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Belarus opposition says fate of country, Ukraine intertwined

Sep. 24, 2022 10:51 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The fate of Belarus and Ukraine are “interconnected,” and both countries must fight together to safeguard their very existence because Russia doesn’t view them as independent sovereign states, Belarus' opposition leader said Friday. Sviatlana...

Baltics say no automatic asylum for Russians fleeing draft

Sep. 22, 2022 07:04 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The three Baltic states say they are not prepared to automatically offer asylum to Russians fleeing mobilization into the military, hoping that discontent with the Russian authorities will grow at home instead. Large numbers of Russians rushed Wednesday to...

Baltic nations close borders to Russians over Ukraine war

Sep. 19, 2022 13:43 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania closed their borders Monday to most Russian citizens in response to the wide domestic support in Russia for the war in Ukraine. Under the coordinated travel ban, Russians wishing to travel to the Baltic countries as tourists or...

Gobert, France win at EuroBasket; Luka leads Slovenia again

Sep. 10, 2022 17:21 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Rudy Gobert scored 20 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, and Olympic silver medalist France moved into the EuroBasket quarterfinals by holding off Turkey 87-86 in overtime on Saturday. Gobert had a putback dunk with 2.7 seconds left in regulation to tie the game, then...

4 nations bordering Russia to restrict Russian tourists

Sep. 08, 2022 11:00 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Four European countries that border Russia will take regional steps this month to limit people from Russia from entering Europe’s visa-free zone by land because they “are increasingly concerned about the substantial and growing influx of Russian citizens.” ...

Lithuania protest denied, Germany wins in 2OT at EuroBasket

Sep. 04, 2022 19:21 PM EDT

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Lithuania unsuccessfully protested its double-overtime loss to Germany at the EuroBasket tournament Sunday, arguing that referees did not award it a free throw following a technical foul in regulation. FIBA denied the protest. That means...

Gorbachev mourned as rare world leader but some still bitter

Aug. 31, 2022 11:24 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union and for many the man who restored democracy to then-communist-ruled European nations, was saluted Wednesday as a rare leader who changed the world and for a time brought hope for peace among the superpowers. But...

War protest: Statues fall as Europe purges Soviet monuments

Aug. 31, 2022 03:01 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — In the Latvian capital of Riga, an obelisk that soared high above a park to commemorate the Soviet Army’s capture of that nation in 1944 was toppled last week. It crashed into a pond to the cheers of those watching. Days earlier in Estonia, a replica of a...

Lithuania presses for EU hard line on Russian tourist visas

Aug. 23, 2022 08:50 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania’s foreign minister said Tuesday that if the EU won’t agree on a visa ban for Russian tourists, he won’t rule out looking for a regional solution that could involve the Baltic states, Poland and possibly Finland. Gabrielius Landsbergis said...

Latvia, Estonia leave China-backed East Europe forum

Aug. 12, 2022 12:15 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Latvia and Estonia say they have left a Chinese-backed forum aimed at boosting relations with Eastern European countries, in what appears to be a new setback for China's increasingly assertive diplomacy. The move follows China’s boosting of its relations with...