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Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka listens to questions during his seven-hour press conference in Minsk on January 29.

Lukashenka Warns Russia, West Against Pressure

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has displayed defiance toward Russia and the West, warning them in a marathon news conference that he would bow to nobody's will. More

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka speaks during his news conference in Minsk on January 29.

Minsk Says Ukraine Talks Set For Friday

A new round of talks on the conflict in eastern Ukraine is due to take place on January 30 amid an escalation in fighting and mounting casualties, according to the Foreign Ministry of Belarus, which will host the meeting. More

Lukashenka Says War In Ukraine May Spread Into Russia, Belarus

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka says that Moscow is deeply involved in the "crisis" in Ukraine and expressed fear that the war there could spill over into Belarus and Russia. More

Lukashenka Says Belarus Could Leave Eurasian Group If Agreements Not Kept

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka says his country "does not rule out" quitting the Eurasian Economic Union, an instrument for Russian influence in the former Soviet Union, if agreements in it are not kept. More

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka

Lukashenka Drifts Toward Brussels

As relations between Minsk and Moscow are strained by Russia’s policies in Ukraine, is President Alyaksandr Lukashenka looking to bolster ties with the European Union? More

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What's The EEU And What Are Its Chances?

It once was touted as an eastern alternative to the European Union and an attempt to resurrect the Soviet Union. But as the Eurasian Economic Union comes into existence with its three founding members -- Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan -- already squabbling, the future of the Kremlin's pet project looks uncertain.

Sports & Dictators: In 2014, A Match Made In Heaven

Many people turn to sports as a welcome break from politics. But from the Olympics to Formula 1, the year 2014 revealed a growing connection between big-ticket sporting events and ugly political regimes.

Russia's Neighbors Scramble To Cope With Ruble's Tribulations

As the value of the Russian ruble declines, citizens of neighboring former Soviet countries are finding out how deeply entwined their economies remain. Countries dependent on trade with Russia or remittances from citizens working in the giant neighbor are bracing for hard times.

Photogallery Seeing Red (And White): Belarus Shows Its Colors In Ribbon Campaign

Activists in Belarus distributed 5 kilometers' worth of red-and-white ribbons in a protest against leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka, and simply wearing them can provoke arrest.
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