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21.02.2017

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

10.02.2017

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

09.02.2017

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

07.02.2017

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

04.02.2017

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

03.02.2017

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

31.01.2017

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

22.01.2017

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

12.01.2017

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

04.01.2017

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

01.01.2017

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

23.12.2016

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

22.12.2016

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

21.12.2016

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

20.12.2016

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

18.12.2016

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

16.12.2016

Belarus embassy in Spain to open December 16
Belarus embassy in Spain to open December 16 Belarus will get another embassy in Europe. On December 16, it will open in Madrid, Spain. The diplomatic relations between the countries were established in February 1992. In 2015, bilateral trade reached almost $270 million. The volume of Spanish investments in the Belarusian economy amounted to $0.5 million. At present, Belarusian ambassador to Spain is Pavel Latushko, who has concurrent accreditation in France and Monaco.
Belarus President comments on Trump support
Belarus President comments on Trump support On December 15, the Belarus President made a number of appointments: from the local vertical to representatives of the diplomatic corps. The President agreed to appoint some heads of universities, executive committees, government organizations and the media.

14.12.2016

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

13.12.2016

Belarus to chair Central European Initiative in 2017
Belarus to chair Central European Initiative in 2017 Belarus will voice the priorities of its presidency of the Central European Initiative in 2017 in Sarajevo on December 13.  The capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina is hosting a meeting of Heads of Government of the members of this association. It includes 18 countries. This will be the first time Belarus will have chaired a regional organization outside the former Soviet Union. 
President: Belarus for resolving conflicts peacefully, at negotiating table only
President: Belarus for resolving conflicts peacefully, at negotiating table only There are new persons among the foreign envoys to Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko received credentials of heads of diplomatic missions of Burkina Faso, Indonesia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mongolia, Finland, France, Eritrea and Estonia. For the first time after the 13-year break, taking part in the ceremony was the Ambassador of Canada. Among the diplomats was a representative of the Catholic Church. The Apostolic Nuncio handed the President the symbolic message.
Stanisław Karczewski: Relations with Belarus were frozen, but now we see good opportunities
Stanisław Karczewski: Relations with Belarus were frozen, but now we see good opportunities The collapse of the USSR was accompanied by the collapse of the Soviet bloc, which included Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. Neighboring Poland included. It was a member of the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance - CMEA - which was a kind of European Union, something like "Socialist European Union." Today, Poland is in the "capitalist EU".

12.12.2016

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

09.12.2016

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

08.12.2016

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

06.12.2016

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

29.11.2016

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

24.11.2016

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

22.11.2016

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

21.11.2016

Belarus remains pole of stability in Europe
Belarus remains pole of stability in Europe Belarus is increasingly seen as a pole of stability in the region, said Belarus President on November 21 as he met with the delegation of the Political and Security Committee of the EU Council. According to Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus cannot face a choice between East and West. Belarus' foreign policy is consistent and predictable, he added.

17.11.2016

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

01.11.2016

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

31.10.2016

Qatar is pearl of Persian Gulf: Alexander Lukashenko on official visit to Middle East
Belarus President makes official visit to Qatar, pearl of Persian Gulf The President of Belarus went to the Middle East region. He is going visit two countries, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. That’s the third visit of Alexander Lukashenko to Qatar. It is a country with ancient history.  Even Before the Common Era, inhabitants of this territory were mediating in trade of Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece with India. Thus, they clearly understand economic language. One more important fact is that Qatar is a large oil and gas producer as well as the UAE. And Belarus is interested in it.

28.10.2016

Each new decision in CIS should be based on economic feasibility, Alexander Lukashenko says
Each new decision in CIS should be based on economic feasibility, Alexander Lukashenko says Today Minsk is hosting a meeting of the heads of governmental delegations of the Eurasian Economic Union and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Taking part in the events is also the President of Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko said that each new decision of the CIS countries must be based on economic feasibility. This is one of the key themes of current agenda in the economic downturn, which is felt worldwide, including by integration associations. The latter, according to the Belarus head of the state, must bring real benefits to the peoples.

26.10.2016

Belarus stands for economy without barriers, from Lisbon to Vladivostok
Belarus stands for economy without barriers, from Lisbon to Vladivostok Belarus would like to see economy without barriers, from Lisbon to Vladivostok. The interaction of the largest European integration structures can become a significant element of the new system of global relations, said Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei, speaking October 26 at the international conference of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) on sustainable development until 2030.
Economic development and integration in Europe to be discussed October 26 in Minsk
Economic development and integration in Europe to be discussed October 26 in Minsk The topic of economic integration and sustainable development will be discussed in Minsk on October 26. The Belarusian capital will welcome more than 130 guests from the countries participants of the UN European Economic Commission. It includes 56 states. The event will bring together representatives of parliaments, foreign ministries, various integration structures and international organizations. The event is held as part of the initiative "Integration of integrations" proposed by the President of Belarus.
Belarus President says relations with Western Europe vital
Belarus President: Relations with Germany and Western Europe important President of Belarus took a number of personnel decisions on October 25. When appointing new heads of diplomatic missions, Alexander Lukashenko stressed the importance of developing relations with Western Europe. Changes were made to the local vertical of power. Denis Sidorenko has been appointed new Belarusian Ambassador to Germany. This is responsible position given that Germany is one of the main Western partners of the Republic of Belarus. Germany is also the locomotive of the EU economy.

25.10.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus needs to help the poorest people
Belarus President: The poorest people need to be helped in crisis Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko stressed the importance of the development of relations between Belarus and Western Europe making staffing decisions on October 25. They touched upon the diplomatic corps. Denis Sidorenko has been appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany. That country takes a constructive and pragmatic approach in the field of political cooperation, and in trade-economic cooperation, which is why it has become one of Belarus' most important partners.

24.10.2016

How Mozyr Oil Refinery survived oil and gas conflict
How Mozyr Oil Refinery survived oil and gas conflict The tradition of carrying the Olympic torch originated in ancient Greece and reminded people about Prometheus who got fire and gave it to people. The fire of the Belarusian torch originates from... Gazprom. Gazprom is not Prometheus. It doesn’t just give fire, it sells it, and not at a low price. That’s why Belarus and Russia had an argument. By October 20, Russia wanted to get money from Belarus for gas and for pumping the volumes necessary for Belarusian refineries. Due to reduction in supplies from Russia, the Belarusian pumps weren’t working properly.
Belarus proposes Poland to boost economic cooperation
Poland may assist Belarus in WTO accession talks The President of Belarus proposes to raise the bar of trade and economic cooperation with Poland. Alexander Lukashenko said this on October 24 meeting with Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers, Minister of Finance and Poland Mateusz Morawiecki. In January-August 2016, the trade turnover between the countries has increased as compared to the same period of 2015.

20.10.2016

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

19.10.2016

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

13.10.2016

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

09.10.2016

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

07.10.2016

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

06.10.2016

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

03.10.2016

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

23.09.2016

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

04.09.2016

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

02.09.2016

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

19.08.2016

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

18.08.2016

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

18.07.2016

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

15.07.2016

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

14.07.2016

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

12.07.2016

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

11.07.2016

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

08.07.2016

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

07.07.2016

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

06.07.2016

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

04.07.2016

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

03.07.2016

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

30.06.2016

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

27.06.2016

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

26.06.2016

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

23.06.2016

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

22.06.2016

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

16.06.2016

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

13.06.2016

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

08.06.2016

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

06.06.2016

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

02.06.2016

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

30.05.2016

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

23.05.2016

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

22.05.2016

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

20.05.2016

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

17.05.2016

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

16.05.2016

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

12.05.2016

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

08.05.2016

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

28.04.2016

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

27.04.2016

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

25.04.2016

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

20.04.2016

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

18.04.2016

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

17.04.2016

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

14.04.2016

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

11.04.2016

Belarus interested in close cooperation with Council of Europe, Foreign Minister says
Belarus interested in close cooperation with Council of Europe, Foreign Minister says Belarus is interested in close cooperation with the Council of Europe, said the foreign minister of Belarus on April 11 meeting with his counterpart from Bulgaria in Minsk.  This Balkan country this year presides over the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers.

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