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22.01.2017

Alexander Lukashenko to the leader of China: We proud of Belarus and China truly allied relations
Alexander Lukashenko to Xi Jinping: We are proud of Belarus and China relations This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the establishment of the Belarus-China diplomatic relations. On this occasion, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and President of China Xi Jinping exchanged congratulatory messages. One of the biggest results of cooperation is the construction of the Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park Great Stone. It’s already called a true gem of the economic belt of the Silk Road.
Belarus to seek for additional oil as Russia cut supplies
Belarus to seek for additional oil as Russia cut supplies The reduction of Russian oil supplies to Belarus will be replaced by alternatives, said Belarus President meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko. This question was already raised at the end of 2016. From an economic point of view, Belarus considered the possibility of oil supplies from the Black Sea and the Mediterranean regions.
Belarus to build migrant detention centers funded by EU?
Belarus to build migrant detention centers funded by EU? The cancellation of visas by Belarus does not mean the abolition of control, said Alexander Lukashenko meeting with state border authorities. Recently, the President made an unprecedented decision to abolish visas for citizens of 80 countries, including the USA, EU and others. The Head of State stressed that this decision does not bear any risks for Belarus or the neighboring countries.

21.01.2017

President Lukashenko: the abolition of visas does not mean the abolition of controls
Belarus President: Visa-free regime is not absence of control The visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries doesn’t have any risks for Belarus and neighboring countries. On the 20th of January Alexander Lukashenko approved the decision on the protection of the state borders of the country in 2017. This topic was earlier discussed twice at the highest level. It was affected by some external factors such as difficult international environment, increase in terrorism and illegal migration.

19.01.2017

Belarus’ cooperation with Sudan, Egypt: concluded agreements and plans for future
Belarus’ cooperation with Sudan, Egypt: concluded agreements and plans for future Belarus President completed official visits to Egypt and Sudan on January 17. The leaders of the countries defined strategies for future partnership cooperation in Cairo and Khartoum. Moreover, in each of the capitals, business communities held talks that resulted in dozens of agreements. Taking into consideration global trends, African countries, first of all, have a good potential. The proof can be seen in the rapid growth of investment attractiveness of these states.
Belarus and Sudan sign agreement on friendly relations and cooperation
Belarus and Sudan sign agreement on friendly relations and cooperation Belarus and Sudan held official negotiations in Khartoum. The leaders of the two countries put emphasis on economic cooperation. 

18.01.2017

Belarus President concludes official visit to Sudan
Belarus President concludes official visit to Sudan Major contracts, agreements for the supply of Belarusian vehicles and the creation of assembly plants in Africa. The President of Belarus has completed official visits to Egypt and Sudan. These two countries are neighbors on the continent. In Cairo, the two leaders discussed a roadmap for cooperation development. The sides then held the third Belarusian-Egyptian business forum. The parties agreed to deepen cooperation in industry and agriculture.
Official talks between Alexander Lukashenko and the Sudanese President were held in Khartoum.
Presidents of Belarus, Sudan hold official talks in Khartoum Belarus is ready to participate in projects to develop industries and infrastructure of Sudan. Official talks between Alexander Lukashenko and the Sudanese President took place in Khartoum. Belarus’ head of state and the members of the official delegation arrived in Khartoum on January 16. In the morning on January 17, Alexander Lukashenko arrived at the residence of his Sudanese counterpart Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir. The one-on-one negotiations have already been held. The sides plan to put emphasis on economic cooperation.

17.01.2017

Alexander Lukashenko met with the Prime Minister of Egypt Sherif Ismail in Cairo
Economy, defense basis for Belarus-Egypt cooperation Economy and defense should be the basis for Belarus-Egypt cooperation. Alexander Lukashenko met with the Prime Minister of Egypt Sherif Ismail in Cairo January 16. The sides will form a plan for short and mid-term strategies in the near future, the Belarus head of state emphasized. In his turn, the Egyptian Prime Minister expressed hope that the Belarus President’s visit will take relations between the two countries in economy and politics to a higher level.
Alexander Lukashenko holds talks with Egypt President Abdul Fattah el-Sisi
Alexander Lukashenko holds talks with Egypt President Abdul Fattah el-Sisi Official negotiations between Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and Egypt President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi took place on the 15th of January. The main topics were trade, industrial cooperation, science, education, health and tourism. Alexander Lukashenko met with his Egyptian counterpart in the Al Ittihadiya Palace (Heliopolis Palace). The guard of honor took part in the protocol ceremony. There was a period in the history of this palace when a military hospital was located here. By the way, most of the Egyptian leaders are people who come from the army.
Opening of the Belarusian-Egyptian business forum
Belarus President attends Belarusian-Egyptian business forum Belarus and Egypt are ready to open up new horizons for cooperation. The countries are going to create join assembly plants for the production of road-building and municipal engineering. On the 16th of January, the presidents of Belarus and Egypt took part in the opening of the Belarusian-Egyptian business forum. Alexander Lukashenko emphasized that Belarus is ready to supply not only its own products, but also to share technologies and specialists with Egypt.
President’s Special Prize and Spiritual Revival awards 2016: winners are revealed
President’s Special Prize and Spiritual Revival Awards 2016: winners are revealed This week honored people of the country have received well-deserved awards. These are the award ‘For Spiritual Revival’, the Special Prize of the President to figures of culture and art as well as Belarusian Sports Olympus Awards. Among the winners of the award ‘For Spiritual Revival’ are doctors and scientists, religious leaders and creative teams. This year’s ceremony has a truly unique composition of awardees.

15.01.2017

Belarus President awards CTV presenter Igor Poznyak
Belarus President awards CTV presenter Igor Poznyak The future of Belarus depends on every Belarusian's impact at work, said Alexander Lukashenko on January 13 at the official reception on the occasion of the Old New Year. The Head of State noted that 2016 was not easy and the country had not been able to fulfill everything it aimed for.

13.01.2017

Alexander Lukashenko to make official visits to Egypt and Sudan on January 15-17
Alexander Lukashenko to make official visits to Egypt and Sudan on January 15-17 Alexander Lukashenko will make official visits to Egypt and Sudan on January 15-17, according to the presidential press service. The head of state will hold negotiations with the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo. During the talks in contracted and extended formats, the two sides are planning to discuss the current issues of cooperation and prospects of achieving a new level of interaction. Among the topical issues to be discussed is the development of trade-economic relations and industrial cooperation.
German Gref and Alexander Lukashenko
Belarus' for more active cooperation with Sberbank Group Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and German Gref, the Chairman of the Executive Board of Sberbank of Russia, met in Minsk on 12 January to discuss the further development of cooperation. German Gref has been the head of this Russian financial institution since 2007. Sberbank remains an undisputed leader of the Russian banking sector. This company has representation offices in more than 20 countries, including Belarus.

12.01.2017

Alexander Lukashenko and Ivan Noskevich
President to discuss work of Belarusian law enforcement authorities The work of enforcement authorities will be discussed at a meeting with the head of state in the near future, as Alexander Lukashenko stated during the working meeting with Chairman of the Investigative Committee Ivan Noskevich. Reforms, the optimization of the judicial and investigative systems as well as the results of its activity in 2016 are among the issues on the agenda of the meeting.
President changes “social parasites” list
Belarus President changes “social parasites” list The list of persons who are obliged to participate in the financing of public expenditures was changed in Belarus. The President amended the decree on the prevention of social dependency. Participants of the national sports teams and alternative servants in the army are now exempt from the so-called 'social dependency' tax. The unemployed who are sent to retraining are excempt only if there are no complaints about them at universities.

10.01.2017

President awards best athletes and figures of culture and art
President awards best athletes and figures of culture and art As a tradition, on January 9 President signed the decree naming the winners of Spiritual Revival awards, Special President's Prize for figures of culture and art, as well as the conquerors of Belarusian Sports Olympus. The award For Spiritual Revival was established in Belarus 20 years ago.

09.01.2017

Konstantin Vashchenko
Ten special prizes of the President of Belarus Ten special prizes of the Belarus President were awarded to people of culture and art, men of science, educators, teams of authors and cultural institutions. Konstantin Vashchenko is one of the laureates. The famous artist received the special prize for the design of the multi-volume facsimile edition The Book Legacy of Francysk Skaryna.

07.01.2017

Alexander Lukashenko: I am very pleased that our church is beside us
Alexander Lukashenko hails unity of state and church in Belarus The President of Belarus wished all Christians bright feast. Alexander Lukashenko on January 7 lit a Christmas candle near the Icon of the Mother of God in the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Minsk. Addressing the clergy and parishioners, the Belarusian leader underlined that today the most important thing for Belarus is the peace and quiet.
Alexander Lukashenko visits  Christmas service at  Holy Spirit Cathedral in Minsk
Alexander Lukashenko visits Christmas service at Holy Spirit Cathedral in Minsk On January 7, the head of state visited the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Minsk, where a Christmas service was held. In the temple, the President met with the head of the Belarusian Orthodox Church. Alexander Lukashenko and Metropolitan Pavel exchanged gifts. The head of state also lit a candle before the icon of Our Lady of Minsk.

05.01.2017

Belarus wins against Team Balkans at 2017 Ice Hockey Christmas Tournament
Belarus wins against Team Balkans at 2017 Ice Hockey Christmas Tournament Team of the President of Belarus has won a second victory at the 2017 Christmas Amateur Tournament. A few hours ago, at Chizhovka Arena, Belarusians with beat the team of the Balkans 14:7 (5:2, 2:2, 7:3). Martin Milanov and Vadim Bekbulatov were named the best players of today's match.  President Lukashenko also played in the match and scored four times. He is thus the leader of the tournament’s player ranking, with eight points (five goals and three assists).

04.01.2017

President Lukashenko opens Christmas Ice Hockey Amateur Tournament
President Lukashenko opens Christmas Ice Hockey Amateur Tournament Belarus for the 13th time hosts the Christmas tournament among ice hockey amateurs for prize of the President of Belarus. In 2017, representatives of 14 states came to Minsk to participate in ice battles. This is thanks to the fact that a unique team of the Balkans is taking part in the tournament. It brings together players from eight countries at once. Belarus is traditionally represented by the team of the President. All the games are held at two ice hockey rinks of Chizhovka Arena, which is certainly convenient for the fans.

01.01.2017

Belarus President's New Year Address (December 31, 2016)
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus will never threaten neighbors Another year of the 3rd millennium passes into history. The year was complicated, bright and eventful. For some people 2016 was a sad and sorrowful year because of the loss of a family member or a friend, some people might have failed to achieve their goals. Others had to deal with family or professional issues. But I am convinced that 2016 was a joyful and happy year for the majority of people.
Belarus President: Year of Culture was not marked by anything special
Belarus President: Year of Culture was not marked by anything special Culture and art are among the priorities of Belarus' state policy. It is not accidental that the year 2016 was marked by cultural events in Belarus. It was planned that significant achievements and successes would happen in this sphere. But there was no breakthrough in 2016 in terms of culture, said the President. Yulia Beshanova, CTV:2016 passed under the sign of culture. Do you think the goals set were achieved?
What is the main event for Belarus President in 2016?
What was the main event for Belarus President in 2016? The Belarus President talked with reporters on the eve of New Year. The year is coming to an end, so the media, of course, asked what the President thinks about the outcome of the eventful 2016. Journalist:The year was very rich in various events in Belarus and around the world. This is the victory of Trump and the doping scandals, the Panama papers and Brexit. What event was the most important for Belarus in 2016? What has or maybe will have the biggest impact on us?
President Lukashenko wants $500 salary for Belarusians as New Year gift
President Lukashenko wants $500 average salary for Belarusians as New Year gift On December 30, Alexander Lukashenko visited Nikolaevschinsky home for war veterans, labour veterans and the disabled. After a warm dialogue with the residents, the President of Belarus answered questions of the journalists who accompanied him on the trip. It is customary in Belarus to make a wish before the New Year's Eve. Journalists asked Alexander Lukashenko whether he has a gift that he would like to get for New Year.

30.12.2016

Belarus President: State must take care of old people and kids
Belarus President: Businesses should be more involved in charity, like in the west Business in Belarus should be more involved in philanthropy and support of the elderly and children. The Head of State instructed businesses to study the issue during his visit to Nikolaevschinsky orphanage for veterans or war and labour and the disabled on December 30. Alexander Lukashenko pointed out that Belarus can draw on positive foreign experience in this matter. The President also emphasized that helping the elderly and children should not be episodic, on separate occasions or holidays. Rather, it must be carried out on an ongoing basis.
Our Children New Year charity campaign in Belarus in full swing
Our Children New Year charity campaign in Belarus in full swing Attention to children and safety during public festivals were the main topics of the meeting of the Belarus President on the eve of New Year celebrations. Alexander Lukashenko asked in detail how preparation for upcoming events is going across Belarus. The campaign Our Children, which has already become a tradition for Belarusians, has also been discussed. These days, the Belarus President is preparing the New Year's address to the Belarusian people. What will it be and what main words of the head of state Belarusians will hear on TV?

29.12.2016

President Lukashenko appoints new deputy prime minister
President Lukashenko appoints new deputy prime minister Alexander Lukashenko on December 29 made a number of personnel decisions. Vasily Zharko was appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus. Introducing the candidate, the head of the Presidential Administration Natalia Kochanova noted that Mr Zarko has proved a competent and proactive leader in all areas of professional activity. He has been heading the health system of Belarus for more than 10 years. During this time, the industry carried out reforms that brought Belarusian medicine to the world level.

28.12.2016

Alexander Lukashenko awards distinguished Belarusians
Alexander Lukashenko awards distinguished Belarusians The government appreciates the hard work and high achievement in any field of activity, said President of Belarus on December 28 at the state award ceremony at the Palace of Independence.

27.12.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarusian free economic zones must retain competitiveness in EEU
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarusian free economic zones must retain competitiveness in EEU The free economic zones in Belarus should maintain their competitiveness in the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) market, be attractive to investors and ensure the development of the national economy. On December 27, the Belarus President held a session to discuss the operation of Belarusian free economic zones (FEZs) in connection with the onset of 2017.

26.12.2016

People devoted to their state: New leadership of Belarus Presidential Administration appointed
People devoted to their state: New leadership of Belarus Presidential Administration appointed The head of state of Belarus took important personnel decisions this week stopping all sorts of guesses about who will chair the Presidential Administration. Let’s start our program with this very topic. Polotsk accepted the main domestic news of last week without surprise. It is here where Natalia Kochanova, now head of the Presidential Administration, began her career. Here, her personality and inner core were noticed even from college.
Belarus President: Security during winter holidays vital
Belarus President: Security during winter holidays vital The topic of security during New Year and Christmas days is one of the major ones in Belarus. In this connection, President Alexander Lukashenko instructed state agencies to pay special attention to the safety of Belarusians during the New Year and Christmas holidays. Peace and tranquility need to be preserved in Belarus at any cost.
Belarus President hails relations with a number of foreign banks
Belarus President hails relations with a number of foreign banks Terms of attracting foreign investments to Belarus were discussed on December 26. These investments must comply with public interests, said President Alexander Lukashenko. The Head of State noted that one of the most important channels of credit receipt is the banking sector. In recent years, Belarus has developed business partnerships with a number of foreign banks operating in the country.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus can't stay aloof from tragic events in Russia
President Lukashenko: Belarus can't stay aloof from tragic events in Russia Belarus mourns for victims of a plane crash near Sochi. The life of 92 persons broke in the crash of Tu-154 aircraft over the Black Sea. On board were the Song and Dance Ensemble named after Alexandrov, journalists, military and famous doctor Elizaveta Glinka. They all flew to Syria to congratulate the Russian military on the New Year. Opening a December 26 meeting, Alexander Lukashenko began with words about the tragedy.
Alexander Lukashenko expresses condolences to Russian president over Tu-154 crash
Alexander Lukashenko expresses condolences to Russian president over Tu-154 crash The President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, expressed deep condolences to the President of Russia, the Russian people, as well as relatives and friends of the Tu-154 crash victims. He did this on behalf of the Belarusian people and himself.
President Lukashenko congratulates children at New Year party in Minsk
President Lukashenko congratulates children at New Year party in Minsk Another highlight of the week. "The Forest Raised a Christmas Tree," sang school students from all over the country together with characters from fairy tales. These are the guys who had been invited to the presidential Christmas Tree party - almost 2,500 boys and girls. This is one of the noisiest and funniest events at the Palace of the Republic so far. Habitual silence (mostly official events are held in the Palace of the Republic) was filled with laughter and noise. Smiles and a good mood were everywhere.

23.12.2016

President Lukashenko congratulates kids on coming New Year and Christmas
President Lukashenko congratulates kids on coming New Year and Christmas On December 23, more than 2,000 children from across the country gathered in Minsk's Palace of the Republic. The event is the culmination of the charity campaign Our Children. Invited to the big festive event are orphans, children from large families, students of boarding schools, as well as the winners of Olympiads, creative contests and sports competitions. By tradition, the Belarus President took part in the event, too.
Minsk's second ring road opens
Minsk's second ring road opens The second Minsk ring has been opened to traffic. The solemn ceremony was attended by the Belarus head of state, Alexander Lukashenko. The length of the second ring road is about 160 kilometers. This comfortable four-lane road meets all modern requirements. It is equipped with bridges and overpasses, barrier fences to avoid head-on collisions, the barriers against animals and noise screens near residential areas.

22.12.2016

Alexander Lukashenko meets with Leonid Kuchma
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Leonid Kuchma President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has held a meeting with the former head of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma. The two had a warm conversation and exchanged gifts. The sides stressed the friendly relations both on a personal level and between the two peoples. Belarus and Ukraine will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations in 5 days. Alexander Lukashenko said he is glad to meet the former Ukraine president.

21.12.2016

Belarus President insists on $500 average salary in 2017
Belarus needs to scale down checks of businesses in 2017, President says The Presidential Administration of Belarus now has new leadership. It will be headed by Natalia Kochanova - former Deputy Prime Minister. Her first deputy will be Maxim Ryzhenkov. Prior to that, he served as vice-president of the National Olympic Committee.
Alexander Lukashenko: We need to reform Presidential Administration
Alexander Lukashenko: We need to reform Presidential Administration Let's start with the staffing decisions made December 21 by the Head of State. Today he picked the leadership of the Presidential Administration. It will be headed by Natalia Kochanova - former Deputy Prime Minister. Her first deputy will be Maxim Ryzhenkov. Prior to that, he served as vice-president of the National Olympic Committee.

20.12.2016

Belarus sends condolences to Germany over truck accident
Belarus sends condolences to Germany over truck accident The truck accident in Berlin was called a terrorist attack. 12 people were killed and 50 injured. The driver was one of people who requested asylum in Germany. On the December 19 evening, the offender got into the truck and drove into the crowd at a Christmas market. The President of Belarus has sent condolences in connection with the tragedy in Berlin.
Belarus to OSCE: Security in Europe is only possible through joint efforts
Belarus to OSCE: Security in Europe is only possible through joint efforts Security and stability in the European region can be achieved only by working together, said the President of Belarus meeting with representatives of the OSCE in the Palace of Independence on December 20. The OSCE delegation arrived in Belarus to discuss security in the region, as well as the September 2016 parliamentary elections. The fact that Minsk will host the summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in 2017 also contributes to the development of cooperation.
Belarus and Malaysia aiming to improve trade and create joint ventures
Belarus and Malaysia aiming to improve trade and create joint ventures Belarus and Malaysia must develop not only political, but also economic ties, said President Alexander Lukashenko on December 19 during a meeting with the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Malaysia parliament. At this point, the mutual trade turnover exceeds $130 million. And this, obviously, is not the limit.

19.12.2016

Belarus and Malaysia have decent trade turnover despite distance, Alexander Lukashenko says
Belarus and Malaysia have decent trade turnover despite distance, Alexander Lukashenko says Belarus and Malaysia should expand mutual trade, said Alexander Lukashenko on December 19 as he met with the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Malaysia parliament Pandikar Amin Mulia. At this point, the mutual trade turnover exceeds $130 million. Belarus' major exports are potash. However, other traditional Belarusian exports are not represented well enough in the Malaysian market.
Belarus President warns about rational spending of national budget
Belarus President warns about rational spending of national budget The geography of today's issue is extensive. There will be Spain and even its former colony in South America. But overseas themes, with all the exotic nature and the importance, only complement the picture of the world. The main focus is on the events in Belarus, the events with the participation of the President.

16.12.2016

Fines in Belarus should not ruin businesses, President says
Fines in Belarus should not ruin businesses, President says The Belarus President demands the regulatory authorities to work carefully and rightly. They should not undermine their credibility, said Alexander Lukashenko on December 16 at a meeting on the results of inspections of the State Control Committee. It was held by an interagency group chaired by the Prosecutor General.
Belarus President comments on Trump support
Belarus President comments on Trump support On December 15, the Belarus President made a number of appointments: from the local vertical to representatives of the diplomatic corps. The President agreed to appoint some heads of universities, executive committees, government organizations and the media.
Belarus President appoints new education minister
Belarus President notes need to relax checks of businesses New faces have appeared in some departments and the State Control Committee. Alexander Lukashenko gave his consent to the appointment of heads of local executive committees, representatives of the diplomatic corps, universities, government organizations and the media. The Ministry of Education will now be headed by Igor Karpenko, who previously held the post of Deputy Chairman of the Minsk City Executive Committee.

15.12.2016

Iranian ambassador meets with Belarus President, ending diplomatic mission
Iranian ambassador meets with Belarus President, ending diplomatic mission 2017 will be a determining factor in the relations between Belarus and Iran, said Alexander Lukashenko meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Iran to Belarus. Mohammad Reza Saburi is completing his diplomatic mission. Diplomatic relations between Minsk and Tehran were established in 1993. The Belarus President visited Iran twice and the same number of times, Iran made return visits.

13.12.2016

President: Belarus for resolving conflicts peacefully, at negotiating table only
President: Belarus for resolving conflicts peacefully, at negotiating table only There are new persons among the foreign envoys to Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko received credentials of heads of diplomatic missions of Burkina Faso, Indonesia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mongolia, Finland, France, Eritrea and Estonia. For the first time after the 13-year break, taking part in the ceremony was the Ambassador of Canada. Among the diplomats was a representative of the Catholic Church. The Apostolic Nuncio handed the President the symbolic message.
'Social dependency' law in Belarus proves effectiveness?
'Social dependency' law in Belarus proves effectiveness? A quarter of a century has passed since the collapse of the USSR. The Viskuli agreement was signed December 8, 1991. And we will not leave this topic without attention today either. But first, let me remind you that in the USSR, there was an article of the Criminal Code for social parasitism. People call parasites those who don't work. The state defines this phenomenon as social dependency.
Stanisław Karczewski: Relations with Belarus were frozen, but now we see good opportunities
Stanisław Karczewski: Relations with Belarus were frozen, but now we see good opportunities The collapse of the USSR was accompanied by the collapse of the Soviet bloc, which included Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. Neighboring Poland included. It was a member of the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance - CMEA - which was a kind of European Union, something like "Socialist European Union." Today, Poland is in the "capitalist EU".

12.12.2016

EEU Customs Code should serve Belarus' interests, Alexander Lukashenko says
EEU Customs Code should serve Belarus' interests, Alexander Lukashenko says Belarus has no abundant natural resources, like partners in the Eurasian Economic Union, there are no additional resources to waste so every economic decision has to be verified, said President Lukashenko at a meeting in connection with the adoption of the new Customs Code of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).
Neutrality Day of Turkmenistan: Belarus President sends congrats
Neutrality Day of Turkmenistan: Belarus President sends congrats Turkmenistan celebrates Day of Neutrality December 12. Alexander Lukashenko congratulated the country's President and people of Turkmenistan on the national holiday. "Turkmenistan gained the status of permanent neutrality, which was supported by the UN General Assembly, and this served as the key to sustainable development and prosperity of your country, it has strengthened the country's credibility in the international arena. Only peace and security can ensure the progress and well-being of society."

09.12.2016

Belarus demands respect for national interests in Eurasian Economic Union
Belarus demands respect for national interests in Eurasian Economic Union Alexander Lukashenko demands to comply with the national interests of Belarus in adopting the Customs Code of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). The Head of State said this on December 9 at the meeting on the draft Customs Code Treaty of the EEU. The document will be signed at the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in St. Petersburg on December 26.
Belarus to cooperate tighter with Vnesheconombank
Belarus to cooperate tighter with Vnesheconombank The President of Belarus guarantees the support for Vnesheconombank in Belarus. On December 9, Alexander Lukashenko met with the chairman of the financial structure Sergei Gorkov. The corporation is actively investing in various companies. In 2016 alone, it granted loans worth more than $230 million. It is also engaged in exports and is responsible for a number of social projects. As a result of one of such projects in Belarus, 14,000 apartments may be supplied with additional electricity.

08.12.2016

Commonwealth of Independent Nations turns 25
Commonwealth of Independent Nations turns 25 Today is 25 years since the founding on December 8 of one of the largest integration associations - the Commonwealth of Independent States. The agreement on its establishment was signed on December 8, 1991 by the leaders of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. The CIS today is an internationally recognized intergovernmental organization. It includes 11 states. The Belarus head of state congratulated Commonwealth leaders on the anniversary.
Vnesheconombank chairman meets with Belarus President
Vnesheconombank chairman meets with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has guaranteed support for Vnesheconombank (VEB) in Belarus. On December 8 the President met with the chairman of this financial structure. Since 2016 Sergei Gorkov has headed the corporation Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs. They are working to support the Belarusian and Russian exports, including to third countries. According to the head of state, the Russian partners can count on support from the government and the National Bank. But the most important thing is to fully implement the agreements reached.

07.12.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Growth of trade with Irkutsk region is the growth of trade with Russia
Belarus President underlines importance of trade with Russian regions Belarus and the Irkutsk region have to find reserves to increase mutual trade, said President Alexander Lukashenko meeting with the governor of the Russian region, Sergei Levchenko. The turnover in 2016 decreased, especially against the background of a record 2015. However, there are all prerequisites to catch up.

06.12.2016

Stanisław Karczewski about brand new opportunities in Belarus-Poland relations
Stanisław Karczewski about brand new opportunities in Belarus-Poland relations Belarus and Poland agreed on the holding of a regional forum. Besides, while in Minsk, the Polish delegation discussed common initiatives and signed important papers. The signing of the agreement on the joint engagement of the Council of the Republic of Belarus and the Polish Senate took place in the National Library. It is symbolic, as two nations have common culture roots. However, today’s topic is first and foremost economy.
Belarus and Irkutsk Region to intensify cooperation in agriculture, construction
Belarus and Irkutsk Region to intensify cooperation in agriculture, construction Belarus and the Irkutsk region have to find reserves to increase mutual trade, said President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with the governor of the Russian region, Sergei Levchenko. Turnover this year has fallen, especially against the backdrop of a record trade volume in 2015. There are all prerequisites to catch up. In the Palace of Independence, the parties identified several areas for possible enhanced cooperation - from agriculture to construction.
Belarus may abolish 'social parasite' law if it proves ineffective
Belarus may abolish 'social parasite' law if it proves ineffective The decree on the prevention of social dependency will remain in force, but the identified deficiencies will be removed from it. The first results of the fight against parasitism in Belarus were summed up on December 6 at the meeting hosted by the head of state. The Government has made proposals to amend the document. At the moment, 9,500 people have paid the 'fee for unemployed'. 4,000 did it voluntarily, after the document came into force. In total, 73,000 notices were sent to Belarusians.
Belarus President: Relations with Poland on high level
Belarus President: Relations with Poland on high level Belarus expects to begin an active dialogue with Poland, said President Alexander Lukashenko on December 5 as he met with Marshal of the Senate of the State Stanisław Karczewski. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established nearly a quarter of a century ago. In recent years, the political dialogue has revitalized. The level of trade and economic cooperation is also high enough. During the first 9 months of 2016, the trade turnover amounted to more than $1.5 billion.

05.12.2016

Stanisław Karczewski: Interparliamentary cooperation improves Belarus-Poland relations
Stanisław Karczewski: Interparliamentary cooperation improves Belarus-Poland relations Belarus expects to begin an active dialogue with Poland, said President Alexander Lukashenko on December 5 as he met with Marshal of the Senate of the State Stanisław Karczewski. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established nearly a quarter of a century ago. In recent years, the political dialogue has revitalized. The level of trade and economic cooperation is also high enough. During the first 9 months of 2016, the trade turnover amounted to more than $1.5 billion.
Belarus-Azerbaijan: Ways to strengthen trade and friendly relations
Belarus-Azerbaijan: Ways to strengthen trade and friendly relations Nevertheless the foundation of relations with the European Union is economic. The trade turnover between Belarus and the EU in the current year declined slightly, however, so was with Russia. It is an objective reality. Against this background, a plan to double trade between Belarus and Azerbaijan next year sounded ambitious. This statement was made during the visit of Alexander Lukashenko to Baku.
Nikolai Radoman, chairman of the agro-industrial company Agrokombinat Snov
Agrokombinat Snov chairman Nikolai Radoman about his job, life principles and awards Nikolai Radoman is holder of the Order of Homeland (3rd Degree), Senator, Honored Worker of Agriculture and Person of the Year of Minsk Oblast. He has hundreds of diplomas and awards. Nikolai Radoman, holder of the Order of Homeland 3rd Degree, chairman of the agro-industrial company Agrokombinat Snov:The Order of Homeland is Alexander Lukashenko’s assessment of our staff’s work. I try to be a fair leader. I guess working environment is extremely importa

02.12.2016

Alexander Lukashenko says 2010-2015 were difficult years for Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko says 2010-2015 were difficult but fruitful for Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has presented state awards. The ceremony took place on December 2 at the Palace of Independence. According to the head of state, for the last five years, Belarus has taken steps forward, and this is thanks to people who on December 2 received honorary titles and medals.

01.12.2016

Belarus President praises 'fundamental' relationship with Azerbaijan
Belarus President praises 'fundamental' relationship with Azerbaijan Belarus and Azerbaijan have established a strong, fundamental relationship, said Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Azerbaijan, who is completing his diplomatic mission. 

30.11.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus, Azerbaijan may hit $700m trade turnover in 2017
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus, Azerbaijan may hit $700m trade turnover in 2017 The Belarus President has completed a two-day official visit to Baku. On November 29, during an informal meeting Alexander Lukashenko discussed prospects of bilateral relations with the Prime Minister of Azerbaijan. The two officials talked over the implementation of agreements reached on November 28 during talks with President Ilham Aliyev. The Belarus Head of State also visited the Cultural Center of the national leader Heydar Aliyev. This place has become one of the symbols of modern Baku.

29.11.2016

How Russian people perceive Belarus
How Russians perceive Belarus Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Moscow last week. A week before that, Alexander Lukashenko announced negotiations with Vladimir Putin at a conference for Russian journalists. He said: “We’ll discuss important issues together.” It happened so and the presidents exchanged their views on topical issues.
Alexander Lukashenko ends official visit to Azerbaijan
Alexander Lukashenko ends official visit to Azerbaijan Specific steps to achieve a mutual trade turnover of $700 million between Belarus and Azerbaijan were discussed at a meeting of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko with Prime Minister of the Republic Artur Rasizade in Baku on November 29. Also, the head of state visited Heydar Aliyev Center. The cultural complex was opened in 2012 and became one of the symbols of modern Baku.
Problems and achievements of Belarusian automotive holding groups
Problems and achievements of Belarusian automotive holding groups Late November 2016 Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made it clear that machine industry is extremely important for the country. He mentioned modern technology, export and underlined the importance of 150,000 jobs in the sphere. Belarusian vehicles are quite popular in Russia and Europe. However, it is not always easy to find sales destinations. This was discussed at the meeting hosted by the President. There were over 80 machine industry representatives from all the 16 Belarusian automotive holding groups.
Alexander Lukashenko commemorates Heydar Aliyev during Baku visit
Alexander Lukashenko commemorates Heydar Aliyev during Baku visit The official visit of Alexander Lukashenko to Azerbaijan continues. On the second day, the President laid a wreath at the tomb of national leader Heydar Aliyev in a solemn ceremony. Public and political figures of Azerbaijan are buried along the Alley of Honor. Heydar Aliyev was buried here in December 2003. According to tradition, all the foreign delegations give a tribute here. The Belarus President laid flowers to the graves of the wife, uncle and brother of the former president of Azerbaijan.
Belarus-Azerbaijan economic ties based on personal friendship between presidents
Belarus-Azerbaijan economic ties based on personal friendship between presidents Investment, trade and industrial cooperation between Minsk and Baku were discussed at the highest level on November 28. The President of Belarus is on an official visit in Azerbaijan. Alexander Lukashenko said during a meeting with his counterpart Ilham Aliyev that Azerbaijan can rely on Belarus as the closest friend. Belarusian leader was met in Azerbaijan as an old friend. Since 2006, the Presidents of Belarus and Azerbaijan exchange visits regularly - once every 3 years. Today's dialogue reiterated the strategic nature of the relationship.

28.11.2016

President Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Patriarch Kirill on his 70th anniversary
President Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Patriarch Kirill on his 70th anniversary Orthodox Church head Patriarch Kirill celebrated his 70th anniversary last week, which was one of the reasons for the visit of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to Russia. Presidents of Russia and Belarus visited a gala evening devoted to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church. Politicians and famous art and cultural figures gathered at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.
Belarus President critical over state of mechanical engineering
Belarus President critical over state of mechanical engineering Belarusian trucks, passenger cars and buses have to compete with Swedish Volvo and Scania and it's not easy. However, an interesting fact: Volvo group has recently been bought by the Chinese company Geely, whose cars are produced in Belarus. In this chain, Belarus could find benefits for its automobile industry. Firstly, this fact gives some weight to the brand BelGee. And new models of the Belarusian-Chinese cars are being developed together with Volvo. But experts say: each product will find a buyer if you sell aptly and establish production process well.
Alexander Lukashenko holds talks with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev
Alexander Lukashenko holds talks with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev The President of Belarus is now on an official visit to Baku. At this moment, Alexander Lukashenko is meeting with his counterpart Ilham Aliyev. The presidents are talking one on one.
St Nicholas Orthodox Church remembers the siege of Brest Fortress in 1941
Heart and soul of Brest Fortress: mysteries of St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Orthodox Church in Brest is a unique temple. This is the very same church that is depicted on the painting given by President Lukashenko to the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia. And this is the church that was converted into a Catholic one for a while, suffered greatly during the German siege of Brest Fortress at the very beginning of the Great Patriotic War but has been restored recently.
Joint ventures, research and investment: How will Belarusian-Slovak cooperation develop
Joint ventures, research and investment: How will Belarusian-Slovak cooperation develop? A new stage has been opened in relations between Minsk and Bratislava. On November 25, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with the Prime Minister of Slovakia Robert Fico and expressed his gratitude to Slovakia for the normalization of relations between Belarus and the EU. Slovakia is now chairing the European Union. In addition to politics the two officials discussed the prospects of economic cooperation. Among the most pressing areas is pharmaceuticals, nuclear energy, wood processing, production of tires.
Belarus President comments on Fidel Castro death
Belarus President comments on Fidel Castro death In connection with the death of Fidel Castro, the President of the State sent condolences to head of the State Council and the Council of Ministers of Cuba Raul Castro and the Cuban people. The message reads: "Fidel Castro forever went down in history as an ardent patriot, who devoted his life to selfless service to the Motherland and the ideals of the Cuban Revolution."

25.11.2016

Lidia Yermoshina to remain chairwoman of Central Election Commission of Belarus
Belarus' Central Election Commission chairwoman retains position Lidia Yermoshina will remain as chairwoman of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Belarus. This became known on November 25 following the working meeting of the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and chairwoman of the Central Commission for Elections and National Referendums. 20 December is the deadline of powers of the current composition of the Central Election Commission, according to legislation. The President thanked all the members of the CEC and discussed with Lidia Yermoshina candidates to be included in the new composition.
Slovakia plays important role in Belarus-EU rapprochement
Slovakia plays important role in Belarus-EU rapprochement A new stage has been opened in the development of relations between Minsk and Bratislava. On November 25, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with the Prime Minister of Slovakia Robert Fico and expressed his gratitude to Slovakia for the normalization of relations between Belarus and the EU. By the way, Slovakia is now chairing the European Union. Robert Fico has been chairman of the government of Slovakia since 2012 after his party Direction - Social Democracy won the parliamentary elections.
Belarus President demands radical improvement in machine building complex
Belarus President demands radical improvement in machine building complex The President of Belarus requires to radically improve the situation in the field of mechanical engineering. Alexander Lukashenko said this on November 24 at a meeting on the development strategy of the industry. Taking part in the meeting are representatives of the Government, relevant ministries, heads of Belarusian enterprises, scientists, as well as those who use the products of Belarus' mechanic engineering.

24.11.2016

President demands improvement in Belarus' mechanical engineering
President demands improvement in Belarus' mechanical engineering The President of Belarus requires to radically improve the situation in the field of mechanical engineering. Alexander Lukashenko said this on November 24 at a meeting on the development strategy of the industry. Taking part in the meeting are representatives of the Government, relevant ministries, heads of Belarusian enterprises, scientists, as well as those who use the products of Belarus' mechanic engineering.

23.11.2016

Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Patriarch Kirill on 70th birthday Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin visited the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour where they congratulated Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on his anniversary. On Sunday, November 20, His Holliness turned 70 years old. The birthday gifts of the Belarusian leader to the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church were a Slutsk belt and a painting featuring St Nicholas Garrison Church in Brest.
Belarus, Russian Presidents meet in Moscow November 22
Belarus remains Russia's important economic partner, Vladimir Putin says The main news of November 22 came from Moscow where talks continue between Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin. We have just got the first footage from the Kremlin. Here we have the first points the two leaders made at the highest level. Belarus and Russia are not isolated from the global crisis and are forced to respond quickly to them, together, said Alexander Lukashenko. Belarus remains an important trade and economic partner of Russia, said Vladimir Putin.

22.11.2016

Belarus proposes new Helsinki process to improve East-West relations
Belarus proposes new Helsinki process to improve East-West relations Belarus pursues a balanced internal and external policy. As a result, the European Union is ready to open a new page in bilateral relations. The prospects of mutually beneficial cooperation were discussed at the November 21 meeting of the President with EU diplomats. Minsk was visited by a group of European officials headed by Chairman of the Council of the EU Political and Security Committee Walter Stevens.

21.11.2016

Alexander Lukashenko meets EPC Group's Jens Henkel
Alexander Lukashenko meets EPC Group's Jens Henkel The Belarus President has met with a representative of German business in the Palace of Independence to discuss a joint investment project on the modernization and development of the enterprise Mogilevkhimvolokno. EPC Group has declared its interest in this project. It unites 9 branches in Germany and ranks among the top 100 German companies. The main activity is construction of industrial plants in petrochemical, chemical and pharmaceutical industries as well as renewable energy.
Belarus President's press conference to Russian journalists: main points
Belarus President about his pets and son's social networks The President of Belarus sent a letter of cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky with appreciation that an astronaut does not forget his roots. On Thursday, meeting with journalists from 46 regions of Russia, Lukashenko remarked that Novitsky is now a Russian citizen, but inside he's still a Belarusian man.
The average salary in CIS countries
To achieve average salary of $500 in Belarus: challenge accepted While visiting Mogilev Region at the beginning of the week and giving a press conference later, the President of Belarus has initiated to discuss and to implement the task that has excited both journalists and working class people. It has been the task to make the average salary be equal to no less than $500. In other words, an average Belarusian must earn BYN1,000 a month. And ‘to earn’ is the key word here, as no money will fall from heaven or even from local authorities.
Belarus remains pole of stability in Europe
Belarus remains pole of stability in Europe Belarus is increasingly seen as a pole of stability in the region, said Belarus President on November 21 as he met with the delegation of the Political and Security Committee of the EU Council. According to Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus cannot face a choice between East and West. Belarus' foreign policy is consistent and predictable, he added.

18.11.2016

Belarus overhauling collective state farms
Belarus overhauling collective state farms Agriculture should be given the opportunity to work properly, said the Belarus President during the meeting on the reorganization of collective farms on November 18. This issue was raised long ago. Existing statutes are not in harmony with the provisions of the Civil Code. All farms need to be converted into a new organizational and legal form by 31 December. However, such innovations have caused a lot of disputes. “Will it hurt peasants?” asked the President.
Belarus, Qatar working to implement cooperation road map
Qatar finance minister arrives in Belarus The implementation of several large projects of Belarus and Qatar will be the best demonstration of mutual interest, said Alexander Lukashenko on November 18 received a delegation from that country, headed by the Minister of Finance Ali Shareef Al-Emadi.
Belarus President holds press conference for Russian media: six hours and over 30 questions
Belarus President holds press conference for Russian media: six hours and over 30 questions Belarus-Russia relations have every chance to reach a qualitatively new level. It was announced on November 17 by Alexander Lukashenko during a press conference for regional media representatives of Russia. The conference became a final part of a multi-day press tour across Belarus. That was the 13th such meeting. The President told journalists it was his favorite number, by the way.

17.11.2016

Integration with Russia top topic at Belarus President's meeting with Russian journalists
Integration with Russia top topic at Belarus President's meeting with Russian journalists Belarusian-Russian relations have the opportunity to reach a qualitatively new level, said November 17 the Belarus President during a press conference for representatives of regional mass media of Russia. Meetings in this format are traditional. The current one is the 13th in a row. By the way, the President, talking to reporters, admitted that it is his favorite number. A live broadcast of the press conference is organized by the First Channel of the Belarusian Radio.
Russian journalists pleased with Belarus’ social-economic development
Russian journalists pleased with Belarus’ social-economic development On November 16, Russian journalists travelled to Bobruisk to get to know Belarus better. On their way to Bobruisk, they stopped to visit Bujnichi field. During WWII, a violent battle took place here. Mogilev defenders managed to fight for 23 days. Andrey Antonov, New Petersburg newspaper journalist (Saint Petersburg, Russia):It is very pleasant that Belarus remembers all the epic events of the Great Patriotic War. Thank you.
Belarusian cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky goes to ISS again on November 17
Belarusian cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky goes to ISS again on November 17 Baikonur. One day before spaceship Soyuz MC-03 launches. It will deliver the crew to the International Space Station. Belarusian astronaut Oleg Novitsky will be in charge of the crew. Oleg Novitsky decided to deliver the Belarusian flag up to the ISS. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on November 16 expressed his gratitude for remembering about his background. Alexander Lukashenko sent Oleg Novitsky a congratulatory telegram.

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