Relations between Moscow and Minsk have consolidated with a recent agreement over 28 Union State programs proposing cooperation in various sectors of the economy.
Maria Kolesnikova, one of the leaders of mass street protests against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko last year, has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.
Experts believe Russia is coercing and intimidating its neighbors through military means, escalating tension in eastern Europe.
The move by President of Poland Andrzej Duda came with the intent of preventing illegal migration from Belarus, after nearly 3,500 illegal migrants attempted to cross the border in August alone.
The Polish government is mulling over imposing an emergency to stop migrant crossing from its neighbouring Belarus as the EU accuses Belarus of deliberately pushing migrants to member states.
Migrants and refugees from Afghanistan and Iraq have been stuck on the EU's eastern borders with Belarus without food, clean water, shelter and medicine for two weeks.
EU countries have accused Belarus of deliberately pushing migrants across its borders, especially from Lithuania, in retaliation for sanctions imposed in June.
The US says it will issue its largest round of sanctions to date on Belarusian individuals and entities, targeting the country's economy and the Belarusian National Olympic Committee.
Runner Krystsina Tsimanouskaya arrived safely in the Polish capital after flying in from Tokyo via Vienna, a route chosen out of concerns for her safety.
In the latest plot twist in the diplomatic stand-off unfolding on the sidelines of Tokyo 2020, Krystsina Tsimanouskaya boarded a flight to Vienna but is expected to head to Poland, where she has been offered a humanitarian visa.
Ukrainian police opened a murder investigation after Vitaly Shishov, whose NGO helps victims of persecution fleeing Belarus, was found hanged in a Kiev park.
Tsimanouskaya, who has been granted a humanitarian visa by Poland, calls for an investigation into “who gave the order, who actually took the decision that I can’t compete anymore”.
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