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Global Europe 29-09-2020

UK, Canada impose sanctions on Lukashenko

Britain and Canada on Tuesday (29 September) slapped sanctions on Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, his son and senior figures in the regime for a string of alleged human rights violations.
Europe's East 29-09-2020

In Vilnius, Macron vows ‘pragmatic’ European support for Belarus people

French President Emmanuel Macron met Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya in Vilnius on Tuesday (29 September), the second day of a visit to Baltic countries meant to reassure them about French commitment to their security. In a private meeting that...
Europe's East 28-09-2020

Macron: ‘It is clear Lukashenko has to go’

French President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday (27 September) that Belarus's leader Alexander Lukashenko must step down, after the EU refused to recognise him as the legitimate president of the ex-Soviet country.
Europe's East 21-09-2020

EU urged to sanction Lukashenko as struggle with Cyprus continues

Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya on Monday (21 September) urged the EU to show courage and impose sanctions on Alexander Lukashenko's government, as the bloc continues to face internal squabbles about sanctions ahead of a crucial foreign policy summit later this week.
Europe's East 21-09-2020

Tens of thousands defy police crackdown to protest in Belarus

Tens of thousands of opposition supporters marched in the Belarusian capital of Minsk Sunday (20 September), defying a heavy security presence that included water cannon and armoured vehicles.

Lukashenko closes borders with Poland and Lithuania, says he doesn’t want ‘war’

Belarus will close its borders with EU neighbours Poland and Lithuania and step up security measures at the Ukrainian frontier, President Alexander Lukashenko announced on Thursday (17 September).
Europe's East 18-09-2020

Cyprus blocks EU’s Belarus sanctions plan

Plans by the European Union to slap sanctions on Belarus have fallen into disarray, sources say, a hostage to internal politicking that one EU official described as a threat to the bloc's credibility.
Europe's East 18-09-2020

Poland proposes billion-euro EU fund for Belarus

Poland on Thursday (17 September) proposed an EU stabilisation fund for Belarus worth at least one billion euros, as a top opposition leader prepared to meet EU foreign ministers in Brussels.
Europe's East 17-09-2020

European Parliament: Lukashenko should not be recognised as Belarus president

Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko should no longer be recognised as president from November when his term expires, the European Parliament said on Thursday (17 September), calling for European Union economic sanctions to be imposed on him.
The EU's foreign affairs branch is monitoring disinformation tactics allegedly executed by the Russian state across communications platforms such as Telegram and media including RT and Sputnik, on the subject of the poisoning of Alexei Navalny and the continuing protests in Belarus.
Digital 17-09-2020

EU probes Russian disinformation efforts on Navalny and Belarus

The EU's foreign affairs branch is monitoring disinformation tactics allegedly used by the Russian state across communications platforms such as Telegram and media including RT and Sputnik on the poisoning of Alexei Navalny and the continuing protests in Belarus.
Europe's East 15-09-2020

Putin throws $1.5 billion lifeline to Belarus leader

Russian President Vladimir Putin bestowed a $1.5 billion loan on Belarus in a gesture of support for its leader Alexander Lukashenko, who flew to entreat his patron for help after five weeks of mass protests demanding his resignation.
Politics 11-09-2020

Czech PM vetoes V4 meeting with Belarus opposition leader

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis vetoed on Thursday (10 September) a Polish proposal to invite Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya to Friday’s summit of central European heads of state, saying such a step would be “hasty”.
Europe's East 09-09-2020

Russian intervention in Belarus is already a fact

The international community is reluctant to act and prefers to stick to empty condemnations of Vladimir Putin’s toxic acts. But Putin is ready to intervene in Belarus and the West cannot shy away, as it did in Ukraine. Only a 'big stick' policy can turn the tide, argues Hans van Baalen.
Eastern Europe 08-09-2020

EU, Germany, Britain pressure Belarus on snatched opposition figure

The EU on Monday (7 September) led calls for Belarus to immediately release over 600 people arrested for protesting against a controversial election that extended strongman Alexander Lukashenko's 26 years in power.
Eastern Europe 07-09-2020

Belarus arrests hundreds as opposition figure ‘kidnapped’

Belarus said on Monday (7 September) that police had detained more than 600 people at weekend protests and the opposition said a senior figure had been snatched off the streets, as authorities intensified efforts to end weeks of demonstrations.
Eastern Europe 07-09-2020

Lithuania says EU’s inaction over Belarus undermines foreign policy credibility

The EU's lack of action over Belarus is undermining the credibility of its foreign policy, Lithuanian foreign affairs minister Linas Linkevicius told the Financial Times newspaper in an interview published on Sunday (6 September).
Europe's East 03-09-2020

Canada, US, EU and Britain discussing sanctions against Belarus

Canada, the United States, the European Union and Britain are discussing possible sanctions against Belarus over its crackdown against protests following a disputed election, a Canadian source directly familiar with the matter said on Wednesday (2 September). If sanctions were...
Europe's East 02-09-2020

New protests in Belarus as opposition squabbles, US weighs sanctions

Thousands of students boycotted the start of the school year in Belarus on Tuesday (1 September) and signs of a possible rift appeared in an opposition alliance that has led weeks of rallies and protests against veteran President Alexander Lukashenko....
Europe's East 01-09-2020

Baltic states ban Lukashenko amid crackdown on opposition

The Baltic states on Monday (31 August) banned embattled Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko as he cracked down further on the opposition movement following another huge rally at the weekend.
Eastern Europe 01-09-2020

Belarus opposition leader: Lukashenko showed weakness by seeking support from Moscow

The only Belarusian opposition leader who has not gone into exile, Maria Kolesnikova, is positive about the future of the pro-democracy protests in the eastern European country. EURACTIV's media partner EFE reports.
Europe's East 31-08-2020

EU says Belarus restrictions on foreign media ‘not acceptable’

The EU criticised “arbitrary restrictions” on foreign media after Belarusian authorities on Saturday (29 August) withdrew the accreditation of journalists working for several foreign news organisations, ahead of the latest demonstration challenging the results of the presidential election.
Eastern Europe 28-08-2020

EU foreign ministers agree to move forward on Belarus sanctions

EU foreign ministers reached a political agreement in Berlin on Friday (28 August) on punitive measures against high-ranking supporters of Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko to pressure him into holding new elections.
Global Europe 28-08-2020

In Berlin, EU credibility to be determined by fine line between Belarus and Turkey

EU foreign ministers meeting in Berlin are struggling to agree on the bloc's planned sanctions against Belarus and at the same time come up with an adequate response to Turkey over the escalating tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Eastern Europe 27-08-2020

Putin vows military support for Belarus’ Lukashenko

Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed military support for embattled Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko on Thursday (27 August), while urging a peaceful resolution to unrest and demonstrations that erupted after a disputed election. EU ambassadors in the capital Minsk on Thursday...
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