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Mar 12, 2014

Belarus says Russia to send warplanes in response to NATO drills

MINSK (Reuters) – Russia will send several warplanes to its military ally Belarus in response to increased NATO activity near the borders of the ex-Soviet republic, the commander of the Belarussian air force was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

President Alexander Lukashenko had said earlier that Belarus would ask Russia to deploy 12 to 15 warplanes on its territory after the United States and Poland began war games that are expected to involve at least 12 U.S. F-16 fighter jets.

Nov 21, 2013

Belarus extradites Uralkali CEO to Russia

MINSK/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Belarus extradited the chief executive of potash producer Uralkali to Russia on Thursday, state media in both nations said, paving the way for the neighbours to settle a row over one of Belarus’s main sources of foreign income.

Vladislav Baumgertner was detained in Minsk in August after Uralkali quit a cartel with its state-run partner in ex-Soviet Belarus, triggering a price fall that infuriated Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, Russia’s closest ally.

Nov 21, 2013

Belarus hands Uralkali CEO to Russians for extradition -TV

MINSK/MOSCOW, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Belarus has handed the CEO
of potash producer Uralkali to Russian authorities,
Belarussian state TV reported on Thursday, paving the way for
the neighbours to settle a row over one of Belarus’s main
sources of foreign income.

Vladislav Baumgertner was detained in Minsk about a month
after Uralkali quit a cartel with its state-run partner in
ex-Soviet Belarus, triggering a price fall that infuriated
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, Russia’s closest ally.

Sep 19, 2013

Belarus moots repatriation of Uralkali CEO to Russia, ownership change

MINSK, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Belarus said on Thursday it was
ready to repatriate the head of Russian potash producer Uralkali
, arrested last month to protests from Moscow, but
wanted a change of ownership in the firm that would restore
strong commercial links with Belarus.

President Alexander Lukashenko, taking a conciliatory tack
after weeks of tension following the July collapse of a
lucrative sales cartel, said he wanted to prevent the potash row
becoming a major stumbling block in his ties with Russia.

Sep 13, 2013

Belarus court keeps Russian potash chief in detention

MINSK, Sept 13 (Reuters) – A court in Belarus rejected a
second appeal by the chief executive of Russian potash producer
Uralkali, keeping him in detention pending
investigation into alleged abuse of power despite calls from
Russia for his release.

Friday’s ruling kept the diplomatic row between Russia and
its ex-Soviet ally ticking over in the wake of the collapse of
their potash sales cartel as speculation mounted of a shake-up
in Uralkali.

Aug 27, 2013

Russia-Belarus potash dispute ignites diplomatic row

MOSCOW/MINSK, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Russia demanded on Tuesday
the release of the head of Russian company Uralkali,
whose arrest in Belarus threatens to turn a business dispute
that shook the $20-billion global potash market into a major
diplomatic row.

Vladislav Baumgertner, chief executive of the world’s
largest potash producer, was detained on Monday at the airport
of the Belarusian capital Minsk after being invited to secret
talks with Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich.

Aug 26, 2013

Russia fiercely rebukes Belarus for detaining potash boss

MINSK/MOSCOW, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Belarus detained the head
of Russia’s Uralkali, the world’s top potash producer,
after he met the country’s prime minister on Monday, drawing a
fierce rebuke from Moscow in an escalating dispute over the
collapse of a cartel.

Vladislav Baumgertner was detained on suspicion of abusing
his position and official powers over Uralkali’s decision to
quit the Belarusian Potash Co (BPC) joint trading venture,
according to investigators in Belarus.

Aug 5, 2013

Belarus potash miner eyes new markets, partners

MINSK, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Belarussian potash producer
Belaruskali aims to tap new markets and strengthen trading
relationships in Qatar and Brazil, the state-owned company said,
laying out new strategic aims following the break-up of a
Russian trading venture.

The shift comes after Russia’s Uralkali
quit a marketing venture formed with Belaruskali, called
Belarusian Potash Company (BPC), on July 30 and said it would
funnel sales through a Swiss-based operation instead.

Jul 31, 2013

Belaruskali says was not consulted on Uralkali pullout

MINSK (Reuters) – Belarussian potash producer Belaruskali said it was not consulted by Uralkali (URKA.MM: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) before the Russian company quit their joint venture, as it promised a new sales strategy to address the expected impact of its partner’s exit.

Uralkali’s decision to dismantle the Belarus Potash Company (BPC), one of the world’s two big potash cartels, pummeled the shares of companies around the world that produce potash and heralded a price war for the key crop nutrient.

Apr 23, 2013

Russia plans to deploy fighter jets, base in Belarus

MINSK/MOSCOW, April 23 (Reuters) – Russia plans to deploy
fighter jets in Belarus this year and eventually establish an
air base in the former Soviet republic, Russian Defence Minister
Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday.

The moves would increase Russia’s military presence in
Belarus, viewed by Moscow as a buffer between Russia and NATO,
and could unnerve neighbouring members of the Western alliance.