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/ 27 December 2006

Belarus warns Russia over gas transit

Belarus issued an implicit threat that it could stop Russian gas deliveries through its pipelines to Western Europe unless Gazprom relented on demands that Kiev pay steep price increases in 2007. ”We are inter-dependent. If I don’t have a domestic gas-supply contract, Gazprom won’t have a transit deal,” Belarus’s Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko said.

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/ 27 March 2006

Belarus’ opposition seeks way forward

Depleted by a wave of arrests, Belarus’ opposition movement is seeking ways to regroup after week-long protests were broken up by a state apparatus determined to defend President Alexander Lukashenko. Authorities at a detention centre outside Minsk finally confirmed that they had in detention Alexander Kozulin, an opposition candidate at the March 19 presidential election.