‘We need to impose sanctions on Belarus too,’ says Latvian FM Edgars Rinkevics
02 March 2022 | 3:21 pm
Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs told FRANCE 24 in an interview from the Latvian capital Riga on Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin is seeking to install a puppet regime in Kyiv. But, Rinkevics said, he believes such a plan "will fail", as the Kremlin doesn’t have the military capacity to occupy Ukraine and "winning over the minds of Ukrainians after what the Russians are doing is almost impossible".
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has urged the European Union to act swiftly, as concern grows over Russia's military buildup on the border to Ukraine. Coming up with a sanctions policy after an invasion would be too late, he said.
UN representatives traveling to the region described the situation as "appalling," calling on both countries to live up to their human rights obligations.
The United Nations has urged Belarus and Poland to address the "appalling situation" at their common border. Migrants were being pushed back and forth across the border and left with little food, clean water or shelter, the UN human rights office said.
North Korea has been facing sanctions by the United Nations since 2006 over its nuclear weapons program. There are nearly a dozen UN sanctions that target individuals and the government. But they are hard to enforce.
Doctors Without Borders removed its team on the Belarus-Poland border after Warsaw blocked access to migrants trying to enter the European Union. Camped in harsh conditions, several people have died on the EU's doorstep.
West African leaders have imposed punitive measures on Mali as the military stalls a return to civilian rule. The move comes as regional leaders met in Ghana to discuss the crisis.
Russia's top financial institutions and a major new natural gas pipeline are in the crosshairs as Washington mulls "unprecedented" sanctions on Moscow in the event of an invasion of Ukraine. This as top US and Russian officials hold high-stakes talks in Geneva. FRANCE 24's Bryan Quinn tells us more.
Thousands of Malians take to the streets after the junta calls for protests against sanctions imposed by the West African regional bloc ECOWAS. On the 11th anniversary of Ben Ali's ouster, hundreds of demonstrators in Tunisia defy a ban on public gatherings to protest against President Kais Saied's power grab. And we'll bring you the latest from the Africa Cup of Nations, our reporters on the ground have all the day's action.
Thousands of Malians take to the streets after the junta calls for protests against sanctions imposed by the West African regional bloc ECOWAS. Also, on the 11th anniversary of Ben Ali's ouster, hundreds of demonstrators in Tunisia defy a ban on public gatherings to protest against President Kais Saied's power grab. And we bring you the latest from the Africa Cup of Nations. Our reporters on the ground have all the day's action.
Joe Biden says he isn't ruling out personal sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin if he invades Ukraine. The threat from the US president comes as tensions between Moscow and the West continue to heat up. On Tuesday, the third instalment of US military equipment landed in Ukraine and more than 8,000 American troops stationed in Europe have been placed on standby.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has suspended Burkina Faso in response to Monday's coup that removed the democratically elected President, Roch Marc Christian Kabore. The decision was taken during a virtual extraordinary summit of heads of state of the bloc, held on Friday, January 28, 2022.
Poland plans to build a wall on its border with Belarus to prevent undocumented migrants from crossing into its territory illegally. But environmental campaigners warn a wall could have a dire impact on local wildlife. DW’s Jack Parrock reports.
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