Contents tagged with Belarus

  • Belarusian President Lukashenko: conflict in Eastern Ukraine cannot be resolved without the USA

    During a meeting with US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale in Minsk, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said, that the United States could contribute to the settlement of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, reports BelTA news agency.

    "Speaking about the problems of Europe, and especially Eastern Europe, in particular, Ukraine, I am convinced that it would be impossible to resolve this conflict without the participation of the United States," said Lukashenko. …

  • Russia and Belarus to unify economies

    Russia and Belarus have agreed to establish a unified Tax Code and Civil Code within the Union State format, the Russian newspaper Kommersant reports.

    The program of economic integration between Russia and Belarus was signed at the beginning of September, but was not publicized until now. The program envisages the partial unification of the two countries’ economic systems starting in January 2021.

    This will involve a unified Tax Code, foreign trade regime and Civil Code, a unified record of …

  • Lukashenko: Belarus has closed its border with Ukraine due to the weapons flow

    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, during his speech at international anti-terrorist conference in Minsk, said that Minsk was forced to tighten border control with Ukraine because of the flow of weapons, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

    "We had to close the border completely with our brothers and close people [in Ukraine], even more than with the North Atlantic bloc, which for us has always, for a long time, allegedly seemed to be the number one enemy," Lukashenko said.

    According to him, the …

  • Draft program of integration with Russia handed over to Lukashenko for approval

    The press secretary of the Belarusian Prime Minister Alexandra Isaeva said that the draft action program on integration with Russia that was prepared by the Belarussian government had been handed for approval to the Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, reports RBC news agency.

    The integration of countries is based on the Treaty on the Creation of a Union State, which was signed in 1999. In July, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow and Minsk would choose acceptable ways for …

  • President of Belarus will not attend World War II commemoration in Poland out of solidarity with Putin

    Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita reported why the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko refused Poland’s invitations to take in commemorative events dedicated to 80th anniversary of the beginning of the World War II.According to the newspapers source in Minsk, by not going to Poland, Lukashenko expressed solidarity with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was not invited by Polish President Andrzej Duda.Instead of Lakashenko, the Belarusian Ambassador to Poland will participate in these …

  • Belarus to monitor quality of Russian oil

    GomelTransNeft Druzhba, the Belarusian operating company of the Druzhba oil pipeline, is in consultation with the state-owned Belneftekhim concern regarding the construction of new oil quality and quantity control points, announced Andrey Verigo, chief engineer of the operating company, as cited by BelTa.

    According to him, such a control node could be established on Belarus’s eastern border in 2021, and would help to ensure the safe operation of the Belarusian stretch of the pipeline and …

  • Belarus to publish draft program of integration with Russia

    Belarusian Prime Minister Syarhey Rumas  said in an interview with Belarus-1 TV channel that the draft program of integration with Russia will be published to eliminate fears about the sovereignty of the country.

    "I think, after its initialing, the governments of the two countries will publish it to remove any concerns about sovereignty and other issues," he said.

    Rumas noted that the purpose of the program is to create a single market for the two countries. He stated that political issues …

  • Belarus and Venezuela owe Russia $11 billion

    Belarus, Ukraine and Venezuela are the countries that owe Russia the most through government loans, according to an estimate by RBC based on open information.

    Traditionally, Russia does not disclose information about loans issued to other governments. Their existence becomes known if Russia signs an international agreement which is later ratified by the State Duma. In such cases, Russian MPs talk about the loans, or the borrowing state discloses information about them.

    According to RBC, …

  • Belarusian company excluded from project in Lithuania for ties with Russia

    The Latvian government has excluded consortium of the Kaunas-based company KRS and the Belarusian company Beltruboprovodstroy from the tender for the construction of the Gas Interconnection Poland–Lithuania (GIPL). The reason for that was the business ties of the Belarusian company with the Russian companies and contacts with legal and physical persons who “present a risk to Latvia”.

    The consortium was offering the lowest bid price— 74.9 million euros (without VAT), reports DELFI news agency. …

  • Lukashenko orders to resolve integration issues between Belarus and Russia

    The Prime Minister of Belarus Sergey Rumas said that the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko ordered to accelerate the integration process with Russia.

    The two countries will have to agree on several issues on integration, the Prime Minister explained.

    After that, the development of "road maps" will start, and they should be ready by November. Then, these documents will be presented to Alexander Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Rumas didn't specify which aspects two …