Belarusians celebrate New Year 2016
Millions of Belarusians traditionally met the first seconds of the New Year at holiday tables, and then many went to breathe fresh frosty air. Especially because the promised snow finally fell.
Thousands of citizens took to the streets together to meet 2016.
Watch video in this article to feel the atmosphere of New Year in Belarusian streets.
Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz turns 70 on January 3
Metropolitan of the Minsk-Mogilev Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz turned 70 today, on January 3.
On the day of his birth, the main Catholic bishop of Belarus had two masses in the Archcathedral of Blessed Virgin Mary in Minsk.
Belarus President names the most significant event of 2015
During a visit to the new maternity hospital on the basis of 5th City Clinical Hospital of Minsk, Alexander Lukashenko answered questions from journalists. The media representatives asked the leader which foreign policy events of 2015 Alexander Lukashenko considers as the key ones.
After all, the previous year was marked by the activity of Belarus in the international arena and reset in relations with the West.
Alexander Lukashenko confers awards For Spiritual Revival
Alexander Lukashenko has conferred awards For Spiritual Revival. This prestigious prize is awarded annually by the head of state on the eve of Christmas. In 2015 five nominees were awarded.
Among the winners is the team of authors of the department of criminal and executive law of the Internal Affairs Academy and Belarusian radio (they created the book-requiem "Live and Remember"), the staff of the National Art Museum and the republican scientific and practical centre Mother and Child.
President signs Belarus' budget for 2016
The Belarus President has signed the law on the national budget for 2016. It is going to be executed with a surplus: the country intends to make more than BYR 180 billion and spend about BYR 163 billion. Key development objectives are growth and export diversification as well as the creation of new jobs.
The Belarusian budget for 2016 will keep its social orientation. The priority is the financing of education and health.
President Lukashenko congratulates CTV channel on 15th anniversary
President of the Republic of BelarusTo employees of the closed joint-stock company Capital Television
I congratulate you on the 15th anniversary of the start of the television broadcast. Over these years, the channel has grown into a fully fledged media agency of the national level. It boasts a wide audience thanks to which it has deservedly gained recognition.
Belarus President's New Year address 2016
New Year is called a fairytale holiday for a reason. It transforms the world around us, brings a wonderful atmosphere of celebration. Everything that seemed drab and dull suddenly starts shining with brightness. At this moment we understand how important it is to love and appreciate life, how beautiful and interesting the life is, and how unique its every moment is.
Alexander Lukashenko thanks West for suspending sanctions
The peace-loving policy of Belarus was the reason for the lifting of sanctions against Belarus, said December 30 President Alexander Lukashenko, reports BelTA.
Concerning the Ukrainian subject, the President expressed the view that "we do not need to exaggerate its role in resolving this conflict."
Belarus President visits new maternity hospital in Minsk's City Hospital No.5
Belarus will not spare money when it comes to children and mothers, said today, on December 30, the Belarus President visiting a new maternity hospital on the basis of City Clinical Hospital No5.
It will be the most modern and the largest in the capital. During one year, about 6,000 mothers will give birth to kids here. The latest equipment allows providing specialized care for premature babies and babies with abnormalities.
Infant mortality in Belarus down 2.5 times in 2005-2015
No matter how difficult the economic situation is Belarus will not save on children and mothers, said President Alexander Lukashenko on December 30 during a visit to city clinical hospital No5 in Minsk, BelTA informs.
Alexander Lukashenko noted that, if necessary, in Belarus will reduce funding for public programs.
"But we will never be greedy when it comes to children and those who give birth. We must ensure they have everything," stressed the President.
Belarus President urges interior to combat increasing hooliganism
The Belarus President has met today with the Minister of Internal Affairs to hear out the report about the results of the ministry's work in 2015. The officials discussed need to reduce street crime, as well as keep street patrolling practices. After all, protection of people has always been the main task of police officers.
Alexander Lukashenko, Valentin Sukalo discuss Belarusian judicial system
The justice process must be a modern and conform to international standards. The Belarusian President and Chairman of the Supreme Court talked over the judicial system and plans for the coming years on December 28.
Belarus has been conducting in recent years a judicial reform, which affects the work of courts, judicial authorities and forensic examination. Among the innovations is that the Investigative Committee was given a separate status. The economic and general courts have been united.
President Lukashenko in top 5 in Russia's Man of the Year 2015 ranking
The President of Belarus has entered the top five in Russia's Man of the Year 2015 ranking.
According to Levada Center, the Belarusian head of state has earned popularity among Russians along with such prominent public figures as Russian President Vladimir Putin, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
Security, economy dominate CSTO, EEU summits in Moscow
Security and economy were the subjects of conversation between the presidents of the CSTO and the Eurasian Economic Union earlier this week in Moscow. The Collective Security Council adjusted the action plan in connection with the hostilities in the Middle East, the flow of refugees and the Russian plane downed by Turkey. This is a separate issue, a sensitive issue for the Kremlin, and Moscow would like to share its concern with the allies.
Alexander Lukashenko attends Christmas athletics festival "300 talents for the Queen" in Minsk
Christmas mood permeates most of the December events. Members of the Government and famous Belarusians congratulate those who most need it bringing gifts to orphanages.
On 26 December the Belarus head of state visited the athletics arena in Minsk, where girls and boys from all over Belarus demonstrated their athletic talents.
About 300 best young athletes of the country arrived in Minsk. This is a good chance to prove oneself.
Belarus State Customs Committee to change Deputy Chairman
Another staffing decision in Belarus. Sergei Borisyuk has been relieved of the post of Deputy Chairman of the State Customs Committee of Belarus. The corresponding decree was signed by the Belarusian head of state, Alexander Lukashenko.
President Lukashenko hails Belarusian kids' solidarity with Ukrainians
A remarkable and large-scale charity holiday united 2,500 children in the Palace of the Republic December 24. The New Year tree festival gathered children from large families, orphans and winners of creative competitions. By tradition, President Alexander Lukashenko shared the New Year mood with children.
These are kids who need special care and the cleverest in the country. A particular group is those who particularly lack attention in these festive days - orphans.
Alexander Lukashenko: Peace is main wealth of Belarus
The main property and real wealth of Belarus is piece and hardworking people, said on 24 December President Alexander Lukashenko at the New Year charity campaign event Our Children, which is taking place at this moment in the Palace of the Republic.
Social protection still priority of Belarusian state, Alexander Lukashenko says
Social protection remains in the spotlight of the state, said December 22 the Belarusian President meeting with Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus. The main objective of the organization is the preservation of jobs, as well as social and legal protection of workers.
Alexander Lukashenko asked what is workers' mood, especially considering the current situation in the economy. After all, it has become more difficult to work in traditional markets. Companies today are trying to diversify export and find new partners.
Belarus' President predicts hardest year in country's history in 2016
The Belarusian head of state has decided on new appointments. Alexander Lukashenko appointed Alexander Pozniak Assistant to the President - Chief Inspector for Vitebsk region. Alexander Guryanov became Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Italy. Previously, he was Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and was in charge of foreign economic direction.
Alexander Lukashenko gives 92 scholarships to young talented scientists of Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko has given scholarships to talented young scientists. In 2016, 92 people will receive the financial support. Among them are 5 doctors, 52 candidates and 35 young scientists without a degree.
Grants affect a wide spectrum of areas: technical, biological, medical, agricultural, economic, social, humanitarian and other sciences. All fellows have achieved considerable success in studies. Their works have not only scientific but also practical significance.
Belarus' young families to get more financial support for housing construction
Belarus has increased by 50% the amount of financial assistance to young and large families for housing construction. The corresponding decree was signed by the head of state.
Now the family, who already have a child, can count on 40 minimum subsistence budgets (MSB). If a second child is born, the assistance is increased to 80 MSB, while families with three kids can get 100MSB. At the moment, it is nearly BYR160 million (about $8,700).
EEU to protect market as Ukraine-EU free trade zone comes into force
The countries of the Eurasian Economic Union will work out measures to protect the market after the start coming into force of the free trade zone between Ukraine and the EU, said December 21 Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council.
The Ukraine-EU agreement will become effective January 1, 2016.
The situation with regard to the free trade zone of the CIS is becoming serious.
CSTO discuss fight against ISIL in Moscow
The fight against the Islamic State and creation of a broad coalition to combat international terrorism were the main topics the summit of the CSTO in Moscow, in which Alexander Lukashenko took part on December 21, 2015. The meeting raised topics of the challenges of our time and, consequently, new approaches to collective security. The Eurasian Economic Union heads of state then met at the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council.
Alexander Lukashenko taking part in CSTO meeting in Moscow
The President of Belarus has arrived on a working visit to the Russian Federation. The plane with the Belarusian head of state on board landed at the airport Vnukovo 2 December 21 morning.
In Moscow, Alexander Lukashenko will take part in two major meetings at the level of heads of state: the Council of Collective Security Treaty Organization and the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. The CSTO summit is set to deal with topical issues of international security and the possible steps to address them.
Belarus' government reappointed: оbjectives for 2016
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has formally reappointed the government this week, with only one change - the new trade minister.
The candidacy of Premier Andrei Kobyakov has been approved by the upper chamber of the Belarus Parliament, the Council of the Republic, with 102 votes out of 106 possible.
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates KGB officers on professional holiday
Day of State Security Agencies is marked in Belarus on December 20. Celebrations are held across the country. In Minsk and regional centers, the staff and veterans of the security services lay flowers at the bust of Felix Dzerzhinsky and victory monuments.
The heads of KGB congratulate their employees and of course honor veterans.
President Alexander Lukashenko congratulated the management, personnel and veterans of state security bodies on their professional holiday.
Belarus' monetary policy guidelines 2016
The Belarus President has approved the main directions of the monetary policy of Belarus for 2016. The corresponding decree was signed by the Head of State on 18 December. The main goal is to reduce inflation to 12%. Belarus will conduct a flexible exchange rate policy, which means dynamism of the exchange rate on the basis of supply and demand in the foreign exchange market.
FIDE proposes chess electives in Belarusian schools
Head of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, at the meeting with the Belarusian president, suggested that chess be taught in Belarusian schools. Alexander Lukashenko supported the idea, and next year such pilot electives will appear in some educational institutions of the country. The meeting with Mr Ilyumzhinov took place during the European Championship in Rapid Chess and Blitz, which is now underway in Minsk.
Belarusian President to make working visit to Moscow December 21
The President of Belarus on December 21 will pay a working visit to Moscow. Alexander Lukashenko will take part in the meetings of the Council of Collective Security Treaty Organization and the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council at the level of heads of state.
The CSTO summit will focus on topical issues of international security and the possible steps to address them.
New Belarus' government almost unchanged
The President of Belarus has appointed the Cabinet of Ministers. Alexander Lukashenko signed the corresponding decree today. Almost all the members of the previous government will continue working in the same offices.
Only the Ministry of Trade has got a new chief. The office will be headed by Vladimir Koltovich, who earlier served as advisor envoy of Belarus in the Russian Federation.
Moscow to host CSTO, EEU summits December 21
The Collective Security Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization will meet in Moscow on December 21. The Russian capital will also host the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council meeting on the same day.
The CSTO summit will discuss key issues of strengthening regional security and effective combating of international terrorism. The Supreme Eurasian Economic Council will summarize the first year of the EEU operation.
By tradition, on the sidelines of the summit, the Russian President will hold bilateral meetings with his colleagues.
Belarus President reappoints key government officials
The Belarus President has approved the candidacy of the prime minister and his deputies. Andrei Kobyakov and all the deputy prime ministers will continue to work in their office. At a meeting with the leadership of the Council of Ministers (the government) Alexander Lukashenko said that the team had been formed even before the presidential elections.
The current composition of the government has been working for almost a year. Economic issues come to the fore these days and it is the government who is to deal with all the arising problems.
Belarus President: Ukraine crisis must not be overlooked
Security inside Belarus and on its borders. Improving the operation of security officials was discussed on December 16 at a meeting hosted by the head of state.
The situation in Ukraine is still tense, and Belarus must keep following the events there. In addition, from January 1, Ukraine-EU association agreement will come into force and a free trade zone will be created. So the strengthening of Belarus' borders from the point of view of security and economy is very important.
Belarusian, Russian Presidents meet in Moscow December 15
The President of Belarus is confident in the fact that Belarusian and Russian peoples will become even closer in the future. Alexander Lukashenko said this meeting with Vladimir Putin during talks in the one on one format.
Belarus and Russia are long-standing and strategic partners. Collaboration is established in both political and economic areas. In 2014 alone, the countries' trade equaled to $38 billion. In January-October 2015, the amount is already $23 billion.
Alexander Lukashenko continues visit to Russia, set to meet with Vladimir Putin
The President of Belarus continues visit to the Russian Federation. Flight No.1 landed at the airport Vnukovo last night.
On December 15 in Moscow, Alexander Lukashenko will meet with his counterpart, Vladimir Putin. The talks will be held in the narrow and expanded formats. The heads of state will focus on a wide range of issues of bilateral relations, international issues and cooperation in integration associations. Following the meeting they are scheduled to sign a number of documents.
President Lukashenko congratulates Metropolitan Filaret on Name Day
President Alexander Lukashenko has congratulated Metropolitan Filaret, honorable Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus, on his Name Day.
"It is gratifying to know that thanks to the many years of your fruitful work we can see in the Republic of Belarus a constructive relationship between the state and the church, which opens wide prospects for cooperation on the basis of traditional Christian values," reads the congratulatory message.
Alexander Lukashenko to visit Russia December 14-15
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko will pay an official visit to the Russian Federation on December 14-15. In Moscow, he is going to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the narrow and expanded formats.
It is expected that the heads of state will focus on a wide range of issues of bilateral relations and international relations as well as cooperation in integration associations. As a result of the talks they will sign several documents.
In addition, Alexander Lukashenko is going to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Economic growth without social shocks: Belarus President about 2016 budget
The Belarusian President, Alexander Lukashenko, held on Monday a major meeting to discuss the 2016 budget and future macroeconomic policy of Belarus.
External factors do not allow building optimistic forecasts. But Belarus is not going to go with the flow. There are still reserves. Belarus needs to mobilize all forces and resources. This is perhaps the main demand of the head of state.
Results of Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Vietnam
The foreign policy of Belarus is not as ambitious as that of Russia or the United States, for example. But one of the main objectives of Belarus is to integrate into the world economy and search for new trading partners. The previous working week of President Lukashenko was devoted exactly to this. He visited Vietnam and Turkmenistan, both being important economic partners of Belarus in Asia.
Belarusian President's visit to Turkmenistan: mutual interests and agreements
From Vietnam, President Lukashenko flew straight to Turkmenistan. That country is quite discreet in the international information space. Maybe also because 20 years ago, on the basis of a UN General Assembly resolution, it was proclaimed a neutral state, and it is warring countries that are the main newsmakers in the current turbulent times.
Belarus President urges Russia, Turkey 'to make at least half a step towards each other'
In today's world, the role of small and medium-sized states is growing, stated the President of Belarus, speaking at the conference "The policy of neutrality: international cooperation for peace, security and development" in Ashgabat.
Alexander Lukashenko was visiting Turkmenistan that December 12 celebrated the Day of Neutrality. The Belarusian President spoke at the international conference dedicated to that day. The forum should become one more step on the road to peace and stability in the world.
Belarus and Turkmenistan maintaining high cooperation standards
Belarus and Turkmenistan should not give up on the high standard of cooperation, said Alexander Lukashenko at the talks with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. The heads of state discussed in Ashgabat not only the strategy of development of the bilateral relations but also some international issues. The official visit of President of Belarus to Turkmenistan began on the eve of an important world event - the conference themed The Neutrality Policy. This forum will gather on 12 December the leaders of the region and prominent world politicians.
Belarus President meets Turkmen counterpart
Belarus and Turkmenistan are committed to increase the volume of trade, This was confirmed by the two Presidents Alexander Lukashenko and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov at a meeting in the one-on-one format.
In recent years, the bilateral trade has decreased slightly. It was noted by both leaders. The Belarusian head of state noted that Belarus is ready to work with Turkmenistan on a wide range of areas - from the military-industrial complex to staff training.
President Lukashenko meets with Vietnam Communist Party chief
Alexander Lukashenko has met with the general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong. The Belarusian leader pointed out that his country needs new ideas to bring the state to a higher level of development.
In turn, Nguyen Phu Trong expressed his confidence that the visit of the Belarusian President to Vietnam will give a new impetus to bilateral relations and will bring benefits to the parties.
Vietnam is important partner in South East Asia, Belarus President says
Belarus considers Vietnam one of the most important partners in Southeast Asia, said on December 9 President Alexander Lukashenko at the talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Truong Tan Sang.
Like Vietnam, Belarus is conducting socially oriented policy, which aims at improving the quality of life of people. The positions of the two countries are absolutely the same in most of the international agenda.
Belarus, Vietnam presidents holding talks in Hanoi
The Belarusian president continues his state visit to Vietnam. Early in the morning, Alexander Lukashenko laid a wreath at the Monument of Fallen Heroes and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi.
At the moment, negotiations of Alexander Lukashenko with his Vietnamese counterpart Trương Tấn Sang are underway. It is expected that after the meeting the leaders will sign a number of documents aimed at expanding bilateral relations.
The Belarusian President begun his state visit to Vietnam yesterday. Alexander Lukashenko arrived in Hanoi late in the evening.
Alexander Lukashenko named Person of the Year 2015
The Russian Biographical Institute has awarded the Belarusian President the title Person of the Year 2015. The institute highly appreciated his contribution to the strengthening of Eurasian cooperation and cooperation with Russia.
Earlier, the advisory council, which includes well-known politicians, scientists, writers and clergy, had already awarded the same title to Alexander Lukashenko. For the first time, it happened in 2012, for the formation of the EurAsEC and the Customs Union and two years later for the creation of the Eurasian Economic Union.
Alexander Lukashenko arrives in Vietnam on official visit
The main topic of the day is the visit of Alexander Lukashenko to Vietnam, which began today. Less than an hour ago, on December 8, the Belarusian head of state arrived on a state visit to Hanoi. Flight No.1 landed at the international airport of the Vietnamese capital.
Alexander Lukashenko is set to hold a number of meetings and negotiations and sign international documents.
Belarus considers Vietnam one of the most promising partners in ASEAN. In May, the Eurasian Economic Union and Vietnam signed a free trade agreement.
Alexander Lukashenko goes to Vietnam on official visit
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko is going to pay an official visit to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
Today, December 8, Flight No.1 took off from National Airport Minsk. It will cover a distance of 7,500 kilometers.
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Alexander Lukashenko to visit Vietnam, Turkmenistan December 8-12
According to the press service of the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, December 8-12, will make official visits to Vietnam and Turkmenistan.
During the visits he will meet with the country leaders, hold talks and sign a package of international documents.
Belarus set for hard budget constraints in 2016
To mobilize all resources to boost the economy. The prospects of socio-economic development for 2016 were discussed at a meeting hosted by the head of state. Alexander Lukashenko noted that not all measures to ensure the economic stability are being realized.
Belarus is going to mobilize all available forces and resources. It will create a good environment for investment to comply with all social guarantees and to develop the industry.
Are IMF's loan requirements to Belarus sensible?
President Lukashenko constantly orders to look for new markets in new regions of the world. Not only for milk products. Belarus does have some potential here. This is confirmed by the conclusions of experts of all kinds and ratings. At times, these ratings due to some tasks.
The Belarus President this week held a meeting in Minsk to discuss the possible IMF loan.
Alexander Lukashenko: Legislative process should be streamlined
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has held a meeting devoted to the improvement of legislation activities. In general, for two decades, Belarus has managed to create a balanced system of laws. Experts can use effective mechanisms working on drafts of future laws. But the legislative process should be streamlined, said Alexander Lukashenko.
Belarus President demands to deal with problems at Kamvol company
The Belarus President demands to restore order in the company Kamvol. By mid-2016 it should reach break-even operation.
Today, the largest textile industry is completing modernization. It started three years ago. But now additional funds are needed. The possibility of such financing and the prospects for the company were discussed at the December 4 meeting hosted by the head of state. It was decided to support Kamvol. Money, however, will be allocated under tough conditions.
Belarus will maintain close ties with the Vatican, Alexander Lukashenko says
Belarus will maintain close ties with the Vatican, said President Alexander Lukashenko meeting with Apostolic Nuncio Claudio Gugerotti, who is completing his diplomatic mission in our country. The conversation took place in a very friendly atmosphere. The head of state thanked the Nuncio for the sincere attitude to Belarus and the establishment of close contacts with the Vatican.
Belarus not against IMF's reform proposals, mulling over timing
Balanced approach and respect for the national interests. This is the position voiced today, December 1, by the Belarus President at a meeting to discuss the expanded program with the IMF. Belarus is in talks with the Fund to attract $3 billion for 10 years. But the IMF has some requirements Belarus needs to comply with.
Belarus wants IMF loan, calls on respect for national interests
Belarus is interested in the loan of the International Monetary Fund in accordance with national interests, said on December 1 President Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting on the progress of negotiations on the program with the IMF Extended Fund Facility. Belarus would like to attracting a loan of $3 billion for 10 years. The IMF demands that Belarus carries out some reforms in its economy.
Belarus may introduce domestic developments in BelGee car production
Belarusian passenger cars do have the future. Together with professionals from China, Belarus is already assembling cars of different classes near the town of Borisov. Belarus, however, plans to expand the production and introduce more domestic developments. The task was set November 30 by the Belarus President.
Currently, 70 kilometers from Minsk a plant is being built on which at first 60,000 and then 120,000 cars a year will be produced. The majority of them will be exported.
Belarus to assemble cars using Chinese technologies
To create a car based on Chinese technologies but with the use of Belarusian experience - such was the task set today, 30 November, by Belarusian head of state Alexander Lukashenko during a meeting on assembly of passenger cars. Currently Belarusian-Chinese cars are being assembled near the Belarusian town of Borisov using SKD.
BelGee cars are in demand at present. The Belarus President raised the issue of the sales of the cars produced.
President Lukashenko: Belarus open to friends from Azerbaijan
The Presidents of Belarus and Azerbaijan will contribute to the development of political dialogue between the two countries, strengthen the high level of trust, understanding and cooperation, reads the joint declaration signed by President Alexander Lukashenko and Ilham Aliyev in Minsk yesterday. The leaders regularly exchange visits, which confirms the political will to the dialogue.
President Lukashenko meets Azerbaijan counterpart Ilham Aliyev in Minsk
President Lukashenko has met with the head of Azerbaijan. Ilham Aliyev paid an official visit to Belarus. Natalia Breus has more.
This visit of Ilham Aliyev to Belarus begins with a symbolic moment. As a gesture of respect for the history of Belarus the Azeri leader is laying a wreath at the Victory Monument in the center of Minsk.
Belarus to overhaul ice hockey player preparation system
Ice hockey is enjoyed by millions of Belarusians. But the President of Belarus is alarmed by the situation in ice hockey. Alexander Lukashenko said this hearing out reports of the country's sports functionaries. Performances results are quite unstable. This applies to the national team too. There are also questions to Dinamo Minsk. And this despite the fact that Belarus invests, to put it mildly, a lot of money in the development of the sport.
Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Russia postponed
The official visit of Alexander Lukashenko to Russia has been postponed due to the workload of schedules of the two presidents, reports the press service of the Belarusian leader.
The specific date of the visit will be agreed in the near future, through diplomatic channels.
Alexander Lukashenko alarmed by situtation in Belarusian ice hockey
The Belarusian President is alarmed by the situation in Belarusian ice hockey. Alexander Lukashenko said this hearing out reports of the country's sports functionaries. The meeting discussed problems in the development of the sport. Ice hockey is popular among millions of fans of the country. But the results are unstable. This applies to the national team which is now preparing for the World Championship 2016 in Russia.
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Belarus offers Leningrad region agricultural machinery, construction equipment
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko offered Leningrad Region of Russia to consider new directions for cooperation meeting with the governor of that region Alexander Drozdenko.
These days, the delegation of the Leningrad region is visiting Minsk. Among about 80 Russian regions, it is one of the traditional key trade and economic partners of Belarus. The three-year program of cooperation has allowed increasing the turnover.
Alexander Lukashenko offers Leningrad Region to consider new directions for cooperation
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko offered Leningrad Region of Russia to consider new directions for cooperation meeting with the governor of that region Alexander Drozdenko.
These days, the delegation of the Leningrad region is in Minsk on a visit. Among about 80 Russian regions, it is one of the traditional key trade and economic partners of Belarus. The three-year program of cooperation has allowed increasing the turnover.
Serbian president ends official visit to Belarus November 21
A turnover of $500 dollars, development of cooperation in the engineering industry, agriculture, construction, wood processing, and more investment projects in the future - such are the tasks set by Belarus and Serbia. The President of Serbia, Tomislav Nikolic, has completed the second official visit to Belarus. A regular political dialogue provides the dynamics of cooperation. It is going to be deepened, reads a joint statement that was signed by the presidents of the two countries immediately after the talks at the Palace of Indep
"One can come and invest in Belarus safely." Serbian delegation visits MTZ, Minsk World construction site
Minsk expects in 2016 to gather the leaders of the former Yugoslav republics, said November 20 Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with the president of Serbia. The reason for such a meeting could be the complex Minsk World, in which the Balkan region is investing huge money.
Today, the heads of state laid a commemorative capsule in the foundation of the future center. Next President Nikolic visited Minsk Tractor Plant (MTZ).
Alexander Lukashenko, Tomislav Nikolic hold talks in Minsk November 19
The leaders of Belarus and Serbia once again confirmed their mutual desire to further strengthen relations between the countries. Alexander Lukashenko met with Tomislav Nikolic at the Palace of Independence November 19. The two presidents have been good friends for more than a year. Therefore, the heads of state, during the talks, touched on many different topics. Alexander Lukashenko thanked his Serbian counterpart for the support during the recent presidential campaign, and especially emphasized that today Belarus and Serbia don't have irresolvable issues in their relations.
Belarus, Serbia sign joint statement reaffirming aim to deepen cooperation
The Palace of Independence hosted a meeting of the leaders of Belarus and Serbia November 19. Discussion on economic aspects of cooperation was preceded by a solemn ceremony to welcome the President of Serbia. Tomislav Nikolic arrived in Belarus yesterday evening. This is his second visit to Belarus as head of state.
November 19, after the talks, the presidents of Belarus and Serbia signed a joint statement reaffirming the policy aiming to deepen cooperation.
Belarus, Serbia aim at trade turnover of $500mln
A turnover of $500mln is a goal that Belarus and Serbia should reach, said the Belarus President during talks with his Serbian counterpart at the Independence Palace in Minsk on November 19.
Tomislav Nikolic arrived in Belarus yesterday evening. This is his second visit to Belarus as head of state.
Tomislav Nikolic's car arrives at Palace of Independence in Minsk prior to Serbian President's talks with Alexander Lukashenko
Belarus has 'no allergy' to IMF reform proposals
Belarus has no intention of breaking the scheme of the social state, said President Alexander Lukashenko at the 17 November meeting with the head of the IMF mission to Belarus Peter Dohlman. All other proposals of the IMF, as noted by the head of state, are absolutely realizable.
IMF experts have been working in Belarus for over a week. They are holding talks with the government and the Belarus National Bank.
Belarus President's first overseas visit due to Russia, at Putin's invitation
The Belarusian President intends to make his first visit after the presidential elections to Russia, at the invitation of Vladimir Putin. Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko discussed the preparations for this meeting together with Alexander Surikov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Belarus. The Union State leaders exchange visits constantly. Russia is the main trade partner of Minsk and at the same time the largest export market for Belarus’ goods.
Belarusian, Russian armed forces set for new cooperation plan
On November 13, President Alexander Lukashenko approved a new plan specifying the cooperation of Belarusian-Russian armies from 2016.
According to the Belarusian head of state, the security issue should be considered in terms of relations in the post-Soviet space where three major integration associations such as the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Eurasian Economic Union, and the Union State of Belarus and Russia exist. It’s indispensable to take into consideration the situation in neighboring countries as well.
Sports and recreation centre with largest gym in Belarus opens
No money can buy health! This is an old truism. Both state and private business invest much money in the construction of health centers. Projects pay back, by the way. A few days ago, the new sports and recreation complex Mandarin opened in Minsk. President Lukashenko visited the "health plant" this week.
The name Mandarin is a bit strange for Belarus but it was chosen by the people. In Spanish this word means "to easily purify".
Oleg Borisevich:I liked it very much, very interesting. I took a pass for the whole year.
World's news agencies continue to discuss Belarus' presidential inauguration
A new reference point in the life of Belarus. Leading media and news agencies of the world continue to discuss the main political news of Belarus - the solemn inauguration of President Alexander Lukashenko.
The inauguration of a President is a kind of benchmark in the history of any state. This event gives the start of a new stage in the development of the country. Similar ceremonies are always watched closely by the world's media. The event held in Minsk's Independence Palace was no exception.
Alexander Lukashenko sworn in as Belarus President (inauguration speech)
The newly elected President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko officially took office on November 6. The inauguration attracted the attention by novelties in the procedure. In the Palace of Independence, the Belarusian leader was sworn in in civilian clothes, and then appeared in State Flag Square in a military uniform.
According to the Constitution, the President shall take office only after taking the oath. The ceremony, under the law, should be held no later than two months after the elections.
I am proud to serve Belarusians, Alexander Lukashenko says at inauguration ceremony
A new reference point in the life of the country and the most important political event. On November 6 Minsk hosted a ceremony of inauguration of the newly elected President of Belarus - Alexander Lukashenko. For the first time the head of state took the oath at the Palace of Independence. Then the celebrations moved to State Flag Square, where soldiers took an oath of allegiance to the Belarusian people and the President. The whole ceremony gathered thousands of guests.
Belarus open to equal cooperation with West, USA and EU, Alexander Lukashenko says
Alexander Lukashenko has taken office as President of Belarus. The ceremony was held at the Palace of Independence November 6.
According to the protocol, soldiers of the guard of honor brought to the Hall of Ceremonies the flag, the banner and the Constitution, after which Alexander Lukashenko was sworn in. The Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission handed him a certificate of the President of the Republic of Belarus. The President was congratulated by the chairmen of the Council of the Republic and the Constitutional Court.
Alexander Lukashenko sworn in as President (TV version)
An inauguration ceremony of the Belarus President was held at the Palace of Independence.
In accordance with the Constitution, the President shall assume office after taking the following oath: "Assuming the office of the President of the Republic of Belarus, I solemnly swear to faithfully serve the people of the Republic of Belarus, to respect and protect the rights and freedoms of man and citizen, to observe and protect the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus, faithfully and conscientiously fulfill the entrusted to me high duties."
Belarus President meets China’s Deputy Prime Minister of Commerce
Belarus and China will implement all the agreements on time, said Alexander Lukashenko during a meeting with Zhong Shan, deputy prime minister of commerce and a special international trade envoy of China.
The Chinese diplomat will represent China at the Belarusian President’s inauguration ceremony.
The two countries are connected by strategic partnership and its enhancement is on the agenda today. Cordial relations between the leaders of the countries favour the promotion of state interests.
Belarus President’s inauguration due on 6 November
The inauguration ceremony of the newly elected President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko will take place on November 6. President Lukashenko will take the oath and sign the relevant act in the Palace of Independence.
Alexander Lukashenko will be handed the Certificate of President in the presence of more than 1,000 guests, including the top officials of the country, deputies, executives of various levels, foreign diplomats and guests.
Belarus to use own missile system Polonez
Today, on November 3, the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has visited Precision Electromechanical Plantlocated in the Dzerzhinsk region, where the cutting edge domestic missile system Polonez was demonstrated. The head of state was also updated on the efforts to localize the production of combat missiles.
The Polonez missile system was first demonstrated on May 9, during the parade in Minsk. The Polonez missiles have a range of 200 km. Today only several states have missile systems with such characteristics.
Belarus does not want new world security system to emerge from carnage
Let's start with the main events of the week in which the Belarus President took part. The topic of security and the ability of Belarus to defend its borders has always been one of the most important. Moreover, it is important today in light of the events that are unfolding in the neighboring countries.
Alexander Lukashenko this week visited the 120th mechanized brigade, an elite unit in which the President himself once served.
Thousands of hectares of two military camps, barracks, warehouses, and a firing range.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus should maintain balance between Moscow and Kiev
Belarus has prepared a draft of a new military doctrine. It will be adopted in 2015 taking into account all global challenges and threats. Today, on October 30, the President addressed military officers, with the safeguarding of Belarus’ national security being the main topic. Alexander Lukashenko underlined that current repartition of spheres of influence in geopolitics requires special alertness.
Belarus President: Reliable national security is a condition of the well-being of any state
Reliable national security providing is one of the conditions of the well-being of any state, said Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus, speaking during a meeting of Armed Forces commanders.
The current redistribution processes of the spheres of influence in geopolitics require special attention. The existence of double standards, the United States ' desire for world domination, the wars in Afghanistan and Syria, and the migration crisis in Europe — everything has its reasons, said the President.
Belarus government: new measures to stimulate business development in regions
The Belarusian government has proposed new measures to stimulate business development in regions outside the capital. Proposed changes were discussed during the meeting with the head of the state.
Adopted three years ago, the presidential decree defined benefits and preferences for those wishing to locate manufacture in rural areas. During that time more than 35,000 organizations and individual entrepreneurs were registered. The growth of business initiative is evident in all the regions.
Alexander Lukashenko sends message of condolences to Pakistan, Afghanistan over earthquake
New data is coming from the area of the natural disaster in Asia. Tremors from a 5.2 magnitude earthquake resulted in massive death toll.
In Afghanistan, 115 people died and more than 530 are injured. But Pakistan suffered even more. The earthquake there killed at least 275 people, leaving more than two thousand injured.
Alexander Lukashenko expressed condolences to the Presidents of Pakistan and Afghanistan as well as relatives of those killed by the earthquake.
Alexander Lukashenko gets acquainted with Belarus' latest military equipment
Modern weapons and personnel training. After visiting the 120th separate mechanized brigade of the North-Western Operational Command of the Armed Forces Alexander Lukashenko went to the test site, where he was shown the newest weapons and military equipment.
Some 80 hectares of space allow throwing grenades, train sniper precision in almost all conditions, day and night.