Contents tagged with Belarus

  • Council of Europe condemns another death penalty in Belarus

    The Council of Europe has strongly criticized the execution of a criminal for a murder in Belarus.

    "The extreme penalty is a horrible and inhumane punishment that is no longer admissible in Europe," said Yves Cruchten, the General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, on Thursday, March 8th.

    The execution of Kirill Kazachok, 40, is shocking mainly because it took place in October 2017 and the mother of the criminal has only …

  • President of Belarus Lukashenko threatens to respond to Russia's embargo on Belarusian milk

    President of the Republic of Belarus, Aleksandr Lukashenko, stated that disputes over milk supplies have again escalated between Belarus and the Russian Federation and notes that such issues must be addressed immediately during a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister, Mikhail Rusyy, BELTA reports.

    "I'd like to note that such things must be responded to. We will not remain silent. The security services informed me that Russia has imported some New Zealand milk powder, now they are having excess of …

  • Belarus company begins drilling the second well for Ukrainian hydrocarbon deposits

    Experts of Belorusneft Production Association have begun drilling the second well on Ukraine’s hydrocarbon deposits, BELTA news agency informs. The Number 43 exploratory well is being constructed over the Semyrnkivsky gas condensate field at a depth of 6,572 meters.

    This is the second deep-drilling-services project in Ukraine implemented by Belarusian oil workers. The first started in September last year. That was directional well Number 25, bored with a Drillmec machine in the Semyrenkivska …

  • Russia bans milk imports from Belarus

    On Monday, February 26, Russia banned imports of Belarusian milk, cream, whey and other dairy products, as reported by the press service of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance of Russia (FSVPS).

    The ban includes: pasteurized, sterilized, and UHT milk and cream in bulk; dried, concentrated, tinned and condensed milk and cream; ripened, concentrated and dry whey, as well as concentrated whey and milk protein.

    FSVPS adopted the decision “due to the numerous …

  • Ukrainian President is against participation of Belarus peacekeepers in Donbas mission

    Former Chair of the Supreme Soviet of Belarus Stanislav Shushkevich said that President Petro Poroshenko does not support the idea of deploying ​​peacekeepers from Belarus in the Donbas, writes the Belarus Partisan.

    Speaking about a discussion regarding the participation of Belarus in the Donbas peacekeeping mission during an earlier meeting with the Ukrainian President, Shushkevich said: "This was categorical: Poroshenko said that there can be no peacekeepers from a country that is an ally of …

  • The EU extends embargo on arms exports to Belarus

    The Council of the European Union officially extended the sanctions against Belarus for arms sales and exports of goods that could be used for internal repression. It also extended an entry ban to four people.

    As stated in the decision published on February 23 on the website of the EU Council, which was adopted the day before, the sanctions were extended for another year, until February 28, 2019.

    "These measures include an embargo on the supply of weapons, a ban on the export of means that …

  • President of Belarus Lukashenko: Minsk will remain a negotiation platform for Donbas

    Minsk will remain a platform for negotiations on finding a peaceful solution to the conflict in the Donbas, President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko said on Sunday, Belta agency reports.

    “This subject was blown out of proportion in the mass media almost to the extent of a scandal. I know this platform will remain. Do you think anybody will go to Asia to resolve European problems?” Lukashenko asked.

    The President also said this was a shared opinion in Germany. “We are not taking part in the …

  • Three contributors of the Russian news outlet Regnum indicted in Belarus for anti-Belarusian publications

    The Minsk City Court sentenced three contributors of the Russian news agency, Regnum, to five years in prison with the sentence being suspended for three years for fueling ethnic hostilities.

    As Interfax reported, the journalists were freed in the courtroom after they signed an agreement not to leave the country.

    In particular, the court found an associate professor of the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics, Yuriy Pavlovets, a security guard working in Brest, …

  • Belarus sent 5 people to death row in the past year

    The first deputy chairman of the Supreme Court of Belarus, Valery Kalinkovich, stated that Courts in Belarus sentenced five people to death in 2017, reports Deutsche Welle.  

    According to Kalinkovich, three people were sentenced to life imprisonment.

    “We have two forms of exceptionally severe punishment: life imprisonment and the death penalty,” Interfax quoted Kalinkovich as saying.

    Earlier, Belarusian human rights activists knew about of four death sentences in 2017: Mazyr resident Kirill …

  • Kremlin suspects Ukraine of importing cheese through Belarus ignoring Russian sanctions

    The Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) suspects that 25% of all cheese in the Russian market was produced in Ukraine, repacked in Belarus, and imported into the Russian Federation as produced from third party countries, as stated by RBC news agency citing the official representative of Rosselkhoznadzor, Julia Melano.

    According to her, cheese-like products produced mostly from vegetable fat, but presented as milk cheese, are repacked in …