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Россия-Белоруссия: Войны не будет

Posted by Kris Roman on July 13, 2009

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Автор Николай Жуков

На минувшей неделе, в самый разгар российско-белорусского “молочного недоразумения”, я побывал в Минске и наблюдал этот процесс в непосредственной близости, находясь в “очаге” конфликта. Хотя очагом уместнее назвать российскую столицу Москву, откуда в очередной раз была запущена санитарно- политико- экономическая ракета неограниченного радиуса действия “Тополь-О”. “Модель “О” – это Онищенко” – такое определение дала коллега из германского телеканала АRD Ина Рукк которая, как и я , вместе с представителями других зарубежных СМИ, была приглашена Администрацией президента Белоруссии взглянуть на происходящее с белорусской стороны, при этом посетив несколько молочных предприятий республики.

“Вне закона” оказались изделия всех белорусских производителей молока и молочной продукции. Точнее они перестали соответствовать регламенту Роспотребнадзора, описывающего качество молочной продукции, в том числе импортного, и определяющего, в каких упаковках, с каким информационным наполнением в отношении покупателей эта продукция должна реализоваться на российском рынке.

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Independence Day, Belarusian style

Posted by Kris Roman on July 13, 2009

Darya Sologub for Russia Today


Standing in the centre of the Belarusian capital on July 3, you will see the soldiers of the Guard of Honor squadron marching through the streets of Minsk.

You’ll hear tanks and self-propelled artillery mounts roaring towards the Kurgan (Mound) of Glory and watch the combat super jets tearing up the sky. Belarus is celebrating its Independence Day – the country’s national holiday.

It is not that the celebrations happen with such fanfare every year. Last time Belarusians saw similar festivities with super jets and fireworks was 5 years ago. And nobody expected to have anything special this year. Among the Minsk authorities and military commanders, there were talks about giving up the idea of bringing any armored vehicles to the event. However, in the end, Belarus has shown everything it could.

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Russia to preserve trade preferences for Belarus

Posted by Kris Roman on July 1, 2009

putin_in_belarusRussia intends to preserve trade preferences for Belarus despite the switch of world energy prices, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin told parliamentary group leaders on Sunday.

Belarus is the only country enjoying preferences in trade with Russia, he said. “Thanks to the low price Belarus pays for Russian crude and petroleum products, it has become a leading exporter of oil and gas derivatives to Europe. We will keep the price in the near future alongside the trend towards world energy prices,” he noted.

Belarusian First Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko said on Friday that Belarus hoped to retain current terms of Russian crude imports in 2010. “We have begun a new round of negotiations on Russian crude imports,” he said.

Minsk hopes the decision will be made in October or November.

Belarus offers Gazprom to legalize the average yearly gas price at $150 per 1,000 cubic meters, Semashko said. “We strictly comply with agreements and pay $150 per 1,000 cubic meters of gas. We will start paying earlier debts in the second half of the year,” he noted.

Being a member of the Russia-Belarus Union State, Belarus pays the smallest price for Russian energy resources, ITAR-TASSreports.

Gazprom announced on Friday it had sent Belarus a letter demanding it pay $244 million in gas debts, and warning that supplies could be cut if the sum is not cleared.

The debt has arisen due to differences between contract and average prices. In the first quarter Belarus paid $210 per 1,000 cubic meters, but by the end of the year this figure should have dropped to under $100. In line with verbal agreements the price should average out at $150 per 1,000 cubic meters.

Belarusian First Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko said on Friday that the government expects Russian gas prices to reach $166 per 1,000 cubic meters on January 1, 2010 if oil prices remain around the $70 per barrel mark this year. The rate is still well below the average rate Russia charges European Union countries for its gas, rian.ru reports.

The countries have in the past also clashed over Russian oil sales to Belarus, which had also been heavily discounted until the end of 2006. After Russia raised the oil price for Minsk, while keeping it below international prices, Belarus imposed a tariff on oil pipeline transit via its territory, triggering a temporary cut-off in early 2007.

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Belarus aims to become bridge between Orthodoxy and Catholicism

Posted by Kris Roman on April 27, 2009

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko is going on a visit to Europe for the first time in many years. He will travel to Rome to have a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Lukashenko has been trying to develop closer ties with the European Union lately, which raises concerns with the Russian administration. The Belarussian leader tries to become a mediator between Orthodoxy and Catholicism to make his country become a bridge between Russia and the European Union.

 

Alexander Lukashenko embarks of an official visit to Europe for the first time in 14 years. He will meet the Pope on April 27 in The Vatican. Lukashenko will also attend official dinner that Silvio Berlusconi will give in his honor.

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President Loekasjenko bezoekt Paus

Posted by Kris Roman on April 27, 2009

President Loekasjenko van Wit-Rusland, is op bezoek geweest bij de paus.

Audiëntie

Paus Benedictus XVI ontving Loekasjenko in particuliere audiëntie. Het Vaticaan maakte niet bekend waarover de twee hebben gesproken.

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Een woordvoerder van het Vaticaan zei over het omstreden karakter van de ontmoeting dat het ‘grof’ zou zijn de president van een land ‘waarmee wij diplomatieke betrekkingen onderhouden’, niet te ontvangen. Hij verzekerde dat dat niet betekent dat Benedictus het ‘op alle punten’ met de Wit-Russische president eens is.

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Russia plans to deliver advanced air defense missiles to Belarus

Posted by Kris Roman on April 9, 2009

 

s-300Russia will supply advanced S-400 air defense systems to Belarus under a recent agreement to create an integrated air defense network, a senior Air Force official said on Thursday.

“One of the provisions of the agreement is to upgrade the network. It must be equipped with the most advanced weaponry,” first deputy Air Force commander Lt. Gen. Vadim Volkovitsky said.

The S-400 Triumf (SA-21 Growler) is designed to intercept and destroy airborne targets at a distance of up to 400 kilometers (250 miles), twice the range of the U.S. MIM-104 Patriot, and 2 1/2 times that of the S-300PMU-2.

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Russia, Belarus sign air defense pact

Posted by Kris Roman on February 4, 2009

Russia and Belarus signed a military agreement Tuesday, pledging to jointly protect the skies over the two nations.

President Dmitry Medvedev and President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus signed the pact at a meeting in Moscow of the Russia-Belarus Union State Council, RIA Novosti reported.

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IMF leent 2,5 miljard dollar aan Wit-Rusland

Posted by Kris Roman on December 31, 2008

Het Internationaal Monetair Fonds (IMF) leent 2,5 miljard dollar (1,8 miljard euro) aan Wit-Rusland om het land door de financiële crisis heen te helpen. Dat maakte het IMF woensdag bekend.

Volgens IMF-topman Dominique Strauss-Kahn wordt Wit-Rusland hard geraakt door de gevolgen van de wereldwijde financiële crisis. Een terugval van de buitenlandse vraag naar Wit-Russische producten en minder toegang tot internationale financiële stromen hebben de reserves van het land aanzienlijk uitgeput.

In de afgelopen maanden voorzag het IMF al onder meer Estland, Hongarije, Oekraïne en IJsland van miljardenleningen om de gevolgen van de kredietcrisis op te vangen en de economie te hervormen.

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Rusland en Wit-Russen akkoord over gas

Posted by Kris Roman on December 22, 2008

 

In tegenstelling tot het hoog opgelopen gasconflict met Oekraïne, heeft Moskou maandag een akkoord gesloten met Wit-Rusland over gasleveranties voor 2009. De Russische autoriteiten deelden niets mee over de inhoud van de overeenkomst.

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Wit-Rusland overwoog de opstandige Georgische regio’s Zuid-Ossetië en Abchazië te erkennen als onafhankelijke staten in ruil voor een redelijke prijs voor Russisch gas, berichtte de Russische zakenkrant Kommersant. Moskou had aangedrongen op erkenning van de twee regio’s die aan Rusland grenzen.

Rusland dreigde eind 2006 al de gaskraan dicht te draaien als Wit-Rusland niet akkoord zou gaan met een fors hogere gasprijs. Rusland wil dat Wit-Rusland volgend jaar minstens 240 dollar per duizend kubieke meter gaat betalen. Nu betaalt Wit-Rusland de voorkeursprijs van 128 dollar (bijna 92 euro).

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Belarus president takes five-year-old ‘heir’ to military drills

Posted by Kris Roman on October 24, 2008

 

lukashenko-zijn-5jarig-kindBelarusian President Alexander Lukashenko took his five-year-old son with him to the recent Fall-2008 Russia-Belarus military exercises, Radio Liberty has reported.

The Fall-2008 exercises took place earlier this month and involved around 8,500 personnel, military and special hardware, including over 40 aircraft, more than 60 tanks and around 250 armored vehicles.

Lukashenko’s son Nikolai was photographed observing the exercises and receiving reports with his father. Both of them were dressed in the uniform of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Belarus.

Lukashenko also referred to his son as his “heir” and the future president of Belarus.

Following the military exercises, Lukashenko said the Belarusian army had “risen from its knees.”

“As a general and a man who has given his whole life to the army, I am ashamed,” former Belarusian defense minister Pavel Kozlovskiy told Radio Liberty.

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Lukashenko says Belarus army ‘risen from its knees’

Posted by Kris Roman on October 21, 2008

 

lukasjenko1The Belarus president said on Tuesday that the country’s armed forces had “risen from its knees.”

Speaking after joint exercises between the Russian and Belarusian militaries, Alexander Lukashenko said that, “The period of the decline of the armed forces is over. The army we have today has risen from its knees.”

The Fall-2008 Russia-Belarus exercises involved around 8,500 personnel, military and special hardware, including over 40 aircraft, more than 60 tanks, around 250 armored vehicles and up to 40 artillery pieces.

“Our armed forces are not designed for offensive aims, but are the guarantee of security and territorial integrity for the state,” he added.

He also said that the country’s armed forces would meet accepted world standards by 2015.

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Russian – Belarussian military exercise

Posted by Kris Roman on October 21, 2008

BELARUS/Russian army Sukhoi Su-25 jets, taking part in a joint military exercise with the Belarussian army, drops bombs in Domanovo, about 200 km (124 miles) southwest of Minsk, October 21, 2008. More than 8,000 troops are taking part in the joint military exercise.

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Lukashenko: “Our friendship with Russia isn`t for sale. You can be sure.”

Posted by Kris Roman on October 8, 2008

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin advanced the Russian ruble for the Coalition State

Larisa Kaftan
KP.RU

Yesterday, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin flew to Minsk to attend a conference of the Coalition State’s Council of Ministers. But while on route to the Zaslavl residence just outside the Belarus capital, Putin decided to stop by the presidential administration to visit Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko.

The offices of the Belarus administration are now equipped with high-tech detectors and electronic walkways that court visitors and employees through the entrance. The technology allows secret service employees to scan all those entering the building.

Putin was exempted from the procedure. However, the officials and journalists who arrived to take part in the conference were thoroughly examined from head to toe. After meeting with Putin, Lukashenko unexpectedly made several statements, which sounded more like justifications or explanations, about some misunderstandings in the press that appeared as though Belarus was selling its friendship with Russia for links with the West.

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Loekasjenko wint verkiezingen

Posted by Kris Roman on September 29, 2008

De parlementsverkiezingen in Wit-Rusland lijken opnieuw uit te lopen op een monsterzege voor president Loekasjenko. Van 100 van de 110 zetels staat vast dat ze naar zijn aanhangers zullen gaan.  In tien kiesdistricten zijn nog niet alle stemmen geteld.   Loekasjenko wordt door de Verenigde Staten en de Europse Unie als een “dictator” beschouwd.Wie niet plooit naar de wil van de Bilderbergers, Skull & Bonesman en andere moderne wereldfascisten, wordt tot ‘dictator’ uitgeroepen. Loekasjenko is het beste wat Europa kan overkomen. Hij bouwt een dam tegen de American way of Life.

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Loekasjenko wint verkiezingen

Posted by Kris Roman on September 29, 2008

De resultaten tonen aan dat Loekasjenko de vriend van het volk is !

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Geen oppositieleden verkozen bij Wit-Russische parlementsverkiezingen

Posted by Kris Roman on September 29, 2008

Geen enkele kandidaat uit de oppositie werd bij de parlementsverkiezingen in Wit-Rusland verkozen voor het lagerhuis. Dat blijkt uit onderzoek van de stemmen in 99 van de 110 kieskringen, zo meldde de centrale kiescommissie in de nacht van zondag op maandag. Dit lijkt een beetje op de toenmalige Belgische situatie waar Groen geen enkele verkozen lid in de wacht kon slepen.

“In 99 kieskringen zijn er overwinnaars die meer dan 50 procent van de stemmen haalden (vereist om verkozen te worden). De 99 verkozenen zijn aanhangers van het huidige regime in Wit-Rusland”, zei de voorzitster van de kiescommissie, Lidia Ermochina. “Er zit geen opposant bij”, verduidelijkte ze. Ditmaal stelden 263 mensen zich kandidaat voor 110 zitjes in het lagerhuis. Daar zijn 70 leden uit de oppositie bij. In 2004 waren er 690 kandidaten, waarvan 250 oppositieleden. De Europese Unie heeft beloofd ingestelde sancties op te heffen indien er bij de stemverrichtingen “voortgang” naar democratie wordt geboekt. Dan zullen veertig Wit-Russische verantwoordelijken, waaronder president Aleksandr Loekasjenko, mogen reizen naar de EU-landen.

De Wit-Russen willen in elk geval geen Oranje Revolutie. En gelijk hebben ze !

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Белорусский лидер проголосовал

Posted by Kris Roman on September 28, 2008

 

Александр Лукашенко уверен, что в республике созданы все условия для проведения парламентских выборов и Западу будет сложно их не признать
Москва. 28 сентября. INTERFAX.RU – Президент Белоруссии Александр Лукашенко считает, что в республике были созданы необходимые условия для проведения парламентских выборов, соответствующих международным стандартам. “Очень сложно будет международным наблюдателям не признать эти выборы”, – заявил А.Лукашенко журналистам в воскресенье после голосования на парламентских выборах. 

По словам президента, “если мы нормально проведем выборы, то Запад готов признать и увидеть Белоруссию невооруженным взглядом”.

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Tout conflit militaire avec la Russie est “en principe impossible” (Loukachenko)

Posted by Kris Roman on September 24, 2008

Le président biélorusse Alexandre Loukachenko exclut l’éventualité d’un conflit militaire entre son pays et la Russie, sur fond de crise dans le Caucase du Sud.

“Tout conflit militaire entre la Biélorussie et la Russie est en principe impossible. Car un Russe ne lèvera jamais une Kalachnikov, ni un pistolet, ni un lance-grenades en direction d’un Biélorusse. Nos peuples sont aussi proches qu’un Allemand et un autre Allemand. Voilà pourquoi cela est impossible”, a déclaré M. Loukachenko, interrogé par des journalistes ouest-européens sur la réaction de Minsk à la thèse de zones d’intérêt spécial pour la Russie.

“Ici, à Minsk, considérez-vous qu’il s’agit d’une remarque menaçante à votre égard?” ont demandé les journalistes.

“Absolument pas. Comprenez une chose: cela provient de toute évidence des partis d’opposition qui disent que si aujourd’hui c’est le tour de la Géorgie, demain, ce sera le nôtre. Et que demain la Russie pourrait bien tirer au clair la situation avec la Biélorussie. Une déclaration absolument stupide et sans aucun fondement”, a indiqué M. Loukachenko.

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La Flotte du Nord s’engage dans les exercices russo-biélorusses Stabilité-2008

Posted by Kris Roman on September 24, 2008

Les forces de la Flotte du Nord ont abordé la mise en oeuvre des objectifs des exercices d’état-major sous le commandement général du ministre russe de la défense Anatoli Serdioukov, a annoncé mercredi le porte-parole de la Flotte.

Les exercices russo-biélorusses Stabilité-2008 qui ont commencé lundi 22 septembre se dérouleront jusqu’au 21 octobre dans différentes régions de la Russie et de la Biélorussie. C’est un ensemble d’exercices et d’entraînements d’ampleurs différentes, constituant le noyau de la préparation au combat des forces armées russes et biélorusses en 2008.

“Des navires de surface de classes différentes, des sous-marins nucléaires et diesel, des unités d’aviation et des troupes côtières de la Flotte du Nord sont engagés dans les exercices”, a annoncé le porte-parole.

L’organisation du travail des comandants et des états-majors de grandes unités dans les opérations en mer territoriale, dans la zone économique exclusive et certaines régions de l’Océan mondial sont les principales questions abordées lors de ces exercices, selon le porte-parole de la Flotte du Nord.

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Russia’s Northern Fleet joins Russia-Belarus war games

Posted by Kris Roman on September 24, 2008

 

Naval task groups from Russia’s Northern Fleet have joined large-scale Russia-Belarus military exercises now in their third day, the fleet’s press service said on Wednesday.

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Russian strategic bombers to join military drills with Belarus

Posted by Kris Roman on September 22, 2008

Russian strategic bombers will conduct practice launches of various types of missiles on October 6-12 during large-scale Russia-Belarus military exercises which started Monday, the Air Force commander said.

The Stability-2008 exercises will last until October 21 in various regions of Russia and Belarus with the goal of practicing strategic deployment of the Armed Forces, including the nuclear triad, to counter potential threats near the Russian border. “The exercise will involve the majority of personnel and strategic aircraft in service with strategic aviation,” Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin said. “The crews will deploy the entire range of on-board weaponry.”

According to various sources, the Russian Air Force currently has in service at least 141 Tu-22M3 Backfire-C, 40 Tu-95 Bear-H and 16 modernized Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers.

The bombers carry long-range cruise missiles and short-range nuclear missiles as primary weaponry.

Moscow has repeatedly stressed the need to continue the development of Russia’s Strategic Nuclear Forces, including its airborne component, and said they should be able to respond promptly and effectively to any aggression.

The Russian Air Force combat training program has scheduled more than 200 exercises with 350 live firing drills for the second half of 2008.

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Loukachenko: l’OTAN lance un défi à Moscou et à Minsk

Posted by Kris Roman on September 8, 2008

L’OTAN lance actuellement un défi à la Russie et à la Biélorussie, a annoncé lundi le président biélorusse Alexandre Loukachenko, dans une interview accordée à la presse régionale russe.

“L’OTAN et les Etats-Unis nous lancent un défi et, malgré notre volonté, nous devons répondre à ces menaces et à ces défis”, a indiqué M. Loukachenko, répondant à une question concernant la riposte de la Russie et de la Biélorussie au déploiement du bouclier ABM aux frontières biélorusses.

Le 20 août, les Etats-Unis et la Pologne ont signé à Varsovie un accord sur le déploiement d’une base antimissile dans les alentours de la ville polonaise de Slupsk.

“La réponse doit être proportionnée et adaptée. Nous allons avec la Russie faire tout notre possible afin d’assurer la sécurité des citoyens russes et biélorusses”, a fait savoir M. Loukachenko.

“En 1941, les civils ont reçu les bombes sur la tête, nous ne voulons pas que cela se répète. Nous devons être prêts à tout”, a poursuivi le président biélorusse, sans préciser de quelles démarches il s’agissait: “J’ai ma propre idée concernant notre réaction, mais je ne veux pas l’évoquer maintenant”.

Il y a deux ou trois ans, des systèmes de reconnaissance de l’Alliance ont été déployés à proximité des frontières biélorusses. “La frontière est truffée de systèmes de renseignement et de contre-espionnage. Les avions de l’Alliance volent parfois au-dessus du territoire de l’Union russo-biélorusse. La flotte américaine stationne en mer Noire, et on ne sait pas quand elle en sortira et si elle en sortira”, a annoncé Alexandre Loukachenko.

“Il faut réfléchir à tête posée, mais il est nécessaire de faire tout notre possible afin d’assurer la sécurité de nos Etats “, a conclu le président biélorusse.

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Belarus says to recognize Abkhazia, S. Ossetia by weekend

Posted by Kris Roman on August 29, 2008

The Belarusian ambassador to Moscow said Thursday that Belarus would in the next day or two recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

“We are allies and this says it all,” Vasily Dolgolev said of Minsk’s relations with Moscow. He added that the relevant announcement would be made by President Alexander Lukashenko on Thursday or Friday.

Russia recognized the two separatist Georgian republics’ sovereignty Tuesday, but despite President Dmitry Medvedev’s call for other countries to follow suit, none has.

President Lukashenko sent a message Thursday to his Russian counterpart saying his country remained a reliable ally of Russia but calling for the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) to find a common position on the recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

“Under the circumstances Russia had no other moral choice but to support appeals of South Ossetian and Abkhazian peoples on the recognition of their right for self-determination in line with fundamental international documents,” Lukashenko said in the message.

The presidential press service said Lukashenko also proposed including the issue on the agenda of the CSTO session scheduled for September 5.

The CSTO is a post-Soviet security alliance that also includes Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan.

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Russie-Biélorussie: le conflit en Géorgie pousse au rapprochement (Vedomosti/Gazeta)

Posted by Kris Roman on August 20, 2008

Les présidents russe et biélorusse, Dmitri Medvedev et Alexandre Loukachenko, se sont entendus mardi pour conclure un accord sur la création d’un système unique de défense antiaérienne, notent mercredi les quotidiens Vedomosti et Gazeta.

Le document, qui est considéré par les experts comme une réponse au déploiement d’éléments du bouclier antimissile américain (ABM) en Pologne, devrait être signé l’automne prochain à Moscou.

La Biélorussie a pris son temps pour adopter une décision en la matière, a fait remarquer un responsable du ministère russe de la Défense. Les négociations ont été entamées en 2000, et en décembre 2006, le président Vladimir Poutine a approuvé le projet d’accord, qui a ensuite été présenté à Minsk. Les pourparlers avaient été suspendus après le conflit autour du transit de gaz et de pétrole.

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Bielorrusia suspende su participación en programas para curar niños en EEUU

Posted by Kris Roman on August 15, 2008

Bielorrusia suspende su participación en los programas de saneamiento de niños en EEUU, informó hoy el Departamento de Acciones Humanitarias, dependiente del presidente de Bielorrusia.

Se subraya que  tal decisión se tomó debido a que una ciudadana de la república se retiene en territorio de EEUU. Cuando un grupo de niños bielorrusos, que habían pasado tratamiento en EEUU, llegó al aeropuerto para emprender el vuelo de regreso a la patria, se averiguó que una chica no estaba. La parte bielorrusa exigió devolverla. El Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores de la república dirigió una nota al Departamento de Estado de EEUU. Pero la familia en que vivía la niña se negó a devolverla, pretextando que ella no quiere regresar a Bielorrusia.

“Debido a la retención ilícita en EEUU de la menor de edad Tatiana Koziro, ciudadana de Bielorrusia, quien pasaba tratamiento en el Estado de California, y con el fin de excluir la repetición de tales casos en el futuro, la parte bielorrusa propone a EEUU concertar un convenio intergubernamental sobre las condiciones en que puede realizarse en su territorio el saneamiento de los menores de edad bielorrusos”, informó el Departamento.

El proyecto de convenio será enviado a la parte estadounidense en los próximos tiempos, y mientras tanto la parte bielorrusa se ve obligada a suspender su participación en los programas de saneamiento de niños en EEUU, se señala.

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Belarusian Olympic gold winners to enjoy lifelong sausage supply

Posted by Kris Roman on August 8, 2008

Belarusian athletes who win gold medals at the Beijing Olympics due to start on Friday will be provided with meat and sausage for the rest of their lives, a meat company said on Thursday.

The women’s national basketball team, which will take part in the Olympic Games for the first time, will get the reward if they secure any medal, Boris Tsyporin, general director of Latvian-Belarusian meat and frozen foods producer Belatmeat, was quoted by Belarusian media as saying.

In addition to monetary rewards from Games organizers and sponsorship deals, Belarusian athletes will be given $100,000, $50,000, and 30,000 each in their home country for gold, silver and bronze medals respectively.

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Chavez und Lukaschenko planen Zusammenarbeit in Energie und Produktion von Agrarmaschinen

Posted by Kris Roman on July 22, 2008

Der venezolanische Präsident Hugo Chavez besucht am kommenden Mittwoch die weißrussische Hauptstadt Minsk und trifft sich dort mit seinem Amtskollegen Alexander Lukaschenko.

Dies gab die venezolanische Botschaft in Weißrussland bekannt.

Die Präsidenten besprechen eine Vertiefung der Zusammenarbeit in der Energiebranche und die Möglichkeit, weißrussische Landwirtschaftstechnik in Venezuela herzustellen.

Hugo Chavez wird laut der Mitteilung einen Kranz am Flachrelief von Simon Bolivar niederlegen. Das Relief wurde vor kurzem in einem Park der weißrussischen Hauptstadt eingeweiht.

Simon Bolivar führte in den ersten Jahrzehnten des 19. Jahrhunderts die Unabhängigkeitsbewegung gegen die Spanier an. Heute beruft sich Chavez auf ihn und bezeichnet Bolivar als sein historisches Vorbild.

In Minsk wird Chavez auch die weißrussische Nationalbibliothek besuchen.

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Weißrussland: Prozess gegen US-Bürger wegen Wirtschaftsspionage

Posted by Kris Roman on July 21, 2008

In Weißrussland beginnt am 30. Juli ein Gerichtsprozess gegen den im März verhafteten US-amerikanischen Anwalt Emmanuel Zeltzer, den der Inlandsgeheimdienst KGB wegen Wirtschaftsspionage angeklagt hat.

Das teilte Zeltzers Verteidiger Dmitri Gorjatschko am Montag RIA Novosti mit. Nach seinen Worten wird der Prozess voraussichtlich unter Ausschluss der Öffentlichkeit geführt.

Neben der Wirtschaftsspionage wird Zeltzer Drogenschmuggel vorgeworfen. Bei seiner Verhaftung am 12. März in Minsk wurden bei ihm mehr als 100 Tabletten sichergestellt, die Drogen und psychotrope Substanzen enthalten sollten.

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Начало встречи с Президентом Белоруссии Александром Лукашенко

Posted by Kris Roman on July 8, 2008

А.ЛУКАШЕНКО:

Дмитрий Анатольевич!

Хочу ещё раз, уже официально, Вас поблагодарить за приезд в этот памятный для нас с Вами день, для наших народов.

Думаю, что здесь чувствуют, что мы действительно всегда были вместе, и мы никогда не будем жить отдельно. Вы очень правильно сказали – мы сегодня политически, юридически, как угодно, создали единое государство, которое вместе защищаем на этих границах (здесь у нас общая таможня в нескольких метрах от того места, где мы находимся). Важно наполнить реальным содержанием всё то, что было сделано до сих пор.

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Дмитрий Медведев направил поздравление Президенту Белоруссии Александру Лукашенко в связи с национальным праздником страны – Днём независимости.

Posted by Kris Roman on July 8, 2008

В послании главы государства, в частности, говорится:

«Для нас Белоруссия – надёжный партнёр и союзник, с которым мы вместе преодолевали самые суровые испытания. На недавней встрече в Бресте мы почтили память воинов, геройски сражавшихся с фашистскими захватчиками и отстоявших свободу и независимость Отечества. Горечь потерь и утрат, которые пережил белорусский народ в годы Великой Отечественной войны, наполняет особым смыслом празднование главного государственного праздника Белоруссии в день её освобождения от гитлеровских оккупантов.

Многовековые узы братства и дружбы, сплотившие наши народы, и сегодня являются залогом успешного развития нашего сотрудничества. Его главная цель – повышение уровня жизни и благосостояния граждан России и Белоруссии, последовательное углубление межгосударственной интеграции на основе принципов рыночной экономики и демократии».

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Beginning of Meeting with President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko

Posted by Kris Roman on July 8, 2008

ALEXANDER LUKASHENKO said :

 

Dmitry Anatolyevich,

I would like once again, officially this time, to thank you for coming here on this day of such important memory for us and our peoples.

I think that people here feel that we truly have always been together and will never live apart. You were very right in saying that today, politically, legally – however you look at it – we have established a unified state in which we defend these borders together. We have a common customs post just a few metres from where we are now. It is important to give real substance to everything we have done so far.

 

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Russian-Belarusian talks have taken place in Brest.

Posted by Kris Roman on July 8, 2008

 

Meeting first one-on-one, Dmitry Medvedev and President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko discussed various bilateral cooperation issues and outlined practical steps to intensify cooperation in priority areas. The two leaders also exchanged views on a number of international issues.

The two Presidents were then joined by their delegations for further talks. The Russian delegation at the talks included Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Sergei Naryshkin, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Presidential Aide Sergei Prikhodko.

Mr Medvedev and Mr Lukashenko signed a Joint Declaration following the talks.

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Dmitry Medvedev sent a message of congratulations to the President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko in connection with Belarus’s national holiday.

Posted by Kris Roman on July 8, 2008

Dmitry Medvedev sent a message of congratulations to the President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko in connection with Belarus’s national holiday, Independence Day.

The message of the head of state reads, in particular:

“For Russia, Belarus is a reliable partner and ally with which we overcame the most severe test. At the recent meeting in Brest, we honoured the memory of soldiers who heroically fought with fascist invaders and defended the freedom and independence of our Fatherland. The bitter casualties and losses that the Belarusian people sustained during the Great Patriotic War gives special meaning to celebrating Belarus’s major national holiday on the day of its liberation from German occupation.

Many centuries of brotherhood and friendship unite our peoples, and today this heritage is essential for the successful development of our cooperation. Our main objective is to improve the living standards and welfare of the citizens of Russia and Belarus as well as continuously deepen interstate integration based on the principles of a market economy and democracy “.

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Visit to Belarus. Visit to the Brest Hero-Fortress on the Day of Memory and Sorrow

Posted by Kris Roman on July 8, 2008

 

June 22, 2008

 

Brest, BELARUS. Dmitry Medvedev took part in events commemorating the Day of Memory and Sorrow.

Mr Medvedev and President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko laid wreaths at the Eternal Flame at the Brest Hero-Fortress Memorial Complex and observed a minute of silence in memory of the fallen in the Great Patriotic War.

The two Presidents then spoke with Great Patriotic War veterans gathered on the square before the Eternal Flame. The veterans thanked Mr Medvedev for coming to Belarus and enquired about the possibility of organising a special trip by train for them from Brest to Moscow.

Mr Medvedev and Mr Lukashenko visited the Brest Fortress complex and then visited the St Nicholas Garrison Cathedral, located within the complex, where they lit candles before the icon of St Nicholas the Miracle Worker for the peaceful rest of the fallen defenders of the fortress.

The two Presidents then visited the Fortress Defence Museum and Mr Medvedev wrote in the guests’ book.

On the morning of 22 June 1941 the fortress was surrounded by German troops, and only about half of its defenders were able to escape and rejoin the Soviet Army. The remaining soldiers and commanders engaged the enemy, turning the citadel into a strong knot of resistance. The soldiers’ families and medical workers were trapped along with them.

Despite the huge losses and dire conditions (no water, food or medical supplies), for almost a month the fortress’s defenders managed to hold out against the tanks, artillery and planes of the German division. Most of the defenders died in battle, some managed to escape and join the resistance and the rest were taken prisoner.

In memory of the exploits of the heroes of Brest Fortress, on 8 May 1965 it was awarded the title Brest Hero-Fortress.

Every year a hundred and ninety thousand people and more than three thousand tour groups visit the memorial.

Over the past ten years, the fortress has undergone major repairs and restoration, thanks to contributions by Russia and the CIS, and provisions from the budgets of the Union State, the governments of Moscow and Belarus.

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“Nederlande” Yuli naar Wit Rusland

Posted by Kris Roman on July 7, 2008

Wit Rusland heeft de zangeres Yuli uitgenodigd Nederland te vertegenwoordigen tijdens het 17e internationale songfestival ” “Vitebsk  2008” te Vitebsk. De nationale tv zender van Wit Rusland zal Yuli van 7 juli t/m 20 juli introduceren bij het grote tv publiek.

De controversiële aard van Wit Rusland, weerhoudt Yuli er niet van het land te bezoeken. ” Ik leer liever een land kennen i.p.v. vanuit de zijkant het gehele land bij voorbaat af te keuren” aldus Yuli 
Yuli was eerder te zien als finalist van IDOLS 1, de musical Hair, achtergrond zangeres van Mariah Carey en als backings voor Esmee Denters tijdens de Europese Future Sex Love Tour van Justin Timberlake.

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Beginning of Russian-Belarusian Talks in Expanded Format

Posted by Kris Roman on July 6, 2008

ALEXANDER LUKASHENKO: We agreed to have a brief discussion in expanded format of all the formal and general issues before us.

I know that there are always some issues in our relations that you put point blank before us, and we are therefore ready to discuss any of the different aspects in our relations.

DMITRY MEDVEDEV: This is all the more so as there are always practical matters of great importance for developing our relations.

When I looked through the documents for our meeting I noticed that our trade turnover is on the increase despite the difficulties on the international financial markets the foodstuffs market, and this is a very good sign.

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Визит в Белоруссию. Посещение мемориала «Брестская крепость-герой» в День памяти и скорби

Posted by Kris Roman on July 6, 2008

Совместная декларация по итогам переговоров Президента России Дмитрия Медведева и Президента Белоруссии Александра Лукашенко
Подписано Президентом России Д.Медведевым и Президентом Белоруссии А.Лукашенко 22 июня 2008 года в Бресте

22 июня 2008 года по приглашению Президента Республики Беларусь А.Г.Лукашенко состоялся визит Президента Российской Федерации Д.А.Медведева в Республику Беларусь.

Президент Российской Федерации Д.А.Медведев и Президент Республики Беларусь А.Г.Лукашенко отдали дань беспримерному мужеству героев Великой Отечественной войны, первыми принявших на брестской земле удар гитлеровских захватчиков. Память о войне, о Великой Победе, ставшей общим духовно-нравственным достоянием всех народов Европы, скорбь о погибших навсегда скрепили отношения между Россией и Беларусью, другими странами СНГ, вдохновляют на созидание прочного, справедливого и безопасного порядка на нашем континенте и в мире в целом. Уроки прошлого – надёжный фундамент совместной борьбы с любыми проявлениями расизма, агрессивного национализма и ксенофобии.

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Belarus identifies new enemy

Posted by Kris Roman on June 11, 2008

A Belarusian TV channel has broadcast a report showing what it says are opposition activists training at “right-wing” Ukrainian military camps. The footage, aired on Belarus’s state-run Channel One, shows the activists training with UNA-UNSO (Ukrainian National Assembly-Ukrainian Self-Defence). It describes them as a dangerous group preparing a coup against the Belarusian president.

 

According to Belarus’s Channel One, the trainees were polishing their hostage-taking skills, attack strategies, as well as reconnaissance and camouflage techniques. 

The report said the camp is sponsored by the U.S. National Democratic Institute through its Kiev office, which has allocated $US 250,000 to the body since June 2007.

However, commentators doubt that this is enough money to train a paramilitary group capable of staging a coup in Belarus. 

It is not the first time Belarus’s state-run media have run features on opposition figures, often showing them in compromising situations in neighbouring countries. 

In 2005, Belarus security services said they discovered camps of opposition members in Lithuania, and in 2006 security officials said radicals were planning to forcefully overthrow the government.

 

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Ratification Agreement Belarus-Russia

Posted by Kris Roman on June 11, 2008

Dmitry Medvedev signed the Federal Law ‘On Ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Belarus on Measures to Regulate Trade and Economic Cooperation in the Export of Oil and Petroleum Products’.

The agreement was signed in Moscow on January 12, 2007.

It sets out the mechanism for calculating customs duties in 2007, 2008 and 2009, and the conditions for exporting crude oil and petroleum products from Belarusian territory and the territory of third countries.  

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Справка к Федеральному закону «О ратификации Соглашения между Правительством Российской Федерации и Правительством Республики Беларусь о мерах по урегулированию торгово-экономического сотрудничества в области экспорта нефти и нефтепродуктов»

Posted by Kris Roman on June 11, 2008

http://www.kremlin.ru

Федеральным законом предусматривается ратификация Соглашения между Правительством Российской Федерации и Правительством Республики Беларусь о мерах по урегулированию торгово-экономического сотрудничества в области экспорта нефти и нефтепродуктов, подписанного в г.Москве 12 января 2007 года.

В соответствии с Соглашением нефть сырая, вывозимая из Российской Федерации в Республику Беларусь, облагается вывозной таможенной пошлиной. Определяется механизм расчета пошлины в 2007, 2008 и 2009 годах. Предусматривается, что при экспорте нефти сырой и нефтепродуктов с территории Республики Беларусь в третьи страны взимаются таможенные пошлины по ставкам, равным применяемым в Российской Федерации. В случае невыполнения Белорусской Стороной данного обязательства Российская Сторона применяет вывозные таможенные пошлины на нефть сырую и нефтепродукты, экспортируемые в Республику Беларусь, в полном объёме в соответствии с законодательством Российской Федерации.

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US concerned about Putin appointment to Russia-Belarus post

Posted by Kris Roman on June 3, 2008

 

International Herald Tribune

The United States is concerned about a new sign of deepening ties between Belarus and Russia at a time of heightened tensions with both countries.

On Tuesday, Russia and Belarus named Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to the post of prime minister of an alliance of the two neighbors.

Officials and analysts in Washington say it is unclear whether the move is a step toward closer political union or a mere formality. But it comes as U.S.-Belarus relations have been in crisis. Belarus has protested U.S. sanctions aimed as punishment for its heavy-handed treatment of critics and intolerance of dissent. The standoff has led to the brink of cessation of diplomatic relations.

While tensions have also flared periodically between Moscow and Minsk, the announcement could be a sign that Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is seeking closer ties with Russia in the face of the U.S. sanctions, a bad local economy and greater domestic opposition.

Karen Stewart, the U.S. ambassador to Belarus, told The Associated Press Tuesday, that the United States will be watching for signs that that the alliance is deepening.

“We will have to wait and see what materializes,” she said.

Stewart has been in Washington since March when she left Minsk under pressure from the Belarusian government. Her departure came after Belarus withdrew its ambassador to Washington.

She said that the United States would object to any union between the two former Soviet republics, if their people were not given a say.

“We have no objection to the integration of states as long as it is voluntary, as long as the people have been able to express their will and it is mutually beneficial and does not erect barriers to the wider community of nations,” she said.

Belarus immediately downplayed the significance of Putin’s appointment, announced by the Belarusian and Russian presidential offices.

The post — officially called the chairman of the union’s Council of Ministers — has been held by the Russian prime minister since 2000. The position was created in December 1999, along with the post of chairman of the Supreme State Council, which has been held since its creation by Lukashenko.

Russia and Belarus signed an agreement in 1996 that envisaged close political, economic and military ties, but efforts to achieve a full merger have foundered. Structures of the alliance serve coordination purposes and have vague responsibilities.

Lukashenko angrily rejected a Kremlin proposal in 2002 to incorporate his nation into Russia, and negotiations on strengthening the union have stalled. He has also sparred with Putin over Russian energy exports. Last year, he denounced Russia as a “huge monster” when Russia more than doubled the price of natural gas and imposed a customs duty that made oil more expensive.

The new appointment follows Putin’s transition from president to prime minister earlier this month and the inauguration of his hand-picked successor Dmitry Medvedev as the new president. Kremlin observers are watching for signs that Putin is trying to consolidate power in the new post.

Before the transition, some observers had speculated that Putin might become the president of a new unified state of Russia and Belarus after he stepped down earlier this month after eight years as Russian president. That speculation ended when Putin made clear he intended to become prime minister.

Many say that Russian politics are particularly hard to read at the moment, because the lines of authority between Putin and Medvedev are unclear. Lukashenko’s decision making is even more murky.
“As Alice in Wonderland would say, “It’s getting curioser and curioser,” said Leon Aron, director of Russian studies at the American Enterprise Institute.

Aron said Lukashenko may be warming to Russia under the pressure of a bad economy, combined with rising commodity prices and the U.S. sanctions. Russia has recently provided loans to Belarus, ostensibly to help it handle rising Russian energy prices.

“I think it is in his interest in staying in power to do pretty much whatever Putin wants,” Aron said.

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Putin zum Ministerpräsidenten der russisch-weißrussischen Union ernannt

Posted by Kris Roman on May 27, 2008

Russlands Ministerpräsident Wladimir Putin ist zum Vorsitzenden des Ministerrates der russisch-weißrussischen Union ernannt worden.

Das teilte die Pressestelle des Kremls am Dienstag mit. Ein entsprechender Erlass wurde von Weißrusslands Präsident Alexander Lukaschenko, Vorsitzender des Höchsten Staatsrates des Unionsstaates, sowie von Russlands Präsident Dmitri Medwedew unterzeichnet.

Nach Angaben des Pressedienstes des weißrussischen Präsidenten werden die Pflichten des Regierungschefs des Unionsstaates vom Ministerpräsidenten des Landes wahrgenommen, das den Vorsitz im Ministerrat der Union führt. Zuvor war der russische Ministerpräsident Viktor Subkow Vorsitzender des Ministerrates des Unionsstaates gewesen.

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Constructions mécaniques: Minsk souhaite coopérer avec Russian Machines

Posted by Kris Roman on May 19, 2008

La Biélorussie juge prometteuse la coopération avec la société Russian Machines appartenant à l’homme d’affaires russe Oleg Deripaska, a confié à RIA Novosti le service de presse du président biélorusse Alexandre Loukachenko.

“Nous souhaitons bâtir des relations civilisées et fondées sur les principes de marché. Je suis intéressé par les propositions que vous avez faites il y a un an. Désormais, nous devons concerter nos approches et arrêter une vision commune des perspectives”, a déclaré lundi M. Loukachenko lors de sa rencontre avec M. Deripaska à Minsk.

De son côté, M. Deripaska a rappelé que les entreprises faisant partie du holding Russian Machines coopéraient avec leurs partenaires biélorusses depuis plus de 20 ans. “Définir les perspectives de cette coopération pour les 10 à 15 prochaines années constitue une question stratégique pour nous”, a-t-il souligné.

Selon le service de presse du président biélorusse, la rencontre a porté sur le développement de la coopération et de la spécialisation des sociétés russes et biélorusses de constructions mécaniques, sur la possibilité d’une production conjointe de véhicules équipés d’un moteur conforme aux normes d’émission Euro 3, sur l’entretien et la réparation de divers équipements et la création de structures chargées de gérer les actifs des entreprises participant à la coopération.

Le holding Russian Machines réunit les entreprises de constructions mécaniques faisant partie du groupe Basic Element.

Le holding est spécialisé dans l’automobile, la production du matériel de construction routière, la fabrication d’équipements ferroviaires et de pièces détachées pour voitures, ainsi que l’industrie aéronautique.

Le groupe Basic Element est un holding fondé en 1997 et possédant des actifs en Russie et à l’étranger. Les activités du groupe concernent la production d’énergie, les constructions mécaniques, l’exploitation de ressources naturelles, les services financiers, le bâtiment, les recherches et développements, et l’aéronautique.

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Belarusian firms can live with U.S. sanctions – deputy premier

Posted by Kris Roman on May 16, 2008

Belarusian companies subject to U.S. sanctions could face a number of problems but will not be seriously affected, the country’s first deputy prime minister said on Friday.

On Thursday, the United States extended the list of Belarusian companies affected by earlier imposed sanctions, including fiberglass company Steklovolokno, lacquer and paint producer Lakokraska and Belarusian Oil Trade House, a trading floor for exporting crude products.

“Of course, these enterprises could face certain problems and could be forced to diversify their deliveries, but I doubt these sanctions will seriously affect their work,” Vladimir Semashko told journalists.

He said Steklovolokno, which exported a significant share of its produce to the U.S., would be most affected. “But its products are also in demand by other markets,” the official added.

Washington imposed sanctions last November against Belarus’s state-controlled petrochemical company Belneftekhim and froze the assets of its U.S. subsidiary. American companies were also banned from dealing with the company.

The measure resulted in significant reductions of embassy staff in both countries.

The U.S. set the freeing of all political prisoners in Belarus as a condition for lifting the sanctions. The main Belarusian opposition figure, Alexander Kozulin, is currently serving a 5 1/2 year prison sentence for organizing protests against President Alexander Lukashenko’s reelection.

The U.S. and the European Union have accused Lukashenko of clamping down on dissent, stifling the media and rigging elections. Lukashenko, who was re-elected to a third term in 2006, and other senior Belarusian officials have been blacklisted from entering the U.S. and EU.

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Wit-Rusland zet Amerikaanse diplomaten op straat

Posted by Kris Roman on May 4, 2008

Wit-Rusland heeft tien Amerikaanse diplomaten gevraagd het land binnen 72 uur te verlaten. De sanctie komt er omdat Washington Wit-Rusland omschrijft als “de laatste dictatuur in Europa”. Nochtans behoort deze titel aan Israel en de VS.

Sinds 2006 hebben de VS sancties lopen tegen het bewind in Minsk. President Alexander Loekasjenko regeert zijn land als een groot staatsman. Hij weigert te plooien voor de grillen van de internationale bankiers.

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U.S. embassy in Belarus cuts staff to four

Posted by Kris Roman on May 3, 2008

leven American diplomats are scheduled to leave Belarus May 3 leaving a total of four staff at the diplomatic mission, a spokesman for the U.S. embassy said on Friday.

The former Soviet state earlier this month demanded that the United States cut the number of its diplomats down to five, and expelled 10 diplomats in protest against sanctions against a Belarusian petrochemical company.

“The embassy will work in a routine regime,” the spokesman said. Meanwhile, the spokesman added that consular assistance will only be provided to U.S. passport holders, while Belarusians will be able to apply for U.S. visas in other countries.

U.S. State Department spokesman Tom Casey told reporters on Thursday the United States was still considering how to respond to Belarus, but has “not made a decision to formally ask them [Belarus], or informally ask them, to reduce staff further.”

“We made it quite clear both here and in Minsk that one of the options being considered was simply to pull our remaining staff out and then require them to do the same,” Casey said.

The Belarusian Foreign Ministry summoned the U.S. charge d’affaires in Minsk, Jonathan Moore, on April 30 and handed him a list of U.S. diplomats to be expelled.

The ministry said in a statement published on its website that the U.S. official had been summoned as Washington had failed to respond to a request made by Belarus last week for the U.S. to cut its embassy staff in Minsk to five by April 30.

Until recently, the U.S. employed 38 diplomats in Belarus, while Minsk had 18 staff in Washington. The number of American diplomats in the ex-Soviet country was halved last month.

Tensions between the two countries increased after Washington imposed sanctions last November against Belarus’s state-controlled petrochemical company Belneftekhim and froze the assets of its U.S. subsidiary. American companies were also banned from dealing with the company.

The U.S. and the European Union have accused Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of clamping down on dissent, stifling the media and rigging elections. Lukashenko, who was re-elected to a third term in 2006, and other senior Belarusian officials have been blacklisted from entering the U.S. and EU.

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Biélorussie-Etats-Unis: Minsk a dressé la liste des diplomates américains personae non gratae

Posted by Kris Roman on April 30, 2008

 

Le ministère biélorusse des Affaires étrangères a remis au chargé d’affaires américain à Minsk Jonathan Moore la liste des diplomates déclarés personae non gratae, a annoncé le ministère sur sont site mercredi.

Le représentant américain a été convoqué au ministère mercredi suite au refus des Etats-Unis de suivre la recommandation de Minsk de réduire les effectifs de leur mission diplomatique.

Antérieurement, Minsk avait recommandé à l’ambassadrice américaine, Karen Stewart, de quitter la Biélorussie “pour consultations”.

La Biélorussie protestait ainsi contre l’introduction par les Etats-Unis de mesures économiques restrictives à son égard.

Les rapports entre Minsk et Washington se sont encore aggravés à la fin de 2007, après le blocage par les Etats-Unis des comptes du groupe pétrochimique public Belneftekhim et de ses filiales.

Minsk explique ces sanctions par le mécontentement de Washington face à la création d’une coentreprise pétrolière biélorusso-vénézuélienne qui exploite le gisement de pétrole de Guara-Este (est du Venezuela). Détenue à 60% par le Venezuela et à 40% par le groupe biélorusse, la coentreprise entend produire quelque 7 millions de tonnes de pétrole par an.

 

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Belarus wants U.S. to cut diplomatic contingent down to five

Posted by Kris Roman on April 24, 2008

Belarus has demanded that the United States cut the number of its diplomats down to five, in protest against sanctions against the Belarusian petrochemical company, a U.S. Embassy source said on Thursday.

The Belarusian Foreign Ministry earlier issued a statement saying the U.S. had been asked to further scale down its embassy staff, but did not specify figures. The number of American diplomats in the ex-Soviet country was halved last month.

The source told RIA Novosti said that the ministry had summoned the U.S. charge d’affaires in Belarus, Jonathan Moore, and told him that the ministry wants the embassy to present by April 30 a list of five diplomats who will remain in the country.

Moore warned the ministry that such a step could have serious consequences, the source said.

Tensions between the two countries heightened after Washington imposed sanctions last November against Belarus’s state-controlled petrochemical company Belneftekhim and froze the assets of its U.S. subsidiary. American companies were banned from dealing with the company.

The U.S. and the European Union have accused Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of clamping down on dissent, stifling the media and rigging elections. Lukashenko, who was re-elected to a third term in 2006, and other senior Belarusian officials have been blacklisted from entering the U.S. and EU.

Earlier this month Belarusian Foreign Minister Viktor Gaisenok asked the U.S. to cut its diplomatic staff to seven, i.e. the ambassador along with six embassy personnel, but Washington has yet to respond.

Last month Belarus recalled its ambassador for consultations and demanded that the U.S. cut the number of embassy staff in Belarus by half. The U.S. agreed.

Until recently the U.S. employed 38 diplomats in Belarus, and Minsk had 18 diplomatic staff in Washington.

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EU (Bilderberg) verlängert Sanktionen gegen weißrussische Regierung

Posted by Kris Roman on April 8, 2008

Der Ministerrat der Europäischen Union hat die Sanktionen gegen weißrussische Regierungsvertreter bis zum 10. April 2009 verlängert.

“Unter Berücksichtigung der Situation im Land hat der Rat eine Entscheidung über die Verlängerung der Einreisebeschränkungen für einzelne Vertreter der weißrussischen Behörden und über Kontensperrung um ein weiteres Jahr getroffen”, heißt es in einer Pressemitteilung des EU-Rats.

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Russie-Biélorussie: vers une monnaie unique (secrétaire d’Etat de l’Union)

Posted by Kris Roman on April 8, 2008

RIA Novosti. Les intérêts économiques de la Russie et de la Biélorussie requièrent l’introduction d’un moyen de paiement unique, a estimé dans un entretien accordé mardi à la radio RSN le secrétaire de l’Etat de l’Union Russie-Biélorussie, Pavel Borodine.

Selon lui, “toutes les conditions sont réunies pour cela”.

La monnaie unique a toutes les chances de devenir un moyen de règlement sur le marché européen également, a noté M. Borodine.

“Nous devons nous rendre à l’évidence qu’ (…) un moyen de paiement unique doit exister non seulement en Biélorussie et en Russie mais également dans l’ensemble de l’espace européen. Je parle du rouble unique”, a ajouté M. Borodine.

Selon lui, l’intégration des économies russe, biélorusse et européenne ne cesse de s’approfondir et, sur ce fond, la Russie se positionne comme le premier fournisseur d’énergie sur le marché européen, couvrant 37% des besoins européens en énergie.

“Avant d’acheter du gaz, achetez d’abord des roubles”, a expliqué M. Borodine. “S’il existe un jour un moyen de paiement (pour toute l’Europe), celui-ci sera, d’une manière ou d’une autre, basé sur le rouble”, a-t-il ajouté.

Fin 2007, le président de la Banque de Biélorussie, Petr Prokopovitch, a déclaré que les accords entre Moscou et Minsk sur la monnaie unique restaient en vigueur. Le programme d’actions communes élaboré par les gouvernements et les banques centrales des deux pays est axé sur la création de conditions égales pour les citoyens et les acteurs économiques des deux pays sur le territoire de l’Union Russie-Biélorussie.

Selon certains experts, l’introduction d’un moyen de paiement unique pourrait ralentir la croissance en Biélorussie.

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