Contents tagged with Belarus

  • German Government: Belarus is creating migrant crisis in Europe with Russia’s approval

    German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said that Russia was to blame for the migrant crisis in the European Union which was created by Belarus. He noted that this is not only his opinion but of the entire German government, reports Bild.

    Noting that "organized and, at least, supported at the state level activities for the transportation of illegal migrants" are taking place through the territory of Belarus, Seehofer added: "We are all convinced that the key to solving the problem lies in …

  • Transneft’s subsidiary in Belarus on verge of bankruptcy

    After a year of calm relations between Russia and Belarus in the oil sector are again beginning to deteriorate.

    Russian oil giant Transneft is considering the possibility of terminating the operations of its Belarusian subsidiary due to a sharp increase in taxes and pressure from Belarusian law enforcement agencies.

    Zapad-Transnefteprodukt, which supplies gasoline from Russian and Belarusian refineries to Hungary and Latvia, may suspend activities, Transneft President Nikolai Tokarev told …

  • 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 …

  • Belarus loses access to European banking system due to sanctions

    The Belarusian banking system has felt the heavy footstep of European and American sanctions imposed in the summer in response to repression and the forced landing of the Ryanair flight in Minsk.

    European banks began to massively close dollar end euro correspondent accounts of Belarusian states-owned companies, making it impossible to conduct operations in two key world currencies.

    Last week, the correspondent accounts of Belarusbank, Belinvestbank and Belagroprombank were closed by Deutcsche …

  • Poland, following Belarus, shuts off main Russian oil export pipeline

    The Druzhba oil pipeline, one of Russia’s largest oil export channels to the EU, has been paralyzed by Poland's and Belarus' synchronous decision to shut it off.

    Both branches of the pipeline, built in the 1960s to supply Soviet oil to eastern European countries, were shut off over the weekend.

    Belarus was the first to stop pumping oil. On August 9, the day of President Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Moscow, the state concern Belneftekhim stopped exports along Druzhba’s southern branch in …

  • Lukashenko: Belarus to buy more than $1 billion worth of weapons from Russia

    Belarus plans to purchase weapons from Russia for more than $1 billion and is also discussing deliveries of S-400 missile air-defence systems, said self-proclaimed president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko during a visit to the military exercises Zapad-2021 at the Obuz-Lesnovsky training ground near Baranavichy.

    "Now the S-300 systems completely shield Belarus from the western direction. But we have also added a southern direction," said Lukashenko

    He noted that during the second part of the …

  • Belarus asks to postpone merger with Russia till 2027

    The Belarusian authorities, even under tough Western sanctions, continue to delay integration with Russia.

    It will take 4-6 years to implement all “Union State” programs that have been prepared and are expected to be approved this year, First Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Nikolai Snopkov said on Belarus-1 TV channel.

    The 28 union programs, which are part of the integration roadmaps and cover areas from tax synchronization to energy prices, should be the central theme of the visit of …

  • Lukashenko: Russia will send new shipment of weapons to Belarus

    Russia will soon supply Belarus with a huge shipment of weapons and military equipment, Belarusian self-proclaimed president Alexander Lukashenko told reporters in Minsk. According to him, we are talking about dozens of aircraft, helicopters, air defense systems and, possibly, anti-aircraft missile systems S-400.

    "Very soon, as I signed the order the day before yesterday, the Russian Federation will send us (I will not say what money and what) dozens of aircraft, dozens of helicopters, the …

  • Putin and Lukashenko to sign decree on integration of Russia and Belarus

    On September 9, Russian President Vladimir Putin will sign a joint decree with Alexander Lukashenko on the integration of the Russian Federation and Belarus.

    This is a package of "road maps" for integration, the last 28 documents outlining the integration of the two countries. The signing should take place during the meeting between Putin and Lukashenko in Moscow, Interfax quotes the Ambassador of Belarus to Russia Vladimir Semashko.

    "The Union government will have a meeting where all these …

  • Russia hands over 69 oil wells to Lukashenko

    The Belarusian national oil company PO Belorusneft has expanded the list of its assets in Russia.

    According to Interfax, the subsidiary of Belorusneft, NC Yangpur became the 100% owner of LLC Purneft, a company operating since 2007, which owns 69 oil wells at the Ust-Purpeysk area in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug.

    The deal, which was announced on the birthday of the self-proclaimed President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, allowed Yangpur to increase the total area of assets in the …