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24.05.2015

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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