Contents tagged with Belarus

  • President of Belarus Lukashenko: Minsk will remain a negotiation platform for Donbas

    Minsk will remain a platform for negotiations on finding a peaceful solution to the conflict in the Donbas, President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko said on Sunday, Belta agency reports.

    “This subject was blown out of proportion in the mass media almost to the extent of a scandal. I know this platform will remain. Do you think anybody will go to Asia to resolve European problems?” Lukashenko asked.

    The President also said this was a shared opinion in Germany. “We are not taking part in the …

  • Three contributors of the Russian news outlet Regnum indicted in Belarus for anti-Belarusian publications

    The Minsk City Court sentenced three contributors of the Russian news agency, Regnum, to five years in prison with the sentence being suspended for three years for fueling ethnic hostilities.

    As Interfax reported, the journalists were freed in the courtroom after they signed an agreement not to leave the country.

    In particular, the court found an associate professor of the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics, Yuriy Pavlovets, a security guard working in Brest, …

  • Belarus sent 5 people to death row in the past year

    The first deputy chairman of the Supreme Court of Belarus, Valery Kalinkovich, stated that Courts in Belarus sentenced five people to death in 2017, reports Deutsche Welle.  

    According to Kalinkovich, three people were sentenced to life imprisonment.

    “We have two forms of exceptionally severe punishment: life imprisonment and the death penalty,” Interfax quoted Kalinkovich as saying.

    Earlier, Belarusian human rights activists knew about of four death sentences in 2017: Mazyr resident Kirill …

  • Kremlin suspects Ukraine of importing cheese through Belarus ignoring Russian sanctions

    The Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) suspects that 25% of all cheese in the Russian market was produced in Ukraine, repacked in Belarus, and imported into the Russian Federation as produced from third party countries, as stated by RBC news agency citing the official representative of Rosselkhoznadzor, Julia Melano.

    According to her, cheese-like products produced mostly from vegetable fat, but presented as milk cheese, are repacked in …

  • Belarus to strengthen security on its border with Ukraine

    The President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, approved the decision on the Belarusian state border security by the State Border Guard Service in 2018, as reported by BELTA news agency.

     It is reported that the decision on border security was made considering new situation, in particular, strengthening of the external borders of the EU by neighboring States due to the continuing migration crisis and increased terrorism threat levels in Western European countries.  Moreover, the prevention of …

  • Belarus develops national cryptocurrency

    The Belarussian publication of Interfax reports that Belarus has developed the first national cryptocurrency, called the thaler.

    The creators of the Belarusian crypto currency plan to launch it on the international exchanges in January.

    “We will enter the first international exchanges in January," said one of the creators of the thaler, Sergey Lavrinenko.

    In addition, according to Lavrinenko, the thaler is planned to launch on the Belarusian stock exchange, which will soon appear with the …

  • Belarus legalizes blockchain mining, cryptocurrency transactions

    President of the Republic of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, signed off on a Digital Economy Development Decree that legalizes blockchain mining and transactions with cryptocurrencies, as reported by Russian Interfax news agency, citing the press service of the Belarusian President.

    “The main goal of the decree is to create conditions attractive to international IT-companies so that they bring their businesses to Belarus, open software development centers, and create breakthrough products that …

  • Belarus to stop buying Russian electricity in 2018

    Belarus has decided not to buy electricity from Russia at the prices proposed by Russia, as announced by Energy Minister Vladimir Potupchik, Belta news agency reports.

     As of 2018, the country plans to completely stop importing electricity.

    The minister made this statement after concluding negotiations with Russia on the purchase of electricity. “We reached the conclusion that we will not buy it at Russia’s prices, instead we will replace it with our own generation,” he said.

    Previously, …

  • Russia and Belarus to increase expenditure on joint military facilities

    The Union State of Russia and Belarus plans to spend nearly 500 million rubles ($8.53 million USD) on military, border and information security, RBC news agency report citing the Union State Parliamentary Assembly press liaison, Andrei Shakhorsky. The relevant new programs are included in the Union State’s budget for 2018, which was adopted by the Union State Parliamentary Assembly on December 16.

    The session with parliamentarians of both countries was chaired by State Duma spokesperson …

  • Ukraine expels Belarusian diplomat in response to expulsion of Ukrainian diplomatic advisor

    Belarus recently announced that the adviser of the Embassy of Ukraine in Belarus, Ihor Skvortsov was persona non-grata. To reciprocate, Ukraine expelled the Belarusian diplomat from the country, said Mariana Betsa, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

    "Because the Belarusians declared persona non-grata and expelled a Ukrainian diplomat, Ukraine, guided by the principle of reciprocity, also expelled the Belarusian diplomat from the country," Betsa told Interfax- …