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06.07.2015

Alexander Lukashenko takes part in midsummer festival 2015 in Belarus' Alexandria village
Alexander Lukashenko takes part in midsummer festival 2015 in Belarus' Alexandria village A kind of celebration of Slavic unity - the folk forum "Midsummer" - was held in the Mogilev region. For the sixth time it has united residents of the Dnieper River regions of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.  Taking part in the festival are masters of all trades who show the highest levels of folk art. In 2015, the emphasis was made on youth. This is because support of young talents is part of the government policy. Dnieper, or the Dnipro, is the river that unites three countries - Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. This symbolizes cultural Slavic neighborhood.
Belarus President holds meeting on political matters
Belarus President holds meeting on political matters ahead of presidential election New challenges to which Belarus must respond. Alexander Lukashenko held a meeting on political issues, which was attended by all the heads of the law enforcement officials and the first persons of the country who determine domestic and foreign policy. The President stressed that today the state's actions are inextricably linked to economy. Belarus attaches great importance to the diversification of exports.

03.07.2015

Vladimir Putin congratulates Alexander Lukashenko, Belarusian people on Independence Day
Vladimir Putin congratulates Alexander Lukashenko, Belarusian people on Independence Day Belarus continues to receive numerous congratulations on Independence Day. Letters of greetings are being sent to the President of Belarus and its people.  Heads of states, international organizations, foreign political, religious and community leaders wish Belarus further prosperity. In his message, the president of Russia, notes that "based on strong traditions of friendship, Russian-Belarusian relations have continued to develop dynamically. 
President Lukashenko lays wreath at Victory Monument in Minsk on Independence Day
President Lukashenko lays wreath at Victory Monument in Minsk on Independence Day Independence Day in Minsk on July 3 began with a wreath-laying ceremony. Flowers and wreaths were laid at the Victory Monument in the center of Minsk. It's like another "thank you" to all those who fought for the liberation of our country in World War II, and later praised the independent Belarus. By tradition, the first wreath was laid by the President.
Belarus celebrating 2015 Independence Day
Belarus celebrating 2015 Independence Day Belarus is celebrating Independence Day. This public holiday is a symbol of national pride, a tribute to the heroism and fortitude of the Belarusians. In a short period of history, our country has made great strides in development, making true the dream of many generations of the establishment of a sovereign and independent state. It was 71 years ago when the country was liberated from Nazi invaders. Having risen from ruins, today Belarus has the right to determine its own destiny and take its rightful place in the world community.

02.07.2015

Belarus-Qatar new investment stage
Belarus-Qatar new investment stage Belarus and Qatar will open a new page of investing in the economy of Belarus. This was stated by Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with Minister of State for Defence of the State of Qatar. The first major project is a hotel and sports complex. Its construction cost the Armed Forces of Qatar about 160 million dollars. The construction is already in the final stages.

01.07.2015

Alexander Lukashenko takes part in solemn meeting devoted to Independence Day
President Lukashenko: Belarus will never seek its own benefit at the expense of someone else Belarus begins to celebrate today the main holiday - Independence Day. At this moment the Palace of the Republic is hosting a solemn meeting in which the President is taking part. The event is dedicated to Day of Republic (Independence Day). 

29.06.2015

Belarus' President discusses situation at Ukrainian border with KBG chief
Belarus' President discusses situation at Ukrainian border with KBG chief On June 29, the Head of State met with Chairman of the Committee of State Security (KGB) Valery Vakulchik. The overall situation in the country is stable, and there are no threats that would require immediate actions. However, the meeting officials raised the question of national security, environment and the situation in the country and on its borders.
Alexander Lukashenko presents state awards on the eve of Independence Day The President of Belarus handed high state awards on June 29. Awards and honorary titles were given to 39 people. These are people of different ages and professions: the military, artists, workers and teachers from villages, machine builders and doctors, athletes and scientists. As always in Belarus, veterans occupy a special place on the list of awardees.
Alexander Lukashenko takes part in opening ceremony of Trostenets memorial complex
Alexander Lukashenko takes part in opening ceremony of Trostenets memorial complex The memorial complex "Trostenets" was opened on June 22, on the anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War in Belarus. By the number of the dead, the concentration camp, which was located in this place, was on a par with Buchenwald and Auschwitz. During the Great Patriotic War, more than 200 thousand people were killed here.  Brest also welcomed Patriarch Kirill, who was on a visit in the complex. The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church served a memorial prayer service at St. Nicholas Garrison church.
Belarus marks 20th Youth Day, Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Belarusians
Belarus marks 20th Youth Day Youth Day is celebrated on June 28 in Belarus for the 20th time. In 1995, it was established by a presidential decree. Youth policy is a priority direction of the Belarusian state. The country has more than 2 million young people - nearly a quarter of population. The country is actively working to improve the system of education - pre-school, basic and secondary, reformed higher education. 

28.06.2015

Belarus President takes part in solemn ball of graduates in Minsk
Belarus President takes part in solemn ball of graduates in Minsk The cherished invitation to the main ball of graduates was sent to 253 students. They are the best students around the country. This is their finest hour. Daria Trigubova, a graduate of the Minsk State Linguistic University:This is a wonderful way to say thank you to the students for good grades. And first of all, it is a great joy, a new achievement, new discoveries!
Alexander Lukashenko says 2015 presidential election should become exemplary The forthcoming presidential elections should become a model of democracy. President Lukashenko put it this way: "No one should be able to accuse us of any problems and issues." Natalia Breus has the story. The upcoming presidential election will be the fifth in the history of sovereign Belarus. This is the main political event of the year. And for the authorities, this is a real test.

25.06.2015

Belarus President: We are not playing geopolitics; peaceful country is more important for us The President of Belarus has made a number of appointments. They affected some ministries, diplomatic missions, as well as local authorities. Andrei Kovkhuto was appointed head of the Ministry of Nature and Environment.  Igor Nazaruk will represent the country's interests in Armenia. Gennady Akhramovich is now the head of the diplomatic mission in Azerbaijan. Valery Kurdyukov will head the Belarusian embassy in the Czech Republic.
Alexander Lukashenko receives 11 new ambassadors, says 'Welcome back' to Sweden Belarus is ready to develop cooperation with countries around the globe, said President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with new foreign diplomats who will be working in Belarus.  11 ambassadors presented credentials to the President of Belarus at the Palace of Independence on June 25.  Belarus is connected with many countries thanks to large-scale projects. Their implementation may be an indicator of relations between states. For example, in Turkmenistan Belarus is building the Garlyk Mining Plant.
Belarus President says Eurasian Economic Union significantly expands range of trade and economic cooperation
Belarus President says Eurasian Economic Union significantly expands range of trade and economic cooperation Belarus is ready to develop cooperation with countries from around the globe. This was stated by Alexander Lukashenko who addressed the new representatives of the foreign diplomatic corps in Belarus. 11 ambassadors handed credentials to the President at the Palace of Independence today. These are representatives of Argentina, Belgium, Benin, Brazil, Denmark, Jordan, Ireland, Kuwait, Turkmenistan, Uruguay and Sweden. Alexander Lukashenko has congratulated everyone on the beginning of the diplomatic mission and expressed confidence in fruitful collaboration.

23.06.2015

Alexander Lukashenko: Presidential elections in Belarus should be open, honest and calm
Alexander Lukashenko: Presidential elections in Belarus should be open, honest and calm The Presidential elections in Belarus should be prepared and conducted in an open, fair and peaceful way. The campaign will take place in accordance with national legislation and international obligations. Such a statement was made by President Alexander Lukashenko on June 23 at a meeting on topical domestic issues. The focus was on organizational issues of the upcoming electoral process. The Head of State made it clear that the 2015 presidential elections in Belarus will be like an exam that all of the authorities need to sit.
Alexander Lukashenko: Even the slightest destabilization in Belarus must not be allowed
Alexander Lukashenko: Even the slightest destabilization in Belarus must not be allowed The presidential elections in Belarus will be open, honest, quiet, and in accordance with the law. This was stated by Alexander Lukashenko on June 23 at the meeting to discuss preparations for the forthcoming election campaign and other pressing domestic issues. The CEC offers to hold elections on October 11. The appointment of the election date will be considered by the Parliament in a week at the final meeting of the seventh session. The head of state noted the upcoming elections will be a test for all authorities.   
Tomislav Nikolic, Serbian president
Serbian president Tomislav Nikolic set to visit Belarus in late October Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic plans to visit Belarus in late October, said deputy Serbian Parliament, Honorary Consul of Belarus in Belgrade Dragomir Karic on June 22.
Belarus President: Peace and stability are more important than any election campaigns
Belarus President: Peace and stability are more important than any election campaigns Exactly a week later Belarus will find out the date of the 2015 presidential elections in Belarus. It will be decided by the deputies of the National Assembly on June 30 the final meeting of the seventh session of the Parliament. Today, on June 23, President Lukashenko held a meeting on topical domestic issues.
Alexander Lukashenko to Serbian investors: Minsk World complex will be a historic project
Alexander Lukashenko to Serbian investors: The Minsk World complex will be a historic project The construction of the complex "Minsk-World" will be a historic project. This was stated by Alexander Lukashenko on June 22 at a meeting with Serbian investors.  Initially, plans were made to create the complex "Minsk-City" at the airport Minsk-1. However, a Russian investor built only a few houses.  Now a large Serbian company will deal with the project. The project's essence has changed: "Minsk-World" will now be not just be a "city within a city" but an international financial center. 
Special Representative of the Afghan President arrives in Minsk
Special Representative of the Afghan President arrives in Minsk with batch of business proposals Belarus would like to develop trade and economic cooperation with Afghanistan. Alexander Lukashenko said this at a meeting with the special representative of Afghanistan's President on cooperation with the CIS countries.  The parties expect that the talks will be a prelude to a series of specific movements steps towards each other. This was agreed during a recent telephone conversation between the two heads of state. Alexander Lukashenko on June 22 said that Belarus respects Afghanistan's efforts against the global terrorist movement.

22.06.2015

Belarus President meets Patriarch of All Russia On June 20 Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill visited Belarus. The current visit - the fourth one - took place on the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory in WWII. Moreover, it coincides with a significant date for the whole of the Soviet people - June 22 - the day when the Great Patriotic War began. The theme of war and peace has become a major one during the Patriarch's meeting with President Alexander Lukashenko. The situation in neighboring Ukraine does not leave anyone indifferent.   His Holiness said that he always comes to Belarus with a very good feeling.

21.06.2015

Alexander Lukashenko: Every company should react flexibly to the situation on foreign markets
Alexander Lukashenko: Every company should react flexibly to the situation on foreign markets Every company should react flexibly to the situation on foreign markets, said Alexander Lukashenko at the June 19 meeting to review the operation of the major Belarusian engineering companies. The decline in demand from key partners has a negative impact on the situation of our businesses.  The President noted that under these conditions, issues of quality, competent managers and the diversification of sales come to the fore.
President Alexander Lukashenko and Kirill (Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia)
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus will do its utmost to stop the fratricidal war in Ukraine On June 20 Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill visited Belarus. The current visit - the fourth one - took place on the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory in WWII. Moreover, it coincides with a significant date for the whole of the Soviet people - June 22 - the day when the Great Patriotic War began.  The theme of war and peace has become a major one during the Patriarch's meeting with President Alexander Lukashenko. The situation in neighboring Ukraine does not leave anyone indifferent.  
Alexander Lukashenko awards Nursultan Nazarbayev Order of Friendship of Peoples
Alexander Lukashenko awards Nursultan Nazarbayev Order of Friendship of Peoples Alexander Lukashenko has awarded Nursultan Nazarbayev the Order of Friendship of Peoples for his significant personal contribution to the development of friendly relations and cooperation between Belarus and Kazakhstan. The corresponding decree was signed by the head of state on June 19.

18.06.2015

Alexander Lukashenko demands effective solutions in woodworking industry Alexander Lukashenko demands effective solutions in woodworking industry. The branch is being constantly monitored. On June 18, the President held a meeting on the development of wood-processing enterprises. Besides the government, it was attended by the heads of factories and the top managers of banks.   A massive update of the woodworking complex is coming to and end. The upgrade cost Belarus more than $1 billion. But today, companies have to work on the background of sagging markets. Many plants are underutilized.

16.06.2015

Alexander Lukashenko thanks China for support in weapons testing
Alexander Lukashenko thanks China for support in weapons testing The Belarus President met today with the Chairman of the State Military Industrial Committee of Belarus to discuss the tense situation in the region. Sergei Gurulev spoke about the development of the defense sector of the country and the execution of the instructions of the President.  Alexander Lukashenko noted that he had earlier instructed the defense industry to primarily equip the national army with the latest weaponry.
NATO increases activity near Belarus borders, we have to react, Belarus defense minister says Alexander Lukashenko met with Defense Minister of Belarus Andrei Ravkov on June 15. The officials discussed the state of affairs in the Armed Forces. The army, according to the President, is bound to be strong today. The military must be ready to respond to modern challenges. The Defense Minister reported about the ongoing modernization of the Belarusian army. He also reviewed the latest missile tests and other systems created to protect the territory of Belarus. The report also touched upon army sport and personnel policy in the armed forces.
Alexander Lukashenko: Ukrainian crisis shows need for strengthening of OSCE role
Alexander Lukashenko: Ukrainian crisis shows OSCE role should be strengthened Belarus is in favor of strengthening the OSCE's role. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said this at a meeting with Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Lamberto Zannier. These days he is on a visit in Minsk together with Michael Georg Link, Director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.
Belarus President: OSCE will be able to appoint any monitors for 2015 presidential elections
Belarus says any OSCE monitors welcome for 2015 presidential election observation President Alexander Lukashenko met on June 16 with the Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Lamberto Zannier to discuss the main political event of the year in Belarus - the presidential election. According to Alexander Lukashenko, the OSCE will be able to send to Belarus any monitors it deems necessary.
Belarus President says open for deeper dialogue with Germany
Belarus President says open for deeper dialogue with Germany Relations between Belarus and Germany can deepen cooperation. This was stated by Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with the German ambassador. Wolfram Maas ends his diplomatic mission in our country. In the near future we can expect progress in bilateral relations. And the fact of the meeting is a good signal. By the way, in February German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Minsk to attend the meeting of the "Normandy 4." Alexander Lukashenko stressed that Belarus considers Germany among the main foreign partners.

15.06.2015

Afghanistan president calls Alexander Lukashenko
Afghanistan president calls Alexander Lukashenko On June 15, Alexander Lukashenko invited the Afghan president to visit Belarus. In a telephone conversation, initiated by the Afghan side, the heads of state discussed the situation in the Central Asian region. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said his country had successfully opposed a regular manifestations of terrorism.  The parties agreed that the fight against this scourge is a common task of the entire international community and that joint efforts are required to defeat terrorism. 
Defense Minister reports to Alexander Lukashenko on modernization of Belarusian army
Defense Minister reports to Alexander Lukashenko on modernization of Belarusian army Alexander Lukashenko met with Defence Minister of Belarus Andrei Ravkov. The officials discussed the state of affairs in the Armed Forces.  The army, according to the President, is bound to be strong today. The military must be ready to respond to modern challenges. The Defense Minister reported about the ongoing modernization of the Belarusian army. He and also spoke about the latest missile tests and other systems that are created to protect the territory of our state. The report also touched army sport and personnel policy in the armed forces.
Reasons for cycling boom in Belarus
Reasons for cycling boom in Belarus Trend, eco-sport and more than just a hobby. Bicycles unite like-minded people. And even fates! This is a footage from three years ago. It was the first cycling wedding in Grodno. Irina and Dmitry met during cycling so the wedding's symbol was more than telling. Alexander Lukashenko, during his annual address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly, noted that Belarusians are more and more adhered to healthy lifestyle.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus-Germany relations could be deeper
Alexander Lukashenko for deeper Belarus-Germany relations Relations between Belarus and Germany may be deeper. This was stated by President Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with the German ambassador. Wolfram Maas completes his diplomatic mission in the republic. He has remained in office for nearly four years. The sides expressed confidence that in the near future progress in bilateral relations can be expected. The Belarusian President, communicating with the diplomat, remarked that the country is always ready for dialogue.
Parliament to determine 2015 Belarus presidential election date June 30
Parliament to determine 2015 Belarus presidential election day June 30 The Central Election Commission of Belarus suggested that the 2015 Belarusian presidential elections be held October 11. This matter was discussed at a working meeting of Alexander Lukashenko with chairwoman of the Central Election Commission Lidia Yermoshina. Now the possible election date will be brought before parliament. They will appoint the election day.
The first three days of 1st European Games in Baku. Chronicle of the TV program Week
Three opening days of the 1st European Games in Baku. Chronicle of the TV program Week The whole of Europe is watching the first ever European games that are now underway in Baku. They have already dubbed the Olympics of the Old World.

14.06.2015

I European games in Baku: Olympics with oriental color and invaluable experience for Belarus
1st European games in Baku: Olympics with oriental color and invaluable experience for Belarus When will Belarus host the Olympic Games? The question is not ironic, by the way. Nobody thought that the IIHF WM would be held in Minsk. But it was held in the Belarus capital and is considered one of the best in terms of organization. Why not aim for hosting the Olympics? And the first step has been taken. In 2019, Belarus will host the European Youth Olympic Festival. This decision was announced last November in Baku, where on June 12 the first ever European games opened.
New era in cooperation between Belarus-Serbia
New era in cooperation between Belarus-Serbia Minsk welcomed important guests this week. For the first time Belarus was visited by the head of the Serbian Parliament. That country is special, and the President of Belarus always speaks with warmth about it. Mr Lukashenko supported Serbia in the most difficult times, including during the war.  I also had occasion to be in the pre-war Serbia. I was also there when NATO was bombing the country and after that. Frankly, Serbs always treated Belarusians as brothers. Alexey Adashkin and Olga Petrashevskaya report from Serbia.
Belarus President to head of the European Olympic Committees: The development of modern society cannot be out of sport
Belarus President to head of the European Olympic Committees: The development of modern society cannot be out of sport Sport has become a major theme at the meeting of Alexander Lukashenko with head of the European Olympic Committees Patrick Hickey. According to the President of Belarus, the development of modern society cannot be outside of sports. Belarus gives a lot of attention to it: the country is building sports facilities and hosts world-class competitions. The capital of Azerbaijan changed entirely prior to the first European Games.  New stadiums, hotels and residential neighborhoods have been built.
Alexander Lukashenko meets Azerbaijan president Ilham Aliyev
Alexander Lukashenko meets Azerbaijan president Ilham Aliyev The developments in Azerbaijan are followed by millions of Europeans. Baku hosted on June 12 a spectacular opening ceremony marking the beginning of the first ever European games. The competition will be attended by about fifty countries. One of the largest delegations is the national team of Belarus. The presidents of Belarus and Azerbaijan met on June 12 and the Games was one of the topics on the agenda. The heads of state were also in the stands of the National Stadium in Baku.
Belarus takes part in opening ceremony of European Games in Baku
Belarus takes part in opening ceremony of European Games in Baku The opening ceremony of the first ever European Games took place in the capital of Azerbaijan on June 12. The Belarusian team's flag bearer was Mikhail Semenov - Olympic bronze medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling in 2008. The President of Belarus attended the ceremony too. Alexander Lukashenko with his son Nikolai welcomed our athletes.

11.06.2015

Alexander Lukashenko to go on three-day working visit to Azerbaijan on June 11
Alexander Lukashenko to go on three-day working visit to Azerbaijan on June 11 President of Belarus on June 11 went on a three-day working visit to Azerbaijan. His plane arrived at Heydar Aliyev International Airport about an hour ago. Alexander Lukashenko will hold several bilateral meetings and visit sports facilities in Baku. The head of state will take part in the official opening ceremony of the first European Games. The ceremony will be held on June 12 at the Baku national stadium. The ceremony is set to be attended by heads of state from about 30 countries. 

09.06.2015

President Lukashenko hails 5-time increase in Belarus-Serbia trade
President Lukashenko hails 5-time increase in Belarus-Serbia trade On June 9, Alexander Lukashenko met with Chairwoman of the National Assembly of Serbia Maja Gojkovic to discuss the traditionally friendly Belarusian-Serbian relations. This is the first official visit of the Serbian parliament to Belarus. Cooperation between the two countries, both political and economic, was established in the mid-1990s. Today, Serbia is Belarus' key partner in the Balkans and a kind of bridge between the Eurasian Union and the EU.
Alexander Lukashenko promises timely and honest presidential elections
Alexander Lukashenko promises timely and honest presidential elections The Central Election Commission of Belarus suggested that the 2015 Belarusian presidential elections be held October 11. This matter was discussed at a working meeting of Alexander Lukashenko with chairwoman of the Central Election Commission Lidia Yermoshina. Now the possible election date will be brought before parliament. They will appoint the election day. During the meeting, the sides also discussed the international commitments of Belarus during the presidential campaign. 
President signs decree on socio-economic development of south-eastern region of Mogilev Oblast
President signs decree on socio-economic development of south-eastern region of Mogilev Oblast On June 8, the President signed a decree "On the socio-economic development of the south-eastern region of Mogilev Oblast." The document pertains to Klimovichi, Kostyukovichi, Krasnopolye, Krychau, Slawharad, Khotimsk and Cherikov district. To solve social and environmental problems in the region the decree provides for certain preferences.
2015 Belarus' presidential elections may be held October 11
2015 Belarus' presidential elections may be held October 11 The Central Election Commission of Belarus proposes to hold the 2015 presidential elections in Belarus on October 11.  This was announced on June 9 during a meeting of Head of State Alexander Lukashenko with chairwoman of the Central Election Commission Lydia Yermoshina. Earlier plans had been made to hold the elections on November 15.
Alexander Lukashenko hopes for Serbia President's visit to Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko hopes for Serbia President's visit to Belarus Alexander Lukashenko hopes for the visit of the President of Serbia to Belarus. He said about this on June 9 meeting with the Chairwoman of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia Maja Gojkovic.  Traditionally friendly Belarusian-Serbian relations will be further strengthened, said the President.

08.06.2015

What do Belarus and India have in common? Review of Pranab Mukherjee's visit to Belarus Bollywood melodramas, Bangalore Square in Minsk and the famous tea with an elephant. Despite the distance, India has been close to the heart of every Belarusian since Soviet times. Now, apparently, it is time to restart the bilateral relations. This fashionable word in the world of diplomacy is the best to describe the first official visit of the President of India to Belarus.
Belarus President's visit to Pakistan
Belarus President's visit to Pakistan. Review by TV program Picture of the World with Yuri Koziyatko President Lukashenko spent two days on an official visit in Pakistan, which ended on May 29. This is a major country in South Asia. The sixth most populous country in the world and the second most populous Muslim country (after Indonesia). This another meeting of Mr Lukashenko with an Asian leader in a series of visits, which also involves India and China. This policy aims to boost export of Belarusian goods to foreign investors. Our special correspondent Natalia Breus reports.
Pranab Mukherjee and Alexander Lukashenko meeting in Minsk
Where does Minsk-New Dehli roadmap lead? Belarus is becoming attractive to the largest countries of the world. In less than six months of 2015, Minsk was visited by the firsts persons of France, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, China, and India.  The last two countries are the most populous in the world. In total, India and China make up a third of the world's population (if not more). In relations with such countries, both economy and politics are equally important.

03.06.2015

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus' isolation hopeless thanks to cooperation with countries like India
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus' isolation impossible thanks to cooperation with countries like India The attempts to isolate Belarus will always be hopeless as long as we maintain relations with such giants as India, said Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on 3 June. The politicians held talks in narrow format. Alexander Lukashenko emphasized the importance of today's meeting. The Head of State noted that the countries have all possibilities for strengthening trade and economic relations.

02.06.2015

Alexander Lukashenko meets Pskov Region Governor Andrei Turchak
Alexander Lukashenko meets Pskov Region Governor Andrei Turchak Building residential and sports assets, as well as cooperation in agricultural and industrial spheres have become the major topics discussed at today’s meeting of Alexander Lukashenko with Pskov Region Governor Andrei Turchak. The trade turnover between Belarus and Pskov Region is rather low (about $ 160 mln), and the situation needs to be corrected. It’s planned that in September, a new cooperation agreement will be signed at the interregional forum, which is to be hold in Veliky Novgorod.

01.06.2015

Alexander Lukashenko met with Andrei Kobyakov
Alexander Lukashenko discusses with Andrei Kobyakov current economic situation in Belarus Today, on 1 June, the Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko discussed with the Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov the economic issues of the country. The President was interested in the current state of affairs in the currency market and economy in general. Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President: The situation in the currency market has stabilized. While we used to waste currency in the past, “burning” the gold reserves, now, we are replenishing them. Individuals and corporations are selling foreign currency. It is a good process.

28.05.2015

Alexander Lukashenko arrives in Pakistan on official visit President of Belarus is on an official visit in Pakistan. The board number 1 successfully landed at the airport in Islamabad. The Head of State was met by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The first visit of Alexander Lukashenko to that country includes a series of key meetings. May 28 he will hold talks with Pakistani President Mamnuna Hussein.
President Lukashenko signs amnesty bill timed to 70th WWII victory anniversary
President Lukashenko signs amnesty bill timed to 70th WWII victory anniversary Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko signed the law on amnesty in connection with the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, which is part of WWII.  The document releases from criminal punishment more than 8,500 people (including from prison - more than 2,000 people).
Alexander Lukashenko heads for Pakistan on official visit Dialogue at the highest level. The President of Belarus has gone on an official visit to Pakistan. The board number 1 rose to the sky from National Airport Minsk May 28. Alexander Lukashenko is going to hold in Islamabad several important meetings, including with the President and the Prime Minister of that South Asian country.

26.05.2015

Natalia Eismont, Presidential press secretary
Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Pakistan rescheduled for May 28-29 The business and investment forum will continue in Pakistan on May 26. The Belarusian side is represented by 25 companies. These are mainly oil refining, agriculture and engineering enterprises. For many participants, the first day of the specialized exhibition was successful. On the eve, the sides signed 12 documents.

25.05.2015

Alexander Lukashenko meets with Chairman of Indonesia's Regional Representative Council
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Chairman of Indonesia's Regional Representative Council Belarus and Indonesia intend to increase trade turnover to $1 billion by 2018. The matter was discussed at the meeting of the Belarus President with the Speaker of the Council of Regional Representatives Irman Gusman. According to Alexander Lukashenko special attention should be given to inter-regional cooperation.  In the near future, an embassy of Indonesia will open in Minsk.
Alexander Lukashenko: Land is a great value for any state
Belarus to amend land laws for better social guarantees Alexander Lukashenko demands perfect order when it comes to land use. The head of state set this task on May 21 at a meeting to improve legislation on protection and use of lands. The Government made a number of proposals to the President on the allocation and withdrawal of land plots. Innovations touched the rules of construction and sale of land. The main principles of land use are effectiveness, efficiency and accessibility. Perfect order should be saved on lands. No wonder lands are called the Belarusian brand, and even the face of the country, said the head of state.
Belarus interested in supplying machinery for Myanmar's mines, agriculture Belarus is actively engaging in dialogue with partners on the other side of the continent. Belarus is ready to develop cooperation with Myanmar in all areas. This matter was discussed at the meeting of the Belarus President with the Chairman of Chamber of the National Assembly of the Union of that Asian country.  The main area of the bilateral cooperation could be agriculture and supplies of Belarusian machinery. Also, cooperation in education and tourism is on the cards.

24.05.2015

Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill
Alexander Lukashenko sends name day greetings to Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill Orthodox believers are marking a double holiday on May 24: Day of Remembrance of Saints Cyril and Methodius and the name day of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church. President Alexander Lukashenko sent name day greetings to Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill.
Belarus' nature
How Belarusian purity is becoming the country's brand Last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping said three times about the beauty of Belarus. While in the plane, he noticed how beautiful Belarus is from the air. Probably, President Lukashenko still remembers Mr Xi Jinping's words, which he spoke about at the conference of the trade unions on Friday. He recalled the visit of the great guest, mentioned White Russia and held a separate meeting on amendments to land use the day before. Xi Jinping, the chairman of the Chinese People's Republic:Indeed, we saw a very beautiful country.
Pakistan's flag
Alexander Lukashenko to pay official visit to Pakistan May 26-27 As it became known on May 22, Alexander Lukashenko will pay an official visit to Pakistan on May 26-27.  The Head of State will hold talks, including with President Mamnoon Hussain. During the visit, Belarus and Pakistan are going to sign several bilateral documents.
Belarus does not want to be against anyone in Eastern Partnership Let us begin with the European theme. The Belarusian duo Uzari and Maimuna did not reach the final of Eurovision. Not everything is so simple on the big stage. However, neither it is in politics. Many countries in the near future will not get into the EU since the summit of the Eastern Partnership in Riga bypassed the topic of EU enlargement. Visa exemptions for Georgia and Ukraine, have been postponed too.
Alexander Lukashenko speaking at the conference of trade unions of Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus wants to be source of peace, which is essence of our politics Belarus needs to preserve labor groups no matter what it takes. This was said on May 22 by the President of Belarus at the 7th Congress of the Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus. A large-scale forum started several days ago in Belarus. Delegates from across the country and abroad came to the Belarusian capital. All in all, more than five hundred people. Today the Federation of Trade Unions unites almost three dozen trade unions, plus six regional and the Minsk association.

21.05.2015

Palace of Independence
Perfect order is Belarus' brand, President Lukashenko says This is our brand and our face. Perfect order must be preserved on Belarus' lands. This instruction was given by President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on May 21 at a meeting on improving legislation on protection and use of land. In particular, the meeting participants talked about the changes in terms and seizure and granting of land. Land is the greatest value for any state. The President underlined that they must be effectively used.

19.05.2015

Alexander Lukashenko meeting with Metropolitan Filaret
Metropolitan Filaret, Belarus President discuss cooperation between Belarusian Orthodox Church and state On May 19, the President met with Metropolitan Filaret, honorable Patriarchal Exarch of all Belarus. It has become a tradition for Alexander Lukashenko to visit every spring the spiritual mentor and a good friend. The Head of State thanked the Metropolitan for his work and dedicated service to the benefit of the state and the Belarusian people. Metropolitan Filaret and Mr Lukashenko discussed cooperation between the Belarusian Orthodox Church and the state. They talked warmly and exchanged gifts.
Alexander Radkov
Alexander Radkov retires as Assistant of Belarus President for health reasons Alexander Radkov has been relieved of the post of Assistant of the President of Belarus for health reasons. The corresponding decree was signed by the Belarusian head of state.
Russian bank ready to support Belarusian businesses in difficult economic conditions How to make Belarusian economy work more efficiently? This was the main topic of yesterday's meeting of the Belarus President with the Chairman of the Board of Sberbank of Russia German Gref. At the beginning Alexander Lukashenko noted a special position of the Russian bank in respect of our country. The Head of State recalled how a few years ago it was this very financial institution that, unlike many other Russian companies, supported Belarus. This meeting also took place in a difficult external economic environment.   

18.05.2015

Alexander Lukashenko (L) and German Gref (R)
Alexander Lukashenko meets chief of major Russian bank German Gref How to make Belarusian economy work more efficiently? This matter was discussed at the May 18 meeting of the Belarus President with Chairman of the Board of Sberbank of Russia German Gref. Alexander Lukashenko pointed out that not everything is smooth in the Belarus economy. In particular, the situation is influenced by the neighboring countries - our traditional partners. However, there are some positive trends. We are gradually developing new markets and expanding our presence in other countries. 
Why does China need Belarus? Results of Xi Jinping's state visit
Why is China interested in Belarus? Xi Jinping's state visit review The most significant foreign policy event of the week was Xi Jinping's state visit to Belarus. The head of China spent three days in Minsk. And these three days are likely to be decisive in the relations between the two countries in the coming years, and perhaps decades. After all, as Xi Jinping confessed, here and now, there has started a new era in the Belarusian-Chinese relations.

17.05.2015

Keep "golden hands and brains". How do Belarusian companies execute President's order? The situation on the labor market has been in the center of the President's attention this week. It is possible, he argues, to make parasites work. Belarus should also keep "golden hands and brains" at Belarusian enterprises even if it is hardly possible, said Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting on Thursday.
Xi Jinping's state visit to Belarus: Expert commentary in TV program "Picture of the World with Yuri Koziyatko"
Xi Jinping's state visit to Belarus: Expert commentary in TV program "Picture of the World with Yuri Koziyatko" The new "Silk Road" will pass through Belarus. This topic was discussed among numerous others last week during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Minsk.
Belarus President's visit to MTZ: report of TV program "Picture of the World with Yuri Koziyatko"
Belarus President's visit to MTZ: report of TV program "Picture of the World with Yuri Koziyatko" Cost-effectiveness of the visit of the Chinese president is $18 billion. Belarus plans to get this amount from cooperation with China. For example, Belarus intends to establish in China assembly plants of Gomselmash and MTZ. By the way, during the week, President Lukashenko visited Minsk Tractor Works. Meeting with the staff, he spoke not only about tractors, but also recalled the importance of the visit of the Chinese leader and explained the situation with regard to the most pressing problems of today.
Alexander Lukashenko explains Minsk Tractor Works economic problems Alexander Lukashenko visited Minsk Tractor Works and talked to factory workers. In today's world, competition makes Belarusian companies produce competitive products, primarily in terms of design and quality. The Head of State once again assured that Belarus will save all labor collectives. The President started the conversation from the reasons for his arrival. After rumors about the MTZ in some media the head of state decided to see the work in person.
Alexander Lukashenko says Belarus should avoid unjustified import
President Lukashenko says Belarus should avoid unjustified import The Belarus President calls on the Government to take all necessary measures to protect the domestic market from unjustified imports. Alexander Lukashenko said this on May 15 during a visit to Minsk Tractor Works. The head of state was informed about the financial and economic activities and prospects of the company. Anastasia Ivannikova, CTV:Every tenth of a tractor in the world is from Belarus. Today, MTZ is the face of the country. For almost 70 years, the products of the plant were shipped to 125 countries.

14.05.2015

Alexander Lukashenko: We need to maintain qualified personnel at all costs
Alexander Lukashenko: We need to maintain stability in Belarus' labor market The President of Belarus demanded that the government do everything possible to retain qualified personnel at enterprises. A difficult situation on the labor market was discussed by the Belarus president today at the meeting with the government. The conversation was serious and thorough. The President noted that he is aware of disturbing trends in this area. 
Chinese media coverage of Xi Jinping visit to Belarus Chinese media coverage of Xi Jinping visit to Belarus The visit of the PRC president to Belarus is one of the most discussed topics in the world press. Headlines of the fresh Chinese newspapers were devoted to the Minsk negotiations. News bulletins on the leading Chinese TV channels started with this topic.

13.05.2015

Belarus parliament adopts Victory Day amnesty bill
Belarus parliament considers Victory Day amnesty bill The draft law on amnesty in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory was reviewed by the Belarusian parliament. On May 13, the MPs adopted a document in two readings. It was introduced into the House of Representatives by President Alexander Lukashenko on May 7. Following the approval in the lower house of the parliament, the draft law will be passed for approval to the Council of the Republic and only then it will be signed by the head of state.
Alexander Lukashenko: Visit of Xi Jinping is a great sign for Belarus and we should use it
Alexander Lukashenko: Xi Jinping's visit is a great sign for Belarus and we should use it Interaction between regions and enterprises should become a driving force of cooperation between China and Belarus, said Alexander Lukashenko during the opening of China-Belarus interregional business forum on 11 May. The event of such a level took place in Belarus for the first time. Representatives of more than 160 Chinese enterprises came to Belarus. The China-Belarus Industrial Park is going to be a great ground for cooperation. Chinese businessmen are interested in Belarusian corn and its seeds. Distant-relative seeds are the best genetic material.
Alexander Lukashenko, Xi Jinping visit Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park Great Stone
Alexander Lukashenko, Xi Jinping visit Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park Great Stone The head of China Xi Jinping concluded his state visit to Belarus. In National Airport Minsk Alexander Lukashenko personally said goodbye to the distinguished guest. At the end of the state visit, the Chinese President visited the Belarusian-Chinese Industrial Park. 
Alexander Lukashenko and Xi Jinping visiting the Museum of the Great Patriotic War
Chinese president awards Belarusian WWII veterans with Medals of Peace Chinese President Xi Jinping has awarded Medals of Peace to 15 Belarusian veterans who took part in the fight against Japanese aggressors at the end of the Second World War. A solemn ceremony was held in the Museum of the Great Patriotic War, where Xi Jinping was personally accompanied by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. The two leaders made several stops in the museum halls.
President Lukashenko congratulates Belarus on reaching 2015 IIHF WM quarterfinals
President Lukashenko congratulates Belarus on reaching 2015 IIHF WM quarterfinals President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has congratulated the national team of Belarus on their reaching the quarterfinals of the 2015 IIHF World Championship. Belarus, in the last group stage match, won at Norway 3-2 to secure a place in the playoffs.  In the Norway game Belarusians again showed a brilliant display, which secured a playoffs place for Belarus and an opportunity to host Olympic qualification. Belarus will also remain in the elite division. In the quarterfinals, Belarusians will meet leaders of group A Canada.

11.05.2015

Belarus celebrates Victory Day
Belarus celebrates Victory Day, WWII veterans honored countrywide Belarus celebrates Victory Day: 600,000 of audience, about 250 pieces of equipment, the foreigners, the veterans and numerous “Thank you” Last week Belarus, like many other countries, celebrated the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazism. The most exiting show on 9 May was a parade that included many symbols that characterize our attitude not only to the past, but also to the present and to the future. The audience was really impressed by the anniversary show.
Alexander Lukashenko, Xi Jinping visit Great Patriotic War Museum in Minsk
Alexander Lukashenko, Xi Jinping visit Great Patriotic War Museum in Minsk Historical memory becomes particularly valuable in crisis times when the world's future is uncertain. This statement was made by President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko while visiting the Museum of the Great Patriotic War with President Xi Jinping. Now the museum features a separate exhibition "Belarus and China. Milestones of military brotherhood".
Alexander Lukashenko and Xi Jinping at Belarusian-Chinese business forum
President Lukashenko stresses importance of cooperation between Chinese and Belarusian regions and businesses Interaction between regions and enterprises should become the leading driving force of cooperation between Belarus and China, stated Alexander Lukashenko on May 11 at the opening of the Belarusian-Chinese interregional business forum. The event of such a level is taking place in our country for the first time. It is planned to sign about thirty contracts. The sides will focus on investment.
Chinese President Xi Jinping lays wreath at Victory Monument in Minsk May 11
Chinese President Xi Jinping lays wreath at Victory Monument in Minsk May 11 On May 11, Chinese President Xi Jinping laid a wreath at the Victory Monument in Minsk. The solemn ceremony was accompanied by the honor guard of the Armed Forces of Belarus. From Victory Square, the head of China went to the Belarusian State Museum of the Great Patriotic War.
Presidents Lukashenko, Xi Jinping taking part in Belarusian-Chinese inter-regional business forum in Minsk
Presidents Lukashenko, Xi Jinping taking part in Belarusian-Chinese inter-regional business forum in Minsk "Accumulate forces to intensify cooperation." This is the slogan of the May 11 Belarus-Chinese interregional business forum in Minsk. It is attended by the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and President of China Xi Jinping. According to the head of state, the interaction between regions and enterprises should become the leading driving force of cooperation between Belarus and China. Alexander Lukashenko assured Xi Jinping that our country will do everything necessary to effectively promote China's own interests in Europe.
Xi Jinpings' visit to Belarus: new era in Belarusian-Chinese strategic partnership
Xi Jinping's visit to Belarus: new era in Belarusian-Chinese strategic partnership On May 10, one of the most influential people in the world (as it is often called in the American media) - Chinese President Xi Jinping - paid a state visit to Belarus. In Minsk, the Palace of Independence hosted official talks between Alexander Lukashenko and Xi Jinping.

10.05.2015

Belarus President: China has long been exemplary for me
Belarus President: China has long been exemplary for me The President earlier emphasized the importance of cooperation with China in the interview to the China Central Television and the news agency "Xinhua". Numbers suggest that Belarus and China are strategic partners. In 2014 alone, the countries' trade stood at more than $3 billion. Political dialogue is well established, too. In the international arena, Belarus and China support each other on key issues. Almost every year, the parties exchange visits at different levels.
Xi Jinping arrives in Minsk
Alexander Lukashenko, Xi Jinping to hold official talks on May 10 Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Belarus on a state visit. Bread and salt and flowers - everything is according to Belarus' traditions when an important guest comes. Alexander Lukashenko personally met the honorable guest at National Airport Minsk. Red carpet, honor guard and flowers for the first lady of China - everything is according to the canons of diplomatic protocol. Before taking a seat in the car, Xi Jinping greeted senior officials and diplomats.
Kyrgyzstan joins Eurasian Economic Union
Kyrgyzstan joins Eurasian Economic Union. Report by TV program "Picture of the World Yuri Koziyatko" An informal summit of the leaders of some of the CIS countries in Moscow was timed to the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory. President Lukashenko took part in the meeting. And not only in this one. Both took place in the Russian capital on May 8. The presidents of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) member states held a meeting for the first time in the full format since the launch of the EEU on January 1, 2015. Natalia Breus has details.
Minsk Victory Day parade on May 9, 2015 - report by TV program "Picture of the World by Yuri Koziyatko"
Minsk Victory Day parade on May 9, 2015 - report by TV program "Picture of the World by Yuri Koziyatko" Belarus marked the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory with military parades all over the country, with the main one in Minsk. The grand spectacle was attended by hundreds of thousands of Belarusians and visitors. The flower laying ceremony, which began the festivities in the Belarus capital brought together representatives of foreign diplomatic missions, senior officials and, of course, veterans.  Alexander Lukashenko spoke with the latter warmly and sincerely.
Xi Jinping, Chinese President
Reasons for Xi Jinping's visit to Belarus. Analysis by TV program "Picture of the World with Yuri Koziyatko" China's President Xi Jinping was one of the first persons to shake hands with the newly elected Kazakh President Nazarbayev. The leader of China arrived in Kazakhstan on a visit last week and then went to Moscow, where he is now. And his next leg of the trip will be Minsk. The visit of the President of the People's Republic of China is very important for Belarus. And for China, of course. Not long ago, the leader of China made a great tour of Europe.

09.05.2015

President Lukashenko says WWII lessons vital at present
President Lukashenko says WWII lessons vital at present Belarus is celebrating Victory Day on May 9. 70 victories and 70 years celebrations. And this is in Minsk alone. The main event was of course the military parade and the sport-youth march "Our victories to you, Belarus!".
Victory Day parade 2015 in Belarus
Victory Day parade 2015 in Belarus: Full video and photos   A Victory Day parade was held in Belarus' city Minsk. The event dedicated to the victory over Nazism in WWII took place in the city center. President Alexander Lukashenko took part in the parade. Watch photos and full video of the parade at the end of the article. "May 9" WWII veterans
Alexander Lukashenko sends Victory Day greetings to Belarusians
Alexander Lukashenko sends Victory Day greetings to Belarusians On May 9, Belarus enjoys the nationwide celebration of pride and glory. This is one of the most revered days in our history. The current Victory Day is special: in 2015, we are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the momentous event. For Belarus, this is a holy date marking the war that took lives of every third Belarusian. No other country in the world knew such mass resistance to Nazi aggression. That is why veterans enjoy special gratitude these days.
Alexander Lukashenko: Ukraine is de facto winding down CIS activity but is unlikely to withdraw from it
Alexander Lukashenko: Ukraine is de facto winding down CIS activity but is unlikely to withdraw from it The main political news on May 8 are coming from Moscow. The city hosted two major summits with the participation of the President of Belarus. The first one was held in an informal atmosphere - a round table brought together the leaders of the CIS. A little later, the talks continued in a more restricted format - in the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union. At first, the Belarusian President's motorcade stopped in the Alexandrovsky Garden. Before the start of the negotiations, the Belarusian President laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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