Post by TsarSamuil on Jun 29, 2011 19:02:28 GMT -5
Belarus pays off electricity debt to Russia, supplies to resume.
20:19 29/06/2011 MOSCOW/MINSK, June 29 (RIA Novosti)
Minsk paid off its 600 million ruble ($21.16 million) debt to Russia's electricity export company Inter RAO on Wednesday and the company will resume electricity supplies to Belarus at midnight, a company spokesman said.
Belarusian Deputy Energy Minister Lyudmila Zenkevich said that Belarus "paid the second tranche for the supplied Russian electricity at 18.00 Moscow time [14:00 GMT]."
Belarus has been struggling to pay for electricity from Russia amid an economic crisis in the former Soviet republic that has left hard currency in short supply. Russia cut off deliveries on Tuesday evening after repeatedly extending the payment deadline.
Inter RAO halved electricity supplies to Belarus on June 9 before restoring full deliveries when a payment schedule was agreed with Belarus's utility Belenergo, which made a partial payment of 600 million rubles ($21.2 million) on June 15.
When Belenergo failed to make the second payment, Inter RAO threatened to cut off exports on June 22, postponing the deadline until late on Monday, then to Tuesday morning before finally halting deliveries late on Tuesday.
Belarus meets about 12 percent of its electricity needs through Inter RAO supplies.
Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 10, 2011 14:40:12 GMT -5
Belarus denies supplying weapons to terrorists in Pakistan.
MINSK, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Belarus Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Savinykh said Wednesday newly published Internet reports accusing Belarus of illegally selling weapons to terrorists in Pakistan are "complete disinformation."
"Thus, it is another provocation of our 'enemies,' which is not the first this year. And it'll face the same unseemly fate," Savinykh told local media.
According to him, the fulfillment of international obligations of Belarus "is well known to all governments, even those that are critical to our country."
"If there was the slightest reason, we'd have long been filed a complaint at the official level. This is not happening, because Belarus strictly abides by all rules of international law," said the official.
Anonymous hacker group released documents, under which a large- scale scheme of arms from Belarus to the Arab world leads to two Pakistan-based terrorist groups - Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and Lashkar-e-Taiba.
According to the report, Belarusian company Beltechexport supplies weapons to terrorists in Syria and Kurdistan, while payments are handled through Lebanon's Fransabank, which has a subsidiary in Belarus, and Iran's Tejarat bank.
Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 12, 2011 11:25:48 GMT -5
Stunning legal nihilism in Poland’s statement on Alexander Belyatsky’s case.
MINSK, 12 August (BelTA) – The statement made by the Polish Foreign Ministry after the Belarusian side obtained financial data on Alexander Belyatsky from the General Prosecutor’s Office of Poland demonstrates stunning nihilism of legal practices, Andrei Savinykh, Head of the Information Office, Press Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, told BelTA.
“Polish diplomats have forgotten that the sustainable development of the international community relies primarily on legal mechanisms of interstate cooperation that establish common criteria and rules for all countries of the world,” said the spokesman of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry.
Andrei Savinykh added that the said legal mechanisms allow effectively combating global threats like terrorism, organized crimes, embezzlement and money laundering. Corpora delicti and essential elements of such crimes are the same in all countries. “All attempts that can undermine the system are in the end aimed against the foundations of the modern civilization. The short-sighted Polish Foreign Ministry de facto revives the principle ‘The end justifies the means’,” stressed Andrei Savinykh.
The press secretary added: “Our Polish colleagues should recall the 20th century and the immense suffering that European nations had to endure because this approach was put into practice. We hope that the nascent Polish democracy has better memory. We would also like to point out that the malignant practice of artificial cultivation of pseudo-political formations, which are controlled from abroad, contradicts national laws and nurtures various crimes and abuses”.
On 4 August financial investigation bodies of the State Control Committee of Belarus pressed tax evasion charges against Belarus citizen Alexander Belyatsky, the head of the unregistered human rights center Vesna.
Pretrial investigation has ascertained that in 2009-2010 Alexander Belyatsky submitted income and property declarations to taxation authorities, including income earned abroad. However, the declarations failed to account for a large part of the revenues he received outside Belarus.
The authorities believe that Alexander Belyatsky has failed to mention over Br1 billion in taxable revenues, with Br143.7 million in income tax unpaid.
MINSK, 19 August (BelTA) – Belarus has decided to suspend the Belarus-U.S. projects to exchange highly enriched nuclear fuel, Andrei Savinykh, Chief of the Information Office of the Foreign Ministry of Belarus, told BelTA when asked about Belarus’ retaliatory measures in response to the US sanctions.
“The new U.S. economic sanctions go against the spirit of cooperation and teamwork. In these conditions, Belarus has decided to freeze the projects to exchange highly enriched nuclear fuel developed together with the U.S. as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative. The MBA project at the Belarusian State University will be suspended, too,” Andrei Savinykh said. However, Belarus will remain committed to its international non-proliferation obligations.
Andrei Savinykh underlined that Belarus condemns the U.S. economic restrictions against it as ungrounded and unjustified. “These are politically charged decisions which contradict the international commitments of the United States,” he said.
“The move by the U.S. is a blatant violation of the 1994 Budapest Memorandum that banned the U.S. from using economic duress against Belarus. The U.S. broke the provisions of the Helsinki Final Act that binds all the states “to refrain from all kinds of economic coercion designed to subordinate to their own interest the exercise by another participating State of the rights inherent in its sovereignty”, Andrei Savinykh said.
The U.S. actions also contradict the UN General Assembly Resolution 62/183 that sets forth that “no state can either exert or encourage unilateral economic, political or any other measures aimed at subordinating another state which exercises its sovereign rights”.
The official representative of the Belarus Foreign Ministry said that Belarus might reciprocate.
In his view, if the United States stops using economic coercion against Belarus and restores the normal relations, the cooperation on these projects will be resumed.
Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 30, 2011 13:48:46 GMT -5
Lukashenko orders free float for Belarusian ruble from mid-September.
16:15 30/08/2011 MINSK, August 30 (RIA Novosti)
Belarus will allow its currency, the Belarusian ruble to float freely from next month at a special trading session but the central bank will fend off speculative attacks on the currency, President Alexander Lukashenko said on Tuesday.
"The Belarusian ruble's rate will be set by supply and demand," Lukashenko said at a government meeting.
"I have agreed with the proposal of the national bank to open ... an additional trading session at the currency exchange from the middle of September where you can buy hard currency easily," he added.
Belarus is facing unprecedented political and economic turmoil, with frequent protests breaking out in response to a sharp downturn in living standards.
In spring, the government devalued the national currency by more than a third, froze prices on some staple foods and introduced fuel rationing to keep the lid on a deepening financial crisis which followed generous increases in wages to state employees ahead of the December presidential elections, and a widening trade deficit.
Companies now must sell a third of their hard currency earnings to the state. Buying hard currency, including the Russian ruble, is now virtually impossible for Belarusian households.
Lukashenko said that after the new session is launched, all exchange points must start selling hard currency.
He said he had ordered the state control committee to pre-empt those trying to put pressure on the rate, including through the media.
"The national bank must monitor the situation on a daily basis and intervene, when necessary to fend off speculative attacks," Lukashenko said.
"And God forbid you for not stabilizing the situation in the financial sphere," Lukashenko told the government and the central bank.
Stabilizing the nation's finances is one of conditions for the disbursement of a $3 billion credit by the Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC), a post-Soviet economic bloc led by Russia. The first $800-million tranche was sent to Belarus in June.
Last week, EurAsEC warned it might postpone the second tranche of the bailout if Belarus failed to reform its economy.
Post by TsarSamuil on Sept 9, 2011 15:07:53 GMT -5
Lukashenko lashes out at IMF political demands.
16:50 09/09/2011 MINSK, September 9 (RIA Novosti)
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Friday the International Monetary Fund was making unacceptable political demands.
Belarus requested financial aid from the IMF and the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC) after experiencing a severe economic downturn combined with political unrest.
"They [IMF management] are economists and financial experts. And they want us to release political prisoners... What does this have to do with the IMF mission?" Lukashenko told RIA Novosti. "This is the first clause in their demands. Now they have revealed their true face."
The Belarusian leader said IMF recommendations concerning democratic improvements in the country were irrelevant.
"They have no democracy at all. They should learn democracy from us," he said. "What kind of democracy is it when they wait for trouble on our currency market and then try to strangle us?"
He said that his economic program to defuse the currency crisis gripping the country largely followed IMF recommendations.
The value of the Belarusian ruble plummeted in the first five months of the year as a result of large trade deficits and generous government spending ahead of the December 2010 presidential elections.
In spring, the government devalued the national currency by 36%, froze prices on some staple foods and introduced fuel rationing to keep the lid on a deepening financial crisis.
Post by TsarSamuil on Sept 17, 2011 15:01:13 GMT -5
China gives Belarus $1 bln loan.
18:37 17/09/2011 MINSK, September 17 (RIA Novosti)
China has allocated $1 billion in loan on favorable terms to Belarus, which is in the midst of a financial crisis, China's top legislator Wu Bangguo said on Saturday.
Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC), arrived in Minsk on Saturday on an official goodwill visit. He is expected to meet with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
China appreciates Belarus' support for it on issues concerning Taiwan, Tibet, Xinjiang and human rights, Wu said, adding that China will, as always, support Belarus to continue on its self-chosen development path and pursue domestic and foreign policy in conformity with its domestic conditions.
The Belarusian ruble has come under severe pressure in the first five months of the year from a large trade deficit, generous wage increases and loans granted by the government ahead of the December 2010 presidential elections, which spurred strong demand for foreign currency.
In spring, the country's authorities devaluated the national currency by 36 percent, froze prices on some staple foods and introduced fuel rationing to keep the lid on the deepening crisis.
The Belarusian government has applied for loans from Russia and EurAsEC, a post-Soviet economic bloc. Russia said it would support loan disbursement to Belarus via EurAsEC, which approved a $3 billion bailout.
The Belarusian authorities also said the country intended to raise up to $8 billion from the International Monetary Fund to stabilize its finances.
Post by TsarSamuil on Sept 17, 2011 16:20:19 GMT -5
Trial on Minsk metro bombers suspended till 19 September.
MINSK, 16 September (BelTA) – The court trial on the Minsk metro blast of 11 April has been suspended till 19 September, BelTA has learnt.
On 16 September, prosecutors, defense attorneys and victims put questions to defendant Vladislav Kovalyov. Then the court read out interrogation protocols made during the preliminary investigation. After that, a video of part of the interrogation was shown. The remaining part of the interrogation will be demonstrated at the next court hearing.
After hearing out the interrogation papers, the court pointed to significant discrepancies in Kovalyov’s testimony at the court and during the preliminary investigation. This pertains mainly to the 11 April attack.
The video revealed that no pressure was exerted on Vladislav Kovalyov. The defendant spoke in a calm voice.
Dmitry Konovalov is accused of committing over 30 crimes, including terrorism resulting in loss of life and serious injuries, illegal turnover of explosives, particularly malicious behavior, deliberate destruction and damage of property in a way dangerous for the public.
Vladislav Kovalyov is accused of taking part in 15 unlawful acts, namely of being accomplice to an act of terrorism, particularly malicious behavior, deliberate damage of property in a way dangerous for the public, illegal turnover of explosives, concealment of a criminal, failure to report a crime.
The severest punishment for terrorism in Belarus is death penalty.
MINSK, 7 October (BelTA) – Belarusian President’s approval rating is almost 70%. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko voiced the results of the recent social surveys in a press conference for the Russian mass media on 7 October, BelTA has learnt.
This figure is slightly lower than the one provided by the polls conducted in August (80%). 70% of respondents believe the actions of the President meet their interests. 60% of those questioned are positive about the current situation (the previous figure was 80%). Almost 50% (a sharp decrease registered) look to the future with confidence. Positive emotions prevail in 58% of the polled. “This is a very low level,” said Alexander Lukashenko.
The President stressed that this is nowhere 20% that independent sociologists speak about.
Post by TsarSamuil on Oct 12, 2011 12:02:04 GMT -5
EU sanctions put direct pressure on Belarusian justice system.
MINSK, 12 October (BelTA) – The introduction of more sanctions by the European Union puts direct pressure on the Belarusian sovereign justice system. The statement was made by Valery Kalinkovich, Deputy Presiding Judge, Chairman of the Judicial Board for Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court of Belarus, as he commented on the list of Belarusian officials, who are banned from entering the European Union and whose assets should be frozen. The list includes 16 Belarusian judges and prosecution workers. It has been published by EU Observer, the official journal of the European Union, BelTA has learned.
“We don’t accept such approaches in relations with sovereign judicial authorities,” said Valery Kalinkovich. In his words, these measures are used against people, who do their jobs. Such actions cannot be viewed as anything else but an attempt to directly pressure and intimidate judges, who abide by law to administer justice. All kinds of international standards prohibit interfering with public justice, particularly the approaches used by the European Union, stressed Valery Kalinkovich.
In his opinion, such actions of the European Union do not promote productive legal cooperation and damage the common cause of justice administration.
According to the source, the West should take into account that the respect for the sovereignty of other countries, in particular, a national public justice system, is part and parcel of all the international standards concerning the existence of countries with different legal systems. “Such attempts make it look like the standards they are trying to impose on us are disregarded primarily by the countries that are trying to impose these standards in the first place. This policy of double standards and dual approaches has absolutely no future,” stressed the Deputy Presiding Judge of the Supreme Court of Belarus.
Belarus receives second tranche of anti-crisis fund.
MINSK, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- Belarus has received 440 million U.S. dollars as the second tranche of an anti-crisis loan from the Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC), the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) said Friday.
The EDB said in a statement that the transfer was completed after Belarus met two conditions: signing an order to transfer the non-core assets of Belarusian National Bank, and the National Bank increasing rates on instruments for providing liquidity to the inter-bank market by 5 percentage points.
Representatives of the Belarusian Finance Ministry said the loan will be used to replenish the country's international reserves and finance its balance of payments deficit.
Belarus is undergoing a severe financial crisis due to a large trade deficit and rapidly falling hard currency reserves.
EurAsEC in June agreed to extend a 3 billion-U.S.-dollar loan to rescue Belarus's struggling finances. The first installment totalling 800 million U.S. dollars was received on June 21, and the rest was to be allocated in six tranches over a three-year period.
Post by kosmopolak on Jan 15, 2012 14:27:59 GMT -5
The Lukashenko government is the worse kind of government. Russia has given up fighting for Russian minority rights in Belarus for some type of partnership. Belarussian nationalist are given free reign and they persecute Polish and Russian ethnic minorities. Similar textbooks, which Juszczenko tried to implement in the Ukraine, have been in force in Belarus for 20 years now. Children learn about how the Moskals and Poles destroyed the pure Belarussian race. The textbooks do not use Russian but Moskal to describe Russians. The worse fact is that, the Russian and Polish ethnic minority has been left at the hands of a regime, which is not less anti-Russian than Latvia or Lithaunia. Belarussians collaborators with Hitler's Germany are praised as fighters for "Great Belarus." Why Russia let's itself be fooled by Belarus is funny. Not Poland or Ukraine are anti-Russian but Belarus!! Comparisons of history textbooks show the truth.
The Polish minorities in Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania are pro-Russian, those constituencies vote pro-Russian. It's easy to make us the enemy, when Belarussians and Ukrainians hate both Poland and Russia with equal force.
Last Edit: Jan 15, 2012 14:29:27 GMT -5 by kosmopolak
‘I’d rather be a dictator than gay’: Lukashenko to German FM.
RT.com 4 March, 2012, 20:28
The Belarusian president made this shocking statement in response to German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle’s report that Berlin is recalling its ambassador from Minsk.
Lukashenko lashed out at the European Union in general and at Westerwelle in particular after the EU imposed new sanctions against a number of Belarusian government officials. “It is intolerable for us as Europeans to see human rights and citizens’ rights in Belarus thus violated. This is the last dictatorship in Europe,’’ German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle declared.
“It’s absolute hysteria”, Lukashenko claimed in response – and continued with an outrageously rude comment, apparently directed at the German FM. “When I heard him – whoever he is, gay or lesbian – talking about dictatorship, I thought – it’s better to be a dictator than gay.”
And while most people would probably come up with a swift reply to Lukashenko’s aggressive and unacceptable comment, the German Minister himself has yet to respond.
The Belarusian leader’s latest flow of vitriol was apparently brought on by new sanctions and a diplomatic row with the EU. The bloc recalled all its ambassadors to Minsk, and barred a number of Belarusian officials – mostly judges and law enforcement officers – from traveling to EU member states. They also face an assets freeze.
This isn’t the first – or even the second – time the EU has voted to sanction Belarus for human rights violations. They have targeted the authoritarian country’s repression of the political opposition, whose members have frequently been jailed.
Lukashenko has led Belarus since 1994, retaining Soviet-style controls over the economy and cracking down on the opposition and independent media. As a result of his somewhat isolationist policies, the country’s economy is suffering from hyperinflation.
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