Minsk hopes for $70mln compensation after dirty oil incident - Belarusian diplomat

MINSK, December 9. /TASS/: Belarus hopes to receive a sum of about 70 million US dollars as compensation after the incident with contaminated oil, Belarusian Ambassador to Russia Vladimir Semashko said on Sunday commenting on the results of the talks between the two countries’ leaders in Sochi.

"The sum at question is quite big - about 70 million US dollars," BelTA news agency quoted him as saying. According to the Belarusian diplomat, the problem of compensation was raised at the leaders’ talks.

Belarusian leader hopes Union State Treaty’s implementation will see a new boost

MINSK, December 8. /TASS/: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has congratulated his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the 20th anniversary of signing the Treaty on the Creation of a Union State of Russia and Belarus, voicing confidence that the two countries would be able to step up this document’s implementation.

Minsk plans Russian gas price for 2020 at last year level

MINSK, November 27. / TASS /: The Belarus' government has planned the price of Russian gas in the 2020 budget at the level of last year — $127 per 1000 cubic meters, the country’s Minister of Finance Maxim Ermolovich told reporters on Wednesday.

"We formed the macro-forecast based on the basic scenario of economic development. The gas price is set at the current year level," Ermolovich said.

Belarus threatens to pull out of Russia integration deal over subsidy row

MINSK (Reuters) - Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on Sunday threatened to pull out of signing an integration deal with Russia next month if Moscow failed to resolve their dispute over energy subsidies.

Russia has propped up its traditional ally with loans and subsidies to keep Belarus in its political orbit but now plans to phase these out to lessen the burden on its economy.

That has strained ties at the same time as Lukashenko has sought to improve relations with the West.

Minsk looking for oil supply sources alternative to Russia via Ukrainian, Baltic ports

MINSK, October 29. /TASS/: Belarus is looking for ways to replace the Russian oil, considering the options of crude supplies from various regions of the world through the ports of Ukraine and the Baltic states, Belneftekhim Deputy Chairwoman Svetlana Gurina said in an interview with the SB. Belarus Today newspaper published on Tuesday.

NATO, US military buildup in Black, Baltic Sea is dangerous, Russian senator warns

MINSK, October 8. /TASS/: NATO and US growing presence in the Black and Baltic Sea is dangerous and it is necessary to work out rules of behavior in these regions, Chairman of the Russian Federation Council's temporary Commission on Information Policy and Communications Alexei Pushkov said on Tuesday.

Belarus calls for U.S. role in Ukraine peace talks

MINSK (Reuters) - Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Tuesday the conflict in eastern Ukraine could not be resolved without U.S. involvement in peace talks.

A diplomatic breakthrough last week potentially opened the way for an international summit between France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine aimed at finding a way to end the fighting.

“It won’t be possible to resolve the conflict without the participation of the United States,” Lukashenko said.

Belarus is a close ally of Russia.

Belarusian leader confident Ukraine’s Zelensky will facilitate Donbass resolution

MINSK, October 4. /TASS/: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is confident that his Ukrainian counterpart Vladimir Zelensky will facilitate successful resolution of the conflict in Donbass, he said on Friday during the expanded talks with the Ukrainian leader.

"Everything will be fine with the east [of Ukraine]. The perseverance of the current president to put an end to the war will bring success, I am sure of it," the Belarusian president claimed.

Belarus forced to search for alternative to Russian oil supplies, says president

MINSK, September 26. /TASS/: Belarus is forced to search for alternatives to Russia’s oil supplies amid the tax maneuver in the Russian oil sector, President Alexander Lukashenko said in an interview with Ukrainian media outlets on Thursday.

"Those are not levers of pressure, that is a search for alternatives," he was quoted as saying by the BelTA news agency.

OSCE registers sharp increase of ceasefire violations in Donbas: envoy

Minsk, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has registered a sharp increase of ceasefire violations in Donbas in eastern Ukraine, OSCE special envoy Martin Sajdik said Wednesday.

Sajdik made the remarks during a meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on the peaceful settlement of the Donbas situation.

The current ceasefire agreed by the TCG on July 21 is the most sustainable one since the conflict began, he said.

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