Contents tagged with Belarus

  • Belarus: Representatives of 7 countries will be present at Zapad-2017 military exercise

    Belarus invited representatives of seven countries and six international organizations to the Belarusian-Russian military exercise Zapad 2017 in the fall of 2017, as reported by the Ministry of Defense of Belarus on its website.

    The report emphasizes that "monitoring of the exercise has been organized in strict accordance with national legislation and international treaties."

    "Building on the practice of good-neighborliness and reciprocity, within the framework of the OSCE Vienna Document …

  • Turchynov: During Zapad-2017 military exercises Kremlin will test its army’s readiness for war with West

    During the Zapad (“West”) 2017 exercises, the Kremlin will test how ready Russia is for a major war with the West, said NSDC (National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine) Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov.

    According to him, it has been officially declared that the exercises will involve roughly 13,000 military personnel, including roughly 3,000 from the Russian Armed Forces, and roughly 280 items of weaponry and military equipment and 25 items of aviation equipment. Aside from the armed …

  • Russia to give Belarus $700 million loan ‘to strengthen friendly relations’

    This year Russia will lend Belarus $700 million. As follows from the Russian government’s directive published on the official legal information portal, Minsk will be obligated to repay this loan in 10 years.

    The funds will be allocated “towards the goal of further strengthening friendly relations” for the repayment of loans issued previously by Russia.

    Minsk must make repayments twice a year, on April 15 and October 15, over 10 years. The payment amount will grow from 2.5% of the amount …

  • Putin: Russian oil will be supplied to Belarus only if its exports take place through Russian ports

    "Belarusian refineries process our raw oil. There is no other oil there and it is unlikely to appear, that is why we need to align their receiving our oil with the requirement of using our infrastructure," as said by President Vladimir Putin at a meeting on transport infrastructure development for the northwest Russia which was held on Wednesday, August 16th, in Kaliningrad, as reported by RIA Novosti.

    Belarus has two oil refineries in Mozyr and Novopolotsk. Russia agreed to supply 24 million …

  • Lithuania to send observers to Russia-Belarus Zapad-2017 exercises

    Lithuania received permission to send observers to the Russia-Belarus exercise Zapad-2017, which will be held on September 14 to 20, reported Delfi. Lithuania will observe the exercises in Belarus and the Leningrad region of the Russian Federation.

    "Lithuania... together with other states of the region received an invitation from Russia and Belarus to observe Zapad-2017 exercises," the representative of the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defense, Asta Galdikaitė said.

    She said that …

  • Lukashenko sees danger in how Belarus-Russia relations are developing

    President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that he is concerned about the negative dynamics in the development of relations between Belarus and Russia.

    “We have a large debt under the Union State treaty. We lost a lot on many fronts. But the worst thing is that on some issues we are losing ground,” said Lukashenko.

    He also mentioned the restoration of border zones on the Belarusian-Russian border.

    We were proud of the fact that both Russians and Belarusians have equal rights here. Now we …

  • Putin asks State Duma to allow use of air defense on the border of Belarus and Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has submitted a draft federal law to the State Duma that would allow for the use of air defense on the border of Belarus. The corresponding bill has been posted on the website of the State Duma.

    It is noted that Putin has asked the State Duma to ratify the protocol "on introducing amendments and additions to the Agreement Between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus on Joint Protection of the External Border of the Union State in Airspace and the …

  • Ukraine threatens Belarus with sanctions over export of goods to separatist-held territories of Donbas

    According to Ukrainian Ambassador to Belarus Igor Kizim, Belarusian companies supplying products to the DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic) and LPR (Luhansk People’s Republic) will be sanctioned.

    Belorusskie Novosti newspaper’s correspondent asked Kizim about the position of Ukrainian authorities regarding the deliveries of Belarusian products to the uncontrolled territories, while noting that Belarusian producers "sometimes do not hide that they directly work with Donetsk and Luhansk or supply …

  • Lukashenko invites observers to Russian-Belarusian Zapad 2017 exercises

    Belarus is inviting “a large number of observers” to the upcoming Zapad 2017 joint military exercises with Russia which have been a cause for concern for Ukraine and NATO states, reported by BelTA with reference to statements by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with the leaders of the Security Council’s State Secretariat.

    “The exercises are open; we are inviting and have already invited a large number of observers. Come, look,” Lukashenko said.

    Lukashenko mentioned that …

  • Russian soldiers start to arrive in Belarus to participate in Zapad 2017 exercises

    Personnel from the Russian Armed Forces have begun to arrive in Belarus in order to participate in special exercises in anticipation of the Russian-Belarusian Zapad 2017 maneuvers, the Belarusian Defense Ministry reported.

    “Since July 23, logistic support divisions from the Western Military District of the Russian Armed Forces have been arriving to participate in special joint exercises,” the Belarusian Defense Ministry noted.

    The Belarusian and Russian soldiers will have to jointly prepare …