The United States imposed sanctions on companies "Belarusian Optical and Mechanical Association" (BelOMO) and Beltechexport. New restrictions are specific to companies that work with Iran, North Korea and Syria, in particular, selling them technology related to the production of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and ballistic missile systems.
The United States of America are "taking additional measures to increase pressure on Iran over its refusal to comply with international obligations over its nuclear program." For this reason, the U.S. has imposed sanctions on the Belarusian company Belorusneft, which concluded a $500 million contract with Iran NaftIran Intertrade Company in 2007, said the U.S. State Department.
Iranian investors will implement projects of about $1.5 billion in Belarus. This was stated by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Iran to Belarus Seyyed Abdollah Hosseini on February 10. According to him, Iran is interested in developing investment cooperation with Belarus. Thus, the diplomat informed that the new projects of over $1 billion worth are currently under negotiation.
Israeli authorities disapprove friendship between Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. This was stated by a senior official of the Israeli Foreign Ministry at a meeting with the press from Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. He also said that Israel was sympathetic to the reasons for such friendship.
By its decree № 1180 the government of Belarus approved the strategy to develop the country's energy potential, according to which in coming years it is planned to produce 21 million tons of oil outside of Belarus. At the same time, the document stresses that these figures are an optimistic prognosis of oil production abroad.
In October 2010, the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, to make an official visit to Iran. It is planned that during this visit there will be commissioned Jofeir oil field with the participation of the presidents of the two countries. It was reported by Iranian Ambassador to Belarus, Abdullah Husseini.
According to Western intelligence services, Iran did not buy Russian anti-aircraft missile systems S-300 neither in Belarus nor in any other country. It was reported on August 9 by the Israeli newspaper Jerusalem Post with reference to non-state TV Channel 2.
Iranian FARS news agency reported that armed forces of the Islamic republic received four S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems, despite Russia's refusal to perform the contract on these weapons. Two of them were bought in Belarus. The origin of two systems more is unknown.