: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Belarusian leader lashes out at Russia

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — In a sign of growing friction between the two ex-Soviet neighbors, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko criticized Russia Friday for cutting oil supplies, ordered his interior minister to press charges against Russia’s top food safety official and firmly refused to host a Russian air base.

The EU and the U.S. recently have rolled back the sanctions they had imposed on Belarus over Lukashenko’s iron-fist rule, following relatively smoother elections and the release of political prisoners.

Russia has accused Belarus of becoming a conduit for contraband food to bypass a Russian embargo on most Western food introduced in retaliation to …read more

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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