Contents tagged with Belarus

  • Putin gives Lukashenko $1.5 billion loan

    Russia will provide Belarus with a loan of $1.5 billion, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a meeting with Alexander Lukashenko in Sochi.

    The details of the new loan are being worked out by the finance ministries of the two countries, Putin said, without specifying from which sources the funds are planned to be allocated.

    "Russia remains committed to all our agreements, including the agreements of the Treaty on the Union State and the Collective Security Treaty Organization. We …

  • Talks between Putin and Lukashenko begin in Sochi

    Talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko have begun in Sochi, stated Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov, as cited by TASS .

    "Talks have begun," he said, answering a question.

    According to Telegram-channel "Pool One" close to Lukashenko's press service, the protocol part of the meeting has ended.

    The President of Belarus arrived in Sochi on a working visit on the morning of September 14. As reported by Lukashenko's press service, …

  • Lukashenko promises constitutional reform and early elections

    President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko is preparing to repeat the Russian scenario with the Constitution reform, which will be followed by early elections.

    "Yes, maybe I overstayed a little bit," Lukashenko said in an interview with Russian journalists, excerpts of which are quoted by Roman Babayan, editor-in-chief of the Radio “Govorit Moskva”.

    According to Lukashenko, he does not intend to leave his post "just like that."

    "I have been building Belarus for a quarter of a century. I'm …

  • Belarus has only 3 month of foreign currency reserves left, Lukashenko is hanging by a thread

    Belarus continues to head for the currency crisis at full speed as the population continues to buy dollars and euros and rapid reduction of the national bank's reserves, the volume of which is below the minimum allowable standard of the IMF.

    In August, the Belarusian Central Bank spent $1.047 billion selling currency on the Belarusian Monetary and Stock Exchange, and another $351.7 million to repay the country’s liabilities, according to data on the National Bank’s website.

    As a result, the …

  • Kyiv: relations with Belarus will never again be normal

    Belarus has an unfriendly policy towards Ukraine, said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on air of the TV channel Pryamoi.

    "This is an unfriendly policy, and we should not tolerate it," the minister said, commenting on Minsk's decision to hand over to Moscow the detained Wagner PMC fighters in July and the recent statements of the country's President Alexander Lukashenko.

    "Obviously, relations with Belarus can no longer be as they were before," he added. According to Kuleba, human …

  • Mass protests continue in Belarus

    Mass protests are taking place in Minsk and other cities of Belarus, reported the Belarusian news outlet TYT.by and the Telegram channel Nexta Live.

    Nexta Live announced the "March of Unity" across the country the day before. Its participants were supposed to gather on the central streets of their cities. On September 5, Alexander Lukashenko's rival in the last presidential elections, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, also called for new protests.

    Even before the start of the action, the Belarusian …

  • EU decides not to impose sanctions against Lukashenko

    The European Union will not impose personal sanctions on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, reported the German newspaper Welt.

    Earlier, Reuters, citing an informed Canadian source, reported that the U.S., the EU and Canada are discussing the imposition of sanctions against Minsk because of the disputed results of the presidential elections and the actions of the security forces in suppressing the protesters.

    According to the German newspaper, Germany, France and Italy opposed …

  • Russia to hold military exercises in Belarus

    The Russian military will travel to Belarus in the coming weeks for international exercises "Slavic Brotherhood 2020”.

    On Wednesday, the preparation for the maneuvers was discussed over the phone by the Chiefs of General Staff Valery Gerasimov and Alexander Volfovich, Interfax reports, citing the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry.

    In addition to the Russian and Belarusian military, Serbian military will take part in the maneuvers. The exercises will take place at the end of …

  • Lithuanian government approves assistance plan for Belarusian opposition

    The Lithuanian Cabinet approved at its meeting on Wednesday a plan to help the Belarusian opposition, said Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis.

    "Today we have approved a plan to help the people of Belarus, who for several weeks have been expressing disagreement with the unfair results of the elections and are subjected to gross violence for this," he said. According to the prime minister, the approved plan is a sign of solidarity with the protesters. This is the first, but not the …

  • Putin and Lukashenko agree to meet in Moscow ‘in the coming weeks’

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko held a telephone conversation during which they agreed to meet in Moscow, reported by the Kremlin's press service.

    "It has been agreed to hold a meeting in Moscow in the coming weeks," the statement reads.

    The Kremlin’s press service noted that during the conversation the "the sides confirmed their mutual aspiration to further strengthen the Russian-Belarusian alliance and expand mutually beneficial cooperation in …