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BELARUS

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via eureporter.co10/13/2020

#Belarus - EU ups sanctions, while Tsikhanouskaya issues an ultimatum to Lukashenka - EU Reporter

EU foreign ministers met to discuss the continued deterioration in the situation in Belarus (12 October). The EU’s High Representative on Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, said the EU was sending a clear message after the attacks on peaceful protesters on Sunday that ‘business as usual’ was no longer possible in EU-Belarus relations. The EU’s High […]

via voanews10/12/2020

Belarus Allows Police to Use Firearms Against Protesters 'If Need Be' - Voice of America

Belarus’ government says police will now be permitted to use firearms against protesters “if need be” as demonstrations demanding the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko continued Monday. The Interior Ministry said in a statement Monday that the rallies “have become organized and extremely radical.” "In this regard, the Interior Ministry's employees and internal troops will not leave the streets and, if necessary, will use special equipment and military weapons," it said. The ministry also announced Monday that more than 700 people were detained in demonstrations a day earlier.

via jamestown.org10/08/2020

Russia's Regime-Change Experiment in Belarus Runs Into Difficulties (Part Two) - The Jamestown Foundation

*To read Part One, please click here. For now, the Belarusian authorities are holding out confidently against regime change on both fronts: against the domestic opposition and against Russia’s initial regime-change project. The latter could be seen lurking behind the thwarted presidential candidacies of Valery Tsepkalo, Viktar Babarika and Siarhei Tsikhanouski. Those candidacies were designed not to win the August …

via sports.yahoo10/07/2020

IOC to look into claims of Belarus athletes' discrimination - Yahoo Sports

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is investigating claims by Belarus athletes they are being discriminated against because of their political views, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Wednesday. Belarus has been rocked by protests since an Aug. 9 election that confirmed another term for President Alexander Lukashenko. "We are very concerned about the information we are getting," Bach said in a conference call at the end of the body's executive board meeting.


via news.yahoo10/06/2020

Belarus opposition leader sees inspiration in fallen Berlin wall - Yahoo News

Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya visited a fragment of the Berlin Wall ahead of a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday, saying she saw in it a symbol of the transformation she wanted to bring about in her own country. Tsikhanouskaya, who says she won Belarus's presidential

via voanews10/02/2020

EU Leaders Sanction Belarus, Pause on Turkey - Voice of America

New European Union sanctions against Belarus were to come into effect today, even as the bloc warned Turkey could face the same fate over a maritime dispute during a two-day summit in Brussels.   The EU sanctions target some 40 Belarusian officials, but not President Alexander Lukashenko, over what the group sees were flawed August elections and a tough crackdown on subsequent protests. EU leaders announced the measures following hours of talks in the Belgian capital, after managing to overcome opposition from tiny member Cyprus.

via voanews09/30/2020

Thorny Summit: Turkey, Belarus, China, Migration Among Questions Facing EU Leaders - Voice of America

Tough foreign policy issues, including tensions with Turkey, sanctions against Belarus and relations with China, will be up for discussion at a two-day European Union summit that starts Thursday. This end-of-month summit will be a test on whether the European Union can speak with one voice over thorny issues in its neighborhood and beyond.   The summit was delayed a week after Charles Michel, president of the 27-member European Council, was quarantined for possible coronavirus infection.

via finance.yahoo10/13/2020

Belarus opposition to call country-wide strike if President Lukashenko doesn't resign - Yahoo Finance

Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya said on Tuesday she will announce a country-wide strike unless President Alexander Lukashenko announces his resignation, halts violence and releases political prisoners by Oct. 25. "If our demands are not met by Oct. 25, the whole country will be out on the streets, peacefully," Tsikhanouskaya, who is in exile in Vilnius, said in a statement. Belarus police will now be permitted to use combat weapons in the streets if needed, the Interior Ministry said on Monday, as security forces again clashed with protesters who want Lukashenko to quit after a contested Aug. 9 election.

via voanews10/12/2020

Belarus Allows Police to Use Firearms Against Protesters - Voice of America

Belarus’ government says police will now be permitted to use firearms against protesters “if need be” as demonstrations demanding the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko continued Monday. The Interior Ministry said in a statement Monday that the rallies “have become organized and extremely radical.” "In this regard, the Interior Ministry's employees and internal troops will not leave the streets and, if necessary, will use special equipment and military weapons," it said. The ministry also announced Monday that more than 700 people were detained in demonstrations a day earlier.


via nato.int10/07/2020

NATO Secretary General thanks Estonia for supporting Allies and partners throughout the COVID-19 pandemic - NATO HQ

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid to NATO headquarters on Wednesday (7 October 2020). He thanked Estonia for showing solidarity with Allies and partners throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, including by donating critical medical supplies to Italy and Spain and supporting NATO partners Georgia and Ukraine.

via msn10/07/2020

Belarus opposition leader to meet top officials in Germany - msnNOW

BERLIN (AP) — Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is meeting top German officials on Wednesday, a day after sitting down with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. She's been trying to lobby support for the Belarus opposition movement and is set to meet with Norbert Roettgen, a top lawmaker in Merkel’s conservative party. The opposition leader of the ex-Soviet republic is the main opponent of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko....

via jamestown.org10/05/2020

The Coronavirus Crisis Undercuts Russia's Geopolitical Ambitions - The Jamestown Foundation

The sharp rise of COVID-19 infections in Russia in the last couple of weeks was predictable given the relatively high “plateau” of new cases over the summer after the sharp peak in early May. Yet the escalation of the pandemic has apparently caught the authorities by surprise as the government focused on Moscow. Cases of the novel coronavirus in the …

via voanews10/01/2020

EU Leaders Meet to Break Stalemate Over Belarusian Sanctions - Voice of America

European leaders will attempt to end a stalemate Thursday that is preventing them from placing economic sanctions on top Belarusian officials accused of rigging the presidential election and violently cracking down on peaceful protesters following the August vote. At a two-day meeting in Brussels, EU leaders are expected to confront Cyprus, one of the EU’s smallest members, which is vetoing EU attempts to sanction dozens of officials and hold a new election. US Held Back on Belarus Sanctions, Hoping for Joint Move With EU EU vowed in August to impose sanctions on Belarus for alleged election

via voanews09/29/2020

Britain, Canada Sanction Belarus' Lukashenko, Top Officials - Voice of America

Britain and Canada have imposed sanctions on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, his son and other top officials for allegedly rigging the country’s presidential election and committing acts of violence against protesters. The sanctions are the first imposed by major Western powers against Belarusian government officials and subject them to an immediate travel ban and asset freeze. Lukashenko’s post-election crackdown has resulted in the arrest of more than 12,000 people who participated in mass demonstrations that erupted after he claimed victory in an election that opponents allege


via ukrweekly10/09/2020

RFE/RL's journalists face unrelenting pressure in Belarus - The Ukrainian Weekly

WASHINGTON – During the past three months of a violent and contentious election season in Europe’s last autocratic stronghold, RFE/RL journalists in Belarus have faced the most intense harassment since they first began working inside the country 30 years ago. “Our journalists have spent more than 125 days behind bars since June 25,” said Alexander Lukashuk, director of RFE/RL’s Belarus Service. “In the course of covering the presidential election and the more than 50 days of protests that have followed, they have been harassed, beaten, jailed and stripped of their accreditation.”

via thehour10/07/2020

IOC investigating athlete claims of reprisals in Belarus - Thehour.com

GENEVA (AP) - The IOC is investigating claims from Belarusian athletes who say they face reprisals for protesting the disputed re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko. Belarus has been in turmoil amid protests and a crackdown by security forces since August when its authoritarian leader Lukashenko won a sixth presidential term. The election is widely seen as rigged in favor of Lukashenko, who has also been president of the Belarus Olympic Committee for 23 years. Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, said Wednesday it received complaints from athletes alleging "undue politically motivated pressure exerted" by Belarusian sports officials. "We are very concerned about the information we are getting," Bach said at Olympic headquarters in Lausanne after an executive board meeting. National Olympic teams can be barred from a Summer Games or Winter Games in cases of discrimination. "In case of an infringement on the Olympic Charter then the IOC will take the actions and sanctions provided for," Bach said. "We will continue and strengthen our investigation to determine whether the (Belarus Olympic Committee) has fulfilled and is fulfilling obligations towards its athletes as per the Olympic Charter." The IOC will investigate if money it sent to Belarus has reached athletes intended to receive scholarship funds to help prepare for the Tokyo Olympics next year and the 2022 Beijing Winter Games. "And that this is happening without any kind of discrimination," said Bach, who cited assurances sought and received from Belarus in recent weeks. The IOC wants the promises upheld "despite any views that they (athletes) might have expressed or that they may express during these difficult times in Belarus," its president...

via news.un.org10/07/2020

Belarus: 'There is no sustainable development without human rights' - a UN Resident Coordinator blog - UN News

Belarus has been rocked by mass demonstrations, and violent state crackdowns, since the disputed August presidential election that saw Alexander Lukashenko returned to power. In this blog, Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecki, the UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus, explains what the unrest means for the Organization. |

via cruxnow10/07/2020

Vatican’s top diplomat defends China deal: ‘Something had to be done’ - Crux Now

Part one of a three-part Crux interview with British Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, effectively the Vatican’s Foreign Minister, in which he says the Vatican expects its controversial deal with China to be renewed by the end of the month.

via pbs.org10/02/2020

News Wrap: U.S. imposes sanctions on Belarusian officials - PBS NewsHour

In our news wrap Friday, the U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on eight Belarusian officials for their roles in the country’s disputed presidential election -- and the violent crackdown that followed. The move came soon after the European Union had taken similar measures. Also, hours of grand jury recordings in the case of the killing of Breonna Taylor in Louisville were made public.

via menafn09/30/2020

Turkmenistan, Belarus consider ways to increase trade turnover in context of COVID-19 - MENAFN.COM

BAKU, Azerbaijan, September 30

By Jeila Aliyeva - Trend:

Turkmenistan and Belarus considered the possibility of increasing trade between the countries in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, Trend reports with reference to the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan.

The discussions were held during a videoconference