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News – belsat.eu, ‘Training centre’: Some Russian troops, planes to remain in Belarus even after Zapad-2021 drills, on September 10, 2021 10:46 AM at 10:46 AM

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On Friday, the joint strategic drills Zapad-2021 have kicked off. Up to 200,000 military personnel are taking part in the wargame which is to last until September, 16. However, only 12,800 servicemen are to be involved in it on the territory of Belarus, 2,500 of them are Russian soldiers, up to 50 are from Kazakhstan.

Laying welcome mat to Russian pilots. Photo: Belarusian Defence ministry

The armies of the two countries have been holding joint military exercises in Russia and Belarus since 2009. Large-scale military operations take place every two years. In Russia, these maneuvers are called Soyuz (Union), in Belarus – Zapad (West).

On August 28, in the run-up to Zapad-2021, a unit of antiaircraft missile forces of the Russian Federation arrived in Hrodna. Notably, these troops are expected to remain in Belarus even after the end of the drills. According to the Belarusian Defence Ministry, Russian soldiers and equipment are to be engaged in forming a training and combat centre for joint training of the Air Force and the air defence forces of Belarus and Russia.

Russia may supply S-400 air defense system to Belarus

Moreover, Russian Sukhoi Su-30 fighter planes came down at the airfield in the town of Baranavichy on September, 3. They will reportedly stay behind in Belarus as well.

“The airmen will be on a joint combat duty as part of the protection of the air borders of the Union State (Belarus and Russia),” the ministry said.

The decision to establish joint training centres of Belarusian and Russian Armed Forces was taken during the talks of the heads of defence ministries of Belarus and Russia on March 5 in Moscow.

NATO concerned about close cooperation between Moscow and Minsk

Then the ministry announced that three training centres would be established (one in Belarus and two in Russia). The centre deployed in Belarus is reported to focus on training fighter pilots and maintaining air defence systems.

“At the premises of this [Belarusian] centre, the Su-30SM crews will be trained; Belarusian specialists will be got up to speed on the operation of missile systems with which the armed forces of Russia are equipped; joint performance of combat tasks will be conducted,” the ministry said.

According to a Belarusian military analyst who asked Belsat.eu not to reveal his true identity, it is not ruled out that the above mentioned developments might lead to the establishment of two Russian military bases in Belarus.

The legal status of these combat training centres is yet unclear. But in fact, it is an expansion of the Russian military presence on our territory, because it is not some academy there, but real combat units. In addition, politicians have stated that Russian fighters will be guarding our border as well. But it is still unknown whom they will report to; ditto for the air defence unit, the troops of which have come to Hrodnaour interviewee warns.

Russia will supply dozens of planes, helicopters and air defense systems to Belarus, Lukashenka says

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, On Friday, the joint strategic drills Zapad 2021 have kicked off. Up to 200,000 military personnel are taking part in the wargame that is to last until September, 16. However, only 12,800 servicemen are to be involved in it on the territory ofBelarus, 2,500 of them are Russian soldiers, up to 50 are from Kazakhstan.

News – belsat.eu, ‘Training centre’: Some Russian troops, planes to remain in Belarus even after Zapad-2021 drills, on September 10, 2021 10:46 AM at 10:46 AM

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On Friday, the joint strategic drills Zapad-2021 have kicked off. Up to 200,000 military personnel are taking part in the wargame which is to last until September, 16. However, only 12,800 servicemen are to be involved in it on the territory of Belarus, 2,500 of them are Russian soldiers, up to 50 are from Kazakhstan.

Laying welcome mat to Russian pilots. Photo: Belarusian Defence ministry

The armies of the two countries have been holding joint military exercises in Russia and Belarus since 2009. Large-scale military operations take place every two years. In Russia, these maneuvers are called Soyuz (Union), in Belarus – Zapad (West).

On August 28, in the run-up to Zapad-2021, a unit of antiaircraft missile forces of the Russian Federation arrived in Hrodna. Notably, these troops are expected to remain in Belarus even after the end of the drills. According to the Belarusian Defence Ministry, Russian soldiers and equipment are to be engaged in forming a training and combat centre for joint training of the Air Force and the air defence forces of Belarus and Russia.

Russia may supply S-400 air defense system to Belarus

Moreover, Russian Sukhoi Su-30 fighter planes came down at the airfield in the town of Baranavichy on September, 3. They will reportedly stay behind in Belarus as well.

“The airmen will be on a joint combat duty as part of the protection of the air borders of the Union State (Belarus and Russia),” the ministry said.

The decision to establish joint training centres of Belarusian and Russian Armed Forces was taken during the talks of the heads of defence ministries of Belarus and Russia on March 5 in Moscow.

NATO concerned about close cooperation between Moscow and Minsk

Then the ministry announced that three training centres would be established (one in Belarus and two in Russia). The centre deployed in Belarus is reported to focus on training fighter pilots and maintaining air defence systems.

“At the premises of this [Belarusian] centre, the Su-30SM crews will be trained; Belarusian specialists will be got up to speed on the operation of missile systems with which the armed forces of Russia are equipped; joint performance of combat tasks will be conducted,” the ministry said.

According to a Belarusian military analyst who asked Belsat.eu not to reveal his true identity, it is not ruled out that the above mentioned developments might lead to the establishment of two Russian military bases in Belarus.

The legal status of these combat training centres is yet unclear. But in fact, it is an expansion of the Russian military presence on our territory, because it is not some academy there, but real combat units. In addition, politicians have stated that Russian fighters will be guarding our border as well. But it is still unknown whom they will report to; ditto for the air defence unit, the troops of which have come to Hrodnaour interviewee warns.

Russia will supply dozens of planes, helicopters and air defense systems to Belarus, Lukashenka says

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, On Friday, the joint strategic drills Zapad 2021 have kicked off. Up to 200,000 military personnel are taking part in the wargame that is to last until September, 16. However, only 12,800 servicemen are to be involved in it on the territory ofBelarus, 2,500 of them are Russian soldiers, up to 50 are from Kazakhstan.

News – belsat.eu, Number of political prisoners in Belarus exceeds 660, on September 10, 2021 5:37 AM at 5:37 AM

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Belarusian human rights activists have recognised another two persons as political prisoners. On September 9, the human rights community issued a statement regarding convicting of Andrey Krylou and Syarhei Kupreshyn.

Considering criminal case in court. Photo: АВ / Belsat

Mr Krylou was sentenced on 2 September 2021 to five years in a penal colony by Vaukavysk district court under Article 293-1 of the Criminal Code for calling to participate in ‘riots’ by posting a message in a Telegram chat. The defendant pleaded not guilty, giving arguments in favour of his innocence and the groundlessness of the accusation.

Mr Kupreshyn was sentenced on 1 September 2021 to three years in a penal colony by Pastavy district court under Article 368 and Article 293-2 for insulting officials and for storing gunpowder after losing a permit to own hunting weapons. The punishment under Article 293 was much stricter than those imposed by the courts in similar cases, human rights centre Viasna reports.

After evaluating the two cases of criminal prosecution, four human rights watchdogs concluded that each of them had a political motive for prosecution.

They called on the Belarusian authorities to review the measures and procedural decisions taken against Andrey Krylou and Syarhei Kupreshyn, respect their right to a fair trial; immediately release political prisoners; end criminal prosecution against them, stop political repression.

To date, there are 661 names on the list of political prisoners.

Political prisoner Syarhei Tsikhanouski says he is losing vision behind bars

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, Belarusian human rights activists have recognised another two persons as political prisoners. On September 9, the human rights community issued a statement regarding convicting of Andrey Krylou and Syarhei Kupreshyn.

News – belsat.eu, Number of political prisoners in Belarus exceeds 660, on September 10, 2021 5:37 AM at 5:37 AM

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Belarusian human rights activists have recognised another two persons as political prisoners. On September 9, the human rights community issued a statement regarding convicting of Andrey Krylou and Syarhei Kupreshyn.

Considering criminal case in court. Photo: АВ / Belsat

Mr Krylou was sentenced on 2 September 2021 to five years in a penal colony by Vaukavysk district court under Article 293-1 of the Criminal Code for calling to participate in ‘riots’ by posting a message in a Telegram chat. The defendant pleaded not guilty, giving arguments in favour of his innocence and the groundlessness of the accusation.

Mr Kupreshyn was sentenced on 1 September 2021 to three years in a penal colony by Pastavy district court under Article 368 and Article 293-2 for insulting officials and for storing gunpowder after losing a permit to own hunting weapons. The punishment under Article 293 was much stricter than those imposed by the courts in similar cases, human rights centre Viasna reports.

After evaluating the two cases of criminal prosecution, four human rights watchdogs concluded that each of them had a political motive for prosecution.

They called on the Belarusian authorities to review the measures and procedural decisions taken against Andrey Krylou and Syarhei Kupreshyn, respect their right to a fair trial; immediately release political prisoners; end criminal prosecution against them, stop political repression.

To date, there are 661 names on the list of political prisoners.

Political prisoner Syarhei Tsikhanouski says he is losing vision behind bars

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, Belarusian human rights activists have recognised another two persons as political prisoners. On September 9, the human rights community issued a statement regarding convicting of Andrey Krylou and Syarhei Kupreshyn.

News – belsat.eu, Belarus FM meets with nuncio after controversial caricature appears in state newspaper, on September 10, 2021 5:11 AM at 5:11 AM

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The information about meeting with the representative of the Vatican is reported on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus.

Meeting between the Apostolic Nuncio and Uladzimir Makei. September 9, 2021. Photo: mfa.gov.by

It is noted that during the meeting, Minister Uladzimir Makei and Apostolic Nuncio to Belarus, Archbishop Ante Jozic discussed “topical issues of bilateral agenda, humanitarian cooperation and cooperation between the two countries within the framework of international organizations.”

The meeting took place against the background of a scandal with an offensive publication of the propaganda newspaper “Minsk Prauda,” which actually equated Catholic priests to Nazis. In the picture, a cross was transformed into a swastika. The publication of the “Minsk Prauda” caused a wave of indignation among Catholics, representatives of other confessions, and even atheists.

The Catholic bishops of Belarus made a statement and called the cartoon and the article of the “Minsk Prauda” an “intentional and malicious distortion of the truth, slander, and insult.” They also expressed their hope that “the appropriate state authorities will give a proper legal assessment of this cartoon and the publication in the “Minsk Prauda.”

The press release of the Foreign Ministry did not mention the controversial story directly. Still, it said that Makei emphasized “the inviolability of the official approach to the Roman Catholic Church in Belarus, the inadmissibility of the incitement of religious intolerance and the importance of preserving ethnic and religious harmony in the country as a whole.”

“In this context, we should not attach any importance to separate, exclusively subjective, attempts to paint the situation differently,” said the press service of the ministry.

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, Makei said that “incitement of religious intolerance is unacceptable”

News – belsat.eu, Belarus FM meets with nuncio after controversial caricature appears in state newspaper, on September 10, 2021 5:11 AM at 5:11 AM

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The information about meeting with the representative of the Vatican is reported on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus.

Meeting between the Apostolic Nuncio and Uladzimir Makei. September 9, 2021. Photo: mfa.gov.by

It is noted that during the meeting, Minister Uladzimir Makei and Apostolic Nuncio to Belarus, Archbishop Ante Jozic discussed “topical issues of bilateral agenda, humanitarian cooperation and cooperation between the two countries within the framework of international organizations.”

The meeting took place against the background of a scandal with an offensive publication of the propaganda newspaper “Minsk Prauda,” which actually equated Catholic priests to Nazis. In the picture, a cross was transformed into a swastika. The publication of the “Minsk Prauda” caused a wave of indignation among Catholics, representatives of other confessions, and even atheists.

The Catholic bishops of Belarus made a statement and called the cartoon and the article of the “Minsk Prauda” an “intentional and malicious distortion of the truth, slander, and insult.” They also expressed their hope that “the appropriate state authorities will give a proper legal assessment of this cartoon and the publication in the “Minsk Prauda.”

The press release of the Foreign Ministry did not mention the controversial story directly. Still, it said that Makei emphasized “the inviolability of the official approach to the Roman Catholic Church in Belarus, the inadmissibility of the incitement of religious intolerance and the importance of preserving ethnic and religious harmony in the country as a whole.”

“In this context, we should not attach any importance to separate, exclusively subjective, attempts to paint the situation differently,” said the press service of the ministry.

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, Makei said that “incitement of religious intolerance is unacceptable”

News – belsat.eu, Tsimanouskaya’s medal to be exhibited at Free Belarus Museum, on September 10, 2021 4:23 AM at 4:23 AM

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The medal of Belarusian athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, which she recently sold at auction for $21,000, will be included in the Museum of Free Belarus exhibition, the Sports Solidarity Fund reports.

The silver medal of the Second European Games was bought by Evgeny, a resident of the USA. He moved from Kyiv to America 30 years ago.

“For Evgeny, buying a medal is an opportunity to express solidarity with Belarusians who have fallen under repression after the presidential election of 2020. Also, he believes that his action will inspire people to donate to organizations dedicated to helping affected Belarusians,” reports the Sports Solidarity Foundation.

Evgeny decided to give the medal to the Museum of Free Belarus. The agreement was reached during a personal conversation with Krystsina. The museum’s temporary exhibition will be organized in Poland with subsequent relocation of the exhibits in New Belarus, noted in the foundation.

Krystsina Tsimanouskaya says that this medal is very dear to her.

“I wanted to personally meet and talk to the person who, having bought it, decided to support all the repressed athletes and me. I’ll be honest, and I’m very impressed. And I would add that people, their openness, their willingness to help, their willingness to meet me halfway — that’s the most amazing thing I’ve come across lately.

I am glad that the medal will become a part of the Museum of Free Belarus exhibition and will not be far from me. And one day, we’ll go home together,” she said.

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, The silver medal of the Second European Games was purchased by Evgeny, a resident of the United States, for $21,000

News – belsat.eu, Tsimanouskaya’s medal to be exhibited at Free Belarus Museum, on September 10, 2021 4:23 AM at 4:23 AM

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The medal of Belarusian athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, which she recently sold at auction for $21,000, will be included in the Museum of Free Belarus exhibition, the Sports Solidarity Fund reports.

The silver medal of the Second European Games was bought by Evgeny, a resident of the USA. He moved from Kyiv to America 30 years ago.

“For Evgeny, buying a medal is an opportunity to express solidarity with Belarusians who have fallen under repression after the presidential election of 2020. Also, he believes that his action will inspire people to donate to organizations dedicated to helping affected Belarusians,” reports the Sports Solidarity Foundation.

Evgeny decided to give the medal to the Museum of Free Belarus. The agreement was reached during a personal conversation with Krystsina. The museum’s temporary exhibition will be organized in Poland with subsequent relocation of the exhibits in New Belarus, noted in the foundation.

Krystsina Tsimanouskaya says that this medal is very dear to her.

“I wanted to personally meet and talk to the person who, having bought it, decided to support all the repressed athletes and me. I’ll be honest, and I’m very impressed. And I would add that people, their openness, their willingness to help, their willingness to meet me halfway — that’s the most amazing thing I’ve come across lately.

I am glad that the medal will become a part of the Museum of Free Belarus exhibition and will not be far from me. And one day, we’ll go home together,” she said.

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, The silver medal of the Second European Games was purchased by Evgeny, a resident of the United States, for $21,000

News – belsat.eu, Tsimanouskaya’s medal to be exhibited at Free Belarus Museum, on September 10, 2021 4:23 AM at 4:23 AM

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The medal of Belarusian athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, which she recently sold at auction for $21,000, will be included in the Museum of Free Belarus exhibition, the Sports Solidarity Fund reports.

The silver medal of the Second European Games was bought by Evgeny, a resident of the USA. He moved from Kyiv to America 30 years ago.

“For Evgeny, buying a medal is an opportunity to express solidarity with Belarusians who have fallen under repression after the presidential election of 2020. Also, he believes that his action will inspire people to donate to organizations dedicated to helping affected Belarusians,” reports the Sports Solidarity Foundation.

Evgeny decided to give the medal to the Museum of Free Belarus. The agreement was reached during a personal conversation with Krystsina. The museum’s temporary exhibition will be organized in Poland with subsequent relocation of the exhibits in New Belarus, noted in the foundation.

Krystsina Tsimanouskaya says that this medal is very dear to her.

“I wanted to personally meet and talk to the person who, having bought it, decided to support all the repressed athletes and me. I’ll be honest, and I’m very impressed. And I would add that people, their openness, their willingness to help, their willingness to meet me halfway — that’s the most amazing thing I’ve come across lately.

I am glad that the medal will become a part of the Museum of Free Belarus exhibition and will not be far from me. And one day, we’ll go home together,” she said.

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, The silver medal of the Second European Games was purchased by Evgeny, a resident of the United States, for $21,000

News – belsat.eu, Tsimanouskaya’s medal to be exhibited at Free Belarus Museum, on September 10, 2021 4:23 AM at 4:23 AM

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The medal of Belarusian athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, which she recently sold at auction for $21,000, will be included in the Museum of Free Belarus exhibition, the Sports Solidarity Fund reports.

The silver medal of the Second European Games was bought by Evgeny, a resident of the USA. He moved from Kyiv to America 30 years ago.

“For Evgeny, buying a medal is an opportunity to express solidarity with Belarusians who have fallen under repression after the presidential election of 2020. Also, he believes that his action will inspire people to donate to organizations dedicated to helping affected Belarusians,” reports the Sports Solidarity Foundation.

Evgeny decided to give the medal to the Museum of Free Belarus. The agreement was reached during a personal conversation with Krystsina. The museum’s temporary exhibition will be organized in Poland with subsequent relocation of the exhibits in New Belarus, noted in the foundation.

Krystsina Tsimanouskaya says that this medal is very dear to her.

“I wanted to personally meet and talk to the person who, having bought it, decided to support all the repressed athletes and me. I’ll be honest, and I’m very impressed. And I would add that people, their openness, their willingness to help, their willingness to meet me halfway — that’s the most amazing thing I’ve come across lately.

I am glad that the medal will become a part of the Museum of Free Belarus exhibition and will not be far from me. And one day, we’ll go home together,” she said.

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, The silver medal of the Second European Games was purchased by Evgeny, a resident of the United States, for $21,000

News – belsat.eu, RBC: Belarus starts negotiations about $3 bln loan, on September 10, 2021 4:10 AM at 4:10 AM

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According to the sources of the Russian newspaper RBC in the Belarusian government, the Belarusian authorities are counting on a Russian loan of three billion dollars, which will be partially or fully provided by the Eurasian Fund for Stabilization and Development.

Exemplary image. Photo: AB / Belsat

The RBC sources say this loan was one of the topics of the recent negotiations between the authorities of Belarus and Russia.

The fund representatives confirmed previous consultations with Belarus but said it was “too early to talk about the amount and specific timing.”

RBC notes that on September 8, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov (also Russia’s authorized representative to the EFDF) said that Russia could provide additional support to the Belarusian authorities, as “the neighbor is in a difficult financial situation.”

“But now the most important task is to stimulate the process of integration, the signing of the so-called strategic plans for the integration of our economies. Today, this is the most important thing on the agenda. But I do not exclude that we will provide any support to our Belarusian partners, if necessary.

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, But the Minister of Finance said that the main thing is integration.

News – belsat.eu, RBC: Belarus starts negotiations about $3 bln loan, on September 10, 2021 4:10 AM at 4:10 AM

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According to the sources of the Russian newspaper RBC in the Belarusian government, the Belarusian authorities are counting on a Russian loan of three billion dollars, which will be partially or fully provided by the Eurasian Fund for Stabilization and Development.

Exemplary image. Photo: AB / Belsat

The RBC sources say this loan was one of the topics of the recent negotiations between the authorities of Belarus and Russia.

The fund representatives confirmed previous consultations with Belarus but said it was “too early to talk about the amount and specific timing.”

RBC notes that on September 8, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov (also Russia’s authorized representative to the EFDF) said that Russia could provide additional support to the Belarusian authorities, as “the neighbor is in a difficult financial situation.”

“But now the most important task is to stimulate the process of integration, the signing of the so-called strategic plans for the integration of our economies. Today, this is the most important thing on the agenda. But I do not exclude that we will provide any support to our Belarusian partners, if necessary.

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, But the Minister of Finance said that the main thing is integration.

News – belsat.eu, RBC: Belarus starts negotiations about $3 bln loan, on September 10, 2021 4:10 AM at 4:10 AM

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According to the sources of the Russian newspaper RBC in the Belarusian government, the Belarusian authorities are counting on a Russian loan of three billion dollars, which will be partially or fully provided by the Eurasian Fund for Stabilization and Development.

Exemplary image. Photo: AB / Belsat

The RBC sources say this loan was one of the topics of the recent negotiations between the authorities of Belarus and Russia.

The fund representatives confirmed previous consultations with Belarus but said it was “too early to talk about the amount and specific timing.”

RBC notes that on September 8, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov (also Russia’s authorized representative to the EFDF) said that Russia could provide additional support to the Belarusian authorities, as “the neighbor is in a difficult financial situation.”

“But now the most important task is to stimulate the process of integration, the signing of the so-called strategic plans for the integration of our economies. Today, this is the most important thing on the agenda. But I do not exclude that we will provide any support to our Belarusian partners, if necessary.

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, But the Minister of Finance said that the main thing is integration.

News – belsat.eu, RBC: Belarus starts negotiations about $3 bln loan, on September 10, 2021 4:10 AM at 4:10 AM

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According to the sources of the Russian newspaper RBC in the Belarusian government, the Belarusian authorities are counting on a Russian loan of three billion dollars, which will be partially or fully provided by the Eurasian Fund for Stabilization and Development.

Exemplary image. Photo: AB / Belsat

The RBC sources say this loan was one of the topics of the recent negotiations between the authorities of Belarus and Russia.

The fund representatives confirmed previous consultations with Belarus but said it was “too early to talk about the amount and specific timing.”

RBC notes that on September 8, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov (also Russia’s authorized representative to the EFDF) said that Russia could provide additional support to the Belarusian authorities, as “the neighbor is in a difficult financial situation.”

“But now the most important task is to stimulate the process of integration, the signing of the so-called strategic plans for the integration of our economies. Today, this is the most important thing on the agenda. But I do not exclude that we will provide any support to our Belarusian partners, if necessary.

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, But the Minister of Finance said that the main thing is integration.

247 News Around The World, Putin’s new challenge to the West: Russia and Belarus alarm NATO with huge war games, on September 10, 2021 3:27 AM at 3:27 AM

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247 News Around The World
247 News Around The World

Russia and Belarus have alarmed NATO with huge war games featuring 200,000 troops, months after a military build-up by Ukraine nearly sparked a crisis. 

In Putin’s new challenge to the West, the two states formally opened vast joint military drills on Thursday, a week-long exercise across the territory of both countries and in the Baltic Sea that has alarmed some NATO countries.

The active part of the exercise, which comes at a time of heightened tensions between the West and Belarus due to a crackdown on the opposition there, begins today and will run until September 16.  

Officials say the exercises do not envisage specific countries as adversaries.

But the chief of Belarus’ general staff, Major-General Viktor Gulevich, said the exercises should be a ‘signal’ to the West of the ‘futility’ to taking ‘a position of strength’ with the two countries.  

The Russian defence ministry said up to 200,000 military personnel, some 80 aircraft and helicopters, up to 15 ships and nearly 300 tanks would take part. The drills will involve live fire and mark the culmination of a bigger three-month exercise.

The drills have alarmed NATO because Belarus is part of quasi buffer zone between Europe and Russia, bordering the country to the east. 

Russia and Belarus have alarmed NATO with huge war games featuring 200,000 troops and including servicemen from Collective Security Treaty Organisation states such as Kyrgyzstan (pictured, Kyrgyz soldiers)

Russia and Belarus have alarmed NATO with huge war games featuring 200,000 troops and including servicemen from Collective Security Treaty Organisation states such as Kyrgyzstan (pictured, Kyrgyz soldiers)

Russia and Belarus have alarmed NATO with huge war games featuring 200,000 troops and including servicemen from Collective Security Treaty Organisation states such as Kyrgyzstan (pictured, Kyrgyz soldiers)

In Putin's new challenge to the West, Belarus and Russia formally opened vast joint military drills with Kyrgyzstan and other states on Thursday, a week-long exercise across the territory of both countries and in the Baltic Sea that has alarmed some NATO countries

In Putin's new challenge to the West, Belarus and Russia formally opened vast joint military drills with Kyrgyzstan and other states on Thursday, a week-long exercise across the territory of both countries and in the Baltic Sea that has alarmed some NATO countries

In Putin’s new challenge to the West, Belarus and Russia formally opened vast joint military drills with Kyrgyzstan and other states on Thursday, a week-long exercise across the territory of both countries and in the Baltic Sea that has alarmed some NATO countries

The mass military drills will involve live fire and mark the culmination of a bigger three-month exercise, in a move that has alarmed NATO

The mass military drills will involve live fire and mark the culmination of a bigger three-month exercise, in a move that has alarmed NATO

The mass military drills will involve live fire and mark the culmination of a bigger three-month exercise, in a move that has alarmed NATO

Russian soldiers prepare for huge joint war games with Belarus involving 200,000 troops, in a move that has alarmed NATO months after a military build-up by Ukraine nearly sparked a crisis

Russian soldiers prepare for huge joint war games with Belarus involving 200,000 troops, in a move that has alarmed NATO months after a military build-up by Ukraine nearly sparked a crisis

Russian soldiers prepare for huge joint war games with Belarus involving 200,000 troops, in a move that has alarmed NATO months after a military build-up by Ukraine nearly sparked a crisis

Russian military tank operators take part in an opening ceremony parade ahead of joint war games with Belarus. The active part of the exercise begins today and will run until September 16

Russian military tank operators take part in an opening ceremony parade ahead of joint war games with Belarus. The active part of the exercise begins today and will run until September 16

Russian military tank operators take part in an opening ceremony parade ahead of joint war games with Belarus. The active part of the exercise begins today and will run until September 16

Officials said the exercises do not envisage specific countries as adversaries, but called the  drills, which will include at least 15 naval ships (pictured, warships Zelenyi Dol and Mytishchi leaving port on Thursday), a 'signal' to the West

Officials said the exercises do not envisage specific countries as adversaries, but called the  drills, which will include at least 15 naval ships (pictured, warships Zelenyi Dol and Mytishchi leaving port on Thursday), a 'signal' to the West

Officials said the exercises do not envisage specific countries as adversaries, but called the  drills, which will include at least 15 naval ships (pictured, warships Zelenyi Dol and Mytishchi leaving port on Thursday), a ‘signal’ to the West

In Putin's new challenge to the West, Russia and Belarus formally opened vast joint military drills on Thursday, culminating in a live fire exercise on September 16

In Putin's new challenge to the West, Russia and Belarus formally opened vast joint military drills on Thursday, culminating in a live fire exercise on September 16

In Putin’s new challenge to the West, Russia and Belarus formally opened vast joint military drills on Thursday, culminating in a live fire exercise on September 16

The drills have alarmed NATO because Belarus is part of quasi buffer zone between Europe and Russia, bordering the country to the east

The drills have alarmed NATO because Belarus is part of quasi buffer zone between Europe and Russia, bordering the country to the east

The drills have alarmed NATO because Belarus is part of quasi buffer zone between Europe and Russia, bordering the country to the east 

Top military leaders from the two countries attended the opening ceremony of the war games, called ‘Zapad-2021’, in western Russia where flags were raised and speeches given. 

Military personnel from Armenia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia will participate too, the Russian defence ministry said.

NATO officials have warned that the drills, which follow a huge Russian military buildup on Ukraine’s borders earlier this year, increase the risk of an accident or miscalculation that could touch off a crisis.

Russian Deputy Defence Minister Nikolai Pankov said the drills were purely defensive in nature and would give Moscow and Minsk a chance to improve the way their respective militaries work together.  

A Kyrgyzstan's soldier shoots from a portable air-defence system during a joint military exercises with Belarus and Russia at the Edelweiss training ground near the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek

A Kyrgyzstan's soldier shoots from a portable air-defence system during a joint military exercises with Belarus and Russia at the Edelweiss training ground near the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek

A Kyrgyzstan’s soldier shoots from a portable air-defence system during a joint military exercises with Belarus and Russia at the Edelweiss training ground near the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek

A Russian serviceman takes part in the joint military exercises with Russia, Belarus, and the Collective Security Treaty Organization on the Edelweiss training ground near Iissyk Kul lake

A Russian serviceman takes part in the joint military exercises with Russia, Belarus, and the Collective Security Treaty Organization on the Edelweiss training ground near Iissyk Kul lake

A Russian serviceman takes part in the joint military exercises with Russia, Belarus, and the Collective Security Treaty Organization on the Edelweiss training ground near Iissyk Kul lake

Kyrgyz servicemen attend the Collective Security Treaty Organization joint military exercises with Russia and Belarus on the Edelweiss training ground near Iissyk Kul lake

Kyrgyz servicemen attend the Collective Security Treaty Organization joint military exercises with Russia and Belarus on the Edelweiss training ground near Iissyk Kul lake

Kyrgyz servicemen attend the Collective Security Treaty Organization joint military exercises with Russia and Belarus on the Edelweiss training ground near Iissyk Kul lake

A Kyrgyz soldier takes cover during huge joint military drills with Russia and Belarus, in Putin's latest challenge to the West

A Kyrgyz soldier takes cover during huge joint military drills with Russia and Belarus, in Putin's latest challenge to the West

A Kyrgyz soldier takes cover during huge joint military drills with Russia and Belarus, in Putin’s latest challenge to the West

Kyrgyzstan soldiers fire from an anti-aircraft weapon during a joint military exercises at the Edelweiss training ground,  near Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan soldiers fire from an anti-aircraft weapon during a joint military exercises at the Edelweiss training ground,  near Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan soldiers fire from an anti-aircraft weapon during a joint military exercises at the Edelweiss training ground,  near Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Russian servicemen take part in joint military drills with Belarus and other Collective Security Treaty Organisation states on September 9, in a move that has alarmed NATO

Russian servicemen take part in joint military drills with Belarus and other Collective Security Treaty Organisation states on September 9, in a move that has alarmed NATO

Russian servicemen take part in joint military drills with Belarus and other Collective Security Treaty Organisation states on September 9, in a move that has alarmed NATO

Russia has said the massive drills are purely defensive in nature and will give Moscow and Minsk a chance to improve the way their respective militaries work together (pictured, Russian troops parade ahead of the war games on Thursday)

Russia has said the massive drills are purely defensive in nature and will give Moscow and Minsk a chance to improve the way their respective militaries work together (pictured, Russian troops parade ahead of the war games on Thursday)

Russia has said the massive drills are purely defensive in nature and will give Moscow and Minsk a chance to improve the way their respective militaries work together (pictured, Russian troops parade ahead of the war games on Thursday)

Military personnel from Armenia, India, (pictured) Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia will participate in the war games, the Russian defence ministry said

Military personnel from Armenia, India, (pictured) Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia will participate in the war games, the Russian defence ministry said

Military personnel from Armenia, India, (pictured) Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia will participate in the war games, the Russian defence ministry said

Kyrgyz servicemen on Soviet made T-80 main battle tanks take part in joint military drills with Belarus and Russia, in a move that has alarmed NATO

Kyrgyz servicemen on Soviet made T-80 main battle tanks take part in joint military drills with Belarus and Russia, in a move that has alarmed NATO

Kyrgyz servicemen on Soviet made T-80 main battle tanks take part in joint military drills with Belarus and Russia, in a move that has alarmed NATO

Minsk has cosied up to Moscow in recent months, with Putin offering to send troops to Belarus to help quell large demonstrations that broke out in August 2020 following a dispute election that officials said gave Lukashenko a sixth term in office

Minsk has cosied up to Moscow in recent months, with Putin offering to send troops to Belarus to help quell large demonstrations that broke out in August 2020 following a dispute election that officials said gave Lukashenko a sixth term in office

Minsk has cosied up to Moscow in recent months, with Putin offering to send troops to Belarus to help quell large demonstrations that broke out in August 2020 following a dispute election that officials said gave Lukashenko a sixth term in office

NATO officials have warned that the drills, which will include at least 300 tanks, increase the risk of an accident or miscalculation that could touch off a crisis

NATO officials have warned that the drills, which will include at least 300 tanks, increase the risk of an accident or miscalculation that could touch off a crisis

NATO officials have warned that the drills, which will include at least 300 tanks, increase the risk of an accident or miscalculation that could touch off a crisis

A Kyrgyz BM-21 Grad multiple launch rocket system launches rockets during joint military exercises with Russia and Belarus

A Kyrgyz BM-21 Grad multiple launch rocket system launches rockets during joint military exercises with Russia and Belarus

A Kyrgyz BM-21 Grad multiple launch rocket system launches rockets during joint military exercises with Russia and Belarus

After large demonstrations broke out in Belarus in August 2020 following a disputed election that officials said gave Lukashenko a sixth term in office, Russia said it would be willing to send troops to Belarus if the country requested them.

The demonstrations persisted for months, but subsided in the winter as police harshly cracked down on protesters. Authorities have arrested and imprisoned prominent opposition figures and closed many independent media outlets.

Following the presidents’ meeting on Thursday, Putin said conditions in Belarus had ‘notably stabilised’.

And analysts say Minsk’s involvement highlights increasingly close ties between it and Moscow. 

The Kremlin has proved a vital ally for Belarus after the West imposed sanctions on Minsk over a violent crackdown that followed a contested election which gave President Alexander Lukashenko his sixth term in office.

‘Lukashenko has gone from not really being willing to participate [in the drills] back in 2017 to being one of the most boastful, in a way, about how important this exercise is in terms of the intimidation that it represents against the West,’ said Mathieu Boulegue, a research fellow at the Chatham House think tank.

Thursday’s ceremony coincided with talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Lukashenko in the Kremlin, lasting nearly four hours. 

The pair announced that 28 programs strengthening integration were approved during the talks – including forming common energy and financial markets.

A Russian service member walks towards camouflaged armoured vehicles during huge joint military drills with Belarus

A Russian service member walks towards camouflaged armoured vehicles during huge joint military drills with Belarus

A Russian service member walks towards camouflaged armoured vehicles during huge joint military drills with Belarus 

Kyrgyzstan's soldiers prepare an anti-aircraft weapon during joint military exercises that have alarmed NATO months after a military build-up by Ukraine nearly sparked a crisis

Kyrgyzstan's soldiers prepare an anti-aircraft weapon during joint military exercises that have alarmed NATO months after a military build-up by Ukraine nearly sparked a crisis

Kyrgyzstan’s soldiers prepare an anti-aircraft weapon during joint military exercises that have alarmed NATO months after a military build-up by Ukraine nearly sparked a crisis

A Kyrgyzstan's soldier carries a portable air-defence system during mass military drills with Belarus and Russia being held across the countries' territories

A Kyrgyzstan's soldier carries a portable air-defence system during mass military drills with Belarus and Russia being held across the countries' territories

A Kyrgyzstan’s soldier carries a portable air-defence system during mass military drills with Belarus and Russia being held across the countries’ territories

Russian Deputy Defence Minister Nikolai Pankov said the drills were purely defensive in nature and would give Moscow and Minsk a chance to improve the way their respective airforces work together

Russian Deputy Defence Minister Nikolai Pankov said the drills were purely defensive in nature and would give Moscow and Minsk a chance to improve the way their respective airforces work together

Russian Deputy Defence Minister Nikolai Pankov said the drills were purely defensive in nature and would give Moscow and Minsk a chance to improve the way their respective airforces work together

An aircraft takes off at the start of huge joint war games between Belarus and Russia featuring 200,000 troops, months after a military build-up by Ukraine nearly sparked a crisis

An aircraft takes off at the start of huge joint war games between Belarus and Russia featuring 200,000 troops, months after a military build-up by Ukraine nearly sparked a crisis

An aircraft takes off at the start of huge joint war games between Belarus and Russia featuring 200,000 troops, months after a military build-up by Ukraine nearly sparked a crisis

NATO officials have warned that the drills, which follow a huge Russian military buildup on Ukraine's borders earlier this year, increase the risk of an accident or miscalculation that could touch off a crisis

NATO officials have warned that the drills, which follow a huge Russian military buildup on Ukraine's borders earlier this year, increase the risk of an accident or miscalculation that could touch off a crisis

NATO officials have warned that the drills, which follow a huge Russian military buildup on Ukraine’s borders earlier this year, increase the risk of an accident or miscalculation that could touch off a crisis

Aircraft take off at the start of  huge joint war games between Belarus and Russia featuring 200,000 troops, months after a military build-up by Ukraine nearly sparked a crisis

Aircraft take off at the start of  huge joint war games between Belarus and Russia featuring 200,000 troops, months after a military build-up by Ukraine nearly sparked a crisis

Aircraft take off at the start of  huge joint war games between Belarus and Russia featuring 200,000 troops, months after a military build-up by Ukraine nearly sparked a crisis

Russian warships left port on Thursday ahead of massive war games being staged by the Baltic Fleet as part of joint drills with Belarus

Russian warships left port on Thursday ahead of massive war games being staged by the Baltic Fleet as part of joint drills with Belarus

Russian warships left port on Thursday ahead of massive war games being staged by the Baltic Fleet as part of joint drills with Belarus

A Russian military vessel sails ahead of naval drills near the Baltic Sea town of Baltiysk in the Kaliningrad Region

A Russian military vessel sails ahead of naval drills near the Baltic Sea town of Baltiysk in the Kaliningrad Region

A Russian military vessel sails ahead of naval drills near the Baltic Sea town of Baltiysk in the Kaliningrad Region

The moves would bolster Belarus as it faces Western sanctions imposed in response to political repression after a disputed presidential election, and to its forced diversion of an airliner carrying a prominent opposition journalist. 

They would also give Russia a strengthened position in a country that acts as a buffer with NATO members. 

Putin and Lukashenko for nearly four hours and announced that 28 programs strengthening integration were approved. 

The programs fall under a 1999 union agreement that calls for close political, economic and military ties but stops short of a full merger.

Russia has buttressed Belarus’ economy with cheap energy supplies and loans. 

But ties often have been strained, with Lukashenko scolding Moscow for trying to force him to relinquish control of prized economic assets and eventually abandon his country’s independence.

The programs include establishing a single gas market by the end of 2023.

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News – belsat.eu, Union State programs and a new loan: Putin and Lukashenka hold talks in Moscow, on September 10, 2021 3:02 AM at 3:02 AM

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Putin said he had asked Lukashenka to come to summarize recent work on the formation of the Union State.

This has been their fifth meeting since the beginning of the year.

Joint press conference of Putin and Lukashenka on the results of Russian-Belarusian talks in Moscow on September 9, 2021. Photo: kremlin.ru

According to the Telegram channel of RIA Novosti journalists from the Kremlin’s entourage, initially, Vladimir Putin and Alyaksandr Lukashenka planned to meet one-on-one, without ministers, and after that, they would speak with the press about their agreements. But they were not planning to sign anything that day.

“We need to make sure we are on the same page, finalize some issues and allow the governments to finalize some of these agreements in the very near future — I think they are even going to meet in Minsk tomorrow,” Vladimir Putin said at the beginning of the meeting.

Lukashenka and Putin’s four-hour talks took the form of a working lunch, followed by a press conference.

The main results of the joint meeting:

  • all 28 programs on the Union State were agreed upon and signed;
  • it was decided to remove all restrictions on COVID concerning air transport;
  • the price of Russian gas for Belarus in 2022 will be the same as this year;
  • the total amount of loans from September this year to the end of 2022 will be about 630 million dollars;
  • formation of a common defense space for Russia and Belarus to ensure security;
  • creation of a single market of oil and petroleum products, and an agreement on a single electricity market.
  • the decision on the introduction of the single currency has been postponed so far, said Lukashenka.

Further, on September 10th, in Minsk, the prime ministers of the two countries will discuss the projects of the allied programs.

During the meeting, a protest against the integration of Russia and Belarus was held near the Russian embassy in Warsaw.

Protest action against the integration of Russia and Belarus near the Russian embassy in Warsaw. September 9, 2021. Photo by: Belsat

The action was organized by “Narodnaya Hramada” of Mikalai Statkevich. About a dozen people participate in the action.

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, Vladimir Putin and Alyaksandr Lukashenka met one-on-one, without ministers

News – belsat.eu, Union State programs and a new loan: Putin and Lukashenka hold talks in Moscow, on September 10, 2021 3:02 AM at 3:02 AM

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Putin said he had asked Lukashenka to come to summarize recent work on the formation of the Union State.

This has been their fifth meeting since the beginning of the year.

Joint press conference of Putin and Lukashenka on the results of Russian-Belarusian talks in Moscow on September 9, 2021. Photo: kremlin.ru

According to the Telegram channel of RIA Novosti journalists from the Kremlin’s entourage, initially, Vladimir Putin and Alyaksandr Lukashenka planned to meet one-on-one, without ministers, and after that, they would speak with the press about their agreements. But they were not planning to sign anything that day.

“We need to make sure we are on the same page, finalize some issues and allow the governments to finalize some of these agreements in the very near future — I think they are even going to meet in Minsk tomorrow,” Vladimir Putin said at the beginning of the meeting.

Lukashenka and Putin’s four-hour talks took the form of a working lunch, followed by a press conference.

The main results of the joint meeting:

  • all 28 programs on the Union State were agreed upon and signed;
  • it was decided to remove all restrictions on COVID concerning air transport;
  • the price of Russian gas for Belarus in 2022 will be the same as this year;
  • the total amount of loans from September this year to the end of 2022 will be about 630 million dollars;
  • formation of a common defense space for Russia and Belarus to ensure security;
  • creation of a single market of oil and petroleum products, and an agreement on a single electricity market.
  • the decision on the introduction of the single currency has been postponed so far, said Lukashenka.

Further, on September 10th, in Minsk, the prime ministers of the two countries will discuss the projects of the allied programs.

During the meeting, a protest against the integration of Russia and Belarus was held near the Russian embassy in Warsaw.

Protest action against the integration of Russia and Belarus near the Russian embassy in Warsaw. September 9, 2021. Photo by: Belsat

The action was organized by “Narodnaya Hramada” of Mikalai Statkevich. About a dozen people participate in the action.

belsat.eu

, Vladimir Putin and Alyaksandr Lukashenka met one-on-one, without ministers

News – belsat.eu, Union State programs and a new loan: Putin and Lukashenka hold talks in Moscow, on September 10, 2021 3:02 AM at 3:02 AM

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Putin said he had asked Lukashenka to come to summarize recent work on the formation of the Union State.

This has been their fifth meeting since the beginning of the year.

Joint press conference of Putin and Lukashenka on the results of Russian-Belarusian talks in Moscow on September 9, 2021. Photo: kremlin.ru

According to the Telegram channel of RIA Novosti journalists from the Kremlin’s entourage, initially, Vladimir Putin and Alyaksandr Lukashenka planned to meet one-on-one, without ministers, and after that, they would speak with the press about their agreements. But they were not planning to sign anything that day.

“We need to make sure we are on the same page, finalize some issues and allow the governments to finalize some of these agreements in the very near future — I think they are even going to meet in Minsk tomorrow,” Vladimir Putin said at the beginning of the meeting.

Lukashenka and Putin’s four-hour talks took the form of a working lunch, followed by a press conference.

The main results of the joint meeting:

  • all 28 programs on the Union State were agreed upon and signed;
  • it was decided to remove all restrictions on COVID concerning air transport;
  • the price of Russian gas for Belarus in 2022 will be the same as this year;
  • the total amount of loans from September this year to the end of 2022 will be about 630 million dollars;
  • formation of a common defense space for Russia and Belarus to ensure security;
  • creation of a single market of oil and petroleum products, and an agreement on a single electricity market.
  • the decision on the introduction of the single currency has been postponed so far, said Lukashenka.

Further, on September 10th, in Minsk, the prime ministers of the two countries will discuss the projects of the allied programs.

During the meeting, a protest against the integration of Russia and Belarus was held near the Russian embassy in Warsaw.

Protest action against the integration of Russia and Belarus near the Russian embassy in Warsaw. September 9, 2021. Photo by: Belsat

The action was organized by “Narodnaya Hramada” of Mikalai Statkevich. About a dozen people participate in the action.

belsat.eu

, Vladimir Putin and Alyaksandr Lukashenka met one-on-one, without ministers

News – belsat.eu, Union State programs and a new loan: Putin and Lukashenka hold talks in Moscow, on September 10, 2021 3:02 AM at 3:02 AM

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Putin said he had asked Lukashenka to come to summarize recent work on the formation of the Union State.

This has been their fifth meeting since the beginning of the year.

Joint press conference of Putin and Lukashenka on the results of Russian-Belarusian talks in Moscow on September 9, 2021. Photo: kremlin.ru

According to the Telegram channel of RIA Novosti journalists from the Kremlin’s entourage, initially, Vladimir Putin and Alyaksandr Lukashenka planned to meet one-on-one, without ministers, and after that, they would speak with the press about their agreements. But they were not planning to sign anything that day.

“We need to make sure we are on the same page, finalize some issues and allow the governments to finalize some of these agreements in the very near future — I think they are even going to meet in Minsk tomorrow,” Vladimir Putin said at the beginning of the meeting.

Lukashenka and Putin’s four-hour talks took the form of a working lunch, followed by a press conference.

The main results of the joint meeting:

  • all 28 programs on the Union State were agreed upon and signed;
  • it was decided to remove all restrictions on COVID concerning air transport;
  • the price of Russian gas for Belarus in 2022 will be the same as this year;
  • the total amount of loans from September this year to the end of 2022 will be about 630 million dollars;
  • formation of a common defense space for Russia and Belarus to ensure security;
  • creation of a single market of oil and petroleum products, and an agreement on a single electricity market.
  • the decision on the introduction of the single currency has been postponed so far, said Lukashenka.

Further, on September 10th, in Minsk, the prime ministers of the two countries will discuss the projects of the allied programs.

During the meeting, a protest against the integration of Russia and Belarus was held near the Russian embassy in Warsaw.

Protest action against the integration of Russia and Belarus near the Russian embassy in Warsaw. September 9, 2021. Photo by: Belsat

The action was organized by “Narodnaya Hramada” of Mikalai Statkevich. About a dozen people participate in the action.

belsat.eu

, Vladimir Putin and Alyaksandr Lukashenka met one-on-one, without ministers

News – belsat.eu, Union State programs and a new loan: Putin and Lukashenka hold talks in Moscow, on September 10, 2021 3:02 AM at 3:02 AM

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Putin said he had asked Lukashenka to come to summarize recent work on the formation of the Union State.

This has been their fifth meeting since the beginning of the year.

Joint press conference of Putin and Lukashenka on the results of Russian-Belarusian talks in Moscow on September 9, 2021. Photo: kremlin.ru

According to the Telegram channel of RIA Novosti journalists from the Kremlin’s entourage, initially, Vladimir Putin and Alyaksandr Lukashenka planned to meet one-on-one, without ministers, and after that, they would speak with the press about their agreements. But they were not planning to sign anything that day.

“We need to make sure we are on the same page, finalize some issues and allow the governments to finalize some of these agreements in the very near future — I think they are even going to meet in Minsk tomorrow,” Vladimir Putin said at the beginning of the meeting.

Lukashenka and Putin’s four-hour talks took the form of a working lunch, followed by a press conference.

The main results of the joint meeting:

  • all 28 programs on the Union State were agreed upon and signed;
  • it was decided to remove all restrictions on COVID concerning air transport;
  • the price of Russian gas for Belarus in 2022 will be the same as this year;
  • the total amount of loans from September this year to the end of 2022 will be about 630 million dollars;
  • formation of a common defense space for Russia and Belarus to ensure security;
  • creation of a single market of oil and petroleum products, and an agreement on a single electricity market.
  • the decision on the introduction of the single currency has been postponed so far, said Lukashenka.

Further, on September 10th, in Minsk, the prime ministers of the two countries will discuss the projects of the allied programs.

During the meeting, a protest against the integration of Russia and Belarus was held near the Russian embassy in Warsaw.

Protest action against the integration of Russia and Belarus near the Russian embassy in Warsaw. September 9, 2021. Photo by: Belsat

The action was organized by “Narodnaya Hramada” of Mikalai Statkevich. About a dozen people participate in the action.

belsat.eu

, Vladimir Putin and Alyaksandr Lukashenka met one-on-one, without ministers

Deutsche Welle, Russia, Belarus to demonstrate strength with joint maneuvers, on September 10, 2021 1:06 AM at 1:06 AM

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Ten countries will participate in strategic military exercises in Russia and Belarus. Neighboring countries have announced similar exercises. Observers say there is a return to a familiar Cold War routine., Ten countries will participate in strategic military exercises in Russia and Belarus. Neighboring countries have announced similar exercises. Observers say there is a return to a familiar Cold War routine.

Deutsche Welle, Russia, Belarus to demonstrate strength with joint maneuvers, on September 10, 2021 1:06 AM at 1:06 AM

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Ten countries will participate in strategic military exercises in Russia and Belarus. Neighboring countries have announced similar exercises. Observers say there is a return to a familiar Cold War routine., Ten countries will participate in strategic military exercises in Russia and Belarus. Neighboring countries have announced similar exercises. Observers say there is a return to a familiar Cold War routine.

Deutsche Welle, Russia, Belarus to demonstrate strength with joint maneuvers, on September 10, 2021 1:06 AM at 1:06 AM

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Ten countries will participate in strategic military exercises in Russia and Belarus. Neighboring countries have announced similar exercises. Observers say there is a return to a familiar Cold War routine., Ten countries will participate in strategic military exercises in Russia and Belarus. Neighboring countries have announced similar exercises. Observers say there is a return to a familiar Cold War routine.

World news | The Guardian, Putin and Lukashenko move to integrate economies of Russia and Belarus, on September 9, 2021 1:05 PM at 1:05 PM

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Russian president announces agreement on macroeconomic policies, and common tax and customs measures

Vladimir Putin and Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said they had made progress toward integrating the two countries’ economies during a summit on Thursday evening in advance of massive joint military exercises.

Speaking late on Thursday, Putin said the two leaders had agreed to coordinate the countries’ macroeconomic policies, institute common tax and customs measures, and harmonise other financial controls as part of a 28-point roadmap that is expected to increase Russia’s influence over its neighbour.

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, Russian president announces agreement on macroeconomic policies, and common tax and customs measures
Vladimir Putin and Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said they had made progress toward integrating the two countries’ economies during a summit on Thursday evening in advance of massive joint military exercises.
Speaking late on Thursday, Putin said the two leaders had agreed to coordinate the countries’ macroeconomic policies, institute common tax and customs measures, and harmonise other financial controls as part of a 28-point roadmap that is expected to increase Russia’s influence over its neighbour. Continue reading…

News – belsat.eu, Talented chemistry student admitted to Lithuanian university. He is still in Minsk jail, on September 9, 2021 1:04 PM at 1:04 PM

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Imprisoned Belarusian student Artsyom Bayarski has the opportunity to continue his studies in Lithuanian university, human rights centre Viasna reports.

Аrtsyom Bayarski.

The young man has been admitted to Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas (BA in Biotechnology). As soon as the 20-year-old political prisoner is released, he could move to the neighbouring country and extend his knowledge.

Artsyom Bayarski was detained by the Minsk police on April 18 after serving 25 days of arrest for participating in a peaceful assembly. He was charged under Art. 361-1 of the Criminal Code (creation of an extremist formation). Bayarski was taken into custody in pre-trial prison Nr 1 in Minsk. As reported earlier, infamous Belarusian propagandist Ryhor Azaronak posted a video that showed Artsyom’s confessing to administering a public group on social media. On April 19, the arrestee told his lawyer that the police officers repeatedly hit him on the back and buttocks with truncheons during the detention in late March in order to make him appear in the video.

Prior to the arrest, Artsyom was a student of Chemistry Department of the Belarusian State University (BSU). He became a fellow of the President’s Special Fund to Support Talented Youth four times, but in August 2020 he withdrew from obtaining a presidential scholarship in protest. As a schooler, he repeatedly took winning places in National Chemistry Olympiads.

The Belarusian human rights community declared Artsyom Bayarski a prisoner of conscience.

Minsk police batter chemistry student to film confession. Video appears on propagandist’s Telegram

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, Imprisoned student Artsyom Bayarski has the opportunity to continue his studies in Lithuanian university, human rights centre Viasna reports.

News – belsat.eu, Talented chemistry student admitted to Lithuanian university. He was jailed on back of protests in Minsk, on September 9, 2021 1:04 PM at 1:04 PM

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Imprisoned student Artsyom Bayarski has the opportunity to continue his studies in Lithuanian university, human rights centre Viasna reports.

Арцём Баярскі, партрэт з выпускнога альбома. Горадня, Беларусь, 1 траўня 2021 года. Фота: МК / Белсат

The young man has been admitted to Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas (BA in Biotechnology). As soon as the 20-year-old political prisoner is released, he could move to the neighbouring country and extend his knowledge.

Artsyom Bayarski was detained by the Minsk police on April 18 after serving 25 days of arrest for participating in a peaceful assembly. He was charged under Art. 361-1 of the Criminal Code (creation of an extremist formation). Bayarski was taken into custody in pre-trial prison Nr 1 in Minsk. As reported earlier, infamous Belarusian propagandist Ryhor Azaronak posted a video that showed Artsyom’s confessing to administering a public group on social media. On April 19, the arrestee told his lawyer that the police officers repeatedly hit him on the back and buttocks with truncheons during the detention in late March in order to make him appear in the video.

Prior to the arrest, Artsyom was a student of Chemistry Department of the Belarusian State University (BSU). He became a fellow of the President’s Special Fund to Support Talented Youth four times, but in August 2020 he withdrew from obtaining a presidential scholarship in protest. As a schooler, he repeatedly took winning places in National Chemistry Olympiads.

The Belarusian human rights community declared Artsyom Bayarski a prisoner of conscience.

Minsk police batter chemistry student to film confession. Video appears on propagandist’s Telegram

belsat.eu

, Imprisoned student Artsyom Bayarski has the opportunity to continue his studies in Lithuanian university, human rights centre Viasna reports.

, Russia, Belarus launch massive war games – worrying NATO, on September 9, 2021 12:44 PM at 12:44 PM

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Russia and Belarus formally opened vast joint military drills on Thursday, a week-long exercise across the territory of both countries and in the Baltic Sea that has alarmed some NATO countries., Russia and Belarus formally opened vast joint military drills on Thursday, a week-long exercise across the territory of both countries and in the Baltic Sea that has alarmed some NATO countries.

, Russia, Belarus launch massive war games – worrying NATO, on September 9, 2021 12:44 PM at 12:44 PM

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Russia and Belarus formally opened vast joint military drills on Thursday, a week-long exercise across the territory of both countries and in the Baltic Sea that has alarmed some NATO countries., Russia and Belarus formally opened vast joint military drills on Thursday, a week-long exercise across the territory of both countries and in the Baltic Sea that has alarmed some NATO countries.

The Washington Times stories: World, Neighbors wary as Russia, Belarus kick off major joint military drill, on September 9, 2021 11:07 AM at 11:07 AM

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Russian military officials said Thursday they have formally begun a major military exercise with neighboring Belarus, despite the unease expressed by a number of countries in the region.

The weeklong Zapad-2021 exercises come as authoritarian Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has moved closer to Moscow in the face of mounting U.S. …

, Russian military officials said Thursday they have formally begun a major military exercise with neighboring Belarus, despite the unease expressed by a number of countries in the region. The weeklong Zapad-2021 exercises come as authoritarian Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has moved closer to Moscow in the face of mounting U.S. …

The Washington Times stories: World, Neighbors wary as Russia, Belarus kick off major joint military drill, on September 9, 2021 11:07 AM at 11:07 AM

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Russian military officials said Thursday they have formally begun a major military exercise with neighboring Belarus, despite the unease expressed by a number of countries in the region.

The weeklong Zapad-2021 exercises come as authoritarian Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has moved closer to Moscow in the face of mounting U.S. …

, Russian military officials said Thursday they have formally begun a major military exercise with neighboring Belarus, despite the unease expressed by a number of countries in the region. The weeklong Zapad-2021 exercises come as authoritarian Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has moved closer to Moscow in the face of mounting U.S. …

The Washington Times stories: World, Neighbors wary as Russia, Belarus kick off major joint military drill, on September 9, 2021 11:07 AM at 11:07 AM

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Russian military officials said Thursday they have formally begun a major military exercise with neighboring Belarus, despite the unease expressed by a number of countries in the region.

The weeklong Zapad-2021 exercises come as authoritarian Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has moved closer to Moscow in the face of mounting U.S. …

, Russian military officials said Thursday they have formally begun a major military exercise with neighboring Belarus, despite the unease expressed by a number of countries in the region. The weeklong Zapad-2021 exercises come as authoritarian Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has moved closer to Moscow in the face of mounting U.S. …

News – belsat.eu, Russia to extradite one more protester to Belarus, on September 9, 2021 8:47 AM at 8:47 AM

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A Belgorod court has ruled to extradite 31-year-old Belarusian citizen Vadzim Duboyski, mediazona.by reports. In Belarus he is accused of ‘mass riots’ (Article 293 of the Criminal Code).

The Brest resident was detained during one of the protest rallies in August, 2020. According to Duboyski, he was kept and beaten in the basement of Brest House of Justice for three days, then he was released. When Duboiski had the battery-induced injuries verified, he was detained and taken to the Investigative Committee. Having spent a week in the detention centre, he had to sign a written pledge not to leave.

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In September, Vadzim left for Moscow, which resulted on his being put on the wanted list in connection with his alleged involvement in the ‘mass riots’ case. Duboyski’s defence lawyer Dzyanis Reva received a document from the Prosecutor General’s Office; it contained the following descriptions of his client’s actions: ‘together with other people, he [Duboyski] moved at least three benches to the roadway, thus participating in the construction of barricades’, ‘he was breaking paving slabs’. In accordance with the authorities’ version, ‘one of the police officers suffered minor injuries, at least twenty-five officers were beaten’ during the above mentioned protest rally.

On April 11, an officer from Krasnaya Yaruga police station called Duboyski’s sister and reported that her brother was detained for illegally crossing the border. Later, he was transferred to the pre-trial detention centre Nr 3 in Russia’s Belgorod.

The Russian Federation has repeatedly delivered people who were spotted in participating in the post-election protests to Belarus. For example, in August, Maladzechna district court passed a verdict in the high-profile case of boxer and MMA fighter Alyaksei Kudzin who was detained in Russia at the beginning of 2021. He was sentenced to 2.5 years of imprisonment in a minimum security penal colony and later recognised as a political prisoner.

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, A Belgorod court has ruled to extradite 31-year-old Belarusian citizen Vadzim Duboyski, mediazona.by reports. In Belarus he is accused of ‘mass riots’ (Article 293 of the Criminal Code).