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.

In the attack of terrorists in Niger, 137 people were killed

The death toll from a militant attack in the Tahua area of Niger near the Welsh border has risen to 137, the government said on Tuesday night.

Earlier it was reported about 55 dead.

“The death toll from the terrorist attack in Tahua has risen to 137,” the government said in a televised statement.

The country’s authorities have declared three days of national mourning since March 23.

The Tahua region is one of the areas in the country where the Islamic State in the Great Sahara and other terrorist groups are most active.

Niger is located in the Sahel region of Africa, one of the most problematic on the continent due to terrorist activities and illegal migration.

In Sweden, an armed man wounded eight people with a knife

In the city of Vetlanda in southern Sweden, eight people were hospitalized in a likely terrorist attack.

Reported by SVT.

The police were informed of the attack in the city center at about 3 pm local time. According to eyewitnesses, several people were attacked with cold weapons.

It turned out that eight people were injured. Several of the wounded are in serious condition.

The police shot the attacker, a young man between the ages of 20 and 30. He is alive and in the hospital.

The police do not name the motives for the attack.

At first, the incident was investigated as attempted murder, but later the classification of the crime was changed to “probable terrorism.”

Denmark detained 7 suspects in preparation for terrorist attacks

The Danish Security and Intelligence Service announced the arrest of seven people suspected of preparing terrorist attacks.

It is reported by the Danish DR with reference to the press service of the agency.

The detainees are suspected of preparing “one or more” terrorist attacks or involvement in the preparation of terrorist attacks, in particular, in the acquisition of components of explosives and weapons.

The arrests took place on February 6-8 as part of a large-scale operation involving law enforcement officers from several regions. Another likely accomplice was detained in Germany.

The citizenship, nationality, and religious affiliation of the detainees are not specified.

Let us remind you that a 16-year-old teenager from Syria was recently detained on suspicion of preparing a terrorist attack in Norway.

European Interior Ministers told how they will respond to the growing threat of terrorism

The interior ministers of the EU countries issued a joint statement in which they outlined their plan of action against the background of the growing terrorist threat.

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The ministers condemned the recent attacks in France and Austria and stated that they would jointly and resolutely fight terrorism in all its forms.

“The attacks that we have seen — and not only in recent weeks — have demonstrated the magnitude of the threat from all forms of terrorism. Given the fact that terrorist networks are transnational, it is clear how important and necessary action at the pan-European level is … At the beginning of December at the ministerial meeting Justice and Home Affairs, we will present the conclusions of the EU Council on Internal Security and EU Police Partnership. It will also talk about the main issue — the prevention of extremism and the fight against terrorism, “- the ministers say.

Ministers pledge to “preserve freedoms but act decisively” — to take measures to protect common European values and lifestyles while respecting fundamental freedoms and the rule of law.

The first direction of action envisages strengthening security within the Schengen area — through the establishment of cooperation between law enforcement agencies of different countries, strengthening of specialized services, and, above all, strengthening control on the external border of the Schengen area. Common law enforcement databases will play a key role in this.

Among other things, the ministers will propose to the European Commission and the European External Action Service to create a mechanism to more quickly expel potential terrorists outside the EU.

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Secondly, they plan to take care of improving the physical protection of public places and religious institutions — churches, mosques, etc.

The third direction is the fight against extremism on the Internet and a set of actions in order to prevent the spread of radical views.

“We want to complete negotiations on a regulatory action to control terrorist content on the network by the end of the year, and we also want to develop an effective tool for the cross-border removal of terrorist content,” the ministers noted.

In this context, the European Commission will propose to strengthen the obligations of Internet companies to combat illegal content but establish criteria that would not violate the right to freedom of expression.

They also propose to monitor public and religious organizations more closely. In particular, ministers note, organizations that act in violation of current legislation and support content that contradicts fundamental rights and values should not receive government support or support at the EU level. It is also proposed to limit the non-transparent financing of religious organizations from abroad.

In addition, it is proposed to thoroughly investigate what are the root causes of the emergence of extremist ideologies in Europe and how they spread; promote religious education, which would be harmonized with the fundamental rights and values of the EU, improve the opportunities for the integration of migrants into European society.