Tag: Belarus

Breakaway PTPA Should Have Been Part of Wimbledon Decision: Djokovic

PARIS—World number one Novak Djokovic said on Wednesday that his breakaway players’ group should have been at the negotiating table when the decision was made to strip Wimbledon of ranking points. The tennis governing bodies last week took away ranking points from Wimbledon after organizers of the grasscourt Grand Slam decided to exclude players from…


Western Sanctions Block $16-18 Billion Worth of Belarusian Exports to EU, US: PM

Sanctions that have been imposed on Belarus have blocked $16-$18 billion worth of its annual exports to the West, the Belta news agency cited Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko as saying late on Sunday. Belarus and Russia were hit by sanctions after Moscow sent tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine on Feb. 24 from…


Ukraine Prepares Defense as Russian Ally Makes Sudden Announcement

Ukrainian officials on Wednesday indicated they are prepared if Russian ally Belarus joins the conflict as the country suddenly announced it would conduct combat exercises. The Belarusian Defense Ministry said Wednesday that the exercises would allow its military to operate on “unknown terrain in a rapidly changing situation,” reported state-run media. Before Russia invaded Ukraine…


Boston Marathon Excludes Russians, Belarusians From Competing

Russians and Belarusians are being excluded from participating in the Boston Marathon, a historic world event that draws top runners from around the globe. The decision was announced April 6 by the Boston Athletic Association (BAA), which runs the marathon and said it was to show support for Ukraine, as it remains under attack by…


Senate Votes to End Normal Trade Relations, Oil Imports With Russia

The Senate on Thursday morning voted to end normal trade relations with Russia and Belarus and to bar Russian oil imports into the United States in response to the nations’ invasion of Ukraine. The bill to end normal trade relations with Russia and Belarus passed in a 100–0 vote, a rare event in increasingly divided…


Airbnb Suspends Operations in Russia, Belarus

Airbnb is suspending its operations in Russia and Belarus, the company announced late Monday. “This means that new reservations cannot be made for stays or experiences in Russia or Belarus, and guests located in both countries will no longer be able to make new reservations anywhere in the world,” the company said in a statement. “Guests globally will…


Australia Sanctions Belarus President Lukashenko and Family, 22 Russian ‘Propagandists’

The Australian government has placed new sanctions on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, members of his family, as well as 22 Russian “propagandists and disinformation operatives.” Meanwhile, an expert has suggested the sanctions may be a form of deterrence against Belarusian forces joining Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “These latest steps, one month into Russia’s invasion of…


Belarus Grants Refugee Status to Jan. 6 Capitol Breach Accused

A California man charged with assaulting police and using a metal barricade as a battering ram in the Jan. 6, 2021 breach of the U.S. Capitol has been granted refugee status by Belarus, according to Belarusian state-owned television BelTA. The Belarusian Telegraph Agency reported on Twitter that Evan Neumann, received refugee status in the country. “The…


Ukraine Sees Signs of Another Neighbor Planning ‘Direct Invasion’

Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense on Sunday claimed that Belarus is preparing its military to invade Ukraine before warning Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. There are “signs of preparation” that Belarus will carry out the “direct invasion of the territory of Ukraine,” the Defense Ministry wrote on social media, according to…


Global Fertilizer Supply Shrinks Amid Sanctions Against Russia and Belarus

The global fertilizer supply chain will be bracing for a shortfall due to sanctions and restrictions imposed on Russia and Belarus, while the two countries’ potassium fertilizer exports combined are about 40 percent of the global market. Following western sanctions against Russia for its escalating invasion of Ukraine, the world’s three largest container shipping companies,…