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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...

Leader says Belarus expects big shipment of Russian weapons

Sep. 01, 2021 21:52 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The authoritarian leader of Belarus said Wednesday that the country will soon receive a large batch of Russian weapons, including dozens of combat jets, helicopters and top-of-the-line air defense missile systems. President Alexander Lukashenko...

Poland seeks state of emergency along border with Belarus

Aug. 31, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's government asked the president Tuesday to declare a state of emergency along the border with Belarus as it tries to stop migrants from entering from the neighboring country. The government cited the potential risk from foreign actors and the actions of...

Poland detains activists for damaging barrier with Belarus

Aug. 29, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thirteen activists were detained Sunday in Poland for trying to destroy part of a barbed-wire barrier that Polish authorities have erected along the border with Belarus to stop migrants from crossing in. The activists said it was an act of protest...