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.
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.
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 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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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 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
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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
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”: 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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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.
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 “
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.
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.
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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
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 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
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
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 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.