Contents tagged with Lukashenko

  • Belarusian President Lukashenko displeased by Gazprom’s gas price hike

    At an awards ceremony yesterday, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that the situation surrounding the price of Russian gas, in which Russia’s Gazprom earns “three times as much” from supplying fuel to Belarus as to Germany, is abnormal.

    Commenting on the gas price negotiations, Lukashenko accused the Russian concern of earning three times as much in Belarus as in Germany. “Is this normal? It’s abnormal,” BelTA cites the president as saying.

    The parties have currently agreed to …

  • Lukashenko decides to pay for Russian gas using Belarusian rubles

    Belarus is aiming to stop paying for Russian gas in US dollars and start using Belarusian rubles in its contracts with Gazprom.

    This goal was included in the “Strategy for increasing faith in the national currency until 2035” which was compiled by the Belarusian government and National Bank and approved on January 3.

    The Belarusian ruble, introduced in 1994, has suffered from chronic devaluation and at present has “completely stopped fulfilling the function of money”. As much as 60% of the …

  • Lukashenko: NATO will not allow Russia to violate Belarus’s sovereignty

    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is convinced that the West and NATO would respond accordingly if Russia tried to violate the sovereignty of Belarus.

    “Classic threats to sovereignty always exist, even for Russia. But I do not feel like the threat to Belarus’s sovereignty is growing. If this threat from Russia, as some people say, arises, and suddenly it tries to violate our sovereignty, you know what the reaction of not only the global community will be – they will get drawn into the …

  • As talks with Russia stall Lukashenko orders Belarus officials to start looking for alternative oil supplies

    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has instructed the heads of the Belarusian petrochemical industry to ensure the supply of oil from alternative sources within the next few days, reports the BelTA news agency. In the first place, Belarus officials consider delivering oil from the Baltic Sea port terminals by rail.

    Head of the Belneftekhim concern Andrei Rybakov said that after telephone conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Lukashenko instructed to complete negotiations …

  • Belarusian President Lukashenko: Ukraine provoked war in Donbas

    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said in an interview with the Echo of Moscow radio that Ukraine provoked the beginning of the conflict in the Donbas.

    "Ukraine framed itself to some extent. Ukraine started to strangle its Russian population through language issues and other things. They started to speak about issues that shouldn't have been raised in Ukraine! Anyway, I'm not justifying Russia now. I do not blame Ukraine. But anyway, Ukraine, provoked this clash, even though giving …

  • Belarusian President Lukashenko: several differences with Russia need to be resolved

    After talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Saint Petersburg, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that the parties have conceptually agreed on the supply of energy, and specific prices will be determined soon, reports BelTA news agency.

    The Belarusian President noted that he does not rule out a new meeting with his Russian counterpart before the end of this year or early next year. "We have a couple of problems that we need to resolve, these are presidential issues," said …

  • Putin and Lukashenko reach agreement on oil and gas prices

    Belarus and Russia have found ways to compensate for Belarus’s expenses that were caused by a Russian tax maneuver in the oil sector, said Belarusian Ambassador to Russia Vladimir Semashko on Sunday after a meeting between Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko in Sochi.

    According to Semashko, the leaders have found ways to compensate part of Belarus’s losses arising from the tax maneuver – roughly $400 million per year, the amount that Minsk earned through favorable oil prices.

    Semashko …

  • Lukashenko leaves Russia and Belarus integration meeting without speaking to media

    The talks between the presidents of Russia and Belarus Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko on the prospects of deepening integration within the Union State, lasted more than 5 hours, reports Interfax news agency.

    The meeting was held in Sochi at Putin's residence Bocharov Ruchey. After the talks, Lukashenko left Putin's residence without speaking to the reporters.

    "The first 2 hours Putin and Lukashenko talked with the members of delegations being present. Then during lunch, they talked …

  • Russia threatens Belarus with economic crisis for refusing to integrate

    Refusing to enter into a union with Russia will drive Belarus into an economic crisis, said Konstantin Zatulin, deputy chair of the State Duma committee for the CIS, Eurasian integration and relations with Russian nationals abroad. The Russian politician was commenting on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s decision not to sign any documents to deepen integration with Russia that might deprive Minsk of its sovereignty.

    Russia wants Belarus to transition to a full-fledged union state …

  • Belarusian President Lukashenko rules out appearance of Russian tanks in Poland

    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said after parliamentary elections that Belarus and Russia are not going to send tanks against Poland, reports BelTA.

    The Belarusian President pointed out that Belarus has always been open to Poland, as it is one of the countries closest to it. He also added that Belarus is ready for close, friendly relations with Poland.

    According to Lukashenko, when such relations began to develop between Minsk and Warsaw, Poland began to "play along" with the …