Belarus’ authoritarian President Aleksandr Lukashenko has dismissed the pandemic as a “psychosis” and says the biggest challenge for the nation at the moment is the economic meltdown.
Thanks to a dictator who jokes about keeping coronavirus at bay with vodka, the Minsk derby became the big game for football punters around the world as the Belarus Premier League got permission to carry on. Infectious enthusiasm, fatal for some?
Belarus is considering restructuring some part of its external state debt and in effect defaulting on debt coming due this year, First Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Dmitry Krutoi said.
Vienna-based think tank expects the coronavirus pandemic to result in the worst year for the region since the global financial crisis.
The EBRD has unveiled an emergency €1bn “Solidarity Package” to help companies deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.