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Putin to meet Lukashenko in display of support after Belarus plane diversion | Source: The National News

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, left, greets Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2017 meeting that the pair will repeat in Sochi on Friday. 

In an attempt to strengthen ties with his closest ally, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko will meet his Russian counterpart. The summit will be a critical show of support by Moscow for Mr Lukashenko’s regime a day after the UN civil aviation agency announced it would investigate Sunday’s interception of the Ryanair airplane by a MiG-29 fighter jet.

Source: The National News


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EU sanctions expected to hit Belarus’s potash, oil and finance | Source: Metro US

EU leaders summit in Brussels.

The European Union will look at hitting Belarus’s big potash exports as well as its oil and financial sectors with new sanctions, as punishment for forcing down a Ryanair flight to arrest a journalist. Since cracking down on pro-democracy protests last year, Belarus largely ignored three previous rounds of EU sanctions and comparable U.S. measures. Western countries are demanding free elections in Belarus.

Source: Metro US


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After Brexit, China has replaced Germany as the UK’s biggest trading partner | Source: Euronews

Shoppers pass a sale sign in a shop window on Oxford Street in London, Aug. 13, 2020.

China overtook Germany to become the UK’s biggest import market as trade in goods with European Union member states plunged because of Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic, official data show.

Source: Euronews


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Belarusian Defense Minister announced high NATO activity near borders | Source: Tass

Belarusian Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin.

Belarusian Defense Minister noted the high intensity of NATO reconnaissance activity, as well as operational and combat preparations near the Belarusian border. The intensity of military aviation flights over neighboring countries has reached up to 30 sorties per week, which “makes it possible to carry out reconnaissance of our entire territory”. “The main cause – is NATO’s and the EU’s desire to impose its will without obstructions”.

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The EU sanctions Belarus after ‘state terrorism’ | Source: CNBC

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a press conference at the EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels on May 24, 2021.

The EU agreed to step up existing sanctions against Belarus after the Ryanair plane incident (a Ryanair airplane was forced to land in Minsk to detained journalist Roman Protasevich). Belarus has a close relationship with Russia, and benefitted from continuing political and economic support from Russia since the last round of sanctions.

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US, Greece boost military cooperation | Source: Ekathimerini.com

[US Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas S. Keisler IV]

The United States has decided to boost the presence of its armed forces in Greece. This enhanced footprint is presented as a natural deployment in a NATO ally’s territory, but behind that explanation lies Washington’s worry of a deterioration in Greek-Turkish relations at a time when Turkish President Erdogan can no longer be viewed as a steadfast ally of the West.

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Turkey may expand eastern Mediterranean drilling amid territory dispute | Source: Jerusalem Post

The Turkish drilling vessel Yavuz is seen being escorted by a Turkish Navy frigate in the eastern Mediterranean off Cyprus, August 6, 2019
(photo credit: REUTERS)

Turkey may drill more boreholes in its search for gas in the eastern Mediterranean, Energy Minister said, an area where its search and drilling operations led to a standoff with Greece and Cyprus last year. If the gas can be commercially extracted, the discovery could transform Turkey’s dependence on Russia, Iran and Azerbaijan for energy imports.

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US waives sanctions on Nord Stream 2 project | SOURCE: KHL

Two overlapping pipe ends of a pipe string have to be raised and cut on a pipelay ship before they can be welded together Source: Nord Stream 2 / Axel Schmidt

The US government has agreed to waive the sanctions it imposed on the company building the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the project that will see natural gas transported from Russia to Germany, via the Baltic Sea. The US has long been sceptical of the project, claiming Russia’s motives for supplying gas to Europe are as much geopolitical as economic.

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EU Parliament puts investment deal on halt until Beijing lifts sanctions | SOURCE: ASIA NEWS

The European Parliament has frozen the ratification process for the investment agreement with China. This decision will remain in place until Beijing lifts sanctions against European individuals and entities.

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Merkel Says Biden Took Step Closer to Germany on Nord Stream 2 | SOURCE: BLOOMBERG

A construction worker passes between pipework on the European Gas Pipeline Link (EUGAL) Radeland 2 compressor station, which accommodates downstream gas flows from the Nord Stream 2 project, in Radeland, Germany, on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Nord Stream 2, which is designed to carry as much as 55 billion cubic meters of Gazprom PJSC’s gas to the EU every year, is seen by opponents as the Kremlin tightening its energy grip on the region. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has welcomed the decision by U.S. president Joe Biden to drop most of the sanctions against the disputed Nord stream 2 pipeline project. However, Germany and the U.S. continue to have different views of the disputed project, Merkel made clear.

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