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08.06.2016

Belarus-Russia Forum of Regions: Day 1 summary
3rd Belarus-Russia Forum of Regions: Day 1 summary Minsk continues to host the 3rd Forum of Belarusian and Russian Regions on June 8, which is the second day of the event.  It is expected that the presidents of Belarus and Russia will partake in the forum.

07.06.2016

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

06.06.2016

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

05.06.2016

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

02.06.2016

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

01.06.2016

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

31.05.2016

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

26.05.2016

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

24.05.2016

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

19.05.2016

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

17.05.2016

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

16.05.2016

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

15.05.2016

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

13.05.2016

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

12.05.2016

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

09.05.2016

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

05.05.2016

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

28.04.2016

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

27.04.2016

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

24.04.2016

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

20.04.2016

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

14.04.2016

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

13.04.2016

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

11.04.2016

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

10.04.2016

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

07.04.2016

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

05.04.2016

Minsk into top destinations for Russians' May holidays
Minsk into top destinations for Russians' May holidays Belarus has topped the ranking of countries that are popular for Russian tourists during the May holiday. Among other top-ranking places are the Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, Thailand, Greece, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Germany. Among the most demanded cities are Minsk, Prague,  Rome, Riga, Barcelona, Vilnius, Tallinn, Helsinki, Baku and Bratislava. By the way, the cheapest way to have a rest in May in Brest, while Venice and Hong Kong.
Belarus President: Do not make us choose between east and west
Belarus President: Do not make us choose between east and west Belarus-EU relations should be built without prejudice in relation to Belarus, said April 5 Alexander Lukashenko at a government meeting. Dynamic relations between Minsk and Brussels can be called positive. In recent years, the level and intensity of contacts has increased and the overall atmosphere of the bilateral ties has improved. In February 2016, the Council of the European Union lifted most of sanctions against Belarus.

04.04.2016

Belarusians and Russians: joint projects and Union State programs
Belarusians and Russians: joint projects and Union State programs The two countries are linked by several major joint projects. Including in the framework of the Union State. The two countries are exchanging experience in the field of cell technology. Now they are planning to organize exchanges between the donor registers of the two countries.

03.04.2016

Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Vladimir Putin on Day of Peoples' Unity
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Vladimir Putin on Day of Peoples' Unity Belarus and Russia are celebrating the Day of Unity of the Peoples. 20 years ago in Moscow, Alexander Lukashenko and Boris Yeltsin signed the treaty establishing the Community of Belarus and Russia. During this time, the name of the integration association has changed, but not its significance.

31.03.2016

Minsk, Novosibirsk discuss economic cooperation
Minsk, Novosibirsk discuss economic cooperation The mayors of the two sister cities, Minsk and Novosibirsk, discussed the prospects of cooperation on the last day of March during a videoconference. The teleconference was timed to the anniversary of the signing of the first agreement on the establishment of the Union State of Russia and Belarus.
Alexander Surikov, Russian ambassador
Russian ambassador: Industrial cooperation with Belarus positive Belarus and Russia will continue to develop cooperation. As noted on March 31 by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Belarus Alexander Surikov, the policy of industrial cooperation, started about 10 years ago, is giving positive results.  Now these processes cover about 8,000 enterprises in both countries. There are almost 40 Belarusian assembly production facilities operating in Russia. Some of them are large enough, for example, Bryanskselmash.

29.03.2016

Belarus' accession to the WTO: pros and cons
Belarus' accession to the WTO: pros and cons Belarus will invigorate the negotiation process on accession to the World Trade Organization. This instruction was given on March 29 by President Alexander Lukashenko after the meeting to discuss Belarus' WTO accession. There are 162 World Trade Organization members nowadays. Even Belarus' partners in the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) are there. However, now they need to adjust EEU regulations to WTO rules.
Belarusian paratroopers to continue North Pole drills Belarusian paratroopers will continue "the conquest" of the North Pole. The second landing in the harsh sub-zero temperatures will be held in early April in joint exercises with the Russian Airborne Troops.  A special operations forces division of Belarus are now in Russia's Pskov for training. Then the military from the two countries will go to land on the drifting ice of the Arctic Ocean.

28.03.2016

Vadim Potomsky: Orel region should create a logistics center for Belarus
Vadim Potomsky: Orel region should create a logistics center for Belarus Governor of the Oryol region of the Russian Federation Vadim Potomsky has answered the questions of the presenter of the program Week on the CTV. What common ground can Belarus and Orel region have?

27.03.2016

2016 Forum of Belarus and Russia regions to be held in Minsk in June
2016 Forum of Belarus and Russia regions to be held in Minsk in June Representatives of 40 Russian regions will arrive in Minsk this June for the Forum of Belarusian and Russian regions, which will bring together the largest producers of the two countries. The main topic of the meeting will be the social policy and humanitarian cooperation. The second forum of regions in Sochi resulted in a weighty portfolio of agreements worth more than $250 million. This time, the organizers set a higher bar. Therefore, they plan to present the full industrial potential of Belarus.

24.03.2016

President Lukashenko: Belarus and Orel region to develop economic cooperation
President Lukashenko: Belarus and Orel region to develop economic cooperation Belarus and the Orel region of Russia intend to develop trade and economic cooperation. First of all in agriculture and industry, said March 24 Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with the governor of the Oryol region Vadim Potomsky.

16.03.2016

Andrei Kobyakov on working visit in Tatarstan, set to visit KamAZ March 16
Belarus PM on working visit in Tatarstan, set to visit KamAZ March 16 Belarus intends to take part in the Russian import substitution program, said Belarus Prime Minister, who is these days on a working visit in Tatarstan.  In particular, Belarus will be discussing co-operation with the largest manufacturer of heavy trucks in Russia - the corporation KamAZ. According to Andrei Kobyakov, Belarus is ready to offer a wide range of modern automotive components, which are not inferior to foreign analogues either in price or in quality.

15.03.2016

Belarus Prime Minister to go to Tatarstan on working visit
Belarus Prime Minister to go to Tatarstan on working visit The Prime Minister of Belarus has gone on a working visit to Tatarstan. There, Andrei Kobyakov will hold talks with the leadership of the region.  They will discuss the results and prospects of bilateral cooperation. Mr Kobyakov is going to visit a number of enterprises. In Tatarstan works a trading house representing Minsk Tractor Works (MTZ). Its products builds the basis of Belarusian export. Tatarstan is the 6th most important trading partner of Belarus among other Russian regions.

26.02.2016

The Supreme State Council
Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin on results of Supreme State Council The negotiations in the extended format lasted longer than it was expected. Now we know the outcome of the meeting. The Presidents announced the results of the session when they were talking to the press.
Belarus-Russia cooperation
Vladimir Putin arrives in Minsk to take part in Supreme State Council of Union State Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Minsk to participate in the session of the Supreme State Council of the Union State. The meeting will be held under the chairmanship of President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko in the Palace of Independence. There are more than a dozen of current issues on the agenda. The parties will approve the Union State budget for 2016. Most likely, the budget will amount to six billions Russian rubles, which is a bit more than the budget for 2015.

25.02.2016

The Sureme State Council
Belarus-Russia trade and economic relations to be discussed at Supreme State Council of Union State The trade and economic relations between Belarus and Russia will be the main topic for the discussion at the Supreme State Council of the Union State. The session will be chaired by President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko.  Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, will take part in the talks.

24.02.2016

Belarus-Russia Union State meeting to take place in Minsk February 25
Belarus-Russia Union State meeting to take place in Minsk February 25 The meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Belarus-Russia Union State will be held in Minsk on February 25. The agenda will include more than a dozen questions. In particular, it is expected that the meeting participants will discuss the approval of the Union's budget for 2016 and results of the implementation of last year's budget.  There will also be discussed the results of trade and economic and political cooperation. The participants of the Supreme State Council session will also adopt a program of cooperation for the next two years. 

17.02.2016

Belarus, Russia developing infrared camera
Belarus, Russia developing infrared camera Scientific modernization within the Union State of Belarus and Russia continues. Belarusian developers, together with colleagues from Russia, continue to work on the program "Union State Infrared Camera." For several years, they have produced optoelectronic systems that convert thermal radiation from various objects into an image on the screen. Thus it is possible to identify attempts to transport illicit substances at the border.

08.02.2016

Alexander Lukashenko about recent meeting with Vladimir Putin
Belarus President says Russia ready to help economically despite difficult times Alexander Lukashenko spoke about the outcome of his recent meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, during which the parties discussed in detail many issues and agreed to find ways out of the current economic situation together.
Alexander Lukashenko, Vladimir Putin agree to strengthen bilateral cooperation in all areas
Alexander Lukashenko, Vladimir Putin agree to strengthen bilateral cooperation in all areas The presidents of Belarus and Russia have held a meeting without ties February 5. The talks were held in Sochi, where Alexander Lukashenko is now on a short vacation. Despite the informal nature of the communication, the leaders discussed the pressing state matters. Particular attention was paid to the prospects of the bilateral relations. Minsk and Moscow are strategic partners. In February, the Belarusian capital will host a meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Union State. Its agenda was also discussed on 5 February.

04.02.2016

Lavrov: Color revolution in Belarus impossible
Lavrov: Color revolution in Belarus impossible A color revolution in Belarus is impossible, since the vast majority of the population would not support it, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Belarus air force agrees Su-30 purchase from Russia
Belarus air force agrees Su-30 purchase from Russia The air force of Belarus is now one step closer to fleet renewal. Belarus has reached a preliminary agreement with the Russian side on the acquisition of multi-purpose fighters Su-30. They are designed to replace MiG-29, which are now in service. The replacement of fighter jets will increase Belarus' opportunities for the destruction of air targets. In addition, thanks to these jets, Belarusian air force will be able to perform combat tasks from any airport of the country.
300 Belarusian paratroopers to land at North Pole
300 Belarusian paratroopers to land at North Pole Belarusian paratroopers have landed at the North Pole. The operation is planned in the framework of joint exercise with the Russian airborne troops.  The units will then undergo an intensive phase of preparation for landing on drifting ice in difficult weather conditions. Belarusian soldiers landed by parachute on the North Pole for the first time in 2015.  Together with colleagues they practiced actions in extreme conditions with the aim to find and assist those in trouble.

01.02.2016

Alexander Lukashenko, Dmitry Medvedev meet informally in Sochi January 31
Alexander Lukashenko, Dmitry Medvedev meet informally in Sochi January 31 Belarus and Russia have agreed to work together to overcome the negative economic trends. The matter was discussed at the January 31 meeting between President Alexander Lukashenko and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in Sochi. Communication took place in an informal atmosphere. The two raised the whole range of issues of the Belarus-Russia bilateral relations.
Dmitry Medvedev and Alexander Lukashenko
Belarus, Russia agree to work together to overcome negative economic trends Belarus and Russia have agreed to work together to overcome the negative economic trends. The matter was discussed on January 31 at the meeting of President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in Sochi.

31.01.2016

Belarus, Russia PMs discuss 2016 cooperation prospects
Belarus, Russia PMs discuss 2016 cooperation prospects Belarus and St. Petersburg are going to recover a turnover of $2 billion. The city on the Neva River on January 29 became a platform for a business cooperation council. Also, talks between the governments of Belarus and Russia were held. The premiers, Andrei Kobyakov and Dmitry Medvedev, confirmed the joint plans and in anticipation of the Supreme State Council of the Union State - the meeting will be held in February in Minsk - they checked whether the countries are on the same page on the key issues.

28.01.2016

Belarus, Russia agree to discuss syncing of economic steps
Belarus, Russia may sync economic policies The Presidents of Belarus and Russia have agreed to thoroughly discuss the syncing of actions in the economy. In a telephone conversation, Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin discussed a schedule of upcoming joint events. In particular, the presidents talked over a meeting of the Supreme State Council and the Forum of Belarus' and Russia's Regions. 

18.01.2016

Minsk among the most popular cities for Russians' New Year holidays
Minsk among the most popular cities for Russians' New Year holidays Minsk has been named among the top 10 New Year holiday destinations for Russians.  This ranking has been compiled by a Russian online travel service. Together with the Belarusian capital, Prague, Tallinn, Riga, Berlin, Helsinki, Rome, Vienna and Warsaw got into the list. In addition, Minsk has become the most popular city for trips to the CIS countries. The rating was compiled using the number of hotel bookings for January 1-10 by tourists traveling on their own.
First Belarus-Russia Union State summit in 2016 due in Minsk
First Belarus-Russia Union State summit in 2016 due in Minsk The meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Belarus-Russia Union State, the first one in 2016, will be held in Minsk. It will take place in Q1 2016. This was one of the topics Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko discussed today with Union State Secretary Grigory Rapota.
World economy going through difficult times: What is financial outlook for Belarus?
World economy going through difficult times: What is financial outlook for Belarus? The world economy is going through hard times. One of the main indicators of the global economic processes - the price of black gold - last week continued its rapid decline, which was immediately reflected in other financial and economic indicators, including exchange rates.

27.12.2015

Security, economy dominate CSTO, EEU summits in Moscow
Security, economy dominate CSTO, EEU summits in Moscow Security and economy were the subjects of conversation between the presidents of the CSTO and the Eurasian Economic Union earlier this week in Moscow. The Collective Security Council adjusted the action plan in connection with the hostilities in the Middle East, the flow of refugees and the Russian plane downed by Turkey. This is a separate issue, a sensitive issue for the Kremlin, and Moscow would like to share its concern with the allies.

22.12.2015

Elena Semak, Associate Professor of International Economic Relations Department of the Belarusian State University
Eurasian Economic Union develops preliminary mechanism to monitor Ukrainian transit Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) members - Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan - have developed a preliminary mechanism to monitor the transit of Ukrainian goods and goods from the European Union.  On 21 December, First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Igor Shuvalov said that the new mechanism will help completely control the flow of goods from Ukraine via Belarus or Russia to Kazakhstan.
CSTO discuss fight against ISIL in Moscow
CSTO discuss fight against ISIL in Moscow The fight against the Islamic State and creation of a broad coalition to combat international terrorism were the main topics the summit of the CSTO in Moscow, in which Alexander Lukashenko took part on December 21, 2015. The meeting raised topics of the challenges of our time and, consequently, new approaches to collective security.  The Eurasian Economic Union heads of state then met at the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council.

21.12.2015

CSTO council underway in Moscow
Alexander Lukashenko taking part in CSTO meeting in Moscow The President of Belarus has arrived on a working visit to the Russian Federation. The plane with the Belarusian head of state on board landed at the airport Vnukovo 2 December 21 morning. In Moscow, Alexander Lukashenko will take part in two major meetings at the level of heads of state: the Council of Collective Security Treaty Organization and the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. The CSTO summit is set to deal with topical issues of international security and the possible steps to address them.

20.12.2015

Belarusian President to make working visit to Moscow December 21
Belarusian President to make working visit to Moscow December 21 The President of Belarus on December 21 will pay a working visit to Moscow. Alexander Lukashenko will take part in the meetings of the Council of Collective Security Treaty Organization and the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council at the level of heads of state.  The CSTO summit will focus on topical issues of international security and the possible steps to address them.

17.12.2015

Vladimir Semashko, Belarus' Vice Premier
Belarus may get cheaper Russian gas from January 1, 2016 On December 17, it became known that there is every reason for a significant reduction in the price of Russian gas for Belarus from January 1. Belarus will agree on a specific value and prepare the necessary documents until early next week, said the Belarusian government.

16.12.2015

Moscow to host CSTO, EEU summits December 21
Moscow to host CSTO, EEU summits December 21 The Collective Security Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization will meet in Moscow on December 21. The Russian capital will also host the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council meeting on the same day.  The CSTO summit will discuss key issues of strengthening regional security and effective combating of international terrorism. The Supreme Eurasian Economic Council will summarize the first year of the EEU operation. By tradition, on the sidelines of the summit, the Russian President will hold bilateral meetings with his colleagues.

15.12.2015

Alexander Lukashenko, Vladimir Putin discuss Ukraine, Middle East conflicts
Alexander Lukashenko, Vladimir Putin discuss Ukraine, Middle East conflicts Alexander Lukashenko paid an official visit in Moscow. On December 15 in the Russian capital the heads of state of Belarus and Russia held talks. Both leaders noted the importance and timeliness of this visit. It is worth noting that the sides talked about four hours in the expanded format.
Belarusian, Russian Presidents meet in Moscow December 15
Belarusian, Russian Presidents meet in Moscow December 15 The President of Belarus is confident in the fact that Belarusian and Russian peoples will become even closer in the future. Alexander Lukashenko said this meeting with Vladimir Putin during talks in the one on one format. Belarus and Russia are long-standing and strategic partners. Collaboration is established in both political and economic areas. In 2014 alone, the countries' trade equaled to $38 billion. In January-October 2015, the amount is already $23 billion.
Alexander Lukashenko continues visit to Russia, set to meet with Vladimir Putin
Alexander Lukashenko continues visit to Russia, set to meet with Vladimir Putin The President of Belarus continues visit to the Russian Federation. Flight No.1 landed at the airport Vnukovo last night. On December 15 in Moscow, Alexander Lukashenko will meet with his counterpart, Vladimir Putin. The talks will be held in the narrow and expanded formats. The heads of state will focus on a wide range of issues of bilateral relations, international issues and cooperation in integration associations. Following the meeting they are scheduled to sign a number of documents.

14.12.2015

Alexander Lukashenko to visit Moscow December 14-15
Alexander Lukashenko to visit Russia December 14-15 Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko will pay an official visit to the Russian Federation on December 14-15. In Moscow, he is going to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the narrow and expanded formats.  It is expected that the heads of state will focus on a wide range of issues of bilateral relations and international relations as well as cooperation in integration associations. As a result of the talks they will sign several documents. In addition, Alexander Lukashenko is going to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

13.12.2015

Belarus President urges Russia, Turkey "to make at least half a step towards each other"
Belarus President urges Russia, Turkey 'to make at least half a step towards each other' In today's world, the role of small and medium-sized states is growing, stated the President of Belarus, speaking at the conference "The policy of neutrality: international cooperation for peace, security and development" in Ashgabat. Alexander Lukashenko was visiting Turkmenistan that December 12 celebrated the Day of Neutrality. The Belarusian President spoke at the international conference dedicated to that day. The forum should become one more step on the road to peace and stability in the world.

10.12.2015

Konstantin Artyushin, trade representative of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Belarus
Russia wants tighter cooperation with Belarus' industrial enterprises Russia is interested in cooperation with Belarusian industrial enterprises. This involves implementation of extended production chain projects. Many enterprises, mainly in mechanical engineering, are already using this scheme. Experts believe that such an approach permits to promote more efficiently joint production on the markets of third countries. The goods turnover between Belarus and Russia has decreased but the volume of the supplies remained the same.

08.12.2015

Alexander Lukashenko named Person of the Year 2015
Alexander Lukashenko named Person of the Year 2015 The Russian Biographical Institute has awarded the Belarusian President the title Person of the Year 2015. The institute highly appreciated his contribution to the strengthening of Eurasian cooperation and cooperation with Russia. Earlier, the advisory council, which includes well-known politicians, scientists, writers and clergy, had already awarded the same title to Alexander Lukashenko. For the first time, it happened in 2012, for the formation of the EurAsEC and the Customs Union and two years later for the creation of the Eurasian Economic Union.

25.11.2015

Belarus, Russia working on new drugs for premature babies
Belarus, Russia working on new drugs for premature babies Belarusian scientists together with Russian colleagues will be engaged in the development of drugs for premature babies.  For a long time, experts have been working on getting one of the major proteins found in breast milk.  Today we can already talk about the unique technology. Lactoferrin will be the basis of drugs to be used in dentistry, gynecology and the treatment of skin diseases. Powerful antimicrobial and antiviral activity of the protein will create a good medication basis for nursing babies born prematurely.

24.11.2015

Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Russia postponed
Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Russia postponed The official visit of Alexander Lukashenko to Russia has been postponed due to the workload of schedules of the two presidents, reports the press service of the Belarusian leader.  The specific date of the visit will be agreed in the near future, through diplomatic channels. 
Belarus, Russia's Novosibirsk region to develop bilateral relations through industrial cooperation
Belarus, Russia's Novosibirsk region to develop bilateral relations through industrial cooperation Belarus and Russia Novosibirsk region will develop bilateral relations through industrial cooperation. The matter was discussed on November 24 in Minsk at a meeting of the Business Cooperation Council between the partners. The sides plan to improve trade thanks to integration projects in the field of science, tourism, and agriculture.

23.11.2015

Belarus offers Leningrad region agricultural machinery, construction equipment
Belarus offers Leningrad region agricultural machinery, construction equipment Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko offered Leningrad Region of Russia to consider new directions for cooperation meeting with the governor of that region Alexander Drozdenko. These days, the delegation of the Leningrad region is visiting Minsk. Among about 80 Russian regions, it is one of the traditional key trade and economic partners of Belarus. The three-year program of cooperation has allowed increasing the turnover.
Alexander Lukashenko offers Leningrad Region to consider new directions for cooperation
Alexander Lukashenko offers Leningrad Region to consider new directions for cooperation Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko offered Leningrad Region of Russia to consider new directions for cooperation meeting with the governor of that region Alexander Drozdenko. These days, the delegation of the Leningrad region is in Minsk on a visit. Among about 80 Russian regions, it is one of the traditional key trade and economic partners of Belarus. The three-year program of cooperation has allowed increasing the turnover.
Alexander Surikov, Russian ambassador to Belarus
Russian ambassador glad Alexander Lukashenko's first overseas visit due to Russia The forthcoming visit of Alexander Lukashenko to the Russian Federation will be another step in Belarus-Russia relations, in which regional cooperation plays significant role. On Monday Belarus expects delegations from the Leningrad and Novosibirsk regions of Russia. The CTV channel talked to Ambassador of Russia to Belarus Alexander Surikov about Belarus-Russia relations.

17.11.2015

Belarus' President plans first overseas visit to Russia, at Putin's invitation
Belarus President's first overseas visit due to Russia, at Putin's invitation The Belarusian President intends to make his first visit after the presidential elections to Russia, at the invitation of Vladimir Putin. Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko discussed the preparations for this meeting together with Alexander Surikov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Belarus. The Union State leaders exchange visits constantly. Russia is the main trade partner of Minsk and at the same time the largest export market for Belarus’ goods.

15.11.2015

Belarusian, Russian armed forces set for new cooperation plan
Belarusian, Russian armed forces set for new cooperation plan On November 13, President Alexander Lukashenko approved a new plan specifying the cooperation of Belarusian-Russian armies from 2016. According to the Belarusian head of state, the security issue should be considered in terms of relations in the post-Soviet space where three major integration associations such as the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Eurasian Economic Union, and the Union State of Belarus and Russia exist. It’s indispensable to take into consideration the situation in neighboring countries as well.

07.11.2015

Alexander Lukashenko sworn in as Belarus President (inauguration speech)
Alexander Lukashenko sworn in as Belarus President (inauguration speech) The newly elected President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko officially took office on November 6. The inauguration attracted the attention by novelties in the procedure. In the Palace of Independence, the Belarusian leader was sworn in in civilian clothes, and then appeared in State Flag Square in a military uniform. According to the Constitution, the President shall take office only after taking the oath. The ceremony, under the law, should be held no later than two months after the elections.

03.11.2015

Sakhalin’s Dairy Industry to apply Belarusian technologies
Sakhalin’s Dairy Industry to apply Belarusian technologies The dairy industry of Sakhalin Island will be developing with the help of Belarusian technologies. Leonid Zayats, Belarusian Minister of Agriculture and Food, made the statement during the visit of a Belarusian delegation to Sakhalin, Russia. Belarusian products are in high demand in the Russian Federation.
Belarus to use own missile system Polonez
Belarus to use own missile system Polonez Today, on November 3, the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has visited Precision Electromechanical Plantlocated in the Dzerzhinsk region, where the cutting edge domestic missile system Polonez was demonstrated. The head of state was also updated on the efforts to localize the production of combat missiles. The Polonez missile system was first demonstrated on May 9, during the parade in Minsk. The Polonez missiles have a range of 200 km. Today only several states have missile systems with such characteristics.

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