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Lukašenka warns opponents against staging street protests

Aliaksandr Lukašenka warned on Monday that he would not let his opponents stage mass anti-government street protests and said that people were free to talk politics “in their kitchen.”

Four coronavirus deaths reported in Belarus

Four deaths related to the novel coronavirus infection were reported by the Belarusian health ministry on Thursday afternoon.

Journalist Sacuk facing charge of receiving bribe

Siarhiej Sacuk is suspected of receiving a bribe, the prominent investigative journalist’s wife told BelaPAN.

Russia to shut border with Belarus over coronavirus

Russia will close its border with Belarus as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said on Monday.

EP delegation cancels meeting with House of Representatives members

A European Parliament delegation has cancelled a meeting with members of the House of Representatives in Minsk, according to Andrej Savinych, chairperson of the lower parliamentary chamber’s international affairs committee.

Lukašenka: Fair price of RF gas for Belarus would be $90 per 1,000 cubic meters

This year’s fair price of Russian natural gas for Belarus would be $90 per 1,000 cubic meters, Aliaksandr Lukašenka said Friday in Minsk while speaking at a meeting with Uladzimir Siamaška, the Belarusian ambassador to Russia.

Lukašenka, Putin fail to resolve key differences at St. Petersburg talks

No breakthrough decisions were made by Aliaksandr Lukašenka and Vladimir Putin at their meeting in Saint Petersburg on December 20, with a Russian minister announcing after the talks that the countries had yet to agree on the terms of oil and gas supply and resolve differences over a draf

Putin ties lower gas price for Belarus to creation of supranational bodies

Russia may start selling natural gas to Belarus at its domestic prices only if the governments of both countries delegate vast powers to supranational bodies, Vladimir Putin said at a news conference in Moscow on December 19.

Lukašenka attacks Russia, questions Union State

Aliaksandr Lukašenka attacked on Sunday Russia for regularly changing the rules of its economic cooperation with Belarus, which he said calls the two countries’ Union State into question.

EU urges Belarus to respect human rights during election

The European Union calls on the Belarusian authorities to ensure respect for human rights in the course of this year’s parliamentary election, Dirk Schuebel, head of the EU Delegation to Belarus, told BelaPAN.

Lukašenka: Confrontation between Russia and West has reached highest level

Distrust and confrontation between Russia and the West have reached the highest level, Aliaksandr Lukašenka said Tuesday, speaking at the Second Minsk Dialogue Forum on the theme of “European Security: Stepping Back from the Brink.”

Lukašenka hails his meeting with Zelenskiy

Aliaksandr Lukašenka played up the importance of his personal meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy while he was speaking at the Second Forum of Regions of Belarus and Ukraine in Zhytomyr on Friday.

Mogherini’s visit to Belarus postponed

The visit of Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, to Belarus has been postponed because of “agenda changes” of participants of a high-level Eastern Partnership event in Minsk, an EU spokesperson told BelaPAN.

Ambassador: Germany interested in strong, independent Belarus

Germany is interested in a strong, independent, stable and prosperous Belarus, German Ambassador Manfred Huterer said in an interview with BelaPAN.

Lukašenka describes ongoing electoral campaign as “bacchanalia”

Aliaksandr Lukašenka has described the ongoing parliamentary election campaign as “bacchanalia” and a rehearsal for next year’s presidential election, warning that he will not let his opponents undermine the country.

Lukashenka backs Zelenskiy proposal for top-level peace talks in Minsk

Alyaksandr Lukashenka has expressed support for the Ukrainian president’s proposal for a top-level international meeting in Minsk on the Ukraine crisis.

House of Representatives passes amnesty bill

The House of Representatives on Friday gave first- and second-reading approvals to a draft amnesty law that is expected to apply to more than 6,500 people.

Death row inmate Zhylnikaw executed

Death row inmate Alyaksandr Zhylnikaw has been executed, the Vyasna Human Rights Center announced on Thursday with reference to the man’s lawyer.

Yury Karayew appointed interior minister

Alyaksandr Lukashenka on Tuesday appointed Yury Karayew to serve as Belarus’ minister of internal affairs.

Makey: Belarus has to be friends with everyone

Belarus has to “be friends with everyone” in order to “survive in the present-day situation that is characterized by a high level of confrontation,” Foreign Minister Uladzimir Makey told reporters Tuesday in Minsk while speaking ahead of a seminar focusing on the Eastern Partnership progr

Dashkevich complains to prosecutors about demolition of Kurapaty crosses

Opposition activist Zmitser Dashkevich submitted a complaint about last week’s demolition of memorial crosses at a Stalin-era mass execution site to the Prosecutor General’s Office on Monday.

Two senior executives of Belaruskali arrested

Two senior executives of Belarus’ potash giant Belaruskali have been arrested on suspicion of bribery, the press office of the interior ministry reported on Thursday.

Belarus not ready to abolish death penalty, envoy says

Belarus is not yet ready to ratify the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty, Yury Ambrazevich, Belarus’ permanent representative to the UN Office at Geneva, said on October 9, speaking at the 124

European Parliament urges Belarusian authorities to stop harassing journalists

The European Parliament on Thursday adopted a resolution urging the Belarusian authorities to end the judicial harassment, intimidation and threats against journalists and independent media outlets.

Lukashenka has phone conversation with Putin

Alyaksandr Lukashenka had a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.