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17.12.2017

Belarus, Russia to hold annual near-border forums
Belarus, Russia to hold annual near-border forums Belarus and Russia intend holding near-border forums on law support of business cooperation. It is planned that the two countries will be holding the forums in turns. This decision was made during the 53rd session f Parliamentary Assembly of Belarus and Russia in Bryansk (Russia).

08.12.2017

Russians consider Belarus the most friendly foreign policy partner
Russians consider Belarus the most friendly foreign policy partner Belarus leads the list of the most friendly foreign policy partners of Russia. According to the sociological survey of the Center for Integration Studies of the European Bank for Development, more than 60% of Russians consider Belarus their friendliest ally. The top three also includes Kazakhstan and Armenia. The survey was conducted in 7 states of the post-Soviet space.

06.12.2017

Belarus supports Russian athletes as team banned from Olympics
Belarus supports Russian athletes as team banned from Olympics General Secretary of the National Olympic Committee of Belarus Georgy Katulin in an interview with RIA Novosti called the IOC's decision on the Russian Olympic Committee "unprecedentedly severe". Russia will be banned from competing under its own flag at the 2018 Olympics and "clean" athletes are allowed to partake under the neutral flag.

04.12.2017

Belarusian nuclear power plant has 2nd reactor vessel installed
Belarusian NPP has 2nd reactor vessel installed The reactor vessel was installed at the second power unit of the Belarusian NPP, said the press service of the ASE group of companies, acting as general designer and general contractor of the facility. The reactor vessel at the second power unit was installed on December 2. This is one of the key events during the power unit construction. Also, this event is the starting point for the start of the installation of the major equipment of the primary circuit.

30.11.2017

Skardino criticizes Koukalová comments on Russian athletes
Skardino criticizes Koukalová comments on Russian athletes Belarusian biathlete Nadezhda Skardino shared her opinion about doping problems in the Russian national team. "It's very difficult for me to assess the entire situation - it sometimes seems to me some criminal detective. As if someone wrote a very good and interesting story in which it is impossible to predict the ending. But in general this is a very sad movie, bad. I would like it to end soon. I constantly communicate with girls from the Russian team, with the same Katya Yurlova, we once competed in St. Petersburg in one team.

27.11.2017

Gazprom center construction in Minsk to resume in 2018, new contractor found
Gazprom center construction in Minsk to resume in 2018, new contractor found In January 2018, it is planned to resume construction of a multifunctional complex Gazprom Center, First Deputy Chairman of Minsk City Executive Committee Fyodor Rimashevsky told the Minsk-Novosti agency. "Recently, a new general contractor has been identified who will continue to work at the facility. This is a foreign company. Currently, the customer and the contracting organization are drafting and signing the appropriate papers," the official said. He added that the construction of the high-rise part of the complex will be resumed first of all.

26.10.2017

Belarus to get another Tor-M2 defense system from Russia
Belarus to get another Tor-M2 defense system from Russia The Belarusian army is strengthening its defensive capacity. A new battery of the Tor-M2 surface-to-air system will be delivered to Belarus. New armament will come under the agreement with Russia on the development of military-technical cooperation. Tor-M2 is capable of hitting enemy aircraft, guided missiles and other elements of precision weapons. The key features of the complex are high maneuverability, sniper accuracy and the ability to fire on the move.

24.10.2017

Meeting of Belarus’ State Control Committee, Russia's Accounts Chamber held in Minsk
Meeting of Belarus’ State Control Committee, Russia's Accounts Chamber held in Minsk Positive dynamics of the budget performance of the Union State can be seen. This was announced at the meeting of the Belarusian State Control Committee and Russia’s Accounts Chamber in Minsk. The index was reached thanks to the persistent position of the controlling agencies of Belarus and Russia.

17.10.2017

 Sergei Naryshkin about unique format of Belarus-Russia special services’ cooperation
Sergei Naryshkin about unique format of Belarus-Russia special services’ cooperation Alexander Lukashenko emphasized the successful cooperation of Belarus’ and Russia’s Intelligence Services on protection of national interests.
President Lukashenko meets with head of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service
President Lukashenko meets with head of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service President Lukashenko meets with head of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service Alexander Lukashenko emphasized the successful cooperation of Belarus’ and Russia’s Intelligence Services on protection of national interests.

16.10.2017

Moscow residents spend RUB 1 million on Belarusian products during Days of Minsk
Moscow residents spend RUB 1 million on Belarusian products during Days of Minsk Moscow residents have spent 1 million rubles to buy Belarusian products in just a few days. Active trade was at the fairs of Belarusian goods, which were held in the Russian capital during the days of Minsk in Moscow. The results of the fair were summed up October 16 at the Minsk City Hall. Moscow residents never argue about the tastes of Belarusian food products, willingly buying dairy and meat products.  Every 10th kilogram of food in Moscow stores comes from Belarus.
"We are always waiting for you": Days of Minsk take place in Moscow
"We are always waiting for you": Days of Minsk take place in Moscow Moscow loves Belarusian goods... From sausages and shoes to songs of soul and beauty, for which Russians usually come to Minsk for weekends. The days of the Belarusian capital were held in Moscow. An exhibition of Minsk took place at the Museum of Moscow showing 950 years of the history of Minsk - from the sculptures of Zhbanov in miniature and the modern look of the city to the facsimile of the Radziwill chronicle and other rarities.

13.10.2017

Belarus President wants to strengthen CIS Parliamentary Assembly
Belarus President wants to increase role of CIS Parliamentary Assembly The principal position of the Belarusian side is to strengthen the parliamentary dimension in the CIS and other integration structures, said President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with the chairman of Milli Majlis of Azerbaijan. Other areas of cooperation have also been indicated. The Belarusian head of state touched upon the issues that were discussed in Sochi at a meeting of the leaders of the CIS countries.

12.10.2017

Belarus presents portal for online booking of tourist services
Belarus presents portal for online booking of tourist services A web portal of online booking of tourist services in Belarus was presented at the Days of Minsk in Moscow. The Forum for Business Cooperation was held in Moscow which discussed the development of the two capitals.  Experts also exchanged experience in energy saving, construction and repairs.

11.10.2017

Alexander Lukashenko criticizes CIS Interparliamentary Assembly structure
Alexander Lukashenko criticizes Eurasian Economic Union's efficiency Strengthening cooperation in combating terrorism and corruption, creation of a united system of air and space defense in the CIS and support of traditional family values. These and other decisions were made on October 11 during the meeting of CIS leaders in Sochi. The meeting of leaders began from protocol events. Vladimir Putin greeted the heads of delegations, then mutual photographs were taken. Negotiations were held in a narrow circle first.
Belarus President set to discuss support for traditional family values with CIS leaders
Belarus President set to discuss support for traditional family values with CIS leaders Sochi on October 11 is hosting the summit of the heads of state of the CIS, with leaders of 10 countries taking part in it. The event, which is also called the "Club of Presidents", promises to be one of the most significant events for the Commonwealth in 2017. It is planned that the presidents will share their opinions and develop common approaches to solving both internal problems and problems related to external challenges and threats.
Belarus President on working visit in Russia
Belarus President on working visit in Sochi The President of Belarus arrived in Russia on a working visit to attend the meetings of the Council of CIS Heads of State and the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. The agenda of the CIS summit is rich. As many as 17 issues are due to be discussed. The presidents will talk about cooperation in the Commonwealth space, improvement of the activities of the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly and its adaptation to contemporary realities. On the same day, the session of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council will take place in Sochi. 

10.10.2017

CIS Foreign Ministers discuss organization’s future in new realias
CIS Foreign Ministers discuss organization’s future in new realias The future of the CIS is being discussed at the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the CIS countries in Sochi. After the negotiations in a narrow format, other delegations joined to the Foreign Affairs Ministers.
Belarusian delegation lays wreath to Tomb of Unknown Soldier in Moscow
Belarusian delegation lays wreath to Tomb of Unknown Soldier in Moscow Businessmen, education and healthcare workers. A representative Belarusian delegation is in Moscow. The opening ceremony of the Days of Minsk will begin there in the evening. Fairs of Belarusian products, which are popular in Russia, have been set up on three platforms near the Kremlin. The main official part of the program is planned or October 11. Tuesday began with laying a wreath to the Tomb of the Unknown soldier near the Kremlin wall. Flowers were laid to memorial signs “Minsk City Hero” and “Brest Hero- Fortress” in the Alexander Garden.
Electricity tariffs to go down in Belarus
Electricity tariffs to go down in Belarus Tariffs for electricity in Belarus will decrease, said Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vladimir Semashko at the opening of a forum dedicated to energy and ecology. In this direction, Belarus carrying out systematic work. On the one hand, the country focuses on the modernization of facilities, on the other on reducing the cost of resources.
Alexander Lukashenko off to Russia’s Sochi for CIS, EEU summits
Alexander Lukashenko off to Russia’s Sochi for CIS, EEU summits The President of Belarus has gone on a working visit to the Russian Federation. There Alexander Lukashenko will partake in the CIS and EAE summits. The plane of the Belarusian leader took off from Minsk National Airport.
Sochi is preparing to host summit of CIS heads of state
Sochi is preparing to host summit of CIS heads of state October 10 Sochi will host meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the CIS. This resort town is preparing to host several large-scale political events. The meeting will traditionally take place in two formats. It is expected that at personal meeting the foreign ministers will exchange views on topical international issues.
Days of Minsk open in Moscow October 10
Days of Minsk open in Moscow October 10 The economic, social and cultural capabilities of the Belarusian capital will be presented in Moscow as the Days of Minsk will start there October 10. Traditional exhibitions and fairs of domestic goods will also be held. One of them opened already on October 9. The Belarusian pavilion offers food and light industry products as well as folk crafts and even samples of agricultural machinery.

09.10.2017

Moscow to host Days of Minsk October 10
Moscow to host Days of Minsk October 10 In close contact. A delegation from Minsk went to Moscow, where the days of Minsk will kick off on October 10. It is an annual traditional “meeting” of two cities. The program consists of business negotiations, a presentation of the economic and tourist potential, cooperation agreement in healthcare, and, of course, a fair of Belarusian products.
Food products in Belarus are excellent, Russians say
Food products in Belarus are excellent, Russians say The taste of Belarusian milk, butter and cheese is well known in 10-million Moscow. Next week the Russian capital will host the Days of Minsk, with Belarusian fairs to be held in Moscow. Mogilev breeders have already brought their calves. Here you will also see houses for youngsters of Belarusian origin. The taste of Belarusian milk is familiar to visitors of the exhibition without tasting.

08.10.2017

People’s view on Belarusian-Chechen relations
People’s view on Belarusian-Chechen relations The business circles of Belarus and the Chechen Republic are already at a stage of realizing projects. The prospects of the cooperation were discussed by Alexander Lukashenko and Ramzan Kadyrov last week in Minsk. The “hottest” topic is contacts in the industrial castor: the Chechen Republic got interested in Belarus’ experience of production development.
Belarus, Russia presidents discuss integrational cooperation and bilateral relations October 7
Belarus, Russia presidents discuss integrational cooperation and bilateral relations October 7 The preparations for the upcoming events on the international arenas, and also in the format of bilateral cooperation were discussed by Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin on October 7. During a phone call between the two presidents, Vladimir Putin invited Alexander Lukashenko to partake in the EEU and the CIS sessions-the events will be held on October 11 in Sochi.

04.10.2017

Transport and Logistics Fair-2017 kicks off in Minsk
Transport and Logistics Fair-2017 kicks off in Minsk The reconstruction of large motorways Minsk-Grodno and Minsk-Mikashevichy will be finished by 2019. The second runway will be built at Minsk National Airport by that time as well. What is more, the cooperation in air between certain companies will begin earlier than that. These issues are being discussed at the Transport and Logistics Fair, which kicked off in Minsk on October 3.
Russia buys two thirds of Belarusian medications
Russia buys two thirds of Belarusian medications Russia buys to thirds of the medications Belarus exports. And that is despite the neighboring market being oversaturated. However, the distributors buy Belarusian medications, because they have price advantages and a good quality.

03.10.2017

CSTO Combat Brotherhood drills to begin on October 3
CSTO Combat Brotherhood drills to begin on October 3 The operational-strategic exercise of the CSTO Combat Brotherhood will begin on October 3.  12,000 troops from all six CSTO member states, including Belarus, will take part in it. Maneuvers will take place in Russia, Armenia and Kazakhstan. The exercises aim to work out a joint operation to localize an armed conflict in the Caucasus region.

02.10.2017

Belarusian MPs considered optimizing oil supplies to Belarus
Belarusian MPs vote for optimizing oil supplies to Belarus The new legislative season is open today in Belarus. Deputies of the lower house of parliament started work in the morning. At the moment, parliamentarians voted to amend the law "On the National Academy of Sciences." The amendments give the Academy the right to elect honorary members foreign citizens who have made a significant contribution to the development of science.
Do not drink alcohol and treat woman as a queen: Report from Grozny about traditions and mentality of Chechen people
Do not drink alcohol and treat woman as a queen: Report from Grozny about traditions and mentality of Chechen people Let's turn to another significant event of the week. The head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, visited Belarus. The main topics considered economy, but this did not prevent the exchange of respectful compliments. Today's cooperation between Belarus and Chechnya and possible mutual benefits should be considered from two points - from Minsk and Grozny.

01.10.2017

President Lukashenko, Ramzan Kadyrov discuss benefits of mutual cooperation in Minsk
President Lukashenko, Ramzan Kadyrov discuss benefits of mutual cooperation in Minsk Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of the Chechen Republic, visited Belarus. Economic issues were the main topic of discussion; however, it did not interfere with respectable exchange of compliments. Belarusian-Chechen mutual benefits should be viewed from two points-from Minsk and Grozny. This is what the correspondents tried to do. It seemed what could be done in a few hours of the visit. Nevertheless, Belarus and Chechnya had time to determine the direction of bilateral relations for the years to come.

27.09.2017

Gennady Zyuganov visits Belarus
Gennady Zyuganov visits Belarus In the Soviet times, pickles were an indispensible phenomenon of good life. On the last week of September 2017, the leaders of communist parties from former Soviet republics and even Cuba visited the capital of Belarus. The plenum of the Central Council of the Union was held in Minsk. Gennady Zyuganov, the head of the Russian delegation and Communist Party leader, flew a few days before the meeting to get acquainted with the experience of some Belarusian enterprises.

25.09.2017

Belarus, Chechen Republic discuss cooperation projects in Council of Ministers
Belarus, Chechen Republic discuss cooperation projects in Council of Ministers Belarus is offering the Chechen Republic to develop production cooperation. The subject of economic cooperation became central at the meeting of Alexander Lukashenko with Ramzan Kadyrov. Ramzan Kadyrov to President Lukashenko: I had a dream to meet you in person
Ramzan Kadyrov to President Lukashenko: I had a dream to meet you in person
Ramzan Kadyrov meets with President Lukashenko Belarus is offering the Chechen Republic to develop production cooperation. The subject of economic cooperation became central at the meeting of Alexander Lukashenko with Ramzan Kadyrov. The head of the Chechen Republic arrived in Belarus with an official visit. The two sides are working out the possible directions of cooperation. The Chechen Republic is a prospective partner in the North Caucasian Federal District for Belarus.
Ramzan Kadyrov to Alexander Lukashenko: I dreamed of a personal meeting with you
Ramzan Kadyrov to Alexander Lukashenko: I dreamed of a personal meeting with you Belarus offers the Chechen Republic to develop production cooperation. The economic cooperation has become a central topic of the meeting between Alexander Lukashenko and Ramzan Kadyrov. The head of Chechnya is on a visit to Belarus. The parties are working on possible directions for cooperation. For Belarus, the Chechen Republic is a promising partner in the North Caucasus Federal District of Russia.
Ramzan Kadyrov to visit Minsk on September 25: What topics will be discussed?
Ramzan Kadyrov visiting Minsk September 25: What topics will be discussed? The head of the Chechen Republic arrived in Minsk on September 25. The business part of the official visit was preceded by the ceremony of laying flowers and wreaths to the Victory Monument in the center of Minsk. On September 25 in Minsk, the head of Chechnya will hold a series of high-level meetings.

24.09.2017

Belarusian, Russian military equipment returning to permanent deployments
Belarusian, Russian military equipment returning to permanent deployments After the strategic West 2017 drills, personnel, military and specialized equipment of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus are continuing to return to their permanent dislocation points. Brest troopers are returning home on September 24. The air-assault brigade No. 38 drilled military tasks at the range Losvido, which is near Vitebsk. More than 200 military men and dozens of combat vehicles. Loading of equipment on to the echelon is the final stage.

23.09.2017

Russia withdrawing troops from Belarus after West 2017 military drills
Russia withdrawing troops from Belarus after West 2017 military drills After the end of the West 2017 active stage, Russia’s military units and departments continue returning to the places of their permanent deployment . Echelons with military men and special arms, primarily with Russian soldiers and arms, including military personnel, are returning home every day. As it was stated before, the troops will return to their permanent military camps before September 30.  
President Lukashenko awards Russia’s Sakhalin Region Governor with Order of Honor
President Lukashenko awards Russia’s Sakhalin Region Governor with Order of Honor On September 22, 2017 it became known that by order of President Lukashenko, the governor of Russia’s Sakhalin region has been awarded with the Order of Honor. Oleg Kozhemyako received the award for significant contribution into the development of bilateral cooperation between Belarus and Russia.

22.09.2017

Russian troops say achieved goals, will leave Belarus after West 2017 drills
Russian troops say achieved goals, will leave Belarus after West 2017 drills The territorial integrity of the Belarus-Russia Union State has been restored. As a result of the simulation of a combat episode, the troops of Belarus and Russia jointly fulfilled the task. The active phase of the "West-2017" exercise is completed.

21.09.2017

Russian troops to leave Belarus by September 30 after West 2017 drills
Russian troops to leave Belarus by September 30 after West 2017 drills The territorial integrity of the Belarus-Russia Union State has been restored. As a result of the simulation of a combat episode, the troops of Belarus and Russia together fulfilled the task of liberating parts of the Union State from terrorists. The active phase of the "West-2017" exercise is completed.

20.09.2017

President Lukashenko: We are not going to attack anyone
President Lukashenko: We are not going to attack anyone The journalists were interested why the heads of two states observed the military drills from different platforms. Vladimir Putin inspected the drills on the territory of Russia. He visited the range in the Leningrad region.
Alexander Lukashenko sets tasks for military industry in Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko sets tasks for military industry in Belarus Belarus will continue deep modernization of armament, but at the same time new samples of machinery will be developed. On September 20, Alexander Lukashenko spoke about the tasks for the defense industry complex, when talking to the journalists at the end of the West 2017 military drills.
Alexander Lukashenko estimates results of West 2017 military drills
Alexander Lukashenko estimates results of West 2017 military drills The drills have been conducted at a high level. The President and the Commander in Chief of the Republic of Belarus has estimated the results of the strategic military drills “West 2017”. The inspection of military compliance and the power of arms of the Union State Army finished on September 20 at the Borisovsky range. Traditionally, the military exercises are held once every two years in each of the countries in turns. As many as six ranges and two locations were the on the territory of Belarus were the main places of the West 2017 military exercises.
Belarus will be first to defend interests of Belarus-Russia Union State in case of conflict in western borders, Belarus President says
Belarus will be first to defend Belarus-Russia Union State in case of conflict at western borders, Belarus President says Joint military activities of Belarus and Russia serve exclusively to protect national interests, stated President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko during the review of troops of Belarus and Russia participating in the West-2017 exercise. Today, September 20, the Commander-in-Chief of Belarus observed one of the main episodes of a large-scale military training at Combined-Arms Range Borisovsky No. 227.
Alexander Lukashenko on Zapad 2017: Goals achieved
Alexander Lukashenko on Zapad 2017: Goals achieved Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko watched one of the main episodes of a large-scale military training at combined-arms range Borisovsky No 227 within the framework of the West-2017 exercise. Belarusian-Russian exercises are planned, but they cannot be called ordinary. The drills on land, in water and in the air involved nearly 13,000 servicemen, 40 aircraft and helicopters, 370 combat vehicles, including 140 tanks and 10 ships.
Alexander Lukashenko, Sergei Shoigu to observe West 2017 exercise in Borisov September 20
Alexander Lukashenko, Sergei Shoigu to observe West 2017 exercise in Borisov September 20 The active phase of the exercise West-2017 is already at the finish line. It is planned that the President of Belarus will observe the maneuvers on September 20. Alexander Lukashenko will visit the combined-arms training ground in Borisov.

19.09.2017

Belarusian, Russian soldiers drill defense and counterattack cooperation at West 2017 military exercises
Belarusian, Russian soldiers drill defense and counterattack cooperation at West 2017 military exercises The joint strategic military drills West 2017 are continuing. The Union State army is to drill another important tactic episode on 19 September-to repel the attacks of the enemy’s aviation. Anti-missile systems S-300 and Osa have been set up at the Domanovsky range. The systems are to hit the targets, which imitate cruise missiles and helicopters of fire support. Aviation machinery will not allow the enemy to capture the air.

18.09.2017

President Lukashenko to observe West 2017 military drills near Borisov September 20
President Lukashenko to observe West 2017 military drills near Borisov September 20 Today it became known that the President of Belarus will be taking part in the Belarusian-Russian joint military drills West 2017. It is expected that Alexander Lukashenko will be observing one of the main episodes of the military exercises at a range near Borisov on Wednesday.
First results of West 2017 military drills
First results of West 2017 military drills Belarusian and Russian soldiers have reached a high level of cooperation during West 2017 military drills. This statement was made by the General Staff of the Armed Forces on September 18, 2017. The military drills have reached the highest point of practical activity. Defensive battles are carried out on six military ranges in Belarus. Meanwhile, at the range near Mins-its location is kept secret-united commanding of the regional force grouping is perfecting methods of armed forces control.
West 2017 military drills enter final straight
West 2017 military drills enter final straight The military exercises West 2017 are entering the final straight. On September 18, 2017 the armies of Belarus and Russia are continuing to drill joint defense of important state objects. What is more, the most intensive military exercises are expected on the day at the Osipovichi range. The indicated enemy will dispatch its troops. However, the Union State Army has prepared a fight back.
Belarusian MP about West 2017: We already have soldier of the future
Belarusian MP about West 2017: We already have soldier of the future The TV program "Week" talked with MP Sergei Bobrikov, who for several years headed the Military Academy, about the Belarusian military training West 2017 and the stir it caused. There is such a phrase: "If you want peace, prepare for war." Is it relevant today? Sergei Bobrikov, deputy of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus: The defense capability of the state is always assessed looking at its armed forces. So you have to keep the powder dry.
What military exercises does NATO conduct around Belarus and Russia?
What military exercises does NATO conduct around Belarus and Russia? The military exercises West-2017 are almost the main theme in the world media, and sometimes they are too exaggerated (especially in countries that are Belarus' neighbors). Ukraine is warning about a threat of invasion of its territory. Experts and officials of the Western community scare the public with the "Trojan horse" through which Russia will move troops to Belarus for ever and ever.
Belarus-Russia West 2017 drills begin: Picture of the World's review of first days
Belarus-Russia West 2017 drills begin: Picture of the World's review of first days Another incident on Friday morning in the London Underground. A bucket exploded and people got burned. The police are investigating this deeming this is a terrorist attack.
Active phase of West-2017 exercise held at Ruzhansky training ground
Active phase of West-2017 exercise held at Ruzhansky training ground The active phase of the exercise "West-2017" started at the training site Ruzhansky. The military of Belarus and Russia worked out joint actions by aviation and a unified regional air defense system to destroy a simulated enemy. Together they fight against violators of the air border, destroy air defense weapons of the simulated enemy using helicopters and also inflict a powerful air strike on the "enemy's" positions.
Belarusian air forces practice prevention of airspace violation during West 2017
Belarusian air forces practice prevention of airspace violation during West 2017 Counteraction to subversive groups and illegal military formations is still the main task of West 2017 drills. Servicemen perform these tasks at nine ranges in the air, on land and at sea. For instance, the situation of suppressing the violation of the state border in the airspace was worked out on the Domanovsky training ground on September 15. Anti-aircraft missile units were involved. They marched into the new positioning area.

17.09.2017

First stage results of West 2017 military drills
First stage results of West 2017 military drills The preparations for the main maneuvers were carried out during a couple of days at eight ranges of Belarus. Military commanders are ensuring that all the units are ready for the battles. Russian tankmen are mastering their skills at a range near Osipovichi.
International observers arrive in Belarus for West 2017 military drills
International observers arrive in Belarus for West 2017 military drills The invited international observers to the West 2017 military drills have arrive in Belarus.

16.09.2017

Second stage of West 2017 military drills to kick off September 17
Second stage of West 2017 military drills to kick off September 17 The first stage of the West 2017 military drills is finishing today. Elimination of diversionists, illegal armed groups and inspection of the location-the army of the Union State have drilled these tactics. The final accord is the work of the aviation. At the Ruzhansky military range planes will exterminate the positions of an indicated enemy and its defensive installations. Linear defense was drilled at the Lepel range.
First stage of West 2017 military drills comes to end
First stage of West 2017 military drills comes to end The most impressive military exercise of the West 2017 drills were held at the range Losvido in the Vitebsk region on September 15, 2017. The soldiers stood against indicated enemy-diversionists. The soldiers of the 38th independent guards air assault brigade drilled the training exercises. Maksim Slizh, CTV: This road leads to the range Losvido. It seems that there are no security guards and the entrance is free. We are expecting diversionists.

15.09.2017

Alexander Lukashenko to take part in active phase of West 2017 drills
Alexander Lukashenko to take part in active phase of West 2017 drills Today it became known that Alexander Lukashenko will take part in the active phase of the joint Belarusian-Russian strategic exercise "West-2017". The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces will get familiar with the drills on the territory of Belarus.
West 2017 drills: day one
West 2017 drills: day one On September 14, the joint Belarusian-Russian strategic exercise "West-2017" began officially. In the course of maneuvers, the troops have to protect the interests of the Belarus-Russia Union State.

14.09.2017

Belarus, Russia premiers discuss cooperation over the phone
Belarus, Russia premiers discuss cooperation over the phone Topical issues of bilateral cooperation and work in the integration format were discussed on September 14 by telephone by the heads of the governments of Belarus and Russia. Andrei Kobyakov and Dmitry Medvedev also agreed to hold a regular meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Belarus-Russia Union State. The exact timeframe has not yet been determined. A preliminary meeting is scheduled for November-December.
Russian tanks arriving in Belarus for West-2017 exercise
Russian tanks arriving in Belarus for West-2017 exercise Tank units of the Russian army are being transferred to Belarus from the Moscow region. The machinery will arrive within 24 hours. According to the scenario of the West 2017 military exercise, the troops were raised after receiving information on an illegal armed formation on the territory of the Belarus-Russia Union State. The joint military training of the armed forces of Belarus and Russia officially began on September 14.
Oleg Voinov, Head of the Department of International Military Cooperation - Assistant to the Minister of Defense for International Military Cooperation
Military strategic drills West-2017 begin in Belarus Within a few hours, the first tactical exercises at the training ground near Borisov will start as part of the large-scale military training. Servicemen of Belarus and Russia take part in the maneuvers - more than 10,000 people in total. The main goal of the exercise of the Belarus-Russia Union State is to work out joint defensive actions, as well as fight against terrorism. Aviation, equipment and personnel have been recently preparing for clashes with the simulated enemy at various training grounds.

13.09.2017

West-2017 military drills to kick off September 14
West-2017 military drills to kick off September 14 The positions are taken and are ready for the military exercises. The strategic Belarusian-Russian drills “West-2017” are ready to move to an active phase at any moment. Brest air assault soldiers have taken up the defense today. The independent battalion and the leaders of the 38th air assault brigade are mastering the Vitebsk range for the first time. The kitchen is working and a mobile information center has been established. The exercises, shootings and field trials have begun. It is unknown when an outlined enemy will attack.
Russian helicopters arrive in Belarus for West 2017 drills
Russian helicopters arrive in Belarus for West 2017 drills The first helicopters of the Russian contingent landed at the Machulishchi aerodrome near Minsk. Belarus will host the strategic exercise West 2017 from September 14 to September 20. The combat readiness of the Armed Forces of Belarus and Russia on such a scale is checked every two years. Last time maneuvers were conducted at the firing ranges of the Russian Federation. The majority of activities related to the current exercise is held in Belarus.
Customs procedure simplifications in EEU discussed in Brest
Customs procedure simplifications in EEU discussed in Brest The new Code is new business opportunities. In Brest officials discussed the customs mechanisms that will work in the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) countries from the beginning of 2018. The Belarusian side also contributed to the new customs legislation.

08.09.2017

NATO to observe Belarus-Russia West 2017 drills
NATO to observe Belarus-Russia West 2017 drills Representatives of NATO will monitor the Belarusian-Russian exercise "West-2017". They, together with about 80 other observers, including the UN and the OSCE, will visit the training grounds where maneuvers will be held from September 14 to September 20. The Belarusian and Russian military will first of all work out the fight against terrorists and the protection of important facilities. Meanwhile, the hype surrounding the upcoming drills in Western media is gradually subsiding, including thanks to the statement of the NATO Secretary General.

07.09.2017

Belarus taking part in Combat Commonwealth 2017 drills in Russia
Belarus taking part in Combat Commonwealth 2017 drills in Russia The military drills Combat Commonwealth 2017 have begun at the Ashuluk training ground in the Astrakhan region, Russia. The exercises involve air defense troops of the CIS countries. Now the drills are entering the active phase. The coalition association includes more than two thousand servicemen and two hundred units of equipment. This includes anti-aircraft missile systems, fighters and assault helicopters. The allied troops have to launch over 50 guided missiles and use about 100 aircraft bombs and ammunition.

05.09.2017

Belarus President meets with security officials ahead of West 2017 drills with Russia
Belarus President meets with security officials ahead of West 2017 drills with Russia The invited foreign observers can personally see the peaceful tasks of the Belarusian-Russian exercises West 2017, said Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with the security officials of Belarus on September 5. The military drills will be held from 14 to 20 September. Participating in it will be almost 13,000 troops and 900 pieces of equipment.

01.09.2017

Turkey and Montenegro may start buying BelAZ dump trucks
Turkey and Montenegro may start buying BelAZ dump trucks Turkey and Montenegro may start buying BelAZ dump trucks. The question of first BelAZ deliveries to these countries is now being worked out. Over the last five years alone, the Belarusian heavy trucks have conquered the markets of Angola, Zimbabwe, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Morocco, Romania, and Czechia.  According to forecasts, in 2017, the export of Belarusian giant vehicles will amount to more than $700 million (almost 2 times more than in 2016).  Now most of the produced dump trucks are exported to Russia.

30.08.2017

Russia president congratulates Belarusian leader on birthday August 30
Russia president congratulates Belarusian leader on birthday August 30 Topical issues of bilateral relations were discussed by phone on August 30 by the presidents of Belarus and Russia, reports the press service of the Russian head of state. The leaders also talked about the international agenda and the schedule of forthcoming meetings.  Vladimir Putin warmly congratulated the Belarusian head of state on his birthday, wishing him good health and further successes.
Belarusian electric buses may appear in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Yekaterinburg
Belarusian electric buses may appear in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Yekaterinburg Belarus will expand the supply of electric buses to Russia. The Belarus-made urban machinery may appear in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Yekaterinburg. In the Russian capital, the electric bus has already undergone the necessary tests.

23.08.2017

Joint exercises of Belarus and Russia air forces begin August 23
Joint exercises of Belarus and Russia air forces begin August 23 Belarusian and Russian aviators will meet on August 23 in Belarus to prepare for the joint tactical drills West 2017. The military of the two countries will work out combat skills. The two-day training will be conducted under the guidance of the Commander of Air Force and Air Defense. The main task is to increase the level of combat training, as well as to improve tactics and methods of using aviation.

22.08.2017

Maneuvers of Belarus-Russia supply services underway in Belarus ahead of West 2017 drills
Maneuvers of Belarus-Russia supply services underway in Belarus ahead of West 2017 drills More than 2,500 servicemen and about 500 units of equipment. Maneuvers of rear services are underway in Belarus ahead of the Belarusian-Russian drills West 2017. The firing range Borisovsky and firing ranges in the Minsk, Vitebsk and Mogilev regions are the sites where the rear services drills are held on 22 August. Providing logistics and optimum interaction in joint actions - this is a goal of the exercise for both the Belarusian and the Russian side.

15.08.2017

Russian military arriving in Belarus August 15 for final stage of West-2017 exercise
Russian military arriving in Belarus August 15 for final stage of West-2017 exercise Preparation for the Belarusian-Russian drills West 2017 is at the final stage. The military of the neighboring state are arriving in Belarus on August 15 to conduct joint strategic maneuvers.

09.08.2017

Belarus' reconnaissance troops to hold tactical drills ahead of West 2017
Belarus' reconnaissance troops to hold tactical drills ahead of West 2017 Belarusian reconnaissance troops will hold tactical drills ahead of West 2017 exercises. The combat training starts on August 9 and will last 2 days. During this time, the military personnel will improve field training and work out the organization and provision of reconnaissance. This will be the final stage of preparation for the joint strategic exercise of the Armed Forces of Belarus and Russia West 2017. The large-scale exercise West 2017 will be held at various firing ranges of Belarus from 14 to 20 September.

02.08.2017

Belarusian tramcars, longest in CIS, to be exported to St. Petersburg
Belarusian tramcars, longest in CIS, to be exported to St. Petersburg Belarusian tramcars in St. Petersburg: a batch of six trains will appear in the northern capital of Russia in the autumn of 2017. Engineers from Belarus, Czechia, Spain and Switzerland took part in the development of this urban transport. All tramcars are more comfortable: the cabin has air conditioning and sockets have been added for convenience. The cars have systems counting passengers as well as systems for video surveillance and information boards.

28.07.2017

Belarus, Russia plan joint distant sensing satellite launch by 2021
Belarus, Russia plan joint distant sensing satellite launch by 2021 The Belarusian-Russian distant sensing satellite is planned to be launched by 2021. Scientists of the two countries are already working on it creation.

26.07.2017

Belarus and Russia release 30,000 sterlet fish to the Dnieper River
Belarus and Russia release 30,000 sterlet fish to the Dnieper River Environmentalists of Belarus and Russia have implemented a joint project. More than 30,000 sterlet fish were released in the Dnieper River on the western outskirts of Smolensk. This is the first stocking of the river after the large plague that occurred in 2016. There are no borders for water inhabitants, but on both sides ecologists have many projects. Their further plans are to release in the Dnieper fry of pike and pike perch.

25.07.2017

No delays promised in Belarusian NPP commissioning
No delays promised in Belarusian NPP commissioning The Belarusian NPP will be built in the established time frame. On July 24 at a meeting with Alexander Lukashenko this was confirmed by the general director of Rosatom Alexei Likhachev. The first reactor will be finished in the beginning of 2018.

13.07.2017

Belarusian MFA: West 2017 drills purely defensive
Belarusian MFA: West 2017 drills purely defensive The military exercise of Belarus and Russia West 2017 was planned long ago and does not threaten anyone, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus. Belarus sends invitations to foreign countries and international organizations to monitor the drills. Meanwhile, this measure is proactive and based on the principles of openness. The active phase of the exercises will be monitored by representatives of the UN, OSCE, NATO, and the CSTO.

12.07.2017

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarusians contribute to development of Russian language
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarusians contribute to development of Russian language On July 12 Minsk will become a large-scale discussion platform. The World Congress of Russian Press gathered representatives of more than 50 countries. Yulia Beshanova, CTV:The plenary meeting is the key moment of the congress. The President of the Republic of Belarus also participated in the opening of the meeting. He addressed all those present with a welcome speech.
Alexander Lukashenko: Russia can't easily refuse from Belarusian goods
Alexander Lukashenko: Russia can't easily refuse from Belarusian goods Belarus needs to tell the world about itself more bravely, said on July 11 the head of state. The main task of Belarusian diplomatic missions abroad is export. Over the five months the exports grew by 20%, and this is $2 billion. $1.7 billion came from sectors not related to raw materials. By the way, Russia accounts for more than 50% of that growth. As we can see, Russia remains the main trade and economic partner of Belarus. The regions of the two countries are not far behind. In general, in 2016 alone, Belarus was visited by more than 70 delegations.

11.07.2017

Time to talk about digital revolution: Congress of Russian Press underway in Minsk
Time to talk about digital revolution: Congress of Russian Press underway in Minsk The XIX World Congress of the Russian Press is taking place in Minsk on July 11. Before the forum began, journalists and other media representatives went to the Victory Monument in the center of Belarus' capital, where they honored the memory of those who died during the Great Patriotic War.

06.07.2017

Independence Palace, Belarus, Minsk
Zapad 2017 drills is significant step in ensuring Belarus' national security The exercise Zapad 2017 (West 2017) is a significant step in ensuring national security, said President Alexander Lukashenko on July 6 at the ceremony to honor graduates of higher military educational institutions and higher officers. Taking into account the growing terrorist threat in the world, active illegal migration, the spread of drugs and the import of weapons, the young generation will have to work hard.

05.07.2017

Tula Deputy Governor about popularity of Belarusian products
Tula Deputy Governor about popularity of Belarusian products The Union dialogue will be continued. After a fruitful day in Moscow, where the negotiations between the Presidents of Belarus AND Russia had just ended, experts of the two countries are summing up the results.

02.07.2017

Alexander Lukashenko at the fourth Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia
Alexander Lukashenko at the fourth Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia Presidents of Belarus and Russia discussed the most important subjects during the fourth Forum of Regions, which was held in Moscow. Economy is on the first place. Cooperation in production, taking down the barriers in exporting food from Belarus to Russia, oil and gas. Ivan Bambiza, Deputy State Secretary of the Union State of Belarus and Russia:Presidents of Belarus and Russia met, business met, agreements were made. And decisions have been made.

01.07.2017

Vladimir Putin about Belarus’ investment to Russian agriculture, retailing and pharmaceutics
Vladimir Putin about Belarus’ investment to Russian agriculture, retailing and pharmaceutics A few hours before the Supreme State Council meeting of the Union State, Presidents Lukashenko and Putin took part in the fourth Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia. The main subjects are innovation development and digital economy; the sides are to expand cooperation in these directions. The Forum of Regions greets the Presidents. Short negotiations, mutual photographs and partaking in the closing ceremony of the Forum.
President Lukashenko about development of Russia’s agriculture sector
President Lukashenko about development of Russia’s agriculture sector Belarus and Russia are both prepared to use the Union’s potential for sustainable development. President Lukashenko says that Belarus is ready to continue a constructive dialogue, to make decisions on topical issues of cooperation. What future awaits the Union State? The Supreme State Council meeting was held in the Kremlin on June 30, 2017. This is where the document on the Union Sate of Belarus and Russia was signed. The handshake of the Presidents of Belarus and Russia looks symbolic; it is a reminder of the equality of the two countries in the Union.

30.06.2017

Belarus President: We must prove to the world we are a self-sufficient country
Belarus President: We must prove to the world we are a self-sufficient country The further development of integration between Belarus and Russia should be facilitated by decisions to be taken at the meeting of the Supreme State Council. On the eve of the meeting, Alexander Lukashenko in the Kremlin met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. As noted by the leaders of the states, the significant events that are currently taking place in Moscow will allow discussing and resolving the most pressing interaction issues.
Belarus, Russia boasting own high-tech developments at Forum of Regions
Belarus, Russia boasting own high-tech developments at Forum of Regions On June 30, the heads of state of Belarus and Russia will visit the IV Forum of Regions, which in 2017 is devoted to integration development in the field of high technologies and innovations. Presidents of Belarus and Russia Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin are expected to partake in the forum activities too and have talks on the Belarusian-Russian cooperation.
Belarus, Russia consider cancelling roaming
Belarus, Russia consider cancelling roaming The 5th forum of regions will be held in Belarus, chairman of the upper house of the Belarusian parliament Mikhail Myasnikovich told media on June 30. It is proposed to create IT clusters in the border regions of Belarus and Russia. Moreover, the two countries consider cancelling roaming. Within a month, the Ministry of Communications and mobile operators might be able to do this.
High-tech among the main topics of Belarus-Russia IV Forum of Regions
High-tech among the main topics of Belarus-Russia IV Forum of Regions From cultural cohesion to economic ties: Moscow is hosting the IV Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia. A significant package of agreements on cooperation was signed between our countries already on the first day of the event. First business contracts have already been signed. The enterprises of Belneftekhim were among the main newsmakers. Partnership agreements are worth more than $100 million. In general, this effect is expected to bring the Belarus-Russia Union State to new heights.
Belarus receives fourth tranche of EDB loan
Belarus receives fourth tranche of EDB loan The fourth tranche of the loan by the Eurasian Development Bank was transferred to Belarus. It's about $2 billion.  Taking into account this tranche, Belarus has already received $1.4 billion from the EDB.  The money goes to support economic policy measures and structural reforms in the country.
Alexander Lukashenko to hold talks with Vladimir Putin in Moscow on June 30
Alexander Lukashenko to hold talks with Vladimir Putin in Moscow on June 30 The Belarus President, Alexander Lukashenko, is to hold talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow on June 30. It is expected that they will discuss the most important issues facing the Union State of Belarus and Russia. It is expected that Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin will discuss much of this at a personal meeting that will take place before the session of the Supreme State Council of the Union State.

29.06.2017

Belarus President to begin working visit to Russia June 29
Belarus President to begin working visit to Russia June 29 Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has departed for Russia for a working visit In the Russian capital, he has an extensive program planned. In the coming days, the President will attend a meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Union State. It is also expected that Alexander Lukashenko will meet with Vladimir Putin, at which the leaders will discuss interaction in integration formats and exchange views on the international agenda.

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