Alexander Lukashenko met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
During a meeting with Lavrov, Lukashenko said that Belarus would like to have very close, fraternal relations with Russia. He spoke about strengthening and intensifying the relations.
Lavrov confirmed the adherence of the Russian side to the previous agreements. He said that Vladimir Putin had confirmed everything that had been agreed with Lukashenko during his visit to Sochi.
“We have the same goal, to move towards the mutual benefit of our peoples, our countries and our Union State. You have come up with a number of initiatives, which, I believe, are very important for the Belarusian society. As President Putin has repeatedly stressed, we are interested in seeing these initiatives take place,” Lavrov said.
The Presidents of Belarus and Russia met in Sochi on September 14. Putin supported Lukashenko’s initiative to carry out constitutional reform in the country, Russia promised Belarus a loan of $1.5 billion, issues of energy supplies were discussed. What else the presidents agreed on was not reported, so it is not clear what promises Russia expects from Lukashenko.
Former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya wrote on her Telegram channel about Lukashenko’s agreements with the Kremlin that “no matter what Lukashenko negotiates, he has lost the support of the Belarusian people. This means that all his deals and agreements will be reviewed and cancelled by the new government. We have always advocated and continue to advocate friendly and partnership relations with Russia. But independence and sovereignty cannot be bargained for.”
Lavrov met with his Belarusian counterpart Makei
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov took part in a joint meeting of the collegium of the Russian and Belarusian Foreign Ministries in Minsk. The participants discussed topical issues of Belarusian-Russian cooperation, expanding mutual support on international platforms, exchanged assessments of the state of global and regional security.
Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said about the interference in the internal affairs of Belarus that “we have always opposed when, under the guise of protecting human rights, Western states try to openly interfere in the internal affairs of this or that state.”
He also said that in response to Ukraine’s joining the EU sanctions against Belarus, a corresponding sanctions list has already been prepared against a number of Ukrainian officials. Makei said that “we are interested in cooperating with the European Union. But if things go further in such a way that the Council of Europe will make any decisions on cooperation programs with our country without agreement with Belarus, we will simply stop any interaction with this organization. "
Finally, Makei thanked the Kremlin for the political and informational support provided after the presidential elections, in contrast to “aggressive external pressure on Belarus and attempts to destabilize the situation in our country.”
Sergei Lavrov replied that Russia has expanded its stop list to include representatives of the EU countries, which are “actively involved in the sanctions hype,” and recalled that countries’ stop lists have been synchronized since 2015.
“Pressure is being exerted on Russia and Belarus to change our line, to restrict the development of our countries. In the Western media and from officials, almost ultimatums are heard in our address. The technology of organizing mass riots is used, the opposition receives financial and other support. They continue to use the dirty methods of the so-called color revolutions, including manipulating public opinion, creating and supporting openly anti-government forces, and promoting their radicalization. And we see how these methods are applied in relation to Belarus,” Lavrov said.
An expert proposes the Nasdaq Stockholm as a reference point for Belarusian companies
Independent Belarusian economists see an alliance with the Nasdaq Stockholm as a possible direction for the development of the Belarusian Currency and Stock Exchange.
In particular, Pavel Daneiko, co-founder of the IPM business school and administrative director of BEROC, gives the following arguments. The most promising Belarusian companies in terms of the stock market in the medium term will be companies from the new private sector. Many of them belong to the high-tech segment (IT, instrumentation, etc.).
“Since the Stockholm Stock Exchange belongs to Nasdaq, it makes sense for Belarusian companies to become attached to this particular stock exchange in terms of the prospects for capitalization. Also, such a relationship is good for the image, demonstrating an orientation towards the high-tech segment,” Daneiko says.
The expert believes that it is important to avoid associations with politics, “a kind of geopolitical choice” in the process of entering a stock exchange. The Warsaw and Moscow stock exchanges are not the best choices, because in their case political associations cannot be avoided. In this regard, the Nasdaq Stockholm is the most politically neutral and positive choice in terms of associations with the Scandinavian model of economic and business development.
The Emergencies Ministry introduced fines for flags on the facades of houses, and local authorities are compiling a list of residents with white-red-white flags in the windows
The Emergencies Ministry has made changes to the Fire Safety Rules for residential buildings and structures. The document introduces a norm that doesn’t allow the placement of products from combustible textiles on the facades, roofs and outer surfaces of the protruding parts of buildings (terrace, porch, steps, etc.), the buildings themselves, structures and premises.
It seems that this innovation is associated with flags, which are now massively hung on houses. Simply put, now citizens will be fined for white-red-white flags up to 30 base units ($315), and legal entities up to 200 base units ($2,100).
In addition, many Belarusians hang flags on the windows inside their apartments. On November 24, a document appeared demanding the chairmen of the owners’ associations to provide the administration of the Central District of Minsk with data on the owners of such apartments.
Today, the administration of the Central District gave an explanation. It says that the placement of such symbols creates conditions and prerequisites for violations of public order and tranquillity, rules for the use and maintenance of residential premises, ethics, morality and interpersonal relations in a public environment (for example, the enmity between neighbors, provocations, etc.).
In September, the head of the administration of the Central District Dmitry Petrusha spoke out about the “unregistered symbols” in the windows. He told the residents that it was not forbidden, that questions only arise when the flags are hung on the facade. Now the position of the administration on the issue has obviously changed.
Meanwhile, the legislation does not provide for either administrative or any other liability for the use of unregistered symbols. And if someone tries to punish for its use, it would be a direct violation of the constitutional right to freedom of expression and belief.
Photo: telegram-channel "Pul Pervogo"