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Belarus “had sought to borrow about $600 million from Russia, its largest trading partner and ally. Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said in October that the loan depended on progress on integration of the two countries” (RFERL, December 14, 2019)
Belarus was the birthplace of hero of the American Revolution, Thaddeus Kościuszko, who also fought for freedom against imperialist Russia (and Prussia). Belarus is currently threatened by Russia. If Belarus is absorbed by Russia, then Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania and Latvia could be next. Belarus was more badly hit by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster than Ukraine, and the impacts remain.
From RFE/RL: https://www.rferl.org/a/belarus-to-borrow-500-million-from-china-as-russia-stalls/30325304.html
“Belarus To Borrow $500 Million From China As Russia Stalls
December 14, 2019 07:52 GMT
Belarus plans to borrow $500 million from China to pay down existing debt as talks about a loan from Russia drag on.
Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka approved the loan and instructed the Finance Ministry to sign the agreement, the TASS news agency reported.
Belarus has been increasing its borrowings as its outdated economy — heavily dominated by state-owned companies — struggles to grow.
The country had sought to borrow about $600 million from Russia, its largest trading partner and ally.
Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said in October that the loan depended on progress on integration of the two countries.
Russia and Belarus signed an agreement in 1999 to form a union state, but little progress has been made on it over the past two decades.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Lukashenka met on December 7 in the Russian resort city of Sochi to discuss the union state, but they did not reach a decision.
Officials said the leaders would convene again in St. Petersburg on December 20 to discuss the topic, according to Russian and Belarusian news agencies.
Based on reporting by BelTA and TASS. Copyright (c) 2019. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036. https://www.rferl.org/a/belarus-to-borrow-500-million-from-china-as-russia-stalls/30325304.html
“Lukashenko: More talks with Russia on sensitive issues are possible
MINSK, 13 December (BelTA) – Another series of talks with Russia on sensitive issues is quite possible, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at the meeting with students and teachers of medical universities on 13 December, BelTA has learned…” https://archive.li/lIAyy