I want Belarus to be perceived as independent state, President Lukashenko says
It is not so easy for residents of the western countries to become the lucky owners of a tractor or other products with the label "Made in Belarus". This happens for different reasons. One of them are difficulties with entrance to the European market. Competition is all countries is serious and Belarusian products are not awaited there, so Belarus needs to exert efforts to get to new markets. Here is what President Lukashenko said about this.
Belarus President comments on food disputes with Russia
The Big Conversation with the President was event number 1 last week. And one of the main topics of conversation was the difficult relations between Belarus and Russia. Not between the peoples of the two countries, stressed the President, but between the political elites and economic barons ("barons" mainly on the Russian side).
This is purely political attack: President comments on Russia's reaction to visa-free regime in Belarus
Another important topic to which Alexander Lukashenko returned several times during the "big conversation". We started from it - the relations between Belarus and Russia at the present stage. And the latest reason to it was the introduction by Russia of a border zone regime. Formally, this is done as a reaction to the decision of Belarus to allow foreigners from 80 countries to stay in Belarus visa-free for five days if they enter Belarus through the Minsk national airport.
Does Belarus President wear home-made clothing?
The most important event of last week was "The big conversation with the President of Belarus", which took place on February 3 in Minsk. Big conversation involves great topics and sharp questions. All of that was present here. We will try to fit the most important points in our program.
Journalists asked, of course, personal questions, too. The bright red tie caused someone to compare Alexander Lukashenko's suit with that of the new US president. Alexander Lukashenko commented on this analogy and revealed the secrets of his own presidential wardrobe.
Belarus to lay off excessive public servants?
Continuous staff updates and performance discipline are the main tasks set by the President at the meeting with his administration on February 6. Alexander Lukashenko is sure that only those who want to work and benefit the country should remain in this structure.
As the main political headquarters of the head of state, the President's Administration should accumulate the most advanced ideas and be a powerful ideological center, where staff will have the necessary knowledge and work as a team.
President Lukashenko on issues in Belarus-Russia relations
Because of disparities in prices in Belarusian and Russian markets Belarus lost $15 billion, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media. The Head of State commented extensively on the problematic issues in Belarusian-Russian relations. The Head of State commented extensively on the problematic issues in Belarusian-Russian relations.
Housing construction rate in Minsk to be gradually reduced
The rates of housing construction in Minsk will be gradually reduced, said the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media.
Alexander Lukashenko:With regard to lending for housing, I also talked about it.
We first of all consider this question from the point of view of the locomotive of our economy, and we will try to create conditions for more housing construction.
President Lukashenko: Private property on land premature
Introducing private ownership of land in Belarus is premature for now, said President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media on February 3.
Photo: Official Internet portal of the President of the Republic of Belarus
Belarus not seeking NATO membership
Belarus is not seeking NATO membership, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media.
Belarus may introduce moratorium on death penalty if Belarusians support it
The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko is ready to introduce a moratorium on death penalty if such a measure is supported by the majority of Belarusians, said the Belarus President at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media.
Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus: When the majority of people vote for it, I will sign [the corresponding documents] on the same day.
Lifting of western sanctions provides Belarus with more opportunities
Removing of western sanctions should provide Belarus economy with additional opportunities, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with representatives of the public, Belarusian and foreign mass media.
Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:We did not deserve sanctions. They lifted them, which is well. We started to negotiate, for example, on textile, etc. We want our economy to receive at least a small impetus from the West.
Alexander Lukashenko: No refugee camps planned in Belarus
Belarus is not going to build any refugee camps. There won't be any in the future, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with representatives of the public, Belarusian and foreign mass media.
Commenting on the joint project with the European Union, the Belarus President noted that it is about points for receiving migrants.
Alexander Lukashenko: Exit of Belarus from EEU and Union State is complete fiction
Information about the withdrawal of Belarus from the EEU and the Union State is a complete fiction, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media.
The President noted that this information appears because there are people who benefit from it; they rejoice dissemination of such information.
Belarus President personally controls situation at largest industrial enterprises
Hard times have hit both private and public enterprises, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media.
The President said that he personally controls the state of affairs at such industrial giants as MTZ, MAZ, Gomselmash, BMZ and compares with what is happening at privatized firms such as Amkodor.
Belarus President does not rule out abolition of social dependency decree
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko does not rule out the possibility of canceling decree No3 on social dependency. He stated this at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media.
“This decree has not been in force for long. Let’s wait and see whether it will work. If it doesn’t, we will abolish it,” said President Lukashenko.
Alexander Lukashenko: It is authorities that must ensure rights of citizens
Belarusian authorities must ensure the fundamental rights of citizens, said President Alexander Lukashenko swearing in the judge of the Constitutional Court of Belarus Viktor Ryabtsev February 2. The President handed him a certificate and a gift copy of the Constitution.
The ceremony was also attended by the chairmen of the House of Representatives and the Council of the Republic, as well as the Supreme and Constitutional Courts. Alexander Lukashenko wished Viktor Ryabtsev success in his new responsible post.
Belarus, Pakistan determined to achieve turnover of $1 billion by 2020
Belarus and Pakistan have all possibilities to achieve a trade of $1 billion by 2020.
Directions and prospects of cooperation were discussed at the February 2 meeting of the Belarus President with the chairman of the Senate of the Pakistan Parliament.
The countries have developed friendly relations, established strong political connections, and now it's time to increase mutual trade.
Treatment of complex diseases and electric vehicles: science is main engine of progress for Belarusians
The Day of Belarusian science is celebrated on January 29. Doctoral degrees and professorships certificates were awarded last week at the Palace of Independence. 2017 was declared the Year of Science, which will play a key role in building an innovative economy.
Knowledge is not only the power but also a way to become richer. Belarusian science has made the republic a space power. We are engaged in the global international projects, such as the Large Hadron Collider. But there are even more ambitious goals.
Alexander Lukashenko: Scientific developments must serve people instead of gathering dust on shelves
The world community is still analyzing and citing the speech of Donald Trump during the inauguration. Two simple rules were named by the new US president: buy American and employ Americans! And we immediately remember our long-standing principle "Buy Belarusian products!" The second part is not so relevant for our country - no immigrants deprive Belarusians of jobs. But we still need to create new jobs.
Valery Malashko appointed Belarus' Healthcare Minister
Alexander Lukashenko has appointed Valery Malashko as the Minister of Health. The head of state noted that not long ago Valery Malashko was appointed the Labor and Social Security Minister.
The President noted that there were a lot of candidates for the post of the Minister of Health.
Nevertheless, he had made this decision given the high authority of Valery Malashko.
Aleksandar Vučić: Trade with Belarus needs increase
Belarus and Serbia are going to build and maintain bilateral relations. On January 27, this was discussed during a meeting of the Belarusian head of state and Prime Minister of Serbia.
Back in 2009 the two countries signed a free trade agreement. Over the 7 years the turnover has grown almost 5 times. In 2015, it amounted to more than 250 million dollars. However, in 2016 the volume of trade fell, and this situation must be rectified.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus should build and maintain relationships with Serbia
Close economic and trade contacts of the two countries were established in 2009. Then Belarus and Serbia signed a free trade agreement. For the last years the trade turnover grew almost five times. In 2015, it was more than $250 million. And the volume of mutual trade declined in 2016.
The situation must be corrected, said Alexander Lukashenko. “We need to unite and work together to survive and develop in such difficult conditions," was his message.
Belarus President makes new appointments
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has approved the appointment of a number of first deputies and deputy ministers on January 27. The President also appointed a number of heads of district executive committees and regional administrations.
Common tasks set for new officials are work with people, high demands of discipline, invigoration of the operation of state companies and infrastructure development.
Alexander Lukashenko instructs to tighten control over woodworking industry
The President of Belarus has stressed that the supervision of the woodworking industry must be strengthened.
Billions of dollars are invested in this industry in Belarus. Unfortunately, the efficiency is not yet in line with expectations.
The State Control Committee of the Republic of Belarus must focus on unfinished projects of modernization.
Science must serve as basis of Belarus' state ideology
Science must serve as the basis of the state ideology, young scientists must be provided with state support, and inventions must bring positive results rather than gather dust on the shelve. Alexander Lukashenko presented Doctor of Science diplomas and professor certificates to scientific and pedagogical workers on January 26.
Among the 18 persons are already well-known figures of science as well as quite young scientists.Alexander Lukashenko, the President of the Republic of Belarus:
President Lukashenko urges to optimize Interior Ministry
Alexander Lukashenko has heard out a report from the Minister of Internal Affairs Igor Shunevich on the 24th of January.
The President emphasized that the funds saved thanks to state apparatus optimization will remain on the accounts of the ministry. During the meeting, the Minister of Internal Affairs reported on the performance of law enforcement bodies in 2016 and the plan of organizational and practical events aimed at raising the efficiency of the Interior Ministry.
Alexander Lukashenko to Xi Jinping: We are proud of Belarus and China relations
This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the establishment of the Belarus-China diplomatic relations. On this occasion, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and President of China Xi Jinping exchanged congratulatory messages.
One of the biggest results of cooperation is the construction of the Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park Great Stone.
It’s already called a true gem of the economic belt of the Silk Road.
Belarus to seek for additional oil as Russia cut supplies
The reduction of Russian oil supplies to Belarus will be replaced by alternatives, said Belarus President meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko. This question was already raised at the end of 2016.
From an economic point of view, Belarus considered the possibility of oil supplies from the Black Sea and the Mediterranean regions.
Belarus to build migrant detention centers funded by EU?
The cancellation of visas by Belarus does not mean the abolition of control, said Alexander Lukashenko meeting with state border authorities. Recently, the President made an unprecedented decision to abolish visas for citizens of 80 countries, including the USA, EU and others. The Head of State stressed that this decision does not bear any risks for Belarus or the neighboring countries.
Belarus President: Visa-free regime is not absence of control
The visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries doesn’t have any risks for Belarus and neighboring countries.
On the 20th of January Alexander Lukashenko approved the decision on the protection of the state borders of the country in 2017.
This topic was earlier discussed twice at the highest level. It was affected by some external factors such as difficult international environment, increase in terrorism and illegal migration.
Belarus’ cooperation with Sudan, Egypt: concluded agreements and plans for future
Belarus President completed official visits to Egypt and Sudan on January 17.
The leaders of the countries defined strategies for future partnership cooperation in Cairo and Khartoum. Moreover, in each of the capitals, business communities held talks that resulted in dozens of agreements.
Taking into consideration global trends, African countries, first of all, have a good potential. The proof can be seen in the rapid growth of investment attractiveness of these states.
Belarus President concludes official visit to Sudan
Major contracts, agreements for the supply of Belarusian vehicles and the creation of assembly plants in Africa. The President of Belarus has completed official visits to Egypt and Sudan.
These two countries are neighbors on the continent. In Cairo, the two leaders discussed a roadmap for cooperation development. The sides then held the third Belarusian-Egyptian business forum. The parties agreed to deepen cooperation in industry and agriculture.
Presidents of Belarus, Sudan hold official talks in Khartoum
Belarus is ready to participate in projects to develop industries and infrastructure of Sudan. Official talks between Alexander Lukashenko and the Sudanese President took place in Khartoum.
Belarus’ head of state and the members of the official delegation arrived in Khartoum on January 16. In the morning on January 17, Alexander Lukashenko arrived at the residence of his Sudanese counterpart Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir.
The one-on-one negotiations have already been held. The sides plan to put emphasis on economic cooperation.
Economy, defense basis for Belarus-Egypt cooperation
Economy and defense should be the basis for Belarus-Egypt cooperation. Alexander Lukashenko met with the Prime Minister of Egypt Sherif Ismail in Cairo January 16. The sides will form a plan for short and mid-term strategies in the near future, the Belarus head of state emphasized.
In his turn, the Egyptian Prime Minister expressed hope that the Belarus President’s visit will take relations between the two countries in economy and politics to a higher level.
Alexander Lukashenko holds talks with Egypt President Abdul Fattah el-Sisi
Official negotiations between Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and Egypt President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi took place on the 15th of January. The main topics were trade, industrial cooperation, science, education, health and tourism.
Alexander Lukashenko met with his Egyptian counterpart in the Al Ittihadiya Palace (Heliopolis Palace). The guard of honor took part in the protocol ceremony. There was a period in the history of this palace when a military hospital was located here. By the way, most of the Egyptian leaders are people who come from the army.
Belarus President attends Belarusian-Egyptian business forum
Belarus and Egypt are ready to open up new horizons for cooperation. The countries are going to create join assembly plants for the production of road-building and municipal engineering. On the 16th of January, the presidents of Belarus and Egypt took part in the opening of the Belarusian-Egyptian business forum.
Alexander Lukashenko emphasized that Belarus is ready to supply not only its own products, but also to share technologies and specialists with Egypt.
President’s Special Prize and Spiritual Revival Awards 2016: winners are revealed
This week honored people of the country have received well-deserved awards. These are the award ‘For Spiritual Revival’, the Special Prize of the President to figures of culture and art as well as Belarusian Sports Olympus Awards.
Among the winners of the award ‘For Spiritual Revival’ are doctors and scientists, religious leaders and creative teams. This year’s ceremony has a truly unique composition of awardees.
Belarus President awards CTV presenter Igor Poznyak
The future of Belarus depends on every Belarusian's impact at work, said Alexander Lukashenko on January 13 at the official reception on the occasion of the Old New Year.
The Head of State noted that 2016 was not easy and the country had not been able to fulfill everything it aimed for.
Alexander Lukashenko to make official visits to Egypt and Sudan on January 15-17
Alexander Lukashenko will make official visits to Egypt and Sudan on January 15-17, according to the presidential press service.
The head of state will hold negotiations with the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo.
During the talks in contracted and extended formats, the two sides are planning to discuss the current issues of cooperation and prospects of achieving a new level of interaction.
Among the topical issues to be discussed is the development of trade-economic relations and industrial cooperation.
Belarus' for more active cooperation with Sberbank Group
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and German Gref, the Chairman of the Executive Board of Sberbank of Russia, met in Minsk on 12 January to discuss the further development of cooperation.
German Gref has been the head of this Russian financial institution since 2007.
Sberbank remains an undisputed leader of the Russian banking sector.
This company has representation offices in more than 20 countries, including Belarus.
President to discuss work of Belarusian law enforcement authorities
The work of enforcement authorities will be discussed at a meeting with the head of state in the near future, as Alexander Lukashenko stated during the working meeting with Chairman of the Investigative Committee Ivan Noskevich.
Reforms, the optimization of the judicial and investigative systems as well as the results of its activity in 2016 are among the issues on the agenda of the meeting.
Belarus President changes “social parasites” list
The list of persons who are obliged to participate in the financing of public expenditures was changed in Belarus. The President amended the decree on the prevention of social dependency.
Participants of the national sports teams and alternative servants in the army are now exempt from the so-called 'social dependency' tax.
The unemployed who are sent to retraining are excempt only if there are no complaints about them at universities.
President awards best athletes and figures of culture and art
As a tradition, on January 9 President signed the decree naming the winners of Spiritual Revival awards, Special President's Prize for figures of culture and art, as well as the conquerors of Belarusian Sports Olympus.
The award For Spiritual Revival was established in Belarus 20 years ago.
Ten special prizes of the President of Belarus
Ten special prizes of the Belarus President were awarded to people of culture and art, men of science, educators, teams of authors and cultural institutions.
Konstantin Vashchenko is one of the laureates. The famous artist received the special prize for the design of the multi-volume facsimile edition The Book Legacy of Francysk Skaryna.
Alexander Lukashenko hails unity of state and church in Belarus
The President of Belarus wished all Christians bright feast. Alexander Lukashenko on January 7 lit a Christmas candle near the Icon of the Mother of God in the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Minsk.
Addressing the clergy and parishioners, the Belarusian leader underlined that today the most important thing for Belarus is the peace and quiet.
Alexander Lukashenko visits Christmas service at Holy Spirit Cathedral in Minsk
On January 7, the head of state visited the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Minsk, where a Christmas service was held.
In the temple, the President met with the head of the Belarusian Orthodox Church.
Alexander Lukashenko and Metropolitan Pavel exchanged gifts. The head of state also lit a candle before the icon of Our Lady of Minsk.
Belarus wins against Team Balkans at 2017 Ice Hockey Christmas Tournament
Team of the President of Belarus has won a second victory at the 2017 Christmas Amateur Tournament. A few hours ago, at Chizhovka Arena, Belarusians with beat the team of the Balkans 14:7 (5:2, 2:2, 7:3).
Martin Milanov and Vadim Bekbulatov were named the best players of today's match.
President Lukashenko also played in the match and scored four times. He is thus the leader of the tournament’s player ranking, with eight points (five goals and three assists).
President Lukashenko opens Christmas Ice Hockey Amateur Tournament
Belarus for the 13th time hosts the Christmas tournament among ice hockey amateurs for prize of the President of Belarus. In 2017, representatives of 14 states came to Minsk to participate in ice battles.
This is thanks to the fact that a unique team of the Balkans is taking part in the tournament. It brings together players from eight countries at once.
Belarus is traditionally represented by the team of the President. All the games are held at two ice hockey rinks of Chizhovka Arena, which is certainly convenient for the fans.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus will never threaten neighbors
Another year of the 3rd millennium passes into history. The year was complicated, bright and eventful.
For some people 2016 was a sad and sorrowful year because of the loss of a family member or a friend, some people might have failed to achieve their goals. Others had to deal with family or professional issues. But I am convinced that 2016 was a joyful and happy year for the majority of people.
Belarus President: Year of Culture was not marked by anything special
Culture and art are among the priorities of Belarus' state policy. It is not accidental that the year 2016 was marked by cultural events in Belarus. It was planned that significant achievements and successes would happen in this sphere.
But there was no breakthrough in 2016 in terms of culture, said the President.
Yulia Beshanova, CTV:2016 passed under the sign of culture. Do you think the goals set were achieved?
What was the main event for Belarus President in 2016?
The Belarus President talked with reporters on the eve of New Year. The year is coming to an end, so the media, of course, asked what the President thinks about the outcome of the eventful 2016.
Journalist:The year was very rich in various events in Belarus and around the world. This is the victory of Trump and the doping scandals, the Panama papers and Brexit. What event was the most important for Belarus in 2016? What has or maybe will have the biggest impact on us?
President Lukashenko wants $500 average salary for Belarusians as New Year gift
On December 30, Alexander Lukashenko visited Nikolaevschinsky home for war veterans, labour veterans and the disabled. After a warm dialogue with the residents, the President of Belarus answered questions of the journalists who accompanied him on the trip.
It is customary in Belarus to make a wish before the New Year's Eve. Journalists asked Alexander Lukashenko whether he has a gift that he would like to get for New Year.
Belarus President: Businesses should be more involved in charity, like in the west
Business in Belarus should be more involved in philanthropy and support of the elderly and children. The Head of State instructed businesses to study the issue during his visit to Nikolaevschinsky orphanage for veterans or war and labour and the disabled on December 30.
Alexander Lukashenko pointed out that Belarus can draw on positive foreign experience in this matter. The President also emphasized that helping the elderly and children should not be episodic, on separate occasions or holidays. Rather, it must be carried out on an ongoing basis.
Our Children New Year charity campaign in Belarus in full swing
Attention to children and safety during public festivals were the main topics of the meeting of the Belarus President on the eve of New Year celebrations. Alexander Lukashenko asked in detail how preparation for upcoming events is going across Belarus.
The campaign Our Children, which has already become a tradition for Belarusians, has also been discussed.
These days, the Belarus President is preparing the New Year's address to the Belarusian people. What will it be and what main words of the head of state Belarusians will hear on TV?
President Lukashenko appoints new deputy prime minister
Alexander Lukashenko on December 29 made a number of personnel decisions. Vasily Zharko was appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus.
Introducing the candidate, the head of the Presidential Administration Natalia Kochanova noted that
Mr Zarko has proved a competent and proactive leader in all areas of professional activity.
He has been heading the health system of Belarus for more than 10 years. During this time, the industry carried out reforms that brought Belarusian medicine to the world level.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarusian free economic zones must retain competitiveness in EEU
The free economic zones in Belarus should maintain their competitiveness in the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) market, be attractive to investors and ensure the development of the national economy. On December 27, the Belarus President held a session to discuss the operation of Belarusian free economic zones (FEZs) in connection with the onset of 2017.
People devoted to their state: New leadership of Belarus Presidential Administration appointed
The head of state of Belarus took important personnel decisions this week stopping all sorts of guesses about who will chair the Presidential Administration. Let’s start our program with this very topic.
Polotsk accepted the main domestic news of last week without surprise. It is here where Natalia Kochanova, now head of the Presidential Administration, began her career. Here, her personality and inner core were noticed even from college.
Belarus President: Security during winter holidays vital
The topic of security during New Year and Christmas days is one of the major ones in Belarus. In this connection, President Alexander Lukashenko instructed state agencies to pay special attention to the safety of Belarusians during the New Year and Christmas holidays.
Peace and tranquility need to be preserved in Belarus at any cost.
Belarus President hails relations with a number of foreign banks
Terms of attracting foreign investments to Belarus were discussed on December 26. These investments must comply with public interests, said President Alexander Lukashenko.
The Head of State noted that one of the most important channels of credit receipt is the banking sector. In recent years, Belarus has developed business partnerships with a number of foreign banks operating in the country.
President Lukashenko: Belarus can't stay aloof from tragic events in Russia
Belarus mourns for victims of a plane crash near Sochi. The life of 92 persons broke in the crash of Tu-154 aircraft over the Black Sea. On board were the Song and Dance Ensemble named after Alexandrov, journalists, military and famous doctor Elizaveta Glinka. They all flew to Syria to congratulate the Russian military on the New Year.
Opening a December 26 meeting, Alexander Lukashenko began with words about the tragedy.
President Lukashenko congratulates children at New Year party in Minsk
Another highlight of the week.
"The Forest Raised a Christmas Tree," sang school students from all over the country together with characters from fairy tales. These are the guys who had been invited to the presidential Christmas Tree party - almost 2,500 boys and girls. This is one of the noisiest and funniest events at the Palace of the Republic so far. Habitual silence (mostly official events are held in the Palace of the Republic) was filled with laughter and noise. Smiles and a good mood were everywhere.
President Lukashenko congratulates kids on coming New Year and Christmas
On December 23, more than 2,000 children from across the country gathered in Minsk's Palace of the Republic. The event is the culmination of the charity campaign Our Children.
Invited to the big festive event are orphans, children from large families, students of boarding schools, as well as the winners of Olympiads, creative contests and sports competitions.
By tradition, the Belarus President took part in the event, too.
Minsk's second ring road opens
The second Minsk ring has been opened to traffic. The solemn ceremony was attended by the Belarus head of state, Alexander Lukashenko.
The length of the second ring road is about 160 kilometers. This comfortable four-lane road meets all modern requirements. It is equipped with bridges and overpasses, barrier fences to avoid head-on collisions, the barriers against animals and noise screens near residential areas.
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Leonid Kuchma
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has held a meeting with the former head of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma. The two had a warm conversation and exchanged gifts. The sides stressed the friendly relations both on a personal level and between the two peoples.
Belarus and Ukraine will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations in 5 days. Alexander Lukashenko said he is glad to meet the former Ukraine president.
Alexander Lukashenko: We need to reform Presidential Administration
Let's start with the staffing decisions made December 21 by the Head of State. Today he picked the leadership of the Presidential Administration.
It will be headed by Natalia Kochanova - former Deputy Prime Minister. Her first deputy will be Maxim Ryzhenkov. Prior to that, he served as vice-president of the National Olympic Committee.
Belarus sends condolences to Germany over truck accident
The truck accident in Berlin was called a terrorist attack.
12 people were killed and 50 injured. The driver was one of people who requested asylum in Germany.
On the December 19 evening, the offender got into the truck and drove into the crowd at a Christmas market.
The President of Belarus has sent condolences in connection with the tragedy in Berlin.
Belarus to OSCE: Security in Europe is only possible through joint efforts
Security and stability in the European region can be achieved only by working together, said the President of Belarus meeting with representatives of the OSCE in the Palace of Independence on December 20. The OSCE delegation arrived in Belarus to discuss security in the region, as well as the September 2016 parliamentary elections.
The fact that Minsk will host the summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in 2017 also contributes to the development of cooperation.
Belarus and Malaysia aiming to improve trade and create joint ventures
Belarus and Malaysia must develop not only political, but also economic ties, said President Alexander Lukashenko on December 19 during a meeting with the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Malaysia parliament. At this point, the mutual trade turnover exceeds $130 million. And this, obviously, is not the limit.
Belarus and Malaysia have decent trade turnover despite distance, Alexander Lukashenko says
Belarus and Malaysia should expand mutual trade, said Alexander Lukashenko on December 19 as he met with the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Malaysia parliament Pandikar Amin Mulia.
At this point, the mutual trade turnover exceeds $130 million. Belarus' major exports are potash. However, other traditional Belarusian exports are not represented well enough in the Malaysian market.
Belarus President warns about rational spending of national budget
The geography of today's issue is extensive. There will be Spain and even its former colony in South America. But overseas themes, with all the exotic nature and the importance, only complement the picture of the world. The main focus is on the events in Belarus, the events with the participation of the President.
Fines in Belarus should not ruin businesses, President says
The Belarus President demands the regulatory authorities to work carefully and rightly. They should not undermine their credibility, said Alexander Lukashenko on December 16 at a meeting on the results of inspections of the State Control Committee. It was held by an interagency group chaired by the Prosecutor General.
Belarus President comments on Trump support
On December 15, the Belarus President made a number of appointments: from the local vertical to representatives of the diplomatic corps. The President agreed to appoint some heads of universities, executive committees, government organizations and the media.
Belarus President notes need to relax checks of businesses
New faces have appeared in some departments and the State Control Committee. Alexander Lukashenko gave his consent to the appointment of heads of local executive committees, representatives of the diplomatic corps, universities, government organizations and the media.
The Ministry of Education will now be headed by Igor Karpenko, who previously held the post of Deputy Chairman of the Minsk City Executive Committee.
Iranian ambassador meets with Belarus President, ending diplomatic mission
2017 will be a determining factor in the relations between Belarus and Iran, said Alexander Lukashenko meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Iran to Belarus. Mohammad Reza Saburi is completing his diplomatic mission.
Diplomatic relations between Minsk and Tehran were established in 1993. The Belarus President visited Iran twice and the same number of times, Iran made return visits.
President: Belarus for resolving conflicts peacefully, at negotiating table only
There are new persons among the foreign envoys to Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko received credentials of heads of diplomatic missions of Burkina Faso, Indonesia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mongolia, Finland, France, Eritrea and Estonia.
For the first time after the 13-year break, taking part in the ceremony was the Ambassador of Canada.
Among the diplomats was a representative of the Catholic Church. The Apostolic Nuncio handed the President the symbolic message.
'Social dependency' law in Belarus proves effectiveness?
A quarter of a century has passed since the collapse of the USSR. The Viskuli agreement was signed December 8, 1991. And we will not leave this topic without attention today either. But first, let me remind you that in the USSR, there was an article of the Criminal Code for social parasitism. People call parasites those who don't work. The state defines this phenomenon as social dependency.
EEU Customs Code should serve Belarus' interests, Alexander Lukashenko says
Belarus has no abundant natural resources, like partners in the Eurasian Economic Union, there are no additional resources to waste so every economic decision has to be verified, said President Lukashenko at a meeting in connection with the adoption of the new Customs Code of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).
Neutrality Day of Turkmenistan: Belarus President sends congrats
Turkmenistan celebrates Day of Neutrality December 12. Alexander Lukashenko congratulated the country's President and people of Turkmenistan on the national holiday.
"Turkmenistan gained the status of permanent neutrality, which was supported by the UN General Assembly, and this served as the key to sustainable development and prosperity of your country, it has strengthened the country's credibility in the international arena. Only peace and security can ensure the progress and well-being of society."
Belarus demands respect for national interests in Eurasian Economic Union
Alexander Lukashenko demands to comply with the national interests of Belarus in adopting the Customs Code of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). The Head of State said this on December 9 at the meeting on the draft Customs Code Treaty of the EEU. The document will be signed at the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in St. Petersburg on December 26.
Belarus to cooperate tighter with Vnesheconombank
The President of Belarus guarantees the support for Vnesheconombank in Belarus. On December 9, Alexander Lukashenko met with the chairman of the financial structure Sergei Gorkov. The corporation is actively investing in various companies.
In 2016 alone, it granted loans worth more than $230 million.
It is also engaged in exports and is responsible for a number of social projects. As a result of one of such projects in Belarus, 14,000 apartments may be supplied with additional electricity.
Commonwealth of Independent Nations turns 25
Today is 25 years since the founding on December 8 of one of the largest integration associations - the Commonwealth of Independent States. The agreement on its establishment was signed on December 8, 1991 by the leaders of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.
The CIS today is an internationally recognized intergovernmental organization. It includes 11 states.
The Belarus head of state congratulated Commonwealth leaders on the anniversary.
Vnesheconombank chairman meets with Belarus President
Alexander Lukashenko has guaranteed support for Vnesheconombank (VEB) in Belarus. On December 8 the President met with the chairman of this financial structure. Since 2016 Sergei Gorkov has headed the corporation Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs.
They are working to support the Belarusian and Russian exports, including to third countries. According to the head of state, the Russian partners can count on support from the government and the National Bank. But the most important thing is to fully implement the agreements reached.
Belarus President underlines importance of trade with Russian regions
Belarus and the Irkutsk region have to find reserves to increase mutual trade, said President Alexander Lukashenko meeting with the governor of the Russian region, Sergei Levchenko.
The turnover in 2016 decreased, especially against the background of a record 2015. However, there are all prerequisites to catch up.
Stanisław Karczewski about brand new opportunities in Belarus-Poland relations
Belarus and Poland agreed on the holding of a regional forum. Besides, while in Minsk, the Polish delegation discussed common initiatives and signed important papers.
The signing of the agreement on the joint engagement of the Council of the Republic of Belarus and the Polish Senate took place in the National Library. It is symbolic, as two nations have common culture roots. However, today’s topic is first and foremost economy.
Belarus and Irkutsk Region to intensify cooperation in agriculture, construction
Belarus and the Irkutsk region have to find reserves to increase mutual trade, said President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with the governor of the Russian region, Sergei Levchenko.
Turnover this year has fallen, especially against the backdrop of a record trade volume in 2015. There are all prerequisites to catch up. In the Palace of Independence, the parties identified several areas for possible enhanced cooperation - from agriculture to construction.
Belarus may abolish 'social parasite' law if it proves ineffective
The decree on the prevention of social dependency will remain in force, but the identified deficiencies will be removed from it. The first results of the fight against parasitism in Belarus were summed up on December 6 at the meeting hosted by the head of state.
The Government has made proposals to amend the document. At the moment, 9,500 people have paid the 'fee for unemployed'.
4,000 did it voluntarily, after the document came into force. In total, 73,000 notices were sent to Belarusians.
Belarus President: Relations with Poland on high level
Belarus expects to begin an active dialogue with Poland, said President Alexander Lukashenko on December 5 as he met with Marshal of the Senate of the State Stanisław Karczewski. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established nearly a quarter of a century ago. In recent years, the political dialogue has revitalized. The level of trade and economic cooperation is also high enough.
During the first 9 months of 2016, the trade turnover amounted to more than $1.5 billion.
Stanisław Karczewski: Interparliamentary cooperation improves Belarus-Poland relations
Belarus expects to begin an active dialogue with Poland, said President Alexander Lukashenko on December 5 as he met with Marshal of the Senate of the State Stanisław Karczewski.
Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established nearly a quarter of a century ago. In recent years, the political dialogue has revitalized. The level of trade and economic cooperation is also high enough. During the first 9 months of 2016, the trade turnover amounted to more than $1.5 billion.