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Russian President Vladimir Putin promises Belarus nuclear capable missile systems

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday told his counterpart from Belarus that Moscow would supply Minsk with missile systems capable of carrying nuclear weapons, the Russian foreign ministry said. At a meeting with Putin in St Petersburg, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko expressed concern about the “aggressive”, “confrontational” and “repulsive” policies of its neighbours Lithuania and […]

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Russia and Belarusian tennis players banned from competing at Wimbledon amid invasion of Ukraine

Russian and Belarusian players will not be allowed to compete at Wimbledon this year because of the invasion of Ukraine. Men’s world number two Daniil Medvedev of Russia and women’s world number four Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus are the highest-ranked players to be affected. The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) said it had a […]

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Belarus may soon join Russia’s invasion in Ukraine: US and NATO officials warn

The US and NATO believe that Belarus could “soon” join Russia in its war against Ukraine, US and NATO officials have warned, and that the country is already taking steps to do so. It is increasingly “likely” that Belarus will enter the conflict, a NATO military official said on Monday. “(Russian President Vladimir) Putin needs […]

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Russia and Belarus athletes will not be allowed to compete at 2022 Winter Paralympics in Beijing

Athletes from Russia and Belarus will not be allowed to compete at the 2022 Winter Paralympics in Beijing. The International Paralympic Committee was heavily criticised after initially allowing the athletes to compete as neutrals. A statement on Thursday said the “situation in the athlete villages” had become “untenable”. IPC president Andrew Parsons described the athletes […]

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International Tennis Federations suspends Russia and Belarus, cancels events in the countries

Russia and Belarus have been expelled from team events in tennis but individual players, like the men’s world No 1 Daniil Medvedev, will be allowed to play on in tournaments around the world. The International Tennis Federation board on Tuesday decided the response to Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine. The meeting followed the announcement by […]

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Belarus approves constitutional reforms give up non-nuclear status

Belarus approved constitutional reforms that will allow the country to host nuclear weapons at a time when the former Soviet republic has become a launchpad for Russian troops invading Ukraine. Belarusian elections commission said that some 65.2 percent of people who took part in a referendum voted in favour of the change. The result came […]

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Ukraine rejects Russia’s ally Belarus as talks host, Zelenskyy proposes 5 alternative venues

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Ukraine is ready for peace talks with Russia but not in neighbouring Belarus, an ally of Moscow which used it as a staging ground for its multipronged invasion. Speaking in Russian in a video message on Sunday, Zelenskyy left the door open for negotiations elsewhere and listed the cities of Warsaw, […]

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At least 2,500 Russian-led forces fly into Kazakhstan amid crackdown on anti-government protesters

Russian-led force has arrived in Kazakhstan at the request of the country’s authoritarian president, amid a violent crackdown on anti-government protests. Machine gun fire reverberated through the largest city Almaty after days of unrest sparked by a fuel price hike. Officials have reported deaths of police and protesters. The president has blamed foreign-trained “terrorists”, without […]

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Belarusian opposition leader Tikhanovsky jailed for 18 years over mass protests

A Belarusian opposition leader who rallied mass protests against disputed leader Alexander Lukashenko has been jailed for 18 years. Sergei Tikhanovsky was convicted of organising riots among other charges following a trial condemned as a sham. He planned to challenge Mr Lukashenko in the 2020 presidential election, but was detained before the vote. His wife, […]

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Belarus changes tactics on border crisis with Poland

Poland said Belarus changed tactics in the border crisis by now directing smaller groups of people to multiple points along the European Union’s eastern frontier. Though there have been signs of the crisis easing, the defence minister, Mariusz Błaszczak, said he expected the border showdown to continue for some time. Polish border guards reported new […]

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Germany suspends approval for Nord Stream 2 pipeline soaring gas prices across Europe

Natural gas prices in Europe soared on Tuesday after Germany confirmed that it has suspended the process of certifying a controversial new Russian gas pipeline called Nord Stream 2. The German energy market regulator said in a statement that it could not certify Nord Stream 2 as an independent operator because the company was based […]

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Belarus-Poland Border Tensions: President Putin warns Lukashenko over gas threat to Europe

Belarus’s threat to cut off gas supplies to Europe would be a breach of contract with Russia, President Vladimir Putin has warned. In a television interview, Mr Putin said President Alexander Lukashenko may have made the threat in a fit of temper. Mr Lukashenko is facing new sanctions over a growing migrant crisis at the […]