Contents tagged with Belarus

  • Russia gives Belarus new $630 million loan

    Belarus has managed to negotiate a new loan from Russia for 2019, the Belarusian state news agency BelTA reported, citing the country’s Finance Minister Maksim Yermolovich.

    “Everything is in order, all the decisions have been made. The question now remaining is the drafting of the agreement. But that is already next year,” he said, adding that Minsk is not expecting any new decisions from Russia or from itself.

    The loan in question will be for $630 million, Russian Finance Minister Anton …

  • Belarus warns of mirror response if the US military base is created in Poland

    The Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Council of the Republic of Belarus for Foreign Affairs and National Security Sergei Rakhmanov  said that Belarus and Russia would take mirror measures if Poland places on its territory a US armored division base, as reported by RIA Novosti.

    “I believe the response will be adequate. Everything will be counted, weighed and a mirrored decision will be taken,” said Rakhmanov.

    According to him, the state of the relations with the West that Belarus has …

  • Lukashenko says no to Russian military base in Belarus

    Belarus is “categorically opposed” to the deployment of a Russian aerospace base in its territory, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Tuesday, commenting on a possible response to NATO’s increased presence in Poland.

    According to Lukashenko, a Russian military base would create risks for Belarus, which is “independently capable” of carrying out the defensive functions prescribed in the Collective Security Treaty with Russia.

    A Russian base would put Minsk “under a possible …

  • President of Belarus warns of ‘joint response’ with Russia if the US military base established in Poland

    The President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko said that the possible deployment of a U.S base in Poland would force Belarus and Russia to "take adequate measures", in particular, to place additional military infrastructure on the territory of Belarus.

    “I told the Polish Foreign Minister when he spoke with us in Minsk that we are not going to fight with them. Therefore, there is no need to create extra military bases. Otherwise, Russians and we will have to respond. This means that we will …

  • Lukashenko: Belarus could take on responsibility for bringing peace to Donbas

    During his speech at the Munich Security Conference in Minsk , Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that his country could take on responsibility for ensuring peace in eastern Ukraine, and could oversee the ‘elections’ in the Donbas.

     “According to our information, they are bringing in modern weaponry which is capable of carrying out anti-electronic warfare not only on the ground, but also in space, which neutralizes any satellites and other such means. All that remains is to bring …

  • Ukrainian President: we do not want Russia to attack us through Belarus

    President Petro Poroshenko during his visit to Belarus expressed the hope that a Russian invasion from the north will not threaten Ukraine.

    “This is a border of friendship, and we do not want to allow any threat to Ukraine from the Belarusian territory. We are not expecting it, we know that it will not happen, and of course, we do not want Russia to use Belarus to get to our flank,” said Poroshenko in Gomel at a meeting with representatives of the Ukrainian community.

    The President of Ukraine …

  • President of Belarus offers Ukraine assistance in ending Donbas war

    Speaking at the Forum of the Regions of Ukraine and Belarus in Gomel, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has expressed willingness to help Ukraine in resolving the conflict in the Donbas.

    "We are ready to engage in this conflict where it is complicated and where there is no trust that is supposed to be. We are ready to do this for the sake of one thing - for the sake of peace. We, the three Slavic nations have to solve this problem. This is our trouble and problem. It's not Europeans, …

  • Russian ambassador: any attack on Belarus will be viewed as an attack on Russia

    Moscow will regard any military attack on Belarus as an attack on Russia, said Russian ambassador to Belarus Mikhail Babich in an interview with the Belarus 1 TV channel and added that the two countries have friendly relations.

    In particular, the ambassador commented on the possibility of deploying a permanent American base in Poland, which was discussed by US President Donald Trump and Polish President Andrzej Duda on September 18 in Washington.

    Commenting on the militarization of the region, …

  • Belarusian President Lukashenko names Putin’s most important military task

    Being able to independently produce and modernize weapons is the most important task for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko while reviewing samples of weapons and military equipment at the site in Ivatsevichy district in Belarus, the official website for the president states.

    “For the president of Russia, there is no more important issue, even though they [Russia] inherited a lot from Soviet times. However, they bought their modern weapons. Now the …

  • President of Belarus Lukashenko ordered to strengthen security on the border with Ukraine

    President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has ordered to reinforce the security of the border with Ukraine.

    "We have decided to strengthen security on the border with Ukraine. We see how many troubles it causes for Belarus, including smuggling of arms. We must close the border, not for decent people, but for criminals, for those who carry weapons "- he said at the meeting with the State Secretary of the Security Council and the chairman of the State Border Committee of the Republic of Belarus. …