Contents tagged with Belarus

  • 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. …

  • Belarus President Lukashenko speaks about ‘hard' negotiations with Putin in Sochi

    The negotiations of Russia’s and Belarus leaders on September 21 in Sochi were "hard" but effective, said Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with the government, reports BelTA.

    Lukashenko's meeting with the government in Minsk was devoted to the results of his talks with Putin in Sochi. "The main part of the talks was one-on-one with the [Russian] president. Negotiations lasted six hours, even more. Frankly, it was not only hard but difficult negotiations, but they were …

  • Belarus refuses loan from IMF in order to not 'shock the population'

    The Belarusian Minister of Finance Maksim Yermolovich said during an evening broadcast of the STV channel that the government refused a loan from the IMF to avoid the possible shock of the population. “The head of state said that this will be a shock to our people. Therefore, the government refused the IMF program,” said Yermolovich.

    According to him, the Belarusian government had to do it because the IMF demanded that the reforms be implemented in a shorter period than agreed by the …

  • Belarusian President Lukashenko promises to assist Assad in ‘Syria’s restoration’

    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that he is willing to offer “comprehensive assistance” to the Assad regime in the process of restoring Syria.

    Lukashenko made a statement to this effect in a greeting to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the countries, BELTA reports, citing the president’s press service.

    “Belarusian-Syrian relations were tested in a special way during the war against terrorism in Syria. During the troubled …

  • President of Belarus Lukashenko announces a new meeting with Putin

    In an interview with Belarus 1 TV channel, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko spoke about a new meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in the near future with the participation of governments of both sides.

    Lukashenko said that they reached the corresponding agreement during their negotiations in Sochi on August 22.

    “Most importantly, we agreed with the Russian President to arrange our schedules to find an opportunity to meet in the next few days. We will meet in a broad …

  • Belarus asks Russia for $1 billion to repay debts

    The Belarusian government is asking Russia for a loan of $1 billion in order to repay its foreign debt obligations. As reported by TASS, this was announced on Wednesday by Belarusian First Deputy Prime Minister Vasily Matyushevsky.

    Matyushevsky says that in 2019, Minsk will have to pay foreign creditors $3.7 billion, despite the fact that at the end of last year, the country’s central bank had only $8 billion in reserves.

    The Belarusian government intends to refinance half of this debt, and …

  • Belarusian President on cabinet reshuffle spree

    During a recent government session, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko ordered that suggestions be put forward for the replacement of the country’s current office holders, local news agency BelTA reports.

    According to the head of state, the ministers have not been following his orders due to “blasé attitudes”.

    “And so, this week I am expecting proposals on the replacement of all the government leaders, all the tops from the staff reserve which I have formed,” Lukashenko demanded, “ …

  • Russia prepares to close the border with Belarus to foreign transport

    Russia intends to change the border-crossing rules for long-distance truck drivers of the third countries entering its territory from Belarus, reports DW.

    At the end of July, Russian border guards received instructions how to implement additional control measures. They were obliged to stop drivers with any passports from entering the territory of Russia, except for Russian and Belarusian.

    However, on the night of August 1, an order was issued not to apply new measures. An introduction of this …

  • Three Russian biathletes join Ukraine’s national team

    Three Russian biathletes, Ekaterina Bekh, Anasitaia Rasskazova and Oksana Moskalenko will represent the national team of Ukraine,as stated on the website of the Biathlon Federation of Ukraine.

    “These three girls were invited by the Belarussian Federation. They quit in Moscow and had a meeting with the Belarussian team, but something did not work out there and they called me. The girls’ parents are Ukrainian citizens. The documents to acquire citizenship are only now being processed, which is …

  • Polish media: Russia wants to swallow Belarus

    Russia is preparing to swallow Belarus. Moscow is demanding increasingly closer integration from Minsk as part of the Union State, and giving energy and financial assistance in exchange. This was discussed in an article by the Polish news outlet Rzeczpospolita.

    Several days ago, the presidents of Russia and Belarus, Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko, met in Minsk to discuss the foundations of the Union State.

    “We are on the front line. If we don’t hold out for the next few years, we …