The authorities in Minsk will receive new credit support from Moscow. This became known after the talks between the ruler of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin, which took place on Tuesday, July 13, in St. Petersburg. Their meeting – already the fourth in 2021 – lasted more than five hours. Neither Belarusian nor Russian media reported the amount of the loan in question. “We agreed on the amount of credit support in connection with the tax maneuver in Russia,” said Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the Russian president.
In addition, according to him, Putin and Lukashenko agreed on a number of measures for cooperation in “such areas as customs, tax regulation, energy.” At the same time, an agreement was reached on maintaining the price of Russian gas for Belarus in 2022 at the current year’s level.
EU sanctions against Lukashenka’s regime
Lukashenko said that thanks to Russia, Belarus is holding the blow of economic sanctions from Western countries. He called the restrictive measures “terror against the Belarusian people.”
On June 24, the EU introduced new sanctions against Minsk. In particular, Brussels has banned the import of oil products and potash fertilizers from Belarus. In addition, the European Union has imposed restrictions on access to its capital markets. It is also prohibited to provide insurance services to the Belarusian government and state institutions and organizations. The European Investment Bank (EIB) will stop all financing of projects in the public sector of Belarus.
A statement from the press service of the EU Council noted that the new sanctions were introduced in response to “the escalation of serious violations of human rights in Belarus, violent repression against civil society, democratic opposition and journalists, as well as the forced landing of a Ryanair plane in Minsk on May 23, 2021 and subsequent detention of journalist Roman Protasevich and Sophia Sapieha “.