Contents tagged with Alexander Lukashenko

  • Belarusian President says he did not expect Russia's invasion of Ukraine to 'drag on'

    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said he did not expect Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to “drag on this way”. Belarus is a staunch ally of Russia and has allowed Russian forces to use the country as a base of operations to launch attacks against Ukraine. Minsk also provides transport and logistical support for the Russian military.

    Lukashenko told the Associated Press that he was doing “everything” he could do to stop the war, which commenced on February 24th when Russia launched its …

  • Belarus asks Russia for $1 billion to repay debts

    The Belarusian government is asking Russia for a loan of $1 billion in order to repay its foreign debt obligations. As reported by TASS, this was announced on Wednesday by Belarusian First Deputy Prime Minister Vasily Matyushevsky.

    Matyushevsky says that in 2019, Minsk will have to pay foreign creditors $3.7 billion, despite the fact that at the end of last year, the country’s central bank had only $8 billion in reserves.

    The Belarusian government intends to refinance half of this debt, and …

  • Belarusian President on cabinet reshuffle spree

    During a recent government session, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko ordered that suggestions be put forward for the replacement of the country’s current office holders, local news agency BelTA reports.

    According to the head of state, the ministers have not been following his orders due to “blasé attitudes”.

    “And so, this week I am expecting proposals on the replacement of all the government leaders, all the tops from the staff reserve which I have formed,” Lukashenko demanded, “ …

  • Russia prepares to close the border with Belarus to foreign transport

    Russia intends to change the border-crossing rules for long-distance truck drivers of the third countries entering its territory from Belarus, reports DW.

    At the end of July, Russian border guards received instructions how to implement additional control measures. They were obliged to stop drivers with any passports from entering the territory of Russia, except for Russian and Belarusian.

    However, on the night of August 1, an order was issued not to apply new measures. An introduction of this …

  • Polish media: Russia wants to swallow Belarus

    Russia is preparing to swallow Belarus. Moscow is demanding increasingly closer integration from Minsk as part of the Union State, and giving energy and financial assistance in exchange. This was discussed in an article by the Polish news outlet Rzeczpospolita.

    Several days ago, the presidents of Russia and Belarus, Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko, met in Minsk to discuss the foundations of the Union State.

    “We are on the front line. If we don’t hold out for the next few years, we …