27 May 2021
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko says that he acted "to protect people" by diverting a Ryanair flight over Belarusian airspace.
26 May 2021
The Belarusian leader said "ill-wishers" are "trying to strangle Belarus" in his first speech since a commercial flight was intercepted and a critical blogger arrested.
26 May 2021
Was it worth it for Alexander Lukashenko? A European Union that so often struggles to reach consensus on foreign policy this time quick to unanimously agree on new sanctions against Belarus over Sunday's forced landing of a Ryanair flight from Greece to Lithuania. More measures could follow after the brazen capture of Roman Pratasevich.
2 May 2021
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.
18 Mar 2021
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya says the OSCE and UN are ready to facilitate negotiations between the opposition and the Belarus government.
20 Feb 2021
Alexander Lukashenko says a letter sent to him by the EU indicates that the international community recognizes him as president of Belarus. DW delved into the matter.
13 Feb 2021
Voters in Belarus will get a chance to vote on a new constitution in 2022, according to Alexander Lukashenko. He also hinted at leaving power, but opposition rejected his declarations of change as empty promises.
8 Jan 2021
Officials plotted an assassination campaign against exiled dissidents and opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko, according to a clandestine recording.
21 Dec 2020
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko faced strong opposition and protests in the 1990s. Opposition politician Yuri Zakharenko was one of many who disappeared back then. His daughter Elena draws parallels with today.
12 Oct 2020
Belarusian opposition leaders say the strongman's visit to a Minsk jail to meet his foes is a sign of weakness. After weeks of protests over his disputed election win, Lukashenko is now hinting at reforms.
10 Aug 2020
However, the main challenger has rejected the results and demanded Lukashenko "hand over power." Exit polls on Sunday sparked protests throughout the country, with opponents saying the vote was rigged.