Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Ukraine did not allow Lukashenko’s plane into its airspace


The fact that Lukashenko regularly criticizes Kiev in his statements and speeches may be one of the main reasons why Ukrainian officials made such a decision, writes avia.pro.

Lukashenko flew to Russia on February 19. He was staying at the Krasnaya Poniana ski resort near Sochi, where he also met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

On February 11, the Russian daily Kommersant announced that Belarus would like to receive the remaining funds that Moscow had earmarked for the Belarusian Astrava nuclear power plant. It is estimated that the amount could reach 3 to 3.5 billion. dollars. Mr Lukashenko himself promised not to ask for anything during the meeting with the Russian president.

Talked about “your vaccine”

According to tut.by, at the beginning of the meeting, Lukashenko made a strange statement: Belarus will have its own vaccine against COVID-19 by the autumn.

“You already have three registered vaccines and you are still developing … We are on the way. We will get our vaccine in the fall. We have specialists, but for the time being we are actively buying vaccine doses from you, “said Lukashenko.

His words were quoted by BelTA. For his part, Putin noted that Russia would deliver new batches of the vaccine to Belarus in February and March and had already transferred its production technology to Minsk.

According to A. Lukashenko, production is planned to start in March in a Belarusian company.

During a meeting with Putin, Lukashenko said that the Russian vaccine against coronavirus was the most effective in the world, “no matter what the trolls say.”

“The most effective vaccine is Russian. This has been recognized by the whole world, no matter what the trolls say. It’s the most effective vaccine, “he said.

Mr Lukashenko thanked Putin for being the first to receive a Russian vaccine.

“It simply came to our notice then. Thank you for that, “Lukashenko said. When Putin spoke, Lukashenko actively wrote down something.

News that Belarus may develop and produce its own vaccine against coronavirus, Lukashenko reported in mid-December.

“It would be good to start production. And the main goal is not even sales – you need to create a vaccine for yourself and your people, “the Belarusian leader, unrecognized by the West, said at the time.

In early February, staff from the Belarusian National Academy of Sciences began developing the vaccine.

Andrei Goncharov, director of the Institute of Biophysics and Cell Engineering at the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, said it would take about a year and a half to develop a prototype of the vaccine.

Pre-clinical trials will last for half a year, after which clinical trials will be required. According to medical predictions, the vaccine may be ready for use in about three years.

Putin said that the instruments of interaction between Russia and Belarus are coordinated and working well.

“We do not have a day when our colleagues do not communicate with each other, do not solve certain issues … But I am pleased to say that the level of interaction, strategic partnership, alliance is confirmed,” he said.

According to Putin, Russia is Belarus’s largest trade and economic partner, as well as the largest investor.

“We are implementing large projects in the energy sector, it is enough to remember only the Belarusian nuclear power plant, where the work is going well,” said the Russian president.

At the time, Mr Lukashenko said Belarus should compensate for the decline in Russian gas consumption following the start-up of the nuclear power plant by developing the chemical industry.

Mr Lukashenko also thanked Putin for his decision to open rail links with Belarus.

“I think that the moment will soon come when we will open car traffic as well. We have no problems. We are not closed, “he said.

After that, V. Putin and Lukashenko continued their communication in an informal environment – skiing.

The Kremlin’s report says Putin plans to discuss the integration of the two countries under the Union’s state program, as well as economic and trade and energy projects.

Minsk, for its part, announced that the leaders of the two countries will discuss in detail various issues of the development of bilateral relations, the joint response to emerging challenges, including in the field of security, as well as cooperation between integrated systems.

In addition, Mr Lukashenko and Mr Putin will “exchange views on foreign policy issues”.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov did not rule out the possibility of discussing the prosecution of Viktor Babaryka, one of the Belarusian opposition leaders.

The trial of the actor, who sought to run in the presidential election last August, began last week, accusing the Belarusian State Security Committee (KGB) of Babaryk of accepting bribes on a very large scale and laundering the proceeds of crime while leading Russian energy giant Gazprom. for the bank’s branch in Belarus – Belgazprombank.

D. Peskov stated that Moscow would not interfere in the case of V. Babaryka.

He also assumed that Mr Lukashenko would inform Mr Putin of the results of a recent People’s Assembly in Belarus, which the opposition called a farce.

Mass protests have been going on in Belarus for more than half a year against the results of the August 9 presidential election, which was won by authoritarian President Lukashenko, who has led the country since 1994. The opposition and Western democracies see the election as rigged, and the European Union has imposed sanctions on Mr Lukashenko and members of his regime.

A Kremlin spokesman predicted that the leaders’ talks would take a long time. Mr Peskov added that no press conference was planned after the meeting, but that a joint statement might be issued.

In the run-up to the meeting, the media reported that Lukashenko and Putin could negotiate a new Russia $ 3 billion deal. dollars (2.48 billion euros) loans to Minsk. Mr Lukashenko himself denied the information.

The Belarusian leader also announced during a visit to Russia that he plans to meet with the country’s Deputy Security Council Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Mr Lukashenko arrived in Russia on Friday.

At the time, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and Belarusian Prime Minister Raman Haluchenko on Saturday discussed the implementation of a bilateral agreement signed earlier the day on the transportation and transhipment of Belarusian oil products through Russian seaports.

Last autumn, Lukashenko threatened that his country would refuse to use the port of Klaipeda for exports, through which potassium fertilizers and oil products are mainly exported, due to Lithuania’s active support to the Belarusian opposition.

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