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21.02.2017

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.

16.02.2017

Belarus agrees on new way to resolve gas and oil dispute with Russia
Belarus agrees on new way to resolve gas and oil dispute with Russia Belarus and Russia have agreed on another way to resolve the oil and gas conflict, Vladimir Semashko told reporters on February 16. The Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus noted that the decision to sign the agreement may be taken as early as next week. It is expected that this document should resolve contentious issues between the two countries on oil supplies and price of gas. Belarus insists on reducing the cost of Russian gas. The parties are working out mutually acceptable terms of oil supply.

15.02.2017

Russian consumers and experts assess Belarusian food products amid recent food scandals
Russian consumers and experts assess Belarusian food products amid recent food scandals Rosselkhoznadzor continues to impose bans on Belarusian enterprises that supply to Russia food products which allegedly don’t meet the international standards of food safety. Therefore, our special correspondent Alexander Dobriyan went to Russian Bryansk to prove the artificiality of these restrictions.

13.02.2017

I cannot understand why this is done: Alexander Lukashenko about Russian ban on food supplies
I cannot understand why this is done: Belarus President about Russian ban on food supplies Kostroma region itself causes much interest. Firstly, this is the birthplace of Ivan Susanin. Remember? "Where are you taking us?... We don't see a thing!, shouted enemies to Susanin". In such a way did Ryleyev glorify the feat of the peasant who led Polish invaders in a forest swamp.

09.02.2017

Belarus comments on introduction of border zone by Russia
Belarus comments on introduction of border zone by Russia The Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to monitor the situation with the introduction by Russia of a border zone with Belarus. At the moment the situation is under control of the country's foreign ministry. There were no complaints of misconduct on the part of Russian border services in respect of Belarusian citizens. However, the new rules on border crossings imposed by Russian partners led to a certain nuances in the bilateral relations.

08.02.2017

Belarus insists on investigation into Russia's food bans
Belarus insists on investigation into Russia's food bans Alexander Lukashenko urges Russia to sort things out before introducing bans on the supply of food from Belarus. The Belarusian leader touched on the topic of Belarus-Russia disputes about the quality of food products meeting with the governor of the Kostroma region February 7. According to Alexander Lukashenko, cooperation of Belarus with Russian regions strengthens relations between the two countries, especially in times like these, when they undergo a series of disagreements, including on the supply of products.
Lebedev: Belarus and Russia to find common ground in resolving disputes
Lebedev: Belarus and Russia to find common ground in resolving disputes Belarus and Russia will find a common language in the settlement of disputes, said Sergei Lebedev, head of the CIS Executive Committee. The politician is convinced that the difficulties are temporary and they will not affect the Commonwealth, since both countries are active supporters of the integration.

07.02.2017

I want Belarus to be perceived as independent state, President Lukashenko says
I want Belarus to be perceived as independent state, President Lukashenko says It is not so easy for residents of the western countries to become the lucky owners of a tractor or other products with the label "Made in Belarus". This happens for different reasons. One of them are difficulties with entrance to the European market. Competition is all countries is serious and Belarusian products are not awaited there, so Belarus needs to exert efforts to get to new markets. Here is what President Lukashenko said about this.
Belarus President comments on food disputes with Russia
Belarus President comments on food disputes with Russia The Big Conversation with the President was event number 1 last week. And one of the main topics of conversation was the difficult relations between Belarus and Russia. Not between the peoples of the two countries, stressed the President, but between the political elites and economic barons ("barons" mainly on the Russian side).

06.02.2017

This is a purely political attack: President comments on Russia's reaction to five-day visa-free regime in Belarus
This is purely political attack: President comments on Russia's reaction to visa-free regime in Belarus Another important topic to which Alexander Lukashenko returned several times during the "big conversation". We started from it - the relations between Belarus and Russia at the present stage. And the latest reason to it was the introduction by Russia of a border zone regime. Formally, this is done as a reaction to the decision of Belarus to allow foreigners from 80 countries to stay in Belarus visa-free for five days if they enter Belarus through the Minsk national airport.

04.02.2017

President Lukashenko on issues in Belarus-Russia relations
President Lukashenko on issues in Belarus-Russia relations Because of disparities in prices in Belarusian and Russian markets Belarus lost $15 billion, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media. The Head of State commented extensively on the problematic issues in Belarusian-Russian relations. The Head of State commented extensively on the problematic issues in Belarusian-Russian relations.

03.02.2017

Belarus not seeking NATO membership
Belarus not seeking NATO membership Belarus is not seeking NATO membership, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media.
Belarus lost $15bn because of price disparities in Belarusian and Russian markets
Belarus lost $15bn because of price disparities in Belarusian and Russian markets Because of disparities in prices in Belarusian and Russian markets Belarus lost $15 billion, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media.
Alexander Lukashenko: Exit of Belarus from EEU and Union State is complete fiction
Alexander Lukashenko: Exit of Belarus from EEU and Union State is complete fiction Information about the withdrawal of Belarus from the EEU and the Union State is a complete fiction, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media. The President noted that this information appears because there are people who benefit from it; they rejoice dissemination of such information.

01.02.2017

Foreigners arriving in Minsk airport visa-free to be checked through Belarus-Russia databases
Foreigners arriving in Minsk airport visa-free to be checked through Belarus-Russia databases Foreigners arriving on visa-free regime at Minsk National Airport will be checked through a special database of Belarus and Russia. National Airport Minsk was chosen as a visa-free gateway to Belarus for a reason. Here border services use a special security system, as well as border and customs control is especially tight.
Belarus President congratulates People's Artist of Russia Lev Leshchenko on 75th anniversary
Belarus President congratulates People's Artist of Russia Lev Leshchenko on 75th anniversary The People's Artist of Russia Lev Leshchenko is celebrating the 75-year anniversary. He dedicated more than half a century to the stage and will celebrate the birthday with a big concert at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow, together with his friends and fans. The artist has created about 30 solo albums during his career. Many of his songs have already become classics. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has sent congratulations on the anniversary of Lev Leshchenko.

22.01.2017

Belarus to seek for additional oil as Russia cut supplies
Belarus to seek for additional oil as Russia cut supplies The reduction of Russian oil supplies to Belarus will be replaced by alternatives, said Belarus President meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko. This question was already raised at the end of 2016. From an economic point of view, Belarus considered the possibility of oil supplies from the Black Sea and the Mediterranean regions.

13.01.2017

German Gref and Alexander Lukashenko
Belarus' for more active cooperation with Sberbank Group Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and German Gref, the Chairman of the Executive Board of Sberbank of Russia, met in Minsk on 12 January to discuss the further development of cooperation. German Gref has been the head of this Russian financial institution since 2007. Sberbank remains an undisputed leader of the Russian banking sector. This company has representation offices in more than 20 countries, including Belarus.

09.01.2017

Aftermath of frost in Belarus
Aftermath of frost in Belarus: -30°C and 40 injured Last weekend was extremely frosty in Minsk Region. Vileika became the most freezing point on the map. The temperature reached 30 degrees below zero here on January, 8. Utility accidents happened in the Pukhovichi, Molodechno and Logoisk districts. Fortunately, the services quickly solved the problems. Since the beginning of frost, more than 40 citizens with frostbites have visited doctors. Three people have become victims of the cold weather.

05.01.2017

Belarus calls on Lithuania to continue dialogue on Astravyets NPP construction
Belarus calls on Lithuania to continue dialogue on Astravyets NPP construction Belarus stands for competent discussion with Lithuania on the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant in Astravyets through relevant agencies, said the Foreign Ministry of Belarus on January 5 commenting on the appointment by Lithuania of a special ambassador for the Astravyets NPP.  Among such institutions are bodies involved in environmental protection, energy and economy. Earlier, Lithuania repeatedly expressed concern about incidents on the construction site of the future Belarusian NPP in Astravyets (Ostrovets).
Minsk, Moscow agree on oil transit tariffs to Western Europe via Belarus
Minsk, Moscow agree on oil transit tariffs to Western Europe via Belarus Minsk and Moscow have agreed tariffs for the transit of Russian oil to Western Europe through Belarus.  We are talking about transportation of oil via the main pipelines Gomeltransneft Druzhba and Polotsktransneft Druzhba. In accordance with the decree of the Ministry of Antitrust and Trade of Belarus, tariffs for oil transportation for the Gomel enterprise have increased by 7.7%, while for the Polotsk enterprise almost by 12%.

04.01.2017

Analysis of Belarus President's New Year 2017 speech
Analysis of Belarus President's New Year 2017 speech Increasing fertility, strengthening of positions in international arena and security were the topics Alexander Lukashenko raised in his 2017 New Year address on December 31, 2016. For the first time in a quarter century, Belarus has recorded natural population growth. By the way, this is not the first time Alexander Lukashenko has asked women to give birth to more children during his New Year speech.

29.12.2016

Belarusian NPP gets replacement for first reactor vessel from Russia
Belarusian NPP gets replacement for first reactor vessel from Russia A new reactor vessel has arrived at the Belarusian nuclear power plant. The structure weighing more than 300 tons and being 13 meters high was made in Russia's Volgodonsk. Before arriving at the end point of the route the structure had to overcome a difficult way. In the beginning, the reactor vessel was taken from Volgodonsk in Novovoronezh by water. The heart of the power unit was on the water voyage for 20 days.

27.12.2016

Mikhail Myasnikovich leaves entry in Book of Condolence in Russian embassy
Mikhail Myasnikovich leaves entry in Book of Condolence in Russian embassy Belarusians can leave words of support to the bereaved families and to the brotherly people of Russia until the evening of 27 December. The book of condolences at the Russian Embassy in Minsk is open until 17 pm. In the morning, head of the upper house of the Belarus parliament Mikhail Myasnikovich left an entry in this book. Ordinary Belarusians also mourn for the irreparable loss. They continue to bring flowers and light oil lamps near Russia's diplomatic mission in the Belarus capital.
Belarusian officials mourning Tu-154 crash
Belarusian officials mourning for Tu-154 crash victims People continue to light candles and bring flowers to the Russian embassy in Minsk for the second day. The diplomatic mission has opened a book of condolences in connection with the Russian Tu-154 crash. Representatives of Belarus' government have also left words of sorrow and support in the book. Emotions overwhelm everyone: Belarusians mourn together with the brotherly people.
Russia thanks Belarus for support after December's tragic events
Russia thanks Belarus for support after December's tragic events Moscow appreciates the fact that Belarus mourns together with Russians, said spokesman of the Kremlin Dmitry Peskov. Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for the President of the Russian Federation:We very much appreciate the fact that the people of Belarus today mourns together with Russians. This is very important and this once again this testifies to the level of our relations and our union.

26.12.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus can't stay aloof from tragic events in Russia
President Lukashenko: Belarus can't stay aloof from tragic events in Russia Belarus mourns for victims of a plane crash near Sochi. The life of 92 persons broke in the crash of Tu-154 aircraft over the Black Sea. On board were the Song and Dance Ensemble named after Alexandrov, journalists, military and famous doctor Elizaveta Glinka. They all flew to Syria to congratulate the Russian military on the New Year. Opening a December 26 meeting, Alexander Lukashenko began with words about the tragedy.
Alexander Lukashenko expresses condolences to Russian president over Tu-154 crash
Alexander Lukashenko expresses condolences to Russian president over Tu-154 crash The President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, expressed deep condolences to the President of Russia, the Russian people, as well as relatives and friends of the Tu-154 crash victims. He did this on behalf of the Belarusian people and himself.

23.12.2016

Belarus upset about Russian researcher's statements
Belarus upset about Russian researcher's statements The Belarusian Foreign Ministry has expressed protest in connection with the incorrect statements about Belarus of the director of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, Leonid Reshetnikov. On December 22, the Belarus Foreign Ministry called the minister-counselor of the Russian embassy. During the meeting, the diplomat was notified about Belarus' protest. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs deems facts in Mr Reshetnikov's statements unfounded and their form unacceptable.

22.12.2016

CSTO Military Committee meeting in Minsk starts with minute's silence in memory of Russian diplomat killed in Turkey
NATO activity near Belarus borders require attention, CSTO Secretary General says A session of CSTO Military Committee in Minsk started with a minute of silence in memory of the Russian diplomat Andrei Karlov, killed in Turkey several days ago. On December 21, in Minsk, the parties summed up cooperation results of 2016. At the tenth meeting of the Military Committee of the CSTO, the member countries analyzed results of joint operational and combat training. The parties also discussed plans for 2017. In particular, they identified areas for further work to establish a system of interstate information exchange.

21.12.2016

Russia may lift Belarusian food supply restrictions this week
Russia may lift Belarusian food supply restrictions this week Restrictions on the supply of Belarusian meat and dairy products to Russia for some businesses will be lifted this week, said vice premier Mikhail Rusyi on December 21 at the Oval Hall of the Parliament. In order to resolve the issue a group of Belarusian specialists is now working in the Russian Federation. Belarus has already handed over materials about counterfeiting of Belarusian products to Russian investigative authorities.
Russian ambassador notes highest quality of Belarusian food
Belarus, Russia to settle oil dispute in coming days Head of Rosselkhoznadzor should refrain from statements on the Internet on the quality of Belarusian products, said the head of the Russian diplomatic mission in Belarus commenting on the situation with supplies of Belarusian foodstuffs. Alexander Surikov noted the highest quality of Belarus' food products. More than one million tonnes of meat and dairy products were delivered to Russia in 2016.

20.12.2016

Belarus sends condolences to Germany over truck accident
Belarus sends condolences to Germany over truck accident The truck accident in Berlin was called a terrorist attack. 12 people were killed and 50 injured. The driver was one of people who requested asylum in Germany. On the December 19 evening, the offender got into the truck and drove into the crowd at a Christmas market. The President of Belarus has sent condolences in connection with the tragedy in Berlin.
Belarus named Russia's most faithful partner - poll
Belarus named Russia's most faithful partner - poll Alexander Lukashenko has headed the Russian rating of trust to leaders of CIS member states. 65% of Russians said this in a poll conducted by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center. In addition, about 70% of respondents consider Belarus the most stable and successful in the CIS and Russia's main partner in the world arena.

15.12.2016

Why Russians love Belarusian food products?
Why Russians love Belarusian food products? Ordinary Russians from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok have always been glad to spend their Russian rubles in exchange for quality Belarusian products. Even Russian governors repeatedly told the CTV Channel about their love for Belarusian foodstuffs. Tamara Mukhina, resident of Smolensk (Russia):I buy a yogurt produced by the Vitebsk dairy plant. Sometime in 1967, I studied at the college of dairy industry and had an internship at the Vitebsk plant, the old one.
Belarus supplies food to 58 countries and only Russia has complaints
Belarus supplies food to 58 countries and only Russia has complaints The quality of Belarusian food products does not cause complaints from foreign consumers. None of the 58 countries to which Belarus delivers foodstuffs has complaints, except for Russia.  Note that we are not talking about the end customer (ordinary Russians are eager to buy Belarusian products), but the regulatory authorities. The level of control and state standards at Belarusian plants are in many respects stricter than in other countries, including the same Russia. 

14.12.2016

Belarus Finance Ministry pins hopes on EFSD loan
Belarus Finance Ministry pins hopes on EFSD loan Belarus hopes for a positive decision on the allocation of the next tranche of a loan by the Eurasian Fund of Stabilization and Development. According to the Ministry of Finance of Belarus, the country has fulfilled 21 out of 22 conditions necessary to take out the loan. The program of cooperation was signed by Belarus and the Eurasian Development Bank in March 2016. The agreement provides for the allocation of $2 billion. The funds will be provided in seven parts.
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Metropolitan Filaret on Day of Angel
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Metropolitan Filaret on Day of Angel The Day of Angel of Metropolitan Filaret is celebrated on December 14 by the Belarusian Orthodox Church. President Alexander Lukashenko has congratulated the Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus on this day. The Head of State noted the exceptional contribution of Metropolitan Filaret to the revival of the Orthodox traditions and the strengthening of the Church, which fulfills its function as a source of spiritual enlightenment and social support to people, which is very demanded these days.

12.12.2016

Economist on Belarus-Russia gas dispute: We can haggle benefits for 2017
Economist on Belarus-Russia gas dispute: We can haggle benefits for 2017 For Hong Kong Belarusian kvass is like carbonated soy sauce, and in relations with Russia kvass could remind of "carbonated oil" (or gas). It is time to fix the oil and gas dispute. Last week, Belarus made another step in resolving the conflict and made an advance payment for gas. This is the official information from the government.

09.12.2016

Belarus demands respect for national interests in Eurasian Economic Union
Belarus demands respect for national interests in Eurasian Economic Union Alexander Lukashenko demands to comply with the national interests of Belarus in adopting the Customs Code of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). The Head of State said this on December 9 at the meeting on the draft Customs Code Treaty of the EEU. The document will be signed at the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in St. Petersburg on December 26.
Two Belarusians may face 5-12 years in jail for inciting national hatred
Two Belarusians may face years in jail for inciting hatred between Belarus and Russia The Belarusian Investigative Committee is investigating a criminal case against a guard from Brest and a BSUIR professor from Minsk. The official version, which was announced today, reads that "the criminals, hiding their real names, prepared publications for a number of Russian news feeds that contained signs of incitement to racial and national hatred." By their actions the suspects, in fact, wanted to drive a wedge of discord between Belarus and Russia.

08.12.2016

Belarus makes advance payment for Russian gas
Belarus makes advance payment for Russian gas Belarus has made an advance payment for Russian natural gas, the Council of Ministers of Belarus reported on December 8. In October 2016, the Belarusian and Russian governments agreed on specific mechanisms for addressing problems in the oil and gas sector. Belarus hopes for a speedy recovery of the volume of oil supplies from Russia to Belarus,

07.12.2016

Conference of Belarusian and Russian women's business club takes place in Minsk
Conference of Belarusian and Russian women's business club takes place in Minsk Women are more successful in business than men, said participants of the strategic conference of the Business Club of Belarusian and Russian women. This is the first event of its kind in our country. It brings together about a hundred people: politicians, heads of enterprises and public organizations. Almost all of them are women. They are developing a program of work for the club until 2020. It includes themes such as public-private partnership, humanitarian cooperation and business development within the Eurasian Economic Union as well as tourism.

29.11.2016

How Russian people perceive Belarus
How Russians perceive Belarus Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Moscow last week. A week before that, Alexander Lukashenko announced negotiations with Vladimir Putin at a conference for Russian journalists. He said: “We’ll discuss important issues together.” It happened so and the presidents exchanged their views on topical issues.

24.11.2016

Belarusian Foreign Ministry: Absence of additional obstacles in crossing Union State's internal borders is a big advantage
Belarusian Foreign Ministry: Absence of additional obstacles in crossing Union State's internal borders is a big advantage Control on the common border of the Union State of Belarus and Russia is sufficient, it is constantly being improved, and ensures security. The Foreign Ministry of Belarus stated at the November 24 briefing that absence of additional obstacles when crossing the internal borders of the Union State is a great advantage. The agreement signed by the parties has been operating for about 20 years and has proved its effectiveness.
President demands improvement in Belarus' mechanical engineering
President demands improvement in Belarus' mechanical engineering The President of Belarus requires to radically improve the situation in the field of mechanical engineering. Alexander Lukashenko said this on November 24 at a meeting on the development strategy of the industry. Taking part in the meeting are representatives of the Government, relevant ministries, heads of Belarusian enterprises, scientists, as well as those who use the products of Belarus' mechanic engineering.

23.11.2016

Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Patriarch Kirill on 70th birthday Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin visited the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour where they congratulated Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on his anniversary. On Sunday, November 20, His Holliness turned 70 years old. The birthday gifts of the Belarusian leader to the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church were a Slutsk belt and a painting featuring St Nicholas Garrison Church in Brest.
Belarus, Russian Presidents meet in Moscow November 22
Belarus remains Russia's important economic partner, Vladimir Putin says The main news of November 22 came from Moscow where talks continue between Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin. We have just got the first footage from the Kremlin. Here we have the first points the two leaders made at the highest level. Belarus and Russia are not isolated from the global crisis and are forced to respond quickly to them, together, said Alexander Lukashenko. Belarus remains an important trade and economic partner of Russia, said Vladimir Putin.

22.11.2016

Belarus, Russia agree on joint foreign policy actions for near future
Belarus, Russia agree on joint foreign policy actions for near future On November 22, Belarus and Russia agreed on joint foreign policy steps for the near future at a meeting in Minsk. The foreign ministers of the two countries agreed that it is necessary for the EEU to build a long-term integration with the European Union. The ministers also discussed interaction with other international organizations, such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and joint actions within the framework of the UN.
Alexander Lukashenko arrives in Moscow for working visit
Alexander Lukashenko arrives in Moscow for working visit The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has arrived in Moscow, where he will hold talks with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, as well as to take part in celebrations on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill. The ceremony will be held in the Christ the Savior Cathedral.
Belarus, Russia and Armenia sign agreement on support for innovations
Belarus, Russia and Armenia sign agreement on support for innovations Belarus, Russia and Armenia are strengthening business ties. The countries have signed a trilateral agreement to support entrepreneurs and innovations. The document has already been signed. Until the end of 2016, Moscow, Yerevan and Minsk are planning to develop a business road map, which will help remove borders between the two countries for small and medium-sized businesses.
Presidents Putin, Lukashenko to meet in Moscow November 22
Presidents Putin, Lukashenko to meet in Moscow November 22 The President of Belarus on November 22 will pay a working visit to the Russian Federation. Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin will hold negotiations. The two leaders will discuss the most topical issues of Belarusian-Russian relations, political cooperation, the development of the integration process, and the situation in the region and the world. In addition, Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin will take part in a ceremony to congratulate the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, who has turned 70.
Belarus proposes new Helsinki process to improve East-West relations
Belarus proposes new Helsinki process to improve East-West relations Belarus pursues a balanced internal and external policy. As a result, the European Union is ready to open a new page in bilateral relations. The prospects of mutually beneficial cooperation were discussed at the November 21 meeting of the President with EU diplomats. Minsk was visited by a group of European officials headed by Chairman of the Council of the EU Political and Security Committee Walter Stevens.

21.11.2016

Belarus President's press conference to Russian journalists: main points
Belarus President about his pets and son's social networks The President of Belarus sent a letter of cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky with appreciation that an astronaut does not forget his roots. On Thursday, meeting with journalists from 46 regions of Russia, Lukashenko remarked that Novitsky is now a Russian citizen, but inside he's still a Belarusian man.
Belarus, Russia presidents to discuss politics on November 22 - Russian ambassador
Belarus, Russia presidents to discuss politics on November 22 - Russian ambassador During a press conference with Russian journalists, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko announced that he is going to meet with the Russian President Vladimir Putin on November 22. As expected, the leaders will meet in Moscow. Ambassador of Russia to Belarus Alexander Surikov has commented on the possible agenda.

18.11.2016

Russian media: Belarusian President confirmed his position on a number of points
Russian media: Belarusian President confirmed his position on a number of points The first line of newspapers and publications of Russian regional mass media on 18 November was dedicated to the Belarusian President's press-conference. A multi-day press tour of representatives of regional mass media of Russia and the leading bloggers in Belarus completed on November 18. Late at night, journalists went to their offices and 18 November shared their material with the audience. The publication Russkaya Sila writes about the attitude of the Belarusian leader to history.

17.11.2016

Integration with Russia top topic at Belarus President's meeting with Russian journalists
Integration with Russia top topic at Belarus President's meeting with Russian journalists Belarusian-Russian relations have the opportunity to reach a qualitatively new level, said November 17 the Belarus President during a press conference for representatives of regional mass media of Russia. Meetings in this format are traditional. The current one is the 13th in a row. By the way, the President, talking to reporters, admitted that it is his favorite number. A live broadcast of the press conference is organized by the First Channel of the Belarusian Radio.
Russian journalists pleased with Belarus’ social-economic development
Russian journalists pleased with Belarus’ social-economic development On November 16, Russian journalists travelled to Bobruisk to get to know Belarus better. On their way to Bobruisk, they stopped to visit Bujnichi field. During WWII, a violent battle took place here. Mogilev defenders managed to fight for 23 days. Andrey Antonov, New Petersburg newspaper journalist (Saint Petersburg, Russia):It is very pleasant that Belarus remembers all the epic events of the Great Patriotic War. Thank you.
Belarus President holds 'trustful' dialogue with Russian journalists
Belarus President holds trustful dialogue with Russian journalists A press conference is being held by the President of Belarus at the Independence Palace for representatives of regional mass media of Russia. It completes the press tour, in which about 100 journalists and bloggers are taking part. Before that, they got acquainted with the socio-economic development of Mogilev region. Meetings in this format are traditional. This is the 13th in a row.
EEU prime ministers agree on Customs Code November 16
EEU prime ministers agree on Customs Code November 16 The prime ministers of the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union on 16 November agreed on a draft of the Customs Code of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). The meeting of the Intergovernmental Council was held in Gorki near Moscow. The heads of government of Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Belarus did come to a common denominator. Prior to that, five such meetings were held, with the latter taking place in Minsk.

16.11.2016

Belarus President to hold press conference for Russian media November 17
Belarus President to hold press conference for Russian media November 17 The participants of the press tour of Russian media in Belarus on November 16 are getting familiar with Bobruisk, after visiting a few other towns. They are getting familiar with Belarus' socio-economic development. Prior to that, in the Mogilev region, journalists visited Mogilev and the Shklov district. Tomorrow is the final day of the tour. Representatives of Russian regional mass media will attend a press conference by the President of Belarus. Accredited for it are members of about 100 media outlets as well as Russian bloggers.

14.11.2016

Union State Council of Ministers to be held in December
Union State Council of Ministers to be held in December Belarus and Russia will improve the mechanism of decision making concerning joint programs. On November 14, the preparation to the up-coming Council of Ministers of the Union State was discussed. It is planned to hold at the beginning of December, but the exact day is still under discussion. There are 24 issues on the agenda. One of the key issues is establishing of equal conditions of competition for manufacturers of both countries. It is planned to discuss three programs of the Union State.

08.11.2016

Movie about tractor Belarus wins two silver dolphins in Cannes
Movie about tractor Belarus wins two silver dolphins in Cannes Over 70 years, tractors Belarus traveled to 76 countries. After the success of the short film "Bread Winner" at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards, MTZ tractors have become world celebrities. The CTV reporter has gone to Novosibirsk, where the authors of the movie live, in order to figure out for what their work received two silver dolphins.

02.11.2016

Joint Collegium of Defence Ministries of Belarus and Russia held in Minsk
Joint Collegium of Defence Ministries of Belarus and Russia held in Minsk Russia expresses its gratitude to Belarus for a well-timed humanitarian assistance in Syria. That was an announcement made by Sergei Shoigu at the joint collegium of Defense Ministries.

01.11.2016

Russia makes second reactor for Belarusian NPP
Russia makes second reactor for Belarusian NPP A reactor vessel for the second power unit of the Belarusian nuclear power plant has been sent from Volgodonsk. Transport route passes through a complex logistics scheme. Now the special transport is being shipped on the motorway to the Tsimlyansk reservoir. There will start a river stage of that shipment project. In Novovoronezh, transportation will continue by rail. The reactor vessel for the Belarusian NPP weighs more than 330 tons, its height is 13 meters. Its production cycle was 3 years; experts have carried out all complex of tests.
Mozyr Oil Refinery gets first batch of Azerbaijani oil
Belarus buys Azerbaijani oil to compensate for cut in Russian supplies Mozyr Oil Refinery is going to begin processing a batch of Azerbaijani oil. The first batch has recently arrived at the company. Rail tank cars contain nearly 85,000 tons of raw material. The cargo was initially shipped through Odessa port. By the way, this is not the first time Belarus has used a tanker to purchase oil. In 2010 and 2011, Belarus bought almost 1.5 million tons of Venezuelan and Azerbaijani oil, which was shipped through the oil terminal of the Odessa port.

31.10.2016

Trade barriers, absence of common energy markets: Belarus’ President enumerates problems of Eurasian Economic Union development
Belarus’ President enumerates problems of Eurasian Economic Union development Poland is a neighbor and a very important state in Eastern Europe, but it cannot replace Russia and countries of the CIS. Not because it doesn’t have oil and gas, or not only because of that. Russia and countries of the Eurasian Economic Union and the CIS represent the main market for Belarusian goods. Not everything is perfect, there are some problems. Every country protects its own manufacturers. However, it’s time to find a way to compromise and start to understand goals of integration that has been going on for a long time.

29.10.2016

Belarus and Russia work on common visa
Belarus and Russia work on common visa Belarus and Russia are working on the creation of common migration area. That question was discussed during the meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Union State on October 28. Many other issues were raised during the meeting. Grigory Rapota, State Secretary of the Belarus-Russia Union State:We have similar view on key matters. We need to develop our cooperation. This is the most important thing for me.

28.10.2016

Alexander Lukashenko meets with Dmitry Medvedev
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Dmitry Medvedev On October 28, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko met with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to discuss the most topical issues of Belarusian-Russian relations and cooperation in integration associations. SEE: Eurasian Intergovernmental Council meeting in Minsk: October 27 discussions

25.10.2016

Russian oil supplies to Belarus reduced by over 2 million tons
Belarus diversifying oil purchases to avoid excessive dependence on Russian market Belarus has resumed oil supplies from Azerbaijan. Almost 85,000 tons of the raw material were already unloaded at the port of Odessa. The oil was delivered here by a tanker. Oil is designed for processing at the Mozyr Oil Refinery. Technological equipment of the enterprise allows working with different varieties of oil.  As Belneftekhim oil company explained, it is working out various supply options due to the fact that not enough Russian oil is delivered to Belarusian refineries.

24.10.2016

How Mozyr Oil Refinery survived oil and gas conflict
How Mozyr Oil Refinery survived oil and gas conflict The tradition of carrying the Olympic torch originated in ancient Greece and reminded people about Prometheus who got fire and gave it to people. The fire of the Belarusian torch originates from... Gazprom. Gazprom is not Prometheus. It doesn’t just give fire, it sells it, and not at a low price. That’s why Belarus and Russia had an argument. By October 20, Russia wanted to get money from Belarus for gas and for pumping the volumes necessary for Belarusian refineries. Due to reduction in supplies from Russia, the Belarusian pumps weren’t working properly.

21.10.2016

Belarus to settle gas debt with Russia October 21
Belarus to settle gas debt with Russia October 21 Belarus will transfer funds to repay the underpayment for Russian gas on October 21, said Minister of Energy of Belarus Vladimir Potupchik. To this day the amount is $281 million. At the moment, the price of Russian gas for Belarus' gas suppliers is $132 per 1,000 m2. Belarus underpaid for Russian gas in 2016 considering the contract price unfair. Belarus argued that world prices for natural gas have decreased significantly with the fall of oil prices.
Innovations plus integration: Belarus, Russia developing cooperation in military-technical sphere
Innovations plus integration: Belarus, Russia developing cooperation in military-technical sphere Belarus and Russia will continue to develop military-technical cooperation focusing on modernization and innovations. The corresponding document was approved on October 20 by an intergovernmental commission.

20.10.2016

Belarus, Russia discuss Union State budgetary performance
Belarus, Russia discuss Union State budgetary performance Every ruble from the Union State budget should be spent effectively. This is required by the slowdown in economic activity in various sectors. This is the outcome of the meeting of representatives of the State Control Committee of Belarus and the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation. On October 20, they discussed by videoconference how the Union State budget is being executed.  The sides noted that the current level of financial control bodies of the two countries is a way to enhance the integration and achieve common goals.

19.10.2016

Representatives of over 60 countries to participate in World Congress of Russian Press in Paris
Representatives of over 60 countries to participate in World Congress of Russian Press in Paris The World Congress of Russian Press opens in Paris October 19. Representatives from more than 60 countries, including Belarus, will participate in the three-day event. The event will focus on the role of Russian language and strengthening of its position in the world. The forum is held for the 18th time and it changes its location every year. Belarus hosted it 3 times. In Paris, the congress will bring together executives and leading journalists from hundreds of media outlets.

18.10.2016

Belarus-Russian joint drills underway near Brest
Belarus-Russian joint drills underway near Brest Large-scale joint military exercises of paratroopers of Russia and Belarus are now underway at the firing range Brestsky. Today is the active phase. 900 soldiers of the two countries work out the destruction of illegal armed groups in the border area. More than 150 pieces of equipment are involved. The drills include life in the field, overcoming water barriers and landing from aircraft and helicopters, including at night. The exercises are as close as possible to the real combat situation.
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Tatarstan president Rustam Minnikhanov
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Tatarstan president Rustam Minnikhanov Industry, construction and innovation are the areas that should play the main role in economic cooperation between Belarus and Tatarstan, said Alexander Lukashenko October 18 meeting with the head of the republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov. In recent years, the bilateral trade has fallen slightly in value terms , in 2015 by a quarter. The sides posted a trade of $878 million. However, the potential for economic cooperation is much higher. And, by the way, the physical volumes of trade continue to show good dynamism.
Tatarstan president visiting Minsk
Tatarstan president visiting Minsk The president of Tatarstan has come to Minsk to discuss the prospects for the development of comprehensive cooperation. High-ranking officials and heads of major regional enterprises have arrived together with the head of the Russian region. Among the plans during the visit are negotiations with the leadership of Belarus and visits to the Park of High Technologies, as well as a number of industrial enterprises.

17.10.2016

Oil and gas disagreement between Belarus and Russia: Negotiations and new way of calculating gas prices
Oil and gas disagreement between Belarus and Russia: Negotiations and new way of calculating gas prices Belarus and Russia made a compromise in the argument about oil and gas prices. Parties managed to agree on a mutually beneficial supply and transit of oil and a new mechanism for calculating the gas price. As the Ministry of Energy confirmed, in the coming days they will compensate for the gas that was received but wasn’t paid in full. Russia introduces the mechanism of the so-called inter-budgetary compensation.

14.10.2016

Belarus to take part in CSTO summit in Yerevan October 14
Belarus to take part in CSTO summit in Yerevan October 14 A CSTO summit will be held on October 14 in Yerevan. Taking part in it will be the Belarus President. Alexander Lukashenko will present the position of our country on the priority areas during the presidency of Belarus in this organization. Until today, Armenia has been holding the chairmanship. The participants will also exchange views on the international situation, will consider topical issues of collective security and counter-terrorism. Following the session, more than 20 documents are expected to be signed.

12.10.2016

Russia lifts restrictions on oil supplies to Belarus
Russia lifts restrictions on oil supplies to Belarus Belarus considers agreements with Russia on gas and oil a compromise in the interests of the two countries. On October 11, the Energy Ministry voiced a new formula of gas price calculations for Belarus. It also confirmed that in the next 10 days Belarus will repay the previously underpaid money for blue fuel. Russia, in turn, introduces a mechanism for inter-budgetary compensation for the time when a common electric energy market is being created.

10.10.2016

Belarus and Russia settle oil and gas issues
Belarus and Russia settle oil and gas supply issues Belarus and Russia have settled a problematic issue in the sphere of energy supply. The President of Belarus was briefed on how the oil and gas dispute is being resolved. The cost of gas will be substantially reduced. Currently the sides are signing a working protocol, and in the near future plan to legally register the agreements.

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.

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