Contents tagged with Belarus

  • Lukashenko not worried about NATO exercises near Belarus borders

    President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko held a meeting with the country’s security forces, discussing the response to NATO's military exercises "Defender Europe 2020", reports Belta news agency.

    "I wouldn't want us to look at it as saber-rattling. We do not consider NATO exercises, which are conducted in close proximity to our borders, as such. It is also because they [ NATO] have significantly deviated from their original plans," Lukashenko stressed.

    He also expressed confidence that …

  • Russia to close border with Belarus

    The traffic restrictions through border crossings, which will come into force on March 30, extend to the land section of the border with Belarus, according to the Russian Government’s decree, signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

    Mishustin announced the plans to restrict the travel through the border of Russia and Belarus to prevent the spread of the coronavirus on March 16, but the decree was adopted on March 27 and published only on Saturday.

    According to the document, it will be …

  • Russia resumes oil supplies to Belarus

    Russian oil giant Rosneft announced that it is resuming oil supplies to Belarus on the terms initially requested by Minsk, that is with a premium of $5 per ton, reported the news agency Interfax with reference to the representatives of the company.

    "The company confirms that the decision to resume deliveries to Belarus was made on the terms that we initially offered to the Belarusian side, that is, with a premium of $5 per ton," the representative of the Russian company said.

    Belarus has been …

  • Lukashenko: Russia is 'engulfed with coronavirus'

    "Russia is engulfed with coronavirus. The situation in Belarus is calm," said Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko commenting on Moscow's decision to close the border with Belarus because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    "So, who should be isolated from whom. The question is rhetorical," the Belarusian news agency BELTA quoted Lukashenko as saying.

    "There are a lot of challenges. You see: the world is crazy about coronavirus or maybe based on all the speculations on coronavirus. But for us, …

  • Russia closes its borders with Belarus

    Russia is closing its borders with Belarus for passenger traffic because of coronavirus pandemic, said Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, as quoted  by TASS.

    "We have also decided to close the border with Belarus, we have taken a number of other pre-emptive steps," he said. "We will continue to do everything to protect our country from this new threat, to act ahead of time, to take exhaustive measures to prevent, first of all, mass spread of coronavirus."

    According to World Health …

  • Belarus refuses to ‘integrate’ with Russia until oil issues are resolved

    There is no point in working on road maps for Belarus' integration with Russia until the oil issues are resolved, stated the Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei, as cited by BelTA.

    "Let's first solve the issue with oil supplies, and then we will continue to think," Makei suggested.

    Earlier, Russian and Belarusian presidents Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko decided to create an intergovernmental working group on the development of integration. It was planned that 31 roadmaps …

  • Lukashenko: Belarus ready to integrate with Russia, but without coercion

    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that the country is ready for real integration with Russia, but without coercion.

    “We remain, as always, committed to real integration, without coercion to integrate. And it’s strange that this began with Belarus being coerced to integrate. You understand what I’m referring to,” said Lukashenko during a meeting with Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman of the Eurasian Economic Commission College, as cited by BelTA.

    He pointed out that even with Boris …

  • Belarus to receive first batch of oil from Azerbaijan

    In March, Belarus will receive its first batch of oil from Azerbaijan – 160,000 tons.

    When Russia failed to reach an agreement with its “brother Belarus” on oil prices, it essentially lost this market, and gave Minsk an opportunity to select suppliers independently. As a result, Belarus has been receiving deliveries of black gold from other countries since January, eliminating Rosneft’s monopoly.

    In January, Belarus received its first batch of Norwegian oil through the Lithuanian port of …

  • Russia to pay Belarus more than $60 million for dirty oil

    Russia and Belarus have signed a protocol on compensation for the dirty oil which ended up in the Druzhba pipeline in spring 2019, based on a calculation of $15 per barrel, said Vladimir Sizov, deputy head of the Belarusian state oil concern Belneftekhim, as cited by BelTA.

    The compensation rate applies to 563,000 tons of dirty oil that was processed by the Mozyr refinery, Belneftekhim spokesperson Alexander Tishchenko explained to RBC. In this way, Belarus could receive $61.6 million from …

  • Ukrainian foreign minister predicts war between Russia and Belarus, warns Belarus not to expect help from the West

    Russia and Belarus could end up at war with each other, because Moscow cannot let Minsk pursue an independent policy, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko told the Czech newspaper Respekt in an interview.

    “A few years ago I spoke to a few Belarusian journalists, and when I told them officially that if they want to remain independent, they will face the same war, the same difficulties and the same suffering as us, they did not believe me. Perhaps now they doubt less,” said Prystaiko.

    “Of …