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09.10.2016

Alexander Lukashenko comments on gas problem with Russia
Alexander Lukashenko comments on gas problem with Russia One more disputable economic question that sometimes becomes a political issue was mentioned by President Lukashenko during his speech in the Oval Hall of the Belarusian Parliament. The topic is old for the relations between Russia and Belarus. At the same time, it is a key topic. The words oil and gas mean a lot.

07.10.2016

Tourist from Saratov crosses Belarus on foot in acknowledgement of Belarus’ support of Russian Paralympic athletes
Tourist from Saratov crosses Belarus on foot in acknowledgement of Belarus’ support of Russian Paralympic athletes A tourist has been walking across Belarus for two weeks already. Vladimir Ponomarev, a tourist from Saratov, started his journey in Brest. The man decided to cross the country from West to East on foot as expression of gratitude to the Belarusian team that carried the Russian flag at the Paralympics in Rio supporting disqualified Russian athletes. Now the Russian and Belarusian flags are decorating the trolley of Vladimir Ponomarev. He also has a poster. This poster was seen by tens of thousands Belarusians.
Vladimir Solovyov: “I don’t think it’s right when government uses weapons”
Vladimir Solovyov: “I don’t think it’s right when government uses weapons” Vladimir Solovyov, famous Russian TV and radio journalist has answered questions of of the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev. During one of your meetings with young journalists, a young man said: Everybody has its own truth”. You answered: “there’s only one truth”. I was think about people that are in the middle of war conflict. It’s unlikely that they would volunteer to go to war if they weren’t certain they would be fighting on the bright side.
“I’m not in a position to judge”: Vladimir Solovyov about situation in Belarus
“I’m not in a position to judge”: Vladimir Solovyov about situation in Belarus Vladimir Solovyov, famous Russian TV and radio journalist has answered questions of of the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev. We are looking forward to your event in Minsk. I’m sure people will ask you a lot of questions and some of them will be related to Belarus. How acquainted are you with the life in Belarus?
“Such deeds are appreciated. They coming from soul”: Vladimir Solovyov about Fomochkin
“Such deeds are appreciated. They coming from soul”: Solovyov about Fomochkin Vladimir Solovyov, famous Russian TV and radio journalist has answered questions of of the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev. For instance, you want get an impression of what life is for people. If you have a chance to choose three people from the society, who will these people be, what will be their occupation?
Continuity, reforms, foreign policy: Alexander Lukashenko addresses Belarusian parliamentarians
Continuity, reforms, foreign policy: Alexander Lukashenko addresses Belarusian parliamentarians Overcoming the negative trends in the economy, steady rate of development, the growing authority of Belarus in the international arena and the need to maintain a balanced foreign policy were the topics about which the President of Belarus spoke on October 7 addressing MPs from both chambers of the Belarusian parliament.
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Vladimir Putin on his birthday
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Vladimir Putin on his birthday Russian President Vladimir Putin is celebrating his birthday on 7 October. The Russian leader is turning 64. Alexander Lukashenko sent congratulations to his colleague. Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus: The Republic of Belarus is interested in fruitful cooperation with Russia in all areas, and the deepening of equal and effective cooperation in the integration formats.

05.10.2016

Days of Saint Petersburg to start in Minsk on October 6
Days of Saint Petersburg to start in Minsk on October 6 The Days of Saint Petersburg will start with the business forum that will be held in Minsk on October 6. The business communities of Russia and Belarus will take part in the event. The official delegation is planning to visit a number of enterprises and industrial plants. It is planned to sign a number of agreements on cooperation. After all business meetings are over, there will be a concert of a chamber orchestra from Saint Petersburg near the City Hall.
Lipetsk region of Russia interested in quality of Belarusian roads, agricultural machinery
Lipetsk region of Russia interested in quality of Belarusian roads, agricultural machinery Belarusians will build roads in Russia. Administration of Lipetsk Region of Russia visited new facilities in Minsk and the Minsk region, in particular the second ring road, and praised the level of work. In addition to roads the parties are interested in the promotion of engineering products. A sales office for sales of Belarus-made machinery is already operating in the Lipetsk region. In general, the bilateral trade turnover increased by 8% since the beginning of 2016 and exceeded $124 million.

30.09.2016

Agriculture of Belarus: problems and achievements
Agriculture of Belarus: problems and achievements Last week, the Rosselkhoznadzor sanitary watchdog of Russia introduced restrictions on the import of Belarusian products of several enterprises. For many years, aid to agriculture has been one of the main items of the budget's expenditures. The agro-industrial complex of Belarus has received about $40 billion. Food security problem has long been solved in Belarus. Moreover, each year revenues from food exports increase. It is several billion dollars annually. But the flip side of this process is that agricultural enterprises have got accustomed to sitting on state subsidies.

27.09.2016

12% of exports declared automatically at Belarus customs
12% of exports declared automatically at Belarus customs Quickly, comfortably and without compromising quality of service. The Belarus President instructed the State Customs Committee to improve the work in all the registration points. The Head of State held a meeting with the head of the department September 26. Yuri Senko reported to Alexander Lukashenko on the results of work in 2016, as well as the future plans for the development of the customs service. In addition to improving the transit attractiveness of Belarus a question was raised concerning cooperation with foreign partners.

26.09.2016

Alexander Lukashenko wants customs to improve work at clearance checkpoints
Alexander Lukashenko wants customs to improve work at clearance checkpoints President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has instructed the State Customs Committee to improve work at customs clearance points. On September 26 this matter was discussed at a meeting of the Head of State with Customs Committee chairman Yuri Senko. Alexander Lukashenko pointed out that he intends to thoroughly analyze the state of affairs in the customs bodies of Belarus.
Food dispute: Why Belarusian products don't reach Russian shops
Food dispute: Why Belarusian products don't reach Russian shops From urgent problems to mature cheese! Especially since there is a direct relationship between the two. Our special correspondent Olga Petrashevskaya went the way Belarusian products usually travel to Russia.
Belarus President: Knowledge and technology are key to solving economic problems
Belarus President: Knowledge and technology are key to solving economic problems Export of products for Belarus is like oxygen to the body. But economic success does not depend only on external factors. On Friday, President Lukashenko sternly warned the government on this issue and demanded to search internal reserves, which can still be found, no doubt about that. I think that every self-critical employee and manager can agree with it. It's not just about the number of blister or the amount of sweat, but also about the effective management, new knowledge and, of course, new technologies.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus will 'optimize' participation in integration projects with Russia
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus will 'optimize' participation in integration projects with Russia Let’s talk about an important political and economic issue, which made headlines of Russian and Belarusian media. President Lukashenko met with the State Secretary of the Union State of Belarus and Russia and anxiously talked about the economic partnership. The pragmatism offered by Russia in relations with Belarus may now go off, according to the Chekhov's gun principle. This is what the President said on this occasion.

23.09.2016

Belarus President warns against changes in economic policy after All-Belarus People's Assembly
Belarus President warns against changes in economic policy after All-Belarus People's Assembly President of Belarus demands the strict implementation of decisions adopted at the All-Belarus People's Assembly. Alexander Lukashenko emphasized this during the Government's H1 2016 economic report and 2017 draft budget and future monetary policy discussion. In general, the economic situation in the country is stable and conditions are being created for the quality growth of the main indicators. Belarus is fulfilling the government's liabilities and is paying out foreign currency loans. However, there are problems in construction, agriculture, and industry.

20.09.2016

Alexander Lukashenko urges Russia to decide on future of integration projects
Alexander Lukashenko urges Russia to decide on future of integration projects On September 20, Alexander Lukashenko addressed the question concerning the future of common projects of Belarus and Russia at the meeting with Grigory Rapota, the State Secretary of the Belarus-Russia Union State.

13.09.2016

Alexander Lukashenko answers a number of questions on elections day
Alexander Lukashenko answers topical questions on parliamentary election day The President has taken part in the parliamentary elections on September 11. Belarus’ President came together with his younger son Nikolai to the polling station located in the Belarusian State University of Physical Culture. A lot of journalists were waiting for the President. After Alexander Lukashenko put the bulletin into the box, he answered the questions of the journalists. About 15 questions were asked within an hour. The President was very open and even was making jokes.

11.09.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus and Russia have almost agreed on gas issues
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus and Russia have almost agreed on gas issues Belarus and Russia have almost agreed on the gas issues, Alexander Lukashenko told media at the polling station where he voted at the parliamentary election 2016. At the polling station, at the Belarusian State University of Physical Culture the leader was with his younger son Nikolai. The head of state was awaited here by numerous journalists. After the President dropped his ballot into the box, he answered questions from the media. One of them concerned the negotiations of Belarus with Russia on the gas issue.

10.09.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarusian and Russian investigators have much to learn from each other
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarusian and Russian investigators have much to learn from each other Investigators Belarus and Russia have much to learn from each other, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with the Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia Alexander Bastrykin. The main area of ​​cooperation between departments is a mutual legal assistance in criminal matters. Within the framework of bilateral cooperation, the forensic department of the Investigative Committee of Belarus has visited the General Directorate of the Russian colleagues to study criminology experience.

07.09.2016

About relations with Russia, reforms in post Soviet countries and dreams: Alexander Lukashenko gives interview to Mikhail Gusman
About relations with Russia, reforms in post Soviet countries and dreams: Alexander Lukashenko gives interview to Mikhail Gusman What’s happening with the relations between Belarus and Russia, how efficient is the work of integration associations and what is the dream of the Belarusian President. On September 6, Alexander Lukashenko gave an interview to famous journalist Mikhail Gusman. Alexander Lukashenko and Mikhail Gusman are meeting not for the first time, that’s why it’s not just an ordinary interview, more like an important and deep conversation on various topics.

26.08.2016

CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Forces holding Indestructible Brotherhood drills in Belarus
CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Forces holding Indestructible Brotherhood drills in Belarus The Indestructible Brotherhood drills of the Collective Peacekeeping Forces of the CSTO are gaining momentum. The command decided to start a peacekeeping operation and is preparing to carry out tasks.   Tactical and combatant lessons have been conducted with personnel. During these lessons, military guarded checkpoints, inspected vehicles and patrolled areas and provided first aid. They also worked out questions of application of unmanned aircraft systems and reconnaissance aircraft.

25.08.2016

Tambov region delegation on official visit in Belarus
Tambov region delegation on official visit in Belarus Under the sign of regional cooperation. Tambov region delegation is now on official visit in Belarus. It consists of representatives of the administration and business circles of the Russian region.  The delegation is set to visit a number of Belarusian machine-building enterprises as well as beef and dairy factories. The guests are also interested in learning about the work of the High-Tech Park.

24.08.2016

Belarus taking part in CSTO's Indestructible Brotherhood 2016 peacekeeping drills
Belarus taking part in CSTO's Indestructible Brotherhood 2016 peacekeeping drills The drills of the CSTO peacekeepers Indestructible Brotherhood 2016 started on August 23 in Belarus. It will be held at the military training ground Obuz-Lesnovsky. Troops from Russia have already arrived at the airport in Baranovichi. The military intend to work out a number of innovations that reflect the updated methods of peacekeeping missions. The CSTO partners will hone their skills in humanitarian assistance to local population on a simulated territory of conflict. They will also exercise the destruction of illegal armed formations.

15.08.2016

Russia to replace Belarus' reactor vessel at Ostrovets construction site
Russia to replace Belarus' reactor vessel at Ostrovets construction site The Russian company Rosatom is ready to replace the reactor vessel for the first power unit of the Ostrovets nuclear power plant. This statement was made by the corporation after the formal request of the Ministry of Energy of Belarus. As noted by Rosatom, the reason for the replace will be public opinion rather than safety concerns. The company added that public opinion is not less important than safety. 

12.08.2016

Business ladies of Belarus and Russia discuss joint projects
Business ladies of Belarus and Russia discuss joint projects Belarusian cuisine in Siberia or how to strengthen economic ties between Russia and Belarus. This issue was discussed at the round table by business women of the two countries. The discussion was attended by entrepreneurs, business leaders, representatives of NGOs and voluntary organizations. In the center of attention was the business environment, capabilities of the Union State of the market and the establishment of joint projects.
Belarusian expedition conquers the highest point in Europe - Mount Elbrus
Belarusian expedition climbs the highest point in Europe - Mount Elbrus Belarusian athletes have made a unique 200-mile trip to the Central Caucasus and climbed to the highest point in Europe, Mount Elbrus, according to Alfa-Bank (Belarus), who became the partner of the expedition. A small group of mountain climbers together with the instructor, Valery Ermolovich, spent in the mountains about two weeks. During this time, they managed to cover more than 200 km in the highlands of the Caucasus. Four participants had to wade in mountain rivers and overcome the most difficult snow and ice passes.

11.08.2016

Belarus to replace damaged reactor vessel for Belarusian NPP power unit
Belarus to replace damaged reactor vessel for Belarusian NPP power unit Belarus has decided to replace the reactor vessel of a power unit at the Ostrovets nuclear power plant, which is now under construction, said Belarus Energy Minister Vladimir Potupchik.  Talking about the cost of replacing the equipment, the minister said that it is the subject of negotiations with Russian partners. Earlier it became known that an emergency situation has occurred at the construction site of the Belarusian NPP. 
Belarusian pilots win two silver medals at army Olympics
Belarusian pilots win two silver medals at army Olympics At the army Olympics, pilots from Belarus have won two silver medals in the categories "assault aircraft" and "military transport aircraft." Team Belarus, in the Avia Darts event, put the crews on Su-25 and for the first time on Mi-8. Piloting, intelligence and the use of lethal force: according to the results of all tests Belarusians only slightly lost to Russians. Moreover, Belarus has shown the best accuracy.

19.07.2016

Gennady Zyuganov about prospects of Belarus-Russia Union State
Gennady Zyuganov about prospects of Belarus-Russia Union State After meeting with the Belarus President, the leader of the Communist party of Russia Gennady Zyuganov spoke to Belarusian media. The prospects of the Union State were in the center of attention.  He noted that the existence and creation of the Eurasian Economic Union is a really important step towards competitiveness. Today, Russia is interested in developing economic and technological ties with Belarus and is ready to borrow Belarusian experience in the development of agro-towns.
President: Communist Party is not a party of collapse, but party of creation
President: Communist Party is not a party of collapse, but a party of creation Questions of Union State building on July 19 were discussed during the meeting of the President of Belarus with chairman of the Russian Communist Party faction in the State Duma. Alexander Lukashenko noted the special role played by this organization today, and gave Gennady Zyuganov the Order of Friendship of Peoples for his significant personal contribution to the strengthening of friendly relations and cooperation between Belarus and Russia.

13.07.2016

Belarus, Russia discuss trade and economic cooperation July 12
Belarus, Russia discuss energy issues July 12 The heads of the Belarusian and Russian governments met in Moscow July 12 to discuss trade and economic cooperation. Also, Andrei Kobyakov and Dmitry Medvedev talked over the situation in the energy sector and the interaction of the countries. Andrei Kobyakov, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus:We are ready to discuss all issues, including difficult and sensitive ones, which periodically arise in our trade and economic relations.

12.07.2016

Belarus, Russia premiers meet in Moscow to discuss current issues
Belarus, Russia premiers meet in Moscow to discuss current issues The bilateral relations and the situation in the Eurasian Economic Union have become the subject of a meeting between the premiers of Russia and Belarus. In addition to current issues, Andrei Kobyakov and Dmitry Medvedev discussed the situation in the sphere of energy sources. Previous consultations were held at the level of deputy prime ministers and ministries. The Russian prime minister noted the high level of Belarusian-Russian cooperation and partnership. He added that there are topics on which the sides need to agree.

07.07.2016

Students from Russia and Kazakhstan to help construct Belarusian nuclear power plant
Students from Russia and Kazakhstan to help construct Belarusian nuclear power plant The third labor semester has officially opened today at the Belarusian nuclear power plant. Taking part in the construction of the nuclear power plant this summer will be more than 400 children from Belarus, Russia, and Kazakhstan. Students will carry out concrete and masonry work and install some equipment.

05.07.2016

Russians name Minsk the most popular city for travel with kids this summer
Minsk among the most popular travel destinations for Russians with kids this summer Russians traveling with children this summer choose Minsk increasingly often. The Belarusian capital leads in the number of hotel-related requests via Internet search engines.  The hotel and apartment booking ranking is composed of 10 European capitals. Among them are also Prague, Budapest, Warsaw and Tallinn. Travelers call Minsk the most popular and cheapest city. The average cost of living in Belarus' hotels compares favorably to analogues in other countries.

03.07.2016

Vladimir Putin wishes Belarusians happy Independence Day
Vladimir Putin wishes Belarusians happy Independence Day Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his congratulatory message timed to Independence Day that the friendship and mutual assistance, tempered in the harsh years of the war, until today serve as a reliable basis for the allied relations between Belarus and Russia. Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation:I am confident that together we will provide a further increase in the whole complex of the mutually beneficial Russian-Belarusian relations for the benefit of the fraternal peoples of our countries.

30.06.2016

Belarus, Russia to deepen cooperation in the field of constitutional justice
Belarus, Russia to deepen cooperation in the field of constitutional justice Common approaches to the constitutional and legal construction of Belarus and Russia contributes to the strengthening of the Eurasian Economic Union. Belarus and Russia are discussing cooperation in the field of justice in Minsk June 30.
Final rehearsal of Independence Day parade held in Minsk June 29
Final rehearsal of Independence Day parade held in Minsk June 29 A few days remain before the celebration of Belarus Independence Day (July 3). This night Minsk hosted a dress rehearsal for the parade of the Minsk garrison. As many as 3,500 servicemen and 160 pieces of military equipment took part, including armored vehicles, self-propelled units and multiple rocket launchers.

27.06.2016

Belarusian military preparing for All-Army International Games
Belarusian military preparing for All-Army International Games Pure heaven 2016: Belarusian military are preparing for the All-Army International Games, which will be held at the Russian test site in Yeisk. The compatitions will be held in the sprint, pursuit and relay. Every team will have to undergo five steps. Competition conditions are similar to real combat tasks. Antiaircraft and missile complexes will also be used.

16.06.2016

Belarus-Russia Union State to benefit from Minsk's new military doctrine
Belarus-Russia Union State to benefit from Minsk's new military doctrine The new military doctrine of Belarus will become part of a similar document of the Belarus-Russia Union State, said the House of Representatives June 16. The deputies of the lower house of Belarus Parliament in the second reading passed a bill on the approval of the Military Doctrine. The document entered the House of Representatives February 12, 2016 after it had been approved by the President of Belarus on the basis of a Security Council session.
PACE, OSCE invited to monitor Belarus parliamentary election September 11
PACE, OSCE invited to monitor Belarus parliamentary election September 11 Belarus' House of Representatives has named inter-parliamentary organizations to monitor the parliamentary election on 11 September.  Invited to monitor the parliamentary campaign will be representatives of the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Belarus and Russia, as well as the Parliamentary Assemblies of the OSCE and PACE. The exact number of observers will be known later.

14.06.2016

Belarus-Russia Forum of Regions: 39 inter-governmental deals and $300m worth of contracts
Belarus-Russia Forum of Regions: 39 inter-governmental deals and $300m worth of contracts The speaker of the upper house of Belarus' parliament reviewed the Third Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia on June 14 at a meeting of the eleventh session of the Council of the Republic. The participants concluded 39 agreements at government level. The economic effect of the meeting is commercial contracts valued at more than $300 million.

13.06.2016

Potential of Belarus' and Russia's domestic tourism is immense, Russian Culture Minister says
Potential of Belarus' and Russia's domestic tourism is immense, Russian Culture Minister says The CTV channel has talked with Minister of Culture of Russia at the 3rd Forum of Belarusian and Russian Regions, held in Minsk this week. Vladimir Medinsky recalled his holidays in Belarus seven years ago.  We tried to ask about the possible exchange of Shishkin originals for Slutsk belts. However, the minister skillfully ducked the answer saying that this is a complex issue and requires elaboration. Why are you embarrassed to go to Egypt?

12.06.2016

Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Vladimir Putin on Russia Day
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Vladimir Putin on Russia Day Belarusians' eastern neighbors on June 12 celebrate one of the most important national holidays - Day of Russia. 26 years ago, the Declaration of State Sovereignty was adopted in Russia.  Concerts and festivals are held across the country: from historical re-enactment shows and concerts to cooking master classes. The holiday will culminate in a colorful fireworks display. President Alexander Lukashenko has congratulated Vladimir Putin and all Russians on this holiday, on behalf of the Belarusian people and himself.
How many contracts did Belarus and Russia sign at 3rd Forum of Regions?
How many contracts did Belarus and Russia sign at 3rd Forum of Regions? Now let's move on to the details of the Forum of Regions, which was attended by Presidents Putin and Lukashenko. It is in this order that the names of the heads of state were presented at the plenary session.
What did Russians say about Belarus at 3rd Forum of Regions?
What did Russians say about Belarus at 3rd Forum of Regions? The long history of Belarus and Russia (in all senses) continued this week. It is known that the countries enjoy not only presidential and folk friendship. Not only the Kremlin and the Palace of Independence but also regions of Belarus and Russia are engaged in mutual trade. The 3rd Forum of Belarusian and Russian regions took place in Minsk this time. The previous one was in Sochi. The weather in Minsk was fine, which delegates from the sunny Siberian Khakassia immediately noted. What other good things about Belarus did the high-ranking guests from Russia say? Let's turn over the “

09.06.2016

Alexander Surikov: Belarus and Russia need to pursue joint venture creation
Alexander Surikov: Belarus and Russia need to pursue joint venture creation Belarus and Russia should work together to increase the competitiveness of their economies, said Russian Ambassador to Belarus Alexander Surikov. The diplomat also stressed that to this end, the countries need to move from simple cooperation to establishment of joint ventures. This would allow strengthening the EEU space and go to the markets of third countries.     
2016 Forum of Regions summary: Nearly 40 agreements worth $300 million
2016 Forum of Regions summary: Nearly 40 agreements worth $300 million The Forum of Belarusian and Russian regions ended in Minsk June 8, 2016. The third in a row, it was dedicated to humanitarian issues. Among them were the equal rights of citizens and youth policy. MORE: Belarus, Russia may resume joint movie production
Russian President visits BelAgro 2016 expo
Russian President visits BelAgro 2016 expo Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin visited June 8 the largest agricultural exhibition of 2016 BelAgro in Minsk. Here, the leaders were demonstrated the capabilities of the strongest Belarusian enterprises - namely, new models of agricultural machinery. MORE: Belarus, Russia presidents meet in Minsk June 8 CTV corresponding reporting from the site

08.06.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Vladimir Putin's visit to Minsk is an important symbolic step
Alexander Lukashenko: Vladimir Putin's visit to Minsk is an important symbolic step After the talks, Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin went to the Plenary Session of the III Forum of Belarusian and Russian regions.  Minsk these days has acquired the status of the main site of business negotiations and bargains. The plenary session sounds bureaucratic but is not at all boring. Russian ideologist Mikhail Shvydkoi admits his affection for the Minister of Information of Belarus.
Original graffiti appears during Days of Moscow in Minsk
Original graffiti appears during Days of Moscow in Minsk Days of Moscow finished today in Minsk. A new graffiti has appeared in one of Minsk's neighborhoods depicting a boy and a girl in national colors. Taking part in the ceremony to unveil the graffiti were Minsk and Moscow authorities, as well as the artists and authors of the picture. Over 20 events were held within the framework of the Days of Moscow. These are round-table discussions, contests of creative works, a book exhibition, concerts and even a hockey match of junior teams of the two cities.
Belarus, Russia may resume joint film production
Belarus, Russia may resume joint movie production A plenary meeting of the 3rd Forum of Regions is taking place in Minsk's Palace of the Republic. The CTV crew is now there, too. The third forum is already in the final stages. The sides signed some contracts and agreements.
Belarus, Russia presidents meet in Minsk June 8
Belarus, Russia presidents meet in Minsk June 8 The Russian President has arrived in Minsk. Board No1 landed at National Airport Minsk a few hours ago.  From the airport, the motorcade went straight to Independence Palace, where Alexander Lukashenko met Vladimir Putin. The heads of state talked one-on-one, and then discussed topical issues of cooperation in an expanded format, with experts. Particular emphasis was made on measures to increase mutual trade turnover.
Days of Moscow open in Minsk
Days of Moscow open in Minsk On June 8, days of Moscow officially opened in Minsk. The ceremony took place on June 7, with the mayors of the two cities taking part. It is worth noting that Minsk is one of the strategic partners of the Russian capital. In 2016, trade turnover between the cities already exceeded $1 billion. Zhanna Birich, deputy chairwoman of the Minsk City Executive Committee:Moscow has an interest in our businesses. And we see that trade in goods has increased by 1.5 or even almost 2 times.
BelAgro 2016: Belarusian export on the rise
BelAgro 2016: Belarusian food exports set to rise? Timed specifically to the 3rd Forum of Belarusian and Russian Regions is the main exhibition of Belarus' agro-industrial potential BelAgro 2016. It opened in Minsk on 7 June. In 2016 BelAgro attracted a record number of participants - more than 500 companies from 20 countries.  In 2015, farmers in Belarus earned $4.4 billion.
Belarus-Russia Forum of Regions: Day 1 summary
3rd Belarus-Russia Forum of Regions: Day 1 summary Minsk continues to host the 3rd Forum of Belarusian and Russian Regions on June 8, which is the second day of the event.  It is expected that the presidents of Belarus and Russia will partake in the forum.

07.06.2016

Belarus to sign contracts worth $300 million at 3rd Forum of Regions, Mikhail Myasnikovich says
Belarus, Russia to sign contracts worth $300 million, Mikhail Myasnikovich says On June 7, the 3rd Forum of Belarusian and Russian Regions opened in Minsk. Representatives of 43 Russian regions visited the Belarusian capital on this occasion. Thirteen of them are represented at the level of governors and three at the level of prime ministers.
Mikhail Myasnikovich and Valentina Matvienko visit BelAgro 2016 expo
Mikhail Myasnikovich and Valentina Matvienko visit BelAgro 2016 expo After working in sections of the 3rd Forum of Belarusian and Russian Regions, the participants visited the exhibition BelAgro 2016. It opened on June 7 on the territory of the Minsk-1 airport. More than 500 companies from 20 countries will present their works at the exhibition venue in 2016. The CTV correspondent Yevgeny Pustovoy is with us live now from Minsk-1.The exhibition was launched about an hour ago. Can we already speak about special interest in Belarusian booths on the part of Russian guests?
Forum of Belarusian and Russian regions starts in Minsk June 7
Forum of Belarusian and Russian regions starts in Minsk June 7 The third Forum of Belarusian and Russian regions have opened in Minsk. Taking part in it will be the Belarusian and Russian heads of state. It is expected that Alexander Lukashenko will speak at a plenary session on June 8. On the same day he is going to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. It will be held at the Palace of Independence.
Belarusian products to become more popular after Forum of Belarusian and Russian regions
Forum of Regions is good advertizing for Belarusian products Poultry farming, light industry and machinery are the leading industries of the Minsk region. These will be the key areas considered at the Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia, which will be held in Minsk on June 7-8. Manufacturers rely on the effectiveness of the large-scale event and the signing of a number of mutually beneficial contracts. Minsk and the Vologda region intend to sign a cooperation agreement.  St. Petersburg, Moscow and the Moscow region know Belarusian poultry produce well.

06.06.2016

Belarus to mark 500th anniversary of book printing in 2017
Belarus to mark 500th anniversary of book printing in 2017 Belarus is preparing to welcome guests as World Book Capital. Almost five centuries ago, in 1517, Francysk Skaryna founded a printing house in Prague and published Psalms in Cyrillic letters. Large-scale preparations are taking place in Belarus for this landmark event. These include Skaryna projects and the upcoming Day of Belarusian Written Language. Timed to the anniversary are many themed events at the National Library. By the way, fans of the book waiting for a lot of joint Russian-Belarusian project, reported in the news program "24 Hours" on STV.
Program of 3rd Forum of Belarus and Russian regions, Minsk, June 7-8
Program of 3rd Forum of Belarus and Russian regions, Minsk, June 7-8 Minsk, 7-8 June 2016 June 7 09.00 - 10.00 The third meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Committee on Interregional Cooperation of the Council of the Republic of the Belarusian National Assembly and the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation 09.00 - 10.30
BelAgro 2016: Agricultural machinery exhibition to open in Minsk
BelAgro 2016: Agricultural machinery exhibition to open in Minsk Timed to the 3rd Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia in Minsk is the international exhibition BelAgro. It presents the best agro-industrial companies. A record number of them is expected: over 500 from more than 20 countries. Manufacturers of agricultural machinery will present their novelties at the exhibition at the airport Minsk-1.
Alexander Lukashenko, Vladimir Putin to meet June 8
Alexander Lukashenko, Vladimir Putin to meet June 8 The 3rd Forum of Belarusian and Russian Regions will be held on June 7 in Minsk. For the two days, 7 and 8 June, Minsk will become a great integration platform. The President of Belarus is going to take part in the forum. It is expected that Alexander Lukashenko will speak at a plenary session on June 8.
Russia and Belarus preparing for 3rd Forum of Regions
Russia and Belarus preparing for 3rd Forum of Regions Belarus and Russia will take part in the Forum of Regions on June 7-8. Some 400 politicians and businessmen have confirmed their participation. Timed specifically to the forum will be the international exhibition Belagro 2016. In 2016, it will be held at Minsk-1 airport and will bring together over 500 companies from 20 countries, first of all, of course, from Belarus and Russia.
Days of Moscow to start in Belarus June 6
Days of Moscow to start in Belarus June 6 Days of Moscow will start in Minsk, Belarus, on June 6. The delegations of the two capitals will share their experience in the social sphere and discuss current trends in education, standards in medical and employment. In addition, citizens of Minsk will also be able to get acquainted with the cultural life of Moscow: the Belarusian capital will host exhibitions and film screenings, projects with folk artists of both countries, as well as a book exhibition.

05.06.2016

"Belarus and Russia are the same thing": How do people live in Union State?
"Belarus and Russia are the same thing": How do people live in Union State? A cup of tea really unites people. How are Belarusians and Russians united by the Union State? Our correspondent Yulia Beshanova will tell us about Russians' life in Belarus, their impressions and aspirations. Yulia Beshanova, correspondent: All Slavic peoples love birch. It is actually an unofficial symbol of Russia and Belarus. For the past 25 years, the countries have been building the Union State. This is a common territory on which, like in this birch grove, you feel like home on both sides of the border.  
Valentina Matvienko about Forum of Regions, love for Belarusian meat products and textiles
Valentina Matviyenko about Forum of Regions, love for Belarusian meat products and textiles The Eurasian Economic Union is young, but not too agile, since it is hard to harmonize the national interests of several countries. It is sometimes difficult for two nations to agree, let alone five. Although regions of Belarus and Russia very well cope with it in trade without intermediaries. The Third Forum of Regions will be held in Minsk next week. The main organizers of the event are the upper houses of parliament. We talked with Chairwoman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of Russia Valentina Matviyenko about the successes and challenges.

02.06.2016

15 regions of Russia planning to sign cooperation deals with Belarus
15 regions of Russia planning to sign cooperation deals with Belarus 15 Russian regions intend to sign cooperation agreements with the Belarusian side at the 3rd Forum of Belarusian and Russian regions. It will take place in Minsk on 7 and 8 June.

01.06.2016

Belarus to share with Russia pension reform experience during 3rd Forum of Regions in Minsk
Belarus to share with Russia pension reform experience during 3rd Forum of Regions in Minsk Belarus will share with Russia its experience of pension reform. The parties will discuss urgent social issues at the 3rd Forum of Regions.  Along with the development of the pension systems Belarus and Russia, who are part of the Union State, will also consider the prospects of a common labor market and discuss key areas of social support. Ensuring healthy and safe working conditions of employees will also be the center of attention at the forum. The sides intend to intensify joint work on the approximation of legislation in this matter.

31.05.2016

Eurasian Economic Union to form single oil market
Eurasian Economic Union to form single oil market The heads of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) member states have approved the concept of the formation of common markets of oil and petroleum products. In accordance with the document, the energy companies of the EEU member states get non-discriminatory access to the oil infrastructure of partners, will be able to buy oil and oil products without quantitative restrictions at market price.

26.05.2016

Social policy to be in focus at 3rd Forum of Belarus-Russia regions
Social policy to be in focus at 3rd Forum of Belarus-Russia regions The Third Forum of Belarus and Russian regions will gather in Minsk representatives of ministries and parliaments of both countries, and not only. The participants of the large-scale event will discuss initiatives aiming to enhance cooperation in the difficult economic conditions. The organization of the forthcoming meeting on May 25 was discussed at the Council of the Republic.

24.05.2016

Belarus-Russia Forum of Regions to bring together leading manufacturers
Belarus-Russia Forum of Regions to gather leading manufacturers Preparations for the Forum regions of Belarus and Russia, which will bring together the leading manufacturers of the two countries, are completing in Minsk. The large-scale exposition of the economic and export potential will start in early June 2016. 

19.05.2016

Minsk among top three cities Russians choose for summer holidays
Minsk among top three cities Russians choose for summer holidays Minsk is one of the three cities Russians choose for travel and vacation in the summer of 2016. The list of other cities Russians prefer includes Prague, London, Paris, Rome, Barcelona, ​​Tallinn and Baku. Minsk's tourist attraction is growing every year. For example, 20% more Russian travelers came to Minsk in 2016 than last year. On average, foreigners stayed in Minsk 5 days.

17.05.2016

Belarus sees progress in gas talks with Russia
Belarus sees progress in gas talks with Russia The Ministry of Energy of Belarus notes progress in the negotiations on gas with Russia, said on May 17 head of the ministry Vladimir Potupchik after a round of talks with his Russian counterpart Alexander Novak. Belarus counts on the revision of the formula of payment for natural gas provided by an intergovernmental agreement. The final decision is still pending. However, according to Mr Potupchik, "the Russian side begins to hear and understand us." The partners plan to hold the next negotiating round in Moscow later this month.

16.05.2016

Belarusian, Russian foreign ministers discuss Minsk-Moscow cooperation, relations in Eurasian Economic Union
Belarusian, Russian foreign ministers discuss Minsk-Moscow cooperation, relations in Eurasian Economic Union On May 16, the Belarusian and Russian foreign ministries held talks in the foreign ministry of Belarus.  The sides discussed a wide range of issues. Much attention was paid to the interaction between Moscow and Minsk and collaboration in the framework of the integration entities such as the Eurasian Economic Union, the CSTO and the CIS. Security issues were also talked over.
President: Belarus open to friendly dialogue with Russia
President: Belarus open to friendly dialogue with Russia Coherent policies on the international stage. Alexander Lukashenko has met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The sides have discussed the Belarusian-Russian relations, integration issues and the situation in the world. The head of state stressed the readiness to talk on any topic, because the dialogue with Russia is always confidential and friendly.
Sergey Lavrov paying official visit to Minsk
Sergey Lavrov paying official visit to Minsk At this moment talks between the Belarusian and Russian foreign ministries are being held in Minsk. Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov is on an official visit to Minsk. After a one-on-one meeting, the sides will hold talks in an expanded format. The agenda includes a wide range of issues of bilateral Belarusian-Russian cooperation. 
Vladimir Makei, Sergei Lavrov to hold talks in Minsk May 16
Vladimir Makei, Sergei Lavrov to hold talks in Minsk May 16 The strategy of joint actions on the international arena will be discussed on May 16 in Minsk during the meeting between the heads of the Belarusian and Russian foreign ministries.  Vladimir Makei and Sergei Lavrov plan to discuss a wide range of issues of the Belarusian-Russian cooperation in various integration formats. The ministers will also discuss mutual support and coordination of approaches to the work in international organizations. They will voice their opinion on the most topical issues of regional and global security and stability.

15.05.2016

Alexander Lukashenko meets Dmitry Medvedev in Alexandria: 3 hours of informal communication and photo near President's house
Alexander Lukashenko meets Dmitry Medvedev in Alexandria: 3 hours of informal communication and photo near President's house President Lukashenko this week met with Russian Prime Minister Medvedev, who came on a visit to Alexandria. Alexander Lukashenko showed Mr Medvedev his native village. The two politicians talked about the big deeds of the two brotherly countries, with refreshments on their 'negotiating' table. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and Chairman of the Russian Government Dmitry Medvedev held an informal meeting on Thursday in the agro-town Alexandria. The agreement to hold the meeting was reached in Sochi in January. The meeting lasted more than three hours. 

13.05.2016

From trade to space programs: Belarus, Russia discuss cooperation on May 12
Belarus, Russia discuss trade, joint space program May 12 The construction of the Belarusian nuclear power station, transport safety and the creation of a common information space. Joint Belarus-Russia programs were discussed in Mogilev on May 12. The city hosted a meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Belarus-Russia Union State. Taking part in it were the heads of government of the two countries. The sides discussed the nearly 30 questions. The main group of questions concerned trade and economic cooperation.
Alexander Lukashenko, Dmitry Medvedev hold informal meeting in agrotown Alexandria
Alexander Lukashenko, Dmitry Medvedev hold informal meeting in agrotown Alexandria The President of Belarus and the Chairman of the Russian Government held an informal meeting in the agro-town Alexandria. This agreement was reached in Sochi in January, and now Alexander Lukashenko showed Dmitry Medvedev his hometown.

12.05.2016

Belarus, Russia plan to create common information space
Belarus, Russia plan to create common information space Joint programs of Belarus and Russia are being discussed in Mogilev. The city of the Sozh River is hosting a meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Belarus-Russia Union State.  Taking part in it are Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev. The agenda includes about 30 questions. The main group of questions concerns trade and economic cooperation.  The sides will also discuss work on a number of fronts over the next 5 years. In particular, they will talk over the creation of a common information space.

09.05.2016

Alexander Lukashenko promises to do utmost to preserve stability and goodwill in Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko promises to do utmost to preserve stability and goodwill in Belarus Victory Day festivities are now being held in all parts of Belarus. In Minsk, the center of morning celebrations was Victory Square. A ceremony of laying wreaths and flowers at the Eternal Flame in the central square of Minsk was attended by the Belarus President. Thousands of Belarusians, including the main heroes - veterans - came to the square too.

05.05.2016

Anti-aircraft missile system S-300 now on combat duty in Polotsk
Anti-aircraft missile system S-300 now on combat duty in Polotsk The anti-aircraft missile complex S-300 is now on combat duty in Polotsk, which is in the north of Belarus. The system is able to see the target at a distance of 150 kilometers and destroy it in a matter of minutes. And it does not matter whether it is a ballistic missile or a drone. Air defense experts say that the sky over Belarus is in good hands. This is the first time S-300 has been used for the protection of the northern borders of the country. Similar complexes are already guarding the sky near the borders with Poland and Ukraine.

28.04.2016

Days of Minsk start in Moscow April 28: What agreements have already been reached?
Days of Minsk start in Moscow April 28: What agreements have already been reached? Days of Minsk started in Moscow on April 28. The industrial potential of Minsk is represented in various branches, from confectionery to construction. What agreements have already been reached? Belarusian folk songs were going to Moscow over 700 kilometers. But music is only the background for a serious talk. Today Moscow hosted the top representatives of the Belarusian business, industry and tourism.
International forum in Minsk commemorates WWII victory
International forum in Minsk commemorates WWII victory These days, Minsk has become a venue for a large-scale international forum. Representatives of the CIS, the Baltic and Georgia - all in all about 200 participants - are taking part in it.   It is not a coincidence that Minsk was chosen as a venue. The Belarusian capital bears the title of the Hero City. All in all, only 12 cities of the former Soviet Union bear it. In addition, Belarus lost every third citizen in that terrible war.
Days of Minsk open in Moscow April 28
Days of Minsk open in Moscow April 28 Economic, social and cultural opportunities of the Belarusian capital will be presented in Russia today, 28 April. The Days of Minsk in Moscow. This event is not only a traditional exhibition-fair featuring Belarusian goods, but also dozens of presentations that demonstrate the opportunities for business and leisure. The industrial potential of Minsk will be presented in various branches, from confectionery to construction. Given the time of the Days of Minsk, one of the main goals of organizers is to attract as many tourists as possible.

27.04.2016

Belarus, Russia to adopt four new cooperation programs
Belarus, Russia to adopt four new cooperation programs Belarus and Russia intend to support the level of cooperation in the Union State at the highest level. The Union State Council of Ministers plans to adopt four new programs of cooperation in order to remain the leader of integration processes in the post-Soviet Union. It is expected that they will be approved already at the next meeting, which will take place in Mogilev on 12 May. The agenda includes nearly 30 questions. First of all, they relate to trade-economic and scientific-technical cooperation.

24.04.2016

Belarus President's State of the Nation Address 2016
From ministers to actors: Belarusians discussing President's 2016 State of the Nation Address The famous American magazine Time published this week a list of the most influential people in the world. This is an annual tradition. The list includes politicians, businessmen, and idols of the public. About 30 people are in the Leaders section: these are heads of the largest countries and international organizations. The influence ranking is not built according to the scale or the size of a country. This is a worldwide vote organized by the authoritative edition.
President Lukashenko answers MPs' questions during State of the Nation Address 2016
President Lukashenko answers MPs' questions during State of the Nation Address 2016 President Alexander Lukashenko delivered this week his annual State of the Nation Address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly. Economy turned out to be the main topic. According to the head of state, the current year is to be crucial in overcoming the negative trends in this area. 2016 will be the first serious test for the entire vertical of power. The President also touched on foreign and social policy, investment, business, science and security. Further reading:

20.04.2016

The Council of the Republic of Belarus
Belarus, Russia preparing for 3rd Forum of Regions Belarus and Russia are to find new ways of cooperation at the forthcoming Third Forum of Russian and Belarusian Regions. The sitting of the organizing committee was held in Minsk last week. Minsk is planning to receive guests at the beginning of June.

14.04.2016

Belarus, Russia to continue work to minimize Chernobyl disaster consequences
Belarus, Russia to continue work to minimize Chernobyl disaster consequences It is necessary to continue cooperation between Belarus and Russia within the framework of the Union State in order to minimize the consequences of the Chernobyl accident.  The statement was made by State Secretary of the Union State Grigory Rapota at an April 14 press conference following a large-scale press tour of Russian media representatives and bloggers to the Gomel region.

13.04.2016

Minsk, St. Petersburg sign agreement on drinking water quality
Minsk, St. Petersburg sign agreement on drinking water quality Management of water utilities in Minsk and St. Petersburg have agreed on new forms of cooperation. They signed an agreement in the field of drinking water quality. This is a fruitful result of the Minsk Mayor’s instructions about the new points of contact. First of all, we are talking about switching to an automated system, the so-called online water supply. Experts already have some new ideas and developments.
How does Belarus overcome Chernobyl accident consequences? Opinions of Russian journalists
How does Belarus overcome Chernobyl accident consequences? Opinions of Russian journalists Gomel region welcomed journalists from Russia who are on a press tour dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident. Among representatives of the media are reporters of central and regional TV channels, online and print media. They will go to the most affected areas and visit the Polesye State Radiation Ecological Reserve. 
Belarus, Russia preparing for 3rd Forum of Regions
Belarus, Russia preparing for 3rd Forum of Regions Belarus and Russia are preparing for the 3rd Forum of Regions. At this moment Minsk is hosting a meeting of the joint organizing committee. The forum of regions is one of the major events in the life of the Belarus-Russia Union State. It will take place in Minsk in early June. This will be the third such meeting, which involves parliamentarians, governors and heads of departments and agencies.

11.04.2016

Russians name Belarus the most friendly country - poll
Russians name Belarus the most friendly country - poll Russians have named the most friendly countries in an opinion poll. Belarus tops the list, with China and Kazakhstan following.  The three leaders have not changed for 2 years.  Other nations in Russians' friends list include India, Cuba, Brazil, Venezuela, Japan, Germany, Iran, Israel, France and Italy.
Belarusian light industry increasing export
Belarusian light industry increasing export Sewers from Minsk region are increasing deliveries abroad. Russian vendors are lining up for a new collection of school uniforms. Salihorsk manufacturers plan to fully meet the needs of their loyal partners by the end of April. In May, the new collection will be shipped to the Belarusian market. The first school skirts will appear on the shelves of local stores by June 2016. More than 180 models were developed for the next academic year. The range is not limited to children's clothing only.

10.04.2016

Vladimir Makei, Belarus' foreign minister
Belarus-Russia Union State to bring more to ordinary citizens, Belarus FM says The Union State of Belarus and Russia has already brought ordinary citizens much and will continue to do so, said Belarus' Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei in Moscow April 8. The Belarusian official took part in the meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the CIS. The heads of the foreign ministries of CIS member states discussed the key issues of cooperation within the Commonwealth.

07.04.2016

Azarenka to play for Belarus vs Russia at Fed Cup
Azarenka to play for Belarus vs Russia at Fed Cup Victoria Azarenka has been included in the Belarus roster for the Fed Cup match against Russia. This will be a playoff tie, which winner will qualify for the World Group next season. The Belarusian team includes WTA world number 5 Victoria Azarenka, Olga Govortsova and Alexandra Sasnovich (in WTA top 100) and Aryna Sabalenka.  Russia have picked Daria Kasatkina, Margarita Gasparyan, Elena Vesnina and Elizabeth Kulichkova for the match. The tie will take place at Luzhniki, Small Sports Arena, in Moscow April 16-17.

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