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Dec 21, 2012

Russia clashes over energy with Belarus, Ukraine, EU

MINSK/MOSCOW, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Russia plunged back into
the disputes over energy with Ukraine and Belarus that have
repeatedly disrupted oil and gas supplies to European Union
countries, and it also termed EU energy policy as “uncivilised”.

Russia on Friday denied remarks by Belarussian President
Alexander Lukashenko that it had agreed to increase its crude
oil supplies to Minsk, vital for the Belarus economy, and said
that it still intended to cut them next year.

Nov 27, 2012

Belarus cbank rejects IMF advice to raise rates

MINSK, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Belarus’s central bank is unlikely
to raise its key rate in December, bank governor Nadezhda
Yermakova said on Tuesday, despite a call for urgent tightening
from the International Monetary Fund.

The IMF urged the former Soviet republic last month to start
raising interest rates immediately, and avoid overstimulating
its economy, to keep a lid on inflation and maintain stability
after a crisis last year which led to a 65-percent rouble

Oct 26, 2012

Ex-Soviet summit postponed amid worries over Putin’s health

MOSCOW/MINSK (Reuters) – A summit of leaders of ex-Soviet states scheduled for the start of November has been postponed, an official said on Friday, amid talk that Russian President Vladimir Putin is suffering from back trouble.

The Executive Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), a loose group created as the Soviet Union broke apart in 1991, said earlier this month the summit was due to take place in Turkmenistan on November 2.

Sep 17, 2012

Go fishing on election day, Belarus opposition urges people

MINSK (Reuters) – Belarus’s two main opposition parties said they would boycott a parliamentary election next Sunday, denouncing it as a fake exercise and are calling on people to “go fishing or visit your parents” instead.

The poll for the 110-seat chamber takes place two years after police cracked down on street protests after a presidential election which installed hardline President Alexander Lukashenko for a fourth term in power.

May 8, 2012

Belarus leader calls for dialogue with European Union

MINSK, May 8 (Reuters) – Belarussian President Alexander
Lukashenko, under pressure from the West over human rights,
called for dialogue with the European Union on Tuesday and
described the bloc as “an important partner”.

The European Union has tightened sanctions against Belarus
and withdrew ambassadors from Minsk in February, prompting
concerns that the row would push Minsk back into Russia’s orbit.

Apr 19, 2012

Belarus leader puts off speech over foreign policy

MINSK (Reuters) – Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko, under growing Western pressure over human rights, has put off his annual address to the nation and told officials to soften its foreign policy message, his office said on Thursday.

The European Union has introduced travel bans and asset freezes against Lukashenko and a number of Belarussian officials and businessmen in response to the veteran leader’s crackdown on the opposition after his re-election in late 2010.

Apr 16, 2012

Freed anti-government Belarus leader says was pushed to kill self

MINSK (Reuters) – Recently freed Belarussian opposition leader Andrei Sannikov spoke on Monday of how his country’s authoritarian government had tried to push him to commit suicide in prison, urging it to release the other political prisoners it was holding.

In an interview with Reuters two days after he was released and pardoned by President Alexander Lukashenko, Sannikov, 58, said the government had placed special provocateurs in prison with him who had tried to break his spirit and get him to take his own life.

Apr 14, 2012

Belarus president frees jailed opposition leader

MINSK (Reuters) – Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko on Saturday freed jailed opposition leader Andrei Sannikov after the European Union imposed new sanctions on the former Soviet republic, Sannikov told Reuters.

Sannikov, a former deputy foreign minister and presidential candidate, was sentenced to five years in prison last year for taking part in a protest that followed Lukashenko’s disputed re-election victory in December 2010.

Apr 14, 2012

Belarus frees jailed opposition leader

MINSK (Reuters) – Belarussian opposition politician Andrei Sannikov was released from prison on Saturday after the European Union imposed new sanctions on the former Soviet republic.

Sannikov, a former deputy foreign minister and presidential candidate, was sentenced to five years in prison last year for taking part in a mass protest that followed President Alexander Lukashenko’s re-election for a fourth term in December 2010.

Mar 21, 2012

Belarus leader seeks to stop opponents leaving country

MINSK (Reuters) – Belarus has drawn up a black list of opposition figures who are barred from leaving the country in response to a travel ban imposed on Belarussian officials by the European Union, President Alexander Lukashenko said.

The move marks a further downturn in relations with the EU which has been highly critical of his drive against political opponents at home and has withdrawn its ambassadors from the ex-Soviet republic.