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.Warsaw, Poland
Migrants wait in an area between the borders of Belarus and Poland near the village of Usnarz Gorny, Poland (Photo Credit: AP)

  • The Polish government has decided to build a fence on its border with Belarus
  • Poland says the Belarus government is pushing migrants towards its territory
  • Human rights groups worry that refugees will be stranded between countries in Europe

.Minsk, Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko extended his 26-year rule in Belarus last year. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • Russia has maintained close military and economic ties with its ally Belarus
  • Lukashenko said Belarus had coped with the unrest without any external forces
  • Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov clarified that Belarus had made no request for troops

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Exiled Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. (Photo credit: AFP)

  • Svetlana Tikhanovskaya is on a visit to Washington
  • Tikhanovskaya presented a list of companies on which she hopes the United States can impose further sanctions
  • State Department spokesman Ned Price said that Blinken had a "very good discussion" with Tikhanovskaya

.Minsk, Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko's election was disputed by many. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • This comes as dozens of Belarusians have been fleeing their country in recent months amid a bloody crackdown
  • Leaving the country by land routes is in any case only possible once every six months
  • EU country Lithuania, which neighbours Belarus, has offered support to fleeing Belarusians

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.(Photo Credit:AFP)

  • Press Secretary Jen Psaki called the Ryanair flight diversion "a direct affront to international norms"
  • The sanctions will target nine Belarusian state-owned enterprises and key members of the regime

.Sochi, Russia
The two world leaders met on Friday. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • Putin praised the relationship shared by the two countries
  • Putin said he was "very glad" to see Lukashenko
  • The two have been meeting regularly since August 2020