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FILE - In this file photo taken on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko enter a hall for talks in Rosa Khutor, in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia. Lukashenko said Friday Feb. 21, 2020, he discussed during a phone call with Putin, about their continuing oil price dispute, but failed to reach an agreement that would ensure steady supplies of oil flow from Russia to its neighboring ex-Soviet state. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool, File)

Belarus leader says nation being forced to merge with Russia

Feb. 27, 2020 7:27 AM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The president of Belarus said Thursday that his country is "being forced into integration” with Russia and insisted that real integration of the two countries' economies implied “sovereignty and independence” for Belarus. “We remain committed, as always, to...

Russian President Vladimir Putin, centre, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, left, walk during their meeting in the Black sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. Russian President Vladimir Putin is hosting the leader of Belarus for another round of talks on closer integration amid mounting Russian economic pressure on its ex-Soviet ally. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)

Presidents of Russia, Belarus discuss oil price dispute

Feb. 21, 2020 7:59 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The presidents of Russia and Belarus discussed their continuing oil price dispute Friday that disrupted steady supplies of oil from Russia to its neighboring ex-Soviet state. Russia halted oil supplies to Belarus earlier this year amid disagreement over the price Belarus would pay in 2020...

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko take a break during a match of the Night Hockey League teams in Rosa Khutor in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia. Lukashenko on Friday, Feb. 14 says Russia insisted on merging the two states during last week's talks on further integrating the countries' economies. He says

Belarus leader says Russia insists on merging the two states

Feb. 14, 2020 9:14 AM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The president of Belarus said Friday that Russia insisted on merging the two states during last week's talks on further integrating the countries' economies. “They understand integration as swallowing up Belarus. This isn't integration. It's incorporation. I will never go for...

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko talk during their meeting in the Black sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. Russian President Vladimir Putin is hosting the leader of Belarus for another round of talks on closer integration amid mounting Russian economic pressure on its ex-Soviet ally. (Andrei Stasevich/BelTA Pool Photo via AP)

Putin hosts Belarus leader for talks amid economic pressure

Feb. 7, 2020 2:29 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted the leader of Belarus on Friday for another round of difficult talks on closer integration amid Moscow's mounting economic pressure on its ex-Soviet ally. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has accused the Kremlin of flouting Russian commitments...

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko speaks to journalists as he visits the Dobrush Paper Factory in Dobrush, Belarus, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020.  The leader of Belarus is boasting about better ties with the United States as his officials discuss alternative energy imports as part of efforts to win concessions from Russia. (Nikolai Petrov/BelTA Pool Photo via AP)

Belarus leader bemoans Russia's halt on oil supplies

Feb. 6, 2020 7:41 AM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The leader of Belarus complained Thursday about Russia's halt on oil supplies ahead of talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss closer economic ties between the two countries. Russia last month only supplied 25% of the oil it promised Belarus, President Alexander...

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko speaks to journalists as he visits the Dobrush Paper Factory in Dobrush, Belarus, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. Lukashenko boasted about Belarus' warmer ties with the United States as he prepared to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin for another round of difficult economic talks. (Nikolai Petrov/BelTA Pool Photo via AP)

Belarus leader boasts about US ties to bargain with Moscow

Feb. 4, 2020 7:01 AM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The leader of Belarus boasted Tuesday about warming ties with the United States as his officials discussed alternative energy imports as part of efforts to win concessions from Russia. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has prodded his main ally and sponsor, Russia, to continue...

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko greets U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Pool Photo via AP)

Pompeo says US can supply Belarus with 100% of oil, gas

Feb. 1, 2020 10:55 AM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday that the United States is willing and able to provide Belarus with 100% of its oil and gas, taking a slap at Russia which recently cut off supplies. Pompeo is the first secretary of state to visit Belarus in 26 years and arrived in...