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
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
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.
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.
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.