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National flags of the US and Russia at the waterfront near Villa La Grange ahead of the US-Russia summit in Geneva, Switzerland. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg

Vladimir Putin will come face-to-face with his fifth US president when he meets Joe Biden in Geneva today. When Putin and Bill Clinton had their first(...)

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko,  who said of the West’s reaction to the Ryanair incident: ‘We’ve been stopping drugs and migrants – now you will take them and catch them yourselves.’ Photograph:  Dmitry Astakhov/AFP via Getty Images

Lithuania has accused neighbouring Belarus of helping migrants illegally cross its border to punish it for denouncing Minsk’s crackdown on political d(...)

A Belarusian dog handler checks luggage from Ryanair flight number FR4978 in Minsk International Airport. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

The diversion of a Ryanair flight to Belarus, allowing a prominent critic to be arrested, was a “premeditated breach of all the international aviation(...)

 Belarusian opposition activist Roman Protasevich;   chairman of the investigative committee Dmitry Gora;   Belarusian transport and communications ministry director  Artyom Sikorsky; chief of the air force    Maj Gen Igor Golub; and   Col  Andrey Filatov attend a press conference held by the Belarusian foreign ministry. Photograph: Ramil Nasibulin/EPA

He faces more than a decade in a grisly Belarusian prison for his political activities, but on Monday, Roman Protasevich took a seat beside generals a(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: ‘We must stand strongly with the people of Belarus and their right to decide their own government and their own future.’ Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has urged the European Union to stand with the people of Belarus and back their right “to decide their own government and the(...)

US president  Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will hold talks next Wednesday in Geneva. Photograph: Jim Watson, Grigory Dukor/AFP via Getty Images

Russia has said it expects no major breakthrough in next week’s summit with the United States, and warned that its president Vladimir Putin will not t(...)

Italy have improved under manager Roberto Mancini. Photograph: Claudio Villa/Getty Images

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In this grab taken from video released by Belarusian state-controlled ONT Channel on Thursday, June 3, dissident journalist Raman Pratasevich reacts during his interview with Belarusian ONT Channel in Minsk, Belarus. Photograph: ONT channel via AP

The European Union has banned Belarusian airlines from its airports and airspace amid international outcry over the country’s treatment of Roman Prota(...)

The Irish Government has supported calls for an ‘independent and transparent’ investigation into the deaths in custody of Ashurak and another opposition figure. Photograph: Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty

In the days after the dramatic forced landing of a Ryanair flight by the dictatorial regime of Alexander Lukashenko to seize an opponent who was on bo(...)

Belarusian law enforcement officers carry Stepan Latypov from a court  in Minsk after he stabbed  himself in the neck during his trial. Photograph:  Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty/AFP via Getty Images

Belarusian activists say anti-government campaigner Stepan Latypov has been returned to jail after stabbing himself in the neck during his trial, as r(...)

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