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Belarus and the “end of peace” in Europe

On 31 July, the international Contact Group, which aims to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, met in Zaslavl, Belarus. It was attended by former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma, Russia’s ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov, some representative of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, and Adelheid Tagliavini, the representative of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). […]

Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko
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Amid Crisis, Belarus re-examines its political and security situation

Belarus will host the latest round of talks between Ukraine and Russia in Minsk on 1 August as Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko continues to push his country as a mediator in the crisis. Lukashenko’s motivation is not altruistic, however, as Belarus is not immune to the competition between Russia and the West over the strategic borderland countries of the former Soviet periphery. […]

Jonas Milius
Economy

Lithuania awaits more info on African Swine Fever spread in Belarus

Lithuanian specialists have only an unofficial map of the spread of the deadly African Swine Fever (ASF) virus in Belarus published in Russia and expect Belarus’ chief veterinary officer to provide more information during his visit to Vilnius on Wednesday. […]

Alexander Lukashenko
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Why does Lukashenko speak Belarusian on Independence Day?

Belarus’s Independence Day is celebrated on 3 July. On that day, 70 years ago, Minsk was liberated from the Nazi occupiers. This 3 July, President Vladimir Putin of Russia participated in Minsk’s celebration. Two days prior to that event, during a grand ceremonial meeting devoted to the national holiday, President Alexander Lukashenko delivered part of his speech in Belarusian. […]

Monument for Grand Duke Algirdas in Vitebsk, Belarus. Photo by tut.by
Opinion

Opinion: Why are our neighbours poaching our history?

It is a country’s business what monument, where and how it will be built or demolished. For instance, the Poles have built a statue of urinating Lenin, the Lithuanians seem not to be able to wipe out the symbols of the Soviet reality overlooking the capital from the Green Bridge (should we hold a referendum?), and the Russians may return the Stalingrad name to Volgograd or call it Putingrad – of course, with many busts of the “leader of nations” or the current militant president… […]

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President’s adviser Neliupšienė on Belarus and her new book

The Lithuania Tribune/DELFI spoke with Dr. Jovita Neliupšienė, the Chief Advisor on Foreign Policy to President Dalia Grybauskaitė. Dr. Neliupšienė headed a research team for the book ‘Belarusian Regime Longevity: Happily Ever After…’ Just before the presentation of the book, Dr. Neliupšienė spoke to the Lithuania Tribune about the book and the reasons for the Belarusian president’s longevity. […]

Representatives of the Belarusian opposition said in Vilnius on June 30
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“Ukraine” worst word in Belarus now – opposition in Vilnius

“Ukraine” is now the worst word in Belarus, representatives of the Belarusian opposition said in Vilnius on Monday, also stating that Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has found himself in a standstill in terms of the country’s relations with Russia. […]