Alexander Lukashenko

Belarus emphasizes independence while posturing between Russia, EU

Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko emphasized his country's independence on Friday while posturing between its main ally, Russia, and the European Union, with which its relations have considerably improved in recent years.

Belarus to allow visa-free entry for EU and US citizens for five days

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has signed a decree to allow citizens of 80 countries, including all EU member states, Japan and the US, to enter Belarus without a visa for up to five days, the president's press service said Monday.

Belarus' voter turnout almost 75 per cent for parliamentary elections

The voter turnout for Belarus' parliamentary elections surpassed 50 per cent on Sunday afternoon, the level required to validate the elections, the government announced.

Europe's "last dictatorship" Belarus begins parliamentary poll

Belarus is set to hold parliamentary elections on Sunday, with pro-regime candidates expected to receive the majority of the 110 seats in the lower house.

EU removes 170 people, three entities from Belarus sanctions list

EU sanctions on Belarus targeting 170 individuals and three entities will end this month, after a decision finalized Thursday to lift the bulk of restrictive measures against the former Soviet state, in recognition of its democratic progress.