Lukashenko says Russian-Belarusian issues can be solved

MINSK, June 19. /TASS/: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Friday during a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that the issues between both states are not catastrophic and can be solved.

Before the meeting, Lukashenko held a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "We really did have an honest and kind conversation, although some think that tensions are sparked between us — this is not true, there are always some issues," the Belarusian leader noted. "I think we will solve them. These are not catastrophic issues."

Russia to supply 5.75 mln tonnes of oil to Belarus in Q3 2020 over pipeline

MINSK, June 18. /TASS/: The Russian Energy Ministry agreed the schedule of oil supplies to Belarusian refineries over main oil pipelines in the amount of 5.75 mln tonnes in the third quarter of 2020, Belneftekhim Holding said on Thursday.

"The schedule of oil supplies over main oil pipelines to Belarusian refineries was determined together with the Russian Energy Ministry with the volume of 5.75 mln tonnes in the third quarter of 2020 (2.875 mln tonnes to each refinery)," the company said.


Minsk is coordinating further presence of Russian military facilities in Belarus

MINSK, June 5. /TASS/: The terms of further presence of Russia’s two military facilities in Belarus are in the process of internal coordination. Russia will be notified of the decision in due time, the Belarusian Defense Ministry told TASS on Friday.

"The terms of further presence of Russia’s military facilities in Belarus are in the process of internal coordination. A final decision is to be taken by the Belarusian government. The Russian side will be notified of the decision in a working mode," the Defense Ministry said.

Diplomat spotlights economic edge of restarting talks on Russia-Belarus integration

MINSK, June 4./TASS/: Jumpstarting negotiations on Russia-Belarus integration will play a major role in stabilizing both countries’ economies, Russian Ambassador to Belarus Dmitry Mezentsev told a video session devoted to discussing the future of Russia and Belarus after the pandemic.

1,000 protest Belarusian president seeking another term

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — About 1,000 protesters denouncing authoritarian Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s seeking of another term in an upcoming election have held the largest opposition demonstration of the year in the capital Minsk.

Many of the demonstrators carried slippers as a symbol of protest leader Sergei Tikhanovsky’s call to “smash the cockroach.”

Police, who frequently break up opposition demonstrations, didn’t interfere with the protesters on Sunday.

Belarussian foreign ministry strips Russia’s Channel One crew’s accreditation — TV

MINSK, May 6. /TASS/: The Belarusian foreign ministry has stripped off accreditation of a TV crew working for Russia’s Channel One after a report on the coronavirus developments in Belarus shot by the group came out, Belarus 1 TV reported Wednesday.

Belarus: Lukashenko sees no need in being tested for COVID-19 - press secretary

MINSK, May 2. /TASS/: Belarusian president’s press secretary Natalia Eismont said on Saturday President Alexander Lukashenko sees no need in being tested for the novel coronavirus because he is feeling well.

"I know that the president has not been tested for the coronavirus infection. There is no need in that," she said in an interview with the Belarus 1 television channel. According to the spokeswoman, the president is feeling well.

Belarus due to receive $500-900 million from IMF

MINSK (Reuters) - Belarus Finance Minister Maxim Yermolovich said on Thursday Minsk is due to receive emergency funding of $500-900 million from the International Monetary Fund this year due to the coronavirus crisis.

Belarus plans to cut budget spending, the minister said.

Yermolovich told reporters that Belarus still plans to issue Eurobonds and bonds on the Russian markets in the future after Minsk postponed a Eurobonds issue in March.

Global actors may use coronavirus to reshape world without war — Belarus’ president

MINSK, April 2. /TASS/: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko believes that global actors might use the coronavirus to reshape the world without a war, the president said in an interview with the Mir broadcasting company Thursday.

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