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Turkmenistan, Belarus to talk cooperation.

Turkmenistan and Belarus plan to hold a session of the intergovernmental commission for economic cooperation May 10-11 in Minsk, the Turkmen government said in a message Apr. 24.

- AzerNews - AZ

Trump's Policy Challenges in the South Caucasus.

Invitation Only Research Event 15 May 2017 - 17:00 to 18:30Add to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Carey Cavanaugh, Director, Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, University of Kentucky; US Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group Chatham House, London Russia and Eurasia Programme, Domestic Politics and ...

- Chatham House - UK

Belarusian envoy: Lapshin has no relation with Armenia.

- Today.Az - AZ

U.S. not to lift sanctions against Russia until Minsk accords implemented – Department of State.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson phoned Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Sunday to discuss his recent trip to Moscow and his message to the Russian leadership, the U.S. Department of State said in a press release.


Mogherini in Moscow: EU does not recognize Crimea annexation.

The European Union does not recognize the annexation in Crimea and hopes for the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said at a joint press conference in Moscow with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Monday, according to an UNIAN ...


Bulgaria's Rhythmic Gymnastics Team Wins Silver Medal in Tashkent.

Bulgaria's national rhythmic gymnastics team won silver medal in the all-round event of the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup in Tashkent, BNR reported. The Bulgarian team coached by Vesela Dimitrova earned 35.050 points after scoring the highest result in three balls and two ropes . Russia won the title with 36.250 points. ...

- Novinite - BG

Belarus Shocks Switzerland To Reach Fed Cup Tennis Final Against U.S.

Belarus upset higher-ranked Switzerland 3-2 on April 23 in Minsk to reach the Fed Cup tennis final for the first time ever.

- Radio Free Europe - US

U.S. and Belarus to meet in Fed Cup final.

In Tampa Bay, Florida, the U.S. edged the Czech Republic 3-2, winning the deciding doubles rubber before a raucous crowd on the outdoor green clay.

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Belarus stun Switzerland to reach first Fed Cup final.

Belarus surprised a higher-rated Swiss team 3-2 to reach its first-ever Fed Cup final Sunday.

- The Daily Star - LB

7-nation deal to increase rail freight.

RAILWAY authorities of China, Belarus, Germany, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Poland and Russia have signed an agreement to deepen cooperation on China-Europe freight rail services, according to China Railway Corp. The agreement serves the Belt and Road initiative, expands the market share of rail freight between Asia and Europe ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN

'They are treated as plants': Almost 100 starving youth discovered in Belarus orphanages.

One 20-year-old at an orphanage reportedly weighed a startling 25 pounds while some teenagers weighed just 33 pounds

- National Post - CA

Lukashenka Makes Crude Remark About Europeans, Criticizes Russia Over Trade Group

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has used an annual address to warn the West against meddling in his country's affairs and hit out at Moscow, suggesting Russia is seeking to dominate a trade grouping of former Soviet republics.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Lukashenka Criticizes Russia Over Ex-Soviet Trade Group

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has hit out obliquely at Moscow in an annual address, suggesting Russia is seeking to dominate a trade grouping of former Soviet republics.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Serbian president lobbies Russia, Belarus for supply of S-300s

Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic stated on 16 April that Belgrade requires two divisions of S-300 long-range surface-to-air missile systems and that he has discussed acquiring them with Russian president Vladimir Putin and Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko. No details of the intended

- Jane’s - US

'Big sister' Hingis looks to end 20-year Fed Cup wait

PARIS, April 21 — Martina Hingis looks to reach a first Fed Cup final in almost two decades when Switzerland face Belarus with the former world number one revelling in her role as the team's big sister'. Hingis, 36 and a five-time Grand...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Episode 16: Historian Timothy Snyder On The Evolution Of National Identity

Welcome to episode 16 of The Josh Marshall Show, in this episode Josh talks to author and historian Timothy Snyder. They talk about Timothy's book "The Reconstruction of Nations," a book about the evolution of national identity and the organization of national states in northeast Europe going back a bit more than four ...

- TPM News - US

Belarus Medical Uni to open branch in SL

The Grodno State Medical University, in the Republic of Belarus intends to open a branch in Sri Lanka; the BelTA news agency reported quoting the university's Rector Viktor Snezhitsky.

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Top official: External obstacles impede Karabakh conflict resolution

The year 2016 showed both the international community and OSCE Minsk Group mediators that a status quo in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is dangerous for the peace and development of the region.

- AzerNews - AZ

Belarus medical university to establish a branch in Sri Lanka

Apr 20, Colombo: The Grodno State Medical University in Belarus is considering opening a branch in Sri Lanka and a delegation of the Medical University is in Sri Lanka now for negotiations, according to the university's Rector Viktor Snezhitsky

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Bangladesh, Belarus bonhomie for deeper economic cooperation

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam has concluded his Belarus visit and reached Poland as part of Dhaka's efforts to “deepen economic cooperation” with the Eastern European countries.

- BDNews24 - BD

ICJ expects Russia, Ukraine to fulfill Minsk deal

The UN International Court of Justice in The Hague in its order regarding the indication of provisional measures against Russia has called on both Moscow and Kyiv to implement Minsk agreements, an UNIAN correspondent reports.


LPP enters Belarus

WSE-listed fashion retailer LPP opened its first shops in Belarus. The first LPP brands to have its outlets in Minsk Gallery include Reserved, Cropp and House, with the Reserved store having 2,000 sqm. LPP has franchised its brands to local partners – Rapa Group and TDM Import (Cropp, Hou...

- Warsaw Business Journal - PL

Azay Guliyev: OSCE PA should require report from Minsk Group co-chairs

The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly should require a report from the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, established to broker a peace to the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

- AzerNews - AZ

Azay Guliyev: OSCE PA should require report from Minsk Group co-chairs

- Today.Az - AZ

The Battle for Ukraine: Leadership and Solidarity

Members 19 Apr 2017 - 09:30 to 10:30Add to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House, London Petro Poroshenko, President, UkraineChair: Dr Robin Niblett CMG, Director, Chatham House Register Register Register Over the past three years Ukraine's territorial integrity has been compromised: the annexation of Crimea ...

- Chatham House - UK

Why the EU Should Engage With Belarus

Instead of looking for ways to punish Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, the EU should focus on how to improve long-term relations.

- Carnegie Endowment - US

UN chief Guterres welcomes announcement of adherence to ceasefire in eastern Ukraine

United Nations Secretary-General AntĂłnio Guterres has welcomed yesterday's announcement of an agreement on adherence to a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, in accordance with the Minsk Agreements, by 1 April, and on the disengagement of forces and hardware in Stanytsia Luhanska by 6 April.

- UN - INT

What to Know About the Protests in Belarus

29 March 2017Late March saw a heavy-handed government response and mass arrests at a series of protest rallies in Belarus. Keir Giles takes a closer look at what has been going on. Keir Giles Twitter Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme Police block the road during a demonstration in Minsk. Photo by Getty Images. ...

- Chatham House - UK

Crisis in Belarus: Questions and Answers about the Protests and Crackdown

Belarus protest in Minsk 03/25/2017. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Crisis in Belarus: Questions and Answers about the Protests and CrackdownMarch 28, 2017Francišak Viačorka of the Belarusian Institute of America explains the context of the ongoing antigovernment demonstrations—and offers advice on how the international ...

- Freedom House - US

Belarus: Opposition Figure Jailed, Beaten

– Police in Belarus arrested and beat an opposition activist Ales Lahvinets, causing him to be hospitalized for three days with multiple injuries, before a court sentenced him on March 27, 2017, to 10 days' detention on fabricated hooliganism charges, Human Rights Watch said today. Authorities should immediately free ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

Russia's Aims in Central Asia

Regional cooperation revolves around the Eurasia Economic Union. Russia continues to lack a common policy on Central Asia, preferring instead to pursue bilateral relations with individual states, according to regional expert Chinara Esengul. The Kyrgyz analyst on Central Asia geopolitics and security told IWPR that she saw ...


What the EU Can Do for Belarus and Russia

Protests in Belarus and Russia reveal the power of ordinary people. There are many steps the European Union can take to support citizens in Europe's East.

- Carnegie Endowment - US

Belarus: Authorities Detain Hundreds on 'Freedom Day'

Press ReleasesBelarus: Authorities Detain Hundreds on 'Freedom Day'March 25, 2017Authorities in Minsk have indiscriminately detained hundreds of marchers on Freedom Day in Belarus. 

- Freedom House - US

Belarus, the EU's Neglected Eastern Neighbor

Protests across Belarus sparked by the country's deteriorating economic situation are being met with studied indifference from the EU.

- Carnegie Endowment - US

Belarus: Dozens Arrested Following Peaceful Protests

Press ReleasesBelarus: Dozens Arrested Following Peaceful ProtestsMarch 13, 2017The government of Belarus has detained or fined more than 75 protestors for exercising their right to peaceful protest.

- Freedom House - US