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US charges Belarus with air piracy in reporter's arrest

Jan. 20, 2022 18:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. prosecutors charged four Belarusian government officials on Thursday with aircraft piracy for diverting a Ryanair flight last year to arrest an opposition journalist, using a ruse that there was a bomb threat. The charges, announced by federal prosecutors in...

EU extends Russia sanctions over Ukraine peace deal failures

Jan. 13, 2022 11:23 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday prolonged economic sanctions against Russia for six months for failing to live up to its commitments to the peace agreement in Ukraine, amid concern that Moscow may be preparing to invade its former Soviet neighbor. The measures target...

Belarus labels local service of US broadcaster extremist

Dec. 23, 2021 13:40 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarusian authorities labeled the local service of the U.S.-funded broadcaster Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty extremist, launched a criminal probe against one of its journalists and arrested another one Thursday. It was the latest move in a months-long,...

Belarus claims diplomat hurt in 'attack' on London embassy

Dec. 20, 2021 10:44 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The government of Belarus said Monday that it summoned a British diplomat in protest after its embassy in London was “attacked” and a diplomat injured. The Belarus Foreign Ministry said in a statement that a group of people smeared the facade of the embassy...

EU hopes fresh talks, not sanctions, will avert Ukraine war

Dec. 16, 2021 19:30 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders on Thursday pressed Russia to return to peace talks with Ukraine and renewed their threat to impose unprecedented sanctions on Moscow in tandem with the United States and Britain should Russian armed forces cross the border. The EU’s call...

Probe by Poland refutes Belarus account of diverted flight

Dec. 10, 2021 12:55 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The diversion to Minsk of a Lithuania-bound flight carrying a self-exiled Belarusian journalist was an act of “state terrorism” carried out to detain an opponent of Belarus' government, Polish security officials said Friday. Poland’s Internal Security...

Belarus bans Western imports, airlines from EU and UK

Dec. 06, 2021 10:58 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus on Monday announced retaliatory restrictions on airlines from the European Union and the U.K., as well as a ban on imports of Western goods from countries that have introduced sanctions against the former Soviet nation. The import ban comes in response...

US, EU and allies hit Belarus with coordinated sanctions

Dec. 02, 2021 13:23 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States, European Union, Britain and Canada slapped simultaneous sanctions Thursday on dozens of officials, organizations and companies in Belarus, with the EU taking aim at those accused of participating in a “hybrid attack” on the bloc using migrants. ...

Putin demands NATO guarantees not to expand eastward

Dec. 01, 2021 15:12 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Moscow would seek Western guarantees precluding any further NATO expansion and deployment of its weapons near his country's borders, a stern demand that comes amid fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. ...

Belarus targets journalists, activists with mass raids

Dec. 01, 2021 11:04 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Authorities in Belarus raided the homes of dozens of journalists and activists Wednesday, according to a human rights group, in what appeared to be the biggest one-day crackdown on dissent in the past three months. Independent journalists, human...