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16.05.2016

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.

10.12.2015

Alexander Lukashenko and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov
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.

09.12.2015

President Lukashenko meets with Vietnam Communist Party chief
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
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. 

03.12.2015

Belarus ready to step up contribution to security and stability of Europe
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
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.

30.11.2015

Belarus taking part in UN Conference on Climate Change
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. 

29.11.2015

Grigory Rapota, State Secretary of the Belarus-Russia Union State
Belarus could serve as platform for talks over latest Middle East tensions Belarus could serve as a platform for negotiations in connection with the worsening situation in the Middle East, said November 27 in Minsk State Secretary of the Belarus-Russia Union State Grigory Rapota.

25.11.2015

Dmitry Mironchik, Belarus' Foreign Ministry Spokesman
Belarusian Foreign Ministry on Turkey's downing of Russian SU-24 The Belarusian Foreign Ministry has commented on the situation with the Turkish Air Force shooting down the Russian military aircraft Su-24.  The Foreign Ministry noted that the incident is a matter of deep regret and grave concern.  

24.11.2015

UN adopts Belarus' resolution to improve coordination in fighting human trafficking
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.

22.11.2015

Belarus and Germany's bilateral cooperation: "Development in the right direction," foreign ministers say
Belarus and Germany's bilateral cooperation: "Development in the right direction," foreign ministers say The recent visit of the President of Serbia to Belarus is important not only in terms of bilateral cooperation, but also for the general state of affairs in Europe. Serbia this year chairs the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and then the baton will be passed to Germany.

20.11.2015

Minsk expects to gather former Yugoslav republics' leaders in 2016, Alexander Lukashenko says
Minsk expects to gather former Yugoslav republics' leaders in 2016, Alexander Lukashenko says Minsk expects in 2016 to gather the leaders of the former Yugoslav republics, stated Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with the president of Serbia. The meeting took place before the heads of state laid a commemorative capsule at the construction site of the experimental multifunctional complex Minsk World.

19.11.2015

Alexander Lukashenko, Tomislav Nikolic hold talks in Minsk November 19
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
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
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.

15.11.2015

Vladimir Makei: Belarus expects EU to abandon sanctions logic
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.

07.11.2015

Foreign Ministry recommends Belarusians cancel travels to Egypt
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.

01.11.2015

Belarus does not want new world security system to emerge from carnage
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.

30.10.2015

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus should maintain balance between Moscow and Kiev
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
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.

27.10.2015

Belarus, Russia sign coordinated foreign policy action program for 2016-2017
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.

19.10.2015

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German foreign minister
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. More: Belarus-EU relations

18.10.2015

EU announces lifting of sanctions against Belarus for 4 months
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 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.

15.10.2015

Kazakhstan gearing up for CIS, EEU summits
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
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 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
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.

13.10.2015

Pusic: Croatia wants to bring Belarus closer to stabilize the region
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.

12.10.2015

Juan Díaz Nicolas
Juan Díaz Nicolas: I was surprised that Belarusians come to the polls with kids Profession of sociology of the Madrid University Juan Diaz Nicolas is in our studio today. Could you tell us about your impressions of what you saw during the Belarus election?
Andrei Rusakovich, political analyst
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. 

10.10.2015

Russian professor: Belarus has kept the right attitude to history
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".  

06.10.2015

Belarus stands for full rapprochement with the EU, President Lukashenko says
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.

05.10.2015

President Lukashenko wants full normalization of Belarus-EU relations
President Lukashenko wants full normalization of Belarus-EU relations Positive dynamism in the dialogue with the European Union should lead to the full normalization of relations, said President Alexander Lukashenko accepting credentials from ambassadors of several foreign countries.

04.10.2015

Alexander Lukashenko at UN summit: President's speech and Ban Ki-moon's thanks
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.

01.10.2015

Dmitry Mironchik, Belarus' Foreign Ministry Spokesman
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.

30.09.2015

CTV's documentary I Am Walking Across The Country. Part 1. Geopolitics
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. 

29.09.2015

Belarus at the UN General Assembly in New York: Speech by Alexander Lukashenko
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
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
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.

28.09.2015

President Lukashenko to speak at general debate of 70th UN General Assembly session September 28
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.
Alexander Lukashenko addresses UN Summit on Sustainable Development in New York Leaders of states and diplomats gathered for a UN summit on sustainable development and the 70th General Assembly of the United Nations. Since the middle of the 20th century it has been the highest international tribune.

15.09.2015

Minsk to ship MAZ trucks to Dushanbe as humanitarian assistance
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.

13.09.2015

Minsk hosts 16,099-strong half marathon September 13
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.

10.09.2015

Federica Mogherini: EU-Belarus relations need improvement
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. 

03.09.2015

Alexander Lukashenko completes three-day working visit to China
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.
Director, actor and TV host Alexander Gordon about President Lukashenko
Alexander Gordon: There would be no Belarus without Lukashenko Director, actor and TV host Alexander Gordon was the guest of the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev. In the interview, Mr Gordon answered a number of questions relating to his work, TV, poetry, love and also mentioned Belarus.
Alexander Lukashenko signs directive on Belarus-China relations
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 and Xi Jinping
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.

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