legs.
  • Poland warns Belarus leader: Change or risk coup

    02/02/2011 8:12:11 AM PST · by fightinJAG · 4 replies
    AJC ^ | Feb. 2, 2011 | MONIKA SCISLOWSKA
    WARSAW, Poland — Poland's foreign minister warned Belarus' autocratic president on Wednesday that he risks being overthrown by his own people if they decide to follow the example of protesters in Tunisia and Egypt. "Soon a jet plane will have to be kept on standby in Minsk," Radek Sikorski said, referring to the capital of Belarus. "You are losing ... sooner or later you will have to flee your own country, your own people." Sikorski spoke at international donors' conference in Warsaw where governments pledged millions in aid for the democratic opposition in Belarus, which faces censorship and the constant...
  • Holy Father holds meetings with Prince Charles and President of Belarus

    04/27/2009 10:16:24 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 1,351+ views
    CNA ^ | April 27, 2009
    Vatican City, Apr 27, 2009 / 10:37 am (CNA).- This morning Benedict XVI met with both Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as the President of Belarus.  During both meetings he emphasized the importance of inter-cultural dialogue for promoting peace in the world.At the Pope’s 15 minute audience with Prince Charles of Wales and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, the trio discussed matters such as “human promotion and development of peoples, environmental protection, and the importance of inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue for furthering peace and justice in the world."Prince Charles presented the Holy Father with 12 dessert...
  • U.S. Applauds Belarus Release of Opposition Politician (Diplomatic Signal Sent?)

    08/16/2008 4:03:23 PM PDT · by kristinn · 8 replies · 168+ views
    AFP ^ | Saturday, August 16, 2008
    Washington welcomed Saturday the release of Belarus' highest-profile political prisoner, former presidential candidate Alexander Kozulin. "The United States welcomes the release today of Belarus political opposition figure Alexander Kozulin," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said in a statement. "We look forward to other positive steps from the Belarusian authorities that could open the possibility of a significant improvement in relations between the United States and Belarus," McCormack said.
  • Expelled US diplomats take last-minute leave of Belarus

    05/03/2008 2:59:10 PM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 34 replies · 125+ views
    AFP ^ | Sat May 3
    MINSK (AFP) - Eleven US diplomats left Belarus Saturday after being expelled by the Minsk authorities, crossing the border into Lithuania just an hour before their deadline to leave expired, an embassy spokesman said. The diplomatic spat is the latest in a series of incidents between the US and a state Washington describes as the "last dictatorship in Europe." On Wednesday, Belarus gave the US embassy 72 hours to expel 10 of its staff who were no longer welcome in the former communist state, it said. The US had originally refused to reduce its diplomatic core in Minsk. It finally...
  • Belarus expels US ambassador

    03/07/2008 8:24:21 AM PST · by nuconvert · 21 replies · 413+ views
    Yahoo/AFP ^ | Mar. 7, 2008
    Belarus expels US ambassador By YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press Writer The Belarusian Foreign Ministry on Friday demanded that the U.S. ambassador leave the country and recalled its ambassador to the U.S. over Washington's economic sanctions against the ex-Soviet nation. State Department spokesman Tom Casey said the United States was "deeply disappointed" by the move. "If they do not wish our ambassador to remain in country, our ambassador will leave," Casey said. "They have said they are recalling their ambassador, which is a very good thing, because their ambassador would certainly not be welcome here." It was not immediately clear whether...
  • US warns Belarus of more sanctions after arrests

    09/14/2007 4:48:59 PM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 3 replies · 190+ views
    earthtimes ^ | Tue, 11 Sep 2007
    Washington - The United States warned Belarus on Tuesday that more sanctions are possible if the government continues arresting and intimidating political dissidents. "As long as the Belarusian authorities are not ready to abide by democratic norms, the United States will continue to maintain and strengthen sanctions on those responsible," US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said. The United States has already banned US firms from doing business with top Belarussian officials, including President Alexander Lukashenko, over crackdowns on political opponents for rigging elections in March 2006. He has been banned from travelling to the United States. The latest warning...
  • Putin stands firm on oil blockade

    01/09/2007 11:32:58 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 12 replies · 542+ views ^ | 01/10/2006 | Tony Halpin in Moscow, David Charter and Rory Watson
    Some believe the people of Belarus, "the last dictatorship of Europe", has no friends beyond its borders. Even many Belarus citizens too. A highly erroneous notion. It is the dictator Aleksandr Lukashenko who lacks support. At present, the European Union seems to focus on formal aspects of the oil blockade, namely that of Russia not announcing it advance. This while, in fact, ending the Lukashenko no one is highly feasible, if only; 1. EU representatives would forget about everything petty, like personal prestige, concerning Russia's oil blockade and respond to the situation like statesmen. 2. EU and Russia promised to...
  • Poland/Germany - Russian oil pipeline delivery cut off at Belarus

    01/08/2007 2:18:29 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 42 replies · 1,362+ views
    AFP via translation | January 8, 2007
    ALARM - Interruption of the Russian oil deliveries towards Poland and Germany WARSAW - the Russian oil deliveries towards Poland and Germany were stopped in the night of Sunday to Monday at the border polono-bélarusse, announced Monday the Polish company of pipelines PERN.
  • Tensions rise in Belarus gas row

    12/29/2006 2:49:40 PM PST · by sergey1973 · 1 replies · 343+ views
    BBC ^ | 12-29-2006 | BBC
    Belarus and Russia have traded accusations of "blackmail" in their dispute over gas prices.
  • Belarus: Does Minsk Stand A Chance In Gas War With Gazprom?

    12/28/2006 11:55:57 AM PST · by sergey1973 · 3 replies · 437+ views
    RFERL ^ | December 28, 2006 | Jan Maksymiuk
    December 28, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Gazprom and Minsk have managed to agree on one thing -- Belarus's asking price of $2.5 billion for a 50 percent stake in the state pipeline operator Beltranshaz. Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov has confirmed that concession to Belarus: "We have agreed to the most comfortable conditions for Belarus," Kupriyanov said on December 27. "We want to obtain 50 percent [of Beltranshaz], not control over it, and we are [offering] a price that is even higher than the market one."
  • Belarus Opposition Leader Milinkevich Reported Detained

    11/24/2006 12:15:14 PM PST · by lizol · 6 replies · 320+ views
    Radio Free Europe ^ | Friday, November 24, 2006
    Belarus Opposition Leader Milinkevich Reported Detained November 24, 2006 -- A spokesman for Belarusian opposition leader Alyaksandr Milinkevich says Milinkevich has been detained by police in the Vitebsk region. According to the statement, Milinkevich he had been in the region gathering signatures in support of candidates for local elections. Spokesman Pavel Mazheika is quoted by the Associated Press as saying Milinkevich was detained along with a local opposition activist. He said police accused the activist of involvement in an earlier car accident. Milinkevich ran for president against President Alyaksandr Lukashenka in an election in March, and he led public protests...