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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.
Belarus signs Eastern Partnership's Riga declaration with reservations
Belarus signs Eastern Partnership's Riga declaration with reservations 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.

20.05.2015

Vladimir Makei, foreign minister of Belarus
Vladimir Makei to represent Belarus at Eastern Partnership summit in Riga Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei will represent Belarus at the summit of the Eastern Partnership Initiative in Riga. The Foreign Minister will travel to Riga in accordance with the decision of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. The Riga summit of the Eastern Partnership will begin May 21 and is set to last two days. It will be attended by top leaders of the European Union.

19.05.2015

Toni Frisch, head of the sub-group on humanitarian issues contact group in Ukraine
Sub-groups on humanitarian issues, security in Donbass gather in Minsk May 19 Officials in Minsk are again seeking for ways to resolve the Ukraine crisis on May 19. Minsk is hosting negotiations of two sub-groups of the Ukraine contact group - on security and humanitarian issues. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of our country, Belarus, as before, is ready to host all participants of the negotiation process. The meeting of the two working groups of the contact group began at 2 pm and is being held behind closed doors. The talks attended by representatives of the OSCE, official Kiev and Russia.
Donbass security sub-group to gather in Minsk May 19 Officials in Minsk are again seeking for ways to resolve the Ukraine crisis on May 19. Minsk is hosting negotiations of two sub-groups of the Ukraine contact group - on security and humanitarian issues. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of our country, Belarus, as before, is ready to host all participants of the negotiation process. The meeting of the two working groups of the contact group began at 2 pm and is being held behind closed doors. The talks attended by representatives of the OSCE, official Kiev and Russia.

18.05.2015

Dmitry Mironchik, Belarus' foreign ministry spokesman
Belarus for pragmatic dialogue in relations with Sweden The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus is counting on a pragmatic dialogue on a new stage of Belarusian-Swedish relations. Press-secretary of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry Dmitry Mironchik said this to the news agency BelTA.

14.05.2015

Minsk hosting session of Ukraine economy contact subgroup
Minsk hosting session of Ukraine economy contact subgroup On May 14 Minsk is hosting a meeting of the subgroup on economy of the contact group on Ukraine. This information was confirmed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus. The meeting was attended by representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the breakaway Luhansk and Donetsk breakaway rebpublics. The work is coordinated by OSCE representative in the subgroups Thomas Mirow. It is planned that the main issue on the agenda will be the resumption of the work of the banking system and the system of social benefits in the Donbas.

11.05.2015

Xi Jinpings' visit to Belarus: new era in Belarusian-Chinese strategic partnership
Xi Jinping's visit to Belarus: new era in Belarusian-Chinese strategic partnership On May 10, one of the most influential people in the world (as it is often called in the American media) - Chinese President Xi Jinping - paid a state visit to Belarus. In Minsk, the Palace of Independence hosted official talks between Alexander Lukashenko and Xi Jinping.

10.05.2015

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Belarus for a state visit
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Belarus for state visit On May 10, the Chairman of the People's Republic of China paid an official visit to Minsk. He will remain in Belarus until May 12. Xi Jinping came to Minsk at an invitation of President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. The current visit is the first one in 14 years.

06.05.2015

Minsk hosts meeting of contact group on Ukraine May 6
Contact group meeting on Ukraine starts in Minsk behind closed doors The meeting of the contact group on Ukraine has started in Minsk. Its participants are OSCE Special Representative Heidi Tagliavini, former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma, representative of Russia Azamat Kulmuhametov, representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics Denis Pushilin and Vladislav Deinego. They have all arrived at President Hotel.

04.05.2015

Austria's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Integration makes working visit to Minsk
Austria's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Integration makes working visit to Minsk Austria is ready to contribute to the development of positive dynamism in relations between Belarus and the EU.  The matter was discussed at a meeting of the president with the Minister for European Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria Sebastian Kurz.  Mr Kurz is on a working visit in Minsk. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko pointed out a thaw in relations with the West. 

30.04.2015

Belarus' flag near the Foreign Ministry building
Belarus receives invitation to 2015 Eastern Partnership summit Belarus has received an invitation to the summit of the Eastern Partnership Initiative on a par with other participants of the Partnership, reported the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus.  It is not yet clear who will represent the republic at the forum. This decision will be made by the head of state. The summit of Eastern Partnership will be held in Riga May 21-22. It is going to discuss the development of cooperation between the EU and countries of the Eastern Partnership.

29.04.2015

Hungary highly appreciates Belaruls' role in resolving Ukraine crisis, Peter Szijjarto says
Hungary highly appreciates Belaruls' role in resolving Ukraine crisis, Peter Szijjarto says Hungarian construction companies will come to Belarus. This was said on April 29, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary Peter Szijjarto at a meeting with Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei. The sides also discussed cooperation in agriculture. Hungarian companies intend to invest in this sector.   The meeting dealt with cooperation in the international arena. In particular, Peter Szijjarto noted that Hungary highly appreciates the role of Belarus in resolving the crisis in Ukraine.  

01.04.2015

Belarusian foreign minister discusses Belarus-EU relations with European political analysts
Belarusian foreign minister discusses Belarus-EU relations with European political analysts Political scientists of the European Council on Foreign Relations visited Minsk on March 31. Among them were representatives of Belgium, the UK, France, Sweden and other countries. The organization, one of the largest in the Old World, intends to explore the position of Belarus in relation to the European Union.  This, like many other issues, were discussed during the guests' meeting with Belarusian parliamentarians. 

19.03.2015

New prospects of Belarus-Georgia cooperation: Belarusian delegation visiting Tbilisi
New prospects of Belarus-Georgia cooperation: Belarusian delegation visiting Tbilisi How to take interaction between Belarus and Georgia to the next level? This matter was discussed at a meeting of the two foreign ministries. The Belarusian delegation is on a visit to Tbilisi.  The sides are going to discuss the development of political dialogue, trade and economic cooperation and cooperation in international organizations. As expected, the diplomats will sign a plan of ministerial consultations for 2015-2016.

17.03.2015

Belarus President appoints new ambassadors to a number of states
Belarus President appoints new ambassadors to a number of states The President made a number of appointments on March 16. They pertain first of all to diplomats who will work abroad. New leaders have been picked for local bodies in the Gomel and Mogilev regions. This meeting comes just at the start of the planting season, so the President was interested in how the regions began to work in the fields. In 2015, there is a special weather situation. Alexander Lukashenko demands not to delay planting efforts. On March 16, new officials also appeared in a number of ministries.

12.03.2015

Foreign Ministry of Belarus
Belarus, EU hope to agree on problematic provisions of visa facilitation agreement Belarus hopes to reconcile positions with the EU on the simplification of visa formalities. Minsk is hosting another round of negotiations on the draft agreement.  They involve representatives of the main consular department of the Foreign Ministry and the Department of Citizenship and Migration of the Ministry of Interior. The EU side is represented by the Directorate General for Home Affairs of the European Commission.
Dmitry Mironchik, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus
Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to be discussed in Minsk March 12 Co-chairmen of the OSCE Minsk Group are on a three-day visit in Minsk. Just in a few hours, Belarus' foreign minister is scheduled to meet with the ambassadors of France, Russia, the United States, as well as personal representative of the OSCE Chairman on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The sides will discuss the possible contribution, including that of Belarus, to the settlement of the situation between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

03.03.2015

Benedetto Della Vedova and Alena Kupchyna
Italy appreciates Belarus' role in peaceful settlement of Ukraine conflict Italy appreciates the role of Belarus in the peaceful settlement of the conflict in Ukraine. This was stated on March 3 by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Italy following bilateral ministerial consultations. The European official also noted that Belarus should be represented at the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, which will be held in May. At this point, Belarus and Italy will agree on several documents concerning the facilitation of the visa regime.

01.03.2015

February 2015 as a breakthrough for Belarusian diplomacy President of Belarus is planning a visit to Kazakhstan in mid-March. But in recent weeks, Alexander Lukashenko has received a string of visitors not from Asia but from Europe and America - multivectorness again bubbles in political veins. It is always known who comes to Minsk but why - is not always advertised in such detail. There are secrets in economy and in politics. 

22.02.2015

Belarus' Foreign Minister: We do not aim to get dividends for our stance on Ukraine Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics arrived in Minsk and met with his Belarusian counterpart Vladimir Makei. The Latvian Foreign Minister emphasized the role of Belarus in resolving the conflict in Ukraine. As stressed by Mr Rinkevics, the position of the Belarus government in this area has a positive effect on the normalization of relations with the European Union.

17.02.2015

Belarus' foreign minister: Cautious optimism in relation to the developments in eastern Ukraine
Belarus' foreign minister: Cautious optimism in relation to the developments in eastern Ukraine Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei met with the head of the Iranian Foreign Ministry Mohammad Javad Zarif on 17 February.  The parties discussed the trade and economic relations between the two countries. After that, Vladimir Makei touched upon the Ukrainian theme in the context of the talks held in the Normandy format in Minsk. The Foreign Minister of Belarus noted that he assesses the prospects of the settlement of the conflict in the south-east of Ukraine with cautious optimism. He stressed the importance of meeting the conditions set out in the Minsk II agreement.
Alexander Lukashenko hails Belarus-Iran relations
Alexander Lukashenko hails Belarus-Iran political relations Belarus will always faithfully adhere to agreements with Iran and do everything to ensure that the partners feel secure.  The Head of State said this on February 17 at a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Belarus and Iran established diplomatic relations over 20 years. Alexander Lukashenko visited this Islamic republic twice. There were also return visits of Iranian President to Belarus. The parties intend to raise to a higher level their economic relations.

11.02.2015

Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin
Alexander Lukashenko, Vladimir Putin express interest in early cessation of armed conflict in eastern Ukraine Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin have expressed interest in the early cessation of the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. The President of Belarus had a telephone conversation with the Russian leader.  The heads of state discussed the preparation of the forthcoming summit of the Normandy Quartet. They talked over the main points of the document, which is now being worked out at the level of the delegations and will be submitted for consideration to the leaders of the Normandy Quartet.
Independence Palace in Minsk
Belarus' Foreign Ministry confirms contact group meeting on February 11 continues On February 11, Minsk is again in the center of world politics. The Belarusian capital will host a meeting of the Heads of State of the so-called "Normandy Quartet" to resolve the situation in Ukraine.  The Independence Palace is ready for the arrival of Vladimir Putin, Petro Poroshenko, Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel. The CTV crew are also there at the moment. Our correspondent Alexey Martinenok is going to report live from the site. Alexei, what can you tell us?

10.02.2015

German Foreign Minister: We hope for success in the negotiations in Minsk
German Foreign Minister: We hope for success in the negotiations in Minsk On the eve of the Minsk meeting of the Normandy Quartet European diplomats in Berlin sat at the negotiating table. The main objective of the representatives of the foreign ministries of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France is to prepare a fertile ground for the Minsk talks. Many European experts, as well as the participants of the forthcoming meeting consider that during the Normandy Quartet summit in Minsk, an important step will be made to solve the Ukrainian conflict.

05.02.2015

Dmitry Mironchik, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus
Belarusian Foreign Ministry recommends Belarusians to refrain from traveling to major cities in Egypt Belarusian Foreign Ministry recommends Belarusians not to leave the resort areas and not to travel to major cities of Egypt. Such measures are related to the increasing attacks in that country. Dmitry Mironchik, Belarus Foreign Ministry spokesman:In connection with the terrorist attacks in Egypt, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry recommends Belarusian citizens who are on holiday in Egypt or intending to visit the country, not to leave the resort areas and not to travel to big cities and districts of North Sinai.   

03.02.2015

Nicolás Maduro and Alexander Lukashenko
Belarus wants to reinvigorate bilateral contacts with Venezuela Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez on February 2 held a meeting with the Ambassador of Belarus Oleg Paferov. The sides discussed bilateral cooperation, enhanced action on joint projects and touched upon the preparation and organization of the next session of the Belarusian-Venezuelan joint high-level commission, reports the press service of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry.

31.01.2015

Belarus Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei
Belarus Foreign Ministry: Contact group meeting is a unique chance to stop the bloodshed in Ukraine The meeting of the tripartite contact group on Ukraine is underway in Minsk. Today, on January 31, representative of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma, OSCE Special Representative Heidi Tagliavini, Russia's Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov, as well as the representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics arrived in the Belarusian capital. Leonid Kuchma has already met Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei. The sides discussed the situation in the conflict zone and the way out of the crisis on the basis of the Minsk agreements signed in September 2014.

29.01.2015

Trilateral contact group to meet on 30 January in Minsk The tripartite contact group to resolve the situation in the Donbass featuring official representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE will be held in Minsk on January 30.

26.01.2015

Belarus' Foreign Minsitry building
Belarus urges to stop fire in Ukraine: Foreign Ministry "Belarus with deep pain perceived news about the tragic events in Ukraine related to the deaths of civilians in Mariupol on January 24," said in a statement the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus. The statement was posted on January 26 at the official website of the department. The Belarusian side expresses its deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims.

22.01.2015

Dmitry Mironchik, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus
Belarus ready to do everything possible to resolve conflict in Ukraine On January 22, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry once again called on the warring parties in Ukraine to resolve the conflict. The Foreign Ministry of Belarus made it clear that if necessary it will organize meetings of the contact group in the formats agreed upon by the parties to the negotiation process. 

06.01.2015

Belarus to cancel visas with Brazil, Ecuador Belarus has completed the domestic ratification procedures in line with agreements with Brazil and Ecuador on the abolition of visas. The texts of these agreements were published at the national legal website on January 6. The agreement between the governments of Belarus and Brazil on visa abolition for short trips was ratified by the virtue of the relevant Belarus' law as of December 29, 2014.
Alexander Lukashenko increasingly popular with Internet users Interest in activities and the political figure of the Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has been recently growing steadily. In December, the number of mentions of the Belarusian President in international news feeds of online resources exceeded 11,000. It is twice more than the November figure. Also, on the eve of New Year, Alexander Lukashenko made it into the top 10 most popular persons of the month in the Russian media. Special attention was drawn to the New Year's address of the President.

17.12.2014

Belarus wants rapprochement with EU based on mutual respect Belarus is interested in normalizing relations with the European partners based on mutually respectful principles. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with former Italy premier Romano Prodi December 17.  The influential politician is visiting Belarus as a private person. However, his views on the situation in the world are of course respectable.

16.12.2014

Prodi for tighter Belarus-EU cooperation Sanctions and their impact on the global economy, falling oil prices, the situation in Ukraine, the simplification of the visa regime between the EU and Belarus - all these issues were discussed at the December 16 meeting with former prime minister of Italy and former European Commission President Romano Prodi. The prominent politician arrived in Belarus for the first time. Now the professor of economics gives lectures in various universities around the world.
Alexander Lukashenko signs Belarus' state defense directive Belarus should do everything to ensure military and socio-political security, said Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting of the country's Security Council, which considered a state defense plan, which is designed for five years.  The document outlines almost all potential threats and responses to them. The situation around Belarus is constantly changing. Conflicts break out in the world rapidly and unpredictably. 

12.12.2014

Belarus confirms interest in tighter cooperation with African states 10 new ambassadors presented their credentials to Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko December 12. The ceremony symbolizes the official start of diplomats' duties in Belarus. This time, taking part in the ceremony were ambassadors of Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Egypt, the Republic of the Congo, Mozambique, Pakistan, Portugal, Syria, Ecuador and Estonia.   Credentials are formal requests of heads of other states asking the Belarusian President to accord full credence to diplomats' official statements. 
Belarus needs to diversify export amid neighbors' economic problems, Alexander Lukashenko says On December 12, the Belarusian President met with the country's Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei to discuss Belarus' multi-vector foreign policy. The head of state touched on issues related to foreign policy and economy. He underlined the importance of increasing export. This is Mr Lukashenko's second such statement in as many days. Russia, Belarus' main trading partner, is experiencing one of its worst economic crises in recent years.
Sanctions against Belarus affect living standards - President Ten new ambassadors presented their credentials to Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. Taking part in the ceremony were ambassadors of Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Egypt, Congo, Mozambique, Pakistan, Portugal, Syria, Ecuador and Estonia. Six ambassadors have a concurrent accreditation in Moscow and Kiev.  Such a rich variety of countries underlines the multi-vector foreign policy of Belarus.

06.12.2014

Ukraine crisis talks due in Minsk December 9 The meeting of the contact group to resolve the crisis in the Donbass region will be held in Minsk on December 9, said Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko at a briefing in Chuguev, the Kharkov region. According to him, as of December 6, the sides reached a preliminary agreement the parties to the conflict will meet in Minsk on December 9. At the same time, the Ukraine President noted that he is cautiously optimistic about the possibility of a ceasefire from December 9, after the meeting in Minsk.

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