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23.06.2017

Each Forum of Regions increases Belarus' export by $250-300m, Mikhail Myasnikovich says
Each Forum of Regions increases Belarus' export by $250-300m, Mikhail Myasnikovich says Several new products of Belarusian electric transport, space vehicles, green technologies, as well as unique developments in the field of medicine will be presented at the specialized exhibition of the IV Forum of Regions. The event program was discussed on June 22 at the Council of the Republic, Belarus upper chamber of the parliament. About 60 Belarusian organizations will acquaint visitors with their products. In total, it is expected that about 600 people will take part in this meeting.

22.06.2017

Belarus expects contracts worth $400m after IV Forum of Regions with Russia
Belarus expects contracts worth $400m after IV Forum of Regions with Russia The leading producers of Belarus and Russia traditionally convene to agree on new projects during Forums of Regions, an economic and cultural event that serves as a starting point for new business deals and contacts. The proposals portfolio includes more than 50 cooperation agreements in 2017. Focus is now made on high technologies. Joint Belarusian-Russian innovation developments and youth projects will be presented at the forum's exhibition.

21.06.2017

Expo-Russia Belarus 2017 opens in Minsk
Expo-Russia Belarus 2017 opens in Minsk Expo-Russia Belarus 2017 opens in Minsk More than 400 business negotiations are planned to be held during the Expo-Russia Belarus 2017. Minsk hosts the forum for the second time. In 2015 the two sides signed more than 60 contracts, the organizers of the current forum are planning to exceed the result.
Belarusian goods can be ordered from Russia: delivery by mail takes 3-4 days
Belarusian goods can be ordered from Russia: delivery by mail takes 3-4 days The Belarusian national postal network has expanded the list of Internet services. Now Russians can buy Belarusian goods. The order takes a few minutes - from registering on the site to paying online with a bank card. A parcel to Moscow or St. Petersburg will arrive within 3-4 days. Among the most popular products ordered this way are Belarusian linen and textiles, footwear, bags, cosmetics, and toys.

20.06.2017

Belarus to discuss key issues in relations with Russia in near future
Belarus to discuss key issues in relations with Russia in near future The upcoming meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Belarus-Russia Union State should be effective and give practical results, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko today during a working meeting with State Secretary of the Union State Grigory Rapota. The agenda of the forthcoming meeting was in the center of attention. The key issues of the relationship between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus will be reviewed, as well as trade and economic relations, the social sphere and the engineering complex of the two countries.

19.06.2017

Belarusian ice cream to be exported to Russia, Israel, Canada and Georgia
Belarusian ice cream to be exported to China Santa Bremor will export Belarusian ice cream to a number of countries, including China. The first batch will go to that market as early as July 2017. By the way, in 2017 Belarusian ice cream was exported even to Canada. Israel and Georgia also love it. "Matias" in Belarus is actually "Santa Bremor". The company began fish business 19 years ago and conquered the world with it. However, now factories near Brest produce various products, including ice cream.

16.06.2017

Belarus, Russia premiers meet in St.Petersburg June 16
Belarus, Russia premiers meet in St.Petersburg June 16 The Prime Ministers of Belarus Russia met in St. Petersburg June 16. They discussed cooperation between the two countries. The city on the Neva River is hosting the meeting of the Belarus-Russia Union State Council.  Prior to the meeting, bilateral talks between the governments took place too. Andrei Kobyakov and Dmitry Medvedev discussed some issues on the agenda.
Belarus President on West 2017 drills: Nobody is going to neglect security of states
Belarus President on West 2017 drills: Nobody is going to neglect security of states The CSTO member states are able to solve internal problems in the area of ​​responsibility of the organization, said on June 15 the President of Belarus at a meeting with the secretaries of the Security Council of the Tashkent Treaty.
Belarus, Russia begin preparation for West 2017 drills
Belarus, Russia begin preparation for West 2017 drills For the first time the military of Belarus and Russia are building bridges and organizing ferries. Now, army units don't consider water a barrier. The redeployment of equipment on special bridges is possible thanks to the engineering troops of Belarus and a special Russian battalion. The coordination of their actions was practiced on the Dnieper River.

15.06.2017

Belarus and Russia continue syncing legislation
Belarus and Russia continue syncing legislation The meeting of the Council of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Belarus and Russia began in Minsk. The agenda includes matters aiming to bring closer the legislations of the two countries. The event precedes the meeting of the 52nd session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union State of Belarus and Russia. Already on June 15 it will identify the priority areas for further development of the Union State.

14.06.2017

Belarus, Russia, Serbia conduct Slavic Brotherhood 2017 anti-terrorist drills
Belarus, Russia, Serbia conduct anti-terrorist drills Slavic Brotherhood 2017 About 20 military attachés watched the active phase of the Belarusian-Russian-Serbian tactical exercise Slavic Brotherhood 2017. The maneuvers were also observed by representatives of the United States, Great Britain, China, Syria, and Ukraine. The guests watched a joint antiterrorist operation at the hydroelectric complex in Brest performed by the military of Belarus, Russia and Serbia. The drills were aimed to simulate an operation to free the sluice from 'terrorists', destroy the 'radical group' and free the 'hostages'.

13.06.2017

Vladimir Semashko: Belarus, Russia to hold talks on establishing single gas market
Vladimir Semashko: Belarus, Russia to hold talks on establishing single gas market Belarus and Russia will hold talks on creating a single gas market in the nearest time. It was announced by Vladimir Semashko, Belarus’ Deputy Prime Minister. It is known that the two countries signed a document which regulates gas issues for three years in 2017. The sides are now entering a new level. The functioning and forming of gas prices in the single market will be discusses at the meeting with Russian colleagues.
CSTO Collective Rapid Response Forces to hold drills in Kyrgyzstan in 2018
CSTO Collective Rapid Response Forces to hold drills in Kyrgyzstan in 2018 The drills of the Collective Rapid Response Force of the CSTO will be held in 2018 in Kyrgyzstan. The Council of Ministers of Defense of the CSTO member states has adopted an action plan for 2018. The plan provides for joint exercises involving Russian peacekeeping forces, the collective rapid reaction forces of Tajikistan, and the reconnaissance units of Kazakhstan. All measures are aimed at increasing the effectiveness of response to crisis situations, both in the CSTO's responsibility zone and beyond.
Sberbank Russia may expand activities in Belarus
Sberbank Russia may expand activities in Belarus Alexander Lukashenko suggests that Sberbank of Russia expand the field of activity in the Belarusian market. The head of state said this on June 13 meeting with German Gref, the chairman of the board of this Russian bank. The negotiations were also attended by businessman Mikhail Gutseriev. The sides discussed the current state of affairs and new projects.

12.06.2017

Day of Russia celebrated on June 12
Day of Russia celebrated on June 12 Russia Day is celebrated on June 12. This is one of Russia's main state holidays. Festivities and concerts are held throughout the country. Festivals, fairs and free tours are held in Moscow. The holiday will end with a spectacular fireworks display - about 500 volleys from Red Square. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko congratulated President Vladimir Putin on Russia's Day.
Active phase of “Slavic brotherhood 2017” military drills begins June 12
Active phase of “Slavic brotherhood 2017” military drills begins June 12 The active phase of the joint Belarus, Russia and Serbia military drills “Slavic brotherhood 2017” begins on June 12, 2017. More than 800 military men and 100 equipment units have been concentrated at the ranges near Brest. The special forces have already carried out night military exercises and have jumped with a parachute from IL-76 aircraft.

09.06.2017

Belarus President: SCO will not allow destabilizing situation in the world
Belarus President: SCO will not allow destabilizing situation in the world Alexander Lukashenko outlined the Belarusian priorities in the work of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. This morning, the head of state arrived in Astana's Palace of Independence to participate in the summit. After a joint photo session, a meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the SCO members in an expanded format began. Today, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is one of the most influential communities that occupies more than 60% of the territory of Eurasia. It unites 18 countries: 6 participants, 6 observers and 6 dialogue partners.

07.06.2017

Belarus may support more public-private partnership projects
Belarus may support more public-private partnership projects Experts of Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan are exchanging experience of cooperation between business and the state on June 7 in Minsk. Public-private partnership is one of the most optimal schemes of work. To implement projects, investors receive the most favorable conditions. This form of interaction was tested during the reconstruction of the M-10 highway.

06.06.2017

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus, Penza region have everything for more beneficial cooperation
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus, Penza region have everything for more beneficial cooperation The Penza region of Russia plans to open the production of potato starch using Belarusian technologies, construction and design services. This matter was discussed June 6 at a meeting of Alexander Lukashenko with the governor of that Russian region Ivan Belozertsev. For example, the industrial sphere may become the locomotive of cooperation. Operating in the Penza region are dealers of large Belarusian enterprises producing agricultural and communal machinery. Meanwhile, there is room for growth in trade.

05.06.2017

Vladimir Makei: Belarus not going to break military ties with Russian friends
Vladimir Makei: Belarus not going to break military ties with Russian friends A joint statement was signed on June 5 by the heads of the foreign ministries of Belarus and Russia. It emphasizes that the two countries will continue to strengthen cooperation in the world arena, advocate for integration in the CIS and condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
Sergey Lavrov: Belarus is Russia's most important trading partner in CIS
Sergey Lavrov: Belarus is Russia's most important trading partner in CIS Over the 25 years of diplomatic relations, Belarus and Russia have reached the level of strategic partnership. This topic was raised on June 5 in Moscow, where the Belarusian and Russian foreign ministers met. Currently, trade and economic cooperation is at a high level. Belarus is Russia's main partner among the CIS countries and the 4th in the world.
Belarus ready to increase presence in Russian market
Belarus ready to increase presence in Russian market Over the 25 years of diplomatic relations, cooperation between Belarus and Russia has steadily expanded and deepened. This was again confirmed on June 5 in Moscow by the foreign ministries of the two countries. Currently, trade and economic cooperation is at a high level. Belarus is Russia's main partner among the CIS countries and the fourth in the world. All regions are involved in establishing such close ties. The dialogue is also established in the political and humanitarian spheres.

01.06.2017

Belarus taking part in St. Petersburg International Economic Forum
Belarus taking part in St. Petersburg International Economic Forum It is necessary to create a platform in the CIS for the integration of small and medium-sized businesses. This idea was voiced on June 1 at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Taking part in it is the Belarusian delegation. Belarus voiced its position on the need to use the CIS as a platform for promoting economic interests. Today, trading only with goods is not enough.

31.05.2017

Economist Nakipelov: I am not sure that Ukrainian variant would be better for Belarus
Economist Nakipelov: I am not sure that Ukrainian variant would be better for Belarus Alexander Nakipelov, economist and Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences took part in the TV Program “Simple Questions” with Egor Khrustalev.

28.05.2017

Belarus, Russia scientists to cooperate in personalized medicine development
Belarus, Russia scientists to cooperate in personalized medicine development Scientists from Belarus and Russia will be cooperating in the sector of personalized medicine development. The main aim of this approach is to provide every patient with medicine that is appropriate for his organism. In such cases researches are carried out on molecular and genetic levels. Such kind of treatment is certainly more effective. Joint scientific developments have already been carried out. What is more, researchers have agreed on cooperating in the sector cellular technologies.

24.05.2017

Belarus financial police terminate shadow supply chain of sanction products
Belarus financial police terminate shadow supply chain of sanction products A shadow supply chain of sanctioned products was terminated by Belarus’ financial police. Investigations showed that five Belarusian entrepreneurs registered cargos at the customs from the EU. Among the goods were fruits and vegetables which are prohibited to import to Russia. Therefore, 600 vehicles with goods managed to go through the border. Belarusian businessmen got more than BYN 1 million from Russian originators. They were the organizers of the criminal scheme.
Women unions of Tula and Mogilev regions sign cooperation agreement
Women unions of Tula and Mogilev regions sign cooperation agreement Women of Belarus and Russia intend to develop business ties. Such agreement was signed by representatives of women’s unions of the two countries. They agreed to offer production of entrepreneurs’ under a joint brand. They’ll start with fairs and exhibitions. The majority of projects of the Women’s Union in Belarus are social projects. They support the elderly. Families with many children, and children as well.

23.05.2017

Central districts of Minsk, St. Petersburg sign cooperation agreement.
Central districts of Minsk, St. Petersburg sign cooperation agreement. Cultural exchange and dialogue on education and production sectors. Central districts of Minsk and St. Petersburg signed an agreement on cooperation. Heads of district administrations signed the document. The main aim is development of new economy cooperation directions. The two sides agreed to meet regularly on all the levels, to hold joint sessions and business forums.
Russia lifts ban on several Belarusian meat and dairy plants
Russia lifts ban on several Belarusian meat and dairy plants Russia lifts ban on several Belarusian meat and dairy plants Russia’s Ministry of Agriculture is lifting the ban on several Belarusian plants. Relevant agencies held talks in Moscow. It became clear that Russia has no complaints against seven Belarusian dairy plants. What is more, two meat processing plants have been opened and

18.05.2017

Belarus intends to sign contracts worth $300m at Belarus-Russia Forum of Regions
Belarus intends to sign contracts worth $300m at Belarus-Russia Forum of Regions At the Belarus-Russia Forum of Regions Belarus intends to sign contracts worth no less than $300m. This event traditionally gathers the leading producers of Belarus and Russia at one place. The major event will take place in Moscow at the end of June 2017.Integartion in the high-tech sector will be the main subject of the forum. It is planned that President Lukashenko and President Putin will attend the forum.

17.05.2017

Belarusian manufacturers to be able to participate in public procurement in Russia
Belarusian manufacturers to be able to participate in public procurement in Russia Belarusian producers have got the right to take part in the purchases of Russian state corporations. Thus a market of at least $150 billion opens up for Belarusian suppliers. This decision was made jointly by Belarusian and Russian counterparts. Until recently, goods from Belarus have been considered foreign on the territory of Russia. This negatively affected the price and competitiveness of Belarusian products.

15.05.2017

Russia transfers flights from Belarus to international sector Flights from Belarus in Russian airports are transferred to international sectors from May 15, 2017. In this connection passenger service will be changed. Now passengers will be going through border control.

14.05.2017

Alexander Lukashenko meets with Rostov Region Governor
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Rostov Region Governor Russia did not take part in Eurovision 2017 because of the conflict with Ukraine. Belarusians did not give the traditional 12 points to the Russian singer, and Belarus did not compete with Russia in the final of the contest. Alexander Lukashenko expressed his emotions concerning the competition at the economic market when meeting with the Governor of Russia’s Rostov region. Products, mechanical engineering, and not putting skids to one another were the issues discussed at the meeting.

11.05.2017

Infant mortality rate in Belarus admirable, Rostov Region health minister says
Infant mortality rate in Belarus admirable, Rostov Region health minister says The delegation of the Rostov region on May 11 is visiting a number of Minsk enterprises. The guests are also interested in the experience of Belarus in the social sphere. Meeting with the staff of the Mother and Child Center, the guests noted the high level of medicine. It was decided to make contacts between Belarusian and Rostov Region specialists permanent.

05.05.2017

Russia to introduce border control for flights from Belarus May 15
Russia to introduce border control for flights from Belarus May 15 Russia is going to introduce border control for flights from Belarus. From May 15, planes arriving from Belarus or departing in the opposite direction will be transferred to international terminals. Previously they were serviced in the domestic sector. Passengers with Belarusian and Russian citizenship will not be subjected to border control. They will need to show proof of identity and the boarding pass. Notes confirming border crossing will not be put.

01.05.2017

Rosselkhoznadzor to inspect more Belarusian plants
Rosselkhoznadzor to inspect more Belarusian plants Rosselkhoznadzor specialists are getting down to another inspection of Belarusian plants on May 1, 2017. Upon the request of Belarus they will visit those places, which haven’t been inspected before, so that they would enter the Russian market in future. It is the second monitoring in the current spring. Russian specialists will be working together with Belarusian experts now. They are to visit a dozen of dairy, meat and fish producing plants.

27.04.2017

Rosselkhoznadzor to check 12 more Belarusian enterprises in May
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
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.

26.04.2017

Belarus gets $300m tranche of Eurasian Stabilization and Development Fund
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. Photo: forbes.kz

24.04.2017

Belarus and Russia's Nizhny Novgorod Region to manufacture automobile components together
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 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.

21.04.2017

Alexander Lukashenko to Valery Shantsev: "We can build nuclear power plants around the world"
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.

20.04.2017

Belarus not turning away from Russia, President Lukashenko says
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.

18.04.2017

Russia to increase oil supplies to Belarus from April 18
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.

17.04.2017

Russian government on oil and gas agreements with Belarus
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.

16.04.2017

Rosselkhoznadzor lifts ban on 2 Belarusian plants
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.

14.04.2017

Russia increases oil supplies to Belarus
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
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?
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.

13.04.2017

Minsk, Moscow find solution to oil and gas dispute
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
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
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. Mr. Koktysh: Good afternoon.We met at the Exhibition of Economic Achievements. What achievements can Belarusians and Russians boast?

11.04.2017

Minsk Region products presented in Moscow
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.

10.04.2017

7 reasons to consider compromises between Belarus and Russia beneficial
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?

09.04.2017

St. Petersburg residents react to April subway attack
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
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
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.

08.04.2017

Alexander Lukashenko about results of negotations 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.

07.04.2017

"I showed Putin, who benefits from sanctioned goods." Aleksandr Lukashenko gives interview to TV company Mir
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
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.

06.04.2017

Belarus President gives interview to TV and radio company Mir
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 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.

05.04.2017

Belarus hopes Russia will lift food export restrictions in April
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 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 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

04.04.2017

Russia to supply 24m tonnes of oil to Belarus annually
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 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, 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 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.

03.04.2017

Presidents Putin, Lukashenko meet in St. Petersburg April 3
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 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?
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
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.
Russian ambassador explains current issues in Belarus-Russia relations
Russian ambassador: We don't need even slightest cooling in relations with Belarus Interaction between Belarus and Russia continues at the regional level too. Now the sides boast more than 300 agreements between the regions of both countries. Contributing to this friendship will be the forum of regions of the two countries, due soon. This is another platform for future development and contracting.
Belarus, Russia celebrate Day of Unity April 2
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:

01.04.2017

President Lukashenko to meet Vladimir Putin on April 3
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. 

31.03.2017

Premiers of Belarus and Russia discuss oil and gas issues
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.

30.03.2017

Belarusian, Russian presidents to meet on April 3
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.

28.03.2017

Why did Belarus detain blogger Aleksander Lapshin?
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
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.

27.03.2017

Belarus, Russia preparing for 4th Forum of Regions
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.

20.03.2017

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is ready to ensure its security in any situation
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
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.

17.03.2017

Alexander Lukashenko meets with Governor of Stavropol Krai
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.

15.03.2017

Regnum's Yuri Baranchik detained in Russia and may be extradited to Belarus
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.

14.03.2017

Belarus and Russia start preparations for West 2017 drills
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.

12.03.2017

President Lukashenko on decree No3, dialogue between authorities and people and Belarus-Russia relations
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
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.
From Decree No3 to Belarus - Russia relations: discussions held over President Lukashenko's meeting
From Decree No3 to Belarus - Russia relations: discussions held over President Lukashenko's meeting The subjects which were brought up by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko are being actively discussed in families, in mass media and in the expert community. Citizens:People must work and earn money. But everything, I mean tax letters, was done to quickly. The Decree needs to be looked into more thoroughly. A special approach should be taken towards the situation. Belarus is not Russia.

10.03.2017

Belarus wants Russia to discuss and resolve topical issues in bilateral relations
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. MORE:
Belarus, Russia intend to develop interaction algorithm on migration issues
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 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.

09.03.2017

Gas prices should not be basis of Belarusian-Russian relations, Alexander Lukashenko says
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.

01.03.2017

Russian citizen to be deported from Belarus
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.

28.02.2017

MPs expect quick resolution of issues in Belarusian-Russian relations
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.

24.02.2017

Belarus-Russia gas conflict to be resolved at political level
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).

23.02.2017

Belarus takes about 160,000 Ukrainians in recent years
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.

21.02.2017

Expert Mikhail Delyagin on relations between Russia and Belarus
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
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.

20.02.2017

Belarus, Kazakhstan presidents discuss EEU and bilateral cooperation
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.

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