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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.  


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


Export diversification among Belarus' top priorities in 2015 Causes of the recent Belarus-Russia food dispute do not lie in Belarus, said Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on December 11. The head of state held a meeting on Belarus' topical economic issues. The meeting, held amid turmoil on the market of Russia, Belarus' key trading partner, aimed to discuss Belarus' performance in foreign markets.
Alexander Lukashenko wants Belarus' economy to grow quicker The Belarusian head of state instructed the government to achieve higher figures in 2015 than it was initially planned. It is projected that the growth would be less than 1%. According to Alexander Lukashenko, the country should take every opportunity to improve its macroeconomic figures.
President says Belarus not to blame for food dispute with Russia One should not look for causes of the recent Belarus-Russia food dispute in Belarus. This statement was made by Alexander Lukashenko on December 11. The President held a meeting on Belarus' topical economic issues. Alexander Lukashenko wanted to hear about the current situation in foreign markets. In particular, he asked to describe the situation in Russia, whose rouble has been weakening.


Alexander Lukashenko alarmed by state of Belarus-Russia relations The Union State of Belarus and Russia uses all the mechanisms for speedy resolution of the problem of food supplies between the two countries. To discuss the issue, the Belarusian President met on December 9 the Union State Secretary Grigory Rapota. During the meeting the sides exchanged views on the forthcoming meeting of the Supreme Council of the Union State. The event will due in Moscow in late December.  At the meeting, the sides will consider the Union State budget for 2015. Plans have been made to introduce new guidelines concerning its adoption.
New drug dispensing rules in Belarus cause public discontent A resolution on the new rules of dispensing drugs was discussed at the December 9 meeting of the Belarus President with the Health Minister Vasily Zharko. The President drew attention to the supply of drugs to pharmacies and hospitals, adding that Belarusian medicines must be of a high quality. The officials also discussed the quality of the provision of medical services.


Belarus President warns Minsk mayor against price hikes ahead of Christmas Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko supported the idea to establish a municipal trade network in Minsk during the meeting with Minsk mayor Andrei Shorets. Mr President also asked the recently appointed mayor to make sure that prices don’t go up in stores in the run-up to New Year, one of the main public holidays in Belarus [December 31 - January 1].
Alexander Lukashenko's training session on eve of Christmas ice hockey tournament The President of Belarus dedicated the weekend to the development of sport, including sports infrastructure in Belarus.  According to the press secretary of the head of state, on Saturday Alexander Lukashenko held a training session with the Presidential ice hockey team ahead of the Christmas amateur ice hockey tournament.
President Lukashenko calls Shakutin exemplary businessman Alexander Lukashenko met with Chairman of the Board of Directors of OAO Amkodor Alexander Shakutin to discuss how investment projects in the field of engineering are being implemented. The President praised the work of the successful businessman, senator and head of the Belarusian Tennis Federation. Today Alexander Shakutin is implementing 15 major projects in Belarus alone. Other 10 are in the pipeline. He has plans to develop travel services and create an agricultural holding company.


Decree: $10,000 for third child in Belarus Young families with two minor children will be able to build housing using preferential loans with an interest of only 5%.  Such a measure is provided by a draft decree which Alexander Lukashenko discussed on December 5 with Minister of Labor and Social Protection Marianna Shchetkina. Long-term support of fertility and family capital were on the agenda.  DEMOGRAPHIC STATS Birth rate in Belarus has recently been pleasing. While in 2010, 109,000 kids were born per year, in 2014 the figure has increased by almost 9,000.


President Lukashenko gives interview to Savik Shuster about Ukraine President Lukashenko quite clearly hinted at the possibility of negotiations with the Ukrainian authorities during an interview with Savik Shuster, a famous mediapersone.


Brazil coast
Belarus-Brazil: Potash, tires and clothing dominate bilateral trade In a few days, the UN conference Rio+20 opens in Brazil. The Belarusian delegation headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs will bring to Rio their principle offers. But Belarus is still interested in Brazil as in a promising market for Belarusian goods: today it is among the top ten major foreign economic partners of this country. Until 1960, Rio de Janeiro was the capital of Brazil. The population of the metropolis is now around 13 million.


Alexander Lukashenko and journalist Sergei Dorenko
Alexander Lukashenko: A candidate should prove during elections he is worth becoming a president For every country, a presidential election is a landmark event. It is always disputed and discussed during the event as well as after it. On December 19, 2010, it will have been a year since the last presidential elections in Belarus. On the eve of this date, Alexander Lukashenko met with Russian journalist Sergei Dorenko to recall his first election campaign and ponder over the president's future after his presidential efforts are completed.


Interview with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Washington Post In a three-hour interview with Washington Post senior associate editor Elizabeth Graham Weymouth on February 28, Alexander Lukashenko brought up Belarusian domestic policy, the December 19 presidential election and its consequences. Would you mind if I ask you questions directly just as I ask other leaders? It’s up to you, but sincerity and integrity are fundamental principles of relations that I appreciate.


Alexander Lukashenko: We are between two giants - the EU and Russia The President of Belarus gave an interview to a journalist of the largest French newspaper "Le Figaro" on November 25. The main topics of conversation: Belarus' relations with the EU and France, the Belarusian-Russian cooperation and Belarus’ foreign policy. The head of state spoke about the upcoming presidential election and gave discreet characteristics to some opposition candidates for this high post.


President Lukashenko to Polish media: Time of missed opportunities is in the past For the first time in the history of Belarusian-Polish relations, the Belarus head of state talked with four major media outlets of a neighboring country. Polish journalists from TV channels, radio stations, press agencies and the newspaper "Rzeczpospolita" came to Minsk to talk to the Belarus President. Thus, the TVP channel is the most popular broadcaster in Poland. And the average circulation of the newspaper "Rzeczpospolita" exceeds 170,000 copies. One of the basic themes of the interview was the relationship between Belarus and Poland.


President Lukashenko: Belarus is interested in Eastern Partnership Alexander Lukashenko noted that once everyone was talking about the economic initiative called Eastern Partnership very much. It was created for the active involvement of the EU's eastern neighbors into the European processes of economic and political character. However, there is more hope than reality now. Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus:


President Lukashenko: Gas conflict with Russia is groundless Alexander Lukashenko is confident that the Russian-Belarusian gas conflict has clearly political reasons. Journalist Alex Doval representing Euronews asked the first question about the ongoing gas dispute. Alexander Lukashenko clearly outlined his position, noting that there was no reason for the conflict.