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(...)

 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(...)

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko addresses the parliament in Minsk on Wednesday. Photograph: Maxi Guckek/EPA

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko has accused the West of waging “hybrid war” against him and of using a row over the diversion of a Ryanair f(...)

This screengrab taken from an undated video made available by anonymously-sourced Telegram channel Nevolf and shared on social media and the Belarus State TV, Belarusian activist Roman Protasevich (26)  in the detention House Numero 1 in Minsk. Photograph: Telegram channel Nevolf/AFP via Getty

European airliners have started bypassing Belarus as the EU moved to isolate the country after it forced a Ryanair flight to land at Minsk airport so (...)

Roman Protasevich: Belarus has put him  on a terrorism watch list and accused him of several crimes in connection with protest  rallies. Photograph:  Getty Images

Belarus has defended its decision to force a Ryanair jet to land at Minsk airport and received backing from chief ally Russia, as western states denou(...)

 A Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius  with Belarus opposition activist and blogger Roman Protasevich onboard was diverted to land in Minsk after an alleged bomb threat.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and other European leaders reacted with outrage after Belarus intercepted a Ryanair flight bound for Lithuania and arrested a(...)

File image of Marina Zolotova, editor-in-chief of news portal Tut.by. Photograph: Sergei Gapon/AFP via Getty Images

Belarusian authorities have blocked the country’s main independent news website and searched its offices and the homes of several of its journalists, (...)

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko attends the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly in Minsk on Thursday. Photograph: Maxim Guchek/Pool/EPA

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko has accused opposition protesters and western powers of launching a “blitzkrieg” against his country, as he (...)

Belarusian women protest against the government of president  Alexander  Lukashenko in Minsk, Belarus on Wednesday. Photograph: STR/EPA

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko has called for deeper integration between former Soviet states, as the European Union imposed new sanctions (...)

Belarusians living in Ukraine along with their supporters and Ukrainian activists lay flowers and candles at a symbolic memorial for Roman Bondarenko in Kiev. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Thousands of Belarusians have taken to the streets to denounce the country’s autocratic president Alexander Lukashenko and to honour a pro-democracy p(...)

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