Rosselkhoznadzor to check 12 more Belarusian enterprises in May
Belarus expects the next inspection of the Rosselkhoznadzor in early May, said Minister of Agriculture and Food at the opening of the International Dairy Forum in Minsk. Leonid Zayats said that a preliminary report has already been received on the results of the latest inspection of Belarusian enterprises by Russian experts.
According to the minister, there are no global complaints, and some of them were at least somewhat biased. At the moment, the first eight enterprises that have been subject to restrictions have been checked.
Belarusian scientists developing new nuclear fuel with Russian, US counterparts
A new kind of nuclear fuel can be more effective, affordable and safe. Belarusian scientists are working on the creation of such a material together with colleagues from Russia and the United States. As a result they expect to get a material that can be used in nuclear power plants.
There are plans to hold a number of research projects in Belarus.
Belarus gets $300m tranche of Eurasian Stabilization and Development Fund
The third tranche of the Eurasian Stabilization and Development Fund's loan has been transferred to Belarus. Its size is $300 million.
According to the Ministry of Finance of Belarus, the country has fulfilled all the conditions for obtaining this money.
The agreement on granting Belarus the loan was signed in March. The total amount of the loan is $2 billion. It will be transferred in seven tranches to support the economic policy and structural changes in Belarus.
Belarus and Russia's Nizhny Novgorod Region to manufacture automobile components together
Belarus and Russia's Nizhny Novgorod region will joint produce automobile components, which will be competitive price and quality-wise. The agreement was made by the two sides during the Belarus-Nizhny Novgorod Business Cooperation Council session. Belarusian builders are prepared to erect infrastructure in Nizhny Novgorod, where a range of FIFA World Cup matches will be held in 2018. It is quite possible that fans will be driven to the sports arenas in Belarusian buses.
Belarus plans to import about 18 million tons of Russian oil in 2017
Belarus plans to import about 18 million tons of Russian oil in 2017 Belarus is planning to import about 18 million tons of Russian oil in 2017. Increasing the stream of raw material will allow to overload oil refinery plants.
Belarus and Russia signed a package of documents which regulates relations concerning oil and gas sectors in April 2017. It was followed by the negotiations held by Belarus’ and Russia’s presidents on April 3, 2017 in St. Petersburg.
Alexander Lukashenko to Valery Shantsev: "We can build nuclear power plants around the world"
Belarus and the Nizhny Novgorod region aim to increase turnover to 1 billion dollars. On April 20, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with the governor of that Russian region Valery Shantsev.
Cooperation of Belarus with Russian regions is the basis of relations between the countries as a whole. This was underlined during the recent talks between the leaders of Belarus and Russia in St. Petersburg.
Belarus not turning away from Russia, President Lukashenko says
Belarus and the Nizhny Novgorod region aim to increase turnover to 1 billion dollars. On April 20, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with the governor of that Russian region Valery Shantsev.
Cooperation of Belarus with Russian regions is the basis of relations between the countries as a whole. This was underlined during the recent talks between the leaders of Belarus and Russia in St. Petersburg.
April 20 Alexander Lukashenko commented on the materials of some Russian media about the relations between Belarus and Russia.
Russia to increase oil supplies to Belarus from April 18
From April 18, Russia is to increase oil supplies to Belarus. All in all, in 2017, Belarus will buy 24 million tons of oil. Of this amount, 18 million tons will be delivered for processing at Belarusian oil refineries.
Now the supply of oil will be carried out exclusively by pipeline, whereas previously, one million tons was transported by rail. Because of this, Belarus lost about $70 per ton. Belarus will not anymore be required to supply annually about 1 million tons of high-octane gasoline to Russia.
Russian government on oil and gas agreements with Belarus
The President of the country shares the Easter traditions with Belarusians. Alexander Lukashenko traditionally makes a festive address. During the main Christian holidays he goes to church. I do not know what Alexander Lukashenko thinks about when he puts a candle, but, undoubtedly, about good wishes (maybe even prayers), not only about close people, but about the whole Belarus, of course.
Rosselkhoznadzor lifts ban on 2 Belarusian plants
Rosselkhoznadzor lifted the ban on import restrictions of another two Belarusian plants.
The first results of the agency’s specialists were announced on April 15, 2017 in Moscow.
Meat and dairy processing plants were given green light for Russian market supplies.
The final report on the results of Rosselkhoznadzor’s inspection is promised to be sent to Belarus on April 20.
Russia increases oil supplies to Belarus
Russia has increased its oil supplies to Belarus. On April 14, the Belarus and Russia started the implementation of the agreements reached in Moscow yesterday.
Belarus will receive 24 million tons of oil in 2017.
Belarus to sign next oil deal with Russia by July 1, 2019
Minsk and Moscow have finally settled all issues in the oil and gas sector. Vice Premier of Belarus Vladimir Semashko and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak signed on 13 April protocols that make changes to the previous agreements.
According to the documents Belarus will every year receive from Russia 24 million tons of oil, of which 18 will be used for recycling.
What will be discussed at EEU meeting in Bishkek?
Belarus board No1 landed in the international airport in Bishkek. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, who is on a working visit in Bishkek, will take part in the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council.
Security issues are also on the agenda. This question will be discussed during the informal meeting of heads of CSTO member states.
Minsk, Moscow find solution to oil and gas dispute
The Russian government has approved a package of documents on oil and gas issues with Belarus. Minsk and Moscow have found a solution that satisfies both sides.
Until 2024, 24 million tons of Russian oil will be delivered to Belarus every year.
Kommersant newspaper: Russian General Prosecutor's Office demands to dismiss Rosselkhoznadzor leadership
Russian Prosecutor General's Office is calling for the resignation of the leadership of the sanitary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor, reads newspaper "Kommersant" which cites its own sources.
According to the newspaper, the Prosecutor General's office found that the agency under the supervision of Sergey Dankvert systematically violated the rights of entrepreneurs, and sometimes the law. Rosselkhoznadzor created "an additional burden on business", that is, carried out inspections on trumped-up reasons.
Political analyst Kirill Koktysh on Belarus-Russia relations
Kirill Koktysh, a famous expert in foreign policy, docent of Moscow State Institute of International Relations, shared with the CTV Channel several aspects of Belarus-Russia relations after negotiations in Saint Petersburg between Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin.Good afternoon, Mr. Koktysh.
Good afternoon.We met at the Exhibition of Economic Achievements. What achievements can Belarusians and Russians boast?
Minsk Region products presented in Moscow
One of the recent sanctions campaigns of the government Russian product lobby has been a ban on Minsk Region meat products.
The region demonstrated Moscow its potential after the meeting of Belarus and Russia Presidents. All the products presented in Moscow are to everyone’s taste.
They say every man to his taste. However, when it goes about the taste of Belarusian products on Russian soil, this set expression is going out of fashion.
7 reasons to consider compromises between Belarus and Russia beneficial
The results of the negotiations of President Lukashenko and President Putin. Alexander Lukashenko said that in a way it was a compromise for Belarus but a beneficial one. That’s why it is difficult to stumble at the relevance of these negotiations. What did Belarus and Belarusians end up in the end with then?
St. Petersburg residents react to April subway attack
The terrorist attack will hardly surprise anyone, especially when it happens in Iraq or Pakistan or Syria - these are habitual hot spots and few Belarusians live there. Turkey or Egypt are also hot but a lot of Belarusians go to these countries on holidays. But when the trouble happens nearby, the information and psychological effect is magnified.
Preserving stability of Russia and Belarus. Agreements made by Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin
The meeting of President Lukashenko and President Putin in St. Petersburg settled the long lasting economical dispute. Industrialists, agrarians and politicians of Belarus froze like in a mime and waited for the moment when the two presidents shook hands.
It was in St. Petersburg. In the nearest time at least two more meetings are expected, in Bishkek at the EEU Summit and the Supreme State Council of the Union State of Russia and Belarus. Let’s return back to the negotiations in St. Petersburg.
The relations between Belarus and Russia brightened up.
President Lukashenko gives interview to TV and radio company Mir
It happened to be so that during Alexander Lukashenko’s visit to St. Petersburg a terrorist act occurred in the underground of this city. It seemed that the two presidents won’t again agree on some issues after the news on the tragedy. However, it turned out to be different. President Lukashenko gave an interview to the TV and radio company Mir on the negotiations with Vladimir Putin.
Alexander Lukashenko about results of negotations with Vladimir Putin
At the meeting dedicated to the problems and perspectives of Belarusian Science Alexander Lukashenko spoke about the results of the negotiations with Vladimir Putin.
Vladimir Shimov, rector of Belarus State Economic University: We understand perfectly well that economy always depends on science, and science depends on economy. You visited Russia not so long ago. We would like to find out the results of your visit. It would be rather interesting for us and to those people whom we work with.
Belarus is not going to attack anyone but will defend what it has, Alexander Lukashenko says
The preservation of peace and security in the region became one of the topics of the interview President Alexander Lukashenko gave to the TV and Radio Company Mir.
During the open and frank conversation, the Belarus President covered a wide range of matters like the recent talks of Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin, as well as the tragedy in St. Petersburg. At this point, as Alexander Lukashenko noted, all the bilateral problems between Belarus and Russia immediately seemed so small.
Rosselkhoznadzor's Dankvert refuses to continue working with Belarus, hands over his duties
On 5 April, the presidents of Belarus and Russia found ways to resolve the issue of the supply of Belarusian goods to Russia.
Representatives of Russia's Rosselkhoznadzor watchdog were personally invited to check the Belarusian companies in question. Groups have already started to work at factories in the Gomel and Brest regions.
But the head of the Federal Service - Sergei Dankvert - declined the invitation in a very clear form.
Belarus President gives interview to TV and radio company Mir
The functioning of the Belarus-Russia Union State, CSTO, CIS reforms and methods of combating terrorism were the major topics touched on by Aleksandr Lukashenko in an interview to the interstate TV and radio company Mir.
During the open and frank conversation, the President shared his vision of the further development of integration associations. Alexander Lukashenko in detail told Mir about the state and prospects of the Belarusian-Russian relations. First of all, he spoke on the trade and economic cooperation.
Belarusian pilots preparing for International Army Games 2017
Belarusian crews of helicopters are getting ready for international army games. In 2017, one of the most spectacular events – air darts - will be held in China.
Belarusian pilots will perform on new Mi-8 helicopters. It differs from its predecessor thanks to improved flight characteristics. The pilots are training near Osipovichi, Belarus.
The competition program includes several stages: reconnaissance, use of air weapons and physical fitness. The training conditions will be more complicated as new fire missions have been added.
Belarus hopes Russia will lift food export restrictions in April
Belarus expects the restrictions on products delivery to Russia to be lifted as early as this month, Agriculture and Food Minister Leonid Zayats said on the 4th of April 2017.
The Russian sanitary watchdog, Rosselkhoznadzor (FSVPS), may recheck the Belarusian enterprises under sanctions at the beginning of April.
The Belarussian enterprises under restriction are to be checked up according to the agreements between the presidents of Russia and Belarus.
Belarus and Russia union worth more than any economic disputes
Belarus and Russia have resolved all outstanding issues in the bilateral relations. This became known after the talks between Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin. The Presidents discussed a wide range of topics: from agricultural policy to the international agenda.
There is an agreement that Russia will refinance the debt of Belarus.
Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation:We agreed that we would resolve all our disputes in the oil and gas sector. Actually, it's better to say we have already resolved them.
Belarus ready to provide assistance to Russia in subway attack investigation
Belarus is ready to provide the necessary assistance to Russia in the investigation of the explosion in the subway, reads the letter of condolence written by Alexander Lukashenko to the President of Russia, as well as families and friends of those killed and injured in the terrorist attack.
SEE: Russia’s Investigative Committee identifies St. Petersburg underground suicide bomber
Russia to supply 24m tons of oil to Belarus annually
Russia will be supplying up to 24mln tonnes of oil to Belarus annually. It was stated by Belarus’ Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko on April 4, 2017.
The supply of Russian oil in previous volumes to Belarus will be renewed no later than April 13.
Russia to refinance Belarus' debts
Russia will refinance the debt of Belarus and help with the funds of the Eurasian Foundation of Stabilization and Development. First Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vasily Matyushevsky told reporters about the agreement reached during the meeting between Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin on April 3.
Belarus, Russia presidents say energy issues resolved
Belarus and Russia have resolved all the issues in the oil and gas sector. This was announced after talks of Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin. The heads of state earlier held one on one talks and were then joined by their delegations.
Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation:We agreed that we would resolve all our disputes in the oil and gas sector. Actually, it's better not to say 'agreed', because we've already resolved them.
Belarusians condole over St. Petersburg subway attack
Belarusians have perceived the events in St. Petersburg with great pain. In an endless stream people come to the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Minsk to bring flowers and light candles.
These are representatives of organizations and institutions, students and ordinary citizens.
Citizens:We all support our fraternal Russian people and grieve with them. Of course, it's terrible that such things happen in the world. Innocent people were going to study or home. And their lives ended so tragically.
Presidents Putin, Lukashenko meet in St. Petersburg April 3
Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin met in St. Petersburg on April 3. The heads of state started the conversation with the tragedy in the St. Petersburg metro. The President of Belarus expressed his condolences and disappointment that their dialogue was overshadowed by these sad events.
Alexander Lukashenko arrives in St. Petersburg for talks Vladimir Putin
Alexander Lukashenko has arrived in St. Petersburg for a meeting with Vladimir Putin. The plane of the head of state landed in the Pulkovo airport.
It is planned that on 3 April afternoon the presidents will discuss topical issues of bilateral relations. Emphasis is made on trade and economic cooperation.
It is expected that the leaders will touch upon the issues in their relationship, which have arisen in recent years.
Why Russian tourists prefer Belarus year after year?
Monitoring for safety also means attracting more businessmen and tourists to Belarus. Even Russians come to Belarus for peace and tranquility. By the way, the Day of Unity of Belarus and Russia is marked on April 2. Temporary (I hope) conflict of trade interests between the two countries will not prevent people from communicating and having fun. Yevgeny Pustovoi has more on the topic.
Mikhail Bardashov, tourist (Russia):Our friends told us about White Russia. They visited it once and definitely recommended it.
Alexander Lukashenko to meet with Vladimir Putin on April 3
The Belarusian leader will pay a working visit to the Russian Federation April 3. In St. Petersburg, Alexander Lukashenko will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
It is expected that the heads of state will discuss a wide range of issues of bilateral Belarusian-Russian relations, with a focus on trade and economic cooperation, the existing problems in these areas, as well as interaction in integration formats.
Belarus, Russia celebrate Day of Unity April 2
Day of Unity of Peoples of Belarus and Russia was celebrated on April 2. The Union, which has become a landmark for the history of integration structures in the post-Soviet space was born exactly 20 years ago.
Minsk and Moscow cooperate in all directions today. The main purpose of the Union of Belarus and Russia was the strengthening of national economies and improving the welfare of Belarusians and Russians.
The President of Belarus noted that April 2 is not just a significant date. Alexander Lukashenko underlined, in particular:
President Lukashenko to meet Vladimir Putin on April 3
Belarus President is to make a working visit to the Russian Federation on April 3, 2017. Alexander Lukashenko will meet with President Putin in Saint Petersburg. It is expected that the two presidents will discuss a wide range of issues concerning the development of bilateral relations.
Premiers of Belarus and Russia discuss oil and gas issues
Belarus and Russia premiers Andrei Kobyakov and Dmitry Medvedev are trying to find a solution to problems in the energy sector.
The heads of government of the two countries held talks on March 30 in Gorki near Moscow.
Thus, the prime ministers are hoping to unload the agenda of the upcoming meeting of the presidents of Russia and Belarus on April 3. The sides touched upon the difficult but important questions. In particular, the dynamics of trade and economic relations, as well as the long-running dispute over the energy supplies to Belarus.
Belarusian, Russian presidents to meet on April 3
The oil and gas problem in the relations between Belarus and Russia will be resolved, said on March 30 Russian ambassador to Belarus Alexander Surikov.
The diplomat has also announced the meeting of the Presidents of Belarus and Russia. It will be held on April 3 in St. Petersburg. The heads of state, according to the ambassador, will discuss the topical issues of Belarusian-Russian relations, as well as the development of the Eurasian Economic Union.
Belarus President: I have brilliant relations with Mr Putin
President Alexander Lukashenko received the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Armenia at the Palace of Independence on March 28. The ambassador is completing his tenure in Belarus. Armen Khachatryan has worked here since 2010.
The President noted the friendly nature of the relationship at the highest political level, mutual interest in developing cooperation and convergence of positions on international issues.
Mikhail Myasnikovich meets with PACE president Pedro Agramunt
The preparation of the fourth Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia was discussed on March 27 in St. Petersburg. It is expected that it will be held in Moscow in June 2017.
The subject of the future meeting are high technologies and innovations.
Head of the upper chamber of the Belarusian parliament, Mikhail Myasnikovich discussed the details of the upcoming forum with his Russian counterpart Valentina Matviyenko and the mayor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko.
Belarus, Russia preparing for 4th Forum of Regions
Belarus and Russia are preparing for the 4th Forum of Regions. It will be held in late June in Moscow.
Heads of the upper chambers of the Belarusian and Russian parliaments Mikhail Myasnikovich and Valentina Matviyenko discussed the details of preparation in St. Petersburg on March 27.
The topic of the meeting is the development of regions in the field of high technology, innovation and information society. The previous forum was held in Minsk and was the most ambitious in terms of the number of participating companies and enterprises.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is ready to ensure its security in any situation
Joint exercises of the Armed Forces of Belarus and Russia Zapad 2017 (West 2017) need to be as transparent as possible, said the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, during the report on the drills.
They will be held in Belarus in autumn 2017.
President Lukashenko also emphasized that Belarus doesn’t intend to curtail its cooperation with Russia because of the disagreements in other spheres. The forthcoming drills prove the aspiration.
In as many as 20 countries military actions are taking place.
Alexander Lukashenko: West 2017 joint drills need to be transparent
Joint exercises of the Armed Forces of Belarus and Russia Zapad 2017 (West 2017) need to be maximally transparent, said the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, during the report on the drills. They will be held in Belarus in the autumn.
The Head of State asked about the composition of the troops involved, the exercise area, as well as the expected results. In addition, Alexander Lukashenko demanded that the Defense Ministry leadership carefully consider cooperation with all other authorities.
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Governor of Stavropol Krai
Belarus and Stavropol Krai are open to dialogue on innovative technologies and cooperative ties in industry and construction.
The governor of this Russian region met with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko at the Palace of Independence on March 16.
At the end of 2016, the mutual trade turnover exceeded $140 million and increased by 9% compared to 2015.
Regnum's Yuri Baranchik detained in Russia and may be extradited to Belarus
Today it became known that Regnum's Yuri Baranchik was detained in Russia. This was confirmed by the Investigation Committee of Belarus, where the criminal investigation is continuing with respect to Sergei Shiptenko, Yuri Pavlovets and Dmitry Alimkin. They were charged with inciting ethnic hatred.
The involvement of Baranchik in this case has been established during the investigation. The Investigative Committee said that the journalist may be extradited.
Belarus and Russia start preparations for West 2017 drills
Belarusian and Russian troops began preparations for the exercises Zapad 2017 [West 2017].
During the drills, the parties intend to work out the coherence of military administration and interoperability of military units.
The large-scale exercises will be held in September in several ranges of Belarus and Russia. This will sum up the joint activities of the two countries in the past two years.
President Lukashenko on decree No3, dialogue between authorities and people and Belarus-Russia relations
While different kinds of managers, politicians and ordinary Belarusians wondered and fantasized and, perhaps, were waiting for the situation to resolve, the President decided not cut the Gordian knot of Decree No3 but gently pulled the necessary strings to untie it. It so happened to the good intentions of decree number 3 - to stimulate those who are out of work, to restore justice in terms of the distribution of social benefits - were not able to live with the current economic reality. And, strictly speaking, the document is not economic or financial.
Alexander Zapesotsky: Belarus is hated for its strong economic development model
Once again attention is being paid to the meeting which was held by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, who openly assessed the present relations of Belarus and Russia. Problems do exist, it's not a secret. The background is evident. Belarus has its own model of development and independent policy. It is one of the reasons of misunderstandings. Many authoritative figures recognize the originality and success of the Belarusian development model.
Belarus demands equal rights with Russia in Eurasian Economic Union
Decree on social dependency, employment policy, relations with Russia and mutually beneficial partnership in the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) were among the topical issues discussed at the March 9 meeting hosted by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. The Head of State responded to the issues that most concern to society. The President drew attention to the most important values that Belarus preserves, which are stability and calmness.
Belarus, Russia intend to develop interaction algorithm on migration issues
Belarus and Russia intend to develop an algorithm of interaction on current migration issues.
First of all, it concerns the law-enforcement and border agencies, stated today the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus. In the near future, the sides will hold a meeting of the interstate interdepartmental working group.
Belarus ready to cooperate with Uralkali if its interests taken into account
Belarus is ready to cooperate with Uralkali, but if its interests are met, said the head of state March 9 discussing the activities of the Belarusian Potash Company.
The Russian side has repeatedly requested to re-start cooperation on the production and sale of fertilizers. Therefore, the management of Belarusian companies was instructed to study the options for collaboration. But, as Alexander Lukashenko remarked, in this case, it all should be fair and objective and only mutually beneficial compromises are necessary.
Gas prices should not be basis of Belarusian-Russian relations, Alexander Lukashenko says
National interests and protection of Belarus' domestic market are the main landmarks and the latest global trends, which are replacing global integration. This is shown primarily by Western countries: the United States and the EU. Belarus should take into account the new conditions in geopolitics.
On March 9, the President discussed the topical issues of further development of the country, including cooperation with Russia, Belarus' main partner in integration associations. Alexander Lukashenko answered all the questions that concern the society.
Russian citizen to be deported from Belarus on extremist grounds
A Russian citizen suspected of extremist activities has been detained in Belarus. The man was stopped when trying to illegally cross the state border of Belarus to Ukraine.
The incident occurred on February 14 at the area of the Mozyr border detachment. As it turned out the offender, born in 1991, is a resident of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug of Russia. The young man had already had problems with the law earlier: for a number of crimes, he was several times tried in the Russian Federation.
MPs expect quick resolution of issues in Belarusian-Russian relations
MPs expect a quick resolution of issues in Russian-Belarusian relations. This opinion sounded on February 28 in Minsk at the meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union State of Russia and Belarus.
It discussed foreign policy, particularly the results of the winter session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and joint cooperation. The MPs also touched upon the issues of creating a legal framework for closer economic cooperation.
Belarus-Russia gas conflict to be resolved at political level
Decisions on Russian gas for Belarus were taken and will be coordinated at the political level, said the Minister of Energy of Belarus.
On February 24, the ministry sums up the work over the past year. One of the most discussed topics in 2016 was the oil and gas issues with Russia.
In this regard, the Belarusian side insists on the fulfillment of all the rules that are laid down in the agreement on the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).
Belarus takes about 160,000 Ukrainians in recent years
The difficult situation emerging in the south-east of Ukraine again became the topic of discussion on 23 February at the Belarusian Foreign Ministry. It commented on the mechanism permitting Ukrainian refugees a temporary residence in the country, responding to a question about the status of Donetsk and Lugansk passports.
Dmitry Mironchik said the President of Belarus in August 2014 adopted a decree that which contains a number of rules that enable migrants to avoid serious problems in the process.
Expert Mikhail Delyagin on relations between Russia and Belarus
There can't be long-standing idyll even in relationships between relatives. But, following Bulgakov's metaphors, it is better not to set fire to the communal apartment in which Belarus and Russia live, advises Russian economist, journalist and politician Mikhail Delyagin. Author of the TV program Simple Questions Yegor Khrustalev made an interview with the expert.
What are the opinions in the Russian society about relations between Russia and Belarus?
Belarus Foreign Minister to make working visit to Russia
Vladimir Makei is on a working trip to visit Moscow. During the visit, he is going to meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov.
The foreign ministers will discuss topical issues of the bilateral agenda, cooperation in the international arena and in international organizations, as well as the preparation for the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Belarus and Russia.
Belarus, Kazakhstan presidents discuss EEU and bilateral cooperation
A telephone conversation between the Presidents of Belarus and Kazakhstan was held February 20 at the initiative of the Kazakh side. One of the main topics discussed by Alexander Lukashenko and Nursultan Nazarbayev were the relations in the Eurasian Economic Union.
The President of Kazakhstan expressed concern about the issues in relations between Russia and Belarus.
At the same time, Mr Nazarbayev is confident that all the existing differences between Minsk and Moscow will be resolved within the union.
Belarus agrees on new way to resolve gas and oil dispute with Russia
Belarus and Russia have agreed on another way to resolve the oil and gas conflict, Vladimir Semashko told reporters on February 16.
The Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus noted that the decision to sign the agreement may be taken as early as next week.
It is expected that this document should resolve contentious issues between the two countries on oil supplies and price of gas. Belarus insists on reducing the cost of Russian gas.
The parties are working out mutually acceptable terms of oil supply.
Belarus comments on introduction of border zone by Russia
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to monitor the situation with the introduction by Russia of a border zone with Belarus. At the moment the situation is under control of the country's foreign ministry.
There were no complaints of misconduct on the part of Russian border services in respect of Belarusian citizens. However, the new rules on border crossings imposed by Russian partners led to a certain nuances in the bilateral relations.
Belarus insists on investigation into Russia's food bans
Alexander Lukashenko urges Russia to sort things out before introducing bans on the supply of food from Belarus. The Belarusian leader touched on the topic of Belarus-Russia disputes about the quality of food products meeting with the governor of the Kostroma region February 7.
According to Alexander Lukashenko, cooperation of Belarus with Russian regions strengthens relations between the two countries, especially in times like these, when they undergo a series of disagreements, including on the supply of products.
Lebedev: Belarus and Russia to find common ground in resolving disputes
Belarus and Russia will find a common language in the settlement of disputes, said Sergei Lebedev, head of the CIS Executive Committee.
The politician is convinced that the difficulties are temporary and they will not affect the Commonwealth, since both countries are active supporters of the integration.
I want Belarus to be perceived as independent state, President Lukashenko says
It is not so easy for residents of the western countries to become the lucky owners of a tractor or other products with the label "Made in Belarus". This happens for different reasons. One of them are difficulties with entrance to the European market. Competition is all countries is serious and Belarusian products are not awaited there, so Belarus needs to exert efforts to get to new markets. Here is what President Lukashenko said about this.
Belarus President comments on food disputes with Russia
The Big Conversation with the President was event number 1 last week. And one of the main topics of conversation was the difficult relations between Belarus and Russia. Not between the peoples of the two countries, stressed the President, but between the political elites and economic barons ("barons" mainly on the Russian side).
This is purely political attack: President comments on Russia's reaction to visa-free regime in Belarus
Another important topic to which Alexander Lukashenko returned several times during the "big conversation". We started from it - the relations between Belarus and Russia at the present stage. And the latest reason to it was the introduction by Russia of a border zone regime. Formally, this is done as a reaction to the decision of Belarus to allow foreigners from 80 countries to stay in Belarus visa-free for five days if they enter Belarus through the Minsk national airport.
President Lukashenko on issues in Belarus-Russia relations
Because of disparities in prices in Belarusian and Russian markets Belarus lost $15 billion, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media. The Head of State commented extensively on the problematic issues in Belarusian-Russian relations. The Head of State commented extensively on the problematic issues in Belarusian-Russian relations.
Belarus not seeking NATO membership
Belarus is not seeking NATO membership, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media.
Alexander Lukashenko: Exit of Belarus from EEU and Union State is complete fiction
Information about the withdrawal of Belarus from the EEU and the Union State is a complete fiction, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media.
The President noted that this information appears because there are people who benefit from it; they rejoice dissemination of such information.
Belarus President congratulates People's Artist of Russia Lev Leshchenko on 75th anniversary
The People's Artist of Russia Lev Leshchenko is celebrating the 75-year anniversary. He dedicated more than half a century to the stage and will celebrate the birthday with a big concert at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow, together with his friends and fans.
The artist has created about 30 solo albums during his career. Many of his songs have already become classics.
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has sent congratulations on the anniversary of Lev Leshchenko.
Belarus to seek for additional oil as Russia cut supplies
The reduction of Russian oil supplies to Belarus will be replaced by alternatives, said Belarus President meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko. This question was already raised at the end of 2016.
From an economic point of view, Belarus considered the possibility of oil supplies from the Black Sea and the Mediterranean regions.
Belarus' for more active cooperation with Sberbank Group
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and German Gref, the Chairman of the Executive Board of Sberbank of Russia, met in Minsk on 12 January to discuss the further development of cooperation.
German Gref has been the head of this Russian financial institution since 2007.
Sberbank remains an undisputed leader of the Russian banking sector.
This company has representation offices in more than 20 countries, including Belarus.
Aftermath of frost in Belarus: -30°C and 40 injured
Last weekend was extremely frosty in Minsk Region. Vileika became the most freezing point on the map. The temperature reached 30 degrees below zero here on January, 8. Utility accidents happened in the Pukhovichi, Molodechno and Logoisk districts. Fortunately, the services quickly solved the problems.
Since the beginning of frost, more than 40 citizens with frostbites have visited doctors.
Three people have become victims of the cold weather.
Belarus calls on Lithuania to continue dialogue on Astravyets NPP construction
Belarus stands for competent discussion with Lithuania on the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant in Astravyets through relevant agencies, said the Foreign Ministry of Belarus on January 5 commenting on the appointment by Lithuania of a special ambassador for the Astravyets NPP.
Among such institutions are bodies involved in environmental protection, energy and economy.
Earlier, Lithuania repeatedly expressed concern about incidents on the construction site of the future Belarusian NPP in Astravyets (Ostrovets).
Minsk, Moscow agree on oil transit tariffs to Western Europe via Belarus
Minsk and Moscow have agreed tariffs for the transit of Russian oil to Western Europe through Belarus.
We are talking about transportation of oil via the main pipelines Gomeltransneft Druzhba and Polotsktransneft Druzhba.
In accordance with the decree of the Ministry of Antitrust and Trade of Belarus, tariffs for oil transportation for the Gomel enterprise have increased by 7.7%, while for the Polotsk enterprise almost by 12%.
Analysis of Belarus President's New Year 2017 speech
Increasing fertility, strengthening of positions in international arena and security were the topics Alexander Lukashenko raised in his 2017 New Year address on December 31, 2016. For the first time in a quarter century, Belarus has recorded natural population growth.
By the way, this is not the first time Alexander Lukashenko has asked women to give birth to more children during his New Year speech.
Belarusian NPP gets replacement for first reactor vessel from Russia
A new reactor vessel has arrived at the Belarusian nuclear power plant.
The structure weighing more than 300 tons and being 13 meters high was made in Russia's Volgodonsk.
Before arriving at the end point of the route the structure had to overcome a difficult way. In the beginning, the reactor vessel was taken from Volgodonsk in Novovoronezh by water.
The heart of the power unit was on the water voyage for 20 days.
Mikhail Myasnikovich leaves entry in Book of Condolence in Russian embassy
Belarusians can leave words of support to the bereaved families and to the brotherly people of Russia until the evening of 27 December. The book of condolences at the Russian Embassy in Minsk is open until 17 pm.
In the morning, head of the upper house of the Belarus parliament Mikhail Myasnikovich left an entry in this book. Ordinary Belarusians also mourn for the irreparable loss. They continue to bring flowers and light oil lamps near Russia's diplomatic mission in the Belarus capital.
Belarusian officials mourning for Tu-154 crash victims
People continue to light candles and bring flowers to the Russian embassy in Minsk for the second day. The diplomatic mission has opened a book of condolences in connection with the Russian Tu-154 crash.
Representatives of Belarus' government have also left words of sorrow and support in the book.
Emotions overwhelm everyone: Belarusians mourn together with the brotherly people.
Russia thanks Belarus for support after December's tragic events
Moscow appreciates the fact that Belarus mourns together with Russians, said spokesman of the Kremlin Dmitry Peskov.
Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for the President of the Russian Federation:We very much appreciate the fact that the people of Belarus today mourns together with Russians. This is very important and this once again this testifies to the level of our relations and our union.
President Lukashenko: Belarus can't stay aloof from tragic events in Russia
Belarus mourns for victims of a plane crash near Sochi. The life of 92 persons broke in the crash of Tu-154 aircraft over the Black Sea. On board were the Song and Dance Ensemble named after Alexandrov, journalists, military and famous doctor Elizaveta Glinka. They all flew to Syria to congratulate the Russian military on the New Year.
Opening a December 26 meeting, Alexander Lukashenko began with words about the tragedy.
Belarus upset about Russian researcher's statements
The Belarusian Foreign Ministry has expressed protest in connection with the incorrect statements about Belarus of the director of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, Leonid Reshetnikov.
On December 22, the Belarus Foreign Ministry called the minister-counselor of the Russian embassy. During the meeting, the diplomat was notified about Belarus' protest.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs deems facts in Mr Reshetnikov's statements unfounded and their form unacceptable.
NATO activity near Belarus borders require attention, CSTO Secretary General says
A session of CSTO Military Committee in Minsk started with a minute of silence in memory of the Russian diplomat Andrei Karlov, killed in Turkey several days ago.
On December 21, in Minsk, the parties summed up cooperation results of 2016. At the tenth meeting of the Military Committee of the CSTO, the member countries analyzed results of joint operational and combat training.
The parties also discussed plans for 2017. In particular, they identified areas for further work to establish a system of interstate information exchange.
Russia may lift Belarusian food supply restrictions this week
Restrictions on the supply of Belarusian meat and dairy products to Russia for some businesses will be lifted this week, said vice premier Mikhail Rusyi on December 21 at the Oval Hall of the Parliament.
In order to resolve the issue a group of Belarusian specialists is now working in the Russian Federation. Belarus has already handed over materials about counterfeiting of Belarusian products to Russian investigative authorities.
Belarus, Russia to settle oil dispute in coming days
Head of Rosselkhoznadzor should refrain from statements on the Internet on the quality of Belarusian products, said the head of the Russian diplomatic mission in Belarus commenting on the situation with supplies of Belarusian foodstuffs.
Alexander Surikov noted the highest quality of Belarus' food products. More than one million tonnes of meat and dairy products were delivered to Russia in 2016.
Belarus sends condolences to Germany over truck accident
The truck accident in Berlin was called a terrorist attack.
12 people were killed and 50 injured. The driver was one of people who requested asylum in Germany.
On the December 19 evening, the offender got into the truck and drove into the crowd at a Christmas market.
The President of Belarus has sent condolences in connection with the tragedy in Berlin.
Belarus named Russia's most faithful partner - poll
Alexander Lukashenko has headed the Russian rating of trust to leaders of CIS member states.
65% of Russians said this in a poll conducted by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center.
In addition, about 70% of respondents consider Belarus the most stable and successful in the CIS and Russia's main partner in the world arena.
Why Russians love Belarusian food products?
Ordinary Russians from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok have always been glad to spend their Russian rubles in exchange for quality Belarusian products. Even Russian governors repeatedly told the CTV Channel about their love for Belarusian foodstuffs.
Tamara Mukhina, resident of Smolensk (Russia):I buy a yogurt produced by the Vitebsk dairy plant. Sometime in 1967, I studied at the college of dairy industry and had an internship at the Vitebsk plant, the old one.
Belarus supplies food to 58 countries and only Russia has complaints
The quality of Belarusian food products does not cause complaints from foreign consumers. None of the 58 countries to which Belarus delivers foodstuffs has complaints, except for Russia.
Note that we are not talking about the end customer (ordinary Russians are eager to buy Belarusian products), but the regulatory authorities.
The level of control and state standards at Belarusian plants are in many respects stricter than in other countries, including the same Russia.
Belarus Finance Ministry pins hopes on EFSD loan
Belarus hopes for a positive decision on the allocation of the next tranche of a loan by the Eurasian Fund of Stabilization and Development. According to the Ministry of Finance of Belarus, the country has fulfilled 21 out of 22 conditions necessary to take out the loan.
The program of cooperation was signed by Belarus and the Eurasian Development Bank in March 2016. The agreement provides for the allocation of $2 billion. The funds will be provided in seven parts.