Gulf Times - Belarus
Dozens of migrants held as EU readies Belarus sanctions

Dozens of migrants held as EU readies Belarus sanctions

Dozens of migrants have been detained after crossing into Poland from Belarus, Warsaw said Sunday, warning of a possible larger breakthrough ahead of an EU meeting to widen sanctions on Belarus.

EU chair thanks Turkey for deal limiting Belarus flights

EU chair thanks Turkey for deal limiting Belarus flights

The European Union's chairman, Charles Michel, thanked Turkey on Friday for what he said was an agreement to stop citizens of Iraq, Syria and Yemen planning to travel to Belarus from buying tickets or boarding at Turkish airports.

IOC removes two Belarus coaches, sprinter says order came from 'high up'

IOC removes two Belarus coaches, sprinter says order came from 'high up'

Two Belarus coaches who cut short sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya's Tokyo Games have had their accreditation revoked and were removed from the athletes village, the IOC said on Friday.

Belarus athlete leaves Japan on Vienna-bound flight

Belarus athlete leaves Japan on Vienna-bound flight

Belarusian Olympic athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya left Japan on a Vienna-bound flight Wednesday and was expected to head for Poland, where she has been offered a humanitarian visa.

Belarus opposition figure Babaryko jailed for 14 years

Belarus opposition figure Babaryko jailed for 14 years

A court in Belarus on Tuesday sentenced one of strongman Alexander Lukashenko's leading critics to 14 years in prison on fraud charges.

US targets Belarus with sanctions amid Western outcry over plane

US targets Belarus with sanctions amid Western outcry over plane

The United States on Friday announced punitive measures against Belarus targeting the regime of strongman President Alexander Lukashenko, who met with Russian leader Vladimir Putin amid a global outcry over the forced diversion of a European plane.

Russia throws weight behind Lukashenko ahead of Putin talks

Russia throws weight behind Lukashenko ahead of Putin talks

Russia on Friday threw its weight behind Belarus's increasingly isolated regime, slamming a European overflight ban as President Vladimir Putin prepared to host strongman Alexander Lukashenko.

Defiant Lukashenko defends plane diversion, blasts critics

Defiant Lukashenko defends plane diversion, blasts critics

A defiant President Alexander Lukashenko on Wednesday defended Belarus's diversion of a European flight and arrest of a dissident on board, lashing out at critics at home and abroad.

Girlfriend of Belarusian blogger 'confesses' in video, opposition cries foul

Girlfriend of Belarusian blogger 'confesses' in video, opposition cries foul

The girlfriend of a Belarusian blogger detained with him on Sunday after a plane they were travelling on was forced to land in Belarus appeared in a video on Tuesday evening in which she made a confession that the opposition said looked forced.

EU cuts air links with Belarus over forced plane landing

EU cuts air links with Belarus over forced plane landing

EU leaders cut Europe's air links with Belarus on Monday, as strongman Alexander Lukashenko's regime paraded a dissident journalist arrested after his flight was forced to land in Minsk.

Qatar and Belarus set to take ties to higher level, says envoy

Qatar and Belarus set to take ties to higher level, says envoy

Qatar and Belarus are set to take the diplomatic and business ties to higher levels by strengthening co-operation in key areas, Belarus embassy charge d'affaires Denis Kovalev told Gulf Times.

Belarus opposition holds 'people's inauguration' protest

Belarus opposition holds 'people's inauguration' protest

Belarus police on Sunday arrested several people before an opposition march in support of protest figure Svetlana Tikhanovskaya days after the country's leader was secretly sworn in despite historic protests.