MINSK, Aug 26 (Reuters) – The leaders of Russia and Ukraine
agreed on Tuesday on the need to “de-escalate” the conflict in
eastern Ukraine but fundamental differences remain, the
Belarussian president who hosted the talks said.
After about six hours of negotiations with their Belarussian
and Kazakhstan counterparts and top European Union officials,
presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Petro Poroshenko of
Ukraine began a one-on-one meeting, officials on both sides
MINSK/KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine released a video of captured Russian soldiers on Tuesday, sharply escalating a dispute over Moscow’s alleged backing for separatist rebels in the east of the former Soviet republic.
The footage was released only hours before the two countries’ presidents were due to meet for the first time since June to discuss the conflict, which has killed more than 2,000 people and provoked Western sanctions against Russia.
MINSK/KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine released video footage on Tuesday of what it said were Russian soldiers captured on its territory, only hours before the presidents of the two countries were due to meet for the first time in months.
In Moscow, a military source told Russian news agencies that a group of soldiers had surrendered to Ukrainian forces after crossing the border by accident.
MINSK/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Moscow dispatched top veterinary officials to Belarus on Tuesday after the neighboring country, which has a free trade zone with Russia, said it would not become a back-door conduit for banned Western food products.
Last week Russia banned imports of fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, scallops, milk and dairy from the United States, the European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway in retaliation for Western sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine.
MINSK, May 9 (Reuters) – President Alexander Lukashenko said
on Friday Belarus would not block the signing of a deal creating
a Eurasian Economic Union after resolving a dispute with Russia
over oil product duties.
The economic union is intended to be a precursor to a future
Eurasian Union sought by Russian President Vladimir Putin to
unite at least some of the old Soviet Union as a bulwark against
perceived Western encroachment into Moscow’s traditional sphere
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.
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.
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.
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.
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