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Latest Belarus News

Belarus Denies Illegal Libya Shipments

Belarus has rejected as a "fabrication" accusations that it supplied weapons to Libyan armed groups, in violation of a United Nations arms embargo. More

EU Criticizes Belarus Over Death Sentence

The European Union has sharply criticized Belarus, the only European country that applies capital punishment, for sentencing a man to death. More

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini speaks during a press conference on the European Neighborhood Policy at EU Headquarters in Brussels on March 4.

EU Likely To Disappoint Eastern Partners

EU leaders at an upcoming Eastern Partnership summit in Riga are unlikely to offer a closer relationship between Brussels and some of its eastern neighbors, outside of the already negotiated association agreements, according to a copy of the text seen by RFE/RL. More

Belarusian Alyaksandr Lukashenka, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev, and Russian President Vladimir Putin (left to right) in Astana on March 20

Putin Proposes Talks On Currency Union

Russian President Vladimir Putin says it is time to start talks on the formation of a currency union between Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. More

EU Leaders Unlikely To Offer More To Eastern Partners At Upcoming Summit

EU leaders at an Eastern Partnership summit in Riga in May are unlikely to offer a closer relationship between the European Union and some of its eastern neighbors outside of the already negotiated association agreements, according to a paper seen by RFE/RL. More

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Court Jails Russian For Fighting With Caucasus Emirate, Islamic State In Syria

A court in Nalchik, the capital of the Russian republic of Karbardino-Balkaria, jailed a resident of the republic on February 25 for 18 months for fighting in Syria with the Caucasus Emirate, a North Caucasus-based militant Islamist group. More

Minsk Memes: Two Dictators, Two Presidents, A Chancellor, And A Chair

Most of the negotiations in Minsk for Ukraine's future happened behind closed doors. But when the doors briefly opened, journalists took what they could get -- a barking reporter, a Ukraine-Russia scowl-off, and a possible battle between the leaders of Russia and Belarus over a chair. More
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Features & Commentary

Is Minsk The World's New Diplomatic Capital?

After years of isolation, the city at the heart of "Europe's last dictatorship" is suddenly refashioning itself as a center of global diplomacy. We look at the emergence of the Belarusian capital, Minsk.
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Belarusians Bemused By 'Healthy' Birch-Water Ballyhoo

Birch water has hit Western shelves and is being touted as "the next big thing" with America's health-conscious crowd. But in Belarus, a major supplier, birch water is anything but glamorous.
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