Latest Belarus government News

Poland sending 500 more troops to protect Belarus border

Sep. 20, 2021 14:05 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland is sending 500 additional army troops and special vehicles to its border with Belarus to strengthen it against increasing migrant pressures which the government says is orchestrated by Belarus and Russia to destabilize the European Union. ...

3 migrants found dead in Poland, 9 others hospitalized

Sep. 19, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The bodies of three people who were trying to illegally cross into Poland from Belarus were found in the border region and another body of a woman was found on Belarus side, Poland's prime minister said Sunday. Premier Mateusz Morawiecki gave no...

Poland's, Lithuania's PMs discuss higher security, migration

Sep. 17, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The prime ministers of Poland and Lithuania said Friday that tighter security at their borders with Belarus was the best way to ease pressure from migrant inflows there, as they expect what they called a “hybrid attack” from Belarus to continue. ...

Putin observes war games with Belarus that worry neighbors

Sep. 13, 2021 16:23 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has observed military exercises being conducted in coordination with Belarus that have raised concerns in bordering countries. Putin on Monday attended exercises at a training ground in the Nizhny Novgorod region, 450...

Russian, Belarusian leaders advance countries' integration

Sep. 09, 2021 16:37 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The presidents of Russia and Belarus said Thursday they have made significant progress on integrating their countries’ economies, including forming common energy and financial markets. The moves would bolster Belarus as it faces Western sanctions imposed...

Czechs pledge 530,000 euros to Lithuania for Belarus border

Sep. 07, 2021 05:44 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The Czech Republic pledged on Tuesday 530,000 euros to Lithuania to secure the its border with Belarus in the wake of thousands of migrants crossing over from the former Soviet republic. Lithuania, a European Union member country that sits on...

Belarus court gives opposition activists lengthy sentences

Sep. 06, 2021 15:01 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A court in Belarus on Monday sentenced two leading opposition activists to lengthy prison terms, the latest move in the relentless crackdown that Belarusian authorities have unleashed on dissent in the wake of last year’s anti-government protests. ...

Polish lawmakers uphold state of emergency at Belarus border

Sep. 06, 2021 14:07 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s parliament voted Monday to uphold the state of emergency along the border with Belarus that was declared last week amid migration pressure. The vote came after Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told lawmakers that the country faces a...

Poland gives humanitarian visa to 2nd Belarus athlete

Sep. 05, 2021 12:02 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A lawmaker in Poland says a second Belarussian athlete, an equestrian who was excluded from the country's Olympic team after criticizing state authorities, has been given a humanitarian visa and refuge in Poland. Belarus dressage rider Olga...

EU leader 'deplores' Belarus behavior amid migrant standoff

Sep. 03, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A top European Union official condemned Belarus and expressed support for Poland, Lithuania and Latvia on Friday as a state of emergency took effect in areas of eastern Poland following a surge in illegal migration. EU foreign affairs chief Josep...