Belarus vote sets stage for Putin duel with EU

Oct 9, 2015

Belarus vote sets stage for Putin duel with EU

For an election deemed unnoticeable by international observers, there will be plenty of global attention when Belarus votes for president on Sunday. Incumbent Alexander Lukashenko, 61, is seeking his fifth term against a fractured and weakened opposition, with the country besieged by economic turmoil ...

Sep 20, 2015

Putin moves to establish Russian military base in Belarus

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday signaled his intention to establish a Russian military air base in neighboring Belarus — a move sure to unnerve Poland and the Baltic nations. Belarus has made clear it would not welcome a Russian base, but the former ...

Mar 17, 2015

Frenchman packs Russian wife in suitcase to enter EU

A Frenchman tried to smuggle his Russian wife into the European Union by hiding her in a massive suitcase, without realizing there had been no need for the would-be James Bond scheme. Poland’s border guards detained the man, who authorities said was in his ...

Belarus strongman looks to revive Ukraine peace talks

Dec 22, 2014

Belarus strongman looks to revive Ukraine peace talks

The authoritarian leader of Belarus flew into Kiev on Sunday hoping to revive stalled Ukrainian peace talks he has been hosting to calm Europe’s volatile eastern edge. But a high-ranking Ukrainian official said Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko was just as keen to use the ...