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Russia to preserve trade preferences for Belarus

Posted by Kris Roman on July 1, 2009

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European Friends of Belarus

Russia 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.

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Russia, Belarus sign air defense pact

Posted by Kris Roman on February 4, 2009

 

European Friends of Belarus

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

Posted by Kris Roman on October 8, 2008

European Friends of Belarus

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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Russia’s Northern Fleet joins Russia-Belarus war games

Posted by Kris Roman on September 24, 2008

European Friends of Belarus

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.

The Stability-2008 drills 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.

“Various warships, nuclear-powered and diesel submarines, naval aviation and coastal troops from the Northern Fleet will participate in the exercises,” the press service said in a statement.

The naval units will practice strategic deployment and interoperability of various units in missions in territorial waters, exclusive economic zones and specific regions of the world’s oceans, the document said.

The Northern Fleet is the most capable part of the Russian Navy defending the country’s territory beyond the Arctic Circle. About two thirds of all the Russian Navy’s nuclear force is in service with the fleet.

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Russian strategic bombers to join military drills with Belarus

Posted by Kris Roman on September 22, 2008

 

European Friends of Belarus

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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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.

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Russian defense minister to visit radar site in Belarus

Posted by Kris Roman on April 29, 2008

Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov will visit a Russian radar site during his April 29-30 trip to Belarus, the ministry said in a statement on Monday.

The Volga-type early missile warning radar in the town of Baranovichi in the Brest Region, near Poland, became operational in October 2003. It is designed to detect ballistic missiles launched from Europe and the Atlantic Ocean.

The deployment of the system has closed a gap in radar coverage on Russia’s western borders after the closure of a radar site in Skrunda (Latvia) in late 1998.

The Volga radar operates in the decimeter bandwidth, which greatly improves the accuracy of tracking.

Serdyukov said last year that Russia has stepped up military cooperation with Belarus in response to the United States’ plans to deploy missile defense elements in Poland and the Czech Republic, along with NATO’s eastward expansion.

Several years ago, Russia launched a program for the development of Russia’s Space Forces, which includes building and using early warning radars in the country.

Russia currently rents ground-based radar stations in Sevastopol and Mukachevo in Ukraine; in Baranovichi, Belarus; Balkhash in Kazakhstan; and Gabala in Azerbaijan. It also has radars on its own territory in Murmansk (arctic northwest), Pechora (northwest Urals), and Irkutsk (east Siberia).

Russia’s Space Forces Commander Colonel General Vladimir Popovkin said in January that a new Voronezh-type radar in Lekhtusi, Leningrad Region, would be put on combat duty this year without delays.

Another Voronezh-type radar is being built in Armavir in southwest Russia. It is expected to be put on combat duty in 2009.

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Belarus again advises U.S. to reduce embassy staff

Posted by Kris Roman on April 23, 2008

Belarus has again called on the United States to reduce its embassy staff in Minsk, a statement from the country’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

Earlier in the month Belarusian Foreign Minister Viktor Gaisenok asked the U.S. to cut its diplomatic staff to seven, i.e. an ambassador and six embassy personnel, but Washington has so far not made any response.

This time the statement did not specify the number of personnel that Minsk wants to see at the U.S. diplomatic mission, but said that the Foreign Ministry summoned on April 23 the U.S. charge d’affaires in Belarus, Jonathan Moore, to deliver the official note.

Belarus recalled its ambassador earlier in March 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.

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 it.

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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Belarus advises U.S. ambassador to leave over sanctions

Posted by Kris Roman on March 7, 2008

http://efbelarus.wordpress.com European Friends of Belarus Belarus advised the United States ambassador to leave the capital, Minsk, and recalled its ambassador from Washington for consultations, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday.The ministry said the move was made over sanctions Washington imposed last year against the former Soviet republic.”Belarus earlier said that retaliatory measures with regard to the United States would be strict and one of the steps is to recall the Belarusian Ambassador to the United States Mikhail Khvostov for consultations,” the ministry said.”At the same time the government of Belarus strongly recommends U.S. Ambassador to Belarus Karen Stewart leave the country for the same purpose,” the ministry added.In mid-November last year, the U.S. introduced sanctions against Belarus’s national petrochemical company Belneftekhim and froze the assets of its U.S. subsidiary, which Belarus said breached a bilateral trade deal, designed to give better access for Belarusian goods and services, as well as the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT).Alexander Lukashenko the controversial Belarusian leader, dubbed “Europe’s last dictator” by Washington, pledged last year to react swiftly in the economic sphere and threatened Stewart with expulsion.”She [the ambassador] would be the first to be kicked out. She attends opposition hangouts and says economic sanctions could be introduced against Belarus, heating up the situation. Let the American ambassador deal with her own problems, otherwise she may have to leave her post in Belarus ahead of time,” Lukashenko said.The president said the U.S. sanctions were caused by Belarus starting work in Venezuela. In December, a joint Belarusian-Venezuelan oil production company was opened there, with plans to produce about 7 million tons (51.45 million bbl) of oil annually, 40% will go to Belarus and 60% to Venezuela.The U.S. and the European Union have accused the Belarusian leader 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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Belarus President Seeks to Deploy Russia Missiles

Posted by Kris Roman on November 30, -0001

 

Alan Cullison
Wall Street Journal

President Alexander Lukashenko is in talks with Moscow about placing in Belarus advanced Iskander missiles that could hit targets deep inside Europe.

The talks raise the ante in the debate over a U.S. plan to deploy missile defense in Europe. They also complicate Western hopes for warmer ties with Belarus, which some in the U.S. and Europe hope could help to counterbalance an increasingly hostile Kremlin.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Lukashenko said that he would like to see closer relations with the West but that he sympathizes with Russia on two flashpoints that have rocked relations — the conflict in Georgia and U.S. plans to place antimissile systems in Europe to counter a potential threat from Iran.

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