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Sputnik News – World News, Breaking News & Top Stories, Minsk Subway Temporarily Shuts Downtown Stations Amid Planned Opposition Protests, on October 4, 2020 9:19 AM at 9:19 AM

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MINSK (Sputnik) – Eight stations of the Minsk subway (Metro) have been temporarily closed for entry and exit amid calls by the Belarusian opposition for the country’s population to stage protests on Sunday, the press department of the Belarusian capital’s subway system said., MINSK (Sputnik) – Eight stations of the Minsk subway (Metro) have been temporarily closed for entry and exit amid calls by the Belarusian opposition for the country’s population to stage protests on Sunday, the press department of the Belarusian capital’s subway system said.

Deutsche Welle, Belarus protests: Police fire water cannons, detain Minsk demonstrators, on October 4, 2020 9:09 AM at 9:09 AM

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Protesters in Minsk demanding the release of political prisoners were met by police firing water cannons. Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Belarus to oppose long-time leader Alexander Lukashenko., Protesters in Minsk demanding the release of political prisoners were met by police firing water cannons. Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Belarus to oppose long-time leader Alexander Lukashenko.

World news | The Guardian, Belarus opposition leader to ask Merkel about upping pressure on Lukashenko, on October 4, 2020 8:51 AM at 8:51 AM

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Svetlana Tikhanovskaya will meet German chancellor to discuss potential role as mediator in crisis talks

The Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya will meet Angela Merkel in Berlin on Tuesday, as the standoff in Belarus increasingly takes on a geopolitical dimension, becoming one more bone of contention between Russia and the west.

Tikhanovskaya said she will ask the German chancellor about “her potential participation as a mediator” in talks between protest leaders and the government of the embattled autocrat Alexander Lukashenko, who has been backed by the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and has flatly refused to participate in negotiations.

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, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya will meet German chancellor to discuss potential role as mediator in crisis talks
The Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya will meet Angela Merkel in Berlin on Tuesday, as the standoff in Belarus increasingly takes on a geopolitical dimension, becoming one more bone of contention between Russia and the west.
Tikhanovskaya said she will ask the German chancellor about “her potential participation as a mediator” in talks between protest leaders and the government of the embattled autocrat Alexander Lukashenko, who has been backed by the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and has flatly refused to participate in negotiations. Continue reading…

Хартия’97 :: Новости Беларуси – Белорусские новости – Новости Белоруссии – Республика Беларусь – Минск, Liberation March Held In Belarus (Online), on October 4, 2020 7:13 AM at 7:13 AM

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The participants of the hundred-thousand rally in Minsk demanded the release of political prisoners under the walls of the Akrestsin Street detention center., The participants of the hundred-thousand rally in Minsk demanded the release of political prisoners under the walls of the Akrestsin Street detention center.

Хартия’97 :: Новости Беларуси – Белорусские новости – Новости Белоруссии – Республика Беларусь – Минск, Liberation March Being Held In Belarus (Online), on October 4, 2020 7:13 AM at 7:13 AM

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The participants of the hundred-thousand rally in Minsk demanded the release of political prisoners under the walls of the Akrestsin Street detention center., The participants of the hundred-thousand rally in Minsk demanded the release of political prisoners under the walls of the Akrestsin Street detention center.

Хартия’97 :: Новости Беларуси – Белорусские новости – Новости Белоруссии – Республика Беларусь – Минск, Liberation March Being Held In Belarus (Online), on October 4, 2020 7:13 AM at 7:13 AM

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Thousands and thousands of people are walking in live streams from Niamiha to the Heroes Obelisk in Minsk., Thousands and thousands of people are walking in live streams from Niamiha to the Heroes Obelisk in Minsk.

News – belsat.eu, Sunday’s march: Belarusians demand to release political prisoners, on October 4, 2020 7:08 AM at 7:08 AM

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In a live broadcast, Belsat TV anchors give latest news, comment on the recent developments, talk to experts, and connect to our reporters in Belarus (in BEL/RU). For ENG updates, follow us on Twitter.

On the 57th day of protests against vote rigging and police brutality in Belarus, the marches called ‘For Release of Political Prisoners’ are to kick off at 2 pm in Belarusian cities and town.

Since the start of the presidential campaign, the number of political prisoners in Belarus has risen from 3 to 77.

The Interior Ministry has announced heavy security presence due to ‘the opposition’s plans to carry out illegal rallies’.

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, On the 57th day of protests against vote rigging and police brutality in Belarus, the marches called ‘For Release of Political Prisoners’ are to kick off at 2 pm in Belarusian cities and town.

Хартия’97 :: Новости Беларуси – Белорусские новости – Новости Белоруссии – Республика Беларусь – Минск, Svetlana Aleksievich Speaks For Tougher Sanctions Against Lukashenka Regime, on October 4, 2020 4:39 AM at 4:39 AM

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The Nobel laureate also admitted that after her trip to Europe she may not be allowed to enter Belarus., The Nobel laureate also admitted that after her trip to Europe she may not be allowed to enter Belarus.

Sputnik News – World News, Breaking News & Top Stories, Belarus’s Security Forces Detain 11 People During Saturday’s Unauthorised Protests, on October 3, 2020 3:03 PM at 3:03 PM

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MINSK (Sputnik) – Belarusian security forces have detained 11 people who participated in unauthorised protests in the city of Minsk on Saturday, the press service of the capital’s police department said., MINSK (Sputnik) – Belarusian security forces have detained 11 people who participated in unauthorised protests in the city of Minsk on Saturday, the press service of the capital’s police department said.

News – belsat.eu, Belarusian Foreign Ministry insists on staff cuts in Polish and Lithuanian embassies, on October 3, 2020 12:34 PM at 12:34 PM

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The proposals voiced by the Belarusian Foreign Ministry on the reduction of diplomats in the embassies of Poland and Lithuania are mandatory, the press secretary of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry Anatoly Hlaz said in the commentary to BelTA.

“I don’t know, maybe due to the fact that Linas Linkevičius (Lithuanian Foreign Minister) has long gone headlong into politics, some diplomatic turns and terms have already been forgotten. It is not at all difficult for us to explain their meaning. The proposals we made are exclusively in the plane of the sovereign rights of Belarus and no one is obliged, and, in fact, was not going to discuss them with the Lithuanian side. If we move away from diplomatic casuistry, it means that such proposals are obligatory for the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” said an official representative of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry.

According to Anatoly Hlaz, the corresponding order to reduce the number of diplomats applies to the Polish embassy in Belarus.

At the Belarusian Embassy in Warsaw. Poland. August 11, 2020 Photo: she Prakopchyk / Belsat.eu

On October 2, it was announced that the official Minsk was recalling its ambassadors in Poland and Lithuania for consultations and inviting the ambassadors of these countries to do the same. Official Warsaw and Vilnius have announced that they are not going to recall their ambassadors or cut the number of diplomats in the missions.

The Belarusian side insists that Lithuania reduce the number of diplomats in Belarus from 25 to 14, and Poland from 50 to 18. The Belarusian Foreign Ministry calls the policy of Warsaw and Vilnius “destructive in the current situation”.

People continue to stand under the Belarusian embassy in Warsaw. Poland. August 9, 2020 Photo: Yana Prakopchyk / Belsat.eu

Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said that Lithuania regrets and disappoints the statements of the Belarusian side about the recall of the ambassador.

“This is an attack on the diplomatic services of Lithuania and Poland, such a proposal on Friday evening, (…) we will wait for the next steps. The decision to recall the ambassadors for consultation is taken by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania. We have no such intentions,” Delfi quotes the minister.

Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau responded to the proposal of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry in his Twitter: “at this stage, we are not going to recall our ambassadors for consultations”.

The director of the Belsat TV channel Agnieszka Romaszewska-Guzy called the decision of the Belarusian authorities shameful. This step will only strengthen the isolation of Belarus from the whole world.

“The sharp reduction in the number of employees of the Polish Embassy in Belarus is a blow of the Belarusian authorities not so much to Poland, but, first of all, to Belarusians awaiting visas,” she said.

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News – belsat.eu, US Treasury imposes sanctions against eight Belarusian officials, on October 3, 2020 5:40 AM at 5:40 AM

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The United States has imposed sanctions on eight Belarusian citizens.

Among them are Interior Minister Yury Karayeu, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Alyaksandr Barsukou, Commander of Internal Troops Yury Nazaranka, his Deputy Khazalbek Atabekov and Commander of the Minsk riot police Dzmitry Balaba, as well as Head of the Internal Affairs Directorate of the Minsk City Executive Committee Ivan Kubrakou.

The secretary of the country’s Central Election Commission, Alena Dzmukhayla and the deputy chairman of the CEC, Vadzim Ipatau, were also included in the list.

Previously, almost all of these people and another three dozen security officials and employees of the Belarusian CEC were included in the EU sanctions list due to their involvement in electoral fraud and the violent suppression of the peaceful protests that followed.

Mass protests began in Belarus after the closure of polling stations on August 9. The protesters were dissatisfied with numerous falsifications and demanded a fair election. At the protest rallies, security officials detained thousands of people, beat them, some people died.

After the elections, Alyaksandr Lukashenka began repressions against the opposition. He forced his rival in the elections Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya as well as some other opposition activists to leave Belarus. Tsikhanouskaya’s companion Maryia Kalesnikava was taken into custody.

The European Union considers the elections to be rigged and does not recognize Lukashenka as the legitimate president of Belarus. The EU is in dialogue with the Coordination Council of the Belarusian opposition.

, Previously, almost all of these people and another three dozen security officials and employees of the Belarusian CEC were included in the EU sanctions list due to their involvement in electoral fraud and the violent suppression of the peaceful protests that followed.

Хартия’97 :: Новости Беларуси – Белорусские новости – Новости Белоруссии – Республика Беларусь – Минск, Zakharova: The Belarusian Sanctions List Begins to Be Automatically Applied in Russia, on October 3, 2020 4:34 AM at 4:34 AM

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Russia introduces restrictions against the EU “in accordance with allied commitments.”, Russia introduces restrictions against the EU “in accordance with allied commitments.”

News – belsat.eu, Minsk expects to receive Russian loan by end of 2020, on October 3, 2020 3:09 AM at 3:09 AM

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Prime Minister Raman Halouchanka said that the authorities expect to receive the first tranche of the Russian loan by the end of 2020, BelTA reports. This money is to be used to refinance past Russian loans.

According to the head of government, the loan agreement has not yet been signed. Only its terms are being discussed now.

“The loan will be allocated if an intergovernmental agreement is signed. The conditions are being worked out now. We are moving according to plan, the goals are outlined — to support the economy. I think, by the end of the year we will get it, if nothing happens,” Raman Halouchanka said.

On September 14 in Sochi, Alyaksandr Lukashenka agreed with Vladimir Putin on the allocation of a new loan to Belarus in the amount of $ 1.5 billion.

On September 16, Lukashenka announced that Russian money would be used to refinance past loans. This year alone Belarus is to pay the Russian Federation $ 1 billion in old debt. “It was my request to the leadership of Russia that we do not pay this billion this year, we keep it and postpone it to next year. The percentage rate there is acceptable. That is, it is a question of refinancing,” he said.

As explained by the Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation Anton Siluanov, Belarus should receive a loan in two stages — $ 1 billion in 2020 (half of it at the expense of the EFSD, half at the expense of intergovernmental credit) and $ 500 million in 2021. At the same time, most of the money from the Eurasian Fund for Stabilization and Development will go to pay off the debt to the Russian state corporation Gazprom (the debt is slightly less than $ 330 million).

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, According to the head of government, the loan agreement has not yet been signed.

News – belsat.eu, Authorities revoke accreditation for all foreign journalists in Belarus, on October 3, 2020 2:56 AM at 2:56 AM

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The accreditation cards issued earlier to journalists of foreign media officially expired on October 2. The Foreign Ministry explains this decision by the entry into force of the new edition of the Regulations on the procedure for accrediting foreign journalists in the Republic of Belarus.

The relevant statement was posted on the website of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry.

“In accordance with the Concept of Information Security of the Republic of Belarus,”the information sovereignty of the Republic of Belarus is the most important target for ensuring information security”. In the current situation, we are forced to exercise our sovereign right and apply the necessary protective measures, including in the form of new provisions of the Regulation,” the statement says.

In particular, the new regulation provides for a reduction in the period for consideration of documents submitted for accreditation (from 20 to 5 days for temporary accreditation and from 2 months to 30 days for permanent one), and also introduces the possibility of extending permanent accreditation for up to 3 years.

“In connection with the adoption of the new regulation, the validity of previously issued accreditation cards is officially terminated on October 2,” the Foreign Ministry said.

Applications for new accreditation will begin on October 5th. Consideration of applications will be carried out by the new commission on accreditation of foreign media journalists of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry.

Thus, since yesterday, all journalists of foreign media in Belarus have been deprived of the right to work until the Foreign Ministry approves their new accreditation applications.

Earlier the Ministry of Information deprived the TUT.by of the official media status.

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, Since yesterday, all journalists of foreign media in Belarus have been deprived of the right to work until the Foreign Ministry approves their new accreditation applications.

Deutsche Welle, Belarus cancels all accreditation for foreign journalists, on October 2, 2020 3:00 PM at 3:00 PM

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Belarus has responded to new EU sanctions by canceling the accreditation of all foreign journalists and drawing up a travel blacklist forbidding entry. DW’s editor in chief called the revocations "absurd.", Belarus has responded to new EU sanctions by canceling the accreditation of all foreign journalists and drawing up a travel blacklist forbidding entry. DW’s editor in chief called the revocations "absurd."

Sputnik News – World News, Breaking News & Top Stories, Moscow: Belarusian Reciprocal Sanctions List Automatically Comes Into Effect in Russia, on October 2, 2020 2:12 PM at 2:12 PM

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Belarusian sanctions list, adopted in response to the sanctions of the European Union, automatically comes into effect in Russia as well, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement., MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Belarusian sanctions list, adopted in response to the sanctions of the European Union, automatically comes into effect in Russia as well, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement.

News – belsat.eu, ‘For consultations’: Belarus recalling envoys from Poland, Lithuania, on October 2, 2020 2:06 PM at 2:06 PM

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Minsk is recalling its ambassadors to Poland and Lithuania for consultations and encouraging the two neighbouring countries to do the same.

The ambassadors of Poland and Lithuania are reported to have been summoned to the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday.

“Belarusian ambassadors to Poland and Lithuania will be recalled to Minsk for consultations starting October 5. Respectively the ambassadors of Poland and Lithuania to Belarus are invited to follow the example,” state-run news agency BelTA quotes MFA spokesman Anatol Hlaz.

According to him, the Belarusian side suggested Poland and Lithuania cut the staff of their diplomatic missions in Belarus on principles of parity with the Belarusian diplomatic missions in these countries by October, 9 due to their ‘clearly destructive actions’. The ministry expects that the number of Lithuanian diplomatic staff is to be reduced from 25 to 14 diplomats; that of Poland – from 50 to 18.

In addition, the contacts of all EU diplomats and Belarusian state bodies are to be transferred to the Foreign Ministry, Hlaz said.

Lukashenka names five ‘aggressor’ states

The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry has already stated that it does not intend to recall its ambassador to Belarus for consultations or cut the embassy staff.

That is the way they attacked the diplomatic services of Lithuania and Poland, that is the proposal we goy on Friday evening <…> we will be waiting for the next steps. The decision to recall the ambassadors for consultations is [usually] made by the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. But we do not have such intention,” Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said.

Lithuania coordinated its actions with Poland, Linkevicius stressed. “Their reaction will be similar,” he added.

As reported earlier, the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is introducing its own sanctions list in the wake of the EU’s imposing restriction measures on dozens of Belarus’ top officials.

Return move: Belarus Foreign Ministry set to blacklist EU officials

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, Minsk is recalling its ambassadors to Poland and Lithuania for consultations and encouraging the two neighbouring countries to do the same.

News – belsat.eu, Return move: Belarus Foreign Ministry set to blacklist EU officials, on October 2, 2020 12:19 PM at 12:19 PM

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In the wake of the EU’s imposing restriction measures on dozens of Belarus’ top officials, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is introducing its own sanctions list.

“In accordance with the common civilised diplomatic practice, we are not going to publish it,” the MFA statement reads.

According to the ministry, the European Union has moved off its neighbour by sanctioning it.

“Unfortunately, the EU’s policy has fallen into the trap of a designed illusory picture of events in Belarus, where there is allegedly a permanent struggle between ‘good and evil’, in which all means are good, and the role of ‘evil’ is invariably played by the legitimate government,” the MFA press service says.

Former diplomat proposes to form parallel foreign ministry abroad

The bloc’s further boosting the sanctions might have much more serious consequences, the authors of the statement warn:

“What do we mean? Belarus’ withdrawal from joint programmes and projects with the EU as well as considering the expediency of maintaining diplomatic relations.”

Currently, Belarus and Europe are involved in more than 1,500 joint programmes in various fields, from ecology and education to business and investment.

As reported earlier, European Union leaders agreed to slap sanctions on forty Belarusian officials over the vote rigging and post-election police violence in the country. However, the name of Alyaksandr Lukashenka was not added to the sanctions list that has been published on Friday afternoon. It includes a travel ban and asset freeze on sebior police and election officials, e.g. Interior Minister Yury Karayeu, Public Security Police Chief Alyaksandr Barsukou, Dzmitry Balaba, Commander of the Special Purpose Police Unit of Minsk (OMON), Lidziya Yarmoshyna, Chairperson of the Belarusian Central Election Commission, Valery Vakulchyk, ex-Head of the State Security Committee (KGB), and others.

EU imposing sanctions on 40 Belarusian officials. Lukashenka not on list

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, In the wake of the EU’s imposing restriction measures on 40 top officials of Belarus, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is introducing its own sanctions list.

Sputnik News – World News, Breaking News & Top Stories, US Treasury Slaps Belarus With Personal Sanctions Targeting 8 Individuals, on October 2, 2020 11:39 AM at 11:39 AM

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Last month, Minsk warned Western nations that sanctions and attempts to interfere in Belarus’s internal affairs would have an effect opposite to the one intended. Earlier, the US, the UK and the European Union announced plans to sanction Belarus in connection with August’s presidential elections and the widespread unrest that followed., Last month, Minsk warned Western nations that sanctions and attempts to interfere in Belarus’s internal affairs would have an effect opposite to the one intended. Earlier, the US, the UK and the European Union announced plans to sanction Belarus in connection with August’s presidential elections and the widespread unrest that followed.

News – belsat.eu, Authorities send warnings against protesting to Minsk residents’ phones, on October 2, 2020 10:18 AM at 10:18 AM

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On October 1, the Belarusian Interior Ministry started sending SMS messages to residents of Minsk, claiming that they had violated the rules of holding mass events.

According to the text, its recipient’s actions were captured on photo or video, i.e. a person was spotted in taking part in protests.

“These events were staged by persons accused of organising and preparing actions that grossly violate public order (Art. 342 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus). We personally warn you of the inadmissibility of participation in unauthorised mass events; it is punishable the law. Do not make mistakes,” the message reads.

Even those who never showed up at protest rallies got such texts, Belsat TV viewers inform us.

A journalist who was covering the demonstrations on September 26 and 27 found himself among the addressees, MBKh Media reports.

According to the Belarusian Central Election Commission, 80.1% of voters supported Alyaksandr Lukashenka in the 2020 presidential election. Belarusian officials state that his strongest opponent Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya got 10.12% of votes. However, on the back of announcing the results of the official exit polls, Belarusians started to take to the streets, claiming that their votes were stolen.

Over the past weeks, Minsk has been facing the most large-scale rallies and pickets in its history. Lots of its residents leave their homes in bedroom communities and march to the centre of the city. They are often accompanied by violence, and during the first days of 9 to 12 August detainees testified to various forms of torture.

50th day of protest: Belarusians long for ‘real inauguration’ (photos, video)

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, On October 1, the Belarusian Interior Ministry started sending SMS messages to residents of Minsk, claiming that they had violated the rules of holding mass events.

www.washingtontimes.com stories: World, Belarus announces retaliatory sanctions against the EU, on October 2, 2020 9:09 AM at 9:09 AM

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KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Belarusian authorities on Friday announced they were imposing sanctions against the European Union, and threatened to revise the country’s diplomatic relations with the bloc, in response to EU sanctions on several dozen Belarus officials accused of falsifying presidential election results and leading a crackdown on peaceful …

, KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Belarusian authorities on Friday announced they were imposing sanctions against the European Union, and threatened to revise the country’s diplomatic relations with the bloc, in response to EU sanctions on several dozen Belarus officials accused of falsifying presidential election results and leading a crackdown on peaceful …

News – belsat.eu, Mike Pompeo: US to support Belarusians on their way to freedom, on October 2, 2020 8:01 AM at 8:01 AM

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In an interview with Fox News on Thursday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has reiterated that the United States wants to support the aspirations of ‘the people on the streets’ who have been demonstrating for nearly two months, demanding the resignation of ‘longstanding leader’ Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

The USA declared that election was a fraud within days of the election’s conclusion, Pompeo recalls.

“We’ve opposed the fact that he’s now inaugurated himself. We know what the people of Belarus want. They want something different. They want freedom. They want to turn towards a different direction that President Lukashenka has not given them. And, we’re going to be alongside them to try help them, support them, use our diplomatic capabilities to give them a better path forward,” the top official said.

In the wake of the 2020 presidential vote, Secretary Pompeo voiced his deep concerns about how the election was ‘ot free and fair”. On the back of the abduction and arrest of Belarusian opposition activist Maryia Kalesnikava in September, Mike Pompeo said the United States and other countries were considering bringing sanctions in response to recent events in Belarus.According to him, the potential sanctions would be aimed at promoting ‘accountability for those involved in human rights abuses and repression in Belarus’.

‘US envoy’s arrival in Minsk may be question of days’. George Kent grants interview to Belsat

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, In an interview with Fox News on Tuesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has reiterated that the United States wants to support the aspirations of ‘the people on the streets’ who have been demonstrating for nearly two months, demanding the resignation of ‘longstanding leader’ Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

Хартия’97 :: Новости Беларуси – Белорусские новости – Новости Белоруссии – Республика Беларусь – Минск, Linas Linkevičius Calls For International Investigation With Regard To Lukashenka Regime, on October 2, 2020 6:39 AM at 6:39 AM

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The Lithuanian Foreign Minister believes that the crimes of the Belarusian authorities should be investigated., The Lithuanian Foreign Minister believes that the crimes of the Belarusian authorities should be investigated.

News – belsat.eu, EU imposing sanctions on 40 Belarusian officials. Lukashenka not on list, on October 2, 2020 5:54 AM at 5:54 AM

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During the EU Council summit, European Union leaders have agreed to impose sanctions on Belarusian officials over the vote rigging and post-election police violence in the country. However, the name of Alyaksandr Lukashenka is not to be added to the sanctions list.

After about ten hours of talks on the night of October 2, top European politicians managed to unblock the restrictive measures on the Belarusian authorities.

“We will implement the sanctions and you know that what is on the table is a list of about forty names,” EU Council President Charles Michel said in the early hours of Friday morning.

The sanctions issue was raised by EU officials as far back as August. However, the final decision on restrictive measures was blocked by Cyprus. In exchange for the consent, the EU member demanded the bloc slap sanctions on Turkey.

“I am very happy that there is now finally a way forward to the sanctions. There will be no impunity for those responsible for demonstrations and opposition politicians ” Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the talks ‘very successful’.

UK, Canada sanction Belarusian officials, including Alyaksandr Lukashenka

The Council of the European Union has published the resolution on the conclusions on external relations (including those with Belarus) it made on October 1:

“The European Council condemns the unacceptable violence by Belarusian authorities against peaceful protesters, as well as intimidation, arbitrary arrests and detentions following the presidential elections, the results of which it does not recognise. The European Council fully supports the democratic right of the Belarusian people to elect their President through new free and fair elections, without external interference. The European Council calls on the Belarusian authorities to end violence and repression, release all detainees and political prisoners, respect media freedom and civil society, and start an inclusive national dialogue. It agrees that restrictive measures should be imposed and calls on the Council to adopt the decision without delay. The European Council also encourages the European Commission to prepare a comprehensive plan of economic support for democratic Belarus.”

According to Charles Michel, although the Union does not recognise Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s legitimacy as the president of Belarus, they are not going to blacklist him at the moment. The head of the European Council put down such decision to the EU’s desire to organise a dialogue between the incumbent authorities and the protesters in Belarus.

Lukashenka meets with Russian governor, while Tsikhanouskaya meets top European leaders

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, During the EU Council summit, European Union leaders have agreed to impose sanctions on Belarusian officials over the vote rigging and post-election police violence in the country. However, the name of Alyaksandr Lukashenka is not to be added to the sanctions list.

Sputnik News – World News, Breaking News & Top Stories, Belarus Mulling Viability of Maintaining Diplomatic Relations With EU Amid Sanctions, on October 2, 2020 4:16 AM at 4:16 AM

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The European Council has made a political decision to introduce sanctions on Belarus and will work on technicalities, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday., The European Council has made a political decision to introduce sanctions on Belarus and will work on technicalities, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday.

Хартия’97 :: Новости Беларуси – Белорусские новости – Новости Белоруссии – Республика Беларусь – Минск, Mike Pompeo: We Know What Belarusians Want, And We Will Support them, on October 2, 2020 3:44 AM at 3:44 AM

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The U.S. Secretary of State has stressed that Lukashenka is illegitimate and the people want another governing., The U.S. Secretary of State has stressed that Lukashenka is illegitimate and the people want another governing.

Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines, EU finally agrees sanctions on Belarus after month of deadlock, on October 2, 2020 1:55 AM at 1:55 AM

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EU finally agrees sanctions on Belarus after month of deadlockEU leaders finally agreed to hit Belarus with sanctions in the early hours of Friday morning before warning Turkey it faced the same punishment if it continued oil and gas drilling in disputed areas of the Mediterranean. Cyprus had vetoed agreement on the sanctions, which do not hit President Alexander Lukashenko personally, until it was satisfied the EU’s condemnation of Turkey was strong enough. The heads of state and government needed six hours of summit talks in Brussels to break an embarrassing deadlock that delayed EU sanctions for election-rigging in Belarus for a month. In their summit conclusions, the 27 leaders warned Ankara it could face “immediate” sanctions if it persists with gas exploration in Cypriot waters. The EU will now impose asset freezes and travel bans on about 40 members of Mr Lukashenko’s regime for rigging the August 9 election and cracking down on protests afterwards. EU sanctions need the unanimous support of all 27 member states. The veto by one of the bloc’s smallest countries dented the credibility of the bloc’s foreign policy and delayed a promise to support pro-democracy protesters in Minsk. Britain and Canada have already imposed sanctions on Belarus, including on Mr Lukashenko himself. Emmanuel Macron said that Mr Lukashenko could still be targeted in the future. The decision not to hit him now was designed to encourage the authoritarian leader to engage in mediation, the French president said. “The European Union is taking action against those who stand in the way of democracy,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after the fraught discussions , “I think that is an important signal.” Germany had pushed back against a tougher stand on Turkey, fearing it would disrupt efforts to cool tensions with EU member Greece and conscious of its status as a strategic partner. Turkey is a NATO member and a candidate member to join the EU, although that process has long been stalled. Its agreement with the EU to host Syrian migrants on Turkish soil played a vital role in stemming the 2015 migration crisis. The compromise struck at the summit that satisfied Cyprus was an agreement to review Turkey’s behaviour in December and impose sanctions then if its “provocations” have not stopped. Leaders offered Ankara the prospect of closer ties and better trade if it commits to “pursuing dialogue in good faith and abstaining from unilateral actions”. “The EU issues a clear threat of sanctions against Turkey should it continue to violate international law,” Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said. Previous EU warnings, and sanctions on individuals involved in the drilling, have done little to deter Ankara and the final statement falls some way short of the immediate action Nicosia had pushed for. Before the summit, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan struck a defiant note, telling his parliament that the EU had made itself a “hostage” of the “spoiled Greeks and the Greek Cypriot administration”. He vowed to maintain his “determined approach”. Allegations of meddling by Ankara in the conflict in Nagorny Karabakh, where nearly 130 people have been killed in a flare-up between Armenia and Azerbaijan, further complicated the talks. Mr Macron demanded Turkey explain what he said was the arrival of Syrian jihadist fighters in Azerbaijan. “A red line has been crossed, which is unacceptable,” he said, “I urge all NATO partners to face up to the behaviour of a NATO member.” The summit conclusions called for an immediate ceasefire in the region. EU leaders also condemned the “assassination attempt” on Russian oppositiion leader Alexei Navalny with a military chemical nerve agent from the ʻNovichokʼ group.

, EU leaders finally agreed to hit Belarus with sanctions in the early hours of Friday morning before warning Turkey it faced the same punishment if it continued oil and gas drilling in disputed areas of the Mediterranean. Cyprus had vetoed agreement on the sanctions, which do not hit President Alexander Lukashenko personally, until it was satisfied the EU’s condemnation of Turkey was strong enough. The heads of state and government needed six hours of summit talks in Brussels to break an embarrassing deadlock that delayed EU sanctions for election-rigging in Belarus for a month. In their summit conclusions, the 27 leaders warned Ankara it could face “immediate” sanctions if it persists with gas exploration in Cypriot waters. The EU will now impose asset freezes and travel bans on about 40 members of Mr Lukashenko’s regime for rigging the August 9 election and cracking down on protests afterwards. EU sanctions need the unanimous support of all 27 member states. The veto by one of the bloc’s smallest countries dented the credibility of the bloc’s foreign policy and delayed a promise to support pro-democracy protesters in Minsk. Britain and Canada have already imposed sanctions on Belarus, including on Mr Lukashenko himself. Emmanuel Macron said that Mr Lukashenko could still be targeted in the future. The decision not to hit him now was designed to encourage the authoritarian leader to engage in mediation, the French president said. “The European Union is taking action against those who stand in the way of democracy,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after the fraught discussions , “I think that is an important signal.” Germany had pushed back against a tougher stand on Turkey, fearing it would disrupt efforts to cool tensions with EU member Greece and conscious of its status as a strategic partner. Turkey is a NATO member and a candidate member to join the EU, although that process has long been stalled. Its agreement with the EU to host Syrian migrants on Turkish soil played a vital role in stemming the 2015 migration crisis. The compromise struck at the summit that satisfied Cyprus was an agreement to review Turkey’s behaviour in December and impose sanctions then if its “provocations” have not stopped. Leaders offered Ankara the prospect of closer ties and better trade if it commits to “pursuing dialogue in good faith and abstaining from unilateral actions”. “The EU issues a clear threat of sanctions against Turkey should it continue to violate international law,” Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said. Previous EU warnings, and sanctions on individuals involved in the drilling, have done little to deter Ankara and the final statement falls some way short of the immediate action Nicosia had pushed for. Before the summit, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan struck a defiant note, telling his parliament that the EU had made itself a “hostage” of the “spoiled Greeks and the Greek Cypriot administration”. He vowed to maintain his “determined approach”. Allegations of meddling by Ankara in the conflict in Nagorny Karabakh, where nearly 130 people have been killed in a flare-up between Armenia and Azerbaijan, further complicated the talks. Mr Macron demanded Turkey explain what he said was the arrival of Syrian jihadist fighters in Azerbaijan. “A red line has been crossed, which is unacceptable,” he said, “I urge all NATO partners to face up to the behaviour of a NATO member.” The summit conclusions called for an immediate ceasefire in the region. EU leaders also condemned the “assassination attempt” on Russian oppositiion leader Alexei Navalny with a military chemical nerve agent from the ʻNovichokʼ group.

, EU leaders approve sanctions on Belarus officials after Cyprus drops veto threat, on October 2, 2020 1:53 AM at 1:53 AM

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European Union leaders agreed early Friday to impose sanctions on dozens of senior officials in Belarus accused of falsifying presidential election results and leading a crackdown on peaceful protesters, after unblocking a veto against the move by one of the EU’s smallest member countries., European Union leaders agreed early Friday to impose sanctions on dozens of senior officials in Belarus accused of falsifying presidential election results and leading a crackdown on peaceful protesters, after unblocking a veto against the move by one of the EU’s smallest member countries.

Deutsche Welle, EU leaders agree Belarus sanctions after deadlock lifted, on October 1, 2020 8:14 PM at 8:14 PM

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After hours of deadlock, EU leaders agreed to sanction Belarus over disputed election and crackdown on protesters. Some 40 Belarus officials have been targeted with one notable exception — leader Alexander Lukashenko., After hours of deadlock, EU leaders agreed to sanction Belarus over disputed election and crackdown on protesters. Some 40 Belarus officials have been targeted with one notable exception — leader Alexander Lukashenko.

Latest, EU leaders strike deal to end Turkey-Belarus deadlock, officials say, on October 1, 2020 8:00 PM at 8:00 PM

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EU leaders overcame a diplomatic stalemate on Friday (Oct 2) to agree sanctions on Belarus at a summit after a long evening of talks, assuring Cyprus the bloc would stand firm on Turkey for its oil and gas drilling in the Mediterranean., EU leaders overcame a diplomatic stalemate on Friday (Oct 2) to agree sanctions on Belarus at a summit after a long evening of talks, assuring Cyprus the bloc would stand firm on Turkey for its oil and gas drilling in the Mediterranean.

Sputnik News – World News, Breaking News & Top Stories, Leaders of EU Countries Agreed During EU Summit on Sanctions Against Belarus – Reports, on October 1, 2020 7:10 PM at 7:10 PM

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EU politicians have declined to endorse Alexander Lukashenko as the legitimate president of Belarus, despite him winning the August election with over 80 percent of the popular vote., EU politicians have declined to endorse Alexander Lukashenko as the legitimate president of Belarus, despite him winning the August election with over 80 percent of the popular vote.

Хартия’97 :: Новости Беларуси – Белорусские новости – Новости Белоруссии – Республика Беларусь – Минск, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Summoned Lukashenka’s Diplomat, on October 1, 2020 12:01 PM at 12:01 PM

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In Kyiv, the participation of a representative of Crimea’s occupation administration in a forum in Minsk caused outrage., In Kyiv, the participation of a representative of Crimea’s occupation administration in a forum in Minsk caused outrage.

News – belsat.eu, Prominent Belarusian basketball player gets 15-day jail term over taking part in protests, on October 1, 2020 11:49 AM at 11:49 AM

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Alena Leuchanka.

On September 30, Belarusian basketball player Alena Levchanka, a member of the independent sportpeople’s movement SOS,by, was detained at Minsk Airport. The athlete who was about to leave the country for medical treatment was taken to Leninski district police department.

The woman informed her attorney Mikhail Kirylyuk that she was charged with violation the rules of holding mass events (Art. 23.34-1 of the Code of Administrative Offences). She was sentenced to 15 days of administrative arrest and transferred to the notorious detention centre in Akrestsin Street.

Mikhail Kirylyuk has been barred from seeing his client; a police officer who refused to introduce himself said such visits were suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Alena was prepared, but no one thought she would get the maximum term. I was not allowed to attend either the police department or [the prison in] Akrestsin, I was not allowed to take pictures of the case materials. In court, I made a statement that throwing obstacles in my defending the client provided ground for cancelling her administrative liability. But the court has ordered otherwise,” he said.

As Alena did not admit any fault, they are going to appeal against the sentence, the defense lawyer stressed.

Alena Leuchanka has been playing for the Belarusian national basketball team since 2001. She repeatedly took part in Sunday protest marches and openly spoke out against police violence in Belarus.

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, On September 30, Belarusian basketball player Alena Levchanka, a member of the independent sportpeople’s movement SOS,by, was detained at Minsk Airport. The athlete who was about to leave the country for medical treatment was taken to Leninski district police department.

NewsDesk, Cyprus demands Turkey sanctions at EU summit, stalls on Belarus, on October 1, 2020 11:30 AM at 11:30 AM

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Cyprus on Thursday defied rising pressure to approve EU sanctions on Belarus at a leaders’ summit, urging fellow European Union governments to also sanction Turkey over its oil and gas drilling in the Mediterranean.

Despite friendly elbow bumps as the summit got under way in Brussels, leaders wearing face masks due to the coronavirus pandemic were set to confront Cyprus, one of the EU’s smallest members, to break the paralysis on Belarus sanctions.

“This is just inappropriate to have a situation [in the EU] without any reaction,” Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said of the August 9 presidential election in Belarus that the West and the opposition say was rigged.

While the United Kingdom and Canada have proceeded with sanctions on Minsk to show support for pro-democracy demonstrations there, the deadlock in the 27-country EU, where decisions are taken by unanimity, has cost the bloc credibility, diplomats said.

A draft final statement for the summit said EU leaders condemned unacceptable violence against peaceful protesters in Belarus and did not recognise the election results. It added that “restrictive measures” should be imposed without delay.

Wearing a face mask with the island of Cyprus embroidered in gold, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades did not stop to speak to reporters on arrival in Brussels but won public support from Austria, which chided fellow leaders for not supporting Nicosia.

A Cypriot diplomat, according to the Reuters news agency, said his country would stand firm against sanctions on Belarus.

Turkey, both an EU candidate country and NATO member, remains a strategically-located partner that the EU cannot ignore.

“The European Union finally has to show (Turkish) President (Tayyip) Erdogan where our red lines are,” said Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. “This means the termination of enlargement talks and sanctions.”

French President Emmanuel Macron warned as he arrived at the summit, that Europe’s solidarity with member states Greece and Cyprus in their stand-off with Turkey must be “non-negotiable”.

“When a member state of the European Union is attacked, threatened, when its territorial waters are not respected, it is the duty of Europeans to show solidarity and we will reiterate our support for Greece and Cyprus, but we must also find ways to re-engage in a demanding dialogue with Turkey.

“For me, these two cases are emblematic of what a re-thought, rigorous but also realistic neighbourhood policy is, that the European Union must have, which never compromises on issues of sovereignty, which never compromises on issues of values and law, but which seeks, with pragmatism and determination, to engage in a constructive dialogue.”

Earlier in a message marking Cyprus’s 60th anniversary of independence from Britain on Thursday, Anastasiades was defiant, accusing Turkey of “gunboat diplomacy”  and violating its maritime shelf in a search for hydrocarbons.

“What I expect from the European Council summit is a more concrete and effective stance, to end this gunboat diplomacy,” he said ahead of the EU gathering, where Cyprus wants the EU to approve sanctions on Turkish drilling ships.

Erdogan meanwhile sent a letter to all EU leaders except Greece and Cyprus, lobbying for the bloc to treat Ankara fairly and blaming Athens and Nicosia for the tensions in the contested waters of the Mediterranean.

The draft summit statement had no agreed line on Turkey, as Germany does not want to disrupt separate talks between Ankara and Athens, also over oil and gas drilling, by imposing EU sanctions.

Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed she was “committed to finding a peaceful solution to the tensions”, while French President Emmanuel Macron said EU solidarity with Cyprus was “non-negotiable”. But neither of the EU’s two most powerful leaders offered details of a way out of the impasse.

The economically powerful EU sees itself as a beacon of democracy and human rights, eager to influence international events through “soft power”. But its unanimity rule in making decisions on foreign policy and its strained relationship with Turkey have raised questions about the EU’s ability to exert influence.

Weakened in foreign policy by Britain’s exit last January from the EU, the bloc is being pulled in different directions by France’s tough stance on Turkey and Germany’s push for dialogue.

EU diplomats say a solution could involve a promise to Cyprus of tough sanctions on Turkey in the future.

“The idea is to threaten Turkey with retaliatory measures if it continues with drilling and other provocations in Cypriot and Greek waters,” a second senior EU diplomat said.

“This is meant to offer guarantees to Cyprus and convince Nicosia to lift its veto on Belarus sanctions.”

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Cyprus on Thursday defied rising pressure to approve EU sanctions on Belarus at a leaders’ summit, urging fellow European Union governments to also sanction Turkey over its oil and gas drilling in the Mediterranean.

Despite friendly elbow bumps as the summit got under way in Brussels, leaders wearing face masks due to the coronavirus pandemic were set to confront Cyprus, one of the EU’s smallest members, to break the paralysis on Belarus sanctions.

“This is just inappropriate to have a situation [in the EU] without any reaction,” Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said of the August 9 presidential election in Belarus that the West and the opposition say was rigged.

While the United Kingdom and Canada have proceeded with sanctions on Minsk to show support for pro-democracy demonstrations there, the deadlock in the 27-country EU, where decisions are taken by unanimity, has cost the bloc credibility, diplomats said.

A draft final statement for the summit said EU leaders condemned unacceptable violence against peaceful protesters in Belarus and did not recognise the election results. It added that “restrictive measures” should be imposed without delay.

Wearing a face mask with the island of Cyprus embroidered in gold, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades did not stop to speak to reporters on arrival in Brussels but won public support from Austria, which chided fellow leaders for not supporting Nicosia.

A Cypriot diplomat, according to the Reuters news agency, said his country would stand firm against sanctions on Belarus.

Turkey, both an EU candidate country and NATO member, remains a strategically-located partner that the EU cannot ignore.

“The European Union finally has to show (Turkish) President (Tayyip) Erdogan where our red lines are,” said Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. “This means the termination of enlargement talks and sanctions.”

French President Emmanuel Macron warned as he arrived at the summit, that Europe’s solidarity with member states Greece and Cyprus in their stand-off with Turkey must be “non-negotiable”.

“When a member state of the European Union is attacked, threatened, when its territorial waters are not respected, it is the duty of Europeans to show solidarity and we will reiterate our support for Greece and Cyprus, but we must also find ways to re-engage in a demanding dialogue with Turkey.

“For me, these two cases are emblematic of what a re-thought, rigorous but also realistic neighbourhood policy is, that the European Union must have, which never compromises on issues of sovereignty, which never compromises on issues of values and law, but which seeks, with pragmatism and determination, to engage in a constructive dialogue.”

Earlier in a message marking Cyprus’s 60th anniversary of independence from Britain on Thursday, Anastasiades was defiant, accusing Turkey of “gunboat diplomacy”  and violating its maritime shelf in a search for hydrocarbons.

“What I expect from the European Council summit is a more concrete and effective stance, to end this gunboat diplomacy,” he said ahead of the EU gathering, where Cyprus wants the EU to approve sanctions on Turkish drilling ships.

Erdogan meanwhile sent a letter to all EU leaders except Greece and Cyprus, lobbying for the bloc to treat Ankara fairly and blaming Athens and Nicosia for the tensions in the contested waters of the Mediterranean.

The draft summit statement had no agreed line on Turkey, as Germany does not want to disrupt separate talks between Ankara and Athens, also over oil and gas drilling, by imposing EU sanctions.

Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed she was “committed to finding a peaceful solution to the tensions”, while French President Emmanuel Macron said EU solidarity with Cyprus was “non-negotiable”. But neither of the EU’s two most powerful leaders offered details of a way out of the impasse.

The economically powerful EU sees itself as a beacon of democracy and human rights, eager to influence international events through “soft power”. But its unanimity rule in making decisions on foreign policy and its strained relationship with Turkey have raised questions about the EU’s ability to exert influence.

Weakened in foreign policy by Britain’s exit last January from the EU, the bloc is being pulled in different directions by France’s tough stance on Turkey and Germany’s push for dialogue.

EU diplomats say a solution could involve a promise to Cyprus of tough sanctions on Turkey in the future.

“The idea is to threaten Turkey with retaliatory measures if it continues with drilling and other provocations in Cypriot and Greek waters,” a second senior EU diplomat said.

“This is meant to offer guarantees to Cyprus and convince Nicosia to lift its veto on Belarus sanctions.”

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PRI: Latest Stories, Russia, France, US demand ceasefire to fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh; Cyprus is blocking EU sanctions on Belarus; Arrests in Hong Kong, on October 1, 2020 11:00 AM at 11:00 AM

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The US, Russia and France are jointly demanding an immediate ceasefire and return to negotiations without delay in the breakaway Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh. And, Cyprus is blocking EU economic on Belarus, demanding that Brussels also punish Turkey for its oil and gas exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean. Also, police in Hong Kong have arrested at least 60 people for protesting on China’s National Day., The US, Russia and France are jointly demanding an immediate ceasefire and return to negotiations without delay in the breakaway Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh. And, Cyprus is blocking EU economic on Belarus, demanding that Brussels also punish Turkey for its oil and gas exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean. Also, police in Hong Kong have arrested at least 60 people for protesting on China’s National Day.

News – belsat.eu, Russian State Duma speaker accuses West of being behind Navalny’s case, crisis in Belarus, on October 1, 2020 9:55 AM at 9:55 AM

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Alexei Navalny is collaborating with Western intelligence services, Vyacheslav Volodin, Chairman of Russia’s State Duma, said on October, 1. He called the opposition leader ‘a shameless person and a skunk’ and said that ‘Putin saved his life’.

Earlier, in an interview with Der Spiegel, Navalny announced his intention to return to Russia and suggested that Vladimir Putin might have been involved in his being poisoned.

In turn, Volodin stated such statement ‘fit perfectly into the scheme of things’ if what had happened to him had been staged by foreign intelligence services.

According to him, the fact that Germany’s Bundestag and the State Duma failed to form a working group on the situation is indicative of the murder attempt’s being a staging. Russia, despite requests from our authorities, had not received neither biological materials nor reports of doctors who examined Navalny, he said.

“This once again shows that all this had been orchestrated by Western countries in order to whip up tensions in Russia right when the Belarusian election results were being counted, and to block our country and prevent it from defending the sovereignty of our allied state. Those who wanted to get their hands on Belarus failed to do so,” Russian news agency TASS quotes him as saying.

The poisoning of Alexei Navalny and the crisis in Belarus are ‘links in the same chain’, Volodin believes.

“It is quite obvious that Navalny is cooperating with secret services and the authorities of Western countries. He is working in their interests,” he added.

Lukashenka unveils secret ‘Warsaw-Berlin’ call

In early September, Alyaksandr Lukashenka called the poisoning of Navalny ‘a hoax’, claiming that Belarusian electronic warfare specialists intercepted an ‘interesting’ conversation between representatives of Poland and Germany. Lukashenka told Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin that a group of Western experts could have intentionally provided Angela Merkel’s office with fake information and falsified the statement made by her; they aimed to discourage Vladimir Putin from ‘poking his nose into the affairs of Belarus’.

Alexei Navalny suddenly collapsed on the plane when he was returning to Moscow from Siberia. After an emergency landing, the politician was hospitalised in the Omsk emergency hospital. According to local doctors, the politician became sick due to metabolic disorders.

Doctors from the German clinic Charité, where Navalny was transported a few days later, said that the politician had been poisoned with a substance from the Novichok group. On September 14, three independent laboratories confirmed the report by the German authorities.

Navalny also refused to cooperate with Russian law enforcement agencies that demand the murder attempt be investigated by both Germany and Russia. Earlier, Prosecutor General’s Office in Berlin stated that it would provide information about Navalny to Russian investigators only if he gave his consent to it.

Independent laboratories confirm Navalny poisoned by Novichok

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, Alexei Navalny is collaborating with Western intelligence services, Vyacheslav Volodin, Chairman of Russia’s State Duma, said on October, 1. He called the opposition leader ‘a shameless person and a skunk’ and said that ‘Putin saved his life’.

World news | The Guardian, Merkel to meet Belarus’s ‘courageous’ opposition leader in Berlin, on October 1, 2020 8:23 AM at 8:23 AM

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Plan for meeting with Svetlana Tikhanovskaya comes as EU leaders try to resolve sanctions dispute

Angela Merkel has announced plans to meet the Belarusian opposition leader, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, as EU leaders gathering at a Brussels summit seek to untangle a dispute that has delayed sanctions against Belarus’s authoritarian government.

In a speech in the Bundestag on Wednesday, the German chancellor expressed her admiration for the women protesting against the Belarusian regime “If you see the courage of the women on display in the streets there, for a life of freedom and free of corruption, then I can only say: I admire that,” she said.

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Angela Merkel has announced plans to meet the Belarusian opposition leader, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, as EU leaders gathering at a Brussels summit seek to untangle a dispute that has delayed sanctions against Belarus’s authoritarian government.
In a speech in the Bundestag on Wednesday, the German chancellor expressed her admiration for the women protesting against the Belarusian regime “If you see the courage of the women on display in the streets there, for a life of freedom and free of corruption, then I can only say: I admire that,” she said. Continue reading…

Sputnik News – World News, Breaking News & Top Stories, Erdogan: It’s Not Acceptable for OSCE Minsk Group to Demand Ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, on October 1, 2020 7:41 AM at 7:41 AM

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On 27 September, fighting broke out between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed territory that declared independence from what was then Soviet Azerbaijan in 1991. The international community has called for a ceasefire. Turkey, a historic ally of Baku, previously said that any attack on Azerbaijan is an attack on Turkey itself., On 27 September, fighting broke out between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed territory that declared independence from what was then Soviet Azerbaijan in 1991. The international community has called for a ceasefire. Turkey, a historic ally of Baku, previously said that any attack on Azerbaijan is an attack on Turkey itself.