Contents tagged with Minsk

  • Belarusian President Lukashenko threatens to break off alliance with Russia

    Russia risks losing its “sole ally” in the west, Belarus, if it refuses to compensate Minsk for the losses arising from a Russian tax maneuver in the oil sector, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko told Interfax in an interview. 

    According to Lukashenko, if the monetary dispute with Russia’s leaders is not resolved, it will not be a catastrophe for Belarus. 

    The amount in question is in the region of $400 million per year, the amount that the Belarusian budget earns from the fact that …

  • Belarus and NATO discuss prospects of cooperation

    On December 10, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Andrei Dapkiunas met with the Head of NATO’s Arms Control and Coordination Section, William Alberque before the third round of the experts’ consultations between Belarus and NATO on Confidence and Security Building Measures, the press-service of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry reports.

    The parties exchanged their views on the current state and prospects for further Belarus-NATO cooperation and indicated increased efforts by …

  • Ukrainian representative in Minsk: Russia is not willing to give OSCE control over Ukrainian border

    Ukraine insists that the OSCE is given control over the contact line in eastern Ukraine as well as the sites of the withdrawal of weaponry and the stretch of the Ukrainian border which is currently not under Kiev's control.

    However, the Russian side agrees to allow the armed OSCE observers only on the contact line in eastern Ukraine, stated the Ukrainian representative in the political subgroup in Minsk, Evgeny Marchuk, in his interview with the Ukrainian Hromadske.TV.

    According to Marchuk …

  • Anti-government rally held in Belarus

    An opposition rally was held in Minsk on Friday on the unofficial national holiday “Freedom Day”, which marks the anniversary of the creation of the Belarusian People’s Republic on that day in 1918, Zaxid reported. Estimates on the number of participants vary from 500 to as many as 2,000.

    The protesters were comprised of representatives of various social groups including pensioners, students, and entrepreneurs. The demonstrators voiced their dissatisfaction with the current Belarusian …