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07.12.2017

Belarus embassy in Israel to continue work in Tel Aviv
Belarus embassy in Israel to continue work despite Middle East tensions A deal of the century is cancelled. The leader of the Hamas movement announced the end of the peace process in the Middle East and called on Palestine for the uprising. The situation became hotter after the United States recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. On December 7, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry commented on the situation around the status of the city. As it became known, the Embassy of Belarus in Israel will continue its work in Tel Aviv.

24.11.2017

Belarus counts on agreement with EU 'sooner or later'
Belarus counts on agreement with EU 'sooner or later' The Minister of Foreign Affairs heads the Belarusian delegation at the summit of the Eastern Partnership in Brussels. He said the basic agreement on Belarus-EU cooperation will be signed "sooner than later." Mr Makei is convinced of a positive solution to the issue. The Belarusian side is working on it with European partners, the minister said.

07.11.2017

Belavia to receive 3 new Embraers by summer 2018
Belavia to receive 3 new Embraers by summer 2018 Belavia is the largest air company in Belarus based in Minsk National Airport. At the moment it takes regular flights from Minsk to 49 airports of 28 countries. Belavia intends receiving three Embraer planes by the summer season of 2018. A corresponding agreement has been signed with the Brazilian Embraer manufacturer. Anatoly Gusarov Director General of Belavia has commented on the issue.

01.11.2017

USA to allow Belarusians to apply for visa from Minsk
Belarusians can apply for US tourist visas in Minsk from 2018 The USA will allow Belarusians to apply for the American visa from Minsk. This is an initiative of the American side.  The US representatives appealed to the Belarusian government and received a positive response.  Consular services is expanding already from November 1. Citizens of the Republic of Belarus, who are 50+, can already apply for a visa in the Belarus capital. Earlier it was possible to do this if you are 70 or older.

19.10.2017

Cuba wants Belarus to help develop the country, Gerardo Suárez Alvarez says
Cuba wants Belarus to help develop the country, Gerardo Suárez Alvarez says Belarus is interested in creating joint ventures in Cuba and counts on the country's assistance in developing relations with other Latin American and Caribbean countries. On October 19, the President received the Ambassador of Cuba at the Palace of Independence. Pharmacy was called one of the promising areas for cooperation. There is also an untapped potential in industry, agriculture, science, technology and education.
Belarus can do anything it can for Cuba, Alexander Lukashenko says
Belarus can do anything it can for Cuba, Alexander Lukashenko says Belarus is interested in creating joint ventures in Cuba and counts on the country's assistance in developing relations with other Latin American and Caribbean countries. On October 19, the President received the Ambassador of Cuba at the Palace of Independence. Pharmacy was called one of the promising areas for cooperation. There is also an untapped potential in industry, agriculture, science, technology and education.
Economic cooperation between Belarus and Spain discussed in Minsk
Economic cooperation between Belarus and Spain discussed in Minsk Business circles of Belarus and Spain have identified priority areas for cooperation. The first meeting of the intergovernmental commission on economic interaction was held in Minsk. Among the main topics were energy, information technology, agriculture, transport and logistics.
Xi Jinping: We must give up Cold War mentality
Xi Jinping: We must give up Cold War mentality The world must abandon the mentality of the Cold War and the politics of power, said chairman of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping. The appeal to all countries was voiced at the opening of the All-China Congress of the Communist Party - the most important political event in China. The leader of the PRC stressed the need to apply new approaches to international relations, excluding confrontation and block thinking.

16.10.2017

Kyrgyz citizens could vote in presidential elections at Minsk embassy on October 15
Kyrgyz citizens could vote in presidential elections at Minsk embassy on October 15 Citizens of Kyrgyzstan living in Belarus could take part in the election of their country's president. On October 15, the polling station was opened in the embassy in Minsk. The procedure takes place electronically. Under Kyrgyz law, voter turnout does not affect the outcome of a political campaign. Elections are recognized as valid regardless of the percentage of those who voted. More than 700 international observers have been accredited to monitor elections in Kyrgyzstan. Among them are representatives of the Central Election Commission of Belarus.

14.10.2017

Belarus, Azerbaijan to focus on regional cooperation
Belarus, Azerbaijan to focus on regional cooperation The strengthening of the role of the parliamentarians in the work of integrational unions and in the development of bilateral relations. The prospects of Belarus-Azerbaijan relations were discussed on October 13, 2017 in the Palace of Independence.

13.10.2017

Belarus President wants to strengthen CIS Parliamentary Assembly
Belarus President wants to increase role of CIS Parliamentary Assembly The principal position of the Belarusian side is to strengthen the parliamentary dimension in the CIS and other integration structures, said President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with the chairman of Milli Majlis of Azerbaijan. Other areas of cooperation have also been indicated. The Belarusian head of state touched upon the issues that were discussed in Sochi at a meeting of the leaders of the CIS countries.
Belarus holding exercise to practice response to radiation accidents
Belarus holding exercise to practice response to radiation accidents Belarus has invited representatives of all neighboring countries, as well as international organizations, including the IAEA and the CSTO, to watch the exercises aimed at practicing response to radiological accidents. It will be held in different parts of the country and on two border crossings. The active phase of the exercises will take place in Ostrovets District on 19 October. In particular, a warning system at primary rescue operations will be checked. In doing this Belarus operates in accordance with the IAEA recommendations.

11.10.2017

Belarus President set to discuss support for traditional family values with CIS leaders
Belarus President set to discuss support for traditional family values with CIS leaders Sochi on October 11 is hosting the summit of the heads of state of the CIS, with leaders of 10 countries taking part in it. The event, which is also called the "Club of Presidents", promises to be one of the most significant events for the Commonwealth in 2017. It is planned that the presidents will share their opinions and develop common approaches to solving both internal problems and problems related to external challenges and threats.
Belarus President on working visit in Russia
Belarus President on working visit in Sochi The President of Belarus arrived in Russia on a working visit to attend the meetings of the Council of CIS Heads of State and the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. The agenda of the CIS summit is rich. As many as 17 issues are due to be discussed. The presidents will talk about cooperation in the Commonwealth space, improvement of the activities of the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly and its adaptation to contemporary realities. On the same day, the session of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council will take place in Sochi. 
CIS adapting to modern realities
CIS adapting to modern realities On October 10, foreign ministers prepared draft documents to be submitted to CIS heads of state for consideration. A meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Commonwealth countries was held in Sochi. The main topic of the talks was the improvement of the CIS activities and adaptation to modern realities.

10.10.2017

Vladimir Makei: Belarus urges to focus on economic component of CIS
Vladimir Makei: Belarus urges to focus on economic component of CIS On October 10, foreign ministers prepared draft documents to be submitted to the heads of CIS countries for consideration. Sochi hosted a meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the CIS countries. The main topic of the talks, as expected, was the improvement of the CIS activities and the adaptation of the Commonwealth to modern realities. Also during the meeting, the humanitarian agenda was considered, or rather, interaction in the areas of youth policy, sports and tourism.

05.10.2017

New building of Apostolic Nunciature opens in Minsk
New building of Apostolic Nunciature opens in Minsk A new building of the Apostolic Nunciature opened in Minsk on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Belarus and the Holy See. The embassy is located in a picturesque corner in the center of the capital.

03.10.2017

Peculiarities of being an interpreter for state officials
Peculiarities of being an interpreter for state officials The United Nations celebrated the International Interpreter’s Day for the first time. The celebration was initiated by Belarus. It is always important to preserve clarity, positive atmosphere when communicating with representatives of different countries and continents. An interpreter will always help to find common language.
"Belarus is a gate between East and West": First conference of honorary consuls opens in Minsk
"Belarus is a gate between East and West": First conference of honorary consuls opens in Minsk The first conference of honorary consuls was opened in Minsk. It gathered almost 60 diplomats working in 56 countries. The honorary consul is an authoritative person who has influence in political and business circles in their homeland. They are engaged in the development of friendly relations representing the interests of his country abroad. The main theme of the current meeting is the expansion of trade and attraction of foreign investments to Belarus.
Relations between Belarus and France: Big report from Bordeaux
Relations between Belarus and France: Big report from Bordeaux France is one of the largest countries in Europe. We have been developing positive engagement for recent years. The Honorary Consulate of Belarus was opened in New Aquitaine, also known as Bordeaux, a major region of France, on 29 September. When you hear the name of Bordeaux, you imagine vineyards. This region plays an important role not only in French winemaking but in winemaking all over the world.

02.10.2017

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus always keeps to openness and justice in dialogue with partners
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus always keeps to openness and justice in dialogue with partners It is necessary to build and strengthen bridges  between countries in the West and the East. This was sated by President Lukashenko on October 2, when receiving credentials of foreign ambassadors. Representatives of different countries gathered in the Palace of Independence. From the European continent (Spain, Sweden), Africa (Djibouti, Mali). Among the other states are Uruguay, Chili, and Laos.
How Belarus helps maintain balance in multipolar world of globalization and morality
How Belarus helps maintain balance in multipolar world of globalization and morality The main denominations in Belarus demonstrated especial friendliness and cooperation this week. There are fewer Catholics than Orthodox Christians in Belarus, but this did not prevent Minsk from hosting a meeting of the Council of Episcopal Conferences of Europe. A huge delegation of Catholic hierarchs arrived in the Belarusian capital. President Alexander Lukashenko took part in this influential meeting. Orthodox archpriest Fyodor Povnyi met the bishops of the whole Church of Europe.

26.09.2017

Sir Alan Duncan arrives in Belarus
Sir Alan Duncan arrives in Belarus Belarus and the UK are opening a new page in their relations. Minister of State for Europe and the Americas of the British Foreign Ministry arrived in Minsk on a visit. A representative of the UK government is visiting Belarus for the first time. Alan Duncan will hold a number of meetings with the leadership of Belarus. In particular, he is going to meet with Belarus' Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei. It is expected that the sides will sign the Convention on the Elimination of Double Taxation.

22.09.2017

Brussels MPs visiting Minsk
Brussels MPs visiting Minsk A new stage of the Belarusian-Belgian relations. Parliamentarians from Brussels arrived in Minsk on a visit. On September 22, the deputies of the Kingdom met with counterparts from the House of Representatives, where they said that the current visit was an opportunity for them to exchange opinions, as well as study the political system of Belarus, which differs from the Belgian one.
Minsk ready to become bridge linking the old with the unborn, Belarus FM says at UN
Belarus FM proposes to hold Helsinki-2 process in Minsk at UN GA Belarus calls for putting an end to the cold war and proposing a platform for global negotiations, said the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Belarus at the UN General Assembly. It was political instability in the world that was the result of military clashes and terrorism, Belarus foreign minister Vladimir Makei believes. The reason for this situation is connected with the Cold War. The epoch-making conflict has not actually ended. The architecture of cooperation and security must be changed.

21.09.2017

Belarus supports Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty
Belarus supports Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Global peace-building and the integration of integrations. Such are the initiatives put forward by Belarus at the 72th session of the UN General Assembly.
Belarus Foreign Minister to address GA on September 21
Belarus Foreign Minister to address GA on September 21 The voice of Belarus will sound again from the UN rostrum on 21 September. Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei is taking part in the high-level week of the 72nd session of the General Assembly. In general, the general political debate gathered in New York more than 130 heads of state and over 100 foreign ministers. Among the main topics that Belarus will raise in the UN is the initiative of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on the Helsinki-2 process, as well as the fight against trafficking in human beings.
President Lukashenko: "Belarus won't fight against anyone if not touched"
President Lukashenko: Belarus won't fight against anyone if not touched After the West 2017 drills journalists asked Alexander Lukashenko, why the heads of state watched the exercises at different sites. Vladimir Putin did not come to Belarus and decided to inspect the West 2017 exercises on the territory of Russia. He had visited a training ground in the Leningrad region. The President started the answer with a joke.

19.09.2017

What international observers say about Zapad 2017 drills
What international observers say about Zapad 2017 drills The drills West 2017 (Zapad 2017) are coming to an end and international observers share their opinions about what they saw. In recent days, simulated military operations have been unfolding on the ground and in the air. Almost 13 thousand servicemen are taking part in the large-scale military drills. 270 foreign journalists daily send their reports to colleagues for publication.

18.09.2017

Observers: West 2017 doesn't smell aggression
Observers: West 2017 doesn't smell aggression September 17 marked a new phase of the West-2017 exercise. The military drills entered the active phase. This is the time when it becomes clear how effectively the army works as a fighting mechanism, how quickly the signal from headquarters reaches all units.
Belarus-Russia West 2017 drills begin: Picture of the World's review of first days
Belarus-Russia West 2017 drills begin: Picture of the World's review of first days Another incident on Friday morning in the London Underground. A bucket exploded and people got burned. The police are investigating this deeming this is a terrorist attack.

15.09.2017

New Ambassador of Belarus to Indonesia: We have same tasks as in India in this region
New Ambassador of Belarus to Indonesia: We have same tasks as in India in this region The Indonesian economy is considered one of the most promising. The new Ambassador of Belarus in that country, Valery Kolesnik, is instructed to intensify all the agreements that were reached earlier during the visit of Alexander Lukashenko. Belarus, Indonesia should establish joint ventures, Alexander Lukashenko says

12.09.2017

Belarus President in India: It's time for specific contracts
Belarus President in India: It's time for concrete projects The solemn ceremony of the meeting of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko took place in the presidential palace in New Delhi.
Belarus President arrives in India for talks September 11
Belarus President arrives in India for talks September 11 Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko will hold talks and a series of official meetings with the leadership of India in New Delhi on September 12. It is planned that almost all areas that are of mutual interest for Belarus and India will be considered. New Delhi has already hosted the Belarusian-Indian business forum, where the first working day ended with the signing of a dozen contracts. This economic background, of course, should serve as a good basis for today's negotiations.

08.09.2017

NATO to observe Belarus-Russia West 2017 drills
NATO to observe Belarus-Russia West 2017 drills Representatives of NATO will monitor the Belarusian-Russian exercise "West-2017". They, together with about 80 other observers, including the UN and the OSCE, will visit the training grounds where maneuvers will be held from September 14 to September 20. The Belarusian and Russian military will first of all work out the fight against terrorists and the protection of important facilities. Meanwhile, the hype surrounding the upcoming drills in Western media is gradually subsiding, including thanks to the statement of the NATO Secretary General.
Alexander Lukashenko to pay official visit to India on September 11-12
Alexander Lukashenko to pay official visit to India on September 11-12 Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko will pay an official visit to India on September 11-12.  In New Delhi, the head of state is expected to hold a number of official meetings, including at the highest level.  The President will meet with his Indian counterpart and the Prime Minister of India.

04.09.2017

Belarus expresses deep concern over DPRK's nuclear bomb test
Belarus expresses deep concern over DPRK's nuclear bomb test Belarus expresses deep concern over the DPRK's test of a thermonuclear bomb, reports the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus. The foreign ministry emphasizes that the achievement of peace and stability in the region is possible only through dialogue. In this connection they urge North Korea not to allow steps that violate a number of UN Security Council resolutions and provoke a forceful resolution of the situation.
Georgian Foreign Minister to arrive in Minsk September 4
Georgian Foreign Minister to arrive in Minsk September 4 The Georgian Foreign Minister begins his official visit to Minsk on September 4. Mikheil Janelidze will hold a number of high-level meetings, including with the government, the National Assembly and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus. The main points on the agenda are bilateral cooperation, parliamentary ties, joint projects and, of course, the intensification of economic interaction.

28.08.2017

Egyptian foreign minister hails Belarus' efforts aimed at peaceful conflict settlement
Sameh Shoukry hails Belarus' efforts aimed at peaceful conflict settlement The agreements between Belarus and Egypt, reached at the highest level in January 2017, became one of the topics of the meeting on August 28 in the Palace of Independence.

24.07.2017

Belarus Foreign Minister goes on official visit to Slovenia
Belarus Foreign Minister goes on official visit to Slovenia New vectors of economic and political relations of Belarus and Slovenia. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus went on an official visit to Slovenia.

17.07.2017

Belarus President: Diplomacy's role rises manifold in international relations crisis
Belarus President: Diplomacy's role rises manifold in international relations crisis In the current crisis of international relations, the role of diplomacy has multiplied, said President Alexander Lukashenko on July 17 at a meeting with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the CSTO member states. According to the head of state, the task of diplomacy is to create prerequisites for convergence of positions of all interested parties. Only on the basis of consolidation of efforts is it possible to effectively counter challenges and threats, the President stressed.

13.07.2017

Belarusian MFA: West 2017 drills purely defensive
Belarusian MFA: West 2017 drills purely defensive The military exercise of Belarus and Russia West 2017 was planned long ago and does not threaten anyone, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus. Belarus sends invitations to foreign countries and international organizations to monitor the drills. Meanwhile, this measure is proactive and based on the principles of openness. The active phase of the exercises will be monitored by representatives of the UN, OSCE, NATO, and the CSTO.

12.07.2017

Belarus President: Minsk process should remain and continue more vigorously
Belarus President: Minsk process should remain and continue more vigorously Belarus needs to tell the world about itself, said on July 11 the head of state. Already in the first minutes of the meeting, Alexander Lukashenko marks the main priorities: we need to improve the efficiency of foreign economic activity, develop a new export strategy and increase export of services. It is also necessary to take care of increasing the role of Belarus in world politics.

11.07.2017

Alexander Guryanov about deliverables increase on Italian market
Alexander Guryanov about deliverables increase on Italian market Alexander Lukashenko outlined the main priorities of Belarus’ foreign policy on July 11, 2017. More than 250 people were at the meeting with the President. Among Them were diplomats, directors of foreign organizations, representatives of the government.
Priorities of Belarus' foreign economic policy outlined
Priorities of Belarus' foreign economic policy outlined Build equal relations with all foreign partners and advantageously use the improving of the world market situation were among the main requirements of the Belarus President. He outlined the main priorities of Belarus' foreign policy and economy on July 11. More than 250 people are taking part in the meeting with the head of state. These are diplomats, including heads of many foreign missions, government representatives and business leaders.
Distant countries willing to open embassies in Belarus, MFA says
Distant countries willing to open embassies in Belarus, MFA says Foreign policy, development of industrial cooperation, export opportunities and international security were among the main topics during the annual meeting of Belarusian ambassadors in Minsk at the Academy of Public Management under the aegis of the President. This allows diplomats to check whether they are on the same page and determine the plan of action for the upcoming period. One of the major tasks for heads of embassies abroad is to promote Belarusian products to foreign markets.

10.07.2017

Netherlands embassy office opens in Minsk
Netherlands embassy office opens in Minsk On July 10, Belarus and the Netherlands begin a new page in the history of relations. An office of the embassy of that European state was officially opened in Minsk.

06.07.2017

Belarus ready to discuss human rights issues with USA in any format
Belarus ready to discuss human rights issues with USA in any format Belarus and the USA should continue to dialogue on sensitive topics in a constructive way. The parties need to move from mutual reproaches and demands towards active cooperation. This is what President Alexander Lukashenko said on July 6 meeting with a group of American congressmen from the largest delegation at the 26th session of the OSCE Parliamentary Session. The United States is represented by 35 people. Such interest cannot be called incidental, the head of state underlined.
Belarus President suggests new Helsinki process at 26th OSCE Summer Session
Alcee Hastings at OSCE PA: Helsinki 2 may be possible Belarus suggests launching a new Helsinki negotiation process that will determine the safe future of the entire European community. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko proposes to start a discussion and find a model of such a dialogue acceptable for all parties.

05.07.2017

Wiktorin: Belarus ideal as host of OSCE PA session
Wiktorin: Belarus ideal as host of OSCE PA session The final Minsk declaration of the OSCE PA session will include additional resolutions, which parliamentarians can initiate independently. Belarus has also initiated one. In addition, our experts have co-authored documents developed by colleagues from Russia, the United States and Azerbaijan. SEE: Alexander Lukashenko meets with OSCE President Christine Muttonen
OSCE PA in Minsk: What will be discussed?
OSCE PA in Minsk: What will be discussed? Minsk serves as a good platform for discussing international problems, said participants of the summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly which is being held in Minsk these days. The official opening ceremony of the session has been already held today. Delegates from 57 countries will sit at the negotiating table soon. A total of almost 700 distinguished guests are in the Belarus capital these days. 

02.07.2017

Alexander Lukashenko at the fourth Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia
Alexander Lukashenko at the fourth Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia Presidents of Belarus and Russia discussed the most important subjects during the fourth Forum of Regions, which was held in Moscow. Economy is on the first place. Cooperation in production, taking down the barriers in exporting food from Belarus to Russia, oil and gas. Ivan Bambiza, Deputy State Secretary of the Union State of Belarus and Russia:Presidents of Belarus and Russia met, business met, agreements were made. And decisions have been made.
French politicians hail Belarus' role in world politics ahead of OSCE PA session in Minsk
French politicians hail Belarus' role in world politics ahead of OSCE PA session in Minsk About 60 countries send their political representatives at the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE in Belarus. This authoritative forum opens in Minsk in a few days. In the last program, politicians from Germany talked about this and today we will listen to what French MPs say. Belarusian embassy organized this week a performance in Paris during which the Belarusian anthem sounded near the Eiffel Tower. Our special correspondent Alena Syrova reports from Paris.

01.07.2017

Vladimir Putin about Belarus’ investment to Russian agriculture, retailing and pharmaceutics
Vladimir Putin about Belarus’ investment to Russian agriculture, retailing and pharmaceutics A few hours before the Supreme State Council meeting of the Union State, Presidents Lukashenko and Putin took part in the fourth Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia. The main subjects are innovation development and digital economy; the sides are to expand cooperation in these directions. The Forum of Regions greets the Presidents. Short negotiations, mutual photographs and partaking in the closing ceremony of the Forum.
President Lukashenko about development of Russia’s agriculture sector
President Lukashenko about development of Russia’s agriculture sector Belarus and Russia are both prepared to use the Union’s potential for sustainable development. President Lukashenko says that Belarus is ready to continue a constructive dialogue, to make decisions on topical issues of cooperation. What future awaits the Union State? The Supreme State Council meeting was held in the Kremlin on June 30, 2017. This is where the document on the Union Sate of Belarus and Russia was signed. The handshake of the Presidents of Belarus and Russia looks symbolic; it is a reminder of the equality of the two countries in the Union.

30.06.2017

Belarus President: We must prove to the world we are a self-sufficient country
Belarus President: We must prove to the world we are a self-sufficient country The further development of integration between Belarus and Russia should be facilitated by decisions to be taken at the meeting of the Supreme State Council. On the eve of the meeting, Alexander Lukashenko in the Kremlin met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. As noted by the leaders of the states, the significant events that are currently taking place in Moscow will allow discussing and resolving the most pressing interaction issues.

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.

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