On a timely visit to Slovenia, Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya called for sustained international focus on the struggle for democracy in her home country.
Vladimir Makei, Belarus' foreign minister, sat down with Euronews to discuss anti-government protests, the decline of democracy and relations with Mother Russia.
A 48-year-old Dutch citizen was detained by authorities on Sunday after trying to cycle into Belarus from neighbouring Lithuania.
Around 995 people sought shelter in EU countries between August and December 2020, compared with 545 over the same period in 2019.
The Belarusian President said that it was very "the FBI, the CIA" were "most likely" involved in the alleged plot to assassinate him and his family.
"We have not been notified of this decision nor of the reasons for it and learned of it this morning through the press," said Euronews in a statement.
The EU's top diplomat warned on Thursday that "we are witnessing a further escalation of repression against the Belarusian people".
More than 50 European journalists' unions on Thursday urged their governments to up the pressure on Belarus to release jailed journalists as the country marks Freedom Day.
A new documentary film alleges that EU funds contributed to financing Lukashenko's regime and his lavish lifestyle. The bloc has rejected the accusations as "completely unfounded and baseless."
"The money hasn't been thrown to the wind," Lukashenko told Putin amid reports he had come to Russia seeking another loan for Belarus.
The joint €40 million programme will involve Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova.
Data shows Belarus was the most dangerous country in Europe for journalists in 2020.