About: Alexander Lukashenko

Europe's East 09-12-2019

Belarus crowds rally against closer Russia ties, wave EU flags

Roughly 1,000 Belarusians joined an unauthorised demonstration on Saturday (7 December) against the prospect of a closer union with Russia.
Global Europe 26-11-2019

Amid Russia’s tightening embrace, Belarus seeks better ties with EU

Belarus is interested in building good-neighbourly ties with the European Union, and in particular with Stockholm and Helsinki, if there are no preconditions from the bloc, Belorussian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Monday (25 November).
Europe's East 19-11-2019

Observers slam Belarus polls for flouting democratic norms

Parliamentary polls in Belarus did not show respect for democracy, international observers said Monday (18 November), after the opposition to authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko failed to win a single seat.
Europe's East 18-11-2019

Opposition wins no seats in Belarus election

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko maintained his hold on power after results published early on Monday (18 November) showed not a single opposition candidate had won a seat in parliamentary elections over the weekend.
Europe's East 13-11-2019

Belarus leader defends rights record during Austria visit

Belarus's leader Alexander Lukashenko defended his isolated country's human rights during a visit to Austria Tuesday (12 November), as he seeks closer ties with the European Union amid tensions with Russia.
Europe's East 12-11-2019

Belarus leader visits Austria, seeking closer EU ties

Belarus's isolated leader Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday (12 November) visits Austria, marking his first trip to an EU member in more than three years as he seeks closer ties amid tensions with Russia.
Europe's East 27-09-2019

Russia fumes over Belarus’s refusal to host air base

Russia said on Thursday (26 September) that Belarus’s refusal to host a military air base backed by President Vladimir Putin had been an “unpleasant episode”, a rare public display of disagreement between the close allies.
Global Europe 05-03-2019

Lukashenko seeks better ties with West despite Russian ‘hysteric’ reactions

Belarus will seek better ties with the West even though this provokes “hysterics” from its traditional ally Russia, long-serving President Alexander Lukashenko said on Tuesday (5 March), a day after lifting a cap of five US diplomats in his country....

Serbia ramps up military capabilities, but affirms it sticks to neutrality

Continuing recent efforts to improve its armed forces, Serbia took over four more MiG-29 aircraft from Belarus. The country wants to join the European Union but not NATO, and is seeking good ties with both Moscow and Washington. EURACTIV.rs reports.
Europe's East 25-07-2018

Belarus extends visa-free travel for tourists to 30 days

Belarus on Tuesday (24 July) announced that it is extending visa-free travel for tourists from five days to 30 days in a move that could attract more visitors to the ex-Soviet state on the European Union's doorstep.
Europe's East 23-05-2018

Belarus ends ‘teddy bear spat’ with Sweden, names envoy

Belarus on Tuesday (22 May) appointed its first ambassador to Sweden for almost six years, resolving a bitter diplomatic spat over a pro-democracy stunt involving teddy bears.
Europe's East 07-11-2017

Belarus: Atomic power on the EU’s doorstep

A nuclear power plant on the EU’s border with Belarus continues to court controversy due to a number of incidents during its construction and serious concerns raised by neighbouring countries. EURACTIV.com visited the ex-Soviet nation in October to learn more.
Europe's East 04-04-2017

Russia and Belarus heal ties in shadow of metro bombing

The presidents of Russia and Belarus said yesterday (3 April) they had resolved all disputes over energy, signaling a rapprochement at a time when both leaders are grappling with street protests and the threat of new Western sanctions hangs over Minsk.
Global Europe 28-03-2017

‘Dozens’ jailed in Belarus following weekend protest

More than 100 people in Belarus appeared in court on Monday ( 27 March) over protests at the weekend against hardline President Alexander Lukashenko, with dozens of them jailed, including journalists.
Global Europe 28-03-2017

Now is not the time to isolate Belarus

The EU can encourage change in Belarus by offering support and closer ties. Punitive moves to sever ties with Minsk will undo much of the progress that has already been made, writes Igor Merheim-Eyre.
Global Europe 23-03-2017

Belarus arrests opposition activists after rallies

Belarus arrested at least six opposition activists yesterday (22 March) as President Alexander Lukashenko cracked down on opponents after a wave of major protests against his authoritarian rule, a prominent local rights group said.
Global Europe 28-02-2017

EU extends sanctions against Belarus, cracks down on North Korea

The EU yesterday (27 February) extended its remaining sanctions on Belarus and warned Minsk it would have to make progress on fundamental freedoms to see them lifted. Brussels also piled more sanctions on North Korea after it carried out more missile tests.
Agrifood 08-02-2017

Belarus in energy and border fracas with big brother Russia

Russia and Belarus remained allies after the collapse of the Soviet Union but their relationship has soured lately. The main point of contention appears to be energy supply. Euractiv Germany reports.
Europe's East 10-01-2017

Belarus to allow visa-free entry for 80 countries

Belarus will allow visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries, including the United States and members of the European Union, for visits of up to five days, according to a presidential decree signed yesterday (9 January).
Global Europe 18-10-2016

EU ministers redefine policy with Russia, Eastern neighbours

The foreign ministers of the 28 EU countries have redefined yesterday (17 October) the Union foreign policy priorities for 2016 and the basis of its relations with Russia and the countries of the Eastern neighbourhood.
Elections 12-09-2016

With eye on West, Belarus holds slightly freer election

Lawmakers loyal to hardline Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko retained power in an election yesterday (11 September), but the opposition's win of a seat for the first time in 20 years could help the ex-Soviet nation further improve ties with the West.
Europe's East 25-02-2016

EU ends Belarus sanctions

The European Union on Thursday (25 February) formally lifted nearly all of its sanctions against Belarus, including President Alexander Lukashenko, citing improvements in the country's human rights record.
Europe's East 16-02-2016

EU lifts almost all sanctions against Belarus

EU foreign ministers agreed on Monday (15 February) to lift nearly all sanctions on Belarus, including against strongman President Alexander Lukashenko, after what is considered to be an improvement in the country's human rights record.
Europe's East 04-02-2016

Belarus opposition activist: Lukashenko is fooling the West, like Ceausescu

The President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, is fooling the EU, like Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceau?escu did during the Cold War, Ales Bialiatski told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

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