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24.03.2016

President Lukashenko: Belarus and Orel region to develop economic cooperation
President Lukashenko: Belarus and Orel region to develop economic cooperation Belarus and the Orel region of Russia intend to develop trade and economic cooperation. First of all in agriculture and industry, said March 24 Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with the governor of the Oryol region Vadim Potomsky.

23.03.2016

Belarus may host 2019 Weightlifting World Championships
Belarus may host 2019 Weightlifting World Championships Belarus is ready to host sporting events of the highest level.  To do this, the whole infrastructure has been created in our country, said Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko meeting with IWF President Tamas Ajan. Belarus has already hosted a competition in this sport. Now Belarus has been suggested to make a bid for hosting the World Weightlifting Championship, scheduled for 2019. There, licenses for the Olympic Games will be contested. 
Belarus President approves maximum allowable tariffs for some utility services
Belarus President approves maximum allowable tariffs for some utility services Belarus has approved the maximum allowable tariffs for housing and communal services. The presidential decree, signed today, affects 14 positions. The financial burden for the population has significantly reduced after the recent utility services cost hikes in Belarus. 
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus and Poland can resolve many issues together
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus and Poland can play a significant role in Europe Belarus is ready for close cooperation with Poland, stressed today President Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with Foreign Minister of that country. The foreign minister is now in Minsk on a visit. Witold Waszczykowski has been in office since November 2015. But his diplomatic service began in the late 90s. In his career, the diplomat occupied the post of deputy foreign minister and deputy director of the National Security Bureau of Poland.

22.03.2016

Belarus, Georgia aim at $200 million trade turnover in near future Belarus and Georgia in the near future are going to reach $200 million of mutual trade turnover. This was stated at the March 22 meeting of the Belarusian head of state with the Prime Minister of Georgia in Minsk. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established two decades ago. Nevertheless, the bilateral potential has not been fully used. Cooperation is possible in industry, agriculture, transport, public health, and tourism. 

21.03.2016

Belarus to abolish limits on storage of alcoholic beverages by individuals
Belarus to abolish limits on storage of alcoholic beverages by individuals Limits on the storage and movement of alcoholic beverages by individuals are going to be abolished. Today, this issue was discussed at a meeting hosted by the Belarus President on improving the legal regulation of the turnover of alcohol.  We are talking about domestic products marked with excise stamps. The document was drafted on behalf of the President, and its main purpose is to determine the optimal approach to the turnover of alcohol products in the country.
Modernization at Belarus' Kommunarka confectionary checked by President Lukashenko
Modernization at Belarus' Kommunarka confectionary checked by President Lukashenko Mistakes in economy can be very expensive. Although sometimes it is not so noticeable. Last week, the President checked the modernization process at Kommunarka confectionary, which was 4 years ago returned under the wing of the state. The company was modernized, staff was kept and moreover, new jobs were created. A benefits package is considered one of the best in the Belarus capital. Raiders and then a foreign shareholder tried to swallow the tastiest morsel of Belarus' pastry pie several times. And each time the factory was literally defended by the President.

20.03.2016

President Lukashenko visits Kommunarka confectionary
President Lukashenko visits Kommunarka confectionary After 90 minutes, and even has less, lights on office buildings in Minsk and other Belarusian cities will turn off for an hour. Do not be afraid - it is a global event. Last year, it looked like this (you see it now on the screen). "Earth Hour" is held in the 7,000 cities to draw attention to climate change on the planet and conserve resources.
Belarus President takes utility tariffs under personal control
Belarusians to pay 50% of communal services by end of 2016 The size of utility bill rates in January 2016 outraged virtually the entire population of Belarus. Messages that came from Belarusians were sometimes more like front-line reports. Moreover, tenants and public utility services were on opposite sides of the barricades. The main question that troubled everyone without exception was "How did utility services count the tariffs?" The crisis in the housing sector was to be resolved at the highest level. President Lukashenko personally gave an order to figure out where these exorbitant fees came from.

17.03.2016

Alexander Lukashenko to EBRD: Business partners appreciate Belarus' honesty
Alexander Lukashenko meets EBRD's Alain Pilloux Business partners appreciate Belarus' honesty, said March 17 Head of State Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with Vice-President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Alain Pilloux.  According to the Belarusian leader, if our country promises something, it fulfills them. This is particularly important at a time when Belarus can conduct a more open dialogue with the EU.

16.03.2016

Belarus to reduce the number of villagers in need of housing
Belarus to reduce the number of villagers in need of housing The President has signed decree №97 aiming to stabilize staff turnover in agricultural organizations and bring down the number of those in need of better housing conditions. The document establishes a uniform procedure for the sale of residential premises of state housing stock in the territory of a particular locality. It is expected that the implementation of the decree will help keep specialists in their positions and will also reduce agricultural organizations' workload when it comes to the maintenance of the housing stock.
Belarus' Golovatsyuk wins gold at World Junior Speed Skating Championships
Belarus' Golovatsyuk wins gold at World Junior Speed Skating Championships On March 14, one of the victors of the last junior championships in speed skating Belarus' Ignat Golovatyuk came back from China. In China, our compatriot won the gold medal in the men's 500 meters race and set a new record of Belarus in the sprint. This is not the first success for the Belarusian athlete at the global forum. Previously, he won silver at the Junior World Cup, which also took place in the Chinese Changchun.

15.03.2016

Alexander Lukashenko holds meeting on social and fiscal spheres
Alexander Lukashenko holds meeting on social and fiscal spheres On March 15, the Belarus president discussed the improving of the efficiency of government agencies, timeliness of salaries payment and job creation at a meeting on some issues of social and fiscal spheres. Taking part in it were officials from the Presidential Administration, the Government, Ministers of Finance and Labour and Social Security. The main task today is the creation of 50,000 jobs. However, all the necessary conditions should be created for this purpose.
Belarus marks Constitution Day on March 15
Belarus marks Constitution Day on March 15 The strong foundations of a sovereign state. Belarus marks Day of Constitution. It was on 15 March 1994 when the Parliament adopted the first-ever main law of Belarus.  The document concentrates rich historical experience and clearly defines the priorities of national development. So the essence of the holiday is close and understandable to every citizen of our country. Alexander Lukashenko addressed the nation wishing it happy Constitution Day.

14.03.2016

Belarus President approves new tariffs amid utility price row
Belarus President approves new tariffs amid utility price row Water supply and elevator maintenance will be cheaper. The President of Belarus has approved the tariffs for basic public utilities. The President ordered an in-depth review of utility costs after the January price rises. Alexander Lukashenko demanded that the real value of the services be specified in utility bills. And utilities should be transparent and understandable to the public. The decree on the new tariff policy will be signed in the near future.
Belarus President demands clear utility tariffs
Belarus President demands clear utility tariffs Utilities must be made objective and tariffs understandable. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko demands that the real value of utility services be written in bills so that Belarusians know what exactly they pay for. In late February, the President instructed to review in detail the rates and introduce a new calculation of utility services. And today, the President was presented a draft decree on the tariffs policy. The President requires that all utilities be transparent and understandable to the public.
Belarus, Thailand ready to work on global scale
Belarus, Thailand ready to work on global scale Belarus and Thailand are ready to work on a global scale. In order to implement this mutual intention Belarus' parliamentary delegation on March 14 will pay an official visit to Bangkok. The negotiations, including with the leadership of the Kingdom, will span five days. During this time, the parties intend to fill with concrete projects their cooperation in trade and economic sphere. This, in particular, should be made possible thanks to the first joint business forum. The focus will be placed on the expansion of the legal framework.
When and how will retirement age in Belarus change?
When and how will retirement age in Belarus change? The subject of raising the retirement age has been ripening in the Belarusian society for a long time and now it seems Belarus have come to this point. This is due to both demographic and economic processes. While today 100 persons pays pensions for 61 pensioners, after 4 years there will be a 64 to 100 ratio. In 10 years, it will stand at 78:100.

13.03.2016

Belarus President: Retirement age should be raised for everyone
Belarus President: Retirement age should be raised for everyone Talented Belarusian actor, People's Artist of Belarus Vladimir Gostyukhin has recently turned 70, but he is still the most popular Belarusian cinema actor. And he is not in a hurry to retire. And we would like to talk to him about retirement, but now he is not in Minsk. Today we will talk to experts with whom we will discuss the pension reform in Belarus. This topic was the subject of consideration at the meeting with the President of the country. Let us watch again the key episodes of that meeting.

11.03.2016

State officials and NGOs representatives granted state awards
State officials and NGOs representatives granted state awards State officials and the NGOs representatives have been granted state awards. The President Alexander Lukashenko signed a corresponding decree. The Order of Honour was awarded to the member of the Belarusian public association "Veterans of physical fitness and sport" Vladimir Aleshkevich, to Deputy Head of the Belarus' Presidential Administration Igor Buzovsky, to Presidential Aide Vsevolod Yanchevsky and to Chairperson of the Trade Unions Federation Mikhail Orda.

10.03.2016

The meeting of Alexander Lukashenko with Stavros Lambrinidis
Belarus favouring ongoing dialogue on human rights with EU Belarus favours the ongoing dialogue on human rights with the EU. The President Alexander Lukashenko made this statement on the meeting with Stavros Lambrinidis, the EU's Special Representative for Human Rights, on March 9. The Belarusian leader also assessed the relationship of the republic with the EU. He was pleased that the sides departed from the forthright opposition.

05.03.2016

Alexander Lukashenko honours women
Alexander Lukashenko honours women for dedication to family and career The President conferred state awards on women on March 4.   Warm atmosphere prevailed in the hall for award ceremonies of the Palace of Independence. Alexander Lukashenko congratulated women ahead of the International Women's Day. He addressed every Belarusian woman while presenting prestigious awards for their dedication to family and career.

04.03.2016

Alexander Lukashenko meets new local executives
Alexander Lukashenko meets new local executives The Belarusian President changed executives in the state and local governments on March 3. The head of the state appointed Oleg Ivanov as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Tajikistan and to Afghanistan (with concurrent accreditation). Alexander Guryanov, the head of the Belarusian diplomatic mission in Italy, will represent Belarus in Malta (with concurrent accreditation).

29.02.2016

Meeting with Alexander Lukashenko
Alexander Lukashenko discusses Belarusian financial market efficiency Belarus will place its shares on the international capital market, and partial tax exemption for bond income will be preserved. The efficiency of the Belarusian financial market was discussed on February, 29 during the meeting with the President of the Republic of Belarus. The Government and the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus have prepared three draft decrees.

26.02.2016

The Supreme State Council
Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin on results of Supreme State Council The negotiations in the extended format lasted longer than it was expected. Now we know the outcome of the meeting. The Presidents announced the results of the session when they were talking to the press.

24.02.2016

Belarus-Russia Union State meeting to take place in Minsk February 25
Belarus-Russia Union State meeting to take place in Minsk February 25 The meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Belarus-Russia Union State will be held in Minsk on February 25. The agenda will include more than a dozen questions. In particular, it is expected that the meeting participants will discuss the approval of the Union's budget for 2016 and results of the implementation of last year's budget.  There will also be discussed the results of trade and economic and political cooperation. The participants of the Supreme State Council session will also adopt a program of cooperation for the next two years. 

23.02.2016

Alexander Lukashenko son's team win Minsk ice hockey competition
Alexander Lukashenko son's team win Minsk ice hockey competition The team Grifony of the Tsentralnyi district of Minsk has won the city stage of the national competition Golden Puck. It features the youngest son of the Belarus President, Nikolai Lukashenko.  During a month, Minsk sportsmen fought for entering the national stage. 18 teams - two from each of the nine districts of Minsk - entered the final of the tournament. Griffony met in the final with the team Berkuty. During the three periods the two teams scored 9 goals. As a result Griffony won 8-1.
Belarus identifies measures to enhance economic efficiency
Belarus identifies measures to enhance economic efficiency Belarus has identified measures to enhance the efficiency of the economy. The corresponding decree was signed on February 23 by the head of state.  It provides for accelerated development of small and medium-sized businesses, attraction of foreign capital, the development and creation of enterprises and gradual decline in interest rates on loans in the economy.
Belarus President lays wreath at Victory Monument at Motherland Defenders Day
Belarus President lays wreath at Victory Monument at Motherland Defenders Day On February 23, early morning, Alexander Lukashenko laid a wreath at the Victory Monument in Minsk.  Minsk residents, guests of the capital, representatives of national governments, non-governmental organizations, ambassadors of foreign states gathered in the square.  Once wreaths were laid a minute of silence was observed to commemorate those fallen in battles for the Motherland. After laying the wreath, communicating with the diplomatic corps, Alexander Lukashenko commented on the situation in Belarus with tariffs for housing and communal services.
President Lukashenko confers general ranks on senior officers
President Lukashenko confers general ranks on senior officers President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, presented the general's shoulder straps on senior officers on 23 February, which is the Day of Fatherland Defenders and Armed Forces. 
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Belarusians on Fatherland Defenders Day
Belarus President congratulates nation on Fatherland Defenders Day Day of Fatherland Defenders and Armed Forces is celebrated in Belarus today. February 23 is considered to be a national holiday, the day of courage and heroism of the defenders of all generations. Anniversary ceremonies and celebrations are held today across the country. In Minsk, the celebration will begin the ceremony of laying flowers to the monument in Victory Square.

22.02.2016

Price increases should first be compensated by rising incomes, Belarus President says
Belarus President dismisses Gaidar-style reform proposals Alexander Lukashenko is angered by the situation with the tariffs for housing and communal services. This was the main topic of the February 22 meeting to discuss taxes and excise policy in 2016. The meeting participants also talked about the growth of prices for food, fuel and public transportation. They also discussed issues of privatization. The President noted that the government's proposals to amend the privatization of state property system cannot be accepted.
Privatization system in Belarus likely to remain unchanged
Privatization system in Belarus to remain unchanged The Belarus President does not see the need for the reorganization of privatization system. Alexander Lukashenko held a meeting on February 22 on the excise and tax policy in 2016.

21.02.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: 'Crisis is in our heads only!'
What are Belarus' main economic objectives for 2016? The Belarus President is going to visit Pakistan in 2016. This is a 200-million market that is very profitable for Belarus. It is a promising destination for exports of Belarusian machinery. And serious steps in this direction were already made in 2015.
Territorial Defense Forces checked in Belarus
Territorial defense forces combat readiness in focus in Belarus Belarus this week checked the readiness of territorial troops. This order was given by the President at a meeting with participants of a territorial defense camp. The newly created troops will add strength to the army and to defend facilities that are vital for the country. The territorial defense system in Belarus is 15 years old. Even then it was clear that reserve soldiers can be of great assistance to the regular army. This is mainly the protection of urban facilities: factories, power plants, and bakeries.
Belarus, Azerbaijan presidents discuss trade cooperation
Belarus, Azerbaijan presidents discuss trade cooperation Cooperation in trade and economic cooperation was discussed the February 19 in a telephone conversation by the presidents of Belarus and Azerbaijan. The heads of state reaffirmed the strategic nature of bilateral relations, noting that the interaction of the countries is always in a spirit of friendship and mutual understanding.

18.02.2016

Belarus President takes part in opening of Uruchcha sports palace
Belarus President takes part in opening of Uruchye sports palace The President of Belarus demands the return on funds invested in sport. Alexander Lukashenko said this on February 18 during the opening ceremony of the renovated sports complex Uruchcha. The modern sports palace has appeared on the basis of a small athletic arena. The site has become more universal. Now it can host handball, volleyball, basketball, mini-football, and even tennis training. The European Handball Federation hailed the complex too. And it also says that Minsk has more opportunities for hosting sports competitions of international level.
Alexander Lukashenko opens sports palace Uruchcha in Minsk
Alexander Lukashenko opens sports palace Uruchye in Minsk At the moment the President Alexander Lukashenko is taking part in the opening ceremony of the Palace of Sports Uruchcha and the international children's tournament in handball. The modern complex has appeared on the basis of a small athletics arena. Running tracks are now a thing of the past. Instead, athletes can use exercise bicycles. Seats are now located closer to the site, which again is in the spirit of the times. The stands are located at the perimeter of the playing area, thus forming a cup.
Pakistani Premier calls Belarus President to discuss bilateral cooperation
Belarus President to visit Pakistan in 2016 Today, February 18, at the initiative of the Pakistani side, a telephone conversation took place between President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif. During the conversation, the sides discussed in detail the current situation and prospects of bilateral relations, as well as the international agenda. One of the results was an agreement that Belarus President this year will visit Pakistan with an official visit. 
Alexander Lukashenko expresses condolences over terrorist attack in Ankara
Alexander Lukashenko expresses condolences over terrorist attack in Ankara A wave of terrorist attacks has swept Turkey. In less than a day after the terrorist attack in Ankara, there has been another explosion. It thundered on the way of a military convoy in the south-east of the country. According to preliminary reports, several people were injured.  Meanwhile, new details have become known about the terrorist attack that occurred the day before. The attack was carried out by a Syrian citizen. He was identified by fingerprints. He is reported to be a member of the Kurdish movement. 

17.02.2016

President Lukashenko for army's increased mobility
President Lukashenko for army's increased mobility Mobile machinery is in focus during Belarus' Armed Forces rearmament, said President Alexander Lukashenko addressing territorial defense forces February 17, 2016. These forces have recently been created in Belarus. Their main task is to ensure the safety of the main objects of life, if necessary.  The Head of State asked the territorial defense forces about their readiness and then asked whether heads of districts and regions are ready to assume command. 

16.02.2016

Belarus President dismisses structural economic reform proposals
Belarus President pleased with EU's lifting of sanctions Decisions taken to improve the efficiency of the economy should not have a negative impact on the social sphere in Belarus. Important issues of the socio-economic complex were discussed on February 16 at the Palace of Independence. Taking part in the meeting hosted by the Belarus President were representatives of the Government, the Presidential Administration, the National Bank, the regional leaders and chairmen of corporations.
No departure from political and economic course, Alexander Lukashenko says
No departure from political and economic course, Alexander Lukashenko says Decisions taken to improve the efficiency of the economy should not have a negative impact on the social sphere in Belarus. Important issues of the socio-economic complex were discussed on February 16 at the Palace of Independence. Taking part in the meeting hosted by the Belarus President were representatives of the Government, the Presidential Administration, the National Bank, the regional leaders and chairmen of corporations.
Alexander Lukashenko's son taking part in youth ice hockey competition
Alexander Lukashenko's son taking part in youth ice hockey competition The city competition "Golden Puck" has started for the 18th time in Minsk. During the month, Minsk athletes have been fighting for the entry to the final stage. The puck turned out golden for 18 teams - two from each district of Minsk. Opening the final match series were the teams of the Central and Soviet districts. Nikolai Lukashenko, the son of the Belarus President, plays for the team of Central District.

15.02.2016

President meets with Belarus' health minister
No flu epidemic expected in Belarus, health minister says The situation with prices in Belarusian drugstores remains under control. The Belarus President, hearing out a report from the Minister of Health, urged not to leave this topic without attention in the future. Also, Alexander Lukashenko was informed about the situation with the flu.
Belarus marks Day of Remembrance of fallen Afghan soldiers February 15
Belarus marks Day of Remembrance of fallen Afghan soldiers February 15 The day of remembrance of soldiers-internationalists (Afghan war soldiers) is celebrated on February 15 in Belarus. Exactly 27 years ago, Soviet troops left Afghanistan. This war lasted for more than 9 years, becoming the longest in the 20th century. In the modern history it is often referred to as the first anti-terrorist operation. All in all, more than 30,000 Belarusians roamed the fire roads of Afghanistan, of whom 800 did not return home. Someone was killed and someone is still considered missing.

14.02.2016

Alexander Lukashenko demands to set up trade system suitable for private and state-run businesses
Alexander Lukashenko demands to set up trade system suitable for private and state-run businesses The topic of the week in Belarus was trade, which affects the lives of everyone. All of us go to shops. How successfully Belarusian companies sell the goods produced determines the state of the national economy. The President has given the Trade Ministry additional powers and set the task to organize the work in a new way. To sum up, the main principle is fair distribution of revenue from trade. And work in line with general rules, with no exceptions. For example, what gets on the shelves or entrepreneurial stalls must be mandatory certified. Here bargaining is not appropriate.

12.02.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Science is vital resource for revival of entire industries
Alexander Lukashenko: Science is vital resource for revival of entire industries Science can and should bring maximum return, including material, said the President of Belarus at the ceremony to present diplomas of Doctor of Science and professor certificates. At a meeting with the Head of State, there were discussed the future developments and present-day state of Belarusian science. The ceremony was attended by more than 20 people. These are scientists working in various fields, from medicine to agriculture. After the collapse of the Soviet Union Belarus has managed to preserve a strong scientific school. 
Belarus to create expert group to study OSCE recommendations
Expert group in Belarus to study OSCE election recommendations Belarus will create an expert group to study the recommendations of the OSCE. The Belarus President has set such a task 12 February meeting with Chairwoman of the Central Commission for Elections and National Referenda Lidia Yermoshina. Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President: Mrs Yermoshina, did the OSCE ODIHR present the final report on the 2015 presidential election? Their chief visited us.
Science can and should bring maximum return, Belarus President says
Science can and should bring maximum return, Belarus President says Science can and should bring maximum return, including material, said February 12 the President of Belarus at the ceremony to present Doctor of Science diplomas and professor certificates. Today there were about 20 scientists in the hall. Alexander Lukashenko stressed that only based on the results of their work can one judge on the development of the whole industry. 
Alexander Lukashenko: Science vital for rebirth of certain industries
Alexander Lukashenko: Science vital for rebirth of certain industries Belarusian science is an essential resource for the recovery of entire industries, said today President Alexander Lukashenko, handing diplomas of Doctor of Science and professor certificates to science workers. New developments can significantly save resources and energy, help reduce production costs and make Belarus competitive in foreign markets. The topic of import substitution is still relevant. It is important to not just produce affordable goods of higher quality but also fully meet the needs of the consumer.

11.02.2016

President Lukashenko demands that Investigative Committee serve people, not statistics
President Lukashenko demands that Investigative Committee serve people, not statistics How effectively are Belarus' law enforcement agencies working? According to the President, the answer to this question must be sought in society. Alexander Lukashenko, at the board of the Investigative Committee, advised the security forces to do everything necessary to improve its image among the population. And for this, they need to assess their work on a daily basis. The Belarus President also recommended the Committee to rely less on statistics in assessing performance. Other topics covered were the fight against corruption, economic crimes, and staff training.
Alexander Lukashenko is Ukrainians' most respected foreign leader - poll
Alexander Lukashenko is Ukrainians' most respected foreign leader - poll Alexander Lukashenko was named the most respected politician by 63% of respondents in an opinion poll conducted in Ukraine. It should be noted that in Ukraine, Alexander Lukashenko has a high level of support among supporters of both European and Eurasian integration. Mr Lukashenko is followed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the poll. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė is also among the top three most respected foreign leaders.
President Lukashenko takes part in board meeting of Belarus' Investigative Committee
President Lukashenko asks Investigative Committee to root out corruption from the outset How effectively are Belarus' law enforcement agencies working? The answer to this question must be sought in society. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, at the board meeting of the Investigative Committee, advised to rely less on statistics when assessing the results of the Committee's work. 
Belarus President taking part in Investigative Committee board
Belarus President taking part in Investigative Committee board Alexander Lukashenko is taking part in the extended meeting of the board of the Investigative Committee. It is considering the results of work in 2015 as well as tasks lying ahead. The board has brought together heads of regional departments of the Investigative Committee. The head of the Investigative Committee during the board proposed the creation of a university for investigative staff training. The staffing of the Committee's divisions stood at more than 96% at the beginning of 2016.

09.02.2016

Retail trade system overhaul due in Belarus
Retail trade system overhaul due in Belarus To establish a new operation system of the Trade Ministry was the main instruction of the Belarusian head of state who today met with Trade Minister Vladimir Koltovitch. Belarus should develop equal working conditions for all trading entities. The meeting also discussed the development of distribution networks in the region, protection of domestic producers from imports and the work of individual entrepreneurs in the framework of the existing legislation.
Alexander Lukashenko instructs to establish new trade system in Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko instructs to establish new trade system in Belarus Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has instructed the Ministry of Trade to establish a new system of work when meeting February 9 with Trade Minister Vladimir Koltovitch. Belarus should first of all establish a level playing field for all trading entities. The meeting also discussed the development of distribution networks in Belarusian regions, protection of domestic producers from imports and the work of individual entrepreneurs in the framework of the existing legislation.
Belarus to continue talks with IMF over $3 bn loan
Belarus to continue talks with IMF over $3 bn loan The Belarusian President met February 8 with the Minister of Foreign Affairs to talk over the strategy and tactics of Belarusian foreign policy. It is necessary to develop cooperation both in the west and in the east, especially with partners in the framework of integration associations.
Belarus President thinks CSTO potential not used to the fullest
Belarus President thinks CSTO potential not used to the fullest The resources of the Collective Security Treaty Organization are not used to the full, said February 9 President Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha. Currently, global environment is unstable. Suffice it is to recall Ukraine, Syria, or Turkey. So no wonder that security issues have been central in the recent meeting of Heads of State of Belarus and Russia. In addition, Alexander Lukashenko noted that the CSTO is not just a platform but an organization, in which participants must work together.

08.02.2016

President Lukashenko hails KGB's efforts in ensuring Belarus' economic security
President Lukashenko hails KGB's efforts in ensuring Belarus' economic security President Alexander Lukashenko on February 8 met with Chairman of the State Security Committee Valery Vakulchik. The Belarusian leader noted the work of agencies in the fight against corruption, as well as in the sphere of economic security.
Alexander Lukashenko: Government should work tighter on $7 billion Chinese loan projects
Alexander Lukashenko demands efficient use of China's $7 billion loan The Belarus Government should work harder on developing projects in line with Chinese loan of $7 billion, said President Alexander Lukashenko hearing out a report of the Foreign Minister, Vladimir Makei. The Head of State stressed that it is very good money for Belarus, especially now. These funds can be used to finance many projects.
Alexander Lukashenko about recent meeting with Vladimir Putin
Belarus President says Russia ready to help economically despite difficult times Alexander Lukashenko spoke about the outcome of his recent meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, during which the parties discussed in detail many issues and agreed to find ways out of the current economic situation together.
Alexander Lukashenko, Vladimir Putin agree to strengthen bilateral cooperation in all areas
Alexander Lukashenko, Vladimir Putin agree to strengthen bilateral cooperation in all areas The presidents of Belarus and Russia have held a meeting without ties February 5. The talks were held in Sochi, where Alexander Lukashenko is now on a short vacation. Despite the informal nature of the communication, the leaders discussed the pressing state matters. Particular attention was paid to the prospects of the bilateral relations. Minsk and Moscow are strategic partners. In February, the Belarusian capital will host a meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Union State. Its agenda was also discussed on 5 February.

02.02.2016

Alexander Lukashenko greets participants of the Bishops Council of the Russian Orthodox Church
Alexander Lukashenko greets participants of the Bishops Council of the Russian Orthodox Church President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenkom has sent greetings to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill and the participants of the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church in connection with the start of its work.  The Head of State expressed confidence that the Bishops' Council will work out important decisions that will serve the high ideals of peace and stability. It should be noted that the Bishops' Council is the supreme governing body of the Russian Orthodox Church. The previous council was held in Moscow in 2013.

01.02.2016

Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill on enthronement anniversary
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill on enthronement anniversary The Belarusian President has congratulated the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill on the anniversary of his enthronement. Alexander Lukashenko:The Belarusian people appreciates the care of the Patriarch about the strengthening of peace and harmony between the two countries, the desire to preserve a common history based on Christian traditions. The celebrations in Belarus, dedicated to the 1000th anniversary of the repose of St. Vladimir with your participation, support the faithful and inspire them to good deeds.
Alexander Lukashenko, Dmitry Medvedev meet informally in Sochi January 31
Alexander Lukashenko, Dmitry Medvedev meet informally in Sochi January 31 Belarus and Russia have agreed to work together to overcome the negative economic trends. The matter was discussed at the January 31 meeting between President Alexander Lukashenko and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in Sochi. Communication took place in an informal atmosphere. The two raised the whole range of issues of the Belarus-Russia bilateral relations.
Dmitry Medvedev and Alexander Lukashenko
Belarus, Russia agree to work together to overcome negative economic trends Belarus and Russia have agreed to work together to overcome the negative economic trends. The matter was discussed on January 31 at the meeting of President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in Sochi.

28.01.2016

Belarus President on law enforcement reform
What are recent trends in Belarus' law enforcement system? The safety of Belarusians was discussed today, on January 28 in Minsk at a board of the Interior Ministry. The Belarus President took part in the meeting. Alexander Lukashenko criticized the ministry for some innovations, but at the same time pointed out that a positive results were achieved in a number of areas in 2015. Notably, Belarusians also agree with this. According to a study of the Information Analytical Center at the Presidential Administration, more than 80% of respondents feel safe when they are on the street or in public places.
Interior ministry guarantees proper level of security in Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko says
Interior ministry guarantees proper level of security in Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko says The structures of the Ministry of Internal Affairs allow for the proper level of security in the country, said Alexander Lukashenko at a board of the Interior Ministry. In many areas, positive results have been achieved, including in the fight against drug trafficking. Belarus pays much attention to the fight against corruption. In 2015, more than a thousand of such facts were revealed. But the president demanded in this respect that a clear line of work be kept. He warned the Interior against a thoughtless race merely for better performance indicators.
Belarus, Russia agree to discuss syncing of economic steps
Belarus, Russia may sync economic policies The Presidents of Belarus and Russia have agreed to thoroughly discuss the syncing of actions in the economy. In a telephone conversation, Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin discussed a schedule of upcoming joint events. In particular, the presidents talked over a meeting of the Supreme State Council and the Forum of Belarus' and Russia's Regions. 

26.01.2016

Alexander Lukashenko sees no need to change Belarus' economic course
Alexander Lukashenko sees no need to change Belarus' economic course Develop resistance to external factors without deviating from the chosen course. Today, January 26, the Belarus President is holding a meeting to discuss topical issues of economic development. In recent years, all countries have to get used to the new realities: economic slowdown and lower oil prices. It affects Belarus, because the purchasing power of Belarus' trading partners is now lower, especially since Russia and hence Belarus are particularly sensitive to shocks in the oil market.

25.01.2016

Belarus President calls on UK to overcome 'psychological barrier' in relations
Belarus President calls on UK to overcome 'psychological barrier' in relations Belarus is ready to consider any new ideas, projects and initiatives on the part of foreign embassies, said January 25 the President receiving credentials from ambassadors of 10 countries: Austria, the UK, Albania, India, Venezuela, Peru, South Africa, Sierra Leone, the Democratic People's Republic and Switzerland.
Belarus' Military Doctrine 2016: Main points and changes
Belarus' Military Doctrine 2016: Main points and changes This week Belarus considered a new edition of the military doctrine. The task of preparing such a document was set a year ago. The foreign political situation in the world is changing rapidly. And it is necessary to react. This is the usual procedure and the result of this work was presented this week to the head of state. The military doctrine has such new concepts as "local war" and "illegal armed group". The document now takes into account the events of the "Arab Spring" and a number of other armed conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.

24.01.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Private enterprises should be supported
Belarus should support private enterprises, President Lukashenko says The Belarus President visited the unitary enterprise Minotor-Service, which has recently organized the production of military equipment on a new site. By the way, 80 Belarusian enterprises cooperate with Minotor-Service. Alexander Lukashenko highlighted the benefits of such collaboration. Only the chosen ones can produce combat vehicles. Belarusian experience in the USSR times and later business operations ensured the efficiency of Minotor-Service today.
Alexander Lukashenko: No direct military threat to Belarus now
Alexander Lukashenko: No direct military threat to Belarus now A new draft military doctrine was discussed at a meeting with the Belarus President on January 22. This is a mandatory document for any state in which it spells out the official position regarding security and armed protection. Alexander Lukashenko stressed that Belarus will continue to adhere to the policy of peace, but the difficult situation in the world makes the country "keep powder dry."

21.01.2016

The satellite towns of Brest, Grodno and Minsk
Alexander Lukashenko approves general plan of Minsk’s satellite towns The Presidential decree set the structure of the satellite towns of Brest, Grodno and Minsk and the regions' complex territorial arrangement. Only a few years ago, Natalia Yakimchik and her husband's large family was going to move to Grodno to live there permanently. However, with their town of Skidel receiving the satellite status, the family plans changed radically.
Belarus tightens norms against dishonest businessmen
Belarus tightens norms against dishonest businessmen Cure from dishonest businessmen. The President of Belarus has signed the decree, which should increase the efficiency of fight with unscrupulous businessmen. All the measures set out in the document are based solely on the legal, transparent and clear rules of the business community. In particular, now businesses, against which the State Control Committee issues an order, are liable for special taxation. Under the new rules, those who fulfill this requirement and voluntarily pay taxes, will be freed from administrative responsibility. 
Alexander Lukashenko: Private enterprises should be supported
Alexander Lukashenko: Private enterprises should be supported Private enterprises should be supported, noted by the Belarus President during his visit to the unitary enterprise Minotor-Service. The production of equipment for military use has been set up at a new site in a short time. About 80 Belarusian companies work with this production facility. Alexander Lukashenko, in a conversation with the director, focused on the benefits of such cooperation.

20.01.2016

Belintersat-1: Belarus’ first ever communications satellite
Belintersat-1: Belarus’ first ever communications satellite The Belarusian satellite Belintersat-1 was successfully launched into space from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center (XSLC) on January 15, 2016, a few hours to midnight. Alexander Lukashenko and Xi Jinping exchanged congratulatory telegrams the same evening.  The Belarusian space revolution took place in July 2012 when the first satellite lifted off.  Now Belarus is considered a space power. Its scientists are creating the Earth remote probing system.

19.01.2016

Belarusian Currency and Stock Exchange gets extra functions
Belarusian Currency and Stock Exchange gets extra functions Services of the Belarusian Currency and Stock Exchange will become more attractive for investors. After a presidential decree, the stock exchange is given additional functions. The document will significantly reduce the risks for financiers as transactions will now be more transparent. The Belarusian Currency and Stock Exchange can now independently open current accounts on its site and correspondent accounts in foreign banks. It can also conduct foreign exchange operations with the National Bank.
Belarus President congratulates Iranian counterpart on lifting of western sanctions
Belarus President congratulates Iranian counterpart on lifting of western sanctions Iran has returned to the interbank payment system SWIFT, the country's Central Bank has announced. The connection will take place after the adoption of the necessary technical measures as well as a number of administrative and system tests. The USA and the EU announced the lifting of sanctions against Iran after Tehran and the six international mediators agreed on the country's nuclear program.
Master plans for Minsk's satellite towns approved
Master plans for Minsk's satellite towns approved The President of Belarus has defined the satellite towns of Brest, Grodno and Minsk. The head of state has signed a decree, which also specifies the schemes of the complex territorial organization of regions.  The document identifies priorities for socio-economic development of certain areas, their engineering and transport infrastructure. Minsk's satellite towns will be Dzerzhinsk, Zaslavl, Logoisk, Rudensk, Smolevichi and Fanipol. Brest will have Zhabinka in this status, with Skidel being Grodno's satellite.

18.01.2016

First Belarus-Russia Union State summit in 2016 due in Minsk
First Belarus-Russia Union State summit in 2016 due in Minsk The meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Belarus-Russia Union State, the first one in 2016, will be held in Minsk. It will take place in Q1 2016. This was one of the topics Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko discussed today with Union State Secretary Grigory Rapota.
World economy going through difficult times: What is financial outlook for Belarus?
World economy going through difficult times: What is financial outlook for Belarus? The world economy is going through hard times. One of the main indicators of the global economic processes - the price of black gold - last week continued its rapid decline, which was immediately reflected in other financial and economic indicators, including exchange rates.

17.01.2016

President Lukashenko convinced Belarus will overcome negative effects of global crisis
President Lukashenko: Belarus will overcome negative effects of global crisis President Alexander Lukashenko said Belarus will overcome the negative effects of the global crisis at the official reception on the occasion of Old New Year on January 15.
Successful launch of Belintersat-1 is result of many years of Belarus-China cooperation, President Lukashenko says
Successful launch of Belintersat-1 is result of many years of Belarus-China cooperation, President Lukashenko says In connection with the successful launch of the satellite Belintersat 1 Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has sent President Xi Jinping a congratulatory telegram. The Head of State underlined that this is an important event, and the result of many years of cooperation between the two countries that have a comprehensive strategic nature.  

15.01.2016

President Lukashenko
President Lukashenko about Belarusian economic strategy for 2016 President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko discussed the Belarusian economic strategy for 2016 with First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus Vasily Matyushevsky. The Belarusian government has taken into account 12 fundamental factors of medium-term prospects of economic growth rate, including the situation in the Chinese stock market.

14.01.2016

Alexander Lukashenko approves decision on Belarus' border protection in 2016
Alexander Lukashenko approves decision on Belarus' border protection in 2016 A group of independent experts will be set up on behalf of the President to work in the border area. Its main task is to study the effectiveness of structures on the state borders. The matter pertains to talking about fees, permits, tariff and non-tariff regulation. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko stressed that such a measure is necessary to protect the domestic market. The procedure for the approval by the president of resolutions for the protection of the state border of Belarus is a very important annual event.
Belarus President instructs to examine effectiveness of economic interests protection on the border
Belarus President instructs to examine effectiveness of economic interests protection on the border A group of independent experts will be set up on behalf of the President to work in the border area. Experts will examine the effectiveness of structures on the state borders. The matter pertains to fees, permits, tariff and non-tariff regulation. Alexander Lukashenko stressed that such a measure is necessary to protect the domestic market. This was the main issue under consideration today, January 14, at a meeting of the head of state to approve the decision on the protection of the state border by the border service. This is an annual procedure. This time it takes place against the backdr

12.01.2016

President Lukashenko confers For Spiritual Revival Awards on five Belarusians
President Lukashenko confers For Spiritual Revival Awards on five Belarusians The triumph of spirituality. At this moment the prestigious ceremony to present awards "For Spiritual Revival" and special prize of the President is taking place at the Palace of the Republic. Award winners were named in December. Today, January 12, in a solemn atmosphere, one can see Belarusians whose efforts are permeated with the idea of ​​philanthropy, charity and creativity. For Spiritual Revival is awarded in line with presidential decrees. And, as a rule, it is delivered personally by the President. 
Alexander Lukashenko: Culture is the nation's foundation
Alexander Lukashenko: Culture is the nation's foundation The triumph of spirituality. At this moment the prestigious ceremony to present awards "For Spiritual Revival" and special prize of the President is taking place at the Palace of the Republic. Award winners were named in December. Today, January 12, in a solemn atmosphere, one can see Belarusians whose efforts are permeated with the idea of ​​philanthropy, charity and creativity. For Spiritual Revival is awarded in line with presidential decrees. And, as a rule, it is delivered personally by the President. 

11.01.2016

Belarus about to start new loan program with IMF The President would like the government to think about people when resolving production issues and implementing economic policy. On January 11, Alexander Lukashenko met with First Deputy Prime Minister Vasily Matyushevsky to discuss the economic prospects of 2016. The year has just begun, but the government has developed medium-term prospects of achieving sustainable economic growth.
Christmas in Belarusian church
Christmas 2016 in Belarus The leaving seven days in Belarus were truly a bright start of the new 2016 year. On the one hand, nature finally pleased us with really winter-like weather. On the other hand, last week in Belarus can be called the warmest in terms of manifestations of the best human qualities and charity.

10.01.2016

Belarus President gives ice hockey stick for charity
Belarus President signs ice hockey stick for charity Belarus for the ninth time in history won the main trophy of the Christmas ice hockey tournament. With the score 2-1 in the final match, the Belarusian President's team defeated Finland.

07.01.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus' church operates in independent sovereign state
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus' church operates in independent sovereign state The Belarus President has wished all Orthodox Christians merry Christmas today. By tradition on Christmas day, Alexander Lukashenko, with his youngest son Nikolai, visits the Minsk Holy Spirit Cathedral. In his address to Belarusians the head of state did not limit himself to words of congratulations on this bright holiday. Alexander Lukashenko reminded the congregation about the many values ​​that make up our lives and promised that they would remain among the priorities of the state policy.
Alexander Lukashenko visits Minsk Holy Spirit Cathedral on Christmas day
Alexander Lukashenko visits Minsk Holy Spirit Cathedral on Christmas day By tradition on Christmas day, Alexander Lukashenko, with his youngest son Nikolai, visits the Minsk Holy Spirit Cathedral. In the temple, the President was welcomed by Metropolitan of Minsk and Zaslavl Pavel as well as pupils of the local Sunday school.    And also by tradition, Alexander Lukashenko and Metropolitan Pavel exchanged gifts. Metropolitan Pavel
Alexander Lukashenko wishes Belarusians merry Christmas
Alexander Lukashenko wishes Belarusians merry Christmas Bright holiday of love and hope. Orthodox world celebrates Christmas. According to the legend, Jesus was born on this day in Bethlehem. He is believed to become the Savior of mankind. Festive worships began on the night from January 6 to 7. A Christmas service last night was also held at the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Minsk. Metropolitan of Minsk and Zaslavl Pavel, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus, held Vigil and Divine Liturgy.

05.01.2016

Elderly support and protection system in Belarus by 2019
Elderly support and protection system in Belarus by 2019 In the coming three years, Belarus will create a system of protection and support for the elderly, said January 5, the President of Belarus visiting the boarding house for war and labor veterans Svitanak, in the Minsk region.  The issue of rented apartments was raised in this connection. Alexander Lukashenko demanded to bring order in this matter. This is a relevant issue these days since there are cases when the so-called black realtors actually take away apartments from the elderly.
Alexander Lukashenko talking with veterans in Svitanak rest home
Belarus President promises elderly protection system in three years The system of protection and support for the elderly should be definitively established for three years, stated President of Belarus on January 5 visiting a home for war and labor veterans Svitanok in the village of Treskovschina, Minsk district. This social facility was opened on the basis of the resort with the same name, which was renovated from 2004 to 2010. Alexander Lukashenko familiarized himself with the facility and the elderly's living conditions.
Alexander Lukashenko opens XII Christmas ice hockey tournament
Alexander Lukashenko opens XII Christmas ice hockey tournament The first days of 2016 in Belarus are under the sign of ice hockey. Yesterday, the 12th Christmas Tournament for the prize of the President of Belarus started in Minsk. This year, teams from 7 countries came to take part in the tournament. Belarus is traditionally represented by the team of the President. All the games are held at the two ice hockey rinks of Chizhovka Arena, which is certainly convenient for the fans.    

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