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RDIF announced no severe adverse events associated with the vaccination and no deaths related to the vaccination were observed, according to the data from Belarus.

Sputnik V 97.2% effective against Covid-19, says RDIF citing data from Belarus

Written by Srivatsan K C | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 15, 2021 03:07 PM IST
The RDIF said that the data was based on results of over 860,000 people who were inoculated between January and July this year.
The EU last week imposed wide-ranging economic sanctions on Belarus targeting its main export industries and access to finance over its interception of a Ryanair flight last month.(Reuters)
The EU last week imposed wide-ranging economic sanctions on Belarus targeting its main export industries and access to finance over its interception of a Ryanair flight last month.(Reuters)

Belarus tells EU envoy to go, recalls own representative to Brussels

Reuters | , Moscow
PUBLISHED ON JUN 29, 2021 01:52 AM IST
"We hope that EU officials and those from its member states are aware of the damage and futility of using a forceful approach in their relations with Belarus," the foreign ministry said in a statement.
A woman holds a poster during a demonstration demanding the freedom of Belarus opposition activist Raman Protasevich in Berlin.(AP)
A woman holds a poster during a demonstration demanding the freedom of Belarus opposition activist Raman Protasevich in Berlin.(AP)

US aims targeted sanctions at Belarus after journalist held

Agencies | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAY 30, 2021 06:17 AM IST
  • White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the US was also suspending a 2019 agreement between Washington and Minsk that allowed carriers from each country to use the other’s airspace, and taking other actions against the government of President Alexander Lukashenko.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, listens to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko during their meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia.(AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, listens to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko during their meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia.(AP)

Putin pushes ahead with Belarus loan as tensions grow

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 29, 2021 11:27 PM IST
Russia will look for ways to expand air service with Belarus to make up for some of the routes affected by the EU’s limits on Minsk’s state airline, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
Belarus earlier this week forced the landing of a jetliner carrying Raman Pratasevich, a Belarusian journalist and outspoken critic of the Lukashenko regime, as it was traveling between Greece and Lithuania. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)(AP)
Belarus earlier this week forced the landing of a jetliner carrying Raman Pratasevich, a Belarusian journalist and outspoken critic of the Lukashenko regime, as it was traveling between Greece and Lithuania. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)(AP)

US announces sanctions on Belarus over journalist’s detention

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 29, 2021 07:01 AM IST
  • The Treasury Department is also crafting an executive order that will “provide the United States increased authorities to impose sanctions on elements of the Lukashenko regime, its support network, and those that support corruption, the abuse of human rights, and attacks on democracy,”
Security use a dog to check the luggage of passengers on the Ryanair jet that carried opposition figure Raman Pratasevich, traveling from Athens to Vilnius, Lithuania. The plane was diverted to Minsk, Belarus, after Belarusian flight controllers told the crew that there was a bomb threat against the plane. (AP)
Security use a dog to check the luggage of passengers on the Ryanair jet that carried opposition figure Raman Pratasevich, traveling from Athens to Vilnius, Lithuania. The plane was diverted to Minsk, Belarus, after Belarusian flight controllers told the crew that there was a bomb threat against the plane. (AP)

Putin offers support to Belarus President

Reuters | , Moscow
PUBLISHED ON MAY 29, 2021 06:27 AM IST
Moscow says Belarus has shown a readiness for transparency in the row and has described the West's reaction to the plane incident as "shocking," with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accusing it of "demonising" the authorities in Minsk.
On Sunday, an Irish airline Ryanair traveling from Greece to Lithuania made an emergency landing in Minsk over a bomb threat, which turned out to be fake. (AP)(AP)
On Sunday, an Irish airline Ryanair traveling from Greece to Lithuania made an emergency landing in Minsk over a bomb threat, which turned out to be fake. (AP)(AP)

US FAA tells airlines to use extreme caution when flying over Belarus

ANI | , Washington Dc
PUBLISHED ON MAY 29, 2021 05:07 AM IST
  • The FAA said that it is working closely with other US agencies to determine whether any additional measures may be necessary and promised to evaluate an international investigation report to determine the risks for US airlines flying in that area.
The incident sparked international outrage and calls for sanctions against Belarus. Minsk accused the West of using the episode to wage "hybrid war."(Reuters)
The incident sparked international outrage and calls for sanctions against Belarus. Minsk accused the West of using the episode to wage "hybrid war."(Reuters)

UN aviation body discusses call to probe Belarus force landing Ryanair flight

Reuters | , Ottawa
PUBLISHED ON MAY 27, 2021 09:23 PM IST
ICAO's 36-nation governing council was due to end its meeting at 1 pm ET (1700 GMT) but might not have an agreed statement ready until Friday, spokesman Anthony Philbin said.
The forced grounding of the European passenger flight Sunday sparked a global outcry with EU-based carriers cutting air links with Belarus and European leaders warning of fresh sanctions.(Reuters)
The forced grounding of the European passenger flight Sunday sparked a global outcry with EU-based carriers cutting air links with Belarus and European leaders warning of fresh sanctions.(Reuters)

'You have bomb onboard': Belarus told diverted Ryanair flight

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 25, 2021 07:04 PM IST
The aviation department of the Belarus transport ministry released a transcript of what it says was the conversation between Minsk airport and the Ryanair pilot.
Biden in his statement also expressed outrage over a video statement from Raman Pratasevich, who ran a popular messaging app that played a key role in helping organize massive protests against Belarus authoritarian leader President Alexander Lukashenko(Bloomberg)
Biden in his statement also expressed outrage over a video statement from Raman Pratasevich, who ran a popular messaging app that played a key role in helping organize massive protests against Belarus authoritarian leader President Alexander Lukashenko(Bloomberg)

Joe Biden calls Belarus plane diversion an 'outrageous incident'

AP | | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2021 06:05 AM IST
Joe Biden made the statement as the European Union imposed sanctions against Belarus, including banning its airlines from using the airspace and airports in the 27-nation bloc in reaction to Sunday's forced diversion of the Lithuania-bound Ryanair flight.
A Ryanair aircraft, which was carrying Belarusian opposition blogger and activist Roman Protasevich and diverted to Belarus, where authorities detained him, lands at Vilnius Airport in Vilnius, Lithuania May 23, 2021. (REUTERS)
A Ryanair aircraft, which was carrying Belarusian opposition blogger and activist Roman Protasevich and diverted to Belarus, where authorities detained him, lands at Vilnius Airport in Vilnius, Lithuania May 23, 2021. (REUTERS)

‘State terrorism, piracy’: Global outrage over Belarus flight diversion

Agencies | , Minsk
PUBLISHED ON MAY 25, 2021 06:02 AM IST
The Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius carrying dissident journalist Roman Protasevich was diverted while in Belarusian airspace on Sunday over a supposed bomb threat.
European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission EU leaders were particularly forceful in their condemnation of the arrest and the move against the plane, which was flying between two of the bloc’s member nations and was being operated by an airline based in Ireland, also a member.headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.(Reuters)
European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission EU leaders were particularly forceful in their condemnation of the arrest and the move against the plane, which was flying between two of the bloc’s member nations and was being operated by an airline based in Ireland, also a member.headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.(Reuters)

EU to impose sanctions on, cut air links with Belarus after plane diversion

AP | | Posted by Prashasti Singh, Brussels
PUBLISHED ON MAY 25, 2021 05:34 AM IST
EU leaders also demanded the immediate release of the journalist, Raman Pratasevich, a key foe of authoritarian Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
A Ryanair passenger jet (AP File Photo)
A Ryanair passenger jet (AP File Photo)

Outrage as Belarus forces plane to land, arrests journalist on board

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 24, 2021 05:58 AM IST
A Belarusian military aircraft escorted a Ryanair Holdings flight to the country's Capital Minsk, where, upon landing, journalist Roman Pratasevich was arrested.
The Belarusian Interior Ministry said Raman Pratasevich was arrested at the airport.(AFP)
The Belarusian Interior Ministry said Raman Pratasevich was arrested at the airport.(AFP)

Belarus opposition figure detained after Ryanair flight diverted to Minsk

AP | , Kyiv
PUBLISHED ON MAY 23, 2021 10:10 PM IST
  • Exiled opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya called on the International Civil Aviation Organization to begin an investigation.
The EU last week added Lukashenko to a blacklist of Belarusian authorities implicated in ballot fraud and a subsequent crackdown on protesters.(AP photo)
The EU last week added Lukashenko to a blacklist of Belarusian authorities implicated in ballot fraud and a subsequent crackdown on protesters.(AP photo)

EU threatens more Belarus sanctions after protester’s death

By Bloomberg | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON NOV 13, 2020 08:01 PM IST
The death threatens to escalate a standoff between the authorities and the protesters that has continued since President Alexander Lukashenko claimed to win by a landslide on August 9 in a vote the opposition says was rigged.
Belarusian opposition supporters, mostly pensioners, attend a rally to reject the presidential election results and demand that president Alexander Lukashenko steps down in Minsk, Belarus November 2, 2020.(REUTERS)
Belarusian opposition supporters, mostly pensioners, attend a rally to reject the presidential election results and demand that president Alexander Lukashenko steps down in Minsk, Belarus November 2, 2020.(REUTERS)

EU slaps sanctions on Belarus leader, son and 13 others

Brussels | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON NOV 06, 2020 11:11 PM IST
EU headquarters said in a statement that Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko was put on the sanctions list along his son and national security adviser, Viktor Lukashenko.
Demonstrators with old Belarusian national flags march during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday.(AP Photo)
Demonstrators with old Belarusian national flags march during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday.(AP Photo)

Police fire warning shots as thousands protest in Belarus

Kyiv (Ukraine) | By Associated Press | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2020 06:35 AM IST
The Belarusian Interior Ministry threatened to use firearms against the rally-goers “if need be.” On Sunday, police acknowledged officers fired several warning shots into the air during the demonstration in Minsk “to prevent violations of the law.”
People clash with policemen during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020 (AP Photo)
People clash with policemen during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020 (AP Photo)

Belarus protests: Police crackdown on ‘unauthorised’ protesters in Minsk

Minsk | By Asian News International | Posted by Karan Manral
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2020 09:39 AM IST
The opposition had organised an unsanctioned ‘March of Pride’ in the country’s capital city. Over 20 protesters have already been detained, a police spokeswoman said.
Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya meets Greens party members at Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany (REUTERS/Michele Tantussi)
Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya meets Greens party members at Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany (REUTERS/Michele Tantussi)

Belarus opposition leader to meet top German officials, day after meeting chancellor Angela Merkel

Berlin | By Associated Press | Posted by Karan Manral
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2020 03:24 PM IST
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the main opponent of Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko, is trying to lobby support for the Belarus opposition movement.
Hundreds of thousands of Belarusians have been protesting daily since the Aug. 9 presidential election, which officials claim handed Lukashenko, a 66-year-old former state farm director, a victory with 80% of the vote.(via Reuters)
Hundreds of thousands of Belarusians have been protesting daily since the Aug. 9 presidential election, which officials claim handed Lukashenko, a 66-year-old former state farm director, a victory with 80% of the vote.(via Reuters)

Belarus detains 500 at weekend anti-government protests

Kyiv, Ukraine | By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON SEP 28, 2020 06:35 PM IST
Belarus’ interior ministry said Monday that 150 protesters were detained on Saturday and over 350 more on Sunday, when anti-government protests spanned 22 cities in the biggest challenge yet to President Alexander Lukashenko’s long reign.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko stands near service members during an inauguration ceremony in Minsk, Belarus September 23, 2020.(via REUTERS)
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko stands near service members during an inauguration ceremony in Minsk, Belarus September 23, 2020.(via REUTERS)

French president says longtime Belarus leader ‘must go’

Paris | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2020 05:06 PM IST
In a speech Saturday to the virtual UN General Assembly, Belarus’ foreign minister warned Western nations against interfering or imposing sanctions over the country’s disputed presidential election and the government’s violent crackdown on protesters.
Alexander Lukashenko takes the oath of office as Belarusian President during a swearing-in ceremony in Minsk, Belarus September 23, 2020 (Andrei Stasevich/BelTA/Handout via REUTERS)(via REUTERS)
Alexander Lukashenko takes the oath of office as Belarusian President during a swearing-in ceremony in Minsk, Belarus September 23, 2020 (Andrei Stasevich/BelTA/Handout via REUTERS)(via REUTERS)

‘You aren’t legitimate Belarus president’: EU tells Lukashenko

Brussels | By Reuters | Posted by Karan Manral
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2020 03:24 PM IST
In a statement, the 27 member states of the body said Lukashenko’s abrupt swearing-in on Wednesday went directly against the will of the people.
Earlier independent news agencies reported that streets were closed as Lukashenko’s motorcade raced through the capital Minsk.(via Reuters file photo)
Earlier independent news agencies reported that streets were closed as Lukashenko’s motorcade raced through the capital Minsk.(via Reuters file photo)

Belarus leader Lukashenko sworn in at secret ceremony: Report

Minsk | By Agence France-Presse| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON SEP 23, 2020 02:24 PM IST
“Alexander Lukashenko has taken office as President of Belarus. The inauguration ceremony is taking place in these minutes in the Palace of Independence,” the Belta state news agency reported.
Russia to resume flights with Belarus and others from next week amid Covid-19(Twitter/eTurboNews)
Russia to resume flights with Belarus and others from next week amid Covid-19(Twitter/eTurboNews)

Russia to resume flights with Belarus and others from next week amid Covid-19

Moscow | By Reuters | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2020 11:02 AM IST
Throwing its borders open, Russia will resume flights with Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and South Korea from next week
Jewish New Year celebrations upset by coronavirus,Hasidic pilgrims face restrictions(Twitter/Belsat_Eng)
Jewish New Year celebrations upset by coronavirus,Hasidic pilgrims face restrictions(Twitter/Belsat_Eng)

Jewish New Year celebrations upset by the coronavirus,Hasidic pilgrims collide with Covid-19 restrictions

Uman, Ukraine | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2020 10:41 AM IST
Unlike previous autumns, this year the Jewish New Year and Jews’ pilgrimage to Uman tomb of Rabbi Nahman, founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement, has been restricted by coronavirus pandemic
Law enforcement officers block a road for opposition supporters during a rally against police brutality following protests to reject the presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus September 13, 2020. Tut.By via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. MANDATORY CREDIT/File Photo(via REUTERS)
Law enforcement officers block a road for opposition supporters during a rally against police brutality following protests to reject the presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus September 13, 2020. Tut.By via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. MANDATORY CREDIT/File Photo(via REUTERS)

UN rights body fears descending of another ‘Iron Curtain’ in Belarus

Geneva | By Reuters | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2020 10:17 PM IST
Protesters say the vote was fraudulent. Lukashenko says he won the vote fairly by a landslide, and dismisses accusations of abuses which he says are part of a Western smear campaign.
A protester with a historical white-red-white flag of Belarus stands on top of a car during a rally against police brutality following protests to reject the presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus September 13, 2020.(via REUTERS)
A protester with a historical white-red-white flag of Belarus stands on top of a car during a rally against police brutality following protests to reject the presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus September 13, 2020.(via REUTERS)

Belarusian police say officers’ personal data leaked online

Moscow | By Reuters | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2020 07:52 PM IST
During regular protests by tens of thousands of people over more than five weeks, some protesters have tried to physically unmask members of the security forces on the streets.
Opposition supporters carry a historical white-red-white flag of Belarus as they take part in a rally in Minsk.(Reuters)
Opposition supporters carry a historical white-red-white flag of Belarus as they take part in a rally in Minsk.(Reuters)

Belarus protests ahead of Putin-Lukashenko crunch talks, 250 detained by security forces

Minsk | By Agencies
PUBLISHED ON SEP 14, 2020 12:12 AM IST
A wave of protests has swept Belarus since the August 9 presidential election, which demonstrators say was actually won by Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya.
Politician and representative of the Coordination Council for members of the Belarusian opposition Maria Kolesnikova attends a news conference in Minsk, Belarus August 18, 2020. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko(REUTERS)
Politician and representative of the Coordination Council for members of the Belarusian opposition Maria Kolesnikova attends a news conference in Minsk, Belarus August 18, 2020. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko(REUTERS)

Belarusian protest leader ripped up passport to thwart deportation - Interfax Ukraine

Kiev | By Reuters | Posted by Karan Manral
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2020 02:42 PM IST
Top Belarusian opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova , a key figure in weeks of mass protests over the disputed re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko, had been missing for the past 24 hours.
Maria Kolesnikova, a member of the Coordination Council created by the opposition to facilitate talks with President Alexander Lukashenko on a transition of power, was reportedly put on a minibus in the capital, Minsk, and driven away by unidentified people.(AP photo for representation)
Maria Kolesnikova, a member of the Coordination Council created by the opposition to facilitate talks with President Alexander Lukashenko on a transition of power, was reportedly put on a minibus in the capital, Minsk, and driven away by unidentified people.(AP photo for representation)

Belarus activist goes missing, colleagues fear detention

Kyiv | By Associated Press | Posted by Niyati Singh
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2020 05:42 PM IST
A leading opposition activist and several other members of an opposition council in Belarus went missing Monday and their colleagues feared they were detained as part of the authorities’ efforts to squelch nearly a month of protests against the re-election of the country’s authoritarian leader.
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