Lukashenko said that the West invites him to change the government and laws, otherwise it threatens to crush him with sanctions
Poland and the Baltic states are pursuing a purposeful destructive policy towards Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko stated this at a meeting of the Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization.
«The literally rabid behavior of Poland and the Baltic states against Belarus is especially noteworthy. Moreover, we clearly see that their actions ensure the realization of their own interests and are aimed at increasing their importance in the European Union,» Lukashenko said.
He also stated that Belarus is experiencing «open interference in internal affairs, including provoking civil discontent.»
«We are directly invited to change the government, laws and social guidelines. Otherwise, they threaten to crush us with sanctions, destroy the economy and infrastructure, change the moral and ethical foundations of our society. Now there is no longer any doubt that civil peace and the integrity of Belarus are at stake,» Lukashenko said.
Lukashenko claims that NATO is creating a military grouping to seize the western Belarusian lands, which historically belonged to Poland. He is convinced that the events in Belarus are a springboard for pressure on Russia, therefore the CSTO countries need to work together against external threats.
Vladimir Putin said that he was worried about outside interference in Belarusian affairs: financial support, information support, political support. «I hope that the Belarusian people will have enough political maturity to calmly and without any sudden movements build an internal political dialogue with all political forces, and resolve all their internal issues themselves, without any pressure and without any outside interference,» Putin said.
The Prime Minister of Belarus wants to reform the pension system using private funds
The government announced a reform of the pension system. Presenting the Council of Ministers' program of activities until 2025 in the lower house of parliament, Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko said that the country needs to reformat the pension system «to maintain the stability of pension provision.»
«For this, the mechanism of private pension savings and corporate pension programs of employers will be maximally used,» the prime minister said.
According to Golovchenko, the government intends to develop approaches to maintain the average old-age pension in the country at least 40% of the average monthly salary. At the same time, it is planned that the minimum wage will be at least 30% of the forecasted value of the average monthly wage.
Apparently, it seems that the state is running out of money to pay pensions to its citizens, and the government wants Belarusians to accumulate money for old age themselves, and enterprises to take care of the pensions of their employees.
On December 1, all types of labor pensions increased in Belarus. Basic labor pensions increased by 6%. The average old-age pension in December will be 499.7 Belarusian rubles ($193).
Mazepin almost doubled his stake in Uralkali
The company of the businessman from Belarus Dmitry Lobyak Rinsoco Trading (registered in Cyprus) has almost three times reduced its share in Uralkali — from 53.62 to 18.53%. Shares from Lobyak were bought by his classmate at the Minsk Suvorov School and partner Dmitry Mazepin, Forbes reports.
Earlier, the chairman of the board of directors of Uralchem, Dmitry Mazepin, owned 46.37% of Uralkali through Uralchem, now he has consolidated almost twice as many shares of the company — 81.47%.
Uralkali and Uralchem plan to complete the merger of management soon and the management of both companies will be transferred to the head of a common management company in 2021.
Mazepin’s and Lobyak’s company Uralkali Trading has recently been included in the Office Life’s «Top 50 largest companies in the Baltics and Belarus». It became the largest representative from Latvia in the rating. And Rinsoco Trading entered our «Top-10 expensive purchases of foreign assets by Belarusians in the 21st century».
The Ministry of Health clarified, visiting which countries will entail self-isolation
The Ministry of Health of Belarus has updated the list of countries, upon arrival from which self-isolation will be required due to the unfavorable situation regarding the coronavirus.
From December 3, the list will include eight new countries. These are Austria, Azerbaijan, Hungary, Greece, Georgia, Serbia, Turkey and Estonia. Persons arriving from these countries are required to stay in self-isolation for 10 days.
Last time, the list of «red zones» was expanded on November 3. Now it includes 146 countries.
Since November 1, Belarus has suspended entry for foreigners and stateless persons due to the pandemic. There are some exceptions. For example, foreigners can still enter Belarus with diplomatic and service passports, representatives of official delegations, foreigners providing international assistance, and truck drivers.
Meanwhile, the number of registered COVID-19 cases in Belarus is growing daily. Over the past day, 1,689 new patients have been registered in Belarus. Yesterday there were 1,572 patients. In total, since the beginning of the epidemic, 139,908 Belarusians have tested positive for COVID-19.