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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mr Yevdochenko, hello!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Belarus and Turkmenistan maintaining high cooperation standards
Belarus and Turkmenistan should not give up on the high standard of cooperation, said Alexander Lukashenko at the talks with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. The heads of state discussed in Ashgabat not only the strategy of development of the bilateral relations but also some international issues. The official visit of President of Belarus to Turkmenistan began on the eve of an important world event - the conference themed The Neutrality Policy. This forum will gather on 12 December the leaders of the region and prominent world politicians.
President Lukashenko meets with Vietnam Communist Party chief
Alexander Lukashenko has met with the general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong. The Belarusian leader pointed out that his country needs new ideas to bring the state to a higher level of development.
In turn, Nguyen Phu Trong expressed his confidence that the visit of the Belarusian President to Vietnam will give a new impetus to bilateral relations and will bring benefits to the parties.
Belarus, Vietnam presidents holding talks in Hanoi
The Belarusian president continues his state visit to Vietnam. Early in the morning, Alexander Lukashenko laid a wreath at the Monument of Fallen Heroes and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi.
At the moment, negotiations of Alexander Lukashenko with his Vietnamese counterpart Trương Tấn Sang are underway. It is expected that after the meeting the leaders will sign a number of documents aimed at expanding bilateral relations.
The Belarusian President begun his state visit to Vietnam yesterday. Alexander Lukashenko arrived in Hanoi late in the evening.
Belarus ready to step up contribution to security and stability of Europe
Belarus is ready to increase its contribution to the security and stability of Europe, stated the Foreign Minister of Belarus at the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OSCE. Vladimir Makei focused on factors that reduce the effectiveness of the OSCE.
Belarus thinks the inter-state relations are still dominated by the right of force, confrontation and sanctions thinking, while diplomacy takes a back seat.
Belarus' to partake in OSCE foreign ministers' meeting in Belgrade
Strengthening the fight against terrorism and bolstering regional security. Such are the topics of the meeting of the Council of Ministers of OSCE Foreign Affairs due to take place in Belgrade today.
Belarus is also taking part in the event. The Belarusian delegation will lay out its vision for achieving security in Europe.
Belarus taking part in UN Conference on Climate Change
On November 30 France has become the center of discussion of planetary problems. Just a couple of hours ago, the 21th UN conference on climate change started at Le Bourget. The leaders of 150 countries will discuss a new agreement that should replace the Kyoto Protocol.
Taking part in the conference is the Belarusian delegation. It consists of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Environment as well as experts in the field of climate change.
UN adopts Belarus' resolution to improve coordination in fighting human trafficking
The UN has adopted a resolution of Belarus aiming to improve the coordination of efforts in the fight against human trafficking. Co-authors of the document are nearly 60 countries from all over the world.
The resolution emphasizes the relationship between sustainable development and the eradication of modern slavery.
The document aims at strengthening cooperation and coordination of efforts by all partners to eliminate this shameful activity, punish offenders and restore the dignity and the rights of victims of trafficking.
Alexander Lukashenko, Tomislav Nikolic hold talks in Minsk November 19
The leaders of Belarus and Serbia once again confirmed their mutual desire to further strengthen relations between the countries. Alexander Lukashenko met with Tomislav Nikolic at the Palace of Independence November 19. The two presidents have been good friends for more than a year. Therefore, the heads of state, during the talks, touched on many different topics. Alexander Lukashenko thanked his Serbian counterpart for the support during the recent presidential campaign, and especially emphasized that today Belarus and Serbia don't have irresolvable issues in their relations.
Belarus, Serbia sign joint statement reaffirming aim to deepen cooperation
The Palace of Independence hosted a meeting of the leaders of Belarus and Serbia November 19. Discussion on economic aspects of cooperation was preceded by a solemn ceremony to welcome the President of Serbia. Tomislav Nikolic arrived in Belarus yesterday evening. This is his second visit to Belarus as head of state.
November 19, after the talks, the presidents of Belarus and Serbia signed a joint statement reaffirming the policy aiming to deepen cooperation.
Prospects of rapprochement between Belarus and EU discussed in Berlin
Belarus is interested in the speedy achievement of peace in Ukraine. The theme of the conflict in the Donbass was raised on November 18 in Berlin, at a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Belarus and Germany. According to Vladimir Makei, Belarus foreign minister, the situation in Ukraine "is a threat to the security of the entire region."
In addition, the diplomats discussed the prospects of rapprochement between Belarus and the EU.
Vladimir Makei: Belarus expects EU to abandon sanctions logic
Belarus hopes that the European Union's logic of sanctions against the country will sink into oblivion, said November 12 Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus at a meeting with his Lithuanian counterpart. The sides discussed the bilateral relations as well as trade-economic and investment cooperation. They also talked about the joint projects in transport, transit, and energy and infrastructure development of the common border.
Foreign Ministry recommends Belarus' tourists to cancel travels to Egypt
The Belarusian Foreign Ministry recommends Belarusian tourists to cancel travels to Egypt for now. This is due to the decisions of the authorities of some states to restrict air travel to the country of pyramids.
Russian airlines have also adjusted the flight schedule, including due to the recent Russian plane crash in Egypt.
Belarus does not want new world security system to emerge from carnage
Let's start with the main events of the week in which the Belarus President took part. The topic of security and the ability of Belarus to defend its borders has always been one of the most important. Moreover, it is important today in light of the events that are unfolding in the neighboring countries.
Alexander Lukashenko this week visited the 120th mechanized brigade, an elite unit in which the President himself once served.
Thousands of hectares of two military camps, barracks, warehouses, and a firing range.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus should maintain balance between Moscow and Kiev
Belarus has prepared a draft of a new military doctrine. It will be adopted in 2015 taking into account all global challenges and threats. Today, on October 30, the President addressed military officers, with the safeguarding of Belarus’ national security being the main topic. Alexander Lukashenko underlined that current repartition of spheres of influence in geopolitics requires special alertness.
Belarus President: Reliable national security is a condition of the well-being of any state
Reliable national security providing is one of the conditions of the well-being of any state, said Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus, speaking during a meeting of Armed Forces commanders.
The current redistribution processes of the spheres of influence in geopolitics require special attention. The existence of double standards, the United States ' desire for world domination, the wars in Afghanistan and Syria, and the migration crisis in Europe — everything has its reasons, said the President.
Belarus, Russia sign coordinated foreign policy action program for 2016-2017
Strengthening of cooperation between Belarus and Russia is one of Belarus' absolute foreign policy priorities, stated the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the two countries in Moscow, October 27 where they agreed on a program of action of the Union State. Belarus and Russia are carrying out a number of different joint projects within the Union State and significant funds are directed to the joint budget. In 2014, the sides implemented more than a dozen Belarusian-Russian initiatives from space to medicine.
Germany: Trend towards Belarus-EU relations change obvious
One day after the 2015 presidential elections in Belarus European officials gathered in Luxembourg. And a few hours later news agencies reported about the freezing of EU sanctions against Belarus.
Harlem Désir, French EU affairs minister:We made a decision to suspend sanctions for the next four months but they can be put in place again immediately, if needed.
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EU announces lifting of sanctions against Belarus for 4 months
The elections took place peacefully. The opponents of the current government created the appearance of opposition but did not especially hope for the support of Belarusians.
Vladimir Neklyaev:Many people think that they have heads on their shoulders but instead they have TVs. It is an indisputable fact. And the regime was able to bend those who wanted it. You saw how many people came to our rallies.
Eight Belarusian citizens evacuated from Syria
Eight Belarusian citizens have been evacuated from Syria. The people came to Moscow on 17 October. These are Russians, Belarusians, Ukrainians and Syrians - all in all 56 people. All of them wanted to leave the Syrian Arab Republic in connection with the intensification of the fighting on its territory.
The Il-76 of the Russian Emergencies Ministry delivered to the conflict zone humanitarian aid and took on passengers on the way back from Latakia.
Kazakhstan gearing up for CIS, EEU summits
On October 16, Kazakhstan will become the center of political life of the countries of the CIS. It will host two large summits - the Council of CIS Heads of State and Supreme Eurasian Economic Council.
The leaders really have something to discuss. This includes the fight against crime and international terrorism. Foreign ministers began to prepare the ground for tomorrow's high-level talks today.
Belarus' parliament ratifies Friendship Treaty with China
The Council of the Republic, the upper chamber of the Belarus parliament, has ratified the Treaty on Friendship and Cooperation between Belarus and China. The document was signed by the heads of state in Minsk in May 2015. Also, the MPs considered the procedure of foreign donations. Especially for this they analyzed the experience of Kazakhstan, Russia, Austria, Great Britain, the United States and other countries.
Indonesia introduces visa-free regime for Belarusian tourists
Indonesia has introduced a visa-free regime for Belarusians. It applies to tourists who are planning to stay in the country for more than 30 days, reports the Belarusian Foreign Ministry. For visa-free entry into Indonesia a Belarusian must show a return ticket and a passport which expires in more than six months.
Foreign ministries of the CIS hold summit in Astana
On the eve of the summit of the heads of state in Astana, the Foreign Ministers of the CIS will hold their meeting on 15 October.
The foreign ministers will discuss issues of cooperation within the CIS and exchange views on regional and global issues.
Particular attention will be paid to humanitarian cooperation. They may also review issues of education, culture, and youth policy. Also, the sides will discuss a plan of events dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the CIS, which is celebrated in 2016.
Pusic: Croatia wants to pull Belarus closer to stabilize the region
An indication of the improvement of relations between Belarus and the EU is the decision to suspend sanctions against our country. It was taken at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg.
Vesna Pusic, Croatia's Minister of Foreign Affairs:EU seeks to bring Belarus closer. Not for admission to the EU, but as a partner in order to stabilize the region. To this end, the sanctions must be suspended, at least temporarily.
Andrei Rusakovich, expert: Belarus has significantly improved its position in the international arena
Andrei Rusakovich, Head of the Diplomatic and Consular Service Department of the Faculty of International Relations of the Belarusian State University (BSU): Do you know, Belarus in the past few years has significantly improved its position in the international arena. I will name just a few factors that testify to this. This is, above all, a stable position with respect to security, both international and regional. This was highlighted in the process of the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis.
Russian professor: Belarus has kept the right attitude to history
The TV program "Simple Questions" interviewed rector of St. Petersburg University of Humanities Professor Alexander Zapesotsky.
Alexander, hello. Thank you for taking the time for such a meeting during your visit to Minsk. I far as I know you have written more than 2,000 works. And you touched on such topics that you cannot apply in science, at first glance. This is given that you started out your scientific path as almost a "private scholar".
Belarus stands for full rapprochement with the EU, President Lukashenko says
Positive dynamism in the dialogue with the European Union should lead to the full normalization of relations, This opinion was expressed by President of Belarus, who received credentials from foreign ambassadors. Among them was the head of the EU Delegation to Belarus Andrea Victorin, replaced Maira Mora.
Head of the EU delegation to Belarus Andrea Victorin was welcomed by the Belarus President with the words "Welcome back!" And, indeed, in the early 2000s, she was an adviser of the German Embassy in Belarus.
Alexander Lukashenko at UN summit: President's speech and Ban Ki-moon's thanks
The speech of President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at the UN became one of the most striking in the organization's history.
As a mediator of the conflicting parties, Russia and Ukraine, Minsk automatically became involved in this story. The United Nations were waiting for what President Lukashenko will say in connection with the situation in Ukraine.
Belarus' stance on Russia's use of air force in Syria
The increase in terrorist activity in the Middle East makes the topic of collective measures against terrorism even more important. The Belarusian Foreign Ministry today, October 1, commented on the position of our country in regard to the Russian Federation, which has started to use its armed forces in Syria. Belarus once again expresses support for the efforts of the international community in the fight against all manifestations of terrorism and extremism.
Belarus' geopolitics. CTV's documentary I Am Walking Across The Country
To know a person, it is necessary to eat a peck of salt with them. In order to find out a country, you must be born, grow up and live there. Belarus, a country that is only 25 years old, learned to stand on its own feet and walk on its own. Of course, not without hitches. But note that this happened after a huge split in the family, the Soviet Union, which Belarusians still remember.
Belarus at the UN General Assembly in New York: Speech by Alexander Lukashenko
Alexander Lukashenko with the most "peaceful" tribune spoke of "non-peaceful" atmosphere on the planet and talked with the leaders of many countries. In the general debate the powerful countries - including the United States and Russia - voiced their positions. There was also a kind of political debut - Xi Jinping spoke at the UN General Assembly for the first time.
Heinz Fischer thanks Alexander Lukashenko for important steps to perpetuate memory of WWII victims
The President of Belarus has met with the Federal President of the Republic of Austria in New York. The two leaders briefly exchanged views on the most important aspects of cooperation, including in the humanitarian sphere.
Heinz Fischer expressed his gratitude to Alexander Lukashenko for important steps to perpetuate the memory of victims of World War II, highlighting the fact of the opening of the memorial Trostenets. For him personally, it is of great importance.
Belarus' President in United Nations: Ghost of another major conflict looming in the world
The working visit of the President of Belarus to the United States has ended. Behind are a few days of hard work. Alexander Lukashenko spoke from the rostrum of the UN General Assembly outlining the national position on sustainable development and the country's approach to solving the most pressing international issues. And according to some media, the speech of the Belarusian head of state has become one of the most notable. Alexander Lukashenko also met with the head of the United Nations and spoke with leaders of several countries.
President Lukashenko to speak at general debate of 70th UN General Assembly session September 28
The 70th session of the UN General Assembly is taking place these days in New York. Taking part in it is the President of Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko will speak at the general debate on September 28. Also in New York, the Belarusian leader is holding talks with heads of state and prominent politicians. The day before, on September 27, the Belarusian head of state spoke at the plenary session of the UN Summit on Sustainable Development presenting the national position of Belarus.
Minsk to ship MAZ trucks to Dushanbe as humanitarian assistance
Minsk will deliver humanitarian assistance to Dushanbe in the form of MAZ trucks. This decision was made by President Alexander Lukashenko, said on September 14 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Tajikistan Olga Gavruk.
According to her, when Tajik partners become better acquainted with Belarusian technologies, cooperation in this area will increase dramatically. The diplomat also noted the active development and cooperation in the field of education.
Minsk hosting 16,099-strong half marathon September 13
The center of Minsk on September 13 was given entirely to sports fans. Minsk hosted today the largest half-marathon in its history.
Everyone could choose a distance but the longest one - 21 kilometers and 100 meters - ran across the main avenues of Minsk.
The track was officially certified by the International Association of Athletics Federation. The starting point was located near the Sports Palace. In addition to half-marathon an athletics and corporate marathons took place. CTV presenters also ran 5 km.
Federica Mogherini: EU-Belarus relations need improvement
The head of European diplomacy Federica Mogherini voiced the following statement speaking at a plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
"Relations between the EU and Belarus need to be improved. I agree that the approach towards Belarus should be realistic and not just limited to our policy of sanctions."
Mogherini believes that whatever the EU response it will be accompanied by steps to enhance cooperation.
Alexander Lukashenko completes three-day working visit to China
Alexander Lukashenko has completed a three-day working visit to China He has already landed at National Airport Minsk.
The President attended a colorful military parade dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the victory in the Anti-Japanese War. Leaders of the three dozen states were in the stands together with Alexander Lukashenko.
Alexander Lukashenko signs directive on Belarus-China relations
Alexander Lukashenko has signed a directive on the development of bilateral relations with China. This document will be the foundation of cooperation between Belarus and China. Energy security, science, economy, and art. The directive covers virtually all areas of the intergovernmental dialogue.
A lot of Belarusians are now learning Chinese. This student, Nikita, knows about 3,000 hieroglyphs. Nikita is sure that he will learn much more, since the average worker in China knows about 10,000 hieroglyphs. The student plans to get a Master's Degree in the future.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus and China are long-time friends
Alexander Lukashenko and President Xi Jinping held talks in Beijing September 2 during the Belarus President's working visit to that country. At the meeting, China confirmed its intention to continue to support our country in a difficult time for the global economy.
For China, Belarus is not just a western partner, but also an area of stability on the European continent. In turn, for Belarus, China is a growing market with advanced technologies and a reliable partner in Asia.