Belarus: Lukashenko seeks to empower son Viktor on succession
02 May 2021 | 6:47 am
The Belarus strongman want the national security council to take over in case he dies. His eldest son Viktor is seen as the informal leader of the body.
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The Russian leader said he struck a deal with his Belarusian counterpart to station tactical nuclear weapons on its territory, making it the first time Moscow has based the arms outside the country since the mid-1990s.
Kyiv says it wants UN Security Council action after Moscow announced plans to station tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus. Russia's leader has accused the West of building an axis against Moscow. DW rounds up the latest.
Russia's Putin is set to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus. Defense experts warn this could reduce NATO response time in the case of an attack.
Alexei Moskalyov had fled house arrest in Russia before a court sentenced him to two years in prison for "discrediting" the Russian army. His daughter had drawn a sketch at school against Russia's war in Ukraine.
Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko called for a "truce" without preconditions in Ukraine while warning about nuclear war.
The Belarusian leader called for Russia to defend Belarus "as its own territory." Belarus hosts a contingent of thousands of Russian troops.
Qualifying spots for the Paris Olympics are up for grabs at the multi-sport event in Poland. But with some sports wanting Russians and Belarusians back in competition, divisions are emerging.
An unindentified flying object, likely an observation balloon, entered Poland's airspace from the direction of Belarus, the Polish Defense Ministry said. A search for the object was underway.
Lukashenko said the transfer of the weapons was already underway. Putin had earlier signed a decree allowing the stationing of shorter-range weapons in its ally and neighbor Belarus.
The Wagner Group boss was exiled to Belarus this week following a short-lived rebellion by his mercenaries in Russia. Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya told DW his presence there is a security threat.
Just weeks after an aborted mutiny, the head of the private military group Wagner was supposed to be in exile, but Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko now claims he is actually in Russia.
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