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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.

15.07.2016

Belarus condemns Bastille Day attack in Nice
Belarus condemns Bastille Day attack in Nice "Belarus received the news about the terrorist attack in Nice at night on July 14 with deep sorrow," said the Foreign Ministry of Belarus in a statement on July 15 morning.  MORE: Bastille Day attack in Nice

14.07.2016

Foreign Ministry of Belarus
Media can apply for Belarus parliamentary election coverage until September 4 The Belarusian Foreign Ministry has started the accreditation of foreign journalists who are going to cover the parliamentary elections in the country. Applications will be accepted until 4 September. Correspondents from neighboring states traditionally show interest in political developments in Belarus. It should be noted that nearly 1,000 journalists from 30 countries covered the presidential election in the republic in October 2015.

12.07.2016

Belarus to support traditional family values at UN GA
Belarus to support traditional family values at UN GA Support to the traditional family is an initiative that Belarus intends to discuss at a meeting of the UN General Assembly July 12. Representatives of different countries will gather in New York to discuss approaches to human rights. In particular, the meeting participants will touch upon the implementation of the sustainable development program of the United Nations until 2030. The international community's action plan for the next 15 years was approved at the seventieth session of the UN General Assembly.

11.07.2016

Foreign economic presence of Belarus being discussed in Minsk
Belarus-EU trade rises tenfold over 10 years New recipes to strengthen positions on traditional markets and the development of new ones are being discussed today in Minsk by heads of all diplomatic missions and consular establishments of Belarus. Belarus has diplomatic relations with 174 countries in the world. In 56 of them, Belarus opened embassies, which represent the interests of the republic. The heads of these embassies are today in Minsk to discuss basic directions of activities of Belarusian missions abroad in modern conditions.

08.07.2016

Vladimir Makei presents Belarus' approaches to dialogue with EU in Riga
Vladimir Makei presents Belarus' approaches to dialogue with EU in Riga The close friendship of Minsk is associated not only with Vilnius, but also with Riga. On July 7, talks between the foreign minister of Belarus and the president of that Baltic republic were held in the Latvian capital.

07.07.2016

Lithuania Ambassador Evaldas Ignatavičius completing diplomatic mission in Belarus
Lithuania Ambassador Evaldas Ignatavičius completing diplomatic mission in Belarus Belarus and Lithuania will continue to develop and strengthen good neighborly relations. Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania Evaldas Ignatavičius is completing his diplomatic mission in Belarus. He's been working in our country since 2013.

06.07.2016

Belarus-EU cooperation to be discussed in Latvia July 6
Belarus-EU cooperation to be discussed in Latvia July 6 The Foreign Minister of Belarus is now on a visit in Latvia to discuss cooperation between Belarus and Latvia and ties with the EU. Vladimir Makei will hold talks with the president and the prime minister of that country. During the meetings the sides will discuss the development of Belarusian-Latvian cooperation in the political, transport and transit, and humanitarian fields.

04.07.2016

Belarus' foreign ministry condemns double terrorist attack in Iraq
Belarus' foreign ministry condemns Baghdad twin blasts The international community should continue to assist Iraq in establishing peace in the country. The Belarusian Foreign Ministry has condemned the double bombing in Baghdad.  The specially issued statement reads: "The Belarusian side strongly condemns all acts of terrorism and believes that acts of violence against civilians can never be justified."

03.07.2016

Istanbul airport attack: who is responsible and how to protect yourself?
Istanbul airport attack: who is responsible and how to protect yourself? In recent days, Brazilian authorities have said they are ready to ensure security and protect Olympians against terrorist attacks. This concerns everyone now since explosions are heard in different parts of the planet. This week, an explosion at the airport of the Turkish Istanbul killed more than 40 people and injured over 200. Alexei Volkov has more details.
Belarusians in Paris congratulate countrymen on Independence Day
Belarusians in Paris wish countrymen happy Independence Day Belarusian motifs sounded in the heart of the French capital on the eve of Belarus Independence Day. Representatives of Belarusian diaspora together with French gathered near the Eiffel Tower to sing the state anthem of Belarus, accompanied by an ensemble of folk music, dance and song.  Participating in the campaign were also about 30 French students. They studied theater art in Belarus. Some of them came especially from Canada and Tunisia.

30.06.2016

Belarus, Czech Republic to implement joint projects worth 500 million euros
Belarus, Czech Republic to implement joint projects worth 500 million euros On June 30, the Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic held talks at the Foreign Ministry of Belarus meeting with Belarus foreign minister Vladimir Makei.  This is the first visit to Belarus of an official of such a rank in the last 7 years.  Economy is the most important area of the Belarus-Czech Republic bilateral relations.
Military attachés get tour of Independence Palace in Minsk
Military attachés get tour of Independence Palace in Minsk Negotiation rooms in the Independence Palace, including those that hosted the Normandy Four meeting, were shown to military attaches accredited in Belarus.  Traditionally, every year, they take part in one of the main Belarusian holidays - Independence Day, which we celebrate on July 3. On the eve of July 3, the guests toured one of the architectural symbols of Belarus.

27.06.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is ready to create joint ventures in Thailand
President Lukashenko: Belarus is ready to create joint ventures in Thailand Belarus is ready to create joint ventures in Thailand, particularly in the field of mechanical engineering, said June 27 the Belarusian head of state at a meeting with the chairman of the National Legislative Assembly of the Kingdom of Thailand.
SCO Summit in Tashkent: What is the role of Belarus?
SCO Summit in Tashkent: What is the role of Belarus? Important political events took place in Tashkent last week. Representatives of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization have met in the capital of Uzbekistan. This club of Asian states turns 15 this year and it is going to have a bright future. This is the first time Belarus has been represented as an observer at this forum. Taking part in the Tashkent summit were presidents and prime ministers, so Uzbekistan closed borders with neighboring countries for security reasons. The traffic in the capital was controlled manually at intersections and corners.

26.06.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus-India relations need further impetus
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus-India relations need further impetus Tashkent hosted a meeting of the Council of Heads of Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The President of Belarus also took part in it as an observer. This makes Belarus the only European country to have acquired such a status. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, founded 15 years ago, groups China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Six other countries have observer status.
Belarusian consulate in Alicante
Honorary Consulate of Belarus opens in Spain's Alicante The Honorary Consulate of Belarus has opened in Spanish Alicante. It will cover several districts of Spain. Alicante is the third most popular city for Belarusians residing in Spain.

23.06.2016

Man and social problems are in focus during All-Belarusian People's Assembly
Man and social problems are in focus during 5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly On June 23, delegates of the fifth All-Belarusian National Assembly will continue the debate to discuss the development strategy of Belarus in the coming years. On June 22, on the sidelines of the Assembly, some members and guests of the event shared their impressions about the large-scale event, which determines the country's future for 2016-2020.

22.06.2016

5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly: Day 1 summary
5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly: Day 1 summary The 5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly opened in Minsk June 22. This is the most democratic way of democracy. Journalists pick different epithets and comparisons for the forum. But the Belarus President explains it simply and clearly. He speaks about the purpose of the meeting itself and the people taking part in it.

16.06.2016

100 guests from 55 countries invited to All-Belarusian People's Assembly
100 guests from 55 countries invited to All-Belarusian People's Assembly The Foreign Ministry of Belarus has invited nore than a hundred guests from 55 countries to participate in the V All-Belarusian People's Assembly. These are well-known foreign public and political figures, representatives of international organizations and associations as well as heads of foreign diplomatic missions. Among the honored guests of the assembly will be second president of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma, State Secretary of the Union State Grigory Rapota, head of the Communist Party of Russia Gennady Zyuganov and others.

13.06.2016

Belarus sends new ambassadors to Slovakia, Iran, Vietnam and Brazil
Belarus sends new ambassadors to Slovakia, Iran, Vietnam and Brazil The President of Belarus on June 13 appointed heads of diplomatic missions abroad as well as some local officials, heads of government organizations, educational institutions and ministries. All in all, 28 people were appointed. Talking with new leaders Alexander Lukashenko formulated the main tasks to be tackled. First of all, these are issues of agriculture, the real economy and specific problems in people's lives. Therefore, the President demanded that the appointees get down to work from the first day, hard and fundamentally.

08.06.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Vladimir Putin's visit to Minsk is an important symbolic step
Alexander Lukashenko: Vladimir Putin's visit to Minsk is an important symbolic step After the talks, Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin went to the Plenary Session of the III Forum of Belarusian and Russian regions.  Minsk these days has acquired the status of the main site of business negotiations and bargains. The plenary session sounds bureaucratic but is not at all boring. Russian ideologist Mikhail Shvydkoi admits his affection for the Minister of Information of Belarus.

06.06.2016

Belarus President receives credentials of ambassadors from 13 countries
Belarus President receives credentials of ambassadors from 13 countries Diversification of export, normalization of relations with the EU and the prospects of cooperation with the countries of the African region were the main topics Alexander Lukashenko raised on June 6 receiving credentials from ambassadors of Australia, Ghana, Guinea, Zimbabwe, the Republic of Korea, Nicaragua, the United Arab Emirates, Poland, Slovakia, Sudan, the Philippines, Ethiopia and Japan.
Belarusian children about big politics: Import, export, strategies and negotiations
Belarusian children about big politics: Import, export, strategies and negotiations And one more look at the major trade and political events. Olga Petrashevskaya decided to look at all these serious things from an unusual angle: she asked what little Belarusians think about big politics and economic theory. Own strategy, negotiations and even export of... the hamster Khoma. In this room, like in big politics, someone exits the international arena and some tell others what to do.

02.06.2016

Belarus preparing visa simplification decree
Belarus preparing visa simplification decree Belarus may introduce simplified visa regime for foreign citizens. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is agreeing the text of the relevant presidential decree in cooperation with other state administration bodies. Currently the authorities are working on the part of the document that will not allow illegal immigrants to take advantage of the visa regime relaxation.    

30.05.2016

Belarus on Lithuania's accusations about Belarusian NPP safety
Belarus on Lithuania's accusations about Belarusian NPP safety A number of loud statements on May 27 were made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus. The Foreign Minister informed the media about the preparation of visits of the President of Belarus to the west. At the same time, Belarus said it is ready to welcome the Pope. The minister noted that the exact time of the visit is not known but there is willingness in principle.

23.05.2016

Belarus for new legal framework for relations with EU
Belarus for new legal framework for relations with EU Belarus is in favor of a new legal framework for relations with the EU, which would take into account its obligations to the Eurasian Economic Union and the Belarus-Russia Union State. This was stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus in Brussels. Vladimir Makei took part in the meeting of foreign ministers of EU member countries and the member countries of Eastern Partnership Initiative (EaP).

22.05.2016

Belarus President's visit to Italy and the Vatican: review
Belarus President's visit to Italy and the Vatican: review The main political event of the week is President Lukashenko's visit to Italy and the Vatican. Seven years ago, there took place the first similar visit. God is eternal, while the Lord's Anointed change. Other people were on the papal throne and in political power in Italy. Therefore, the present day is a good way to confirm and reboot the relations given the rapidly changing situation in the world and in Rome. Our special correspondent Alexandra Kulakova reports from Rome.

20.05.2016

President Lukashenko offers Italian businesses to more actively invest in Belarus
President Lukashenko offers Italian businesses to more actively invest in Belarus The President of Belarus has begun a two-day official visit to the Italian Republic and the Vatican. The plane of the head of state landed today in Rome's airport Ciampino. Alexander Lukashenko was welcomed near the plane by officials from Rome and the Vatican, as well as by representatives of diplomatic corps. At the airport, the President of Belarus had a brief conversation with the Minister Plenipotentiary of the Diplomatic Protocol Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy.

17.05.2016

Belarus to provide humanitarian assistance to Ecuador earthquake victims
Belarus to provide humanitarian assistance to Ecuador earthquake victims Belarus is going to provide humanitarian assistance to Ecuador. The country will send essential items worth about $150,000. Tents, folding beds and blankets.  The delivery of humanitarian aid will be provided by the Emergencies Ministry and the Ministry of Transport with the assistance of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry.

16.05.2016

Belarusian, Russian foreign ministers discuss Minsk-Moscow cooperation, relations in Eurasian Economic Union
Belarusian, Russian foreign ministers discuss Minsk-Moscow cooperation, relations in Eurasian Economic Union On May 16, the Belarusian and Russian foreign ministries held talks in the foreign ministry of Belarus.  The sides discussed a wide range of issues. Much attention was paid to the interaction between Moscow and Minsk and collaboration in the framework of the integration entities such as the Eurasian Economic Union, the CSTO and the CIS. Security issues were also talked over.
President: Belarus open to friendly dialogue with Russia
President: Belarus open to friendly dialogue with Russia Coherent policies on the international stage. Alexander Lukashenko has met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The sides have discussed the Belarusian-Russian relations, integration issues and the situation in the world. The head of state stressed the readiness to talk on any topic, because the dialogue with Russia is always confidential and friendly.
Sergey Lavrov paying official visit to Minsk
Sergey Lavrov paying official visit to Minsk At this moment talks between the Belarusian and Russian foreign ministries are being held in Minsk. Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov is on an official visit to Minsk. After a one-on-one meeting, the sides will hold talks in an expanded format. The agenda includes a wide range of issues of bilateral Belarusian-Russian cooperation. 

12.05.2016

Turkmenistan embassy opens in Minsk
Turkmenistan embassy opens in Minsk A complex of buildings of the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Belarus opened in Minsk on 12 May. Taking part in the ceremony were presidents Alexander Lukashenko and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.  At all stages, maximum attention was given to the construction of the complex, said the Belarusian President. This can be said about the setting of appropriate tax incentives, infrastructure and the improvement of the adjacent territory.

08.05.2016

Canada to remove sanctions against Belarus
Canada to remove sanctions against Belarus Canada has removed sanctions against Belarus, reads the Canadian foreign ministry website.  "Pursuant to the Government of Canada’s commitment to diplomatic re-engagement with the international community, and in response to recent positive developments in Belarus, Global Affairs Canada will initiate the regulatory process to remove Belarus from the Area Control List (ACL), thereby lifting sanctions that have been in place since December 14, 2006," the message reads.

28.04.2016

Dmitry Mironchik, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of Belarus
Belarus Foreign Minister holding talks in Beijing Belarus aims to promote national interests in the Asia-Pacific region. Another platform for this is the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia, which is taking place in China. This is a major regional forum for the development and strengthening of co-operation, security, economic growth and stability in the region. It brings together 26 countries.

27.04.2016

Sudan, Belarus to sign cooperation agreement April 27
Sudan, Belarus to sign cooperation agreement April 27 Belarus will sign an agreement on cooperation with Sudan on April 27, which is part of the country's efforts to reach the farthest countries in an attempt to find new markets.  The focus is on the spheres of trade, industry and power generation. It is planned that Belarusian specialists will assist in the design of energy facilities and help improve the skills of Sudanese power engineers.

25.04.2016

Belarus signs global climate agreement in New York
Belarus signs global climate agreement in New York The Paris climate agreement was signed by almost 200 countries. This ceremony was symbolically held on the International Day of the Earth.  The signing ceremony of the international treaty, which took place in UN headquarters in New York, became the most massive in the history of world diplomacy. Belarus' Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei put his signature on the document.

20.04.2016

Estonians to be able to stay in Belarus up to 30 days without registration
Estonians to be able to stay in Belarus up to 30 days without registration Belarus and Estonia have signed an agreement on the entry and stay. Citizens of both countries have been given an opportunity to stay in the territory of the other country up to 30 days without registration. An Estonian delegation is in Minsk these days. The most fruitful area of ​​cooperation between the two countries is trade and economic dialogue. Oil products account for more than 60% of the total Belarusian export. Belarus also supplies to Estonia tractors, trucks and linen fabrics. 

18.04.2016

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano to visit Belarusian nuclear power plant April 18
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano to visit Belarusian nuclear power plant April 18 IAEA Director General is going to visit the construction site of the Belarusian NPP in Ostrovets. Today Yukiya Amano will arrive in our country on a working visit. It is expected that the guest will meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and representatives of other bodies of state administration. In addition, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency will study novelties presented at the exhibition Atomexpo Belarus 2016, which opens in Minsk tomorrow.

17.04.2016

Will Belarus be offered to join the EU? Picture of the World's special report from London
Will Belarus be offered to join the EU? Picture of the World's special report from London Now let's talk about cooperation, including in the parliamentary dimension. A Belarusian delegation took part in the conference of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in London this week. There is reason to talk about it but in our report, we will also tell you about the scandalous situations circulating in the media, about politicians and ordinary people of England, the views on Belarus from Albion and Belarusian features of Heathrow Airport. However, I will not go into details, let's watch our special report.
Alexander Lukashenko partakes in OIC's Istanbul summit as guest of honor
Alexander Lukashenko partakes in OIC's Istanbul summit as guest of honor Let's start with the most important event of recent days. As many as 56 countries sent their representatives to Istanbul to the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
Vladimir Makei, Belarus' foreign minister
Vladimir Makei about potential of Belarus-Council of Europe relations Now let us turn to European affairs. Belarus does not refuse to join the Council of Europe and would like to cooperate with that structure (not to be confused with the European Union, of course).  This topic was raised a few days ago by Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei, who met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, which is currently chairing the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers.

14.04.2016

Alexander Lukashenko speaks at OIC summit in Istanbul
Belarus President at OIC summit: Muslim world can become another pillar of stability The main political news today is coming from Turkey. No nation can feel secure in the face of terrorism, said about an hour ago Alexander Lukashenko at the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. This forum is being held in Istanbul, which is dubbed the crossroad of civilizations. The Belarusian leader is convinced that only through the mutual enrichment of civilizations, through dialogue and cooperation can nations find a way to solve the global challenges facing the world community.

11.04.2016

Belarus interested in close cooperation with Council of Europe, Foreign Minister says
Belarus interested in close cooperation with Council of Europe, Foreign Minister says Belarus is interested in close cooperation with the Council of Europe, said the foreign minister of Belarus on April 11 meeting with his counterpart from Bulgaria in Minsk.  This Balkan country this year presides over the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers.
Belarus-Bulgaria foreign ministries to hold talks on April 11
Belarus-Bulgaria foreign ministries to hold talks on April 11 Belarus is developing relations with the EU countries. April 11, Minsk will host the talks of the heads of Belarusian and Bulgarian foreign ministries. The meeting participants will discuss the state and prospects of the entire spectrum of the bilateral cooperation and interaction within international organizations.  In view of Bulgaria's presidency of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers in 2016, Belarus discuss relations with this international organization.

10.04.2016

Vladimir Makei: Belarus is not a ship drifting in any political direction
Vladimir Makei: Belarus is not a ship drifting in any political direction This week, much has been said about Belarusian-European relations in Brussels and in Minsk. The Belarus President held a meeting with the Foreign Ministry on the productive steps forward between Belarus and the EU. In February, the EU Council lifted most sanctions against our country. Of course, this was a good sign for collaboration in economic terms and not only. Russia remains Belarus' main trade partner but Minsk is ready to listen to pragmatic proposals of the EU.
Vladimir Makei, Belarus' foreign minister
Belarus-Russia Union State to bring more to ordinary citizens, Belarus FM says The Union State of Belarus and Russia has already brought ordinary citizens much and will continue to do so, said Belarus' Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei in Moscow April 8. The Belarusian official took part in the meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the CIS. The heads of the foreign ministries of CIS member states discussed the key issues of cooperation within the Commonwealth.

07.04.2016

Belarusian Foreign Ministry to coordinate WTO accession
Belarusian Foreign Ministry to coordinate WTO accession The bodies of state administration of Belarus should intensify work on the country's accession to the World Trade Organization, reads a decree adopted by the Government. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been selected a coordinator of the process.  WTO membership is seen as a tool for greater integration of Belarus into the multilateral trading system and an additional incentive for economic growth.
Foreign Ministry: Belarus reciprocally maintains diplomatic presence in Israel
Foreign Ministry: Belarus reciprocally maintains diplomatic presence in Israel Belarus reciprocally maintains diplomatic presence in Israel, the Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs officially confirmed April 7. The Ministry considered the note reading that the Prime Minister of the State of Israel had decided to keep its diplomatic mission in Belarus in the same format. The keeping of embassies in the two countries is an objective necessity, because of the close ties between tens of thousands of people. This is also because Belarus and Israel are enjoying the positive dynamism of the bilateral relations in various fields.
Belarus-EU relations to be discussed in Brussels April 7
Belarus-EU relations to be discussed in Brussels April 7 Belarus will continue to engage in dialogue with the European Union. In Brussels, the sides will discuss a wide range of issues: from the fight against cross-border threats and investments to energy and transport.  The Belarusian delegation is headed by representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now in Brussels.

06.04.2016

Belarus elected to 3 bodies of UN Economic and Social Council
Belarus elected to 3 bodies of UN Economic and Social Council Belarus reaffirms itself on the world stage again. Our country was elected to three bodies of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations Organization. Belarus got a place in the UN Statistical Commission and was also included into councils dealing with gender equality and human virus infections.
First meeting of Belarus-EU coordinating group due in Brussels on April 6
First meeting of Belarus-EU coordinating group due in Brussels on April 6 Belarus and the European Union intend to establish a meaningful dialogue in terms of investment, fight against cross-border threats and the simplification of visa regime. The Belarus-EU Coordination Group will meet in Brussels on April 6 in order to consolidate the positive dynamism in the bilateral relations. The meeting in such a format will be held for the first time. The sides plan to discuss the whole range of the bilateral interaction.

04.04.2016

Belarusian MFA: Nagorno-Karabakh problem may be resolved exclusively by peaceful means
Belarusian MFA: Nagorno-Karabakh problem may be resolved exclusively by peaceful means The Belarusian Foreign Ministry has made a statement on April 4 in connection with the aggravation of the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh. The Foreign Ministry noted that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can be resolved only by peaceful means and in accordance with universally recognized principles and norms of international law.

03.04.2016

Belarus hopes for new stage in relations with USA
Belarus hopes for new stage in relations with USA Discussions on Belarus' accession to the WTO again become more relevant after the removal of Western sanctions. Belarus has been negotiating about joining the World Trade Organization for more than 20 years. These talks decay and are then re-animated depending on the economic and political situation.
Belarus urges Armenia, Azerbaijan not to escalate Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
Belarus urges Armenia, Azerbaijan not to escalate Nagorno-Karabakh conflict The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko urged the parties to the Karabakh conflict to begin a dialogue. This topic was discussed during a telephone conversation with President of Belarus leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia Ilham Aliyev and Serzh Sargsyan, reports the press service of the President of Belarus. In the evening, on April 2, Alexander Lukashenko and Serzh Sargsyan in a telephone conversation discussed in detail the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh.

30.03.2016

Belarus' President meets U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
Alexander Lukashenko: USA vital for balancing Ukraine crisis Positive elements in the relations between Belarus and the United States will mark their new stage, said President Alexander Lukashenko meeting on March 30 with U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Michael Carpenter. The sides discussed Belarus' position on military matters and the bilateral dialogue. During the meeting they touched upon regional security issues. In particular, the conflict in Ukraine. Belarus' President noted that it is impossible to balance the situation there without the United States.

29.03.2016

Belarus' accession to the WTO: pros and cons
Belarus' accession to the WTO: pros and cons Belarus will invigorate the negotiation process on accession to the World Trade Organization. This instruction was given on March 29 by President Alexander Lukashenko after the meeting to discuss Belarus' WTO accession. There are 162 World Trade Organization members nowadays. Even Belarus' partners in the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) are there. However, now they need to adjust EEU regulations to WTO rules.

27.03.2016

Belarus' ambassador to Belgium on terrorist attack
Belarus' ambassador to Belgium about terrorist attacks Attacks shocked Europe once again: explosions sounded on Tuesday in the capital of Belgium and the capital of the European Union, Brussels. More than 30 people were killed and another 300 injured. As it became known a few days later, citizens of Belarus were also among those who suffered. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Kingdom of Belgium Andrei Yevdochenko has the latest news from Brussels. Yuri Koziyatko: Mr Yevdochenko, hello!
Israeli Embassy in Minsk to continue to work as usual
Israeli Embassy in Minsk to continue to work as usual The Israeli Embassy in Minsk will continue to work normally. The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed on this the Belarusian side via an official note.  As noted in the Belarusian Foreign Ministry, this step is the basis for a return to the topic of diplomatic presence of Belarus in Israel.  Earlier Israel decided to close the embassy in Belarus for economic reasons. Belarus, as is done in diplomatic practice, was ready to make a reciprocal step.

24.03.2016

Belarus MPs building political dialogue with Czech Republic
Belarus MPs building political dialogue with Czech Republic Belarus and the Czech Republic are building political dialogue. The next step is the strengthening of parliamentary cooperation. These days Prague is receiving a delegation of Belarusian MPs.  They have already held a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the level of Deputy Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic.

23.03.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus and Poland can resolve many issues together
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus and Poland can play a significant role in Europe Belarus is ready for close cooperation with Poland, stressed today President Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with Foreign Minister of that country. The foreign minister is now in Minsk on a visit. Witold Waszczykowski has been in office since November 2015. But his diplomatic service began in the late 90s. In his career, the diplomat occupied the post of deputy foreign minister and deputy director of the National Security Bureau of Poland.
Poland ready to reduce the cost of visas for Belarusians Poland is ready to reduce the cost of visas for Belarusians. This issue was discussed by heads of the foreign affairs agencies of the two countries. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland is now on a visit to Minsk. It is planned that the simplification of the visa regime will contribute to the development of relations at the regional level, strengthen mutually beneficial economic and humanitarian ties. The sides also focused on the modernization of border infrastructure.

22.03.2016

Belarus may end preparatory process for WTO accession by end of 2016
Belarus may end preparatory process for WTO accession by end of 2016 Belarus can complete the preparatory process for accession to the World Trade Organization during 2016, international experts say. On March 22 in Minsk, representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Centre discussed the details of further actions of Belarus in the framework of the WTO accession. Now the main focus should be on the improvement the efficiency of the public sector bodies and on the diversification of markets. A major role in this process is given to business.

17.03.2016

Honorary Consulate of Mexico in Belarus opens in Minsk March 17
Honorary Consulate of Mexico in Belarus opens in Minsk March 17 The Honorary Consulate of Mexico in Belarus opened in Minsk March 17. Both sides are convinced this will contribute to the expansion of political and economic dialogue between the two countries.   Today Belarus exports to Mexico potash fertilizers, metal products and tires, and buys fruit, coffee and electronic equipment. And, as was noted at the meeting, the joint capacity of the countries does not end here.
Belarus' Foreign Ministry building
Belarus welcomes Israeli decision to keep embassy in Minsk The Belarusian Foreign Ministry considers logical the decision of the Israeli leadership to keep embassies in Minsk, reads the official website of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.   Now, in accordance with diplomatic practice, Belarus is waiting for an official note to the Foreign Ministry of Israel. As for the Belarusian presence in Israel, the Foreign Ministry will be guided here by the international practice based on the principle of reciprocity.

14.02.2016

Belarus Foreign Minister: We are building very fruitful contacts with Germany
Belarus Foreign Minister: We are building very fruitful contacts with Germany A security conference continues its work in Munich, Germany, on February 14. During the event, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus held a series of international negotiations.  Vladimir Makei met with his counterparts from the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Ghana, Egypt, the Minister of Defence of Pakistan, representatives of the German government, as well as IAEA Director General.

08.02.2016

Foreign Ministry building in Minsk
Belarus mulling over export strategy for 2016-2020 The development of economic integration in the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) will eliminate constraints on export growth. This is stated in the draft national export support and development program for 2016-2020, which is now available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a public discussion. It takes into account the experience of previous programs, particularly the current situation of international trade, as well as new trends in globalization and regional integration.

05.02.2016

CSTO to work out unified strategy to combat illegal migration
CSTO to work out unified strategy to combat illegal migration A unified strategy to combat illegal migrants will be developed by the CSTO countries. This decision was made by the Coordinating Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization at a meeting in Minsk. The system of data exchange will be changed. It will become regular, which will enhance the efficiency of the analysis of the current migration situation as well as help predict the number of visitors from third countries. The CSTO plans a set of special measures to combat illegal immigration.

02.02.2016

Belarus, Germany discuss topical matters of bilateral relations
Belarus, Germany discuss topical matters of bilateral relations Belarusian-German relations were discussed in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus in Minsk.  On February 2, 2016 Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus Vladimir Makei met with regional director of the Kiev office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation Mr. Stephan Meuser and Ambassador of Germany to Belarus Peter Dettmar. The sides discussed topical issues of relations between the countries.

31.01.2016

Belarus confirms interest in dialogue with OSCE ODIHR
Belarus confirms interest in dialogue with OSCE ODIHR Belarus confirms interest in continuing a constructive dialogue with the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the OSCE. Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei on 29 January met with representatives of the organization, as well as the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. During the meeting the sides discussed the findings and recommendations of the final report of the European observation mission for the 2015 presidential elections in Belarus, as well as prospects of cooperation. 

25.01.2016

Belarus President calls on UK to overcome 'psychological barrier' in relations
Belarus President calls on UK to overcome 'psychological barrier' in relations Belarus is ready to consider any new ideas, projects and initiatives on the part of foreign embassies, said January 25 the President receiving credentials from ambassadors of 10 countries: Austria, the UK, Albania, India, Venezuela, Peru, South Africa, Sierra Leone, the Democratic People's Republic and Switzerland.

24.01.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: No direct military threat to Belarus now
Alexander Lukashenko: No direct military threat to Belarus now A new draft military doctrine was discussed at a meeting with the Belarus President on January 22. This is a mandatory document for any state in which it spells out the official position regarding security and armed protection. Alexander Lukashenko stressed that Belarus will continue to adhere to the policy of peace, but the difficult situation in the world makes the country "keep powder dry."

21.01.2016

Belarus receives observer status in Association of Caribbean States
Belarus receives observer status in Association of Caribbean States Belarus has officially received the status of an observer in the Association of Caribbean States, according to the Belarusian Foreign Ministry.  This makes it possible to significantly strengthen and expand trade and economic cooperation with the member countries of the Association, which population is about 230 million people.

20.01.2016

New round of Ukraine contact group talks underway in Minsk January 20
New round of Ukraine contact group talks underway in Minsk January 20 Preparation of local elections in the Donets Basin region is one of the main topics that the representatives of the contact group on Ukraine intend to discuss the January 20 in Minsk. It is expected that the upcoming meeting will be an attempt to find compromises on individual and especially acute themes. In particular, there will be discussed such issues as the participation of media in the electoral process, the organization and the form of political events, as well as the vote count.

19.01.2016

Belarus President congratulates Iranian counterpart on lifting of western sanctions
Belarus President congratulates Iranian counterpart on lifting of western sanctions Iran has returned to the interbank payment system SWIFT, the country's Central Bank has announced. The connection will take place after the adoption of the necessary technical measures as well as a number of administrative and system tests. The USA and the EU announced the lifting of sanctions against Iran after Tehran and the six international mediators agreed on the country's nuclear program.
Ukraine contact group to meet in Minsk January 20
Ukraine contact group to meet in Minsk January 20 Minsk agreements must be implemented by all parties to the conflict in Ukraine, said head of EU diplomacy Federica Mogherini summing up the EU Council in Brussels. The problem of the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis is discussed at the talks in various formats, in particular during the meetings of the contact group in Minsk. The next round is scheduled for tomorrow, 20 January. Among the main issues of the meeting is the preparation of local elections.

07.01.2016

Belarus closes embassy in Israel in reciprocal move
Belarus closes embassy in Israel in reciprocal move Belarus, on the principles of reciprocity, closes its embassy in Israel. Such a statement was made by the Foreign Ministry of Belarus. In connection with the decision to close the Israeli embassy in Minsk, Belarus answers in the same way, as is usual in diplomatic practice.
European countries condemn North Korea's hydrogen bomb test
European countries condemn North Korea's hydrogen bomb test January 6 in the morning, North Korea announced a successful test of a hydrogen bomb. At the same time, Pyongyang says it has no intention to use the weapon unless the sovereignty of the country is violated. However, it has caused great concern in the world. The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting yesterday. A number of European countries condemned the test. In particular, Germany, France and Britain called Pyongyang's statement a provocation and a threat to peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.

17.12.2015

Development of Belarus' foreign policy discussed in Minsk
Development of Belarus' foreign policy discussed in Minsk Since gaining independence Belarus has formed a positive image in the world, said December 17 Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei meeting with young Belarusian diplomats. Today, our country is making a significant contribution to strengthening international stability and security. And it is a great merit of the whole Belarusian diplomacy.

16.12.2015

Alexander Lukashenko: We must not overlook the situation with Ukraine
Belarus President: Ukraine crisis must not be overlooked Security inside Belarus and on its borders. Improving the operation of security officials was discussed on December 16 at a meeting hosted by the head of state. The situation in Ukraine is still tense, and Belarus must keep following the events there. In addition, from January 1, Ukraine-EU association agreement will come into force and a free trade zone will be created. So the strengthening of Belarus' borders from the point of view of security and economy is very important.

14.12.2015

Vladimir Makei and Federica Mogherini
Belarus-NATO cooperation discussed in Brussels Cooperation between Belarus and the EU and NATO was discussed in Brussels. In Belgium, the foreign minister of Belarus met with foreign ministers of the European Union. The sides exchanged views on the state and prospects of cooperation.  Vladimir Makei also held talks with EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn and NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow.  

13.12.2015

Belarus President urges Russia, Turkey "to make at least half a step towards each other"
Belarus President urges Russia, Turkey 'to make at least half a step towards each other' In today's world, the role of small and medium-sized states is growing, stated the President of Belarus, speaking at the conference "The policy of neutrality: international cooperation for peace, security and development" in Ashgabat. Alexander Lukashenko was visiting Turkmenistan that December 12 celebrated the Day of Neutrality. The Belarusian President spoke at the international conference dedicated to that day. The forum should become one more step on the road to peace and stability in the world.
Pavel Latushko, Belarusian Ambassador to France, Spain and Portugal
Belarusian ambassador about ongoing Belarus-France cooperation projects In connection with the opening of the Honorary Consulate of Belarus in Lyon Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to France, Pavel Latushko, agreed to answer our questions, which concern not only the opening of the consulate. First of all, we will be talking about economy, because it is now at the head of everything.

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