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30.10.2015

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus should maintain balance between Moscow and Kiev
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus should maintain balance between Moscow and Kiev Belarus has prepared a draft of a new military doctrine. It will be adopted in 2015 taking into account all global challenges and threats. Today, on October 30, the President addressed military officers, with the safeguarding of Belarus’ national security being the main topic. Alexander Lukashenko underlined that current repartition of spheres of influence in geopolitics requires special alertness.

25.10.2015

Grigory Rapota: Sanctions is not the best way of international relations
Grigory Rapota: Sanctions is not the best way of international relations State Secretary of the Union State of Belarus and Russia Grigory Rapota gave an interview to the TV journalist Egor Khrustalev. There are a number of issues where Russia and Belarus have slightly different views. For example, the situation in Ukraine. The Ukrainian authorities often directly accuse Russia of meddling in internal affairs. On the other hand, Belarus provides a platform for negotiation. How should the Union State leadership should behave in this situation? Which language you choose to assess the situation?

22.10.2015

Belarus mulls launching second earth remote sensing satellite BKA 2
Belarus mulls launching second earth remote sensing satellite BKA 2 The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) intends to strengthen cooperation in the space sphere. On October 22, the member states signed an agreement on the implementation of new joint projects and programs at a meeting at the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. The most discussed issue was the launch of the second Belarusian satellite. Now scientists are refining the parameters of the new device and its functions.

21.10.2015

Russia, Belarus to create Union State armed defense mechanism
Russia, Belarus to create Union State armed defense mechanism Russia and Belarus will create a mechanism for the armed defense of the Union State in the next two years. This was agreed on October 21 by the military of the two countries. In Moscow, the sides set priorities for future cooperation, taking into account the realities of foreign policy. 

19.10.2015

"Why did Belarusians once again vote for Alexander Lukashenko?": Experts and media assessment
"Why did Belarusians once again vote for Alexander Lukashenko?": Experts and media assessment Belarus decided on the leader of the country for the next 5 years - Alexander Lukashenko was supported by 83.5% of voters. Such figures were voiced on Friday by the Central Election Commission. The entire election campaign went quietly and on a positive note. Preliminary information on the outcome of the election was announced on the night from Sunday to Monday, hours after the voting ended.  The final protocol was signed by the CEC on Friday this week. Final figures differed insignificantly from the preliminary ones.

15.10.2015

Kazakhstan gearing up for CIS, EEU summits
Kazakhstan gearing up for CIS, EEU summits On October 16, Kazakhstan will become the center of political life of the countries of the CIS. It will host two large summits - the Council of CIS Heads of State and Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. The leaders really have something to discuss. This includes the fight against crime and international terrorism. Foreign ministers began to prepare the ground for tomorrow's high-level talks today.
Belarus, Russia may soon have common migration space
Belarus, Russia may soon have common migration space The lower house of the Belarusian parliament today, 15 October, reviewed more than a dozen issues in the sphere of economy, security, law and education. One of the most resonant was the question of age labeling information products. With such a sign lawmakers plan to restrict children from information that may be harmful to minors. October 15 MPs also adopted several laws in the framework of the Belarus-Russia Union State. In particular, they voted in favor of the exchange of information about citizens of Belarus and Russia, for which restrictions on leaving apply.

13.10.2015

2nd Austrian-Belarusian-Russian business forum opens in Minsk October 13
2nd Austrian-Belarusian-Russian business forum opens in Minsk October 13 Businessmen came to Belarus' capital Minsk from Vienna October 13 to participate in a business forum. The sides have already signed a major contract in the energy sector. The provisional amount of the transaction is more than $300 million. There are also plans to implement projects in engineering and construction.

12.10.2015

Vladimir Putin congratulates Alexander Lukashenko on 2015 election victory
Vladimir Putin congratulates Alexander Lukashenko on 2015 election victory Alexander Lukashenko won the 2015 presidential vote. According to the CEC, the incumbent head of state polled 83.49%. It's more than 5 million Belarusians. Congratulatory telegrams are coming to Alexander Lukashenko at the moment. One of the first to have sent it was the Russian president. 

11.10.2015

President Lukashenko about Ukraine crisis: Belarusians, Russians and Ukrainians are brothers! Enough of these wars!
President Lukashenko about Ukraine crisis: Belarusians, Russians and Ukrainians are brothers! Enough of these wars! At the polling station where Alexander Lukashenko voted today, he answered questions from various media. A journalist from Ukraine asked a question about the crisis in his country. The President noted that Belarus will never be a platform of aggression against any country.
Alexander Lukashenko about Russian airbase: Aircraft will not cool NATO heads. Unlike missiles
Alexander Lukashenko about Russian airbase: Aircraft will not cool NATO heads. Unlike missiles Belarus is bound by strategic partnership agreements in the military sphere. Within the framework of the CSTO, and, of course, the Union State. But Belarus has a special role: the geographical position requires the country to always keep powder dry. Alexander Lukashenko expressed his point of view about the Russia airbase.

10.10.2015

President Lukashenko calls Belarusian NPP new stage in Russia's construction of nuclear power plants
President Lukashenko calls Belarusian NPP new stage in Russia's construction of nuclear power plants The Belarusian nuclear power plant is the biggest energy project in the years of Belarus' sovereignty. Today, more than four thousand builders are working on its construction. And in the future, the nuclear power plant will be a place of work for 2,000 unique specialists. And the main principle here is of course safety. The nuclear power plant in Ostrovets will consist of two power units. At the beginning of 2016 the installation of the reactor will begin.
Russian professor: Belarus has kept the right attitude to history
Russian professor: Belarus has kept the right attitude to history The TV program "Simple Questions" interviewed rector of St. Petersburg University of Humanities Professor Alexander Zapesotsky. Alexander, hello. Thank you for taking the time for such a meeting during your visit to Minsk. I far as I know you have written more than 2,000 works. And you touched on such topics that you cannot apply in science, at first glance. This is given that you started out your scientific path as almost a "private scholar".  

08.10.2015

Alexander Lukashenko calls Russian president to congratulate on birthday Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin briefly discussed some topical issues of the bilateral agenda, as well as cooperation in integration associations. On 7 October, the Presidents of Belarus and Russia held a telephone conversation. The Belarusian Head of State congratulated his Russian counterpart on his birthday. 

07.10.2015

Alexander Surikov, Russian ambassador to Belarus
Russian ambassador to Belarus about Minsk's relations with EU, Russian airbase The guest of the TV program Simple Questions is Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Belarus Alexander Surikov. Mr Surikov, thank you for taking the opportunity to meet and talk.  We are meeting against the backdrop of very important events and the world. The UN summit and the upcoming Presidential Elections in Belarus.  Many consider current times to be quite acute. You witnessed lots of such times, and probably remember the Cuban Missile Crisis.

06.10.2015

Belarus President dismisses allegations about Russia's military base
Belarus President dismisses allegations about Russia's military base At the opening of the 2nd Ring Road Belarusian Head of State Alexander Lukashenko talked with the representatives of labor collectives of road-building organizations and residents of Minsk region. Of course, he answered all their questions. Many questions now arise about the possible location in Belarus of a Russian airbase. Should one believe the information of some Russian media? The President says that one should not discuss this topic.
More than 30 issues discussed at the Union State Council of Ministers
More than 30 issues discussed at the Union State Council of Ministers More than 30 issues were discussed at the Union State Council of Ministers – a joint protection of home markets with no border and customs control, a draft of the Union State’s single visa. By the way, there was agreed to return the practice of two meetings per year. The construction of a nuclear power plant in Ostrovets is one of the most ambitious Belarus-Russia projects. The volume of joint investment will reach about several billion dollars. The first unit is to be launched in 2018. Experts say the project will pay off just in a few years.

05.10.2015

President Alexander Lukashenko October 5 meets Sakhalin region governor
President Alexander Lukashenko meets Sakhalin region governor Belarus and the Sakhalin region discuss prospective joint projects. The delegation of that Russian region is visiting Minsk. Today, 5 October, Alexander Lukashenko met with the governor of that region.
Belarus' snow removing equipment to be delivered to Sakhalin
Belarus' snow removing equipment to be delivered to Sakhalin Belarusian snow removing equipment will be shipped to Sakhalin. Such an agreement was reached on 5 October in Minsk. A representative delegation of that Russian region led by the governor is now on a visit in Minsk.  The program includes visits to the flagships of Belarusian mechanical engineering. In the morning the guests were shown the latest product lineup of Amkodor. The first batch of snow removing equipment will be delivered to the Far East region before the end of 2015. In general, the project is designed to run in the course of five years.
Sakhalin Region delegation lays wreath at Victory Square monument in Minsk
Sakhalin Region delegation lays wreath at Victory Square monument in Minsk The delegation of the Sakhalin region of Russia has laid wreath at the monument in Victory Square in Minsk. For Belarusians and Russians this traditional ritual has a special meaning. Seven decades ago, our people fought shoulder to shoulder against the Nazi invaders. Memory of the victims during that terrible war was observed with a minute of silence. The anthems of the two countries were played.

04.10.2015

Days of Belarus in Novosibirsk: 30 companies and 'grocery excitement'
Days of Belarus in Novosibirsk: 30 companies and 'grocery excitement' Both Belarus and especially Russia, which is under sanctions, are concerned about the possibility of import substitution. Some time ago the Belarusian Prime Minister warned: the nations should not substitute each other's import! Belarusian products, however, causes serious competition in the Russian market. Especially far from Moscow. Another confirmation were the Days of Belarus in Siberia.

01.10.2015

Foreigners can objectively speak of Belarus only after living there for some time, and not only in Minsk. Interview with Vladimir Pozner
"Foreigners can objectively talk about Belarus only after living there for some time, and not only in Minsk." Interview with Vladimir Pozner The TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev met with prominent Russian journalist and TV host Vladimir Pozner. Vladimir Vladimirovich, I really thank you for the fact that you took the time to do this interview. And let me ask you a question. You quite often say at the beginning of each meeting with young journalists that in Russia, journalism as the fourth power, has almost never existed. You said that maybe there was some small fragment of time. Vladimir Pozner: A little, yes. A very small fragment.
Dmitry Mironchik, Belarus' Foreign Ministry Spokesman
Belarus' stance on Russia's use of air force in Syria The increase in terrorist activity in the Middle East makes the topic of collective measures against terrorism even more important. The Belarusian Foreign Ministry today, October 1, commented on the position of our country in regard to the Russian Federation, which has started to use its armed forces in Syria. Belarus once again expresses support for the efforts of the international community in the fight against all manifestations of terrorism and extremism.

30.09.2015

Russia offers Belarus "small Schengen for two" Olga Korshun, CTV:On September 29 there was held a session of the Belarus-Russia Union Council of Ministers. The agenda included 40 questions. Topics for discussion were very different: from the formation of the migration space to discussion concerning fuel and energy balances. But most attention is paid to the economy. The two economies are closely intertwined. Belarus is among the top ten trade partners of Russia. Last year, joint trade exceeded 37 billion dollars. In Belarus, there are about 2.5 thousand companies with Russian capital.

29.09.2015

Andrei Kobyakov and Sergei Sobyanin discuss trade and economic cooperation issues On September 28, Belarus Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov held negotiations with Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin. The most topical issues of trade and economic cooperation between the countries were discussed – the purchases of Belarusian innovative machinery, the aid in construction of the Moscow metro, and the opening of a new business and cultural center.

23.09.2015

Vladimir region businessmen propose to create online source for cooperation with Belarusian manufacturers
Vladimir region businessmen propose to create online source for cooperation with Belarusian manufacturers Businessmen of the Vladimir region proposed the creation of an online resource for co-operation with Belarusian producers. This project was discussed on September 23 during a matchmaking session in Minsk.  Leaders of Belarusian enterprises, at a meeting with colleagues from the Russian region, favored the overcoming of information vacuum that has emerged between producers and consumers.  This is one step on the way to restore the level of trade turnover between Belarus and the Vladimir region.

22.09.2015

Cooperation with Ulyanovsk region may become clear example of Belarus' collaboration with Russian regions
Cooperation with Ulyanovsk region may become clear example of Belarus' collaboration with Russian regions The aftermath of the Second Regional Forum of Belarus and Russia. On September 21, President Alexander Lukashenko met with the governor of the Ulyanovsk region of Russia. Actually, this dialogue can be called a continuation of a recent talk at the highest level in Sochi.
Ulyanovsk region delegation to meet with Belarusian partners
Ulyanovsk region delegation to meet with Belarusian partners On September 22, the Ulyanovsk region businessmen and officials will meet with Belarusian partners at the Economic Forum. An open dialogue and new opportunities for Belarus-Russia cooperation. It’s expected that the talks will encourage further development of bilateral relations.

21.09.2015

Direct contacts with Russian companies is basis of Belarus-Russia trade-economic cooperation, President Lukashenko says
Direct contacts with Russian companies is basis of Belarus-Russia trade-economic cooperation, President Lukashenko says Direct contacts with Russian companies is the basis of trade-economic cooperation between Belarus and Russia, noted President Alexander Lukashenko during a meeting with the governor of the Ulyanovsk region. This meeting is a continuation of a recent conversation, which began at a high level in Sochi.
Forum of Regions of Russia and Belarus in Sochi: live discussion in program What's going on with Egor Khrustalev
Forum of Regions of Russia and Belarus in Sochi: live discussion in program What's going on with Egor Khrustalev The Forum of Regions of Russia and Belarus in Sochi definitely became the highlight of the past week. The two heads of state attended it.
67 commercial export contracts signed at Sochi Forum of Regions
67 commercial export contracts signed at Sochi Forum of Regions On September 18, as many as 67 export and commercial contracts were signed at the Second Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia in Sochi. The presidents of the two states attended it. The Union State’s industrial policy became its key topic. By the way, Belarus government signed cooperation agreements with five Russia’s regions.
Tatiana Revizore, correspondent
Visitors about Belarus-Russia Forum of Regions in Sochi To understand the atmosphere in which the Forum of Regions of Russia and Belarus was held (not only in air conditioned rooms) our correspondent spoke with Sochi residents and those who come to relax and tasted Belarusian products. Tatiana Revizore has more.

20.09.2015

How will Belarus elections be assessed? Interview with upper chamber speaker Mikhail Myasnikovich
How will Belarus elections be assessed? Interview with upper chamber speaker Mikhail Myasnikovich Do not think this is pure imagination, but it seems to me that there is a definite link between Belarusian songs and Belarusian sausage and election...
Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus
Will Belarus and Russia have single currency? Interview with Mikhail Myasnikovich The "dairy" controversy of the presidents, including at the Forum of Regions in Sochi, is a colorful example of how the heads of state are personally fighting for the interests of their countries! There are still many barriers and restrictions in Belarusian-Russian trade.   For example Russian Prime Minister Medvedev, visiting Grodno recently, asked at a solemn feast to be treated Belarusian parmesan, Belarusian Jamón and Belarusian oysters? Such ironic phobia! We began the interview with Chairman of the Council of the Republic (in the recent past, the Prime Minister of Bel
Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan presidents meet at Sochi Forum of Regions
Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan presidents meet at Sochi Forum of Regions The Second Forum of Regions of Russia and Belarus has moved to the site of Olympic records - Sochi. It was no longer biathlon and freestyle magicians who caused a furor but Belarusian equipment and food. At the same time, discussions were held between statesmen and businessmen. The presence of presidents Lukashenko and Putin increased the status of the meeting. The Belarusian delegation included about 150 people - senators, heads of large enterprises and governors.

19.09.2015

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus values relations with Russian regions
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus values relations with Russian regions Belarus values the relations with Russian regions, Alexander Lukashenko said as he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Belarusian leader noted that the parties keep an eye on all the emerging issues, including a mutual turnover reduction. At the same time Alexander Lukashenko added that Belarus’ trade turnover with a number of Russian regions is even higher than with certain states.
Alexander Lukashenko: Do not blame us for turning away from Russia
Alexander Lukashenko: Do not blame Belarus for turning away from Russia On September 18, Alexander Lukashenko met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the second Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia in Sochi. The economic integration topic was discussed in a broader format. The leaders of the states joined the Forum’s participants. Alexander Lukashenko considers that inter-regional cooperation is a key factor in enhancing economic capacities of the two states. The Belarusian head of state has also proposed specific measures to improve the financial situation of the Union State.

17.09.2015

Forum of Regions of Russia and Belarus: Industrial enterprises conclude first agreements September 17
Forum of Regions of Russia and Belarus: Industrial enterprises conclude first agreements September 17 The industrial potential of Belarus and Russia is huge. In Sochi, September 17, there opened a regional forum of the two countries.  The result speaks for itself - a few hours of the exhibition industry brought a solid package of agreements. The advantages of Belarusian products were evident. The chairman of the upper house of the Russian parliament liked our milk and sausages. Valentina Matvienko, as a true woman, was fascinated by Belarusian knitwear too.
Valentina Matvienko: Belarus and Russia's industrial potential is huge
Valentina Matvienko: Belarus and Russia's industrial potential is huge The industrial potential of Belarus and Russia is huge, said speaker of the upper house of the Russian parliament Valentina Matviyenko at the opening of an industrial exhibition in Sochi. As many as 8,000 companies of Belarus and Russia are involved in joint projects. The expo features dozens of types of products ranging from household appliances to agricultural equipment. This clearly evidences the successful economic integration of Belarus and Russia.
Oleg Belokonev, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces - First Deputy Minister of Defense of the Republic of Belarus
Belarus-Russia joint drills Union Shield 2015 ends The borders of the Belarus-Russia Union State are under protection. The joint exercise Union Shield 2015 concluded in the Russian Federation. The military troops of Belarus and Russia practiced defense, as well as the detection and destruction of illegal armed groups. Large-scale maneuvers brought together more than 8,000 soldiers of the two states. The exercise involved dozens of planes and helicopters and about 400 combat vehicles.
Package of agreements signed at Belarusian-Russian industrial exhibition in Sochi
Package of agreements signed at Belarusian-Russian industrial exhibition in Sochi The first results of the interregional dialogue. At the Belarusian-Russian industrial exhibition in Sochi, the sides signed a package of agreements.  In particular, Grodno Oblast and Komi Republic plan to cooperate in trade-economic, scientific-technical and cultural areas. The Mogilev and Ivanovo regions displayed mutual interest in the social sector and agriculture and signed the relevant documents. BelAZ and the Russian company Region 42 have agreed on the supply of mining equipment.
Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus
President Lukashenko going to visit Second Forum of Regions of Russia and Belarus in Sochi September 18 The high status of the second forum of the regions of Russia and Belarus is confirmed by the personal participation of the presidents of the two countries. Alexander Lukashenko is going to visit the largest negotiating platform September 18, said chairman of the Upper Chamber of the Belarusian Parliament Mikhail Myasnikovich in an interview with TV channel CTV. Yuri Koziyatko:It's not just you, Valentina Matvienko, who are taking part in the forum. The Presidents participate in the forum. It also underlines the status.

16.09.2015

Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin meet informally in Sochi
Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin meet informally in Sochi The President of Belarus is on a working visit to the Russian Federation. Yesterday President Alexander Lukashenko arrived in Sochi, which will host the second Forum of Regions of Russia and Belarus on September 16-17. It will gather in a plenary meeting more than 350 representatives of legislative and executive authorities of the two states, heads of large enterprises and business communities. Just a few hours after his arrival in Sochi, the Belarusian President participated in an informal trilateral meeting with colleagues from Russia and Kazakhstan.

15.09.2015

Alexander Lukashenko heads for Sochi to partake in Belarus-Russia Forum of Regions
Alexander Lukashenko heads for Sochi to partake in Belarus-Russia Forum of Regions The President of Belarus left Tajikistan today and is going to Russia's Sochi for a working visit. Alexander Lukashenko is going to take part in the Second Forum of Regions of Russia and Belarus. The sides will discuss in Sochi the strengthening of cooperation between Belarus and Russia. The forum itself will take place on September 17-18.  
Over 120 agreements worth $100m to be signed at II Forum of Regions in Sochi Uniform industrial policy will be one of the main themes of the second Forum of Regions. The meeting will be held in Sochi this Friday and Saturday. The upcoming forum of regions in Sochi will be the second such event in the history of Russia and Belarus. It will bring together businessmen at the highest level who will discuss common commercial policy and find new points of contact. More than 80 leading enterprises of Belarus will present their products at a large-scale fair of Belarusian and Russian producers.

14.09.2015

Boost to Belarusian potash industry: Russia building new processing complex near Starobin potassium salt deposit
Boost to Belarus' potash industry: Russia building new processing complex near Starobin potassium salt deposit Belarus launches a large-scale project. A mining and processing complex will be erected near the Starobin potassium salt deposit. On September 11, there was launched the construction of the company that is expected to further strengthen the positions of Belarus in the global potash market. Last Friday, the Belarus President laid a capsule at the site of the future plant and talked with locals.
Belarusian, Russian military start 2nd phase of joint operational exercises Union Shield 2015
Belarusian, Russian military start 2nd phase of joint operational exercises Union Shield 2015 Union Shield 2015. The military of Belarus and Russia have started the second phase of joint drills. During the three days, at the Kirillovsky firing range in the Leningrad region, they will practice issues of command and control in the course of hostilities. The focus is on mobile defense, blocking and destruction of illegal armed groups, as well as counter-attack, during which lost control of some territories will be restored.
Alexander Lukashenko to take part in CSTO Collective Security Council session September 15
Alexander Lukashenko to take part in CSTO Collective Security Council session September 15 The President of Belarus will take part in a session of the CSTO Collective Security Council. It will open September 15 in Dushanbe, but the heads of the member states will arrive in the capital of Tajikistan today. The agenda includes more than 15 questions. In particular, the parties will discuss the current state of affairs in the Collective Security Treaty Organization also focusing on the organization's budget for 2016.
Maxim Slizh, CTV correspondent
Belarus taking part in military exercise Combat Commonwealth 2015 The Ashuluk firing range was protected from a massive assault. As part of the exercises "Combat Commonwealth 2015" air defense forces of the allied states, which include Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Armenia and others, hit over 20 targets. They worked out a scenario of a sudden air attack. The active phase is complete and now the exercise "Shield of the Fatherland" is gaining momentum.

13.09.2015

International exhibition Euroregion Neman opens in Grodno
International exhibition Euroregion Neman opens in Grodno Representatives of more than a hundred companies from Belarus, Russia, Poland, Lithuania and China met in Grodno on September 11. Here works the international exhibition-fair "Euroregion Neman". The economic forum will allow guests to get acquainted with the potential of the Grodno region. There are no restrictions on areas of activity.
President Lukashenko to pay working visits to Dushanbe, Sochi September 15-18
President Lukashenko to pay working visits to Dushanbe, Sochi September 15-18 The CSTO Collective Security Council will meet on September 15 in the capital of Tajikistan. Taking part in the session will be the President of Belarus.  The agenda of the meeting of the current session of the Collective Security Treaty Organization has more than 15 questions. Alexander Lukashenko will then leave Dushanbe and pay a working visit to the Russian Federation, where he will participate in the 2nd Forum of Regions of Russia and Belarus, which will be held in Sochi on September 17-18.

10.09.2015

Belarus-Russia military drills Union Shield 2015 start 10 September
Belarus-Russia military drills Union Shield 2015 start 10 September On September 10, there begins the joint operational exercise of the Armed Forces of Belarus and Russia Union Shield 2015. The exercise involves more than 8,000 soldiers of the two states, 400 combat vehicles, including about 100 tanks, dozens of planes and helicopters. The main action will unfold in the Leningrad and Pskov regions of Russia. Air support of troops and verification of the United Regional Air Defense System of the Union State will be tested at aircraft polygons Kingisepp and Ashuluk.

09.09.2015

Russian journalist Piotr Tolstoy: I do not know people who might be willing instability in Belarus September 8 is International Day of Solidarity of Journalists. Famous TV journalist Piotr Tolstoy, great-grandfather of prominent writer Leo Tolstoy, gave an interview to the program Simple Questions a few days ago near the Ostankino pond. Here is part of that interview.
A. Lukashenko on meeting with Yeltsin: "I told him: Boris, if you think that I came to Russia as a foreign country, you're wrong"
A. Lukashenko on meeting with Yeltsin: "I told him: Boris, if you think that I came to Russia as a foreign country, you're wrong" On September 8, Alexander Lukashenko gave an interview to the Presidential Center named after Boris Yeltsin. It was created as a tribute to the politician. Soon, under the auspices of the Center, there will open the museum of the first President of Russia. Boris Yeltsin went down in history as a controversial politician and at the same time a person who became a symbol of the whole epoch in Russian history. Experts still have different opinions of his contribution to the development of the country.

02.09.2015

Belarus, Russia to hold Union Shield 2015 military drills in Leningrad, Pskov regions
Belarus, Russia to hold Union Shield 2015 military drills in Leningrad, Pskov regions About 1,300 Belarusian military will take part in the exercises "Union Shield 2015". The joint training of troops of Belarus and Russia will be held on the territory of the Leningrad and Pskov regions. More than 8,000 soldiers and officers, 400 military vehicles and dozens of planes and helicopters will meet in maneuvers.

01.09.2015

Union Shield 2015: Belarus, Russia to hold joint military drills
Union Shield 2015: Belarus, Russia to hold joint military drills About 1,300 Belarusian servicemen will take part in the exercise "Shield of the Union 2015". Joint training of troops of Belarus and Russia will be held in the Leningrad and Pskov regions of Russia.  In total, the exercise will involve more than 8,000 soldiers of the two countries, more than 400 combat aircraft and dozens of planes and helicopters. Now Belarus is sending its troops to the place of the drills. Belarus and Russia will practice coherence in the preparation and conduct of combat during a joint special operation. 

27.08.2015

Mikhail Mikhadyuk, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Republic of Belarus
Macroeconomic problems in Russia have no effect on Belarusian NPP construction The macroeconomic situation in Russia has not affected the schedule of works on the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant. Payments to all organizations engaged in the construction of the station are made in Russian rubles. Procurement and supply of equipment are on schedule, too. This was announced during a briefing on the safe development of nuclear energy and non-proliferation regime.

24.08.2015

Flights to Moscow now 7 times a day from National Airport Minsk
Flights to Moscow from National Airport Minsk now 7 times a day A new flight to the Russian capital. On August 24, another flight was added to the schedule of National Airport Minsk. Now aircraft on the route Minsk-Moscow-Minsk will take off from the Minsk airport seven times a day.  Passengers have been offered the most comfortable time for travels. Air passenger traffic has grown as compared to the January 2015 data. Some 100,000 people in Belarus chose aircraft as a means of transport.
Belarusian military taking part in exercises of Collective Rapid Reaction Forces of the CSTO
Belarusian military taking part in drills of Collective Rapid Reaction Forces of the CSTO Belarusian military in the Pskov region of Russia are now taking part in the exercises of the Collective Rapid Reaction Forces of the CSTO. National contingents of the armed forces of Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are also involved.  Over 2,000 soldiers and about 200 tanks are taking part in the drills.
Gazprom in Belarus: the main advantages of bilateral cooperation
Gazprom in Belarus: the main advantages of bilateral cooperation This week it was reported that Belarus is ready to provide Gazprom with possibilities for a larger volume of transit of natural gas. Such a statement was made by President Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with the head of the company Alexey Miller. Mr Miller, in turn, assured that Gazprom will fulfill all goals set by Belarusian authorities for the development of industry adding that investment will increase.

21.08.2015

Gazprom confirms focus on implementation of social projects in Belarus
Gazprom confirms focus on implementation of social projects in Belarus On August 21 Gazprom confirmed that the company focuses on the implementation of social projects in Belarus. More than 30 large families In Minsk got keys of their apartments.  Representatives of the city authorities and the company came to congratulate the happy tenants of the house in Ostrozhskikh Street. It was Gazprom that funded the construction.
Alexander Lukashenko, Alexei Miller lay capsule at the construction site of Gazprom Center
Alexander Lukashenko, Alexei Miller lay capsule at the construction site of Gazprom Center in Minsk President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and Chairman of the Board of Gazprom Alexei Miller laid a capsule at the construction site of the multifunctional complex "Gazprom Center." This project is one of the successful examples of Belarusian-Russian cooperation. The complex at the intersection of Independence Avenue and Filimonova Street will unite nine buildings of varying heights. 

05.08.2015

Belarusian enterprise producing fishery products denies falsification accusations
Belarusian enterprise producing fishery products denies falsification accusations Belarusian enterprise for the production of fish products rejects accusations of falsification. Unexpected news was given by some news sites with reference to Rosselkhoznadzor, Russian sanitary watchdog.  The news was about this inspection agency revealing falsification of Belarusian products, which allegedly sold artificial caviar as salmon caviar.  

04.08.2015

2nd Forum of Regions of Russia and Belarus due in Sochi in mid-September
2nd Forum of Regions of Russia and Belarus due in Sochi in mid-September The Union State partners, Belarus and Russia, will in the near future meet at the second forum of regions of Belarus and Russia. It will be held Sochi in mid-September. On August 3, the upper chamber of the Belarusian parliament discussed preparations for the meeting of the business circles of the two countries. 

30.07.2015

About 30% of transactions between Belarusian and Russian businesses are doomed to failure, Belarus' prosecutor general
About 30% of transactions between Belarusian and Russian businesses are doomed to failure, Belarus' prosecutor general Non-payment of exports of goods and lingering of receivables. The violation of the legislation in the economic area were considered at a meeting on July 30 of the joint board of Prosecutor General's Office of Belarus and Russia. The topic is also relevant due to the fact that now there is some "criminalization" of the economic sector. The Belarus Head of State has repeatedly stated the inadmissibility of foreign receivables.

28.07.2015

Vladimir Zinovsky, Minister of Economy of the Republic of Belarus
Belarus expects GDP growth in late 2015 GDP growth in Belarus is expected at the end of 2015.  In Brest, on 27 July, there gathered economic elite of Belarus and Russia - representatives of relevant ministries of the two countries. The first half of the year, as recognized by experts, was very difficult. But even in these conditions, Belarus and Russia have managed to not only keep the old cooperative ties, but also find new partners. Moreover, now the Russian market is reviving. All this gives reason to expect significant positive changes in the Belarusian economy in the near future.

13.07.2015

Second Forum of Regions of Russia and Belarus to be held in Sochi
Second Forum of Regions of Russia and Belarus to be held in Sochi Emphasis on industrial policy of the Belarus-Russia Union State. The second Forum of Regions of Russia and Belarus will be held in Sochi, the CTV channel learned from the upper chamber of the Belarusian parliament, where MPs discussed details of the upcoming meeting.

10.07.2015

President Lukashenko: Belarus is a reliable and predictable partner in the international arena
President Lukashenko: Belarus is a reliable and predictable partner in the international arena Ufa, which received the participants and guests of the BRICS Summit, hosts July 10 the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. It includes Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.  It is already known that Belarus has acquired observer status in the organization. The president of Belarus is in Ufa on a working visit.
Vladimir Putin: Belarus' participation in SCO will benefit both the country and all memeber states
Vladimir Putin: Belarus' participation in SCO will benefit both the country and all memeber states In the center of political life. The President of Belarus is on a working visit in Ufa. The capital of Bashkortostan hosted two major international summits. It brought together the leaders of BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Belarus has gained an observer status there. Today BRICS groups Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Five large and rapidly developing countries.
Alexander Lukashenko meets with presidents of Brazil, Afghanistan, Iran and Mongolia
Alexander Lukashenko meets with presidents of Brazil, Afghanistan, Iran and Mongolia The capital of Bashkortostan Ufa is hosting just two major international summits - the BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The President of Belarus, who was also at the summit, had a tough schedule. Alexander Lukashenko held several productive bilateral meetings. He had talks with the leaders of Afghanistan, Iran, Mongolia and Brazil.

08.07.2015

Alexander Lukashenko arrives for BRICS/SCO summits in Ufa The Belarus President on July 8 went on a working visit to the city of Ufa of the Russian Federation.  Alexander Lukashenko has already arrived in Bashkortostan a couple of hours ago to take part in the events related to the Summits of the interstate association BRICS as well as Shanghai Cooperation Organization. It is planned that the Belarusian leader will take part in a meeting of the leaders of the BRICS countries to discuss the most pressing issues of world politics, the economy and the financial sector. 

07.07.2015

400 Belarusian and Russian students to assist in Ostrovets nuclear power plant construction
400 Belarusian and Russian students to assist in Ostrovets nuclear power plant construction On July 7, about 400 students from Belarus and Russia arrived at the construction site of the Ostrovets nuclear power plant, which will be the first such power plant in Belarus.   These young people come from all regions of Belarus as well as from the Belgorod, Kaluga and Moscow regions. They were selected on a competitive basis. A presidential decree in 2014 gave the Belarusian nuclear power plant the status of the "all-Belarusian youth construction site."
Belarusian goods to get space at St. Petersburg's Import Substitution Center
Belarusian goods to get space at St. Petersburg's Import Substitution Center Positive negotiations. Belarus will continue to increase trade with St. Petersburg. Also, Belarus will get a trade space in the center of import substitution, which is currently under construction in St. Petersburg. This was one of the topics of the July 6 meeting of the working group of the Council of Business Cooperation of St. Petersburg and the Republic of Belarus.
Belarus restricts pork imports from Russia, Ukraine referring to African swine fever
Belarus restricts pork imports from Russia, Ukraine referring to African swine fever Belarus restricts the import of pork from the Saratov region of Russia and the Rivne region of Ukraine. Cases of African swine fever have been reported on the territory of these regions. Therea are no vaccines against the disease. It kills almost all diseased livestock. For man, the ASF is safe.

06.07.2015

Ukraine's Odessa region delegation on a visit to Belarus
Ukraine's Odessa region delegation on a visit to Belarus A Ukrainian trend in tourism. A delegation from the Odessa region is on a visit in Belarus. The guests are visiting the Mogilev region, the most eastern region of Belarus. The delegation is discussing primarily economic matters. Ukrainians invite Belarusian tourists to look for new markets.

03.07.2015

Vladimir Putin congratulates Alexander Lukashenko, Belarusian people on Independence Day
Vladimir Putin congratulates Alexander Lukashenko, Belarusian people on Independence Day Belarus continues to receive numerous congratulations on Independence Day. Letters of greetings are being sent to the President of Belarus and its people.  Heads of states, international organizations, foreign political, religious and community leaders wish Belarus further prosperity. In his message, the president of Russia, notes that "based on strong traditions of friendship, Russian-Belarusian relations have continued to develop dynamically. 

30.06.2015

Composers, writers to compete for Union State Prize in Literature and Art
Belarus-Russia Union State to hold Literature and Art competition Composers, conductors and writers will compete for the Union State Prize in Literature and Art. On June 30 in Minsk special diplomas were handed to Belarusian nominees.  These are people whose work has made a significant contribution to strengthening the relations of brotherhood, friendship and cultural cooperation between Belarus and Russia. An advisory council will choose three winners among contestants. They will be named at the international arts festival "Slavonic Bazaar in Vitebsk."

24.06.2015

Belarusian, Russian MPs meeting in Grodno June 24 Belarusian and Russian members of parliament are meeting today in Grodno to discuss the implementation of joint projects, as well as the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory today.  The meeting is chaired by Russian MP, Chairman of the State Duma, Sergei Naryshkin. Taking part in the meeting are also representatives of ministries and departments of the two countries. The Russian delegation first met with Belarusian scientists. The patrticipants of talks at the Yanka Kupala University in Grodno focused on patriotic education of youth. 
Belarus, Russia to create high-resolution Earth remote sensing satellite
Belarus, Russia to create high-resolution Earth remote sensing satellite Belarus and Russia have joined forces in creating a new space satellite. It is planned that the satellite for the remote sensing of Earth will be created in the next 2-3 years, said  chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus at a meeting with the head of Russian Space Agency Roscosmos on June 23.  The new satellite will replace the existing Belarusian spacecraft. It is expected that technically it will be much better than its predecessor. 

22.06.2015

Belarus President meets Patriarch of All Russia On June 20 Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill visited Belarus. The current visit - the fourth one - took place on the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory in WWII. Moreover, it coincides with a significant date for the whole of the Soviet people - June 22 - the day when the Great Patriotic War began. The theme of war and peace has become a major one during the Patriarch's meeting with President Alexander Lukashenko. The situation in neighboring Ukraine does not leave anyone indifferent.   His Holiness said that he always comes to Belarus with a very good feeling.

21.06.2015

Patriarch Kirill of Russia holds divine liturgy at Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Brest
Patriarch Kirill of Russia holds divine liturgy at Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Brest Double celebration for the faithful. Patriarch Kirill has held the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Brest. It is dedicated to the celebration of the Council of Belarusian Saints. The service brought together more than 15,000 believers and pilgrims. The lower and upper churches were not even able to accommodate all comers. Some had to watch the live broadcast of the service on large screens.

10.06.2015

Alexander Surikov: The world appreciates organizational role of Belarus in resolving Ukraine conflict The settlement of the conflict in Ukraine and Belarus and the role in this process was discussed on June 10 in Minsk. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Belarus Alexander Surikov noted that the world highly appreciates the organizational role of Belarus. More than once, our country became a platform for peace initiatives. It is in the capital of Belarus where the Normandy 4 talks were held.

02.06.2015

Alexander Lukashenko meets Pskov Region Governor Andrei Turchak
Alexander Lukashenko meets Pskov Region Governor Andrei Turchak Building residential and sports assets, as well as cooperation in agricultural and industrial spheres have become the major topics discussed at today’s meeting of Alexander Lukashenko with Pskov Region Governor Andrei Turchak. The trade turnover between Belarus and Pskov Region is rather low (about $ 160 mln), and the situation needs to be corrected. It’s planned that in September, a new cooperation agreement will be signed at the interregional forum, which is to be hold in Veliky Novgorod.

27.05.2015

Composers, writers to compete for Union State Prize in Literature and Art
Composers, writers to compete for Union State Prize in Literature and Art Composers, conductor and writers are going to compete for the Union State Prize in Literature and Art.  All in all, six nominees have been proposed this year. Among them is the creative team of authors who created a monument to Patriarch Alexy II. The monument was installed at the Cathedral of All Saints in Minsk. Among the contenders, the advisory council will choose three winners whose names will be announced at the international arts festival "Slavic Bazaar in Vitebsk".

25.05.2015

Why did Belarus sign Riga EaP summit declaration with reservation?
Why did Belarus sign Riga EaP summit declaration with reservation? Belarusian delegation in Riga was numerous - about 30 people. In addition to politics, Belarus is interested in economic cooperation with the EU.  The National Library of Latvia, "Castle of Light", as it's also called, was literally besieged from the ground and air. The sea route was also heavily patrolled. The ordinary inhabitants of Riga apparently did not appreciate these security measures but these were the requirements put by the summit. It was attended by about three dozen official delegations and about a thousand journalists.

19.05.2015

Russian bank ready to support Belarusian businesses in difficult economic conditions How to make Belarusian economy work more efficiently? This was the main topic of yesterday's meeting of the Belarus President with the Chairman of the Board of Sberbank of Russia German Gref. At the beginning Alexander Lukashenko noted a special position of the Russian bank in respect of our country. The Head of State recalled how a few years ago it was this very financial institution that, unlike many other Russian companies, supported Belarus. This meeting also took place in a difficult external economic environment.   

18.05.2015

Alexander Lukashenko (L) and German Gref (R)
Alexander Lukashenko meets chief of major Russian bank German Gref How to make Belarusian economy work more efficiently? This matter was discussed at the May 18 meeting of the Belarus President with Chairman of the Board of Sberbank of Russia German Gref. Alexander Lukashenko pointed out that not everything is smooth in the Belarus economy. In particular, the situation is influenced by the neighboring countries - our traditional partners. However, there are some positive trends. We are gradually developing new markets and expanding our presence in other countries. 

09.05.2015

Alexander Lukashenko: Ukraine is de facto winding down CIS activity but is unlikely to withdraw from it
Alexander Lukashenko: Ukraine is de facto winding down CIS activity but is unlikely to withdraw from it The main political news on May 8 are coming from Moscow. The city hosted two major summits with the participation of the President of Belarus. The first one was held in an informal atmosphere - a round table brought together the leaders of the CIS. A little later, the talks continued in a more restricted format - in the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union. At first, the Belarusian President's motorcade stopped in the Alexandrovsky Garden. Before the start of the negotiations, the Belarusian President laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Alexander Lukashenko lays wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow
Alexander Lukashenko lays wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow Moscow is hosting the informal CIS summit in which the President of Belarus is also taking part. The leaders of the Commonwealth countries are communicating "without ties". The focus is on the preparations for the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the WWII victory. And it is very symbolic that the second day of the working visit of Alexander Lukashenko to Russia began with commemorative events. The Belarus President laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier near the Kremlin wall.

07.05.2015

Alexander Lukashenko paying working visit to Russia The President of Belarus on May 7 went on a working visit to the Russian Federation. On May 8, Alexander Lukashenko will take part in an informal meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the CIS and in the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. Also, the President of Belarus will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier near the Kremlin.
Moscow
Alexander Lukashenko pays working visit to Russian Federation on May 7-8 President of Belarus will make a working visit to the Russian Federation May 7-8. Tomorrow, Alexander Lukashenko will take part in an informal meeting of the CIS Council of Heads of State and in the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. Also, the President of Belarus will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier near the Kremlin.

06.05.2015

Belarus, Russia working on cutting-edge industrial developments worth about $53 million
Belarus, Russia working on cutting-edge industrial developments worth about $53 million Belarus and Russia will implement over 30 joint programs in the field of industrial technology and science in 2016. Plans have been made to spend about $53 million this year alone for the first phase of cooperation, which includes 10 projects of the Belarus-Russia Union State. This direction chosen by Belarusian developers today allows occupying own niche in the industrial sector.

05.05.2015

President Lukashenko meets with well-known Soviet and Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko
President Lukashenko meets with prominent Soviet, Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko On May 5, the Belarus President met with well-known Soviet and Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Yevgeny Yevtushenko repeatedly mentioned Belarus in his literary works.  His memories are mainly related with his mother, who was a native of the Gomel region. The poet noted that Belarus today is associated with the platform for a peaceful settlement of the Ukrainian crisis. However, the President and the poet were talking not only about politics. 

03.05.2015

Alexander Lukashenko's State of the Nation Address: Picture of the World's analysis The Belarus President is studying the state of affairs on his own - this is his peculiarity. An important public meeting (like the old plenums) will be devoted to agriculture. Alexander Lukashenko said this during the week during his annual state of the nation address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly. The address is a key policy document for the near future. This is like a handbook for the authorities at all levels and an outlining of priorities for people. The outer world also listened to the address carefully.

28.04.2015

Vladimir Makarov, spokesman for the main ideology department of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Belarus
Belarusian special forces to partake in Victory Parade in Moscow Belarusian special forces will take part in the Victory Parade in Moscow on May 9. Soldiers of the 5th separate brigade - one of the best units of the Armed Forces of Belarus - headed for the Russian capital. More than 5,000 troops and 250 pieces of equipment will partake in the Minsk May 9 parade. These are the most modern weapons and also rare samples.

26.04.2015

Alexander Lukashenko and Giorgi Margvelashvili
President Lukashenko says no conflicts between Georgians, Belarusians and Russians, blames misunderstanding at political level only Negotiations between the President of Belarus with his Georgian counterpart lasted twice longer than it was planned. This indicates that leaders are set to build future relations in all directions: from economy to the social sphere.   Alexander Lukashenko's official visit to Georgia has already been called historic by officials, journalists and ordinary citizens. This is the first official visit over the 20 years of diplomatic relations.

05.04.2015

Border between Belarus and Russia
"Like at home": What is the difference between Belarus and Russia? Many visitors come to Belarus. This week, guests came from the East and from the West - from Russia and the EU. The reasons are different: trade, the conflict in Ukraine and almost family relations of Belarus and Russia, of course. We will start with the latter, especially because on April 2, the two countries marked Day of Unity. This is an important occasion so let's see what Belarus and Russia actually have in common. 
Alexander Lukashenko
Alexander Lukashenko on possible extent of integration with Russia It is believed that biathlete Darya Domracheva is one of the symbols of unity of Belarus and Russia.And again we return to this subject. Relations between Belarus and Russia, and most importantly - to what extent is the union possible? President Lukashenko frankly told a British reporter about it in an interview to the global media holding company Bloomberg.

02.04.2015

Alexander Lukashenko's interview for Bloomberg and experts' comments
Alexander Lukashenko's interview for Bloomberg and experts' comments On relations with Russia, Belarus' economy and the situation in Ukraine. On April 2, the agency Bloomberg aired an exclusive interview with President Alexander Lukashenko. The head of state spoke about a half hour with a leading London-based journalist of the media holding Ryan Chilcote. The British journalist has already talked with the President. They met for an interview 14 years ago. Then Ryan Chilcote worked for the CNN. Upon arrival, the reporter immediately tweeted about how Belarus has changed.
Alexander Lukashenko to Bloomberg: Russia has never raised the issue of annexing Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko to Bloomberg: Russia has never raised the issue of annexing Belarus On the situation in Ukraine, cooperation with the IMF, relations with Russia, and Belarus' economy. On April 2, the agency "Bloomberg" broadcast an exclusive interview with President Alexander Lukashenko. The President touched on the topic of union relations with Russia in the interview. Alexander Lukashenko said that the Russian leadership has never raised the question of Belarus becoming part of Russia.

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