Contents tagged with Belarus

  • 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 …

  • Russia and Belarus to strengthen control over import of products from EU

    Russia and Belarus will strengthen control on the common border of the Eurasian Economic Union with the EU countries due to the outbreak of African swine fever in Eastern Europe, reads the message of the Rosselkhoznadzor (Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision).

    Rosselkhoznadzor, together with the Department of Veterinary and Food Supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of Belarus, will provide additional control measures. Special attention will be …

  • Kremlin: Belarus must transition to a single currency with Russia

    Belarus and Russia must transition to a single currency, said Russia’s Federation Council Chairperson Valentina Matviyenko in a broadcast of Belarus’s TV channel, ONT.

    During a visit to Belarus, which took place four days after Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko spoke to each other in Valaam, Matviyenko said than no one in Russia has even brought up the topic of merging the two countries.

    “This is a union of states, but it needs to be a full-fledged union,” she emphasized.

    “Full-fledged …

  • Belarus to hike tariff on Russian oil transit

    Effective 1 August, Belarus will sharply increase the tariff on the transit of Russian oil to Europe.

    According to the Interfax news agency, the Belarusian pipeline operating company Gomeltransneft Druzhba notified the Russian oil transit company Transneft about the changes through a letter sent on 1 July.

    The cost of pumping oil through the Druzha pipeline, which accounts for 20% of all Russia’s oil exports, will be hiked by 21.7%.

    The letter states that this is necessary in order to …

  • President of Belarus Lukashenko rules out union with Russia, borrows $600 million from China

    The Belarusian government is concluding negotiations to borrow $600 million from China, announced Belarusian Deputy Finance Minister Andrei Belkovets.

    “Initially we were counting on a loan from the Russian Federation,” Belkovets noted, while talking at the Fitch conference in Minsk. The loan would have been roughly the same amount - $630 million.

    But the money was tied up. On April 1, after several rounds of intergovernmental talks following President Lukashenko’s visit to the Kremlin bearing …

  • Russia to pay Kazakhstan $76 million for 'dirty' oil

    The Russian state-owned company Transneft will pay a compensation of about $76 million to the Kazakh national oil transporter KazTransOil for contaminated oil, reports Deutsche Welle news agency.

    "Loss of quality, downtime, and storage are included in the amount of compensation," - said one of the sources of Bloomberg. A formal agreement between the two operators has not yet been signed. Earlier, Reuters reported that Russia will pay Kazakhstan a fixed amount for contaminated oil.

    According …

  • Belarus plans to buy Russian Su-30SM fighter jets

    Belarussian Minister of Defense Andrei Ravkov said that Belarus plans to purchase several Su-30SM fighter jets from Russia, reports Interfax.

    "The contract is concluded, and it is confirmed. I know that these four aircraft are manufactured now, and are almost ready, so if President Lukashenko makes a decision, they will be purchased in the prescribed manner," he said.

    The Minister noted that there are no specific delivery dates. "The contract was made on suspensive terms, linked to the …

  • Serbia begins joint military exercises with Russia and Belarus

    On June 14, the international exercises Slavic Brotherhood 2019 started in Serbia with the participation of Russia and Belarus.

    According to the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry, the joint exercises of the three countries will be held until June 27. About 600 troops will participate in them.

    About 200 paratroopers from Russia, 300 soldiers from Serbia and up to 60 military from Belarus participate in the exercise. The exercises will involve more than 50 units of wheeled and …

  • US extends sanctions against Lukashenko and a number of Belarusian officials

    US President Donald Trump has extended sanctions against a number of Belarusian officials for one more year, the press service of the White House said.

    The corresponding document addressed to the US Congress is posted on the White House website.

    The document states that, “The actions and policies of certain members of the Government of Belarus and other persons continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”

    “For this …