Contents tagged with Lukashenko

  • Putin calls on Lukashenko to begin dialogue with Belarusian opposition

    Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time called on the self-proclaimed president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko to start a dialogue with the Belarusian opposition. "Yes, we know that the situation in Belarus. Although it has calmed down inside the country, but, nevertheless, there are problems, and we are well aware of this and, of course, call for a dialogue between the authorities and the opposition," said Putin, speaking at an expanded meeting of the Board of the Russian Ministry …

  • Lukashenko gives EU an ultimatum to resolve migrant crisis

    Self-proclaimed Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has put forward a list of demands that he wants the EU to implement in order to resolve the migrant crisis on Belarus-Poland border, said the Foreign Minister of Estonia Eva-Maria Liimets in an interview with ETV.

    "He wants the sanctions to be stopped, [and] to be recognized as head of state so he can continue," Liimeths said, explaining that Lukashenko voiced these conditions during a phone conversation with acting German Chancellor …

  • Merkel under fire over telephone call to Lukashenko

    The telephone conversation of the acting German Chancellor Angela Merkel with the self-proclaimed president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko caused sharp criticism in Germany, Estonia and Poland. The deputy of the Green Party faction and a member of the Bundestag Committee on International Affairs, Omid Nouripour, speaking on the radio station Deutschlandfunk,  called these talks "a terrible signal". He noted that the European Union does not recognize Lukashenko as the legitimate president of …

  • Lukashenko threatens to block transit of Russian gas to Europe

    Belarus can block the transit of Russian gas to the European Union if "unacceptable" sanctions are imposed against it, said self-proclaimed Belarusian president Alexander.

    According to him, the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline, which supplies gas from Western Siberia to Germany through Poland, can be shut down.

    "Poland threatens us that it will close the border. Please close: fewer migrants will move there. That's not the question. What if we close the gas transit through Belarus? It will not be …

  • Poland accuses Putin of masterminding migrant crisis at its border

    Responsibility for the migrant crisis on the Belarusian-Polish border lies with Russia, which pursues an "imperial policy" and directs the actions of the self-proclaimed Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, said Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki addressing Sejm.

    According to him, Lukashenko is only a tool in the hands of President Vladimir Putin, who through his actions seeks to restore Moscow's global positions.

    "This is the first time in 30 years that we can say that our …

  • Belarusian soldiers threaten to shoot at Polish border guards

    The Polish Defense Ministry reported about the worsening situation on the Belarusian border due to a large influx of illegal immigrants.

    According to the Polish Defense Ministry, Belarusian soldiers threatened Polish border guards with weapons while trying to move a large group of illegal immigrants across the border.

    The incident occurred on November 3. Polish border guards found a huge group of about 250 illegal migrants trying to cross the border. They were accompanied by Belarusian …

  • Russia prepares to absorb Belarus as Minsk's debt mounts

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and self-proclaimed president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko put their signatures under the integration decree of the Union State, approving 28 programs in the areas from gas price regulation and defense to central banks policy.

    The document, the preparation for which was going slowly for more than three years and accelerated dramatically after the elections in Belarus, was signed via a videoconference on Thursday.

    Russia will continue to "provide assistance …

  • Russia and Belarus to adopt joint military doctrine

    On November 4, Russian President Vladimir Putin 4 will take part in a meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Union State, which will be held in the format of a video conference, the press service of the Kremlin reported.

    During the meeting, it is planned to approve a "package of important integration documents". These are the "Main directions for the implementation of the provisions of the treaty on the creation of the Union State for 2021-2023", which include 28 sectoral programs, as …

  • Kremlin: Russia is ready to supply S-400 air defense systems to Belarus

    The Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) sees no obstacles to potential deliveries of the S-400 system to Belarus, said the director of the FSVTS, Dmitry Shugaev, in an interview with RBC news agency .

    "After all, we live in one Union State. Naturally, we are not indifferent to how [Belarus’] airspace will be protected," he added.

    When asked whether Russia can make a discount to Belarus on the S-400, he replied that "it is premature to talk in advance about some …

  • Germany investigating Lukashenko’s involvement in migrant crisis

    The German authorities are investigating the involvement of the self-proclaimed Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in the transportation of illegal migrants to Germany, Bild reports, citing its sources.

    According to Bild, the illegal transportation of migrants to the EU countries is organized "at the state level" to "coerce Europe to lift sanctions" against Minsk.

    Since August, almost 4,000 migrants have arrived in Germany from Belarus, including 1,100 in the first week of October …