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18.02.2015

Alexander Lukashenko and Suma Chakrabarti during talks
Alexander Lukashenko asks to remove restrictions in Belarus-EBRR cooperation Belarus' state-owned enterprises may become part of the new strategy of relations between Belarus and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for 2016-2018. On February 18, this topic was discussed by the head of state at the meeting with Suma Chakrabarti, president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Belarus joined the Bank in 1992.  Alexander Lukashenko invited the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Suma Chakrabarti to take part in projects in the field of housing, transit routes and agribusiness.
Alexander Lukashenko (L) and Suma Chakrabarti (R)
President Lukashenko says Debaltseve problem can be resolved within 24 hours The problem of Debaltseve can be resolved the during 24 hours. Alexander Lukashenko said this at his meeting with the president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Suma Chakrabarti. Belarus has not only the initiative to help to settle the conflict in Ukraine, but also a concrete plan on the exit of soldiers through the corridor into our territory. The Head of State pointed out that Belarus is trying to play a role in resolving the conflict and tries not to act in public.

17.02.2015

Alexander Konyuk, Prosecutor General of the Republic of Belarus
Prosecutor General of Belarus: The number of murders has incerased, which alarms us Alexander Lukashenko met on February 17 with the Prosecutor General of Belarus. The President asked Alexander Konyuk about the crime situation in Belarus at the end of 2014. The officials also discussed the optimization of the prosecutor general's office. As of today, this process has been completed. Also, during the meeting the priority areas of work for 2015 were indicated. Particular attention will be paid to solving the issues that arise in the tax area. 
Alexander Lukashenko hails Belarus-Iran relations
Alexander Lukashenko hails Belarus-Iran political relations Belarus will always faithfully adhere to agreements with Iran and do everything to ensure that the partners feel secure.  The Head of State said this on February 17 at a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Belarus and Iran established diplomatic relations over 20 years. Alexander Lukashenko visited this Islamic republic twice. There were also return visits of Iranian President to Belarus. The parties intend to raise to a higher level their economic relations.

16.02.2015

Alexander Lukashenko
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus spends too much on social benefits Taxes is not only a fiscal tool, but also an incentive for economic development. On February 16, the President said this at the meeting on the current issues of tax policy in Belarus. The topic is not new, however, a lot of important aspects still remain in it. They pertain to tax incentives, tax control, and the current state of Belarus' tax system.
Journalist Sergei Brilev (L) and Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko (R)
Alexander Lukashenko's interview to TV channel Russia 1 after Normandy 4 summit Following the meeting of the Normandy Quartet at the highest level, the Belarusian President gave an exclusive interview to the host of the program "Vesti on Saturday" on the TV channel "Russia 1" Sergey Brilev. Alexander Lukashenko answered a number of questions relating to the prospects of further development of relations between Belarus and the West and the formation of the Eurasian Economic Union. In addition, the President gave a brief evaluation of the results of the Normandy Quartet talks in Minsk to resolve the crisis in Ukraine.

15.02.2015

Alexander Lukashenko
Alexander Lukashenko gives exclusive interview to NTV channel Journalists working at the summit of the Normandy 4 appreciated not only its results, but also the role of Belarus in the organization of this meeting.  The TV presenter of the Russian TV channel NTV Vadim Takmenev asked Alexander Lukashenko about the details of the meeting. The exclusive interview was shown on the NTV channel on February 14. 
Belarus' President visits renovated Raubichi ski complex
Belarus' President visits renovated Raubichi ski complex "Business card of Belarusian sport" at the highest international standards. On February 13, Alexander Lukashenko visited the Raubichi ski complex and familiarized himself with the renewed Olympic training center for winter sports.

12.02.2015

Alexander Lukashenko
Alexander Lukashenko gives exclusive interview to program "Vesti on Saturday" on TV channel "Russia 1" after Normandy Quartet meeting Following the meeting of the Normandy Quartet at the highest level, the Belarusian President gave an exclusive interview to the host of the program "Vesti on Saturday" on the TV channel "Russia 1" Sergey Brilev. Alexander Lukashenko answered a number of questions relating to the prospects of further development of relations between Belarus and the West and the formation of the Eurasian Economic Union. In addition, the President gave a brief evaluation of the results of the Normandy Quartet talks in Minsk to resolve the crisis in Ukraine.
Alexander Lukashenko
Alexander Lukashenko: I am very pleased with the fact that Belarus has fulfilled its function In Minsk, complex negotiations to resolve the situation in Ukraine have completed. In the Palace of Independence, about five hundred journalists followed the negotiations. The reporters attacked the host of the negotiation platform with dozens of questions. Alexander Lukashenko openly talked to the press. He talked about some organizational problems of the meeting. After all, the talks were held behind closed doors.
Session of Normandy 4 in Minsk ends, participants leave Palace of Independence
Session of Normandy 4 in Minsk ends, participants leave Palace of Independence The Normandy 4 negotiations on the settlement of the situation in Ukraine in Minsk ended two hours ago. After 16 hours of talks at the Palace of Independence, leaders of the Norman Quartet finally spoke with journalists. They warmly greeted the President of Belarus and talked to him. Vladimir Putin was the first to appear from the negotiation room. He came down and talked with Alexander Lukashenko. It was immediately apparent that this was goodbye. The intercourse was friendly.

11.02.2015

Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin
Alexander Lukashenko, Vladimir Putin express interest in early cessation of armed conflict in eastern Ukraine Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin have expressed interest in the early cessation of the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. The President of Belarus had a telephone conversation with the Russian leader.  The heads of state discussed the preparation of the forthcoming summit of the Normandy Quartet. They talked over the main points of the document, which is now being worked out at the level of the delegations and will be submitted for consideration to the leaders of the Normandy Quartet.

10.02.2015

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Kazakhstan hold telephone conversation February 10 Alexander Lukashenko and Nursultan Nazarbayev discussed the preparation for the meeting in the Normandy format in Minsk over Ukraine. On February 10, the presidents of Belarus and Kazakhstan held a telephone conversation. The main topics were the issues of economic and financial nature. In addition, the leaders discussed the crisis in the European Union, caused by the introduction of sanctions in relation to Russia, as well as a number of other issues. 

09.02.2015

Preparations underway for Normandy Quartet meeting over Ukraine in Minsk Minsk is going to play host to a summit on February 11 in the "Norman format" to find the ways out of the stalemate in the southeast of Ukraine. Vladimir Putin asked Alexander Lukashenko on February 8 to help organize such a meeting. At a meeting in Sochi, the Russian President informed the Belarusian leader on how the recent conversation with colleagues from Kiev, Berlin and Paris ended. This is the so-called "Normandy format."
Munich security conference
Leaders of Normandy quartet, Alexander Lukashenko meet with Vladimir Putin over Ukraine. What's next? Ukraine. The word was the most used this week in political reports and news were mostly tragic. And, of course, with a touch of hope for the long-awaited peace this word sounded in Munich, where the world leaders spoke about European security. It also sounded in Kiev and Moscow, where key political figures of the Old World made visits this week. Meanwhile Minsk is again going to become the main meeting place to discuss the way out of the Ukraine crisis. On February 11, the capital of Belarus will host a meeting in the so-called Normandy format.

08.02.2015

Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin
Minsk to host Ukraine talks in Normandy format February 11 Minsk is going to play host to a summit on February 11 in the "Norman format" to find the ways out of the stalemate in the southeast of Ukraine. Vladimir Putin asked Alexander Lukashenko on February 8 to help organize such a meeting. At a meeting in Sochi, the Russian President informed the Belarusian leader on how the recent conversation with colleagues from Kiev, Berlin and Paris ended. This is the so-called "Normandy format."
Alexander Lukashenko watching the show with son Nikolai
Alexander Lukashenko attends festivities in honor of Sochi Olympics anniversary On February 7, Sochi hosted celebrations in honor of the anniversary of the opening of the Winter Olympic Games 2014. The ceremony was attended by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, who came with his youngest son Nikolai at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. During the big show in the center South Sports, viewers were once again shown the brightest moments of the Olympics. It is at the Sochi Olympics when Belarusian athletes showed the best results in the country's sovereign history. Belarus won five gold and one bronze medal.

07.02.2015

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to meet with Vladimir Putin in Sochi
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to meet with Vladimir Putin in Sochi President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko is now in Sochi on a short vacation, which the head of state traditionally combines with important meetings and participation in various activities. On February 7, Sochi celebrates the anniversary of the start of the Winter Olympics. A year ago, the Sochi Winter Olympics brought Belarus an unprecedented success. Belarus was among the top ten countries in the world of sports. The country's athletes won five gold medals and one bronze. Belarusian Olympians set a new record for the number of gold medals in the sovereign history.

31.01.2015

Open dialogue between Alexander Lukashenko and journalists
Open dialogue between Alexander Lukashenko and journalists becomes the longest and the most discussed The general public discusses the President's open dialogue and answers to the questions concerning the most pressing issues. Newspapers, magazines and news agencies, and not only of Belarus, quoted the Belarusian leader. On January 29, Alexander Lukashenko spoke with Belarusian and foreign journalists for more than 7 hours.  Editorial, computer, correspondent.  Lyudmila Buraya asked the President about the housing issue.

29.01.2015

Alexander Lukashenko's January 29 press conference highlights
Alexander Lukashenko's January 29 press conference highlights Alexander Lukashenko met with Belarusian and foreign media on January 29. CTV correspondent Natalia Breus was also present at the event. The Belarus President loves to speak to domestic and foreign media. There is a range of problems that the media representatives wanted to discuss. The format of the event was not an ordinary press conference as in recent years but a simple dialogue. Alexander Lukashenko asked the from the very beginning to come to the microphones and talk about any subject.
Belarus President thanks China for friendly help in difficult economic environment The socio-economic development of Belarus was one of the main topics of the January 29 discussion. The President noted that Belarus is interested in attracting investments. And the Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park in the Smolevichy district is one of the examples of Belarus' cooperation with foreign partners. Its implementation will benefit not only Belarus' central region but also the country.
President Lukashenko says common Eurasian market of 170 million beneficial for Belarus
President Lukashenko says common Eurasian market of 170 million beneficial for Belarus Open dialogue. Alexander Lukashenko is taking part in a press conference during which he answers questions of Belarusian and foreign journalists. The meeting has alerady lasted 6 hours. The President proposed a new format of a dialogue instead of a press conference. Taking part in the event are 250 journalists. Communication takes place in an atmosphere of discussion.  The President sincerely and honestly answered all questions.
Alexander Lukashenko
Alexander Lukashenko: War is going on near Belarus. I have to react Open dialogue. Alexander Lukashenko is about to finish talking to Belarusian and foreign journalists. The January 29 press conference has brought together about 250 journalists. Responding to questions on one of the most pressing issues in recent months, the settlement of the situation in Ukraine, the President noted that Belarus has fulfilled all requests from the parties concerned regarding the provision of a platform for negotiations. The head of state said Belarus is not going to score political points in this matter.
Opinions of Minsk residents on Alexander Lukashenko's meeting with media The meeting of the President in the new format aroused great interest among the general public, both experts and ordinary people. People have shared their opinion on the meeting with CTV correspondents. Minsk residents:I just went and listened to on the radio. In the evening, I will watch the TV version because many questions that are raised are really urgent today. People can express directly what they think. I believe that it is useful. It would be better if such meeting would be held more often.
Alexander Lukashenko is giving a press conference with Belarusian and foreign media on January 29, 2015
Alexander Lukashenko: I will never give up socially oriented model until the end of my presidency Open dialogue. Alexander Lukashenko continues to communicate with the Belarusian and foreign journalists on January 29. The President for the first time refused from the format of a press conference inviting media representatives who gathered in the Palace of Independence. There are 250 of them. The meeting is taking place in an atmosphere of discussion, recalling the format of a forum or a business conference. The President is sincerely and honestly answering all questions.
Alexander Lukashenko denies lobbying in President's personnel decisions Open dialogue. At that moment Alexander Lukashenko continues to communicate with the media. Every journalist can pick up at a meeting any subject, express personal opinions and stance. For example, the CTV channel correspondent Natalia Breus asked Mr Lukashenko about the recent reshuffle in the leadership of the country.

27.01.2015

Alexander Lukashenko makes personnel decisions
Alexander Lukashenko: We will overcome this crisis The Belarusian head of state made a number of personnel decisions today and changed a number of heads of Belarusian districts. The changes concern the Vitebsk and Mogilev regions. Natalia Breus, CTV:Today's nominations are the next link in the chain of big personnel policy in Belarus. On the eve of the new year, almost 50% of the composition of the Government was changed. The President announced that the reshuffle will take place throughout the year.  And now it is time to appoint new officials to certain districts of Belarus.
Independence Palace in Minsk
Alexander Lukashenko to give press conference for Belarusian, foreign media January 29 Alexander Lukashenko will meet with representatives of Belarusian and foreign media on Thursday, January 29. The event will be held at the Palace of Independence and will begin at 11.00 Belarusian time.  The First National Channel of the Belarusian Radio will make a live broadcast of the press conference. It is expected that the meeting will bring together 260 journalists from various newspapers, news agencies, Internet publications, TV and radio stations.

26.01.2015

Women's football in Belarus. Is the country ready to host European Women's Under-17 Championship 2016? The new generation of Belarusian women will defend the honor of the country at the UEFA U17 European Football Championship 2016. This is the most popular sport in the world. Football is considered sport for men. It is considered that women do not understand football and the best they can do here is to support her husband cheering for his favorite team. However, the beautiful half of humanity not only plays in women's leagues, but also manages men's soccer clubs. There are 53 of them in the world. In Spain, for example, women comment football matches. And even act as refs.

24.01.2015

President Lukashenko presents diplomas to Belarusian academicians Some 16 academicians and 28 corresponding members of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus joined the so-called scientific elite of Belarus on January 23.  In the Palace of Independence, the best scientists received diplomas from the hands of the President. The scientists talked with the President about many things: the achievements of scientists and scientific developments, the future of science and young professionals. The President is sure that it is difficult to overestimate work and the contribution of these people in the development of the country. 
Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko
Vladimir Putin, Alexander Lukashenko to meet before long On January 23, the presidents of Russia and Belarus held a telephone conversation. Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin discussed a wide range of issues on the international agenda as well as bilateral cooperation. The heads of state agreed to meet in the near future. On the same day, it was decided to hold a meeting of the Supreme Council of the Belarus-Russia Union State in early March. In addition, the presidents agreed on joint action to overcome the economic problems.

22.01.2015

Andrei Kobyakov summarizes operation of Belarusian economy in 2014 No cabinet work but emphasis on material production and export capacity. Questions on which the Belarus Government is currently focused were discussed on January 22 at the meeting of the President with Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov. Since the end of 2014, meetings on topical issues, which the economic staff of the country discuss together with the head of state, have become a tradition. And, according to Alexander Lukashenko, this form of work should be preserved. 
Alexander Lukashenko and premier Andrei Kobyakov
President Lukashenko says material production, export growth vital for Belarus' economic revival The Belarus President told the government that cabinet work is now over. The emphasis should be placed on material production and increasing export.  Questions on which the updated government is now working were discussed on January 22 at the meeting of the Belarus President with Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov. Since the end of 2014, meetings on topical issues, which the economic staff of the country discuss together with the head of state, have become a tradition. And, according to Alexander Lukashenko, this form of work should be preserved.
Alexander Lukashenko and Leonid Anfimov
Alexander Lukashenko: When the whole world is in crisis, our businesses must control their appetite On January 22, the Belarus President met with the Chairman of the State Control Committee of Belarus. Leonid Anfimov reported on the work of the Committee during 2014. In addition, attention was paid to the issues which are now under the special control of the department. They are connected and distressed residential buildings, land use, and hydropower.
Alexander Lukashenko does not rule out state support to Geely carmaker At the meeting of Alexander Lukashenko with premier Andrei Kobyakov on January 22, the officials touched upon the measures to stimulate sales of Geely cars.  The people's car has been produced for several years at the joint Belarusian-Chinese venture. This project has been implemented in Belarus since 2011. In Borisov, up to 10,000 cars a year will be produced. The cars are popular in Russia and Kazakhstan. And, according to the President, the state may even stimulate sales of these cars if it gives effect to the budget and the state.

20.01.2015

President: Youth policy has always been one of Belarus' priorities On January 20, all roads of Belarus led the youth in Minsk where the 42th Congress of the Belarusian National Youth Union (BRSM) was held. A large-scale forum was held in the Palace of the Republic. It gathered thousands of participants from across the country and abroad. The event was attended by the President of Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko always treats young people with attention and trust.  The President supported all the proposals and noted that the current Year of Youth should be remembered for many generations.
Alexander Lukashenko at BRSM congress: If the Year of Youth in Belarus goes unnoticed, you are not worth a farthing Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko supported all the proposals that have been voiced by the youth during the 42nd Congress of the Belarusian National Youth Union (BRSM). A large-scale forum at the Palace of the Republic on January 20 brought together thousands of young people from across Belarus. The active and concerned not only talked about their achievements over the past three years, but also discussed new ideas ranging from innovative to patriotic projects.
Alexander Lukashenko addressing BRSM Youth Union congress delegates
Alexander Lukashenko: We will increase housing construction outside Minsk At the 42nd Congress of the Belarusian National Youth Union in Minsk, Alexander Lukashenko said that support for young families remains one of the priorities of Belarus. In general, the younger generation has a weighted and serious attitude toward family planning and education of children.  According to the head of state, the new state program "Big Family" has been created for such families. The program started at the beginning of 2015.

19.01.2015

Alexander Lukashenko meets UEFA president Michel Platini In 2015, Belarus will join the UEFA program for the preparation of elite players. This was announced during a meeting of President Alexander Lukashenko with president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Michel Platini. The project provides financial assistance in the amount of 100 million euros to each age group of beginners.
Alexander Lukashenko approves decision on protection of Belarus' state border in 2015 The President of Belarus approved on January 19 a decision on the protection of the state border of Belarus in 2015. This is a traditional annual procedure. The President stressed that border security is among the most important issues of Belarus' public policy. Alexander Lukashenko asked the officials at the meeting to what extent the negative tendencies in neighboring countries, which have manifested themselves in recent years along the Belarusian border, are taken into account in the draft document.

15.01.2015

Alexander Lukashenko presenting Andrei Kobyakov as the new premier
Alexander Lukashenko wants renewed government to balance Belarus' economic development On January 15, the House of Representatives of the Belarusian Parliament agreed to the appointment of Andrei Kobyakov as the country's Prime Minister. For such a reason, the deputies had to interrupt the winter holidays and meet in an extraordinary session. The head of state, Alexander Lukashenko, presented the new prime minister. Speaking to MPs, the President outlined the key challenges that the renewed government faces today noting that everyone will have to work in difficult conditions. 
Alexander Lukashenko promises further staff rotations prior to 2015 presidential election
Alexander Lukashenko promises further staff rotations prior to 2015 presidential election The Council of the Republic chose a new speaker on January 16. Mikhail Myasnikovich assumed the new post. The senators also gave consent to the appointment of Paul Kallaur the post of chairman of the National Bank of Belarus. The president voiced the main priorities in the economy and politics of the country for 2015. In late 2014, Mikhail Myasnikovich left the post of the prime minister to continue working in the Parliament of Belarus.
Alexander Lukashenko speaking in the Belarus Parliament
Alexander Lukashenko says economic instability is the main danger Belarus faces The President of Belarus expects from the updated government fresh ideas aiming to balance the economic development and improve people's welfare. At a meeting of the sixth extraordinary session of the House of Representatives on January 15, the President, according to the Constitution, presented the new Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov.  The lower house of the Belarus Parliament today agreed on the appointment of the head of government.
Belarus President says no need for snap presidential elections in 2015
Belarus President says no need for snap presidential elections in 2015 This was stated by Alexander Lukashenko during the January 15 meeting of the sixth extraordinary session of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the fifth convocation.
President Lukashenko: Belarus will continue to cooperate with Russia as a very close and brotherly state Having established multi-relations with the Russian Federation, Belarus will continue to work with it as a very close and brotherly state.  This was stated by Alexander Lukashenko during the January 15 meeting of the sixth extraordinary session of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the fifth convocation. Speaking on the theme of Belarusian-Russian relations, the President noted that Belarus has always openly stated its stance and never behaved treacherously towards Russia.

14.01.2015

Alexander Lukashenko sends message to heads of state of Eurasian Economic Union President Alexander Lukashenko has sent a message to the heads of state of the Eurasian Economic Union. On January 1, Belarus assumed the chairmanship of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, the Intergovernmental Council of the Eurasian and the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission. The work of the Belarusian side in this period will be aimed at promoting the four fundamental economic freedoms of the Union. Namely: the freedom of movement of goods, services, capital and labor. Belarus advocates for the complete abolition of exceptions and limitations.
Alexander Lukashenko sends draft of decree "On the promotion of employment of citizens" for revision
Alexander Lukashenko sends draft of decree "On the promotion of employment of citizens" for revision There should not be social dependency in Belarus. President Alexander Lukashenko on January 13 held a meeting on the draft decree "On the promotion of employment of citizens." In fact, it is about to make to pay for the social benefit those who do not pay taxes but receives salary illegally or engaged in the informal sector of the economy. Back in October 2014, the President instructed to develop measures against such citizens. There are about 500,000 of them in Belarus.

12.01.2015

Alexander Lukashenko meets Redford University professor Grigory Ioffe
Alexander Lukashenko meets Redford University professor Grigory Ioffe Belarus deems important an objective expert opinion from outside in this difficult period for Eastern Europe. This was stated by Alexander Lukashenko on January 12 at a meeting with Redford University professor Grigory Ioffe. The professor from America met with Alexander Lukashenko a few times before. During the January 12 meeting, the head of state said that Belarus deems it important to have objective look indifferent experts who would evaluate the situation in Eastern Europe in this difficult time. Grigory Ioffe is the right person to do it. 

09.01.2015

CTV correspondent Olga Makei receives Special Prize from the Belarus President
CTV staff awarded Special Prize of Belarus President On January 9, the President of Belarus presented the award "For Spiritual Revival". The awards were conferred on five winners - labor collectives - for their outstanding work in the humanitarian, spiritual and creative fields. Alexander Lukashenko also presented the President's Special Awards. CTV correspondents, Alexei Adashkin and Olga Makei, who authored the documentary series "We want a goal!", were among the recipients.
Belarus national ice hockey team
11th Christmas Ice Hockey Tournament in Belarus. Results Participants of the 11th Christmas ice hockey tournament for the prize of the President of Belarus said goodbye to the Belarusian capital. On January 8, most of the teams returned home. Eight teams competed for the main title of the tournament. This time, the Cup went to Russia. But the newcomers of the tournament, players from the United Arab Emirates have decided to stay in Minsk a bit longer.
Hansjorg Wirz and Alexander Lukashenko
Belarus wants to host 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships Belarus can host world-class competitions. This was confirmed by President of the European Athletics Association Hansjorg Wirz at a meeting with Alexander Lukashenko on January 9. Belarus may host the 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships. The President of Belarus expressed readiness to create all conditions for the organization in Belarus of the international athletics championship. This is a great incentive for the development of sport in this country.

08.01.2015

Russia win 11th Christmas ice hockey tournament in Minsk
Russia win 11th Christmas ice hockey tournament in Minsk The final match of the 11th International Christmas Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament for the prize of the Belarus President finished at Minsk's Chizhovka Arena on January 7.  Russia met the team of the Belarus President and won 2:0 (1:0, 1:0, 0:0). Goaltender Andrei Malkov (Russia) and forward Stepan Ponomarev (team of the President of Belarus) were named men of the match.

07.01.2015

Alexander Lukashenko, with son Nikolai, marks Christmas in Minsk Holy Spirit Cathedral President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has wished Orthodox Christians merry Christmas. In his Christmas greetings, he reminded of the core values ​​- mercy and compassion. Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President:Let your heart be filled with a jubilant joy of Christmas, let work be fruitful and let happiness and mutual respect reign in families.

06.01.2015

Christmas Hockey Tournament: Belarus beats Switzerand 12:2 The team of the President of Belarus defeated the Swiss team with a score of 12:2 (5:1, 2:0, 5:1).  Today Sergei Shitkovsky scored three times, Vadim Bekbulatov and Pavel Belyi scored twice, Maxim Slysh, Alexei Plotnikov, Yuri Faykov, Denis Matyukhin and Gennady Savilov scored one goal. The best player in the team of the President became Sergei Shitkovsky. President Alexander Lukashenko gave one assist in this match.
Alexander Lukashenko increasingly popular with Internet users Interest in activities and the political figure of the Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has been recently growing steadily. In December, the number of mentions of the Belarusian President in international news feeds of online resources exceeded 11,000. It is twice more than the November figure. Also, on the eve of New Year, Alexander Lukashenko made it into the top 10 most popular persons of the month in the Russian media. Special attention was drawn to the New Year's address of the President.
Christmas Hockey Tournament: Belarus v Russia final due January 7 Team of the President of Belarus has advanced to the final of the 11th Christmas Ice Hockey Tournament. Belarus has become unattainable for rivals after landslide victories over Slovakia and the team of the United Arab Emirates.  The game against the UAE, the debutants of this tournament, ended with a score of 12:4. After the first period, Belarus were 7:1 ahead.

05.01.2015

Belarus President's team down UAE 12:4 at Christmas Ice Hockey Tournament The team of the Belarus President have defeated the UAE national team 12:4 at the 11th Christmas Ice Hockey Tournament, which is underway in the Belarus capital Minsk. The game took place in the Palace of Sport. Belarus held possession of the puck from the beginning of the match. Earlier at the Christmas Ice Hockey Tournament, Belarus outplayed Slovakia, while the UAE drew Switzerland. 
People about President Lukashenko's New Year address Traditionally Alexander Lukashenko congratulated Belarusians on the New Year a few minutes before the upcoming 2015. The president's words, as well as entourage of the New Year's address can sometimes say more than many hours of talking with journalists.
Christmas Hockey Tournament: Belarus defeats Slovakia New season of sport was opened in Belarus. Today is the second day of the XI Christmas International Tournament of Hockey Amateurs for the Prize of the President of the Republic of Belarus. 4 games are already played. Switzerland and the team from the UAE made a draw. The opposition of teams from Germany and Latvia also ended in a draw. The team of the Belarusian leader defeated the team from Slovakia in a difficult struggle with the score - 5:1. President Lukashenko made two assists. Several thousand people came in Sports Palace. 
President Lukashenko opens XI Christmas Tournament The opening ceremony of the XI Christmas International Tournament of Hockey Amateurs for the Prize of the President of the Republic of Belarus took place in Minsk on January 4. Every year this, as many say, unofficial world championship for hockey amateurs brings pleasant surprises.  Undoubtedly, there will be surprises this time, too. President Alexander Lukashenko welcomed spectators, fans and participants of the Christmas Tournament.

01.01.2015

Belarus celebrates 2015 New Year (video, photo) Belarus met the new year in a bright, funny and memorable way. More than 350,000 Belarusians took part in magnificent firework displays, congratulations and celebrations for the coming Year of the Goat. Minsk turned into one big holiday venue. Thousands of residents of the capital Minsk met the most beloved and massive celebration in the streets. Minsk residents:I wish you all health! I wish it to all Belarusians, both young and aged. Do not forget your relatives! Feel this happiness! 
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus will strive to normalize relations with the West To preserve peace and order in the country, to ensure economic growth and decent standard of living. Such priorities were outlined by President Alexander Lukashenko on December 30 while introducing the new head of the Presidential Administration of Belarus Alexander Kosinets.  The new official is expected to come up with effective solutions in the field of human resources, in ideological work and work with citizens.
Alexander Lukashenko holds telephone conversation with Moldova's president Nicolae Timofti At the initiative of the President of Moldova Nicolae Timofti, a telephone conversation with the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has been held. 
Alexander Lukashenko's New Year address (video) Dear compatriots, Human life is often compared to a road. It is the road with special rules. A person can travel this road only once and cannot turn back. Ancient wise men taught to treasure every happy and joyful moment of life. Do not allow petty chagrins and anguish to distract you. Do not get carried away by envy, grievance, and ill-wishing. Then you will live your life to the full and find sheer happiness. We sometimes complain about instantaneous difficulties and overlook the most important things, do not value the gifts of life.

30.12.2014

President: I cannot allow another destabilization of Belarus' financial system On December 30, the President of Belarus presented to the staff the new head of the National Bank giving him a certificate of employment. Pavel Kallaur is an experienced financier and a candidate of economic sciences.  He worked in the National Bank for 17 years, and during the last four years he led the regional structure of one of the leading commercial banks. The regulator faces important tasks at present. First, it needs to ensure the stability of the national currency. Belarus has managed to normalize the situation. 
Alexander Lukashenko: Money, power and property is key to stability of any state The Administration of the Belarus President is the political headquarters of the country. Alexander Lukashenko said this on December 30 introducing a new Head of Administration Alexander Kosinets. The President stressed that Mr Kosinets is a strong and energetic man, and much will depend on him. Work with the staff is an important duty of the Presidential Administration.  Professionalism, dedication and results are the main things for a person in this position, stressed Alexander Lukashenko.
Belarus President says no mass privatization in sight The President of Belarus demands a good start from the renewed Government from the first days. The Head of State said this on December 29, presenting to the government new Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov. Mr Lukashenko said he expects the Government will ensure the normal operation of enterprises, increase export and seek new trading partners. Special attention should be paid to the Belarusian consumer market.

29.12.2014

Alexander Lukashenko: Children and the elderly are our major concern On December 29, the Belarusian head of state designated the state's priorities in the social sphere during a visit to the capital's home for seniors and the disabled. The President got acquainted with the living conditions, visited the dining room and auditorium of the Minsk rest home. This orphanage is now home to 391 people. Most of them live only on state support. Minsk rest home
President Lukashenko: Belarus and Russia have disagreements, not antagonism The format of the Union State of Belarus and Russia has not exhausted itself. The President answered journalists' questions on December 29. After all, in spite of other integration models, the Union means not only economic cooperation, but also the military and political one. No one has plans to close this integration project. Despite the controversy, there is no antagonism in the relations between Belarus and Russia. Alexander Lukashenko spoke about the recent talks with Vladimir Putin.
Belarus President demands immediate, good start from new government The President of Belarus demands a good start from the renewed Government from the first days. The head of state said this on December 29, presenting new Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov. Alexander Lukashenko gave him a service certificate. In general, by staff rotation, the President wants to strengthen the economic block in the central apparatus. The Head of State wants the Government to ensure the normal operation of enterprises. The expansion of export and the search for new trading partners remains the main objective.

28.12.2014

2014: Belarus-Ukraine relations review The meeting of the , which was scheduled for December 26 in Minsk, did not take place: not easy to solve all conflicts and to take into account the interests of all parties. Nevertheless, Belarus' peacekeeping image is now more popular than the image of a "totalitarian state."  
Belarus President dismisses key government officials a year prior to presidential election The Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has made a number of appointments in the government and other important state positions. Saturday was marked by great personnel changes in Belarus. Despite the fact that the country had a day off on Saturday, the President did not have a rest. Although just a couple of days are left before the New Year holidays, there's no reason to relax. Belarus should enter 2015 with renewed vigor. That is why Alexander Lukashenko made a number of personnel decisions on December 27. Some 26 people got new posts.

27.12.2014

Andrei Kobyakov nominated new Belarus' prime minister On December 27, Alexander Lukashenko fulfilled his long-standing promise and almost completely renewed the government. However, a lot of new appointees are in fact familiar faces. Andrei Kobyakov, former head of the Presidential Administration, was appointed new prime minister. Governor of the Vitebsk region Alexander Kosinets replaced Mr Kobyakov. Two well-known bankers returned to power. Head of BPS-Bank Vasily Matyushevsky became first deputy prime minister.

26.12.2014

Alexander Lukashenko sees progress in combating Belarusian economy's problems Problems in the Belarusian economy are being gradually resolved, including recent financial and foreign currency issues, said the Belarus Head of State at a meeting on the country's economic development. On December 26, the government reported on its work to resolve the current problems of the Belarusian economy. A week ago, a similar government meeting was held. It took a number of decisions to resolve problems with the lack of foreign currency in exchange points and people's expectations of coming devaluation of the Belarusian ruble.
Belarus to keep state control over prices 'forever' Problems in the Belarusian economy are being gradually resolved, including recent financial and foreign currency issues, said the Belarus Head of State at a meeting on the country’s economic development.  Last time, this topical issue was discussed a week ago.  And on 26 December, which is a public holiday in Belarus, the Government reported back on its work to the President. --- More on the topic: Export diversification among Belarus' top priorities in 2015
Russian newspaper calls Alexander Lukashenko politician of the year The balanced position of the Belarus President on the situation in Ukraine and the "Minsk format", the only way to continue the negotiations on the Ukraine crisis. One of the leading Russian newspapers "Vedomosti" called Alexander Lukashenko politician of the year, saying he is, quote, "perhaps the main peacemaker in Europe." The media outlet also notes that the President of Belarus in 2014, distinguished himself as an "extremely skilled diplomat and business executive", not allowing the country's economic instability.

25.12.2014

Alexander Lukashenko sends Christmas greetings to Catholics in Belarus The Belarus President has wished Catholics in Belarus merry Christmas.  "Bright Christmas holidays motivate us to do noble work and good deeds. This is the time to service others, help those who are most in need of support and assistance," reads Alexander Lukashenko’s greeting.  

24.12.2014

Russia banned Belarus' foodstuffs without Putin's consent Investigating authorities of Belarus and Russia will look for those who were responsible for ban on the supply of Belarusian products to Russia in December. 
Alexander Lukashenko, in Moscow, visits National Defense Control Center of Russia At the end of Eurasian summits In Moscow, Alexander Lukashenko, together with other heads of state visited the National Center for Control of Defense of Russia at the invitation of Vladimir Putin.  This powerful complex became operational in December. All information flows get here. This allows monitoring the situation in any division of the Russian Armed Forces real-time, in a given hour and even minute.  Hardware and software systems are able to simulate crisis situations not only around the Russian borders, but also anywhere in the world.
President: Belarusians will take care of peace and prosperity in their own land Belarusians will take care of peace and prosperity in their own land. Alexander Lukashenko said this during the December 24 New Year charity festival for children held as part of the ongoing nationwide campaign "Our Children". Addressing the young audience, the President stressed that each of them can do something good for their country. Especially considering that the coming year has been declared the Year of Youth.
Alexander Lukashenko, his son Nikolai attend New Year charity festival It is necessary to discover talent and ability in children as early as possible, said Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko during a New Year charity festival which was held as part of the ongoing annual nationwide campaign "Our Children". The head of state touched on the reformation of the Belarusian education system. In particular, the introduction of the five-day school week. According to the President, school children need the sixth day to do their favorite useful things - sports and industrial arts.
Eurasian Economic Union to be launched in 7 days amid disagreements between member states Important political news came from Moscow on December 23. The Belarus President visited Russia that day to take part in two Eurasian summits in the Kremlin. Military and economic security dominated the agenda. The presidents took part in the meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and the session of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council.

23.12.2014

Political, economic security tops agenda of CSTO summit in Moscow Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko took part in the meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in Moscow on December 23. The heads of the six states (Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan) discussed the strengthening of military cooperation within the framework of the Collective Security Treaty. According to Alexander Lukashenko, CSTO member states must firmly and convincingly promote their common stance in the international arena.
Alexander Lukashenko to take part in CSTO, Eurasian Economic Council sessions in Moscow The President of Belarus has gone to Moscow to attend the session of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and the session of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. On December 23, Moscow welcomes the heads of the six states. In the first half of the day, at the session of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the leaders of Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan will talk about regional security.

22.12.2014

Belarus President visits Ukraine, meets Petro Poroshenko Belarus will do its utmost to establish peace in Ukraine. This was stated by Alexander Lukashenko during his working visit to Kiev. Mr Lukashenko met his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko.  The sides discussed a wide range of issues - from the economy to the situation in eastern Ukraine. Mr Poroshenko looks forward to the resumption of the so-called Minsk talks of the contact group to resolve the Ukraine crisis.
President: Belarus will not restrict import Belarus will not restrict import in connection with the difficult situation on the financial and currency markets. This was said by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on December 22. The head of state took reports from the president's aides in the Vitebsk and Grodno regions. The President asked about the situation in the region after the decision of the government and the National Bank to restrict introduce a 30% fee on foreign currency purchases.
President Lukashenko: Belarus always does everything Ukraine asks for On December 21, Alexander Lukashenko made a working visit to Ukraine.  Alexander Lukashenko met with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, pointing out that, despite the situation in Ukraine, the bilateral trade had not fallen. Moreover, figures suggest that it is growing. This indicates a serious interest in buying Belarusian goods.

19.12.2014

President Lukashenko calls Russia's food sanctions against Belarus stupid The media asked Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on December 19 about Russia's sanctions against Belarusian dairy and meat companies.
Alexander Lukashenko to meet Petro Poroshenko December 21 Alexander Lukashenko said on December 19 that he is going to meet with Ukraine's counterpart Petro Poroshenko. The presidents are going to meet on December 21. Media representatives also asked Alexander Lukashenko on the possible date of a new round of negotiations of the contact group on Ukraine.
Belarus President promises economic stabilization in H1 2015 After a visit to the State Committee of Forensic Examinations, Alexander Lukashenko answered questions from the media. The journalists wanted to know about reforms in the judicial system, the upcoming trilateral meeting of the contact group on Ukraine and the problem with restrictions on Belarusian food exports to Russia.
Belarus President: Establishment of State Forensic Enquiry Committee was a correct decision A decision to establish the State Committee of Forensic Examination was a logical continuation of the process of reforming Belarusian law enforcement system. This statement was made by the President when visiting the institution on December 19. Alexander Lukashenko was told about the institution's performance. He was shown a modern laboratory, where drugs, plastics and petroleum products are studied. Meeting with the employees of the Committee, the President stressed that the decision on the formation of the new structure was justified.

18.12.2014

President: Exchange rate of Belarusian ruble depends on people Increase in export and boosting sales of Belarusian products. These are the main topics of the meeting on economic issues hosted by the Belarus President. In general, the situation in the Russian financial market, the main export market of Belarus, remains unpredictable. According to the President, Belarus will not rush to devalue its ruble after Russia. The stability in the currency market is the task of the Government and the entire banking system. However, people's behavior plays an important role.
Alexander Lukashenko: We're not going to devalue the Belarusian ruble after Russia Belarus will not follow Russia in devaluing its national currency. This was stated by the Belarus President at a meeting on economic issues. The meeting discussed the situation in the real economy as well as the curbing of unreasonable increases in prices for goods and services in the domestic market.  According to the President, the stability of the currency market is the task of the government and the banking system led by the National Bank.

17.12.2014

Belarus President presents state awards The President of Belarus presented state awards on December 17. The ceremony in the Palace of Independence brought together those who were named best of the best in their fields. These are doctors and teachers, artists and the arts, servicemen and athletes.  Overall, the list of awardees includes 40 people. The President said that Belarusians are thankful to those who work hard and constantly makes our life better. 
Belarus wants rapprochement with EU based on mutual respect Belarus is interested in normalizing relations with the European partners based on mutually respectful principles. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with former Italy premier Romano Prodi December 17.  The influential politician is visiting Belarus as a private person. However, his views on the situation in the world are of course respectable.

16.12.2014

Alexander Lukashenko signs Belarus' state defense directive Belarus should do everything to ensure military and socio-political security, said Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting of the country's Security Council, which considered a state defense plan, which is designed for five years.  The document outlines almost all potential threats and responses to them. The situation around Belarus is constantly changing. Conflicts break out in the world rapidly and unpredictably. 

15.12.2014

Alexander Lukashenko appoints head of Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park Alexander Lukashenko made a number of appointments on 15 December.  MP Marat Zhilinsky was nominated rector of the Academy of Public Administration under the aegis of the President.

12.12.2014

Belarus confirms interest in tighter cooperation with African states 10 new ambassadors presented their credentials to Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko December 12. The ceremony symbolizes the official start of diplomats' duties in Belarus. This time, taking part in the ceremony were ambassadors of Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Egypt, the Republic of the Congo, Mozambique, Pakistan, Portugal, Syria, Ecuador and Estonia.   Credentials are formal requests of heads of other states asking the Belarusian President to accord full credence to diplomats' official statements. 
Belarus needs to diversify export amid neighbors' economic problems, Alexander Lukashenko says On December 12, the Belarusian President met with the country's Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei to discuss Belarus' multi-vector foreign policy. The head of state touched on issues related to foreign policy and economy. He underlined the importance of increasing export. This is Mr Lukashenko's second such statement in as many days. Russia, Belarus' main trading partner, is experiencing one of its worst economic crises in recent years.
Sanctions against Belarus affect living standards - President Ten new ambassadors presented their credentials to Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. Taking part in the ceremony were ambassadors of Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Egypt, Congo, Mozambique, Pakistan, Portugal, Syria, Ecuador and Estonia. Six ambassadors have a concurrent accreditation in Moscow and Kiev.  Such a rich variety of countries underlines the multi-vector foreign policy of Belarus.

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