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26.06.2017

Foreign diplomats take part in Belarusian Vyshyvanka Day
Foreign diplomats take part in Belarusian Vyshyvanka Day Ambassadors to Belarus from various countries have tried embroidered Vyshyvanka T-shirts on. On the eve of Independence Day, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs decided to familiarize representatives of the diplomatic corps with traditions and culture of Belarusians more closely. The Minister of Foreign Affairs together with his wife met all guests of the even in person. By their clothes you can understand the reason why they gathered here today.

22.06.2017

Belarus Foreign Minister: Belarus’ chairmanship in CEI will contribute to solution of common economic and social issues
Belarus Foreign Minister: Belarus’ chairmanship in CEI will contribute to solution of common economic and social issues This was stated by Belarus’ Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei after the CEI member states meeting finished. At the forum, the sides agreed on uniting efforts for reaching important aims, including stability in the region. However, the main attention participants of the forum dedicated to economic cooperation. Important steps which can establish trade relations – development of transport sector, logistics, harmonization of customs procedures and implementation of paperless trade system.
CEI Deputy Secretary General about Belarus’ chairmanship in organization
CEI Deputy Secretary General about Belarus’ chairmanship in organization President Lukashenko urged to build bridges with different integration structures on the continent. The Head of state held a meeting with foreign affairs ministers of the CEI member states. The meeting turned out to be substantive. Counterterrorism, migration issues, development of transport infrastructure, acceleration of trade flows and development of logistics services. These are some of the issues touched upon.
Belarusian, Hungarian MFAs sign cooperation agreement
Belarusian, Hungarian MFAs sign cooperation agreement The relations between Belarus and the European Union were discussed on June 22 at the meeting of Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Hungary. During the talks Péter Szijjártó stressed that Hungary stands for a fair approach of the EU to Belarus. In particular, the minister stressed that the main thing now is to develop mutually beneficial cooperation between the European Union and Belarus.
Alexander Lukashenko meeting with CEI foreign ministers in Palace of Independence
Alexander Lukashenko meeting with CEI foreign ministers in Palace of Independence Historical memory makes us especially appreciate peace and prosperity, stressed President Alexander Lukashenko on June 22 meeting with foreign ministers and heads of national delegations of the countries participating in the Central European Initiative. The negotiations are being held in the Palace of Independence.  It is equally important for Belarus to develop cooperation with the East and West, without making an artificial choices between them, the Belarusian leader added. 
Lukáš Kaucký: We appreciate Belarus' contribution to CEI during chairmanship
Lukáš Kaucký: We appreciate Belarus' contribution to CEI during chairmanship Participants of the meeting of the heads of the foreign policy departments of the Central European Initiative arrived in Belarus on June 21.

20.06.2017

President Lukashenko to participate in OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's opening session
President Lukashenko to participate in OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's opening session Speaker of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Vladimir Andreichenko has reported to the Belarus President on preparations for the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. It is expected that during the session Minsk will welcome representatives of more than fifty states.
Makei: Interaction between Belarus and EU proves effective
Makei: Interaction between Belarus and EU proves effective The Belarusian foreign minister, during his visit to Luxembourg, suggested that the policy of dialogue and interaction with Minsk be taken into account when preparing the Eastern Partnership (EaP) summit scheduled for autumn 2017. Speaking at the meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the EaP member countries Vladimir Makei cited concrete facts confirming the effectiveness of the policy of interaction between Belarus and the European Union.

09.06.2017

Belarus President: SCO will not allow destabilizing situation in the world
Belarus President: SCO will not allow destabilizing situation in the world Alexander Lukashenko outlined the Belarusian priorities in the work of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. This morning, the head of state arrived in Astana's Palace of Independence to participate in the summit. After a joint photo session, a meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the SCO members in an expanded format began. Today, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is one of the most influential communities that occupies more than 60% of the territory of Eurasia. It unites 18 countries: 6 participants, 6 observers and 6 dialogue partners.
SCO summit in Astana to adopt documents aimed at combating terrorism, Vladimir Makei says
SCO summit in Astana to adopt documents aimed at combating terrorism, Vladimir Makei says Eleven documents are planned to be signed at the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). These include the agreement on joint counteraction to extremism and terrorism.
Presidents of Belarus, Kazakhstan discuss bilateral relations, foreign policy
Presidents of Belarus, Kazakhstan discuss bilateral relations, foreign policy Alexander Lukashenko has begun a two-day visit to Kazakhstan The plane of the head of state landed at the Astana airport in the afternoon and the leaders of the two countries met immediately after Mr Lukashenko's arrival. The presidents of Belarus and Kazakhstan discussed the agenda of bilateral relations. Among the other things they touched on interaction in integration associations. On June 9, Alexander Lukashenko will attend a meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

08.06.2017

Belarus President to visit Astana
Belarus President to visit Astana Alexander Lukashenko will pay a working visit to Kazakhstan on June 8-9. The President of Belarus will take part in the meeting of the Council of the Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, where he will voice Belarus' position on the further development of the organization. It is expected that Alexander Lukashenko will hold in Astana a number of bilateral meetings, as well as take part in the opening ceremony of the international exhibition EXPO-2017, where the Belarusian stand will open too.

07.06.2017

Belarus demands explanations from Lithuania following Dalia Grybauskaitė's words
Belarus demands explanations from Lithuania following Dalia Grybauskaitė's words The ambassador of Lithuania to Belarus on June 6 was summoned to the Foreign Ministry of Belarus following the statements of Grybauskaite. On June 5, the President of the Republic of Lithuania, in an interview with local media, offered to strengthen the country's eastern borders with air defense systems and called (citation) the existence of Russia and Belarus the main threat to the Baltic States.

31.05.2017

Belarus considers CEI as platform for cooperation with EU
Belarus considers CEI as platform for cooperation with EU Belarus regards cooperation with the countries of the Central European initiative as a platform for cooperation with the EU. The CEI includes about 20 states. From an economic point of view, this is a big market: from F.Y.R. Macedonia to Belarus with a population of 250 million people. Belarus offers partners interaction in various areas: from IT to construction. By the way, Belarus is presiding in this organization in 2017. Belarus is ready to expand cooperation to the borders of the Eurasian Economic Union. Many partners are already showing interest in us.
Belarus to introduce biometric passports in 2019
Belarus to introduce biometric passports in 2019 Belarus is going to introduce biometric passports by 2019. Personal data of the passport owner - fingerprints, electronic signature and photo - will be stored in an electronic chip. This will simplify the visa obtaining process and shorten time spent during border control. An ID card will become an internal document proving identity of Belarusians. It will also store a digital signature, and this will greatly enhance the owner's capabilities. For example, a person will be able to make payments through it. The new documents will be introduced on January 1, 2019.

26.05.2017

Honorary Consulate of Portugal opens in Minsk
Honorary Consulate of Portugal opens in Minsk The Honorary Consulate of Portugal officially opened in Minsk May 25. Eduard Tselyuk has been appointed Honorary Consul of Portugal in Belarus. Meanwhile, relations between the countries are now entering a new level. A number of agreements are about to be signed. A Belarusian-Portuguese business forum will be carried out in Lisbon in the future. Cooperation in tourism should also expand.

23.05.2017

History of Belarusian diplomacy: people and facts
History of Belarusian diplomacy: people and facts On May 18, 25 years ago, Belarus started to independently determine foreign policy. Therefore, last week Belarusian diplomacy celebrated its 25th anniversary.  Today the image of Belarus is decent in the international arena: Minsk has become a universal negotiating platform. Piotr Kravchenko, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus (1991-1994):Today it is hard to imagine that all the ministry consisted of only about 10 people. Our homeland did not a larger ministry at that time.

22.05.2017

Makei: Belarus sincerely wants to prevent military resolution of conflicts
Makei: Belarus sincerely wants to prevent military resolution of conflicts Official Minsk is aimed at strengthening cooperation with all partners, said Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei during the Minsk Dialogue conference. The conference discussed the evolution of Belarusian foreign policy and brought together scientists, experts and diplomats. In a difficult geopolitical situation, sovereign Belarus has managed to prevent chaos and violence, save peace, security and stability in the state. In the international arena, this is noted as an indisputable achievement of Belarus.

20.05.2017

Vladimir Makei: Belarus stands against military conflict resolution
Vladimir Makei: Belarus stands against military conflict resolution Official Minsk is aimed at strengthening cooperation with all partners, said the Foreign Minister of Belarus, Vladimir Makei, during the Minsk Dialogue conference. Scientists, experts, ex-ministers and diplomats discuss how Belarusian foreign policy has developed over the past 25 years, what has been achieved and what has yet to be worked on. In an uneasy geopolitical situation Belarus managed to prevent chaos and violence, maintain peace, security and stability in the country. This is renowned as an indisputable achievement on the international arena.

19.05.2017

Vladimir Makei: Minsk aims to strengthen cooperation with all partners
Vladimir Makei: Minsk aims to strengthen cooperation with all partners Official Minsk is aimed at strengthening cooperation with all partners, said the Foreign Minister of Belarus, Vladimir Makei, during the Minsk Dialogue conference. On May 19 this platform gathered diplomatic servants of different years. Scientists, experts, ex-ministers and diplomats discuss how Belarusian foreign policy has developed over the past 25 years, what has been achieved and what has yet to be worked on. Over the 25 years, Minsk has established and restored diplomatic relations with states around the globe - a total of 174 countries.

08.05.2017

12 new ambassadors start work in Belarus
12 new ambassadors start work in Belarus We will return to the theme of the Great Victory in WWII in our program a bit later. We are going to tell you about feats and people, old and current events, in Belarus and abroad. And once again I remind you that May 9 is not a holiday in every country. Not only because of politics and redesigned calendars (this is typical of post-Soviet countries). In the Western world, May 8 is more known when an act of surrender was signed in the suburbs of Berlin. Denmark and the Netherlands remember members of the resistance movement on May 5.

03.05.2017

President Lukashenko: Belarus is gateway to Eurasian Economic Union
President Lukashenko: Belarus is gateway to Eurasian Economic Union Belarus can provide foreign partners with access to the huge market of the Eurasian Economic Union, said President Alexander Lukashenko on May 2 at the ceremony of receiving credentials from the ambassadors of foreign countries, which was held in the Palace of Independence. In foreign policy, the republic has proved its ability to establish a mutually beneficial dialogue and to respond adequately to the challenges of today.

02.05.2017

Ambassadors of 11 states present credentials to Belarus President
Ambassadors of 11 states present credentials to Belarus President Belarus can provide foreign partners with access to the huge market of the Eurasian Economic Union, said President Alexander Lukashenko on May 2 at the ceremony of receiving credentials from the ambassadors of foreign countries, which was held in the Palace of Independence.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus can now start constructive dialogue with many European countries
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus can now start constructive dialogue with many European countries Belarus has new opportunities for broader involvement in European integration processes, said President Alexander Lukashenko on May 2 at the ceremony of receiving credentials from ambassadors of foreign countries. Addressing the diplomats, the head of state noted that this year is also significant because the session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will be held in the Belarus capital Minsk.

21.04.2017

Belarus President says no one can feel safe because of terrorism
Belarus President: Europeans are yet to grasp Brexit consequences President Alexander Lukashenko delivered his annual State of the Nation Address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly. This political tradition is two decades old in Belarus.
Belarus President: Foreign policy should help build a strong economy
Belarus President: Foreign policy should help build a strong economy Foreign policy must help build a strong economy, said the Belarus President in his State of the Nation Address on April 21. Alexander Lukashenko noted that the country seeks cooperation with many states. And here the main thing is the principles of equality and respect. Long-standing friendship with Russia has led to the strategic nature of these relations. In many respects this is thanks to the personal friendship of the leaders of both states. But lately, Belarus has been engaged in quite an active dialogue with distant states, for example, with China.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus' priority is a strong and competitive economy
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus' priority is a strong and competitive economy Building of a strong and competitive economy is a priority of Belarus, said President Alexander Lukashenko on 21 April addressing his annual address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly. The State of the Nation Address is primarily a great opportunity to get a complete picture of the development priorities of Belarus at least for the current year. During these speeches, the Belarus head of state raises the most urgent and topical issues. Today, the President began his speech from international politics.
Belarus President to make State of the Nation Address April 21: expectations
Belarus President to make State of the Nation Address April 21: expectations The development strategy of the Belarusian economy , employment and the creation of new industries. Experts and political scientists have named the topics that are likely to be raised in the President's Address to the Belarusian people and the parliament. On April 21, Alexander Lukashenko will address the people and the parliament in the Oval Hall at a joint session of the House of Representatives and the Council of the Republic, the two chambers of Belarus' parliament.

18.04.2017

Belarusian graffiti artists accused of illegal business in Bali
Belarusian graffiti artists accused of illegal business in Bali The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus has begun work on the problem of Vitebsk graffiti artists in Bali. An employee of the Honorary Consulate of Belarus has already left for the Indonesian island. The local migration service accuses the Belarusians of illegal business. The article provides for a fine of $37,500 or imprisonment for up to 5 years. After some time, the team was released, but their passports were not returned.

07.04.2017

Belarus President signs Convention on Inter-regional Cooperation between CIS states
Belarus President signs Convention on Inter-regional Cooperation between CIS states The President of Belarus has signed the Convention on the interregional cooperation between the CIS states on April 6. The document was adopted during the summit of CIS leaders in Kyrgyzstan in September 2016.  It is intended to enhance the integration process and develop connections between businesses. The Convention implies unimpeded movement of people, capital, goods and services.

30.03.2017

Garlyk mining and processing plant to be officially launched March 31
Garlyk mining and processing plant to be officially launched March 31 The Belarus-Turkmenistan partnership has become strategic in recent years. The prospects of cooperation will be discussed on March 30 by the two countries' presidents. Alexander Lukashenko will hold talks with his counterpart Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov. In addition, on March 30, a new complex of buildings of Belarus embassy will open in the capital of Turkmenistan. It is expected that the two leaders will take part in the opening ceremony. On Friday, the heads of state will launch the Garlyk mining and processing plant.

23.03.2017

PACE's Andrea Rigoni visiting Minsk
PACE rapporteur Andrea Rigoni visiting Minsk Cooperation in the parliamentary dimension will be discussed during the visit of PACE rapporteur Andrea Rigoni to Minsk. He is going to hold talks with the leadership of our country. In particular, on March 23 Mr Rigoni will meet with the chairman of Belarus' House of Representatives. Vladimir Andreichenko and Andrea Rigoni plan to discuss the participation of the National Assembly in PACE events and further access of Belarus to Council of Europe's conventions.

22.03.2017

Belarus, Oman sign memorandum to expand tourism
Belarus, Oman sign memorandum to expand relations in tourism Belarus and Oman have confirmed a high level of partnership. The Belarusian Foreign Minister held talks with the leadership of the Sultanate as well as businessmen during the official visit to Muscat. The sides discussed possibilities of cooperation in politics, economy, investment, education, science and culture. A memorandum of understanding was signed to create a basis for the expansion of tourist contacts.

19.03.2017

European Integrative Week: distinguished guests visit Belarus
European Integrative Week: distinguished guests visit Belarus Last week in Belarus can be given the name of the Great European Week. Distinguished guests from different countries came to the center of Europe. Belgium Foreign Minister, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE, First Vice President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Chief of the IMF Mission, and delegations of the Visegrad Group and of the Eastern Partnership, Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, parliamentary delegation from Kazakhstan, and Egypt State Minister. Nevertheless, there was important news.

16.03.2017

Christine Muttonen names topic of OSCE PA summer meeting in Minsk
Christine Muttonen names topic of OSCE PA summer meeting in Minsk The summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will be held in Minsk in July. An agreement on this matter was signed March 15 by Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Vladimir Andreichenko and OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Christine Muttonen. It is expected that the upcoming event will bring together more than 700 guests, including about 300 members of parliament.

15.03.2017

Vladimir Makei: Eastern Partnership Initiative important for Belarus
Vladimir Makei: Eastern Partnership Initiative important for Belarus Belarus remains a strong supporter of integration and offers the Minsk platform for integration processes in Central and Eastern Europe. This was said by the Foreign Minister of Belarus on March 15 in Minsk at a meeting with the heads of delegations of the countries of the Visegrad Group and the Eastern Partnership.

14.03.2017

German delegation visit Trostenets memorial in Belarus
Germany interested in rapprochement with Belarus Belarus and Germany are noting the positive dynamism in bilateral contacts. On March 13 in Minsk, Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei met with Minister of State for European Affairs of Germany Michael Roth to discuss politics, economy and exchange of students. Among the issues discussed at the formal meeting were the tragic history of our countries. The memorial Trostenets in Minsk became a monument to common misfortune. In the mid-1940s, many German Jews were sent to this death camp.

10.03.2017

Belarus, Russia intend to develop interaction algorithm on migration issues
Belarus, Russia intend to develop interaction algorithm on migration issues Belarus and Russia intend to develop an algorithm of interaction on current migration issues. First of all, it concerns the law-enforcement and border agencies, stated today the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus. In the near future, the sides will hold a meeting of the interstate interdepartmental working group.

07.03.2017

Wives of ambassadors to Belarus meet in Minsk
Wives of ambassadors to Belarus meet in Minsk On the eve of March 8, Belarus' foreign minister's wife met with the wives of heads of diplomatic missions and representative offices of international organizations in Minsk. The meeting took place at the center for contemporary art. During the informal meeting, the spouses of diplomats did not speak about politics, but discussed children, family and the hospitality of the Belarusian land.

27.02.2017

Belarus Parliament wants to form positive country image abroad
Belarus Parliament wants to form positive country image abroad Belarusian MPs would like to form a positive image of Belarus abroad. This was announced on February 27 at the lower house of the Belarus parliament following the winter session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Vienna. In recent years, Belarus-EU relations have become much warmer, including through a balanced policy of the Belarusian side. In addition, MPs are confident that Europe has a lot of serious problems these days, which it is best to solve together. At the same time, it is Belarus that is a donor of regional stability.
Georgia President Giorgi Margvelashvili to visit Belarus March 1
Georgia President Giorgi Margvelashvili to visit Belarus March 1 Minsk is preparing to welcome the President of Georgia. He will arrive in our country on an official visit. February 27, it was announced that the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, will hold talks with his Georgian counterpart Giorgi Margvelashvili on March 1. Meetings are planned in the one-on-one format, as well as in an expanded format, together with delegations.

24.02.2017

Ukraine crisis to be discussed at OSCE PA in Minsk in summer 2017
Ukraine crisis to be discussed at OSCE PA in Minsk in summer 2017 Belarus will host the next OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in the summer of 2017. Today in Vienna there was held a presentation of Belarus as the host of the forthcoming forum. The event of this level will be held in Belarus for the first time in more than 20 years.

23.02.2017

Belarus takes about 160,000 Ukrainians in recent years
Belarus takes about 160,000 Ukrainians in recent years The difficult situation emerging in the south-east of Ukraine again became the topic of discussion on 23 February at the Belarusian Foreign Ministry. It commented on the mechanism permitting Ukrainian refugees a temporary residence in the country, responding to a question about the status of Donetsk and Lugansk passports. Dmitry Mironchik said the President of Belarus in August 2014 adopted a decree that which contains a number of rules that enable migrants to avoid serious problems in the process.
Belarus to be presented as host of OSCE PA annual session in Vienna
Belarus to be presented as host of OSCE PA annual session The presentation of Belarus as the host country of the annual session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will be held in Vienna. On February 23, the capital of Austria will host the winter session of the MPs of the world's largest regional organization dealing with security issues. Belarus is also taking part.

21.02.2017

Belarus Foreign Minister to make working visit to Russia
Belarus Foreign Minister to make working visit to Russia Vladimir Makei is on a working trip to visit Moscow. During the visit, he is going to meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov. The foreign ministers will discuss topical issues of the bilateral agenda, cooperation in the international arena and in international organizations, as well as the preparation for the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Belarus and Russia.

10.02.2017

CEI's Committee of National Coordinators to hold first session in Minsk
CEI's Committee of National Coordinators to hold first session in Minsk The development of regional cooperation and trade relations between the countries of East and Europe will be the main topics of the first meeting of the Committee of National Coordinators of the Central European Initiative in Minsk. It will take place early next week as Belarus is now chairing this international organization. Minsk assumed the CEI chairmanship in 2017.

09.02.2017

Belarus comments on introduction of border zone by Russia
Belarus comments on introduction of border zone by Russia The Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to monitor the situation with the introduction by Russia of a border zone with Belarus. At the moment the situation is under control of the country's foreign ministry. There were no complaints of misconduct on the part of Russian border services in respect of Belarusian citizens. However, the new rules on border crossings imposed by Russian partners led to a certain nuances in the bilateral relations.

07.02.2017

I want Belarus to be perceived as independent state, President Lukashenko says
I want Belarus to be perceived as independent state, President Lukashenko says It is not so easy for residents of the western countries to become the lucky owners of a tractor or other products with the label "Made in Belarus". This happens for different reasons. One of them are difficulties with entrance to the European market. Competition is all countries is serious and Belarusian products are not awaited there, so Belarus needs to exert efforts to get to new markets. Here is what President Lukashenko said about this.

04.02.2017

President Lukashenko on issues in Belarus-Russia relations
President Lukashenko on issues in Belarus-Russia relations Because of disparities in prices in Belarusian and Russian markets Belarus lost $15 billion, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media. The Head of State commented extensively on the problematic issues in Belarusian-Russian relations. The Head of State commented extensively on the problematic issues in Belarusian-Russian relations.

03.02.2017

Belarus President on results of 2016: Peace, stability and social protection
President Lukashenko on results of 2016: Peace, stability and social protection How will salaries increase in Belarus? This question was the first that sounded during the big conversation with the Belarus President on February 3. At the moment the President continues the dialogue with representatives of the public and journalists.

31.01.2017

World Tourism Organization welcomes Belarus' visa-free decision
World Tourism Organization welcomes Belarus' visa-free decision The World Tourism Organization supports the decision of Belarus on visa facilitation.  According to international experts, unimpeded access to the country for people from 80 countries will benefit not only to the development of the tourism industry. The visa-free regime will strengthen the relationship between the business community, benefit business and the development of the economy as a whole.

22.01.2017

Vladimir Makei: Many states arrogate Belarus' history to themselves
Vladimir Makei: Many states arrogate Belarus' history to themselves Many other states arrogate Belarusian history to themselves, said Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei on January 20. Mr Makei noted that Belarusians should make sure that their history is objective and people see Belarus is a country with great long-lasting traditions.

12.01.2017

Development of contractual legal framework discussed in Minsk on January 12
Development of CIS legal framework discussed in Minsk January 12 The development of the contractual legal framework of the CIS was discussed in Minsk on January 12. The CIS Council of Permanent Representatives has examined the concept of Russia's presidency of the union in 2017. According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, this solution may raise the CIS activity to a new level. However, there is an urgent need to review the contractual legal framework of the Commonwealth. Many of the laws have lost their relevance over a quarter of a century.

04.01.2017

Analysis of Belarus President's New Year 2017 speech
Analysis of Belarus President's New Year 2017 speech Increasing fertility, strengthening of positions in international arena and security were the topics Alexander Lukashenko raised in his 2017 New Year address on December 31, 2016. For the first time in a quarter century, Belarus has recorded natural population growth. By the way, this is not the first time Alexander Lukashenko has asked women to give birth to more children during his New Year speech.

01.01.2017

Belarus President's New Year Address (December 31, 2016)
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus will never threaten neighbors Another year of the 3rd millennium passes into history. The year was complicated, bright and eventful. For some people 2016 was a sad and sorrowful year because of the loss of a family member or a friend, some people might have failed to achieve their goals. Others had to deal with family or professional issues. But I am convinced that 2016 was a joyful and happy year for the majority of people.

23.12.2016

Belarus upset about Russian researcher's statements
Belarus upset about Russian researcher's statements The Belarusian Foreign Ministry has expressed protest in connection with the incorrect statements about Belarus of the director of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, Leonid Reshetnikov. On December 22, the Belarus Foreign Ministry called the minister-counselor of the Russian embassy. During the meeting, the diplomat was notified about Belarus' protest. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs deems facts in Mr Reshetnikov's statements unfounded and their form unacceptable.

22.12.2016

Minsk ready to become large-scale discussion platform during OSCE PA summer session
Minsk ready to become large-scale discussion platform during OSCE PA summer session Minsk is ready to become a large-scale discussion platform during the summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. On December 22, this matter was discussed at a meeting of Belarusian MPs with the OSCE delegation. It is planned that Minsk will host about 700 participants from 56 countries.

21.12.2016

Kent Härstedt: We would like to work together for prosperity of independent Belarus
Kent Härstedt: We would like to work together for prosperity of independent Belarus Security and stability in the European region can be achieved only by working together. The summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, which will take place in Minsk, will contribute to this goal. On December 20, at the Palace of Independence, Alexander Lukashenko received the representatives of this organization.

20.12.2016

Belarus' foreign minister on working visit to Georgia
Belarus' foreign minister on working visit to Georgia On December 20, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Vladimir Makei is on a working visit to Georgia. The Foreign Minister will meet with the Georgian President, Speaker of Parliament and Minister of Foreign Affairs. The sides plan to discuss the whole range of Belarusian-Georgian relations, including political and economic and trade cooperation. They will also discuss the building up of export and cooperation through international organizations. During the visit, Vladimir Makei will take part in a ceremony to open the Belarusian embassy in Georgia.

18.12.2016

Spain and Belarus getting closer: Belarus embassy opens in Madrid
Spain and Belarus getting closer: Belarus embassy opens in Madrid Ambassadors came to Belarus and presented their credentials to Alexander Lukashenko, the President of the Republic of Belarus. A new Belarusian ambassador to Spain will present himself to the King of Spain soon. The foundations of this have been laid down already. Belarus’ diplomatic opportunities were discussed in Madrid and it was obvious that Belarus was of interest to Spain.

16.12.2016

Belarus embassy in Spain to open December 16
Belarus embassy in Spain to open December 16 Belarus will get another embassy in Europe. On December 16, it will open in Madrid, Spain. The diplomatic relations between the countries were established in February 1992. In 2015, bilateral trade reached almost $270 million. The volume of Spanish investments in the Belarusian economy amounted to $0.5 million. At present, Belarusian ambassador to Spain is Pavel Latushko, who has concurrent accreditation in France and Monaco.
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.

14.12.2016

Belarus voices priorities for 2017 CEI chairmanship
Belarus voices priorities for 2017 CEI chairmanship Belarus has voiced priorities for its 2017 presidency of the Central European Initiative. Among them is the improvement of transit potential and the development of logistics systems. The heads of government of 18 countries belonging to the CEI gathered in Sarajevo December 13. Bosnia and Herzegovina officially hands over the chairmanship for 2017 to Minsk.

13.12.2016

Belarus to chair Central European Initiative in 2017
Belarus to chair Central European Initiative in 2017 Belarus will voice the priorities of its presidency of the Central European Initiative in 2017 in Sarajevo on December 13.  The capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina is hosting a meeting of Heads of Government of the members of this association. It includes 18 countries. This will be the first time Belarus will have chaired a regional organization outside the former Soviet Union. 
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.
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

Belarus, USA stepping up cooperation in finance and investment, high technology, agriculture and energy
Belarus, USA stepping up cooperation in finance and investment Belarus and the United States are stepping up cooperation in the areas of finance and investment, high technology, agriculture and energy. Such agreements were reached during the visit of a Belarusian delegation to the United States. The delegation was composed of the deputy head of the Presidential Administration of Belarus Nikolai Snopkov, Presidential Aide Vsevolod Yanchevsky, representatives of the National Bank, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Economy and other ministries.

09.12.2016

Belarus may become platform for discussion of reasons for crisis in international relations
Minsk ready to host talks on new European security architecture The official Minsk calls on the leaders of Russia, US, EU and China to hold a frank discussion about the causes of the crisis in international relations. Belarus' foreign minister Vladimir Makei proposed this initiative on December 8 at the meeting of the council of the foreign ministers of OSCE members in Hamburg. More than 40 years ago, it was the Helsinki process that contributed to the detente in relations between the West and the East. The current state of affairs in the world carries prospects of a new Cold War.

08.12.2016

Belarus still on track to simplified visa regime with EU
Belarus still on track to simplified visa regime with EU Belarus will continue to work for the early signing of the agreement on simplification of visa regime with the EU, said December 8 spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dmitry Mironchik. The Lithuanian side is interested in these negotiations to be accelerated, said Lithuanian ambassador to Belarus yesterday. The sides will sign the agreement after technical issues are harmonized.

06.12.2016

Belarus and Poland to hold annual forums of regions
Belarus and Poland to hold annual forums of regions Belarus and Poland have agreed to hold annual forums of regions. They also plan to carry out research projects in the field of nano- and biotechnologies and cooperate in the field of education. This is the result of the first day of talks between the parliamentary delegations of Poland and Belarus.

29.11.2016

Normandy 4 foreign ministers to hold talks on Ukraine November 29 in Minsk
Normandy 4 foreign ministers holding talks on Ukraine in Minsk The foreign ministers of the Normandy Quartet (also known as Normandy 4) are holding talks on the Ukrainian crisis in Minsk November 29. The meeting is taking place at President Hotel. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin was the first to arrive in Minsk. Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov was the last to come. As expected, the talks will hinge around security and humanitarian issues, in particular, the release of hostages.

24.11.2016

Belarusian Foreign Ministry: Absence of additional obstacles in crossing Union State's internal borders is a big advantage
Belarusian Foreign Ministry: Absence of additional obstacles in crossing Union State's internal borders is a big advantage Control on the common border of the Union State of Belarus and Russia is sufficient, it is constantly being improved, and ensures security. The Foreign Ministry of Belarus stated at the November 24 briefing that absence of additional obstacles when crossing the internal borders of the Union State is a great advantage. The agreement signed by the parties has been operating for about 20 years and has proved its effectiveness.
Foreign Ministry: Belarus ready for Normandy 4 ministerial meeting
Foreign Ministry: Belarus ready for Normandy Four ministerial meeting Belarus is ready to provide all necessary conditions for the effective conduct of the Normandy Quartet ministerial meeting if the parties so decide, said the Foreign Ministry of Belarus. It became known yesterday that France and Germany are preparing a meeting in this format on November 29 in Minsk, because of the deterioration of the situation in the Donbass. This is according to head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

22.11.2016

Belarus, Russia agree on joint foreign policy actions for near future
Belarus, Russia agree on joint foreign policy actions for near future On November 22, Belarus and Russia agreed on joint foreign policy steps for the near future at a meeting in Minsk. The foreign ministers of the two countries agreed that it is necessary for the EEU to build a long-term integration with the European Union. The ministers also discussed interaction with other international organizations, such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and joint actions within the framework of the UN.

21.11.2016

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.

17.11.2016

Belarus-EU relations discussed in Minsk
Belarus-EU relations discussed in Minsk The interaction of Belarus and the EU was discussed at the Foreign Ministry of Belarus on November 16. The Foreign Minister met with the Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia in the European External Action Service, Thomas Mayr-Harting.  He led a delegation that arrived in Minsk to take part in the second meeting of the coordinating group of Belarus and the EU. The focus of the participants will be on the priorities of bilateral partnerships, cooperation in the framework of the Eastern Partnership.

01.11.2016

Ukraine threatened to use military aircraft against Belavia plane
Ukraine threatened to use military aircraft against Belavia plane - recording New details have emerged about the incident with a return of a Belavia airliner about a week ago. On November 1, Belarus published the transcript of the pilot's dialogue with the manager of the Kiev airport Zhulyany. The pilot clarifies the reason and says that he is turning the plane around. Thus, the threat to use military aircraft against Belavia plane in the event of the pilot's non-obedience, which was denied by Ukrainian security services, is obvious.

31.10.2016

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.

28.10.2016

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.

26.10.2016

Belarus stands for economy without barriers, from Lisbon to Vladivostok
Belarus stands for economy without barriers, from Lisbon to Vladivostok Belarus would like to see economy without barriers, from Lisbon to Vladivostok. The interaction of the largest European integration structures can become a significant element of the new system of global relations, said Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei, speaking October 26 at the international conference of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) on sustainable development until 2030.
Economic development and integration in Europe to be discussed October 26 in Minsk
Economic development and integration in Europe to be discussed October 26 in Minsk The topic of economic integration and sustainable development will be discussed in Minsk on October 26. The Belarusian capital will welcome more than 130 guests from the countries participants of the UN European Economic Commission. It includes 56 states. The event will bring together representatives of parliaments, foreign ministries, various integration structures and international organizations. The event is held as part of the initiative "Integration of integrations" proposed by the President of Belarus.
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.

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.

24.10.2016

How Mozyr Oil Refinery survived oil and gas conflict
How Mozyr Oil Refinery survived oil and gas conflict The tradition of carrying the Olympic torch originated in ancient Greece and reminded people about Prometheus who got fire and gave it to people. The fire of the Belarusian torch originates from... Gazprom. Gazprom is not Prometheus. It doesn’t just give fire, it sells it, and not at a low price. That’s why Belarus and Russia had an argument. By October 20, Russia wanted to get money from Belarus for gas and for pumping the volumes necessary for Belarusian refineries. Due to reduction in supplies from Russia, the Belarusian pumps weren’t working properly.
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.

20.10.2016

Foreign Ministry: Belarus welcomes any progress in resolution of Ukraine crisis
Foreign Ministry: Belarus welcomes any progress in resolution of Ukraine crisis Belarus welcomes any progress, contributing to end the bloodshed in eastern Ukraine. Such a statement was made by the Foreign Ministry of Belarus. This is a reaction to the talks in Berlin of the Normandy Four leaders. Their main achievement was the agreement to budge the stalled process of implementation of the Minsk agreements.

19.10.2016

USA notes progress in Belarus parliamentary elections
USA notes progress in 2016 Belarus' parliamentary elections The US State Department is counting on further improvements in relations with Belarus, said U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Bridget Brink, adding that "there are many aspects of bilateral relations that are of great importance." Bridget Brink noted that during her visit to Belarus she held a number of constructive meetings, including with the Foreign Minister, Vladimir Makei.

13.10.2016

Belarusian-German working group on trade and investment to meet October 13
Belarusian-German working group on trade and investment to meet October 13 The trade dialogue of Belarus with the European Union continues. October 13 in Minsk, experts of the Belarusian-German working group will consider the issues of bilateral cooperation. In the spotlight will be the matters of investment, export-credit insurance, industrial cooperation, energy, logistics, transportation, and professional education.

09.10.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: I’m sure Uzbekistan will become powerful country in Central Asia
Alexander Lukashenko: I’m sure Uzbekistan will become powerful country in Central Asia President Alexander Lukashenko visited one more important country on his way back from Pakistan. Alexander Lukashenko landed in Uzbekistan. The Belarus President visited the tomb of Islam Karimov in Samarkand. He also met with the widow of the deceased President. According to Alexander Lukashenko, he had a very productive meeting with Acting President of Uzbekistan, Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

07.10.2016

Continuity, reforms, foreign policy: Alexander Lukashenko addresses Belarusian parliamentarians
Continuity, reforms, foreign policy: Alexander Lukashenko addresses Belarusian parliamentarians Overcoming the negative trends in the economy, steady rate of development, the growing authority of Belarus in the international arena and the need to maintain a balanced foreign policy were the topics about which the President of Belarus spoke on October 7 addressing MPs from both chambers of the Belarusian parliament.

06.10.2016

President of Belarus arrives in Uzbekistan for working visit
President of Belarus arrives in Uzbekistan for working visit From Pakistan the President of Belarus went on a working visit to Uzbekistan. On October 6 the presidential plane landed at the airport of Samarkand. Alexander Lukashenko was met by the Acting President of Uzbekistan, Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev. Accompanied by him, Alexander Lukashenko visited the cemetery where the first president of Uzbekistan is buried. He laid flowers to the tomb of Islam Karimov. Then, in the Palace of Forums, Alexander Lukashenko talked to the widow of the deceased president and expressed his condolences.
Alexander Lukashenko completes official visit to Pakistan
Alexander Lukashenko ends official visit to Pakistan On October 6, the President of Belarus concluded the official visit to Pakistan. The plane of the head of state took off from the airbase "Nur Khan." Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif accompanied Alexander Lukashenko at the airport
Relations between Belarus and Pakistan to reach political level
Relations between Belarus and Pakistan to reach political level Multi-million contracts and confirmation of the mutual commitment to the development of friendly relations. The Belarusian President continues his official visit to Islamabad. Yesterday Alexander Lukashenko and Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif agreed to cooperate on the principles of mutual trust and reach for close cooperation with third countries. They also talked about the establishment of joint ventures in the food sector. Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:Belarus and Pakistan should be more active

03.10.2016

Belarus President to go on official visit to Pakistan October 4
Belarus President to go on official visit to Pakistan October 4 The press-service of the Belarusian leader, Alexander Lukashenko, reported today that the President is going on an official visit to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan October 4. The visit will be marked by the talks at the highest level. The head of state will meet with the Prime Minister of that country Nawaz Sharif, President Mamnoon Hussain, as well as with the leadership of the Pakistani parliament.

23.09.2016

Belarus, USA sign intergovernmental agreement for first time in 20 years
Belarus, USA sign intergovernmental agreement for first time in 20 years Belarus and the United States signed an intergovernmental agreement for the first time in 20 years. It concerns the protection and preservation of cultural values. At the signing ceremony, Belarus was represented by foreign minister Vladimir Makei. Mr Makei is now in New York at the 71st session of the UN General Assembly. It is this very platform that became the site of a series of bilateral talks.

04.09.2016

Belarus interested in developing cooperation with EU
Vladimir Makei: Belarus interested in developing cooperation with EU The Belarusian Foreign Minister, Vladimir Makei, took part in an informal meeting of foreign ministers of members of the European Union and the countries that take part in the EU's Eastern Partnership Initiative (EaP) in Bratislava, Slovakia, the press service of the Foreign Ministry reports. Vladimir Makei has outlined the approaches of Belarus towards the further development of the Eastern Partnership and the relations between Belarus and the European Union. 

02.09.2016

Hollande, Merkel still committed to Minsk agreements
Hollande, Merkel still committed to Minsk agreements French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are ready to continue work on the full implementation of the Minsk agreements on Ukraine. The two leaders have made a joint statement on this.  The fact is that France and Germany are concerned about the security situation in the east of Ukraine, especially along the contact line. They support the cease-fire in the Donbass in connection with the beginning of the academic year.

19.08.2016

Belarusian Embassy in Ankara recommends Belarusians to refrain from trips to Turkey
Belarusian Embassy in Ankara recommends Belarusians to refrain from trips to Turkey Belarus' embassy in Ankara has recommended Belarusian citizens not to travel to south-east Turkey. This is due to the recent terrorist attacks near the border with Syria. There were three explosions in which 13 people died. Another 300 injured were taken to hospital. Because of these events the country has increased the level of terrorist threat. Police presence in streets has increased. Vehicles will be examined with special predilection. After all, terrorists hid bombs in cars.

18.08.2016

Alexander Lukashenko holds talks with Meng Jianzhu
Alexander Lukashenko holds talks with Meng Jianzhu Technological and investment cooperation should become the main engine of trade relations between Belarus and China. The sides pin hopes also on regional ties, said Alexander Lukashenko meeting with a member of the Politburo, Secretary of Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission of the Chinese Communist Party.

18.07.2016

Belarusian Foreign Ministry recommends citizens to temporarily refrain from traveling to Turkey
Belarusian Foreign Ministry recommends citizens to temporarily refrain from traveling to Turkey The Embassy of Belarus in Turkey and the Belarusian Foreign Ministry recommend Belarusians to refrain from planned trips to Turkey until the situation is stabilized. Those who are in Turkey at this moment need to avoid mass gatherings.

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