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Poland rejects accusations of violating Belarus air border

The Ministry of Defense of Poland rejects the charges of violating the air border of Belarus on April 12 this year, according to the department’s page on the social network Twitter.

“Military aircraft did not operate near the state border between Poland and Belarus on the evening of April 12 this year,” the ministry said.

In addition, the Polish ministry emphasizes that the airspace is under constant control.

Earlier, the Belarusian Defense Ministry reported that on April 12, an unidentified aircraft violated the state border of the country. The violation occurred on the part of Poland, and subsequently, the aircraft also disappeared on Polish territory.

In connection with the incident, the defense attache at the Polish embassy in the country was summoned to the military department of Belarus, the Belarusian side demanded to conduct an inspection and inform Minsk about its results.

The Baltic States for the first time refused electricity from Russia

Latvia, without explanation, stopped commercial imports from Russia for two days, on April 8 and 11, during tests on disconnecting power lines between Belarus and Lithuania to check the power systems before the full exit of the Baltic countries from the BRELL energy ring (Belarus, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania).

These days in Russia, due to the termination of export supplies, demand and prices for electricity have fallen. In the Baltic States, the opposite situation occurred, for example, on April 8, Lithuania increased purchases of more expensive electricity from Poland and Sweden to compensate for imports.

The authorities of Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia have decided to abandon the supply of electricity from Russia and Belarus and disconnect from the BRELL power ring in 2019. Instead, the countries intend to synchronize their energy systems with European countries and connect to the EU networks by 2025. At the same time, the Baltic countries are already connected to the EU energy system through Poland (LitPol Link), Sweden (NordBalt), and Finland (Eastlink 1 and Eastlink 2).

In January, it became known that the operator of the main networks of Finland, Fingrid, presented four plans for the development of the country’s energy system, three of which provide for a complete rejection of imports through the development of wind and solar power plants. The country is the largest buyer of Russian energy, the volume of supplies in 2020 reached 22 billion rubles, which is more than a third of all exports. However, in two plans, Finland in the future has planned to completely abandon the energy bridge passing through Vyborg.

Russia is the main obstacle to peace in Belarus

The leader of the Belarusian opposition, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, is ready to hold talks with the self-proclaimed President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, without any preconditions.

This is stated in a statement by her office.

In particular, it is claimed that Tikhanovskaya is ready to meet not even with Lukashenko himself, but with his representatives.

But due to the lack of trust between the parties, the oppositionists believe that the OSCE can act as a platform for preliminary consultations and contacts.

“This allows us to include Russia in the process. It is Russia’s position that is the main obstacle to resolving the crisis in Belarus, “ Tikhanovskaya said unexpectedly.

At the same time, the OSCE will not be able to act as a guarantor of the party’s fulfillment of their obligations. In addition to the Russian Federation, the United States, France, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, or Sweden may be involved in the negotiations for this purpose.

However, neither Poland nor Lithuania, with which the Lukashenko regime is in acute conflict, can mediate the reconciliation of Belarusians.

Recall that at home, several criminal cases were opened against Tikhanovskaya — including an attempt to seize power and prepare a terrorist attack.

In this regard, Belarus demanded to extradite the politician from Lithuania but was decisively refused.

US Secretary of State calls Lukashenko “Europe’s last dictator”

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Alexander Lukashenko the last dictator in Europe.

He made the corresponding statement during a ceremony honoring activists from all over the world.

Speaking about the leader of the Belarusian opposition Maria Kolesnikova, Blinken noted that Washington will continue to seek the release of political prisoners in Belarus.

“On the eve of the presidential elections held last year, she mobilized women across the country to protest against the rule of Alexander Lukashenko, Europe’s last dictator,” the politician said.

Meanwhile, US First Lady Jill Biden, who also spoke at the ceremony, stressed that “fair elections in Belarus will also strengthen our own (American) democracy.”

EU extended sanctions against Belarus

The EU does not exclude that in the near future they will consider the possibility of introducing new sanctions restrictions against certain persons in Belarus.

The European Union has extended for one year until February 28, 2022, sanctions against representatives of the leadership and business of Belarus, including Alexander Lukashenko. This was stated on Thursday, February 25, in the EU resolution.

The sanctions have been extended against those people who, according to the EU, are responsible for falsifying the results of the presidential elections and brutally suppressing protests in the republic.

For this period, the sanctions against a number of Belarusian enterprises and businessmen “supporting Lukashenko’s regime” were also extended, according to a statement published on the website of the EU Council.

EU sanctions operate against 88 people, including Alexander Lukashenko. The restrictions include an asset freeze and a ban on entry to the EU. In addition, EU citizens and companies are prohibited from providing any funds to those on the sanctions list.

At the same time, the European Union stated that they did not see any changes in the situation in Belarus, and allowed the introduction of new sanctions against the republic.

Let us remind you that earlier the leader of the Belarusian opposition Svetlana Tikhanovskaya announced a temporary loss. She spoke about the strategy of the opposition forces in Belarus ahead of her visit to Switzerland.

It was also reported that Alexander Lukashenko met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi. Russia and Belarus confirm the level of strategic partnership and alliance, Putin said.