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World Trade Organisation rejects Belarus’ application to join in recent Putin snub




The small nation, which is run by close Putin ally Alexander Lukashenko, is referred to by some as Europe’s last dictatorship. Belarus is closely aligned with Russian ambitions over Ukraine and has seen Russian troops invade its southern neighbour from its territory.

The move by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) will come as a severe financial blow to the country, which also depends heavily on imports from Russia.

Reporting the news on Twitter, Eastern European news agency Nexta said: “The World Trade Organisation stops consideration of Belarus’ application for its accession.”

“We have decided Belarus is not suitable for WTO membership”, according to a document seen by Nexta.

The rejection came as several key players within the organisation became concerned about the role Belarus is playing in the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The US, European Union and a dozen other WTO members announced on Thursday they believe Belarus, a key Russian ally, is “unfit” for membership to the organisation and will formally oppose its accession.

The full statement read: “We have concluded Belarus is unfit for WTO membership.

“We will not further consider its application for accession.”

Most major economies have condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and many have imposed significant economic consequences on Moscow.

These have included pledging to revoke the country’s most-favoured-nation treatment, a core WTO tenet which holds that all members should be given the same baseline access to other members’ markets.

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As Russia’s main military ally, Belarus has also garnered negative attention, with these WTO members previously asserting they would no longer engage in Minsk’s accession negotiations.

A statement by the WTO said: “We will take any actions, as WTO Members, we each consider necessary to protect our essential security interests.

“These may include actions in support of Ukraine or actions to suspend concessions or other obligations with respect to the Russian Federation, such as the suspension of most-favoured-nation treatment to products and services of the Russian Federation.”

Now, these members have declared they will go a step further.

Much like joining the European Union, the WTO has a strict selection process.

Accession requires consensus agreement from WTO members for the country seeking to join to become a full member.

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While some members have required significant negotiations in order to accede, including China in 2001, opposition to accession is very unusual and speaks to the ongoing unprecedented steps many WTO members are taking to punish Russia and Belarus for the war in Ukraine.

Along with the United States and the European Union, the communication includes Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, the United Kingdom, Japan, Korea, Iceland, North Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro and Ukraine.

Moldova was a signatory to the group’s previous statement about not engaging in Belarus’ accession negotiations but is not listed on this one.

The group calls out Belarus for “enabling” Russia’s attack, which the countries characterised as “an egregious violation of international law, the United Nations Charter and fundamental principles of international peace and security”.

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The opposing group said: “We must ensure those who do not support the rules-based international order cannot benefit from it.

“We condemn Belarus for its complicity in Russia’s aggression, which is incompatible with the values and principles of the WTO and of a just rules-based order.”

The communication also cites the “fraudulent” 2020 election in Belarus as well as Belarusian President Lukashenko’s “violent repression of peaceful protesters, which included imprisonment, beatings, and torture”.

It ended: “We urge Belarus to abide by its international obligations and to return to the rules-based international order.”



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'This is huge' Swedish Air Force jet deployed over Belarus border in threat to Putin




The Scandinavian country is not a member of NATO, but could be ready to trade in its neutral status in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

News of Stockholm’s decision to send a jet was revealed by twitter user Jamming.

They wrote: “Swedish Air Force Korpen active over Poland border area with Belarus.

“Sweden part of surveillance of Belarus and Ukraine!!!

“This is a huge political statement! Update on SwAF Korpen.”


The Gulfstream IV aircraft was tracked taking off from Linking airport and then flying towards the city of Grodno in western Belarus.

It was flying at an altitude of just under 12,000 metres at a speed of 836 kilometres per hour.

Although Sweden is not a NATO member, it is an “enhanced opportunity partner” of the military alliance.

The government also signed a statement in 2018 pledging to strengthen its defence cooperation.

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson rejected calls by opposition parties earlier this month for the country to join NATO.

She argued that such a move would further destabilise Europe.

Her statement came in the wake of threats from Moscow that NATO membership would bring “serious military-political consequences” for Sweden.

However, there is growing public support among Swedes for their country to join the transatlantic military alliance.

A poll conducted in late February by broadcaster SVT found that 41 percent of the public supported NATO membership, while thirty-five percent were against.

It was the first time an opinion study in Sweden had found more people in favour of the country joining NATO than were against it.



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Putin humiliated: Russia tries and fails to capture defiant Ukraine village for tenth time




Russia has tried and failed to capture the village of the Chornobaevka ten times, according to Ukrainian presidential adviser Aleksey Arestovich. Videos shared by Ukrainian officials online showed the “tenth defeat of the Russian invaders in Chornobaevka”. The continued failures to capture the village comes as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said last night that his country’s forces had “dealt powerful blows” to the Russian military.

Mr Arestovich told a press conference that Russian troops had tried to take Chornobaevka for the tenth time, but the assault again ended in failure.

Following this, the head of the nearby Mykolaiv Regional State Administration Vitaly Kim published a video showing “the defeat” as explosions erupt on the outskirts of the village.

The resolute village has become famous in Ukraine for its defence, as President Zelensky commended Chornobaivka last weekend for fending off six invasions at the time.

He said: “Ukrainian Chornobaivka will go down in war history. This is a place where the Russian military and their commanders have shown themselves for who they truly are – incompetent, capable of simply handing over their people for slaughter.

“Our military has annihilated the invaders near Chornobaivka six times.

“Six times, yet they keep coming back.”

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Online users ridiculed the latest Russian failures and hailed the Ukrainian defiance, with one Reddit user remarking: “At some point, I think every military intelligence outfit looking at this must be wondering how bad the rot is in the Russian military.”

One user visavillem added: “So this is the 10th time. Are Russians trying to bait Ukrainians to waste ammo with some obsolete/broken equipment, or are they really so stupid, that they keep stepping on the same rake again and again?”

Another user on Reddit adfgqert posted: “The Ukrainian people have resolve and determination that is beyond what I think is normal.

“Beyond inspirational and they bring fighting for what they believe in to a new level for me.” 

This comes amid ongoing setbacks for Russian military forces in the south of the country.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Russia had withdrawn most of its helicopters from a strategic airport in Kherson, in southern Ukraine, according to satellite images.

Kherson has also been the site of several local protests against the occupying Russian soldiers.

The official said: “We can’t corroborate exactly who is in control of Kherson but the point is, it doesn’t appear to be as solidly in Russian control as it was before.

“That would make it very, very difficult for them to make any kind of ground movement on Odesa.

“That would be a significant development, no question about that, in terms of the southern part of the war.” 


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