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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.
Belarus-Russia Unity Day
Belarus, Russia celebrate Day of Unity April 2 Day of Unity. The feast of the two brotherly peoples is celebrated in Belarus and Russia. On April 2, 1996, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed a treaty in Moscow on the community of the two countries. And a year later, they signed a document about the union of the two states. Since then, Day of Unity of our peoples has been celebrated every April 2.

01.04.2015

Grigory Rapota, Belarus-Russia Union State secretary
Belarusian and Russian enterprises should enjoy equal conditions in the two countries, Union State Secretary says Belarusian and Russian enterprises should enjoy equal conditions in the two countries. This was said on April 1 by Union State Secretary Grigory Rapota at a meeting with Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov. The sides discussed the conduct of the Union State Council of Ministers. It is expected to take place in Russia in May or June 2015.  They also raised the issues of projects aiming to create joint transnational corporations. Also discussed were steps towards the introduction of single industrial policy of Belarus and Russia.  

30.03.2015

Belarusian dairy trading house to open in Russia's Arkhangelsk
Belarusian dairy trading house to open in Russia's Arkhangelsk A trading house to sell Belarusian dairy products will appear in Arkhangelsk shortly. This was said by the governor of the northern region of Russia meeting on March 30 said with the leadership of one of the processing enterprises of Minsk. Igor Orlov praised traditionally high quality and wide range of products. The parties have prepared a package of documents after the signing of which Belarusian products will appear on store shelves of the Arkhangelsk region.
President Lukashenko meets with Arkhangelsk governor Igor Orlov March 30 Belarus and the Arkhangelsk region are interested in intensifying cooperation in the whole range of issues. This was announced on March 30 by President Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with the governor of that Russian region Igor Orlov.

26.03.2015

Russian experts arrive in Belarus to inspect meat plants
Russian experts arrive in Belarus to inspect meat plants Russian experts have arrived in Belarus for the inspection of meat plants. This is one of the conditions for the resumption of Belarus' pork exports to the Russian Federation.  Last week in Minsk, the agricultural ministries of the two countries agreed to hold a mutual audit of companies which supplies were limited because of the genome of the virus of African swine. According to the results of inspections, Russia may allow full resumption of supplies of Belarusian pork to Russia. The decision is going to be made next week.

24.03.2015

Belarus, Orenburg to build new gypsum plant in Minsk region
Belarus, Orenburg to build new gypsum plant in Minsk region Belarus and the Russian Orenburg region are in search of new ways of cooperation. One of the areas of mutual interest will be the construction in Belarus of a new gypsum plant. As reported during the meeting, held yesterday in Minsk, the production facility should become operational in the next 3.5 years. When it is launched, there will be no sense in Belarus importing plasterboard products. Moreover, the goods produced in the country will be supplied to neighboring countries.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus and the Orenburg region should work out new ways of cooperation
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus and the Orenburg region should work out new ways of cooperation Belarus and the Orenburg region (Russia) should work out new ways of cooperation. This was discussed at the March 23 meeting between President Alexander Lukashenko and Russian region Governor Yuri Berg. The Orenburg region is our long-time trading partner of Belarus. Nevertheless, the scope of mutual interests should be expanded. The current visit should become a new page of cooperation.  The guests will stay in our country for one days. The plans include the meeting in the Government, visits to factories and talks of the working group on cooperation.

22.03.2015

Alexander Lukashenko, Nursultan Nazarbayev and Vladimir Putin
Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia leaders check whether they are on the same page: next meeting due in Moscow May 8 Three presidents, of Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan, met in Astana on Friday. Let me remind you that the summit had been postponed for a week - nothing extraordinary, but nothing reasoned - the real reasons are now known. It is important that the heads of state are in good health, and Nazarbayev, despite the wise age, looked particularly fresh, maybe because the presidential elections in Kazakhstan are due very soon. And, of course, the visit of the leaders of Belarus and Russia is a kind of support for the current leader of Kazakhstan, except the main. And the main agenda included

19.03.2015

Alexander Lukashenko to pay working visit to Kazakhstan March 19-20
Alexander Lukashenko to pay working visit to Kazakhstan March 19-20 Eurasian integration. President Alexander Lukashenko has gone on a working visit to Kazakhstan. Board number 1 took off from National Airport Minsk and headed for Astana. It is expected that the visit will last two days. The agenda includes the meeting of the leaders of Belarus and Kazakhstan, which will address cooperation issues. On March 20, Astana will host a trilateral meeting between the presidents of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia. The parties plan to discuss trade and economic issues in the Eurasian Economic Union.

17.03.2015

Nikolai Fyodorov, the Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation
Russia may allow blacklisted Belarusian companies to resume food supplies The matter of resumption of supplies of Belarusian products to Russia will be decided during this week. This was stated at a joint meeting of the ministries of agriculture of the two countries. A group of experts from Rosselkhoznadzor (Russian sanitary watchdog) will arrive in Belarus in the near future. It will inspect three largest companies of the nine that are on Russia's "black list". At the end of 2014, Russia stated that a gene of African swine fever was allegedly discovered in Belarusian pork. The source of the ASF has not yet been identified.
Leonid Zayats, Belarus agriculture minister
Belarus to export to Russia 390,000 tons of meat products in 2015 At a joint meeting, the Ministries of Agriculture of Russia and Belarus have agreed on the so-called trade balances. The Russian Federation insisted on increasing the supply of the majority of Belarus' agricultural products, primarily meat and milk. In 2015, Belarus will export to Russia 390,000 tons of meat, including pork, beef and chicken. This should bring Belarus more than $1 billion.

15.03.2015

Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko
Belarus-Russia Union State’s budget for 2015: Joint projects During the Union State of Russia and Belarus discussion of space technologies at the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB), it was announced that Belarus is working on a new satellite. Its launching is expected no sooner than 2018.
Anatoly Nichkasov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Republic of Kazakhstan
Ambassador of Belarus to Kazakhstan: Meeting of Belarusian, Russian and Kazakh presidents in Astana was not canceled The presidents of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia did not meet in Astana this week! The summit has been postponed. Allegedly due to Putin's cold. Some say there are other reasons - and there can be a lot of them because the agenda included trade and economic issues, which are quite complicated.  And even more difficult Ukrainian topic. We hope to find out details from the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Kazakhstan, Anatoly Nichkasov. Yuri Koziyatko, host of "Picture of the World": Mr Nichkasov, hello!

10.03.2015

Belarusian enterprises to take part in construction of Kursk NPP Belarusian enterprises will take part in the construction of the Kursk NPP. This was said at the meeting of the joint working group of Belarus and the Kursk region. It is expected that Belarusian specialists will perform construction work on all types of networks and communications installations of the station. Also, members of the delegation signed a number of contracts. Among them are documents for the purchase of machinery of Belarusian production. In particular, they negotiated the purchase of heavy-duty trucks as well as tires for buses and tractors. 
Alexander Lukashenko: Official Minsk has always openly and honestly cooperated with Russia
Alexander Lukashenko: Official Minsk has always openly and honestly cooperated with Russia Official Minsk has always openly and honestly co-operated with Russia. This was stated by President Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with the governor of the Kursk region Alexander Mikhailov. Now the Russian delegation is visiting our country. Despite the difficult economic situation, trade between Belarus and Kursk region grew and reached 250 million dollars. In mutual trade, there is the entire range of goods, from appliances to food. Dialogue with the leadership of the region is one of the most productive.

08.03.2015

Union State: When will Belarusian goods be considered domestic in Russia? When the company of four people meets, no one bothers two of them to step aside and talk, as they may have their own interests and, if anything, their secrets. This is a norm! Belarus and Russia, despite entering a new alliance of four countries (Eurasian Economic Union), have not forgotten about the Union State. The Supreme State Council of Belarus and Russia met in Moscow to approve the general budget, however, a few months later than planned. Understandably: the sides were expected for the situation in the financial markets to settle and other circumstances, including foreign pol

04.03.2015

Effectiveness of Belarus-Russia Union State joint projects
Effectiveness of Belarus-Russia Union State joint projects During over 15 years of work in the framework of the Union State, Belarus and Russia have implemented many joint projects. The biggest of them is the project to create SKIF supercomputers. Another one is Union TV, thanks to which the domestic television industry has been restored.  Projects that start each year as part of the integration association of Belarus and Russia are designed to strengthen the security of the two countries and solve social and economic problems as well as develop science. 

03.03.2015

Vladimir Putin bestows Alexander Nevsky Order on President Lukashenko
Vladimir Putin bestows Alexander Nevsky Order on President Lukashenko The plane of the Belarusian president landed in Moscow around noon today. Alexander Lukashenko made a working visit to the Russian capital. Negotiations with counterpart Putin were traditionally held in the Grand Kremlin Palace.
Andrei Kobyakov (L) and Dmitry Medvedev (R)
Belarus and Russia enjoying good intergovernmental dialogue, Belarus' premier says On March 3, Moscow hosts a meeting of Prime Ministers of Belarus and Russia. According to Belarus' premier Andrei Kobyakov, today the two countries are enjoying good intergovernmental dialogue. This should help in boosting trade and economic relations.
President Lukashenko: Constitutional Commission in Ukraine is a tremendous breakthrough Presidents of Belarus and Russia, Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin, discussed the prospects of development of Belarusian-Russian cooperation. Their meeting took place in Moscow before the meeting of the Supreme Council of the Union State. Communicating with his Russian counterpart, Alexander Lukashenko said that today Belarus and Russia have the opportunity to formalize all the talks by taking concrete decisions.
Alexander Lukashenko says Belarus-Russia Union State beneficial for Minsk
Alexander Lukashenko says Belarus-Russia Union State beneficial for Minsk The future of the Belarus-Russia Union State was the main topic at the meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Union State. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko believes that in recent years much has been done.  In this regard the President focused on the bilateral trade and economic cooperation.
Alexander Lukashenko goes to Moscow to attend Union State Supreme Council meeting
Alexander Lukashenko goes to Moscow to attend Union State Supreme Council meeting Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has gone to Moscow to attend a meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Belarus-Russia Union State. Belarusian board number 1 has already landed in the Russian capital. The agenda includes more than 10 points. They are foreign policy issues, the results of trade and economic cooperation between Belarus and Russia, the formation of the Union budget, and the development of social and humanitarian sphere.

26.02.2015

Republic of Komi officials on visit to Grodno region Cooperation between regions of Belarus and Russia is coming to a new level. Now business contacts will be established directly. This was announced on February 25 by members of the Government of the Republic of Komi (Russia), who visited Belarus' city of Grodno. Now the economic potential of the parties can not only increase the turnover, but also create joint ventures. Guests are planning to get familiar with the woodworking and tourist infrastructure in the region.

24.02.2015

Grigory Rapota: The number of Belarus-Russia Union State programs may be expanded The number of Union State programs between Belarus and Russia may be expanded. This opinion was expressed by State Secretary of the Union State Grigory Rapota. After all, there are all possibilities for it. At the upcoming meeting of the Supreme State Council, some relevant topics will be discussed, including traditional issues such as the Union State budget. One of them is the military doctrine adopted in Russia in late 2014. Changes may be introduced into the same document in the framework of the Union State.
Alexander Lukashenko and Grigory Rapota
Belarus, Russia may hold Union State meeting in Moscow March 3 The meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Union State of Belarus and Russia may take place in Moscow on March 3.  Alexander Lukashenko and Belarus-Russia Union State Secretary Grigory Rapota discussed the agenda of the upcoming forum on February 24.

12.02.2015

New EU laboratory for testing foodstuff quality appears in Minsk
New EU laboratory for testing foodstuff quality appears in Minsk Within an EU program, a new laboratory has been founded in Minsk. It is facilitated with modern equipment and the staff have been retrained. From now on, European and international certificates will confirm the quality of Belarusian food products.

11.02.2015

Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin
Alexander Lukashenko, Vladimir Putin express interest in early cessation of armed conflict in eastern Ukraine Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin have expressed interest in the early cessation of the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. The President of Belarus had a telephone conversation with the Russian leader.  The heads of state discussed the preparation of the forthcoming summit of the Normandy Quartet. They talked over the main points of the document, which is now being worked out at the level of the delegations and will be submitted for consideration to the leaders of the Normandy Quartet.

08.02.2015

Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin
Minsk to host Ukraine talks in Normandy format February 11 Minsk is going to play host to a summit on February 11 in the "Norman format" to find the ways out of the stalemate in the southeast of Ukraine. Vladimir Putin asked Alexander Lukashenko on February 8 to help organize such a meeting. At a meeting in Sochi, the Russian President informed the Belarusian leader on how the recent conversation with colleagues from Kiev, Berlin and Paris ended. This is the so-called "Normandy format."
Alexander Lukashenko watching the show with son Nikolai
Alexander Lukashenko attends festivities in honor of Sochi Olympics anniversary On February 7, Sochi hosted celebrations in honor of the anniversary of the opening of the Winter Olympic Games 2014. The ceremony was attended by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, who came with his youngest son Nikolai at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. During the big show in the center South Sports, viewers were once again shown the brightest moments of the Olympics. It is at the Sochi Olympics when Belarusian athletes showed the best results in the country's sovereign history. Belarus won five gold and one bronze medal.
Mogilev enterprise produces elevators for Russian nuclear power plant
Mogilev enterprise produces elevators for Russian nuclear power plant A Mogilev factory has made elevators for a Russian nuclear power plant. The Leningrad NPP-2 is now being constructed.  Customers have put forward a number of requirements that forced Mogilev designers to create completely new lifting machines.  Our correspondent Irina Nedoboeva found out the secrets of the Mogilev company's success and asked about their future plans.  Meanwhile, Belarus is constructing its first nuclear power plant. The first energy power unit is expected to be ready by 2018.

07.02.2015

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to meet with Vladimir Putin in Sochi
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to meet with Vladimir Putin in Sochi President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko is now in Sochi on a short vacation, which the head of state traditionally combines with important meetings and participation in various activities. On February 7, Sochi celebrates the anniversary of the start of the Winter Olympics. A year ago, the Sochi Winter Olympics brought Belarus an unprecedented success. Belarus was among the top ten countries in the world of sports. The country's athletes won five gold medals and one bronze. Belarusian Olympians set a new record for the number of gold medals in the sovereign history.

05.02.2015

Belarus and Russia need to restore trade volume
Premier Kobyakov: Belarus and Russia need to restore trade volume Belarus and Russia need to restore volume of trade. This was stated by Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov at a meeting in Gorki, near Moscow, at a meeting with the head of the Russian government Dmitry Medvedev. In 2014, bilateral trade amounted to $37 billion. The figure is lower than in 2013. And in order to reach a new level, the head of the Belarusian government suggested that both countries coordinate actions.
Russian sanitary watchdog blacklists two Belarusian enterprises Deliveries of Belarusian meat products to Russia are resuming. On February 5, 7 of 9 blacklisted companies gained access to the Russian market. Earlier Russian experts allegedly found a gene of African swine fever in the products of these enterprises. Only beef supplies have been allowed without restrictions.

03.02.2015

Belarusian beef
Russia to remove restrictions on beef supplies from Belarus February 5 On February 5, Russia will remove restrictions on the supply of beef from nine Belarusian companies which products were suspected of containing the genome of African swine fever, said Belarus’ Agriculture and Food Minister Leonid Zatyats following talks in Moscow with the head of the Russian sanitary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor Sergei Dankvert. Rosselkhoznadzor said the State Veterinary Service of Belarus has been warned about the inadmissibility of further violations.

02.02.2015

Leonid Zayats
Head of Belarusian Agriculture Ministry: We are honest with Russia Belarus did not allow transit of goods that fell under embargo through its territory to Russia. This was announced by the Minister of Agriculture and Food of Belarus Leonid Zayats who commented on the Russian side's statement that Belarus let forbidden fruit and vegetables pass through its territory. The claims relate to the facts when products were transported to Kazakhstan rather than the Russian Federation.

27.01.2015

Belarus, Russia to create common information space
Belarus, Russia to create common information space Information technologies have become the engine of the economies of Russia and Belarus. Today, on January 27, First Deputy Minister of Communications and Informatization of Belarus Dmitry Shedko, during a meeting with the Minister of Communications and Mass Communications of Russia Nikolai Nikiforov, discussed the possibilities of virtual space. The meeting is important because by 2020, a single market of communication services of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) should be created.

24.01.2015

Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko
Vladimir Putin, Alexander Lukashenko to meet before long On January 23, the presidents of Russia and Belarus held a telephone conversation. Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin discussed a wide range of issues on the international agenda as well as bilateral cooperation. The heads of state agreed to meet in the near future. On the same day, it was decided to hold a meeting of the Supreme Council of the Belarus-Russia Union State in early March. In addition, the presidents agreed on joint action to overcome the economic problems.

15.01.2015

President Lukashenko: Belarus will continue to cooperate with Russia as a very close and brotherly state Having established multi-relations with the Russian Federation, Belarus will continue to work with it as a very close and brotherly state.  This was stated by Alexander Lukashenko during the January 15 meeting of the sixth extraordinary session of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the fifth convocation. Speaking on the theme of Belarusian-Russian relations, the President noted that Belarus has always openly stated its stance and never behaved treacherously towards Russia.

01.01.2015

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus will strive to normalize relations with the West To preserve peace and order in the country, to ensure economic growth and decent standard of living. Such priorities were outlined by President Alexander Lukashenko on December 30 while introducing the new head of the Presidential Administration of Belarus Alexander Kosinets.  The new official is expected to come up with effective solutions in the field of human resources, in ideological work and work with citizens.

30.12.2014

Belarus President says no mass privatization in sight The President of Belarus demands a good start from the renewed Government from the first days. The Head of State said this on December 29, presenting to the government new Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov. Mr Lukashenko said he expects the Government will ensure the normal operation of enterprises, increase export and seek new trading partners. Special attention should be paid to the Belarusian consumer market.

29.12.2014

President Lukashenko: Belarus and Russia have disagreements, not antagonism The format of the Union State of Belarus and Russia has not exhausted itself. The President answered journalists' questions on December 29. After all, in spite of other integration models, the Union means not only economic cooperation, but also the military and political one. No one has plans to close this integration project. Despite the controversy, there is no antagonism in the relations between Belarus and Russia. Alexander Lukashenko spoke about the recent talks with Vladimir Putin.
Russian ambassador to Belarus about Eurasian Economic Union Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Belarus Alexander Surikov has given an interview to the CTV TV channel. Mr Surikov, welcome to the CTV channel. Alexander Surikov: Thank you. 

26.12.2014

Russian newspaper calls Alexander Lukashenko politician of the year The balanced position of the Belarus President on the situation in Ukraine and the "Minsk format", the only way to continue the negotiations on the Ukraine crisis. One of the leading Russian newspapers "Vedomosti" called Alexander Lukashenko politician of the year, saying he is, quote, "perhaps the main peacemaker in Europe." The media outlet also notes that the President of Belarus in 2014, distinguished himself as an "extremely skilled diplomat and business executive", not allowing the country's economic instability.

25.12.2014

Russia may provide Belarus with financial support in 2015 Today, on December 25, during a telephone conversation, Prime Minister of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich and Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev discussed joint projects and options for providing financial support for Belarus, BelTA news agency reports. The Prime Ministers of the two countries agreed to take concerted action on the functioning of the system of national economies, taking into account the adverse external conditions. 

24.12.2014

Russia banned Belarus' foodstuffs without Putin's consent Investigating authorities of Belarus and Russia will look for those who were responsible for ban on the supply of Belarusian products to Russia in December. 

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