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Belarus Announces Retaliation Measures For US Sanctions
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Belarus Announces Retaliation Measures For US Sanctions

Belarus announced on Thursday retaliatory measures against Washington, including reducing US diplomatic staff in the country, following the entry into force of new sanctions against Minsk."We cannot ignore this unfriendly procedure", declared the spokesman of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Anatoli Glaz, in a statement, precisely when economic sanctions by the United States are imposed on nine public companies in Belarus.Lukashenko informed Putin in detail about the forced landing of a planeBelarus: the pariah country of Europe that remains thanks to RussiaAlexander Lukashenko: the latest controversial acts and decisions of the President of BelarusAmong the retaliatory measures are "the reduction of diplomatic, administrative and technical staff" of the US embassy in Minsk and ...
Minsk accused before the UN
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Minsk accused before the UN

WASHINGTON, USA.- Europe and the United States condemned the forced landing of a commercial plane at Minsk airport by Belarusian authorities to arrest journalist Román Protasevich and accused the country of “silencing opposition voices”, something that Russia rejected.After a closed-door discussion in the UN Security Council, Estonia, France and Ireland (which requested the meeting), Belgium, Germany, Norway, the UK and the US issued a joint statement calling for the journalist's "immediate" release.They considered that the plane, which was carrying a hundred passengers, was "forced to land based on false pretexts given by a Belarusian military plane", which represents "an obvious attack" on international civil aviation security.Belarusian President Alexandr Lukashenko responded with threa...
NATO Secretary General condemns act "outrageous" de Minsk e pede "joint work" from the EU
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NATO Secretary General condemns act "outrageous" de Minsk e pede "joint work" from the EU

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg condemned this Wednesday “firmly” the diversion of a civilian plane through Belarus and called for “unity of the international community” in responding to the Minsk regime. The international community needs to be united and this underlines the importance of NATO and the EU working together ”, stressed Stoltenberg during a joint press conference with the Prime Minister, António Costa, and in reference to the Sunday incident. We strongly condemn the forced landing of a civilian plane, which was traveling from one NATO capital, Athens, to another, Vilnius ”, he indicated. It is absolutely unacceptable and it also reveals how far the Minsk regime can go in cracking down on de...
"Please save him", begs mother of Belarusian journalist
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"Please save him", begs mother of Belarusian journalist

Parents of Roman Protasevich, the Belarusian journalist detained after detour to Minsk by a commercial Ryanair flight to Lithuania, beg help the international community to release their son, who faces the death penalty in Belarus for opposing the Lukashenko regime. I ask you, I implore you, I call on the entire international community to save you. He's just a journalist, he's just a child, please, please ... I beg you for help. Please save him! They will kill you ", said Natalia Protasevich, a mother in tears in an interview with the French agency AFP, this Tuesday, from Wroclaw, Poland, where she lives. Natalia also said that she has not slept since she learned of the arrest and that she spends time on the phone hoping to receive...
Moscow, Minsk’s loyal ally with ambiguous ulterior motives
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Moscow, Minsk’s loyal ally with ambiguous ulterior motives

MoscowFrom our correspondent With the Protassevich affair, Moscow plunges into its contortional diplomacy with Minsk. Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin, who meets regularly with Alexander Lukashenko and is due to receive him soon, did not speak personally. But the Belarusian president knows he can count on his ally.Saying out loud what many think in Europe, British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab has claimed he is "Hard to believe" that Moscow did not agree to the hijacking of the commercial flight and the arrest of the Belarusian opponent on board. Nevertheless, the Kremlin spokesperson played it safe, especially as the opponent's companion, a Russian national, was also arrested when getting off the plane. "There are certain international rules and the international ai...
Ryanair crew received threat notice on board of aircraft diverted to Minsk
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Ryanair crew received threat notice on board of aircraft diverted to Minsk

Irish airline Ryanair said on Monday that the crew of the plane on which a journalist critical of the Belarusian regime was traveling received a security threat warning on board before the aircraft was diverted to Minsk. In a statement, Ryanair said that Belarusian air traffic control reported an alleged threat to the crew, also giving "instructions to divert to the nearest airport, Minsk". The low-cost flight company added that nothing was found after the plane landed in Minsk. Belarusian authorities detained journalist Roman Protasevich on Sunday after Belarusian President Alexandr Lukashenko ordered the Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, to be diverted to Minsk airport. As soon as the plane landed at th...
Belgium proposes that Belarusian airline be banned from landing in the European Union
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Belgium proposes that Belarusian airline be banned from landing in the European Union

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo defended today that the European Council should decide, at Monday's meeting, sanctions on Belarus, including a ban on Belavia landing at European Union (EU) airports. We have to consider sanctions, including Belavia's ban on landing at EU airports ”, said Alexander De Croo in a post on the social network Twitter. At issue is the forced diversion of a Ryanair flight to Minsk (Belarus) this afternoon, in the middle of a journey between Athens (Greece) and Vilnius (Lithuania), with 120 passengers, which culminated in the arrest of Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich, an incident already criticized by several European countries. “The forced landing of Ryanair flight FR4978 by Belarus is unac...
A Belarusian fighter intercepts a commercial plane to arrest an exiled opposition journalist
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A Belarusian fighter intercepts a commercial plane to arrest an exiled opposition journalist

A hunt for Belarus this Sunday intercepted an airliner belonging to the Ryanair company on board of which an opposition activist is traveling, who, according to the latter, was arrested after his unexpected landing in Minsk, arousing anger in Europe.The opposition media Nexta claimed that the security services detained its former editor-in-chief Roman Protasevich after the emergency landing at the capital airport of the plane from Athens bound for Vilnius.SIGHT: Lukashenko assures that he will not allow himself to be judged by "the heirs of fascism"The leaders of the European Union (EU) institutions unanimously urged Minsk to allow “all passengers” to continue their journey after this “completely unacceptable action”.Several countries of the bloc such as Germany, France and Lithuania deno...
Belarus forces Ryanair plane to land to arrest dissident journalist
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Belarus forces Ryanair plane to land to arrest dissident journalist

A Ryanair airline plane flying from Athens to Vilnius (Lithuania), with around 120 passengers on board, was diverted this Sunday afternoon to the capital of Belarus, Minsk, to arrest dissident Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich. Protasevich is a close associate of the Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanóvskaya and, like her, fled Belarus and lives in Lithuania. Besides, ands co-founder of the Internet platform channel Telegram NEXTA, which covered the crackdown on mass protests in Belarus following the controversial re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko in August 2020.Some publications on social networks claim that Protasevich had been declared a terrorist by the Belarusian authorities and could face the death penalty.Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabr...
Police in Belarus capital arrest more than 100 protesters
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Police in Belarus capital arrest more than 100 protesters

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Police in the capital of Belarus arrested more than 100 people who assembled for a protest march Saturday to call for the resignation of the country’s authoritarian president. The planned event in Minsk indicated that supporters of the political opposition seek to revive the wave of mass protests that gripped Belarus for months last year but were dormant during the winter. During the first sizable anti-government protests of 2021, more than 200 people were detained Thursday.At least five journalists were among those arrested; it was not immediately clear what charges they could face, but some journalists arrested while covering last year’s protests were sentenced to two years in prison.Protests broke out in August after a disputed election that gave President Alexander...