12:47 PresidentLukashenko: Time to decentralize power in Belarus Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko explained the reasons for amending the Constitution as he appointed new heads of local authorities on 6 December.
12:41 EconomyContracts on oil delivery to Belarus in 2022 ‘practically signed' Asked how much oil Belarus intends to buy, Dmitry Krutoi said: “As much as this year. The state budget specifies a more conservative scenario – as much as 12.5 million tonnes will be processed. But the target is 16-17 million tonnes. Some will be delivered by rail and some by pipelines."
12:39 PoliticsMakei: EU will lose Belarus if sanctions keep piling up Belarus is facing a risk of losing its statehood if the sanctions keep piling up, Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei said in an interview with the Belarus 1 TV channel.
12:35 PresidentLukashenko to address Belarusian people, parliament in January "Despite all the difficulties we must look ahead. The country must develop, no matter what. We will not have a quiet life. But sitting idle whining about anti-Belarus policy is not our approach either," Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
12:34 PresidentLukashenko explains his personnel selection principles He is convinced that good executives, even if they got an appointment in a brand-new field of activity, can work with professional people with good knowledge of the agricultural and manufacturing industries, the services sector, business, entrepreneurship, etc.
12:34 EconomyBelarus promises more creative approach to exports to Europe in 2022 due to sanctions The official said: “Naturally, taking into account the pressure of sanctions and the analysis of the affected enterprises the matrix of deliveries to Europe has been compiled more creatively. We don't expect any decrease in the shipment of the goods and services, which are not targeted by sanctions."
12:24 PoliticsMakei: Another package of EU sanctions against Belarus came as surprise even for some in EU "When meeting with a number of colleagues, they were surprised to learn that the EU was going to impose sanctions that day. They say that ‘we have not yet discussed it at our level, at the level of foreign ministers'," Vladimir Makei said.
12:04 PoliticsMakei disappointed by OSCE Ministerial Council meeting Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei shared his impressions of the recent OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in Stockholm in an interview with the Belarus 1 TV channel.
11:59 EconomyBelarus' gas agreements with Russia viewed as tool for covering losses from sanctions It was reported earlier that Belarus and Russia had reached an agreement on the price of gas for 2022. It will not change from this year's price. According to Dmitry Krutoi, this is a competitive advantage.
11:58 PoliticsBelarusian FM comments on closed door meetings in Stockholm “I had a number of meetings with my counterparts, which were reported officially, including on the website of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Most of the meetings, however, were held behind closed doors, and we did not report about them because my counterparts asked me to keep them, let us say, confidential,” the minister said.
11:53 SocietyAnother evacuation flight leaves Minsk for Iraq The airport informed on its Telegram channel that a total of 419 passengers (including four children under two) had registered for the Iraqi Airways flight Minsk-Erbil.
11:48 PoliticsFM: Migrant crisis is used to escalate tensions on Belarus' western border The minister stressed that Belarus should be ready to respond adequately to such things. In his latest interviews the Belarusian head of state clearly spoke on this matter, the diplomat noted.
11:44 EconomyKrutoi on western sanctions: We have mobilization plans for every scenario “They [the sanctions] are the only serious threat to the economic security of our republic. But I think that right now we cope with the sanctions pressure well. We have mobilization plans for every scenario. I do not see any global problems in this regard,” the deputy head of the Belarus President Administration said.
11:24 PoliticsAmbassador: China, Belarus are ready to defend each others' interests China is ready to defend, together with Belarus, the national interests of each other and strengthen strategic partnership, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to the Republic of Belarus Xie Xiaoyong told BelTA.
11:22 In PicturesTotal solar eclipse over Antarctica Solar eclipses in the southern hemisphere, especially over Antarctica, are very rare. The last such eclipse occurred on 23 January 2003, and the next one will not take place until 2039.