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18.06.2017

Belkommunmash to sell 47 trolleybuses to Odessa
Belkommunmash to sell 47 trolleybuses to Odessa Belarusian trolleybuses will be seen in the streets of Odessa. Belkommunmash won the contract by tender on supplying Odessa with 47 trolleybuses. The total value of the contract is 8m euros. What is more, the Belarusian plant competed with rivals from the Czech Republic, Russia and Ukraine. The Belarusian variant turned out to be better quality and price wise.

13.06.2017

Belarus’ humanitarian aid handed over to Red Cross Mission in Ukraine
Belarus’ humanitarian aid handed over to Red Cross Mission in Ukraine The Belarusian humanitarian aid to Ukraine has been handed over to the Ukrainian Red Cross Mission. The representatives of the organization will provide the delivery of aid to the war stricken areas. A convoy of lorries of the Emergencies Ministry arrived to a Ukrainian settlement of Chaiki in Kyiv district. The aid weighs 58 tons with a total value of 117,000BYN.

12.06.2017

Kyiv to buy 100 Belarusian buses
Kyiv to buy 100 Belarusian buses Belarusian buses are to be exported to Kyiv. The Belarusian plant didn’t leve any chances for the rivals in the tender on supplying Ukraine’s capital with public transport. As many as 100 Belarusian buses are to enter the streets of Kyiv. The buses are of the latest models and all of them have perfected technical statement and correspond to the European standards.
Belarus’ humanitarian aid to Ukraine reaches destination point
Belarus’ humanitarian aid to Ukraine reaches destination point A convoy of lorries of the Emergencies Ministry of the Republic of Belarus crossed the border at the international checkpoint “Novaya Guta”. The total sum of the aid is about 117,000BYN. The aid consists of tinned food, cereals, pasta, washing and hygiene goods. The humanitarian aid will be transported to Kiev district, where it will be transferred to the Ukrainian Red Cross Mission. It will then distribute the aid among the war-stricken population of Ukraine.

11.06.2017

Belarus sends humanitarian aid to Ukraine
Belarus sends humanitarian aid to Ukraine Belarus sends humanitarian aid to Ukraine Food and hygene products. Belarus sent humanitarian aid to Ukraine. The ministry of Emergency situations will hold a course for Kiev in a couple of hours of time, from where the humanitarian aid will be transferred to the Red Cross mission. Its is planned that the aid will be transferred to the war-torn areas from there.

08.06.2017

Ukraine officially confirms desire to join NATO
Ukraine officially confirms intention to join NATO The Ukrainian parliament, Verkhovna Rada, has adopted by a majority vote a bill which outlines the desire of the country to become a party to the North Atlantic Alliance. This decision was supported by the majority of deputies. Now the document awaits the signature of President Petro Poroshenko. The new military doctrine of Ukraine provides that by 2020 Kiev must ensure full compatibility of the Armed Forces with the armies of the NATO countries.

02.06.2017

Minsk Dialogue conference underway in Belarus capital
Minsk Dialogue conference underway in Belarus capital Belarus strives for equal trade and economic relations with all foreign partners, said on June 2 Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei at an international conference within the framework of the Minsk Dialogue Initiative.

29.05.2017

Belarus, Poland, Ukraine to carry out bison population study project
Belarus, Poland, Ukraine to carry out bison population study project A bison breeding center with the participation of Poland and Ukraine will be built in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.  In addition to breeding work, which will ultimately affect the population of the forest giants, scientists will work to improve bison feeding and study micropopulations. In the future, such work can increase the flow of photo-hunters from abroad.

18.05.2017

Belarus Foreign Ministry: Belarus has its own agreement on visa-free border crossing procedure with Ukraine
Belarus Foreign Ministry: Belarus has its own agreement on visa-free border crossing procedure with Ukraine The introduction of visa-free regime for Ukrainian citizens into the European Union will by no means affect Belarusians who want to visit the neighboring state. It was stated by Belarus’ Foreign Ministry on May 18, 2017. No additional checking events in connection with Ukraine’s visa-free regime to the EU countries will be implemented when crossing the Belarus-Ukraine border.

11.05.2017

Belarus, Ukraine, Poland open retail equipment company in Vitebsk
Belarus, Ukraine, Poland open retail equipment company in Vitebsk A large investment forum has opened in Vitebsk today. Businessmen from Czechia, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, Russia and China participate in it. A new facility to produce retail equipment was opened here too. The project was implemented using Ukrainian and Polish capital. Dozens of new jobs appeared at the new enterprise.

05.05.2017

Kiev to close sky during Eurovision 2017
Kiev to close sky during Eurovision 2017 Flights within a radius of 15 kilometers from the International Exhibition Center in Kyiv, which will host Eurovision Song Contest, will be banned. Special security measures will be in effect in the Ukrainian capital until May 14. It is reported that the restrictions will not affect regular and charter flights as well as flights for medical purposes, life-saving and those necessary for Eurovision 2017 itself.
Belarus to provide humanitarian assistance to Ukraine
Belarus to provide humanitarian assistance to Ukraine Belarus will provide humanitarian assistance to Ukraine sending it the basic necessities, products and other things. A number of enterprises are entrusted to collect goods. In accordance with the government's decision, the delivery of the cargo will be provided by the Ministry of Emergency Situations with the assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Photo of humanitarian assistance Belarus earlier provided to Syria

30.04.2017

Alexander Lukashenko meets Petro Poroshenko: nuclear, regional and economic security discussed
Alexander Lukashenko meets Petro Poroshenko: nuclear, regional and economic security discussed As many as two unpleasant events were marked this week-the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster and the day of remembering the dead. However, there is always the other side of the medal. Traditionally, on the All Souls Day it is necessary to be happy about the primogenitors entering another, and hopefully, a never-ending life. This is where the celebration of Radonitsa gets its name.

28.04.2017

Experts on April 26 meeting of Belarusian and Ukrainian presidents
Experts on April 26 meeting of Belarusian and Ukrainian presidents Despite the difficult situation that is emerging these days in the European region, Belarus has managed not only to maintain peace and tranquility in the country, but also remain a peacemaker. We are talking about the assistance of the Belarusian state in resolving the conflict in the south-east of Ukraine. Meeting with President of Belarus Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko said: "Minsk agreements" still remain a single way to solve the Ukrainian issue.

27.04.2017

Minsk remains invariable platform for peaceful solution to Ukrainian crisis
Minsk remains invariable platform for peaceful solution to Ukrainian crisis Belarus will work only for peace in Ukraine, said Alexander Lukashenko during a meeting with Petro Poroshenko. Minsk remains the invariable platform to search for peaceful solutions to the Ukrainian crisis. A meeting of the trilateral contact group is being held in the Belarus capital right now.
Belarusian-Ukrainian border will always be the border of peace, Poroshenko says
President Poroshenko: No one will ever split Belarus and Ukraine Belarus and Ukraine need to strengthen cooperation on the Chernobyl problem, said President Alexander Lukashenko. On the anniversary of the Chernobyl accident - April 26 - the Belarusian head of state, together with his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, visited the affected regions. The presidents paid tribute to the memory of the dead liquidators. They laid flowers to the "Wall of Remembrance" of the memorial complex "Heroes of Chernobyl" and got acquainted with the construction of a new safe sarcophagus for the 4th power unit of the ChNPP.
Belarusian, Ukrainian presidents meet at Chernobyl disaster anniversary
Belarusian, Ukrainian presidents meet at Chernobyl disaster anniversary The Belarusian and Ukrainian presidents visited the Chernobyl zone to commemorate the victims of the 1986 disaster and then held talks in Belarus' agro town Lyaskovichi, Gomel region. Before proceeding to talks on economic and political relations, the heads of state visited the St. Michael's church. They took part in a prayer and lit candles in memory of victims of the Chernobyl disaster. Coming out of the church Alexander Lukashenko and Petro Poroshenko talked with the locals. As a symbol of peace and unity, the presidents were presented a gift - icons.

26.04.2017

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus and Ukraine understand that Chernobyl disaster knows no bounds
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus and Ukraine understand that Chernobyl disaster knows no bounds Belarus and Ukraine need to strengthen cooperation concerning the Chernobyl issue. It was stated by President Lukashenko to the journalists after visiting Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Together with his Ukrainian colleague, Alexander Lukashenko honored the memory of the deceased Chernobyl liquidators. The two presidents laid baskets of flowers to the Wall of Remembrance at the Chernobyl Heroes Memorial near the administrative building of the power station.
Belarus, Ukraine Presidents hold talks in Gomel region
Belarus, Ukraine Presidents hold talks in Gomel region The two political leaders continued their talks on the territory of Belarus in Gomel region. This part of the meeting began with a spiritual moment rather than an official one. Presidents of Belarus and Ukraine visited St. Michael’s Church in the village of Lyaskovichy. A communal prayer and lit candles in honor of the victims of the Chernobyl disaster. After visiting the church Alexander Lukashenko and Petro Poroshenko talked to the village residents.
Presidents of Belarus, Ukraine honor memory of deceased Chernobyl liquidators
Presidents of Belarus, Ukraine honor memory of deceased Chernobyl liquidators Belarus marks the day of remembering victims of the most tragic disasters in the history of mankind on April 26, 2017. As many as 31 years ago the news about the blast at Chernobyl Nuclear Plant shook the world. As a result nearly all European countries were affected, Belarus suffered most of all. The damage caused to Belarus is estimated at hundreds of billions of dollars, and Belarus is still overcoming the consequences of the national ecological disaster.

25.04.2017

Presidents of Belarus, Ukraine to visit Chernobyl NPP on April 26
Presidents of Belarus, Ukraine to visit Chernobyl NPP on April 26 On the day of the Chernobyl tragedy, the President of Belarus will take part in the events dedicated to the anniversary of the accident at the nuclear power plant. On April 26, Alexander Lukashenko, together with his Ukrainian counterpart, will visit the nuclear power plant and the facilities next to it.

05.04.2017

Kiev to buy 80 trolleybuses and 100 buses from Belarus
Kiev to buy 80 trolleybuses and 100 buses from Belarus Belarusian technologies gained the affection of Kiev city administration authorities. The mayor of Kiev personally tried out some of the models. The presentation of machinery, which is used for clearing territories, in building, community and road facilities, was held with a view. Kiev authorities have already given notice that they intend to buy 80 trolleybuses and 100 buses in Belarus. European standards, the price, reliability and quality of Belarusian machinery bribes the buyers.

24.03.2017

Alexander Lukashenko holds telephone conversation with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko
Alexander Lukashenko holds telephone conversation with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko The night before, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko held a telephone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko. The two leaders discussed various issues on the agenda of Belarusian-Ukrainian relations. In particular, they talked over the development of trade and economic cooperation, expansion of contacts at the level of regions.

21.03.2017

Security toughened at Belarusian-Ukrainian border
Security toughened at Belarusian-Ukrainian border Security measures are strengthened at the Belarusian-Ukrainian border. This is because of an incident at the checkpoint Alexandrovka through which a Jeep car tried to break into Ukraine the day before. Two people were detained. However, according to available information, another person could be in the car that day. Search for him continues. The operative and search measures are being carried out in the area of ​​responsibility of the Mozyr border detachment.

03.03.2017

Belarus and Ukraine sign plan of joint actions in emergencies
Belarus and Ukraine sign plan of joint actions in emergencies Belarusian and Ukrainian rescuers are ready to work jointly to overcome the effects of floods and other emergencies. This was agreed in Minsk by the heads of the emergencies departments of the two countries. Sergei Novikov, deputy head of Homel regional emergency department:We keep in touch daily with colleagues in Russia and Ukraine. People in areas that are subjected to flooding risks are notified about the fact that in the event of flooding they may be resettled.

01.03.2017

Russian citizen to be deported from Belarus
Russian citizen to be deported from Belarus on extremist grounds A Russian citizen suspected of extremist activities has been detained in Belarus. The man was stopped when trying to illegally cross the state border of Belarus to Ukraine. The incident occurred on February 14 at the area of ​​the Mozyr border detachment. As it turned out the offender, born in 1991, is a resident of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug of Russia. The young man had already had problems with the law earlier: for a number of crimes, he was several times tried in the Russian Federation.

23.02.2017

Belarus takes about 160,000 Ukrainians in recent years
Belarus takes about 160,000 Ukrainians in recent years The difficult situation emerging in the south-east of Ukraine again became the topic of discussion on 23 February at the Belarusian Foreign Ministry. It commented on the mechanism permitting Ukrainian refugees a temporary residence in the country, responding to a question about the status of Donetsk and Lugansk passports. Dmitry Mironchik said the President of Belarus in August 2014 adopted a decree that which contains a number of rules that enable migrants to avoid serious problems in the process.

21.02.2017

Igor Kizim appointed new Ambassador of Ukraine to Belarus
Igor Kizim appointed new Ambassador of Ukraine to Belarus President Petro Poroshenko has appointed a new ambassador of Ukraine to Belarus. The 55-year-old Igor Kizim will now head Ukraine's embassy in Minsk. Prior to that, he worked in the UK. A native of Kharkov, Kizim was a long-time adviser to Ukraine ambassador to Canada. And in the beginning of the 2010s, he was appointed the Deputy Director of International Security and Disarmament Department of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry. Igor Kizim is well familiar with Belarus - he served as first secretary of the Ukrainian Embassy in Belarus.

04.01.2017

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

22.12.2016

Alexander Lukashenko meets with Leonid Kuchma
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Leonid Kuchma President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has held a meeting with the former head of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma. The two had a warm conversation and exchanged gifts. The sides stressed the friendly relations both on a personal level and between the two peoples. Belarus and Ukraine will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations in 5 days. Alexander Lukashenko said he is glad to meet the former Ukraine president.

21.11.2016

Belarus President's press conference to Russian journalists: main points
Belarus President about his pets and son's social networks The President of Belarus sent a letter of cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky with appreciation that an astronaut does not forget his roots. On Thursday, meeting with journalists from 46 regions of Russia, Lukashenko remarked that Novitsky is now a Russian citizen, but inside he's still a Belarusian man.

16.11.2016

Belarus supports over 60,000 Ukrainian asylum-seekers in recent years
Belarus supports over 60,000 Ukrainian asylum-seekers in recent years In recent years, Belarus has supported more than 60,000 Ukrainians who arrived in the country in search of asylum. They receive the necessary medical care from the budget, while their children, on a par with Belarusians, enroll in preschool education and schools. The Ukraine crisis and global policy in this area was discussed in Minsk by experts from 10 countries at a conference dedicated to migration and demographic development.
Ukraine Security Service subpoenaed over incident with Belavia aircraft
Ukraine Security Service subpoenaed over incident with Belavia aircraft The Court in Kiev has opened proceedings against the Security Service of Ukraine regarding the incident with the Belavia plane. The lawsuit was filed by Armen Martirosyan, who was taken off from the flight. The incident took place on 21 October. The aircraft, flying to Minsk was ordered back to the airport Zhulyany at the request of the Ukrainian Security Service, who threatened to use fighter jets in case the Belarusian plane did not follow the order. 

15.11.2016

Giant shield to cover Chernobyl nuclear reactor for 100 years
Giant shield to cover Chernobyl nuclear reactor for 100 years The installation of a new sarcophagus arch has begun in Ukraine’s Chernobyl, at the site of the largest industrial nuclear disaster in world history.  The huge dome is 108m high and almost 260m long. The construction weighs 36,000 tons. It will cover the fourth reactor, rocked by explosion in 1986, which resulted in a massive nuclear fallout.

03.11.2016

Why did Ukraine threaten to use figher jets against Belavia plane?
Why did Ukraine threaten to use figher jets against Belavia plane? New details have emerged about the incident with the airliner "Belavia". On November 1, a transcript of the pilot's negotiations with the Zhulyany traffic controller has been published. It fully confirms the information that Belarusian pilots were threatened by combat aircraft.

02.11.2016

Belavia expects compensation from Ukraine for plane incident The crew of Belavia acted correctly in the situation with the return of the Belarusian Boeing in Zhulyany airport, director of the aviation department of the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Belarus Vladimir Kostin told media November 2.  In the near future, Belavia expects to receive compensation from the Ukrainian side for the cost of returning to Zhuliany airport.
Armen Martirosyan, the unlucky passenger.
Armen Martirosyan on SBU actions: Nothing was charged with me, absolutely There was no luck with the Belarusian plane leaving the Kiev airport Zhulyany on October 21. Several minutes after the takeoff, the airliner was ordered to make a U-turn and forced to land back in Kiyv under the threat of using fighter jets. As it turned out later, Ukrainian secret forces were mistaken: the search of one of the passangers failed to find anything suspicious about him and the man was released without charge.

01.11.2016

Ukraine threatened to use military aircraft against Belavia plane
Ukraine threatened to use military aircraft against Belavia plane - recording New details have emerged about the incident with a return of a Belavia airliner about a week ago. On November 1, Belarus published the transcript of the pilot's dialogue with the manager of the Kiev airport Zhulyany. The pilot clarifies the reason and says that he is turning the plane around. Thus, the threat to use military aircraft against Belavia plane in the event of the pilot's non-obedience, which was denied by Ukrainian security services, is obvious.

22.10.2016

Ukraine’s Security Service: Belavia’s aircraft was returned to ensure absence of threat to national security
Ukraine’s Security Service: Belavia’s aircraft was returned to ensure absence of threat to national security The Foreign Ministry of Belarus demands an apology for the forced returning of the Belavia’s plane. The diplomatic office of Belarus handed over a protest note to Charge d'Affaires of Ukraine in Belarus Valery Dzhigun for the actions of the competent authorities of Ukraine on the forced return of the Belarusian aircraft.
Belarus’ Foreign Ministry demands apology from Ukraine for forced return of Belavia’s plane
Belarus’ Foreign Ministry demands apology from Ukraine for forced return of Belavia’s plane The Foreign Ministry of Belarus demands an apology for the forced return of the Belavia’s plane. The diplomatic office of Belarus handed over a protest note to Charge d'Affaires of Ukraine in Belarus Valery Dzhigun for the actions of the competent authorities of Ukraine on the forced return of the Belarusian aircraft. The Belarusian aircraft was flying from Kiev to Minsk. When there was 50 kilometers left till the Belarusian air space, the aircraft was forced to return to the airport in Kiev on demand of the Security Service of Ukraine.

17.10.2016

Affiliated enterprise of Belarusian potash company opens in Ukraine
Affiliated enterprise of Belarusian potash company opens in Ukraine Affiliated enterprise of the Belarusian potash company has opened on in Ukraine on October 17. The main goal is to expand the presence on the market. A country with a large sector of agricultural sphere is a prospective market for Belarus. This new enterprise will help to reach a new level of cooperation with consumers of mineral fertilizers and to increase the number of shipments. Today, Belarusian potassium is purchased in every second country. The fifth part of the world’s export belongs to the Belarusian potash company.

27.08.2016

Residential compound near Belarus’ embassy opens in Kiev
Residential compound near Belarus’ embassy opens in Kiev A residential compound near the Belarusian embassy opened in Kiev. The opening ceremony was attended by Vladimir Makei, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus. Vladimir Makei mentioned that this new compound shows the intention to continue the collaboration between Kiev and Minsk. “There aren’t any unsolved problems between our countries”, said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus. Moreover, he added that Belarus would participate in the resolution of the conflict in the Donbass.

17.08.2016

Belavia starts regular Minsk-Lviv flights
Belavia starts regular Minsk-Lviv flights The Belarusian air carrier Belavia is expanding its route network and is launching regular flights Minsk-Lviv. They will be operated four times a week. Regional jets Embraer 175 will be used on the new route. The first branded Belarusian aircraft, new Boeing 737, will begin to operate flights only after 20 August. When the vessel is cleared through customs, its characteristics will be dispatched to the aeronautical authorities of other countries. In turn, they may then give permission to fly. In the schedule the aircraft is put after 23 August.

13.07.2016

Students from Russia, Ukraine helping renovate Dinamo Stadium in Minsk
Students from Russia, Ukraine helping renovate Dinamo Stadium in Minsk Students from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus are helping to renovate Dinamo Stadium in Minsk. All in all, there are 35 students employed. Many of these guys worked here in the past year. Now they are carrying out earthworks, fastening rebars and pouring concrete. The international "squad" receives free food as well as a cultural and sports program. 

02.06.2016

Belgium enters top 15 major trading partners of Belarus
Belgium enters top 15 major trading partners of Belarus The National Statistics Committee has published new data on foreign trade of Belarus in the first quarter of 2016. There have been some changes in the list of key partners. The main trading partner of Belarus is still Russia. Almost 50% of Belarus' turnover falls on that country. Second place is occupied by Ukraine. During the Q1 2016, the countries' trade amounted to $740 million, with Belarus' posting trade surplus. Ukraine is followed by Poland - more than $500 million, and China - nearly $485 million.

26.05.2016

Belarus welcomes mutual exchange of military personnel by Ukraine and Russia
Belarus welcomes mutual exchange of military personnel by Ukraine and Russia The Foreign Ministry of Belarus welcomes the steps taken between Russia and Ukraine on the way to the implementation of the Minsk agreements. The sides have exchanged military personnel. Thus, one of the issues that was an obstacle to progress towards a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Ukraine is now off the agenda. The Foreign Ministry expresses hope that the event will be positive for the whole negotiation process.

09.05.2016

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

16.03.2016

Minsk Mayor discusses Minsk-Kiev cooperation with Vitali Klitschko
Andrei Shorets discusses Minsk-Kiev cooperation with Vitali Klitschko Business circles of Minsk and Kiev will strengthen cooperation. Business leaders and investors of the two countries will meet in the near future. This was agreed today by the heads of the two capitals Andrei Shorets and Vitali Klitschko at the Summit of Mayors of European cities in Cannes. It is worth noting that it was Kiev and Minsk who have become leaders in the list ranking cities by effectiveness of the cost of business expenses, compiled by a division of The Financial Times. Minsk thus overtook more than 200 cities.

24.12.2015

President Lukashenko hails Belarusian kids' solidarity with Ukrainians
President Lukashenko hails Belarusian kids' solidarity with Ukrainians A remarkable and large-scale charity holiday united 2,500 children in the Palace of the Republic December 24. The New Year tree festival gathered children from large families, orphans and winners of creative competitions. By tradition, President Alexander Lukashenko shared the New Year mood with children. These are kids who need special care and the cleverest in the country. A particular group is those who particularly lack attention in these festive days - orphans. 

22.12.2015

Elena Semak, Associate Professor of International Economic Relations Department of the Belarusian State University
Eurasian Economic Union develops preliminary mechanism to monitor Ukrainian transit Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) members - Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan - have developed a preliminary mechanism to monitor the transit of Ukrainian goods and goods from the European Union.  On 21 December, First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Igor Shuvalov said that the new mechanism will help completely control the flow of goods from Ukraine via Belarus or Russia to Kazakhstan.

17.12.2015

Belavia launch Minsk-Kharkiv-Minsk flight
Belavia launch Minsk-Kharkiv-Minsk flight A new flight of a Belarusian national carrier will connect Minsk and Kharkiv. This will be the third city in Ukraine Belavia makes flights today, after Kiev and Odessa.      The new flight is going to become beneficial for the air carrier.  There have been no regular flights between Minsk and Kharkiv since the late 80s. Special focus is on transit passengers from Russia to Ukraine, who have cut all air ties due to the ongoing conflict.
Vladimir Bazanov, deputy chairman of the Standing Committee on National Security of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus
Belarus, Ukraine to resolve border issues with help of border plenipotentiaries Belarus and Ukraine will solve problems at the border with the help of special border plenipotentiaries. The length of the common borders is more than a thousand kilometers. Now Belarus and Ukraine are working on the demarcation of the border. This process does not directly affect security at the site. Engineering structures are built not on the line of the state border. Depending on the specific area they may be located hundreds of meters away. 

16.12.2015

Alexander Lukashenko: We must not overlook the situation with Ukraine
Belarus President: Ukraine crisis must not be overlooked Security inside Belarus and on its borders. Improving the operation of security officials was discussed on December 16 at a meeting hosted by the head of state. The situation in Ukraine is still tense, and Belarus must keep following the events there. In addition, from January 1, Ukraine-EU association agreement will come into force and a free trade zone will be created. So the strengthening of Belarus' borders from the point of view of security and economy is very important.

08.12.2015

Minsk hosting trilateral meeting of Ukraine contact group
Minsk hosting trilateral meeting of Ukraine contact group December 8 Today, December 8, Minsk is again hosting a trilateral meeting of the Ukraine contact group. Prior to that, aspects of conflict resolution in the Donbas have traditionally been discussed by tracks.  Subgroups on political, economic, humanitarian and security issues held meetings. The recent talks in Minsk have led to an agreement on the withdrawal from the line of contact of weapons with a caliber less than 100 mm, mortars and tanks.

07.12.2015

Claudio Gugerotti, apostolic nuncio in the Republic of Belarus (2011-2015)
Claudio Gugerotti optimistic about Belarus relations with West Claudio Gugerotti from Belarus will go to Ukraine, where he will spend the next four years. With what feelings does the envoy of the Holy See leave Belarus and what souvenir will he take away? Your Excellency, thank you very much for taking the time for our conversation. And, if I may, I will speak Belarusian, a native language, because I know that you also studied it. Claudio Gugerotti, apostolic nuncio in the Republic of Belarus (2011-2015): Of course, please.

29.11.2015

Donbass combatant detained in Minsk
Donbass combatant detained in Minsk The Investigative Committee of Belarus on November 27 voiced details of the detention at the Minsk railway station. A man who was carrying explosives, two passports, weapons and documents was taken into custody since it followed from the documents that he was a Donbass combatant. The waiting room sees a never-ending flow of people but security bodies try not to miss any details. Policemen noticed a strange-looking man and their concerns, as it later turned out, were not in vain.

26.11.2015

Dmitry Mironchik, Belarus' Foreign Ministry Spokesman
Ukraine says Belarus discriminates its goods by sanitary checks Belarus has no reason for cancelling sanitary inspection of foreign products and this does not discriminate Ukrainian goods, stated today the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus.

15.11.2015

Minsk-Kiev: Belavia opens additional flights
Minsk-Kiev: Belavia opens additional flights A new flight has connected Kiev and Minsk. The Belarusian national air carrier began to operate flights in this direction three times a day instead of two. Previously, all the aircrafts landed in Boryspil International Airport, but now they head for Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany), which is closer to the centre of the city. The aircraft carries about 60 passengers. A Minsk-Kyiv flight takes 50 minutes.

07.11.2015

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

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.

26.10.2015

Minsk-Odessa flight opens The new flight Minsk-Odessa of Belarusian airlines is designed for tourists, businessmen, as well as transit through our country. Convenient and regular service will definitively affect trade between Belarus and Ukraine and cooperation in the tourism sector.

12.10.2015

Andrei Rusakovich, political analyst
Andrei Rusakovich, expert: Belarus has significantly improved its position in the international arena Andrei Rusakovich, Head of the Diplomatic and Consular Service Department of the Faculty of International Relations of the Belarusian State University (BSU): Do you know, Belarus in the past few years has significantly improved its position in the international arena. I will name just a few factors that testify to this. This is, above all, a stable position with respect to security, both international and regional. This was highlighted in the process of the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis. 

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.

10.10.2015

Ukraine Communist Party leader Petro Symonenko visits Amkodor enterprise
Ukraine Communist Party leader Petro Symonenko visits Amkodor enterprise The leader of the Communist Party of Ukraine estimated Amkodor model lineup and road construction equipment. Petro Symonenko then communicated with the labor collective of the enterprise.

27.09.2015

Tajik family in Belarus
How does Belarus cope with influx of refugees? A wave of migrants from the Middle East has not touched Belarus but our country is also hosting refugees. The majority of them come from Ukraine and other places of the FSU.  This Chechen woman with three children and a disabled husband has been living at the Brest railway station for a week. She several times "storms" the border with the European Union. Lisa Osmalova:We live at the station, we spend nights and eat. And every morning we buy return tickets.

26.09.2015

Alexander Lukashenko congratulated Ukrainian President on anniversary
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Ukrainian President on anniversary On September 26, the Ukrainian leader, Petro Poroshenko, celebrates his 50th anniversary. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has congratulated the Ukrainian counterpart on this date. Alexander Lukashenko expressed the hope that a strong-willed character and rich life experience of Mr. Poroshenko will help to return peace to the brotherly Ukrainian land and ensure the well-being of hard-working Ukrainian people.

23.09.2015

Belarus, Ukraine begin demarcation work in Brest region
Belarus, Ukraine begin demarcation work in Brest region Work on the demarcation of the Belarusian-Ukrainian border began in the Brest region of Belarus. Prior to the demarcation the two countries agreed on everything and determined the boundary line on the ground. At the stage of construction and installation work, both states must clear up to 5 kilometers of territory from each side. After that border pillars will be set up here. For the first time the sides will test a new way to mark the state border - Belarus and Ukraine will set up a single boundary marker. By the way, it will reduce the costs by almost 30%.

08.09.2015

Ukraine contact group working subgroups start another meeting in Minsk September 8
Ukraine contact group working subgroups start another meeting in Minsk September 8 Full ceasefire and the law on the special status of Donbass. The Belarusian capital on September 8 once again become a meeting place for a peaceful settlement of the Ukrainian crisis. At this moment President Hotel is hosting the meetings of the four working subgroups of the Contact Group. In the afternoon, representatives of the tripartite contact group are expected to meet at the negotiating table.

24.08.2015

How do forced migrants from Ukraine live in Belarus?
How do forced migrants from Ukraine live in Belarus? People in this story of the program Week on the CTV channel have just arrived from the south-eastern regions of Ukraine. Like many others, they fled instability and conflict that turned into armed confrontation. In the neighboring Belarus they found not only shelter, but the second home. Thank God, the life of the forced migrants is improving in Belarus.
Ukraine marks Independence Day August 24
Ukraine marks Independence Day August 24 Ukraine is celebrating Independence Day on August 24. As many as 24 years ago the Supreme Council of the Ukrainian Soviet Republic adopted the Declaration of Independence of Ukraine.  In Kiev, flower laying ceremonies were held near various important monuments. Khreshchatyk hosted an independence march. Today, Ukraine, despite the difficult conditions, remains a reliable trade partner of Belarus. In 2014, the countries managed to preserve high bilateral trade figures - more than $5.5 billion.  

20.08.2015

Belarus reinforcing border with Ukraine
Belarus reinforcing border with Ukraine Belarus is reinforcing its southern borders. Against the backdrop of new alarming news from the southeast of Ukraine, Belarus is taking special care about the strength of the Belarusian-Ukrainian border. Demarcation works have been underway since November 2013, when the first border sign was installed.

19.08.2015

Ukraine may not be part of CIS monitoring mission during Belarus presidential election
Ukraine may not be part of CIS monitoring mission during 2015 Belarus presidential election The Ukrainian side does not express a desire to join the CIS monitoring mission that will work during the presidential elections in Belarus, the chairman of the Executive Committee - CIS Executive Secretary Sergei Lebedev told media in Minsk on Wednesday. Mr Lebedev said invitations had been sent to the Central Election Commission Chairmen of 11 CIS countries, including Ukraine. "There has been no answer from the Ukrainian side yet," said Mr Lebedev.

18.08.2015

Belarus needs to strengthen the southern borders, said August 18 Belarus' President hearing out reports from Acting Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus Stanislav Zas and Defense Minister Andrei Ravkov
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus needs to strengthen southern borders Belarus needs to strengthen the southern borders, said August 18 Belarus' President hearing out reports from Acting Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus Stanislav Zas and Defense Minister Andrei Ravkov. The head of state was informed about the situation in the Armed Forces, as well as ways to optimize the army. Alexander Lukashenko wondered whether all is done according to the parameters that had been identified at the recent meeting of the Security Council. Including in terms of the creation of new types of weapons.

14.08.2015

Vladimir Makei, Belarus' foreign minister
Foreign Ministers of Belarus, Ukraine and Lithuania discuss Donbass conflict The trilateral meeting of foreign ministers of Belarus, Lithuania and Ukraine - Vladimir Makei, Antanas Linkevičius and Pavel Klimkin - took place in Odessa, the press service of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry informs. "The ministers thoroughly discussed the regional situation related to the conflict in south-eastern Ukraine, and spoke in favor of the quick achievement of specific agreements, which will be acceptable to all parties, within the framework of the Tripartite Liaison Group," the press-service reports.

13.08.2015

Vladimir Makei, Belarus' foreign minister
Minsk, Kiev preparing roadmaps to restore bilateral trade Minsk and Kiev are preparing roadmaps to restore the previous level of trade between the countries. This was stated by the head of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry in Kiev. Vladimir Makei is here on a working visit. The talks with the leadership of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry also focused on the situation in the Donbass. Vladimir Makei assured that Belarus is doing everything for soonest peace and stability in the sourth-east of Ukraine.

12.08.2015

Belarusian Foreign Minister begins visit to Ukraine August 12
Belarusian Foreign Minister begins visit to Ukraine August 12 The head of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry will discuss the settlement of the situation in the Donbass during his visit to Ukraine. Vladimir Makei arrives there on August 12.  The head of the Foreign Ministry of Belarus will also review trade and economic relations between the two countries and cooperation in the field of politics. The chiefs of the Foreign Ministries of Belarus and Ukraine will discuss the dialogue between the two countries within international organizations.   

24.07.2015

Belarus and Ukraine to discuss removal of trade restrictions on July 24
Belarus and Ukraine to discuss removal of trade restrictions on July 24 Belarus and Ukraine will discuss the removal of trade restrictions. July 24 in Chernihiv there will be a meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on trade and economic cooperation.  The sides will discuss the possibility of refusal from charging import duties imposed by Ukraine. In addition, the parties plan to address issues of development partnerships in the areas of industry and production cooperatives, leasing, architecture, construction, agriculture and transport.

21.07.2015

OSCE chief Ivica Dacic visiting Minsk July 21, 2015
OSCE chief Ivica Dacic visiting Minsk July 21 The current chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is holding talks with the leadership of the Foreign Ministry of Belarus. At a meeting with Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei, Ivica Dacic said that today he would attend the meeting of the tripartite contact group to resolve the situation in Ukraine in order to encourage the political process.   The contact group will hold talks behind closed doors.

07.07.2015

Ukraine working subgroups convene in Minsk on July 7 to deal with crisis
Ukraine working subgroups convene in Minsk on July 7 to deal with crisis On the road to peace. On July 7 Minsk hosted meetings of all the sub-working groups of the contact group to resolve the situation in the south-east of Ukraine. They subgroups were preparing a meeting in the format Russia-Ukraine-OSCE with the participation of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk.

25.06.2015

Alexander Lukashenko receives 11 new ambassadors, says 'Welcome back' to Sweden Belarus is ready to develop cooperation with countries around the globe, said President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with new foreign diplomats who will be working in Belarus.  11 ambassadors presented credentials to the President of Belarus at the Palace of Independence on June 25.  Belarus is connected with many countries thanks to large-scale projects. Their implementation may be an indicator of relations between states. For example, in Turkmenistan Belarus is building the Garlyk Mining Plant.
Belarus ready to take part in finding solution to Ukraine crisis in any format, foreign ministry says
Belarus ready to take part in finding solution to Ukraine crisis in any format, foreign ministry says Belarus is ready to participate in finding a solution to the situation in Ukraine in any desired format, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of our country on June 25.

23.06.2015

Ukraine contact group to gather in Minsk June 23
Ukraine contact group to gather in Minsk June 23 Today Minsk will become a platform for another attempt to resolve the Ukrainian crisis: the meeting of the Tripartite Contact Group will take place in the Belarusian capital.  The talks will focus on the old problems but there will be some new delegates. Taking part in the meeting will be new representative of the OSCE Austrian diplomat Martin Sajdik.  He is characterized as a very experienced diplomat with a broad range of knowledge. He will replace retired Heidi Tagliavini. 

21.06.2015

President Alexander Lukashenko and Kirill (Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia)
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus will do its utmost to stop the fratricidal war in Ukraine 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.  

16.06.2015

Alexander Lukashenko: Ukrainian crisis shows need for strengthening of OSCE role
Alexander Lukashenko: Ukrainian crisis shows OSCE role should be strengthened Belarus is in favor of strengthening the OSCE's role. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said this at a meeting with Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Lamberto Zannier. These days he is on a visit in Minsk together with Michael Georg Link, Director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.

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.

02.04.2015

President Lukashenko: Unity of Ukraine may be guaranteed by Minsk agreements
President Lukashenko: Unity of Ukraine may be guaranteed by Minsk agreements On the situation in Ukraine, relations with Russia and Belarus' economy. On April 2, the agency Bloomberg aired an exclusive interview with President Alexander Lukashenko. The head of state spoke with the leading journalist of the London office of the largest media holding Ryan Chilcote about one and a half hours. The President gave detailed answers to all questions. In particular, the British journalist asked the Belarusian leader about his stance on the events in Ukraine.

12.03.2015

Jean Yves Bouchardy
UN's Jean Yves Bouchardy about Belarus' project to host Syrian refugees UN representative Jean-Yves Bouchardy on March 12 got familiar with how three Syrian families are living in Belarus' city of Gomel. A few weeks ago 14 citizens of Syria arrived in Belarus. Among them were eight children. Forced to leave their troubled homeland because of the threat of death, these people have found their new home in Belarus. The first stage of integration into a new society goes is quite successful: the Syrians waiting for the solution of their housing problem and looking for work.

12.02.2015

Alexander Lukashenko
Alexander Lukashenko: I am very pleased with the fact that Belarus has fulfilled its function In Minsk, complex negotiations to resolve the situation in Ukraine have completed. In the Palace of Independence, about five hundred journalists followed the negotiations. The reporters attacked the host of the negotiation platform with dozens of questions. Alexander Lukashenko openly talked to the press. He talked about some organizational problems of the meeting. After all, the talks were held behind closed doors.

31.01.2015

Belarus Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei
Belarus Foreign Ministry: Contact group meeting is a unique chance to stop the bloodshed in Ukraine The meeting of the tripartite contact group on Ukraine is underway in Minsk. Today, on January 31, representative of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma, OSCE Special Representative Heidi Tagliavini, Russia's Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov, as well as the representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics arrived in the Belarusian capital. Leonid Kuchma has already met Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei. The sides discussed the situation in the conflict zone and the way out of the crisis on the basis of the Minsk agreements signed in September 2014.

29.01.2015

Trilateral contact group to meet on 30 January in Minsk The tripartite contact group to resolve the situation in the Donbass featuring official representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE will be held in Minsk on January 30.

26.01.2015

Belarus' Foreign Minsitry building
Belarus urges to stop fire in Ukraine: Foreign Ministry "Belarus with deep pain perceived news about the tragic events in Ukraine related to the deaths of civilians in Mariupol on January 24," said in a statement the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus. The statement was posted on January 26 at the official website of the department. The Belarusian side expresses its deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims.

29.12.2014

Ukraine talks in Minsk format should continue, Poroshenko says Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko believes that it is possible to resolve the conflict situation in the south-east of the country only on the basis of the Minsk agreements. He stated this at a press conference. "The main thing is to turn a fragile truce in the east into a stable, secure and lasting peace on the basis of my peace plan and the Minsk arrangements. This can be done only on the basis of the Minsk protocol," he said.

28.12.2014

2014: Belarus-Ukraine relations review The meeting of the , which was scheduled for December 26 in Minsk, did not take place: not easy to solve all conflicts and to take into account the interests of all parties. Nevertheless, Belarus' peacekeeping image is now more popular than the image of a "totalitarian state."  

26.12.2014

Ukraine starts to implement Minsk agreements Ukraine has started to implement the Minsk agreements. At this moment, Ukraine and separatist forces are exchanging prisoners in the Donbas. It is not known how many people will return home.  However, during the last meeting of the contact group in Minsk, it was decided that by December 30, the exchange process will be fully completed.  In addition, it is expected that heavy military equipment will be moved back from the front line in the southeast of Ukraine to create a safe zone of 30 kilometers. 

23.12.2014

Ukraine peace talks due in Minsk 24 and 26 December A meeting of the tripartite contact group to resolve the Ukraine crisis will take place in Minsk on 24 and 26 December.  Such an agreement was reached during a telephone conversation the leaders of Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia. This is according to the official website of the Ukrainian president.

22.12.2014

Belarus President visits Ukraine, meets Petro Poroshenko Belarus will do its utmost to establish peace in Ukraine. This was stated by Alexander Lukashenko during his working visit to Kiev. Mr Lukashenko met his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko.  The sides discussed a wide range of issues - from the economy to the situation in eastern Ukraine. Mr Poroshenko looks forward to the resumption of the so-called Minsk talks of the contact group to resolve the Ukraine crisis.
Minsk wants speedy resolution of Ukraine crisis Newly appointed Aide to the Belarus President, Alexander Radkov, voiced the outcome of the December 22 talks between Alexander Lukashenko and Petro Poroshenko. Minsk wants to quickly stabilize the situation in Ukraine because it is a key to successful operation of the two economies.
President Lukashenko: Belarus always does everything Ukraine asks for On December 21, Alexander Lukashenko made a working visit to Ukraine.  Alexander Lukashenko met with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, pointing out that, despite the situation in Ukraine, the bilateral trade had not fallen. Moreover, figures suggest that it is growing. This indicates a serious interest in buying Belarusian goods.

19.12.2014

Alexander Lukashenko to meet Petro Poroshenko December 21 Alexander Lukashenko said on December 19 that he is going to meet with Ukraine's counterpart Petro Poroshenko. The presidents are going to meet on December 21. Media representatives also asked Alexander Lukashenko on the possible date of a new round of negotiations of the contact group on Ukraine.

16.12.2014

Alexander Lukashenko signs Belarus' state defense directive Belarus should do everything to ensure military and socio-political security, said Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting of the country's Security Council, which considered a state defense plan, which is designed for five years.  The document outlines almost all potential threats and responses to them. The situation around Belarus is constantly changing. Conflicts break out in the world rapidly and unpredictably. 

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