18:46 SportMinsk to host WDSF European Championship Ten Dance Youth Athletes from more than 20 countries will compete for the European champion title.
18:27 PresidentLukashenko on why he dons military uniform while attending some events "It's important. First I served in the border troops for many years. When the commander-in-chief comes to meet the military wearing uniform, they consider him as their own," Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
18:21 PresidentLukashenko: A Belarusian training center already has S-400 systems Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “We've set up a center and are training personnel. Russia has supplied S-400 systems to this center. We need one for studies. Training is already in progress.” Asked to clarify, he noted that it is not a dummy model but combat-effective hardware.
18:16 PresidentLukashenko explains why idea to deploy Belarusian troops on Ukraine-Russia border fell through "I understand very well what is happening in Ukraine and what the way out of this situation is. But this solution was not used then. I was ready even to deploy my border guards along the 400km Ukrainian-Russian border. I was ready to close this border," Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed.
18:14 PresidentLukashenko: Belarus needs cutting-edge air defenses in case of a missile attack Aleksandr Lukashenko noted: “You understand that S-400 and S-500 are expensive systems. And sincerely speaking, Russia has no systems to spare now. They have something they have to defend.”
18:05 PresidentLukashenko: Putin offered Poroshenko help in rebuilding Donbass “Putin told me about this directly. I emphasized this. And you know, Poroshenko finally agreed. But within a month he began to do everything the other way around. Why? Because the guy was under external control,” the president said.
18:01 SocietyBelarus' COVID-19 latest: 1,792 new cases, 2,216 recoveries The nationwide coronavirus tally now stands at 656,510. A total of 643,786 patients previously diagnosed with COVID-19 have recovered in Belarus.
18:00 PresidentLukashenko: Ukrainian military asked Russia to save Crimea from a NATO invasion in 2014 Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked that Ukrainian military did not resist Crimea's takeover by Russia because there was an arrangement with Russian military. He said: “They [Ukrainian military] contacted Russians. Not the highest level… Military. They had a conversation. Well done, Ukrainians, of course.”
17:52 In PicturesAncient city and port of Baniyas in Syria The city has a many-century history. It has its roots in the Phoenician period.
17:44 PresidentLukashenko calls Zelenskyy ‘a political misfit' “Volodya [Volodymyr] Zelenskyy turned out to be a political misfit entirely, though he is the head of state,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
17:44 PresidentLukashenko: Some units of Ukrainian army have gone fascist "Some units and their commanders have gone fascist. I see it," Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
17:30 PresidentLukashenko: All the launch sites for Topol missiles have been preserved and are ready for use Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “Why did I become an enemy for the West? Not because I am a dictator and the rest but because all the sites but one where [road-mobile ground-based strategic missile systems] Topol used to be have been preserved and are still ready for use."
17:20 SocietyRefugee: We do not understand why Poland does not let us transit to Germany that welcomed us "We are waiting for a humanitarian corridor. I would like to say a big thank you to the Belarusians for sheltering us."
16:56 PartnersAdvanced Technology Research Council awards AED40 mn in competitive research funding to 53 R & D projects across eight key sectors Abu Dhabi's Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC), the overarching entity mandated to shape Abu Dhabi's R & D strategy and its advanced technology ecosystem and drive the UAE's strategic research priorities, today announced that it has awarded AED40 million in research funding to 53 successful R & D projects across eight key sectors in 2021.
16:48 PoliticsBelarus' State Border Committee accuses Polish Defense Ministry of twitting fake news The State Border Committee of Belarus described the Polish Defense Ministry's twit posted on 1 December as a provocation. The source said: “It is possible that the Polish side is dissatisfied with the comparative calm and is now intent on further escalation of tensions at the border."