Contents tagged with Lukashenko

  • 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 …

  • Belarusian President Lukashenko once again refuses to deepen integration with Russia

    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that he will not sign any of the documents on further integration with Russia if they contravene the Belarusian constitution, BelTA reports.

    “Not a single one of the documents will be signed if they contravene the constitution and fundamental principles of life of our society. And the most important principles are independence and sovereignty,” he said.

    According to Lukashenko, Belarus and Russia can sign no roadmaps until they have dealt with …

  • Belarus fully renounces Russian loans

    For the first time in the many years that the Union State of Russia and Belarus has existed, the Belarusian government will be adopting a financial policy that completely avoids new loans from Russia.

    In its borrowing plan for 2020, the Belarusian Ministry of Finance has not budgeted for any new loans from Russia, according to the country’s “Primary areas of budget, financial and tax policy for 2020-2022”.

    In 2019, Minsk expected $630 million from Moscow in the form of an intergovernmental …

  • Russian and Belarus governments to present integration plans to Putin and Lukashenko by December 1

    The governments of Belarus and Russia will present a roadmap for integrating the two countries to their presidents by December 1, RIA Novosti reports, citing Belarusian Prime Minister Syarhey Rumas.

    “We are working on it now in order to present draft roadmaps to the presidents by December 1,” Rumas said.

    He also added that a session of the Council of Ministers of the Union State has been scheduled for November 19, after which he will discuss integration plans with Russian Prime Minister …

  • Belarusian President Lukashenko urges CIS leaders to support new Ukrainian government

    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko urged the leaders of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to support the new Ukrainian government, reports the Belarusian BelTA news agency.

    "Recently, we spoke about Ukraine. I want to express my position because both the Russian President [Putin] and I are very concerned about the situation in Ukraine because it's happening so close to us. Speaking about the new Ukrainian government, I would like to urge you to support them. There is already …

  • Lukashenko: The West has left Zelensky to handle Donbas on his own

    Speaking at the “Minsk Dialog” forum, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that the West has left Ukraine to deal with the conflict in the Donbas on its own, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    “We have left Zelensky, who has been laden with this terrible burden, not his problems, alone with these problems,” Lukashenko remarked.

    According to the Belarusian president, current events in Kyiv show that “certain forces are using this process indiscriminately to press down the new government and …

  • Lukashenko: Belarus has created medium-range missile

    President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that Belarus has been able to achieve significant results in the creation of unique medium-range missiles missile systems, which Russia is only beginning to develop. According to Belarusian President, much more powerful weapons are already being developed.

    "The main issue was the increasing of the range and power of the missiles that we already have, and how we can use the experience of our partners, especially China, with which we actively …