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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.

02.09.2015

Alexander Lukashenko, President Xi Jinping hold talks in Beijing
Alexander Lukashenko, President Xi Jinping hold talks in Beijing The main political news today comes from China, where the President of Belarus is continuing his working visit. Alexander Lukashenko and President Xi Jinping have held talks in Beijing. The Belarusian leader thanked the head of the People's Republic of China for providing investment and loans for infrastructure projects in Belarus. Today, China has confirmed readiness to support Belarus in this difficult time for the global economy. The countries are bound by two decades of cooperation. 

28.08.2015

Visa-free regime between Belarus, Israel to take effect November 26
Visa-free regime between Belarus, Israel to take effect November 26 Visa-free regime between Belarus and Israel will take effect from November 26. This was announced during the meeting of the Foreign Minister of Belarus, Vladimir Makei, with the Ambassador of Israel. The meeting was held in connection with the termination of the diplomatic mission of Iosif Chagall. The diplomat handed over a note on the implementation by the Israeli side of the internal procedures necessary for the visa-free regime's entry into force. Belarus made it back in January.

25.08.2015

Belarus abolishes visas for Chinese: Boost for bilateral relations?
Belarus abolishes visas for Chinese: Boost for bilateral relations? To Belarus without a visa. From August 24 citizens of China may enter Belarus without a special passport mark. However, the term of their stay here should not exceed three days. This order applies to those Chinese citizens who come from China on a direct flight and have in their passports visas of an EU state or the state that is member of the Schengen area.

20.08.2015

Belarus reinforcing border with Ukraine
Belarus reinforcing border with Ukraine Belarus is reinforcing its southern borders. Against the backdrop of new alarming news from the southeast of Ukraine, Belarus is taking special care about the strength of the Belarusian-Ukrainian border. Demarcation works have been underway since November 2013, when the first border sign was installed.
Dmitry Mironchik, Belarus' Foreign Ministry Spokesman
Tunisia abolishes visas for Belarusians Belarusians are now able to travel to Tunisia without visas. The government of the North African republic has taken the decision to cancel these documents for citizens of Belarus.  Now, to visit Tunisia one needs to have only a valid passport and tickets. The stay time should not exceed 90 days. Also, the decision of the Tunisian side regarding the abolition of visas applies to citizens of Russia and Moldova.

18.08.2015

Belarusians continue to flee from Syria amid new escalation
Belarusians continue to flee from Syria amid new escalation Belarusian citizens are being evacuated from Syria where the situation is tightening again. Another group of citizens of Russia, Syria, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan have left the zone of the armed conflict, all in all 87 people.  They got on board a Russian plane, which delivered humanitarian aid to Latakia, the main port city of the country. Recently, it has become another hot spot in Syria. At least six people died from the shelling of the militant group "Islamic State", with two dozen injured.

14.08.2015

Vladimir Makei, Belarus' foreign minister
Foreign Ministers of Belarus, Ukraine and Lithuania discuss Donbass conflict The trilateral meeting of foreign ministers of Belarus, Lithuania and Ukraine - Vladimir Makei, Antanas Linkevičius and Pavel Klimkin - took place in Odessa, the press service of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry informs. "The ministers thoroughly discussed the regional situation related to the conflict in south-eastern Ukraine, and spoke in favor of the quick achievement of specific agreements, which will be acceptable to all parties, within the framework of the Tripartite Liaison Group," the press-service reports.

13.08.2015

Vladimir Makei, Belarus' foreign minister
Minsk, Kiev preparing roadmaps to restore bilateral trade Minsk and Kiev are preparing roadmaps to restore the previous level of trade between the countries. This was stated by the head of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry in Kiev. Vladimir Makei is here on a working visit. The talks with the leadership of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry also focused on the situation in the Donbass. Vladimir Makei assured that Belarus is doing everything for soonest peace and stability in the sourth-east of Ukraine.

12.08.2015

Belarusian Foreign Minister begins visit to Ukraine August 12
Belarusian Foreign Minister begins visit to Ukraine August 12 The head of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry will discuss the settlement of the situation in the Donbass during his visit to Ukraine. Vladimir Makei arrives there on August 12.  The head of the Foreign Ministry of Belarus will also review trade and economic relations between the two countries and cooperation in the field of politics. The chiefs of the Foreign Ministries of Belarus and Ukraine will discuss the dialogue between the two countries within international organizations.   

10.08.2015

President Lukashenko meets with Pakistani Premier August 10
President Lukashenko meets with Pakistani Premier August 10 The President of Belarus has met with the Prime Minister of Pakistan.  Alexander Lukashenko personally greeted Nawaz Sharif near the Independence Palace. After a warm greeting, the anthems of the two states were played. After meeting with a delegation, the politicians began talks. Alexander Lukashenko and Nawaz Sharif continue their meeting at the Palace of Independence.
Pakistani Prime Minister to arrive in Minsk 10 August on two-day visit
Pakistani Prime Minister to arrive in Minsk on two-day visit August 10 President of Belarus will meet with the Prime Minister of Pakistan August 10. Alexander Lukashenko and Nawaz Sharif will hold one-on-one talks and then will be joined by their delegations. The distinguished guest will stay in Belarus until 12 August.  During this time, he will hold a number of official meetings, visit Belarus' machine-building enterprises and deliver a lecture at the Belarusian State University. 

07.08.2015

Belarus' Foreign Ministry condemns Saudi Arabia mosque attack
Belarus' Foreign Ministry condemns Saudi Arabia mosque attack The Belarusian Foreign Ministry condemned the recent attack in a mosque in Saudi Arabia and expressed sincere condolences to the bereaved families and relatives.  The tragedy occurred in the city of Abha. 17 people died and another 25 injured. A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device straight during prayer.

30.07.2015

Belarus takes active stance against human trafficking
Belarus takes active stance against human trafficking Belarus takes an active role in combating human trafficking. This was announced on July 30 at an international seminar in Minsk. The date of the meeting was not chosen accidentally. July 30 is World Day to Combat Trafficking in Persons. The meeting is attended by representatives of more than a dozen countries and international organizations that are part of the Group of Friends of the United Nations. It was created on the initiative of Belarus.

29.07.2015

Belarusians advised against traveling to south-east Turkey
Belarusians advised against traveling to south-east Turkey Belarusian tourists are advised not to travel to south-east Turkey. In connection with the anti-terrorist operation one needs to refrain in the near future from visiting the provinces bordering with Syria and Iraq. If you do need to travel there please exclude crowded places from your route. According to the Ministry of Sports and Tourism of Belarus, Belarusians who have already signed agreements on the provision of tourist services have the right to refuse from travels to Turkey or move them to another date.

23.07.2015

Belarus fulfills 5 of 8 Millennium Development Goals earlier than planned
Belarus fulfills 5 of 8 Millennium Development Goals earlier than planned Belarus will take part in the development of the final document of the UN Summit on Development. This was announced on July 23 by the Foreign Ministry of our country. The Belarusian delegation has already made its proposals in 17 areas. They will be considered during the final round of consultations. Our country has fulfilled five of the eight Millennium Development Goals earlier than planned. Among them is the fight against malnutrition and the inaccessibility of education, combating gender inequality and others.

22.07.2015

Three-day visa-free stay in Belarus for Chinese citizens
Three-day visa-free stay in Belarus for Chinese citizens The President of Belarus signed a decree allowing visa-free entry and exit, as well as transit across the territory of Belarus and temporary stay in the country for up to three days for Chinese citizens, according to the presidential press service. This procedure is designed for Chinese citizens arriving on direct flights from airports in the country of nationality provided they have in the passport a valid visa of the states-members of the European Union or the states that are parties to the Schengen agreement.

21.07.2015

OSCE chief Ivica Dacic: Minsk has become a synonym for settlement of Ukraine crisis
OSCE chief Ivica Dacic: Minsk has become a synonym for settlement of Ukraine crisis OSCE chief Ivica Dacic: Minsk has become a synonym for settlement of Ukraine crisis Belarus fully supports Serbia's efforts to improve security in the OSCE area of ​​responsibility - this was announced after a meeting of Belarus' foreign minister with OSCE Chairman Ivica Dacic. Vladimir Makei stressed that our country will continue to support all efforts aimed at achieving the creation of a single space of stability and security in Europe.
Belarus to more actively cooperate with Spain in education, health and culture
Belarus for tighter cooperation with Spain in education and culture Belarus will actively cooperate with Spanish partners. The future Honorary Consul of Belarus in Spain Alfonso Jurado Mesa was received in Brest on July 20. Education, health care, and youth exchange - all this is only part of the list of possible joint projects in Brest and Alicante. The sides discussed thoroughly the feasibility of investment business projects and possibilities for stronger trade ties. Spain is a new and promising partner for Belarus.  Belarus' exports in the last five months of 2015 rose by 146%.

20.07.2015

Moldova President arrives in Belarus on official two-day visit
Moldovan president completes official visit to Belarus: review Last week, Belarus and Moldova discussed possible major joint economic projects. Alexander Lukashenko and Nikolai Timofti were seeking for potential points of growth.  Moldovan business community took part in a business forum in Minsk, which reflects their interest in finding opportunities of doing business with Belarusian partners. At first glance it seems that the two countries have completely different economic accents. After all, Belarus is in the Eurasian Economic Union. And Moldova is committed to EU accession.
Normandy 4 leaders hold telephone talks on Ukraine
Normandy 4 leaders hold telephone talks on Ukraine All agreements on Ukraine must be respected. The leaders of the Normandy Quartet reiterated the importance of the implementation of the Minsk agreements as of February 12. Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin, Francois Hollande, and Petro Poroshenko held telephone talks.  As before, the emphasis was made on cessation of hostilities in the Donbas. Civilians there are still suffering: the city is virtually destroyed, there is no water and products cannot be delivered to those who need them most.

17.07.2015

President Timofti invites MTZ Director General to visit Moldova On July 17 the delegation headed by the President of Moldova visited Belarusian industrial giants. First on the list was the MTZ works. Moldova is well familiar with Belarusian agricultural machinery.  There is a trading house in Chisinau, to which MTZ this year alone sent about one hundred and fifty machines of varying power and modifications. Especially in demand is Belarus-921, designed to work in vineyards. In addition, Belarus' tractors are jointly assembled in Moldova. Nicolae Timofti personally tested Belarusian machinery.  

16.07.2015

FM names Belarus' major trade economic partners besides Russia, EU
FM names Belarus' major trade economic partners besides Russia, EU Economic diplomacy. Assigning Belarusian officials to specific regions to increase the volume and diversification of export gives some results, said on July 16 Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei at a meeting of heads of diplomatic missions and consular offices of Belarus.  In particular, the diplomats intensified work of the intergovernmental commissions, used reserves through business associations, honorary consuls, as well as the exhibiting of Belarusian goods abroad.

13.07.2015

Why will Ufa's BRICS/SCO summits become historic? The Ufa negotiations of the BRICS and the SCO could enter into economic history. Countries representing nearly half the world's population discussed global issues such as the reform of the United Nations, economic development strategies and the creation of a multipolar world in opposition to the unipolar one. There will be created a new BRICS Development Bank and a pool of foreign exchange reserves with a combined capital of over 200 billion dollars.
Belarus interested in expanding economic cooperation with SCO nations, says Director of Strategic and Foreign Policy Studies Center
Belarus interested in expanding economic cooperation with SCO nations, says Director of Strategic and Foreign Policy Studies Center Belarus interested in expanding economic cooperation with SCO nations, says Director of Strategic and Foreign Policy Studies Center Director of the Center for Strategic and Foreign Policy Studies Arseny Sivitsky is in the studio of the program "Week". This week, BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organization attracted the attention of the world media. Two summits together. Belarus was also invited to Ufa. In this case, what does it mean?

10.07.2015

Belarus granted observer status in Shanghai Cooperation Organization
Belarus granted observer status in Shanghai Cooperation Organization Leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization signed a decision to grant Belarus observer status in the organization. The Ufa declaration enshrining this right was signed by heads of Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. They also approved the decision to start admission procedures of India and Pakistan as members of the association. 
How can Belarus benefit from ties with BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organization?
How can Belarus benefit from ties with BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organization? Belarusian political analysts are discussing the prospects of cooperation of Belarus with the BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The opinion, which brings together most of the experts: the voice of Belarus was heard and the leading economies of the world treat us as an equal partner. BRICS groups Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, who are among the leaders of the world's geopolitics.  BRICS is sometimes called jokingly "bricks". Today this organization is in fact, the basic building material for the global economy.
Belarus counts on OSCE support in Minsk talks on Ukraine
Belarus counts on OSCE support in Minsk talks on Ukraine Belarus counts on the support of the OSCE Minsk during the negotiations on the situation in Ukraine. This was announced on July 9 by the Foreign Ministry of Belarus. Representatives of OSCE, the world's largest regional organization dealing with security issues, will discuss the settlement of the situation in the Donbass region at an informal high-level meeting in Helsinki.
President Lukashenko: Belarus is a reliable and predictable partner in the international arena
President Lukashenko: Belarus is a reliable and predictable partner in the international arena Ufa, which received the participants and guests of the BRICS Summit, hosts July 10 the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. It includes Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.  It is already known that Belarus has acquired observer status in the organization. The president of Belarus is in Ufa on a working visit.
Belarus, Brazil to create joint intergovernmental commission to study the state of partnership
Belarus, Brazil to create joint intergovernmental commission to study the state of partnership Ufa is in the center of world politics. On July 9, it hosted the summits of the BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organization. During the summit, Belarus head of state Alexander Lukashenko met with Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff. A meeting of heads of Belarus and Brazil was held in the capital of Bashkortostan. Alexander Lukashenko and Dilma Rousseff agreed to establish a joint intergovernmental commission, which will examine the current state of the partnership, as well as prospects for further cooperation between the two countries.

08.07.2015

Ambassadors of Belarus to all states gather in Minsk July 8
Ambassadors of Belarus to all states gather in Minsk July 8 Belarus overcomes specific challenges шт foreign trade and is working to create new opportunities. Ambassadors of Belarus to all states gathered in Minsk today on July 8. Heads of diplomatic missions and consular offices have met at the negotiating table. The diplomats are going to discuss the most pressing issues of economic policy of our country abroad, exports of goods and services, and tourism potential.
Why does Belarus need observer status in Shanghai Cooperation Organization?
Why does Belarus need observer status in Shanghai Cooperation Organization? Belarus has established good relations with all BRICS member countries. The country is ready to get actively involved in specific areas of cooperation within the framework of the association. This was said back in early June by head of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry Vladimir Makei after talks in Moscow with his Russian counterpart. As for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Belarus hopes to increase its level of participation in the organization. Now Belarus is dialogue partner but it may acquire observer status.

06.07.2015

Belarus President holds meeting on political matters
Belarus President holds meeting on political matters ahead of presidential election New challenges to which Belarus must respond. Alexander Lukashenko held a meeting on political issues, which was attended by all the heads of the law enforcement officials and the first persons of the country who determine domestic and foreign policy. The President stressed that today the state's actions are inextricably linked to economy. Belarus attaches great importance to the diversification of exports.

01.07.2015

Belarus to send invitations to international organizations wishing to observe 2015 presidential elections
Belarus to shortly invite international organizations wishing to observe 2015 presidential election The Belarusian Foreign Ministry in a few days will send invitations to the international organizations who wish to observe the 2015 presidential elections in Belarus. This was stated by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Vladimir Makei.  Nearly a thousand representatives of other countries monitored the previous presidential election in Belarus.
Vladimir Makei, foreign minister of Belarus
Advisory Council for Belarusians abroad gathers for first meeting The first meeting of the Consultative Council for Belarusians abroad was held in Minsk. It was created under the aegis of the Foreign Ministry of Belarus. On July 1, the meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs gathered delegates representing nearly two dozen public organizations that protect the interests of Belarusian citizens abroad.

30.06.2015

Foreign Ministry recommends Belarusians to be alert in Tunisia
Foreign Ministry recommends Belarusians to be alert in Tunisia The Foreign Ministry recommends Belarusians to be alert in Tunisia. In connection with the terrorist attack committed there Belarusian citizens in that country are advised to observe maximum possible precautions and refrain from visiting crowded places. The attack occurred on June 26. A militant of the Islamic State shot dead 40 people on the beach and by the pool of one of the hotels in the resort town of Sousse. About fifty are wounded. After the tragedy, tourists refuse to go there for scheduled rest. Tunisia notes a sharp decline in the flow of visitors to the country. 

29.06.2015

Informal meeting of Eastern Partnership foreign ministers to take place in Minsk June 29 The summit of Eastern Partnership will be held in Minsk on June 29. The capital of Belarus will host talks at the level of the foreign ministers of the member countries of the European initiative. This will be the fifth ministerial dialogue, this time informal. Therefore, there are no final documents or loud statements expected. On the agenda, there are prospects for further development of the EU project in the context of the fourth summit of Eastern Partnership. 

25.06.2015

Belarus President: We are not playing geopolitics; peaceful country is more important for us The President of Belarus has made a number of appointments. They affected some ministries, diplomatic missions, as well as local authorities. Andrei Kovkhuto was appointed head of the Ministry of Nature and Environment.  Igor Nazaruk will represent the country's interests in Armenia. Gennady Akhramovich is now the head of the diplomatic mission in Azerbaijan. Valery Kurdyukov will head the Belarusian embassy in the Czech Republic.
Alexander Lukashenko receives 11 new ambassadors, says 'Welcome back' to Sweden Belarus is ready to develop cooperation with countries around the globe, said President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with new foreign diplomats who will be working in Belarus.  11 ambassadors presented credentials to the President of Belarus at the Palace of Independence on June 25.  Belarus is connected with many countries thanks to large-scale projects. Their implementation may be an indicator of relations between states. For example, in Turkmenistan Belarus is building the Garlyk Mining Plant.
Belarus ready to take part in finding solution to Ukraine crisis in any format, foreign ministry says
Belarus ready to take part in finding solution to Ukraine crisis in any format, foreign ministry says Belarus is ready to participate in finding a solution to the situation in Ukraine in any desired format, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of our country on June 25.
Belarus President says Eurasian Economic Union significantly expands range of trade and economic cooperation
Belarus President says Eurasian Economic Union significantly expands range of trade and economic cooperation Belarus is ready to develop cooperation with countries from around the globe. This was stated by Alexander Lukashenko who addressed the new representatives of the foreign diplomatic corps in Belarus. 11 ambassadors handed credentials to the President at the Palace of Independence today. These are representatives of Argentina, Belgium, Benin, Brazil, Denmark, Jordan, Ireland, Kuwait, Turkmenistan, Uruguay and Sweden. Alexander Lukashenko has congratulated everyone on the beginning of the diplomatic mission and expressed confidence in fruitful collaboration.

24.06.2015

Normandy 4 foreign ministers urge Ukraine conflict parties to withdraw tanks by June 26 The foreign ministers of the Normandy 4 called on the parties of the Ukraine conflict to decide on withdrawal of tanks until June 26. This is stated in a communique issued after the talks in Paris. Last night foreign ministers of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine gathered at the negotiating table. The diplomats discussed the situation in the area of ​​the settlement Shirokino and the situation with the withdrawal of arms from the contact line. The ministerial meeting also touched upon the further implementation of the Minsk agreements.

17.06.2015

Andrei Dapkiunas, Permanent Representative of Belarus to the UN
Belarus satisfied with cooperation with UNICEF On June 16, 2015, at UN headquarters in New York, there opened the annual session of the Executive Board of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The Republic of Belarus participates in the session as a full member of the Executive Board, which is composed of 36 countries, representing all regions of the world. Permanent Representative of Belarus to the UN Andrei Dapkiunas took part in the discussion of the report of the Executive Director of UNICEF, Anthony Lake, on the results of the Fund's operation.

16.06.2015

Ukraine contact group complete another meeting in Minsk June 16
Ukraine contact group complete another meeting in Minsk June 16 On June 16, Minsk hosted a meeting of the three sub-groups of the contact group tasked with resolving the Ukraine crisis. The groups dealt with political, humanitarian and security issues. The discussions were behind closed doors.  Also, the talks of the tripartite contact group, which features representatives of the breakaway Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics, ended several hours ago.
Belarus President says open for deeper dialogue with Germany
Belarus President says open for deeper dialogue with Germany Relations between Belarus and Germany can deepen cooperation. This was stated by Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with the German ambassador. Wolfram Maas ends his diplomatic mission in our country. In the near future we can expect progress in bilateral relations. And the fact of the meeting is a good signal. By the way, in February German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Minsk to attend the meeting of the "Normandy 4." Alexander Lukashenko stressed that Belarus considers Germany among the main foreign partners.

15.06.2015

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus-Germany relations could be deeper
Alexander Lukashenko for deeper Belarus-Germany relations Relations between Belarus and Germany may be deeper. This was stated by President Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with the German ambassador. Wolfram Maas completes his diplomatic mission in the republic. He has remained in office for nearly four years. The sides expressed confidence that in the near future progress in bilateral relations can be expected. The Belarusian President, communicating with the diplomat, remarked that the country is always ready for dialogue.

11.06.2015

Belarus' Foreign Ministry: Nothing surprising in prolongation of USA's sanctions The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus sees no point in criticizing the decision of US President Barack Obama to extend for a year the sanctions against Belarusian officials, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, Dmitry Mironchik, said at a briefing in Minsk on June 11.
OSCE Secretary General, ODIHR Director to visit Belarus June 15, 16
OSCE Secretary General, ODIHR Director to visit Belarus June 15, 16 The OSCE Secretary General and the Director of the ODIHR will visit Belarus June 15 and 16. This was reported on June 11 by the Foreign Minister of our country. During the visit, there will be held a series of meetings, including at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The officials will discuss the situation in the region and cooperation between Belarus and the OSCE.

09.06.2015

Vladimir Makei: Belarus intends to obtain observer status in Shanghai Cooperation Organisation
Vladimir Makei: Belarus intends to obtain observer status in Shanghai Cooperation Organisation The importance of strengthening the strategic partnership between Belarus and Russia was discussed on June 8 in Moscow by the foreign ministers of the two countries. The Belarusian and Russian foreign ministers discussed the main directions of development of Belarusian-Russian relations, as well as cooperation to further promote the integration process in the Eurasian Economic Union and cooperation in the international arena.

08.06.2015

EU Council delegation visiting Belarus
EU Council delegation visiting Belarus A delegation of the working group of the Council of the European Union are on a visit in Minsk on June 8.  This is the expert body tasked with consideration of all aspects of bilateral relations of the EU with the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. 
Indian President's photos from Belarus now on Twitter
Indian President's and German Chancellor's photos from Belarus now on Twitter, Instagram Indian President's and German Chancellor's photos from Belarus now on Twitter, Instagram The President of India posted on his Twitter a photo of his official visit to Belarus. Pranab Mukherjee has published 45 photographs taken in Minsk. They depict formal negotiations and informal communication with President Alexander Lukashenko, the business forum and the opening of a bust of Gandhi at the Belarusian State University. Angela Merkel's social activity has also been connected with Belarus last week. 

25.05.2015

Why did Belarus sign Riga EaP summit declaration with reservation?
Why did Belarus sign Riga EaP summit declaration with reservation? Belarusian delegation in Riga was numerous - about 30 people. In addition to politics, Belarus is interested in economic cooperation with the EU.  The National Library of Latvia, "Castle of Light", as it's also called, was literally besieged from the ground and air. The sea route was also heavily patrolled. The ordinary inhabitants of Riga apparently did not appreciate these security measures but these were the requirements put by the summit. It was attended by about three dozen official delegations and about a thousand journalists.

24.05.2015

Alexander Lukashenko speaking at the conference of trade unions of Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus wants to be source of peace, which is essence of our politics Belarus needs to preserve labor groups no matter what it takes. This was said on May 22 by the President of Belarus at the 7th Congress of the Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus. A large-scale forum started several days ago in Belarus. Delegates from across the country and abroad came to the Belarusian capital. All in all, more than five hundred people. Today the Federation of Trade Unions unites almost three dozen trade unions, plus six regional and the Minsk association.

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