Contents tagged with Belarus

  • Belarusian Foreign Minister: Minsk is ready to discuss election results with the West

    Belarus is ready to discuss elections and the situation in the country with foreign partners, said Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei during a telephone conversation with the head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Ignazio Cassis, as cited by BelTA.

    The talks took place amid the increasing calls of European leaders to impose sanctions against Belarus for the harsh suppression of protests after the elections, the results of which the West refused to recognize.

    European …

  • Kremlin denies reports that Lukashenko flew to Moscow to meet with Putin

    Vladimir Putin's schedule does not include a meeting with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported, citing the Kremlin's press service.

    "There is no such meeting on the schedule," the statement reads.

    Vladislav Rogimov, a political advisor to Putin’s associate Yevgeny Prigozhin, wrote, citing his sources in the Belarusian president's office, that Alexander Lukashenko secretly left Belarus and flew to Moscow for a non-public meeting with the Russian …

  • Belarus to hand over detained Wagner mercenaries to Russia

    Mercenaries from the Russian Private Military Company the Wagner Group, who were detained near Minsk, can be handed over to Russia very soon, reported Interfax, citing an unnamed source.

    According to media reports, the mercenaries "will be handed over to the Russia for further investigation in the near future, possibly before the end of the week." They will leave Minsk, presumably by air.

    The Russian Embassy in Belarus has confirmed that work is underway to return detained Russians.

    Earlier, …

  • Lithuanian President calls for sanctions against Belarus

    Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said that it is time to talk seriously about sanctions against Belarus in response to the government's repression against the opposition, reports Delfi.

    "The dynamics are such that we should talk seriously about sanctions for Belarus, because what is happening now, even from a distance, is beyond the repressions that the regime has carried out for years. Now we see both dead and wounded people. We see several thousand people who have been detained, or their …

  • Lukashenko’s family flown to Turkey amid mass protests in Belarus

    On August 9, at 6 p.m., a plane carrying the family of Belarusian President Alexander Lukasnenko landed in Bodrum, Turkey, said Andrey Suzdaltsev, an assistant professor in the Department of World Economics and World Policy at the Russian National Research University of the Higher School of Economics.

    According to Suzdaltsev, Lukashenko’s children and grandchildren were on board the plane.

    "It's not for nothing. Lukashenko is madly afraid," the Russian newspaper Moscow Komsomolets quoted the …

  • Russian State Duma accuses Lukashenko of rigging elections

    Presidential elections in Belarus were accompanied by total falsification of the result, and the election committee's statements about Lukashenko's decisive victory with a result of 80% are doubtful, stated Konstantin Zatulin, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee for CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots.

    "Lukashenko has crossed all limits. We do not want any discord and "Maidan" in Belarus, but he is insane. The problem is that the head of Belarus is a …

  • Lukashenko’s election rival leaves Belarus for Lithuania

    Alexander Lukashenko's main rival in the Belarusian presidential election, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, has left the country. "Tikhanovskaya is safe, she is in Lithuania," Lithuanian foreign minister Linas Linkevičius said on Twitter.

    In the presidential elections of Belarus on August 9, according to preliminary data of the Central Elections Committee, the incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko received 80.08% of the votes, Tikhanovskaya - 10.9%. On August 10, Tikhanovskaya filed a complaint with …

  • Presidential elections in Belarus end in mass protests

    Thousands of people took to the streets of Minsk, Gomel, Vitebsk and at least ten other Belarusian cities after the authorities released the official exit poll, according to which Alexander Lukashenko won the presidential elections for the sixth time in a row.

    On Masherov Avenue in Minsk, protesters built barricades using garbage containers, buckets, flower beds blocking the roadway, reports the news outlets Mediazona and Sputnik Belarus.

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  • Putin calls Lukashenko to discuss detention of Russian mercenaries in Belarus

    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko held a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, reported Putin's press service.

    According to the press service, the Presidents "exchanged views" on the recent detention in Belarus of 33 mercenaries of the private military company the Wagner group".

    "The sides expressed confidence that the situation will be resolved in a spirit of mutual understanding characteristic of cooperation between the two countries," Putin's press service …

  • Zelensky and Lukashenko discuss extradition to Ukraine of Wagner mercenaries detained in Belarus

    Ukrainian President Volodymir Zelensky held a telephone conversation with the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, reported the Ukrainian presidential press service.

    "The presidents discussed in detail the issues related to the detention in Belarus at the end of July of a group of persons belonging to the Russian private military company the Wagner Group. The importance of further effective cooperation between the authorities of the two states, in particular in the context of the …