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Belarus Releases Activists Charged With Planning Mass Disturbances.

Four activists who were charged with preparing mass disturbances in Belarus have been released from custody by authorities in Minsk, a day after three others facing similar charges were freed.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Macron puts faith in Minsk accords.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday he saw no better way of negotiating an end to the Ukraine conflict than through the Minsk agreements, sharply differing with comments made by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

- EurActive - UK

Belarus applies Azerbaijani experience in attracting tourists for 2nd European Games.

Belarus uses the experience of Azerbaijan in attracting tourists for the second European Games to be hosted by Minsk.

- AzerNews - AZ

Petya ransomware attacks large companies in Belarus.

MINSK - Petya ransomware has reached certain large companies in Belarus, the country's Interior Ministry said on June 28. “Traces of a new virus attacking Europe, the United States, and Asia were detected in Belarusian computer networks. The 'K' department said that representatives of certain large Belarusian ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

European-Union-sanctions-Russia.

, June 28 :The European Union has extended economic sanctions targeting specific sectors of the Russian economy by six months for destabilizing Ukraine.EU headquarters said Wednesday that the decision was unanimous among all 28 EU nations.This decision of extending economic sanctions against Russia until 31 January 2018 ...

- Sify - IN

UNIAN: SBU-banned rapper from Belarus boasts pictures from recent visit to Kyiv.

Belarusian rapper Max Korzh who has been put by the SBU Security Service of Ukraine on the stop list for five years due to visiting Russian-occupied Crimea has been to Kyiv, according to his Instagram account. The post UNIAN: SBU-banned rapper from Belarus boasts pictures from recent visit to Kyiv appeared first on ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

SBU-banned rapper from Belarus boasts pictures from recent visit to Kyiv.

Belarusian rapper Max Korzh who has been put by the SBU Security Service of Ukraine on the stop list for five years due to visiting Russian-occupied Crimea has been to Kyiv, according to his Instagram account.

- UNIAN - UA

Belarus receives Chinese armoured vehicles.

China is donating 36 CS/VN3 4x4 armoured vehicles to Belarus under a military technical assistance agreement between the two countries, the Ministry of Defence in Minsk announced. The first batch was delivered on 21 June and further deliveries were scheduled a week later, according to the MoD.

- Jane’s - US

Yeliseyev: Macron's formula suggests Minsk accords implementation through concrete practical steps.

French President Emmanuel Macron has invited the leaders of the countries participating in the Normandy format to agree concrete practical steps towards the implementation of the Minsk agreements, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine Kostiantyn Yeliseyev has said. “To date, there is an agreement ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

EurActiv: Macron puts faith in Minsk accords.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on June 26 he saw no better way of negotiating an end to the Ukraine conflict than through the Minsk agreements, sharply differing with comments made by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The post EurActiv: Macron puts faith in Minsk accords appeared first on KyivPost.

- Kyiv Post - UA

Differing With US, Macron Stands by Minsk Accords to Resolve Ukraine Crisis.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday he saw no better way of negotiating an end to the conflict in Ukraine than through the Minsk agreements, sharply differing with comments by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Tillerson said on June 14 that the Trump administration did not wish to be "handcuffed" by the ...

- Voice of America - US

Differing with U.S., Macron stands by Minsk accords to resolve Ukraine crisis

PARIS - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday he saw no better way of negotiating an end to the conflict in Ukraine than through the Minsk agreements, sharply differing with comments by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

- Reuters - US

Macron wants to resume cooperation in Normandy format to settle situation in Donbas

French President Emmanuel Macron says he is determined to support the Minsk process in order to settle the situation in Donbas, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

- UNIAN - UA

Differing with the U.S., Macron stands by Minsk accords to resolve Ukraine crisis | Reuters

By John Irish and Marine Pennetier | PARIS PARIS French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday he saw no better way of negotiating an end to the conflict in Ukraine than through the Minsk agreements, sharply differing with comments by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.Tillerson said on June 14 that the Trump ...

- Firstpost - IN

Macron says France will not recognise Crimea 'annexation'

President Emmanuel Macron said today France refuses to recognise Russias "annexation" of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea.Speaking after talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Paris, Macron said: "France is committed to Ukraines sovereignty with its recognised borders."Russian President Vladimir Putin on ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Ukrinform: France seeks to intensify 'Normandy format' in cooperation with OSCE

French President Emmanuel Macron once again notes the need to activate the “Normandy format” in cooperation with the OSCE, including the development of the Minsk process. The post Ukrinform: France seeks to intensify 'Normandy format' in cooperation with OSCE appeared first on KyivPost.

- Kyiv Post - UA

Poroshenko says Ukraine ready to follow Minsk accords

PARIS – President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has said that Ukraine is ready to fully implement the Minsk agreements and disengage the forces from the line of demarcation in Donbas upon condition of constant presence of OSCE observers at places of disengagement. “Ukraine is un equivocally ready to carry out all ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Tank preparing for parade crashes in Minsk's main street

When you're an armoured tank driver and you're late for a parade, perhaps putting the pedal to the metal in the middle of town isn't a great idea.The city of Minsk, the capital of the Russia-aligned state of Belarus, was yesterday...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

UNIAN: “Harvest ceasefire” in Donbas fails

The so-called “harvest ceasefire” in Donbas has failed as Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian troops 26 times along the entire contact line in the past day, according to the press center of the Ukrainian Anti-Terrorist Operation Headquarters. “The invaders repeatedly used types of weapons ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Polish Protesters Demand Halt to Logging in Primeval Forest

Hundreds marched in Warsaw on Saturday to protest widespread logging in Europe's last primeval forest, a project undertaken by Poland's conservative government. The ruling Law and Justice party has allowed increased logging in the Bialowieza Forest, a vast woodland that straddles Poland and Belarus, alarming ...

- Voice of America - US

N Korea, Burkina Faso and Belarus confirmed for King's Cup

The Football Association of Thailand confirmed yesterday that North Korea, Burkina Faso and Belarus will join the Kingdom in the four-team King's Cup tournament next month.

- BangkokPost - TH

'Harvest ceasefire' in Donbas: 2 KIA's, 2 WIA's

Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas during the 'harvest ceasefire,' announced earlier for the harvesting period by the Minsk contact group, with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as killed in action and two as wounded in action as of 18.00 on June 24, according to the press service of ...

- UNIAN - UA

Stripes face stern test

Birkirkara will face a stern test in Europe as the Women's Champions League qualifying draw was held yesterday. The Malta champions will be travelling to Slovenia as they take on home side ZNK Olimpija Ljubljana, Belarus champions FC Minsk and experienced FC Zurich Fraeun, of Switzerland, in Group 6. The matches will be ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Kyiv not planning to discuss Donbas reintegration bill in TCG

The Ukrainian side does not intend to discus the Donbas reintegration bill at Trilateral Contact Group negotiations in Minsk, Iryna Gerashchenko, Ukraine's envoy to the humanitarian subgroup, said. “Discussion of the bill is, certainly, not planned as part of working groups in Minsk and it won't be, because ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Silk Way Festival's program revealed

The 8th Silk Way International Music Festival will take place in Sheki from June 27 to July 1, bringing together musicians from Japan, Poland, Belarus, India, Turkey, Georgia, Hungary and other countries.

- AzerNews - AZ

Belarus, Russia begin consultations on mutual recognition of visas

Belarus and Russia are launching consultations on the issue of mutual recognition of visas.

- AzerNews - AZ

Donbas reintegration bill won't affect Minsk process – Ukraine's foreign ministry

Ukraine's First Deputy Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko forecasts that the bill on Donbas reintegration, which should determine the ways to restore Ukraine's sovereignty in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, will not affect the Minsk peace talks.

- UNIAN - UA

EU extends sanctions on Russia

German chancellor Angela Merkel said that Russia hadn't done enough to implement the so-called Minsk peace process, a condition for lifting the sanctions.

- EU Observer - EU

EU extends sanctions against Russia

EU leaders have decided on Thursday to roll over sanctions on Russia for another six months for intervening in east Ukraine. "Agreed. EU will extend economic sanctions against Russia for their lack of implementing the Minsk Agreement," European Council chief Donald Tusk tweeted during the summit of EU leaders in Brussels.

- EU Observer - EU

EU sanctions give opportunity for Russia to start fulfilling Minsk accords – Poroshenko

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko held a series of meetings with leaders of the EU during the working trip to Brussels and discussed the continuation of sanctions against Russia until full implementation of the Minsk agreements, according to the presidential press service.

- UNIAN - UA

EU leaders agree to extend economic sanctions against Russia for half a year

BRUSSELS - European Council President Donald Tusk announced on Thursday that the EU leaders agreed to extend economic sanctions against Russia for another half a year. “Agreed. EU will extend economic sanctions against Russia for their lack of implementing the Minsk Agreement,” Tusk said on Twitter. The post EU ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

'Berlin Process Connectivity Agenda has special importance'

Serbia is working on "various projects on Western Balkans-wide infrastructural networking to become a well-connected, recognizable and competitive region." Acting PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said this during the annual meeting of foreign ministers of the Central European Initiative in Minsk, Belarus.

- B92 - SK

Minsk contact group announces ‘harvest ceasefire’ as shelling in Donbas continues

Another ceasefire in the Donbas was agreed during the latest meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk, according to a Facebook posting made on June 21 by Darka Olifer, the press secretary to Leonid Kuchma, Ukraine’s top representative in the group. The sides agreed to a ceasefire starting from June 24 - the ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Lithuanian MPs propose to ask Poland, Latvia, Estonia to join blocking of Belarus N-plant - The Baltic Times

VILNIUS - A group of Lithuanian lawmakers proposes that the Seimas should formally invite Polish, Latvian and Estonian parliamentarians to join ......

- The Baltic Times - US

Contact Group agrees on 'harvest ceasefire' in war-torn Donbas

The Tripartite Contact Group in Minsk has supported the appeals of local councils in the eastern Ukraine on the need to observe the ceasefire during the time of harvesting starting from June 24, Darka Olifer, the press-secretary of Ukraine's envoy to the Contact Group on Donbas settlement and former president of Ukraine ...

- UNIAN - UA

Sajdik: Incidents involving OSCE SMM staff in Donbas unacceptable

MINSK - The special representative of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in the Trilateral Contact Group , which mediates the situation in eastern Ukraine, Martin Sajdik described as unacceptable the incidents that happened with the staff of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Donbas, and is ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Sajdik: Agreement reached on “harvest truce” in Donbas until end of August

MINSK - Members of the Trilateral Contact Group , which mediates the conflict in eastern Ukraine, have agreed on the introduction of ceasefire from June 24 until the end of August, fur the duration of the harvesting campaign, Martin Sajdik, special representative for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Sajdik: Incidents involving OSCE SMM staff in Donbas unacceptable

MINSK - The special representative of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in the Trilateral Contact Group , which mediates the situation in eastern Ukraine, Martin Sajdik described as unacceptable the incidents that happened with the staff of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Donbas, and is ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Dacic travels to Minsk for CEI meeting

Acting PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic will attend the annual meeting of foreign ministers of the Central European Initiative in Minsk on Thursday. The Serbian government announced this on Wednesday, noting that the CEI was established in 1989 through cooperation of four countries - Italy, Austria, the Socialist Federal ...

- B92 - SK

Russia ignores UN ICJ's call to implement Minsk deal – Ukraine's MFA

Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Serhiy Kyslytsya says that Russia ignores the appeal of the UN International Court of Justice on the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

- UNIAN - UA

Source says Macron, Merkel to inform EU leaders about their assessment of Minsk accords implementation

BRUSSELS - On June 22-23 the heads of states and governments of the EU countries will hear the recommendations of their representatives in the Normandy format - French President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel on the situation with the implementation of the Minsk accords in Donbas, a senior EU ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Trump meets Poroshenko, says he wants peace in Ukraine but skips backing of Minsk accord

U.S. President Donald Trump told Ukraine's president on Tuesday that he hoped to see a resolution to the country's crisis but stopped short of publicly ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Poland Ignores European Court Over Return of Asylum Seeker

Ahmad,' a 34-year-old Chechen man, boarded a Polish-bound train in Brest, Belarus, last week, hoping to seek asylum there. He had fled from Chechnya, a Russian republic, where he says the authorities tortured and unlawfully detained him. Expand Asylum seekers in the arrivals hall at Brest train station, returned on the ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

Belarus Should Block Extradition of Murad Amriev to Chechnya

Press ReleasesBelarus Should Block Extradition of Murad Amriev to ChechnyaJune 8, 2017Freedom House issued the following statement in response to Chechen authorities' efforts to extradite Russian athlete Murad Amriev. 

- Freedom House - US

Belarus: With Friends Like These. . .

Belarus and Russia share strong historical ties, but differences between the two countries following the annexation of Crimea call into question how durable this partnership is today.

- Carnegie Endowment - US

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