Belarus-EU

Nyaklyayew, Statkevich appeal to EU over summit invitation for Lukashenka

Leading opposition politicians Mikalay Statkevich and Uladzimir Nyaklyayew have described the European Union’s decision to invite Alyaksandr Lukashenka to an Eastern Partnership summit as its recognition of him as a legitimate president and the legitimation of his repressive policies.

EU cancels visit of its commissioner to Belarus

The working visit of Johannes Hahn, the European commissioner for European neighborhood policy and enlargement negotiations, has been cancelled, a spokesperson for the EU’s Delegation to Belarus, told BelaPAN.

Lukashenka invited to Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels

Alyaksandr Lukashenka has been invited to an Eastern Partnership summit, which is scheduled to be held in Brussels on November 24.

Belarus-EU visa facilitation will not be initialed this fall

Belarus and the European Union are not expected to initial their visa facilitation and readmission agreements at a summit of the Eastern Partnership in Brussels on November 24.

European People’s Party denounces human rights violations in Belarus

The European People’s Party (EPP) adopted a resolution denouncing human rights violations in Belarus at a meeting in Copenhagen on September 5. In particular, the resolution criticizes mass arrests of peaceful demonstrators this past spring.

EU foreign ministers agree to suspend sanctions against Belarus

At their meeting in Luxembourg on Monday, the European Union’s foreign ministers agreed to provisionally suspend the bloc’s restrictive measures against the Belarusian authorities.

Minsk fulfilled all of West’s wishes ahead of election, Lukashenka says

The Belarusian authorities have fulfilled all of the West’s wishes ahead of the October 6-11 presidential election...

High-ranking EU official meets with Belarusian civil society activists

Helga Schmid, deputy secretary general at the European External Action Service, met with representatives of Belarus’ civil society in Minsk.

Lukashenka meets with EEAS deputy secretary general

Alyaksandr Lukashenka met Tuesday in Minsk with Helga Schmid, deputy secretary general of the European External Action Service (EEAS).

EU foreign ministers, Brussels officials expected to visit Minsk soon

A number of EU foreign ministers and Brussels officials plan to visit Minsk soon, Belarusian Foreign Minister Uladzimir Makey told reporters on Wednesday. “Expect an influx of visitors within a week or two,” he said.

UK ambassador calls for caution on relations with Belarus

Relations between Belarus and the European Union should be improved "cautiously and gradually," UK Ambassador Bruce Bucknell said in an interview with BelaPAN on Thursday.

EU urged to impose visa bans on three local government officials in Mahilyow region

Anatol Lyabedzka, leader of the United Civic Party (UCP), used his meeting with Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius in Minsk on July 25 to ask the European Union to impose an EU entry ban on three local government officials in the Mahilyow region.

Not everyone in EU drew right conclusions from history of relations with Belarus, Lithuanian foreign minister says

Not everyone in the European Union drew the right conclusions from the warming of relations with Belarus in 2008 and their deterioration after the country`s 2010 presidential election, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said in an interview with

Lukashenka: West will predictably increase pressure on Belarus as presidential election approaches

The West will predictably increase its pressure on Belarus as the 2015 presidential election approaches, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said

European Parliament approves new Delegation for Relations with Belarus

The European Parliament voted on Thursday to approve a new membership list for its Delegation for Relations with Belarus.

EU removes eight Belarusians from its blacklist

The Council of the European Union on July 8 lifted entry bans and asset freezes against eight citizens of Belarus and placed one Belarusian on its blacklist...

EU removes eight Belarusians from its blacklist

The Council of the European Union on July 8 lifted entry bans and asset freezes against eight citizens of Belarus and placed one Belarusian on its blacklist...

Lukashenka: The West uses sanctions instead of being grateful for defeat of Nazis

The West tries to dictate and uses sanctions instead being grateful for the defeat of the Nazis, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said Wednesday in Minsk, speaking at the opening ceremony for a new building for the Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War.

EU hails Byalyatski’s release as “important step”

The European Union welcomed the release of human rights defender Ales Byalyatski, who was freed from prison on June 21 under an amnesty law.

Belarus may pull out of visa facilitation and readmission talks if EU refuses to discuss visa-free travel for holders of diplomatic passports

It is not impossible that Belarus will withdraw from talks on visa facilitation and readmission agreements if the European Union refuses to discuss the possibility of visa-free travel for holders of diplomatic passports, a source at the European Commission told

Belarus-EU expected to hold next round of visa facilitation and readmission talks in Brussels this fall

Belarus and the European Union are expected to hold the next round of talks on visa facilitation and readmission agreements in Brussels this fall, a source at the European Commission told BelaPAN on Monday.

Makey accuses Western media and politicians of “demonizing” Belarus

In an interview given to BelaPAN on Monday, Belarusian Foreign Minister Uladzimir Makey accused the Western media and politicians of applying double standards to Belarus and “demonizing” it.

Minsk does not know how many people are viewed by EU as political prisoners

Mr. Makey said that the EU had spoken about 11, eight and nine political prisoners in Belarus at different points in the past.

Minsk does not know how many people are viewed by EU as political prisoners

Mr. Makey said that the EU had spoken about 11, eight and nine political prisoners in Belarus at different points in the past.

Belarus, EU may sign visa facilitation agreement in 2015, foreign minister say

Belarus and the European Union may sign agreements on visa facilitation and readmission at a summit of the Eastern Partnership in Riga in 2015, Foreign Minister Uladzimir Makey said in an interview with BelaPAN.