Lithuania is securing its border to Russia's Kaliningrad Oblast with a two-meter-high fence, hoping to better protect the country against smugglers - and perhaps against Russia itself.
The Russian president says his Belarusian counterpart has asked for security assistance, should the situation spiral out of control. However, Vladimir Putin said he would not do so unless absolutely necessary.
What do a DJ from Minsk, a worker from Grodno and a businessman from Brest have in common? Three Belarusians who felt compelled to leave the country after being threatened by the authorities share their stories with DW.
Anti-government protesters have rallied in Minsk and other cities for more than a week — but they haven't been waving EU flags. Experts point out that Belarus is a pro-Russia country, even without President Lukashenko.
Lithuania has handed over two convicted Russian spies to Moscow, with three spies headed in the opposite direction. Two Lithuanians were freed, along with a Norwegian border guard, as part of the Cold War-style swap.
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