Contents tagged with Lukashenko

  • Lukashenko invites observers to Russian-Belarusian Zapad 2017 exercises

    Belarus is inviting “a large number of observers” to the upcoming Zapad 2017 joint military exercises with Russia which have been a cause for concern for Ukraine and NATO states, reported by BelTA with reference to statements by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with the leaders of the Security Council’s State Secretariat.

    “The exercises are open; we are inviting and have already invited a large number of observers. Come, look,” Lukashenko said.

    Lukashenko mentioned that …

  • Lukashenko is concerned about the deployment of NATO military drones near the borders of Belarus

    RIA Novosti reported that President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that Minsk's concern is caused not only by the deployment of NATO military contingents at the border with the Republic, but also by the deployment of military drones.

    "The troops are tolerable. However, most modern unmanned aerial vehicles are also deployed there... they are huge, like real planes. Those are attack drones, against whom?" Lukashenko said on Thursday in Minsk at a meeting with the secretaries of the …

  • Lukashenko promises Poroshenko that nobody will be able to draw Belarus into a war against Ukraine

    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has assured Petro Poroshenko that nobody will be able to draw Belarus into a war against Ukraine.

    Poroshenko made a statement to this effect during a joint address in Chernobyl, transmitted by the TV channel 112 Ukraine.

    “It’s important for us, and I am sure of it, that the Ukraine-Belarus border has been, is and will always be a border of friendship, a border of good neighborly relations, a border of our reliable partnership, I emphasize, a border of …

  • Lukashenko: Russia is not ready to build a Union with Belarus

    Russia is not ready to build a "real" Union State with Belarus. This was stated by the Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko in an interview with television channel MIR.

    "We are not ready for this today; and not so much Belarusians, as Russians, Russian leaders," he said.

    In his opinion, Russia and Belarus should have earlier held a referendum and established common legislation, including a Constitution, but did not do so "in due time". Instead, they "chose certain issues and began to …

  • Polish President disappointed with Lukashenko’s handling of the protests

    President of Poland Andrzej Duda is disappointed with the reaction of Belarusian authorities toward participants of a protest rally held on Freedom Day, March 25th.

    He said this at a meeting with the presidents of Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as reported by Onet, with reference to Polish Press Agency.

    “I watched with great disappointment how the Belarusian authorities dealt with the protesters,” Duda said.

    He also said that he is concerned about the detention of Polish citizens in …

  • Lukashenko accuses the US and Germany of financing militants in Belarus

    The President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, said that the armed militants who were allegedly preparing attacks in the country were funded by the USA and Germany, as he stated on Friday, March 24th, during a visit to the Grodno region, BelTA news agency reports.

    "They are offended because they heard my statement made in Mogilev about Ukraine, Lithuania, and Poland. But what if it is really like that?! The Americans and Germans funded this through the Poles and Lithuanians. Most of the money …

  • President of Belarus invited to visit the U.S.

    The U.S. Embassy in Belarus has sent an invitation to the President of the Republic, Aleksandr Lukashenko, to attend a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the United States' entry into the First World War, as reported by Interfax news agency citing the American diplomatic mission.

    "President Lukashenko, along with heads of other countries who were involved in the First World War, was invited to participate in the ceremony on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the US entry into this …

  • Lukashenko said NATO observers will be allowed to attend joint Russian-Belarusian exercises

    The President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko said that the joint Belarusian-Russian exercise "Zapad-2017" will have purely defensive objectives so the representatives of NATO should be allowed to observe them. BelTA reports that he made the statement during consideration of the report on organizing joint strategic exercises between the Armed Forces of Belarus and Russia.

    "I demand cooperation from all of you so that this event on our country’s territory remains transparent. All activities …

  • Lukashenko demands that government officials find work for their 'relatives and lovers'

    President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko demanded that all government officials find employment for all of their non-working relatives, spouses and lovers. He said this at the meeting on topical issues of the country's development, BelTA news agency reports.

    "I want to be heard by those who are sitting here now and by others in the media later today. For now, I am addressing government officials and other important people in the country: please, find employment for your wives, husbands, …

  • Lukashenko: It is not practical to build a Russian air base in Belarus

    The President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, believes that it is not practical to build a Russian air base in his country, as he stated during the "Big Conversation with the President", Interfax reported.

    "They say, a military base ... Oh, come on, who needs these 10 aircraft, which Russia wanted to station... in Bobruisk. I said to Putin: it is necessary to rebuild the airfield, it's is already half-dismantled. Why 10 aircraft? Give us 20 aircraft, we have great pilots, great school, you …