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Global Europe 19-01-2022

Poland’s top court slams media ban at Belarus border

Poland's Supreme Court has said that a ban on media access to the border with Belarus is "incompatible" with the law, a ruling that could allow journalists to challenge the restriction.
Global Europe 19-01-2022

Belarus withheld information from Ryanair diversion probe, UN says

A United Nations report into the forced diversion of a Ryanair jetliner last year has found that a bomb threat that drew the plane to Minsk was "deliberately false" and that Belarus withheld crucial information from its fact-finding team.
Agrifood 18-01-2022

Commissioner: Belarus food import embargo ‘weapon’ as part of hybrid attack on EU

EU Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski has branded the food import embargo instated by Belarus a ‘weapon’ that is part of a hybrid attack against the EU and vowed to support the member states most impacted by the restrictions.
Global Europe 18-01-2022

Russian forces arrive in Belarus for joint military drills

Russian military forces and hardware began arriving in ex-Soviet Belarus for joint drills starting in February, Minsk said on Monday (17 January), amid soaring tensions between East and West over Ukraine.

Iraq says almost 4,000 repatriated from Belarus borders

Baghdad has repatriated almost 4,000 of its citizens stuck on the Belarus borders with European Union members Poland, Lithuania and Latvia in recent weeks, Iraq's foreign minister said Sunday (16 January).
Eastern Europe 06-01-2022

Medical charity pulls team from Poland-Belarus border migrant crisis

Medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has withdrawn its team on the Belarus-Poland border after Warsaw repeatedly blocked access to migrants there trying to enter the European Union, it said Thursday.

Interview: Why did so many Kurds go to Belarus?

Political disillusionment, lack of economic opportunities and dreams of a better life are reasons why many asylum seekers that enter Lithuania from Belarus originate from Iraqi Kurdistan, a region considered one of the wealthiest and most stable in the region.
Global Europe 03-01-2022

2022: Europe’s ‘ring of fire’ keeps smouldering

In 2022, EU foreign policy looks towards some fire fighting to salvage what is left of the once-dominant dream of building a ‘ring of friends’ from the Caucasus to the Sahara. Over the past year, Europe has woken up to...

Migrants camped in Belarus warehouse still hope to get to EU

Sleeping on mattresses in a Belarusian warehouse, hundreds of Middle Eastern migrants are still clinging to the hope of a future in western Europe as the year draws to a close.
Europe's East 21-12-2021

Lithuania says migrant numbers from Belarus could soon increase

Lithuanian Interior Ministry said Belarus authorities have ordered migrants to be cleared from a warehouse near the Polish border and from Minsk, which could lead to renewed attempts to push the migrants in large numbers into the European Union.
Global Europe 20-12-2021

Russia presses for urgent US response on security guarantees

Russia said on Monday (20 December) it urgently needed a response from the United States on its sweeping security demands and again warned of a possible Russian military response unless it saw political action to assuage its concerns.
Digital & Media 16-12-2021

Reporters Without Borders: record number of journalists detained in 2021

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) noted 488 detained journalists in 2021, an increase of 20% compared to 2020, according to its annual round-up on abuses against journalists worldwide, published on Thursday (16 December).
Europe's East 16-12-2021

Ukraine diplomacy looms large as EU leaders meet Eastern Partnership counterparts

As tensions between Ukraine and Russia are at their highest in years, EU leaders and their Eastern Partnership counterparts met on Wednesday (15 December) for a summit aimed to reaffirm the strategic importance of the region. The EU summit with...
Europe's East 15-12-2021

Too many loopholes left in Belarus sanctions regime, says Tsikhanouskaya

Western sanctions on Alexander Lukashenko's regime need to be better coordinated to fill the currently existing loopholes, Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya told EURACTIV ahead of a crucial Eastern Partnership summit this week.  
Europe's East 15-12-2021

Lithuania Railways CEO to resign over Belarus potash transport

The head of Lithuania's state-run railways, Mantas Bartuska, agreed on Tuesday (14 December) to step down to "de-escalate" public outcry over the transport of potash from sanctions-hit Belarus, but the company said it could not stop facilitating it for now.
Europe's East 13-12-2021

European Union steps up funding to Belarus groups

The EU will increase its support for Belarusian civil society by €30 million, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Sunday (12 December), after meeting exiled opposition head Svetlana Tikhanovskaya in Brussels.
Europe's East 08-12-2021

Belarus to ban Western food imports from January

Belarus said Tuesday (7 December) it was imposing a ban on imports of foods from a number of Western countries after the United States and Europe widened sanctions on Minsk amid a severe crisis in ties.

EU asylum demands up as more Afghans flee

Requests for asylum in Europe hit a five-year high in September, with Afghans in particular seeking safety after the Taliban stormed to power in Kabul.
Global Europe 03-12-2021

US, allies ratchet up the economic pressure against Belarus

The United States and its allies, including the European Union, on Thursday (2 December) imposed sanctions against dozens of individuals and entities in Belarus in a coordinated move to escalate punitive action against President Alexander Lukashenko and his government.
Europe's East 02-12-2021

EU members agree more sanctions against Belarus targets

EU diplomats agreed Wednesday (1 December) to add 28 individuals and bodies to its Belarus sanctions list in response to the alleged channelling of migrants to the bloc's borders.
Europe's East 01-12-2021

MEPs attack Commission for proposal to ease migration rules over Belarus crisis

The European Union executive proposed on Wednesday (1 December) temporarily looser asylum rules, allowing Poland and its two Baltic neighbours, Lithuania and Latvia, to handle migrants pushed by Belarus to their shared border, but the proposal angered EU lawmakers and rights groups.

Polish president signs law to keep away journalists, NGOs from Belarus border

Poland's president on Tuesday (30 November) signed into law legislation that will limit the access of aid charities and journalists to its border with Belarus as the country grapples with a simmering migrant crisis.
Digital & Media 24-11-2021

Social media platforms accused of contributing to crisis at Poland-Belarus border

Facebook has found itself in the spotlight for allegedly providing a “key coordination hub” for human smugglers enticing people to the Poland-Belarus border, creating an increasingly dangerous situation for those trapped in the area, according to research and media reports.
Central Asia 24-11-2021

Central Asia will not be involved in human trafficking to Belarus, Borrell says

The reach out by the EU in Central Asia on preventing human trafficking into Belarus has been 'fruitful' in the region, EU officials told reporters in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on Wednesday (24 November).