Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin meet close to Moscow to debate additional cooperation as Minsk prepares to provide Russian army plane.
In the meantime, a leaked doc revealed that the Kremlin plans to take over Belarus by 2023, in accordance with a joint investigation by the Kyiv Unbiased.
Over 30 nations, together with France, urge the Worldwide Olympic Committee to proceed its ban on Russian and Belarusian athletes competing within the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
Minsk expels three Polish diplomats amid rising tensions with Warsaw and extra border crossing closures.
Belarus’ parliament approves a second studying for a invoice that may authorize capital punishment for top treason.
On the 2023 Munich Safety Convention, Belarusian opposition chief Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya reiterates the significance of a democratic Belarus for regional safety.
Leaked doc reveals alleged Kremlin plan to take over Belarus by 2030
A bunch of U.S. and European media retailers, together with the Kyiv Unbiased, has obtained a 17-page doc allegedly detailing Russia’s plans to subjugate Belarus and dismantle its independence.
The doc particulars Russia’s future steps to take full management of Belarusian political, financial, and army spheres by the tip of the last decade.
In keeping with the doc, by 2030, Belarus ought to have a single foreign money and tax system with Russia, and its media area should be underneath Russian management. The Belarusian military should adjust to Russian laws, whereas all key army manufacturing should be transferred from Belarus to Russia.
Belarusian Protection Minister Viktor Khrenin mentioned the territorial protection drive could be comprised of 100,000 to 150,000 volunteers, ideally positioned in each settlement throughout the nation.
Khrenin first announced the creation of a “folks’s militia” in Might 2022.
Trial for Nexta Stay editor, founders begins in Minsk
The trial of Raman Pratasevich, a former editor for opposition Telegram channel Nexta Stay, began on the Minsk regional court docket on Feb. 16. Nexta Stay founders Stsiapan Putsila and Yan Rudzik are being tried in the identical case, albeit in absentia.
The co-defendants are accused of making and taking part in a so-called “extremist group,” “undermining nationwide safety,” and different politically motivated costs. They’re additionally being made to pay practically $11.9 million to cowl the alleged unfavourable impression of their Telegram channel on Belarus.
If discovered responsible, they might be sentenced to as much as 15 years in jail.
Nexta Stay extensively coated the protests that adopted the fraudulent Belarusian presidential election in 2020.
Pratasevich fled Belarus in 2019 however was detained when his business flight from Athens to Vilnius was pressured to land in Minsk whereas flying over the nation. On July 19, 2022, the Worldwide Civil Aviation Group (ICAO) found Belarus responsible of orchestrating the pressured touchdown of Ryanair Flight FR4978.
In keeping with the ICAO, pressured touchdown constitutes an offense underneath the Montreal and Chicago conventions.