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20.12.2016

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.
Belarus President holds 'trustful' dialogue with Russian journalists
Belarus President holds trustful dialogue with Russian journalists A press conference is being held by the President of Belarus at the Independence Palace for representatives of regional mass media of Russia. It completes the press tour, in which about 100 journalists and bloggers are taking part. Before that, they got acquainted with the socio-economic development of Mogilev region. Meetings in this format are traditional. This is the 13th in a row.

16.11.2016

Belarus’ high-tech park expanding
Belarus’ high-tech park expanding Belarusian “Silicon Valley” will come to Minsk centre.  A part of inefficiently used buildings near Yakuba Kolasa Square will pass into management of Belarusian high-tech park. This decision was made at a meeting held by Alexander Lukashenko on November 15. Almost 20 buildings of Minsk Computer Science Association have stood unused and empty for a long time. At the beginning of 2014, Alexander Lukashenko ordered to dispose of them, for example by selling to an investor.

15.11.2016

Belarus President wants Mogilev to be attractive tourist spot
Belarus President wants Mogilev to be attractive tourist spot In 2020, Mogilev is going to look brand new. The conception is already there. Vladimir Skachek, architect: We would like to see historical sites in the city center. We also want to make our park more accessible for our residents – they could use it for sports and recreation. However, Alexander Lukashenko noted: Mogilev needs to attract investors in order for the well-thought-out project not to become useless.
President Lukashenko meets the workers of MogilevKhimvolokno
Belarus President visits MogilevKhimvolokno company The President of the Republic of Belarus has visited MogilevKhimvolokno company. By 2020, this giant of Belarusian chemical industry will turn into an entirely new enterprise. Modernization will ensure the needed radical qualitative changes, according to the task given by President Lukashenko. Many people have worked here for decades, like their parents did, along with their spouses and adult children.
Unused industrial areas in Minsk to be offered to investors
Investors welcome to acquire unused industrial areas in Minsk Available industrial areas should be used rationally, said Belarus President at the November 15 meeting on state property. One example of long-vacant buildings in Minsk is nearly 20 buildings of the Minsk Association of Computer Technologies. Back in early 2014, the Head of State ordered their alienation. During one year, the property was to be sold.
Belarus President says meeting with Erdogan was 'very positive'
Belarus President says meeting with Erdogan was 'very positive' Visiting the Mogilevkhimvolokno company on November 14, Alexander Lukashenko talked to the labor collective of the enterprise. One of the questions was about the prospects of the Belarus-Turkey economic cooperation. The head of state shared the results of the recent talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Belarus plans to spend $50m on II European Games
Belarus plans to spend $50m on II European Games On November 14, President of Belarus talked to the labor collective of the enterprise Mogilevkhimvolokno. Alexander Lukashenko revealed how much Belarus is going to spend on the organization of II European Games, which will take place in Belarus in 2019.

14.11.2016

Donald Trump during presidential campaign
It's a kind of magic or Who is Mr Trump? These days the habitants of Navahrudak can't help talking about the man who is got to be a President of another country soon. Some time ago there, in Navahrudak, lived the ancestors-in-law of Donald Trump – the brand new winner of the U.S. presidential race. By the way, the idea of six degrees of separation, according to which we are about six steps away from every person on the planet, was created by American scientists... But there are not just some five acquaintances, but neighbours between the habitants of Navahrudak and the U.S. President elect.
Germany to modernize Belarus' MogilevKhimvolokno company
Germany to modernize Belarus' MogilevKhimvolokno company The Mogilev-based company Mogilevkhimvolokno will be modernized by 2020 to become an entirely new business. Radical changes will come thanks to modernization. This task was set by Alexander Lukashenko during a visit to the giant of the chemical industry. The Head of State stressed the need not to stretch the timeline and demanded the finish of works as soon as possible. Modernization will take place in two stages and as a result the company will start producing products that are now in demand in the market.
Belarus President wants to return salaries to $500 in 2017
Belarus President wants to return salaries to $500 in 2017 Return the average salary in Belarus to the level of $500 in 2017 was an order given by the Belarus President during his working trip to the Mogilev region. Alexander Lukashenko got acquainted with the prospects of development of Mogilev. The Head of State was informed about the fulfillment of his instructions on the improvement of Mogilev's neighborhoods. Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:Please report to me on salaries. Your level and the level of the republic.

13.11.2016

Alexander Lukashenko about agriculture and development of agrotowns
Belarus President concerned about agrotowns development The President of Belarus demands to increase the level of the development of agrotowns in Belarus. On November 12, the president visited the Mogilev region and held a meeting on the development of agrotowns in the Orsha and Shklov districts. In particular, they discussed proposals for further improvement of the production sector of several agricultural towns of the Shklov district with the creation of complex integrated structure based on local enterprises.
Intergovernmental relations and trade and economic cooperation: Turkish President’s official visit to Minsk
Intergovernmental relations and trade and economic cooperation: Turkish President’s official visit to Minsk I can assume that in a conversation between Lukashenko and Putin the Ukrainian theme was mentioned. When Moscow and Ankara (that’s another story) had an argument about the Russian plane that was shot down, Alexander Lukashenko flew to Istanbul for the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and during his meeting with Erdogan, he could have put in a word for reconciliation of Russia and Turkey.

12.11.2016

Belarus’ President holds meeting on development of agrotowns in Orsha and Shklov districts
Belarus’ President holds meeting on development of agrotowns in Orsha and Shklov districts The President of Belarus demands to increase the level of the development of agrotowns in Belarus. On November 12, the president visited the Mogilev region and held a meeting on the development of agrotowns in the Orsha and Shklov districts. In particular, they discussed proposals for further improvement of the production sector of several agricultural towns of the Shklov district with the creation of complex integrated structure based on local enterprises.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Alexander Lukashenko: $1 billion dollars turnover is possible
Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Alexander Lukashenko: $1 billion dollars turnover is possible On November 11, the President of Turkey made his first official visit to Belarus. The visit is a very significant step in the relations between two countries. The program of the visit included the negotiations, opening ceremony of the Cathedral Mosque and business forum that gathered about 500 representatives of large Belarusian and Turkish companies. It is worth mentioning that Turkey became the first country to acknowledge the independence of Belarus after the collapse of the USSR.

11.11.2016

Recep Tayyip Erdogan comes to Belarus with offical visit for first time
Recep Tayyip Erdogan comes to Belarus with offical visit for first time Belarus and Turkey are able to make a new step in their relations. A few hours ago, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan began his official visit to Belarus. The Turkish leader's plane landed at the Minsk National Airport. Next, the Turkish leader went to the Palace of Independence, where he was met by the Belarusian head of state. In 2016, the heads of state have already met at the summit of Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which was held in Istanbul in April.

10.11.2016

Changes due in work of Belarus' Presidential Administration
Changes due in work of Belarus' Presidential Administration from January 1, 2017 The system and the work style of the Belarusian President Administration need to fundamentally change from January 1, 2017, said November 10 Alexander Lukashenko during a working meeting with the Head of Administration Alexander Kosinets.
Marko Milacic interviewed by Egor Khrustalyov in Beijing Hotel, Minsk
Marko Milačić, Montenegro Neutrality Movement leader: Sovereignty is NATO's enemy The founder and the leader of the Movement for Neutrality of Montenegro, journalist Marko Milačić in the programme Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalyov. Hello, thank you very much for your time and welcome to Belarus. Marko Milačić, journalist, leader of the Movement for Neutrality of Montenegro: Thank you very much, it is also a pleasure for me.

09.11.2016

Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Donald Trump on victory in US elections
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Donald Trump on victory in US elections President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko congratulated Donald Trump on the success in the presidential elections.
Donald Trump elected 45th USA President: what awaits Belarus
Donald Trump elected 45th USA President: what awaits Belarus Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States. Trump won 289 votes against 219 got by Hillary Clinton. By the way, the victory of the Republican leader was predicted in Belarus in the midst of the struggle for a place in the White House. What Belarus should expect from the US choice and how American people made this choice.

08.11.2016

Alexander Lukashenko’s visits to UAE and Qatar: What they have in common with Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko’s visits to UAE and Qatar: What they have in common with Belarus Belarus is being tested by the first snow. However, at first, we will talk about the country where there couldn’t be any snow. The main political news is from this country. The President of Belarus visited the UAE and Qatar. The correspondent Ilona Volynets will tell us about the importance and details of the visit keeping in mind the history and possible consequences. If you say in Russian "giraffe drinking coffee with syrup, solving algebra algorithms," you will almost speak Arabic. Almost all of these words were borrowed from Arabic.

03.11.2016

Belarus President finishes main part of working visit to UAE
Belarus President finishes main part of working visit to UAE The main part of the visit of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to the United Arab Emirates has come to an end. On 3 and 4 November, at the invitation of the UAE side, the President is meeting with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. It is expected that on November 5, the President of Belarus will have the final meeting with the leadership of the United Arab Emirates,

02.11.2016

Belarus President for new level of political relations with UAE
Belarus President for new level of political relations with UAE Belarus' doors are always open for the United Arab Emirates, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on 1 November meeting with Vice President, Prime Minister and Defense Minister of UAE, Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The main topics of the talks were financial and economic cooperation, investments and strategic projects in logistics and high-tech.

01.11.2016

Belarus' doors always open for UAE: President
Belarus' doors always open for UAE, President says Belarus' doors are always open for the United Arab Emirates, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on 1 November meeting with Vice President, Prime Minister and Defense Minister of UAE, Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The main topics of the Belarus-UAE talks relate to the financial and economic cooperation, investment and strategic projects in logistics and high-tech.
Belarus, UAE discussing promising projects during Alexander Lukashenko's visit
Belarus, UAE discussing promising projects during Alexander Lukashenko's visit On October 31, President Alexander Lukashenko met with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan - one of the key political figures in the country. He is Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. The sides talked over the situation in the world, security as well as current and future joint projects. At stake are tens of millions of dollars. Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:I think if you had a little more rain and snow, you would become multi-rich.

31.10.2016

Alexander Lukashenko meets with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan
Belarus leader meets with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Possible joint projects and investment cooperation between Belarus and the United Arab Emirates were discussed October 31 in the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The President of Belarus met with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.
Belarus President visits Qatar October 30
Belarus President visits Qatar October 30 These days, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko is in the Middle East. He is now in the United Arab Emirates, but early in the morning of October 30, the President held talks with the Sheikh of Qatar. This is one of the richest Arab countries. Here, there is the highest oil production per capita in the world. And each of the 2 million people here is a wealthy man. The country spends petrodollars on social services. In Belarus, Qatari businessmen are involved in a number of projects. Today, this list may become longer.
Trade barriers, absence of common energy markets: Belarus’ President enumerates problems of Eurasian Economic Union development
Belarus’ President enumerates problems of Eurasian Economic Union development Poland is a neighbor and a very important state in Eastern Europe, but it cannot replace Russia and countries of the CIS. Not because it doesn’t have oil and gas, or not only because of that. Russia and countries of the Eurasian Economic Union and the CIS represent the main market for Belarusian goods. Not everything is perfect, there are some problems. Every country protects its own manufacturers. However, it’s time to find a way to compromise and start to understand goals of integration that has been going on for a long time.
“There’s potential for development”: Polish businessmen in Belarus
“There’s potential for development”: Polish businessmen discovering Belarus Relations with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are precious for Belarus, even though these countries are not so geographically and culturally close to us. The importance of relations with close countries that we have common past with goes without saying. However, sometimes there are some internal strives. Belarus is between Russia and Poland. Relations with Poland haven’t been very easy lately. However, nowadays, official representatives from Warsaw have become frequent guests in Minsk. The business sphere has revived.
Qatar is pearl of Persian Gulf: Alexander Lukashenko on official visit to Middle East
Belarus President makes official visit to Qatar, pearl of Persian Gulf The President of Belarus went to the Middle East region. He is going visit two countries, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. That’s the third visit of Alexander Lukashenko to Qatar. It is a country with ancient history.  Even Before the Common Era, inhabitants of this territory were mediating in trade of Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece with India. Thus, they clearly understand economic language. One more important fact is that Qatar is a large oil and gas producer as well as the UAE. And Belarus is interested in it.

29.10.2016

Eurasian Economic Union and CIS: Future of integration associations discussed in Minsk
Eurasian Economic Union and CIS: Future of integration associations discussed in Minsk Minsk became the center of politics. On October 28, Minsk was hosting a meeting of the heads of governmental delegations of the Eurasian Economic Union and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The President of Belarus took part also met with members of the CIS Council of Heads of Government. Minsk has become a capital of integration. The day of politics started with the President’ s meeting with the First Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan, Yaqub Eyyubov. 

28.10.2016

President of Belarus to go to Qatar, Saudi Arabia for visits
President of Belarus to go to Qatar, Saudi Arabia for visits The President of Belarus will go to the Middle East region October 29.  During the official visit to Qatar, Alexander Lukashenko will hold talks with the Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.  As a result the sides are expected to sign several bilateral documents. The President of Belarus will then leave the Qatari capital for a working visit to the United Arab Emirates. Here he plans to hold a series of business meetings. 
Alexander Lukashenko welcomes constitutional changes in Azerbaijan
Alexander Lukashenko welcomes constitutional changes in Azerbaijan Minsk as a platform for peace negotiations was discussed at the meeting of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko with the First Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan, Yaqub Eyyubov.  The Belarusian state leader congratulated him on the outcome of the referendum in Azerbaijan tha amended the Constitution and confirmed the agreement on the meeting with the head of Azerbaijan on 28-29 November.  In the course of the visit, the President plans to discuss the possible solutions to a number of problems that have accumulated in the bilateral relations.
Each new decision in CIS should be based on economic feasibility, Alexander Lukashenko says
Each new decision in CIS should be based on economic feasibility, Alexander Lukashenko says Today Minsk is hosting a meeting of the heads of governmental delegations of the Eurasian Economic Union and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Taking part in the events is also the President of Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko said that each new decision of the CIS countries must be based on economic feasibility. This is one of the key themes of current agenda in the economic downturn, which is felt worldwide, including by integration associations. The latter, according to the Belarus head of the state, must bring real benefits to the peoples.
Minsk still a platform for peace negotiations, President Lukashenko says
Minsk still a platform for peace negotiations, President Lukashenko says Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Independent States will meet on 28 October at the National Library of Belarus. The session was preceded by the meetings of heads of CIS delegations with the President of Belarus. It is already known that Alexander Lukashenko has met with the Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Yagub Eyyubov. According to the Belarusian leader, Minsk still fulfills its obligations of a peace talks platform aiming to resolve various conflicts.

27.10.2016

Belarus President meets with UNECE Under-Secretary-General Christian Friis Bach
Belarus President meets with UNECE Under-Secretary-General Christian Friis Bach Minsk became the symbol of the dialogue in the most difficult times. The head of the UN's Economic Commission for Europe has thanked the Belarusian President for taking the initiative to promote the idea of ​​dialogue and communication worldwide. A meeting of Alexander Lukashenko with Christian Friis Bach was held today at the Palace of Independence. The Head of State stressed the need to enhance the role of the expansion of cooperation directions with the UNECE.

26.10.2016

Belarus President says relations with Western Europe vital
Belarus President: Relations with Germany and Western Europe important President of Belarus took a number of personnel decisions on October 25. When appointing new heads of diplomatic missions, Alexander Lukashenko stressed the importance of developing relations with Western Europe. Changes were made to the local vertical of power. Denis Sidorenko has been appointed new Belarusian Ambassador to Germany. This is responsible position given that Germany is one of the main Western partners of the Republic of Belarus. Germany is also the locomotive of the EU economy.
Will Belarus abolish Centralized Testing as university entrance criterion?
Will Belarus abolish Centralized Testing as university entrance criterion? President of Belarus took a number of personnel decisions on October 25. When appointing new heads of diplomatic missions, Alexander Lukashenko stressed the importance of developing relations with Western Europe. Changes were made to the local vertical of power. During the appointment of the Rector of the Belarusian State University of Transport the President raised the issue of choice of profession and the centralized testing, which results are the basis for university entrance selection.

25.10.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus needs to help the poorest people
Belarus President: The poorest people need to be helped in crisis Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko stressed the importance of the development of relations between Belarus and Western Europe making staffing decisions on October 25. They touched upon the diplomatic corps. Denis Sidorenko has been appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany. That country takes a constructive and pragmatic approach in the field of political cooperation, and in trade-economic cooperation, which is why it has become one of Belarus' most important partners.
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Belarus KGB Chairman Valery Vakulchik
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Belarus KGB Chairman Valery Vakulchik On October 25, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko met with Chairman of the State Security Committee. Valery Vakulchik reported to the President on the work of the department in the areas of national security, protection of economic interests, international cooperation, including in the field of counter-terrorism activities. The officials also discussed the current situation in Belarus and the issues that are under the President's control.
President Lukashenko promises support for creation of Polish enterprises in Belarus
President Lukashenko promises support for creation of Polish enterprises in Belarus New points of growth in trade turnover between Belarus and Poland were discussed at the meeting between President Alexander Lukashenko with Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers and the Minister of Development and Finance of Poland. In addition, Poland can become Belarus' "guide" to the WTO and assist in promotion of electricity from the Ostrovets NPP in the European Union. At a joint business forum, the sides voiced an intention to raise the turnover to $4 billion.

24.10.2016

Contract system in Belarus to be reformed?
Contract system in Belarus to be reformed? Forced resignations and hidden layoffs violate the rights of the employee, said October 24 President Alexander Lukashenko as he met with head head of Trade Unions of Belarus Mikhail Orda. Some businessmen try to solve production cost problems at the cost of people, by not extending their work contracts or creating incentives for voluntary resignation. According to Alexander Lukashenko, in the social state, one of the main goals is the protection of workers' rights.
Alexander Lukashenko: European Games should unite people all over the world
Alexander Lukashenko: European Games should unite people all over the world With a bit of jealousy it should be mentioned that the video was shot in 11 countries of the world by Novosibirsk’s studio. The tractor “Belarus” is known all over the world, and it is used in more than 60 countries. Another large scale event took place in Minsk. The 45th General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees was held in Belarus, where representatives of 50 countries gathered. They made a historic decision. Belarus will host the European Games in 2019. Our correspondent Ekaterina Zhilyanina has more details.
Belarus proposes Poland to boost economic cooperation
Poland may assist Belarus in WTO accession talks The President of Belarus proposes to raise the bar of trade and economic cooperation with Poland. Alexander Lukashenko said this on October 24 meeting with Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers, Minister of Finance and Poland Mateusz Morawiecki. In January-August 2016, the trade turnover between the countries has increased as compared to the same period of 2015.

23.10.2016

Physical, tactical and firearms training: Belarus’ President checks army officers’ professionalism
Belarus’ President checks army officers’ skills To secure peace in the country we need a good army, so that nobody would want to intervene. If there are attempts of military intervention, or somebody tries to become a civil war, it will be crushed in the bud. To stop it at the later stage as in Ukraine is extremely difficult. Strong weaponry is a good argument, but the army also needs strong people. President Lukashenko personally visited the training site Obuz-Lesnovsky and checked the professional level of officers. Yulia Beshanova has more on the story.

22.10.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus to do its best to make European Games kind and cordial
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus to do its best to make European Games kind and cordial Belarus starts its preparation for the 2nd European Games. The event will be held in Minsk in 2019. The decision was made at the General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees on October 21. Belarus will do its best to organize the European Games, said Alexander Lukashenko. The right to host the Games we got by voting. The experts noted that Belarus proved that it’s capable of hosting such large-scale events during the World Ice Hockey Championship.

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