Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
2007 Belarus Special Weapons News
- Belarus leader Lukashenko threatens to "kick out" U.S. ambassador RIA Novosti 30 Dec 2007 -- Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko threatened U.S. ambassador Karen Stewart with expulsion from the country should Washington introduce new sanctions against the republic.
- Atomstroyexport in talks to build nuclear plant in Belarus RIA Novosti 26 Nov 2007 -- Atomstroyexport, Russia's nuclear power equipment and service export monopoly, has begun talks on building a nuclear power plant in Belarus, the company's first vice president said on Monday.
- Second Belarusian satellite to blast off late 2009 RIA Novosti 22 Nov 2007 -- Belarus's second satellite will be launched from Russia's Plesetsk space center in late 2009, the head of Belarusian company Geoinformational Systems said on Thursday.
- Lukashenko says Russian arms exporter breaks delivery terms RIA Novosti 12 Oct 2007 -- The Belarusian president accused Russia's state-controlled arms exporter Rosoboronexport of delaying deliveries and failing to honor its contractual obligations.
- Belarus reaffirms plans for first nuclear power plant RIA Novosti 11 Oct 2007 -- Belarus's president reaffirmed on Thursday plans to build the ex-Soviet state's first nuclear power plant to ensure energy security against the backdrop of depleting fuel reserves and growing energy prices.
- Belarus sentences four spies to long prison terms RIA Novosti 14 Sep 2007 -- The Belarusian Supreme Court has sentenced four military officers convicted of spying for Polish intelligence to prison terms varying from seven to 10 years, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported Friday.
- Russian Official Downplays Belarus Nukes Talk RFE/RL 28 Aug 2007 -- The head of the State Duma's Foreign Affairs Committee has said Russia currently has no plans to deploy nuclear weapons beyond its territory, characterizing suggestions that Belarus could host nuclear-related weaponry as "theoretical."
- Belarus asks Russia for S-400 SAM systems by 2010 - source RIA Novosti 24 Aug 2007 -- Belarus wants Russia to supply them with the advanced S-400 Triumf (SA-21 Growler) air defense system in 2010, a source in Russian military-industrial circles said Friday.
- Belarus: Theories Abound In Ouster Of KGB Chief RFE/RL 18 Jul 2007 -- The chairman of Belarus's State Security Committee (KGB) was dismissed on July 17 -- just days after the KGB publicly boasted of its success in uncovering a spy ring it said was supplying secrets about Belarusian and Russian defense interests to Poland.
- Belarus Says Ring Spying For Poland Uncovered RFE/RL 16 Jul 2007 -- Belarus's secret services say they arrested a spy ring working for Poland.
- Belarus: Has Regime Adopted New Tactics Toward Opposition? RFE/RL 28 Mar 2007 -- The Belarusian opposition on March 25 staged the biggest rally in Minsk since the protests that followed the flawed presidential election in March 2006.
- Security Forces in Belarus Contain Protests on Key Anniversary VOA 25 Mar 2007 -- Belarussian security forces beat back dozens of opposition activists from gathering in Minsk's October Square.
- Six More Belarusian Officials Sanctioned by United States Washington File 28 Feb 2007 -- The U.S. Treasury Department has taken action against an additional six Belarusian government officials over their involvement in human rights abuses and political repression taking place under the regime of President Alexander Lukashenka.
- Iran, Belarus ink MoU on defence cooperation IRNA 22 Jan 2007 -- Iran and Belarus here on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding on defense cooperation.
- Belarus, Russia Sign Last-Minute Gas Deal RFE/RL 01 Jan 2007 -- Belarus and Russia's state-controlled gas monopoly Gazprom signed a last-minute deal on gas deliveries just before a midnight deadline was set to expire.
- Russia, Belarus Reach Last-Minute Gas-Price Deal VOA 01 Jan 2007 -- Russia and Belarus signed a new price deal for Russian gas just two minutes before a midnight deadline New Year's Eve
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