Russia, Belarus agree to establish unified energy market and strengthen economic integration

The leaders of Russia and Belarus on Thursday agreed to set up a unified oil and gas market and to deepen economic integration in the face of what they regard as unjustified Western sanctions on both their economies. The agreement, reached after Kremlin talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, is… Read More Russia, Belarus agree to establish unified energy market and strengthen economic integration

Russian President Vladimir Putin orders government to help Belarus weather western sanctions

President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russia’s government to help Belarus weather western sanctions imposed during Minsk’s crackdown on political opponents, the Kremlin said on Thursday. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko travelled to Russia, a close ally, to hold talks with Putin on Tuesday. The European Union and United States have imposed punitive measures on Belarus in… Read More Russian President Vladimir Putin orders government to help Belarus weather western sanctions

Russia vows to support Belarus in event of EU sanctions

Russia will defend Belarus and help it if the European Union imposes economic sanctions on Minsk over the grounding of a plane and arrest of a dissident blogger, the RIA news agency cited a Russian foreign ministry official as saying. Many European nations have imposed flight bans on Belarusian aviation over the forced landing of… Read More Russia vows to support Belarus in event of EU sanctions

Russian President Vladimir Putin lends $1.5billion to embattled Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko

Russian President Vladimir Putin bestowed a $1.5 billion loan on Belarus on Monday in a gesture of support for its leader Alexander Lukashenko, who flew to entreat his patron for help after five weeks of mass protests demanding his resignation. A day after more than 100,000 protesters took to the streets of Minsk with chants… Read More Russian President Vladimir Putin lends $1.5billion to embattled Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko

Belarusian police arrest dozens of protesters at rally in Minsk

Tens of thousands of Belarusians chanting “Happy Birthday, you rat” and flying red-and-white opposition flags gathered near President Alexander Lukashenko’s residence on Sunday as protesters kept up pressure on the veteran leader to resign. Lukashenko, who turned 66 on Sunday, is struggling to contain weeks of protests and strikes since winning an August 9 election… Read More Belarusian police arrest dozens of protesters at rally in Minsk

Protesters flood Belarus capital following Russia offer of military help

Belarusians chanting “Step down!” filled the centre of the capital Minsk on Sunday in the biggest protest so far against longtime president Alexander Lukashenko’s re-election a week ago after Russia said it would offer him military help if necessary. There was no visible police presence at the protest, which attracted around 200,000 people, a reporter… Read More Protesters flood Belarus capital following Russia offer of military help

Belarus accuses Russia, Poland of meddling in presidential election

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko accused Russian and Polish forces on Thursday of meddling in his country’s presidential election campaign and trying to discredit him. The former collective farm boss, who has ruled Belarus for 26 years and allowed little dissent, said he would discuss the alleged meddling with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He did not… Read More Belarus accuses Russia, Poland of meddling in presidential election