Christine Muttonen names topic of OSCE PA summer meeting in Minsk
The summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will be held in Minsk in July. An agreement on this matter was signed March 15 by Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Vladimir Andreichenko and OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Christine Muttonen.
It is expected that the upcoming event will bring together more than 700 guests, including about 300 members of parliament.
Pence defends role of Minsk agreements in Ukraine crisis resolution
"Minsk agreements" sounded again at a high international level. The Munich Security Conference opened on Friday. It is already 53rd in a row. For more than half a century, the political elite has gathered in the heart of Bavaria to discuss the most urgent issues. Today on the agenda, besides the Ukrainian crisis, are the fight against terrorism; West's relations with Russia; situation in Europe; Syria and, of course, the near future of NATO during the presidency of Donald Trump (and not only of NATO). The new owner of the White House did not attend the forum.
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.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus will never threaten neighbors
Another year of the 3rd millennium passes into history. The year was complicated, bright and eventful.
For some people 2016 was a sad and sorrowful year because of the loss of a family member or a friend, some people might have failed to achieve their goals. Others had to deal with family or professional issues. But I am convinced that 2016 was a joyful and happy year for the majority of people.
Russia may scale down military presence in Syria
A breakthrough has happened in the agreements on Syria. The parties to the conflict have signed several truce documents.
In just a few hours, a truce is expected to come into force in that country. It was promised that everyone would support it but the Syrian government forces do not rule out that the militants may try to disrupt the ceasefire.
These agreements are not only a package of temporary measures but the start of the negotiation process, which should put an end to the war in the Arab Republic.
Marko Milačić, Montenegro Neutrality Movement leader: Sovereignty is NATO's enemy
The founder and the leader of the Movement for Neutrality of Montenegro, journalist Marko Milačić in the programme Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalyov.
Hello, thank you very much for your time and welcome to Belarus.
Marko Milačić, journalist, leader of the Movement for Neutrality of Montenegro:
Thank you very much, it is also a pleasure for me.
CSTO Summit in Yerevan: results of Presidents’ talks
The CSTO was established to ensure the security. However, the alliance was created long time before the events that took place in Syria, the Middle East or Ukraine. Today, it is necessary to strengthen the security of the countries. The ways to do that were discussed during the summit that was held in Yerevan.
The Presidents of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan participated in the summit.
Security and peace: CSTO Summit held in Yerevan
Belarus has acquired the Presidency in the CSTO. This happened during the summit of the CSTO in Yerevan. The CSTO is an international organization that, according to some experts, can stand against NATO in case of the Third World War. However, such alliances are established in order to stop wars from happening. More than 20 documents were signed during the meeting. Most of the documents are kept in secret as they are related to security. Yuliya Beshanova will tell us about what is known.
Strengthening of peace and stability is priority of Belarus’ Presidency in CSTO
Strengthening of peace and stability is the main goal of Belarus that took over the Presidency in the CSTO. The CSTO Summit took place in Yerevan.
The military-political alliance consists of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan.
The countries have mutual interests and their safety is determined by the adopted strategy of collective security until 2025.
CSTO Council in Yerevan: Leaders of six member countries to determine priorities
Strengthening the external borders of the CSTO, expanding the cooperation and measures to combat global terrorism. The leaders of the six countries participating in the military-political alliance will determine the priorities of the collective security on October 14 in Yerevan. The President of Belarus is in Armenia on a working visit.
CSTO Collective Security Council in Yerevan: What issues will be raised?
Yerevan is preparing to host the Collective Security Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). The heads of countries participating in the military-political alliance are going to discuss a collective security strategy until 2025. A serious discussion is planned on the measures to combat terrorism. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko will also take part in the summit. The head of state will announce key security priorities for all alliance members.
Belarus to take part in CSTO summit in Yerevan October 14
A CSTO summit will be held on October 14 in Yerevan. Taking part in it will be the Belarus President. Alexander Lukashenko will present the position of our country on the priority areas during the presidency of Belarus in this organization. Until today, Armenia has been holding the chairmanship.
The participants will also exchange views on the international situation, will consider topical issues of collective security and counter-terrorism. Following the session, more than 20 documents are expected to be signed.
Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei meets with Pentagon’s representatives in New York
Belarus and the USA discussed the cooperation in the military sphere. In New York, Belarusian Foreign Minister met with the representatives of the Pentagon.
The discussion was related to establishing the dialogue between military institutions of Belarus and the USA in the face of the increasing tension in the Eastern European region.
In addition, Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei took part in the solemn opening ceremony of the 71st General Assembly of the United Nations.
Belarus President wants better operation from border committee
The State Border Committee of Belarus should and will work better. On July 26 the President of Belarus, summing up a sudden inspection of border authorities of the country, expressed his dissatisfaction with the state of individual areas.
This was the subject of discussion at a meeting with the head of state. Alexander Lukashenko earlier instructed the top management of the Committee to evaluate the work of their institution. The checkup revealed weaknesses in the protection of the state border.
Alexander Lukashenko disturbed by developments around Belarus
Belarus has no problems from the point of view of terrorist activity. July 18, Chairman of the Committee of State Security Valery Vakulchik reported to the President on the current situation in the country. The meeting addressed issues of countering terrorism.
Belarus taking 'calm and adequate' measures in view of increased NATO presence
Current approaches to achieving economic security became the main topic at a forum of heads of delegations who gathered in Minsk for a session of the Council of CIS supreme bodies of financial control. The President of Belarus met with international experts June 7.
According to Alexander Lukashenko, the CIS should become a political and economic center of power. This is particularly important in light of the 25th anniversary of the Commonwealth.
The leading financial experts of the CIS countries will stay in Minsk a few days.
Svaryn - the most modern border post in Belarus
Let's move from the center of the country to its border areas. There is a reason for that because on May 28 Belarus celebrated Border Guards Day. Our correspondent visited the most modern outpost on the Belarusian-Ukrainian border together with the head of the State Border Committee.
Mathematics, geography and literature. At first glance, everything is like in a regular classroom, but after classes, these students take part in drills, shooting exercises and study border service history and even etiquette. This is how these keepers of borders are brought up.
EgyptAir aircraft crash was a terrorist act, Russian Federal Security Service says
Speaking at the Council of Heads of CIS special services in Minsk Director of the Russian Federal Security Service said that the disaster with the Egyptian A320 was an act of terrorism.
Alexander Bortnikov, Director of the Federal Security Service: There was an accident with the EgyptAir plane. Apparently, this is a terrorist attack, which killed 66 citizens of more than 12 different countries.
From ministers to actors: Belarusians discussing President's 2016 State of the Nation Address
The famous American magazine Time published this week a list of the most influential people in the world. This is an annual tradition. The list includes politicians, businessmen, and idols of the public. About 30 people are in the Leaders section: these are heads of the largest countries and international organizations. The influence ranking is not built according to the scale or the size of a country. This is a worldwide vote organized by the authoritative edition.
President Lukashenko answers MPs' questions during State of the Nation Address 2016
President Alexander Lukashenko delivered this week his annual State of the Nation Address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly. Economy turned out to be the main topic. According to the head of state, the current year is to be crucial in overcoming the negative trends in this area. 2016 will be the first serious test for the entire vertical of power. The President also touched on foreign and social policy, investment, business, science and security.
Hybrid warfare: why is it mentioned in Belarus’ new Military Doctrine?
The draft of the new Military Doctrine has been approved by the House of Representatives on its first reading this week (April 2016). The main document determining the security of the state was prepared taking into account the new challenges. The previous one was written in 2002, when the situation in Ukraine was far from unstable, when no one was afraid of terror threat in Europe, and when the Arab Spring was 10 years away. No cardinal changes in approaches to national security have been made in the new bill.
Belarus to develop national system of satellite communication and broadcasting
Belarus intends to follow the path of integration into the world information space and develop the national satellite broadcasting system.
This task was set by President Alexander Lukashenko during his April 12 visit to the Center for Space Communications in the village Stankovo, Dzerzhinsk district.
On the Day of Cosmonautics, Belarus launches ground satellite control system for Belintersat-1. This is the first Belarus-made unit designed for the transmission of television and radio, as well as providing access to the Internet.
Armenia, Azerbaijan agree ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh
Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to a cease-fire in Nagorno Karabakh. The Armistice Agreement between Baku and Yerevan was reached on April 5 in the morning.
This information was confirmed by the Ministry of Defence of Azerbaijan.
Vienna is going to host a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh on April 5. Taking part in the discussion will be co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, USA and France.
OSCE Minsk Group on Nagorno-Karabakh to meet April 5
First blood of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was shed in the late 1980s. Residents of the region, and most of them are Armenians, decided to secede from Azerbaijan.
The position of Baku was the preservation of territorial integrity, while Yerevan defends the interests of the unrecognized republic. As a result of 3-year military operation, with the use heavy equipment and artillery about 1 million refugees fled the region.
Belarus hopes for new stage in relations with USA
Discussions on Belarus' accession to the WTO again become more relevant after the removal of Western sanctions. Belarus has been negotiating about joining the World Trade Organization for more than 20 years. These talks decay and are then re-animated depending on the economic and political situation.
Belarus urges Armenia, Azerbaijan not to escalate Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko urged the parties to the Karabakh conflict to begin a dialogue. This topic was discussed during a telephone conversation with President of Belarus leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia Ilham Aliyev and Serzh Sargsyan, reports the press service of the President of Belarus.
In the evening, on April 2, Alexander Lukashenko and Serzh Sargsyan in a telephone conversation discussed in detail the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Will Belarus be affected by terrorist attacks in Belgium?
Should Belarus take special measures in connection with the recent attacks in Paris, Belgium, Turkey and other countries? Let's talk about this with our guests. Today in our studio are press-secretary of the State Border Committee of Belarus Alexander Tishchenko and KGB reserve Major General, now poet Ivan Yurkin.
European Parliament member: We are now more positive towards Belarus
From Munich, where the annual security conference is being held, news is now coming about efforts to work out common views on the current crises. Nearly five hundred politicians, diplomats and military from all over the world are forming a kind of list of the main risks of 2016.
The hottest topics are the Islamic state, Syria, Ukraine, the possible collapse of the transatlantic partnership and Europe's closure of its borders.
International Security Conference experts hail Belarus' foreign policy
The International Security Conference is being held in Munich. Representatives of about 30 countries are discussing problems of refugees in Europe and the civil war in Syria. The Belarusian delegation is represented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, headed by foreign minister Vladimir Makei.
One year past Minsk agreements on Ukraine: what is still to be implemented?
On February 12, the world marks exactly one year after the Minsk agreements. On the same day in 2015, in the capital of Belarus, a package of measures to resolve the situation in Ukraine was adopted.
The document was endorsed by the 'Normandy 4' - the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France. The package of measures was supported by the UN Security Council and has become mandatory for implementation of the peace process in the conflict zone.
Foreign Ministry: Belarus urges to consolidate efforts to support Minsk peace process
Belarus calls to consolidate efforts to support the Minsk peace process on Ukraine, reads the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in connection with the anniversary of the coordination of the "Complex measures for the implementation of the Minsk agreements."
There is still a long way to resolve the Ukrainian crisis, but at stake is not only the life and well-being, but also the fate of the entire system of European security.
An important role in this process belongs to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Belarus categorically against new dividing lines in Europe, Vladimir Makei says
Belarus is categorically against new confrontation and dividing lines in Europe, said Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Vladimir Makei, speaking at the international conference "Minsk agreement a year later: Achievements, Challenges and Lessons."
Vladimir Makei noted that the modern world, more than ever, needs a logic of creation rather than disengagement and competition. Different views on domestic and foreign policy priorities should not become a pretext for confrontation and new dividing lines.
Experts from 'Normandy 4' countries gather in Minsk February 11, 2016
Experts are discussing possible ways out of the Ukraine crisis. And although the meeting is informal its results will help to find new ways to address the issue.
For the normalization of the situation in Ukraine, all parties must make every effort. The resolution of the conflict in a civilized manner shows the stability of the entire European region to modern challenges and threats.
Security key topic at Minsk meeting to settle Ukraine crisis
Security has become a key theme at the meeting of working subgroups to resolve the conflict in Ukraine. On February 10, in Minsk, the OSCE Special Representative Martin Sajdik called on the parties to observe the ceasefire.
The withdrawal of heavy weapons still remains an open question, as well as mine clearance. The shelling has become the main cause of unresolved economic and humanitarian problems.
Belarus' air force planning to rearm units
Updated fleet, advanced detection systems, and best-in-class anti-aircraft missile systems. Over 21 years, Belarus has ensured the safety of the western borders of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
On February 8, 1995, it was decided to create a unified air defense system of the CIS member states. Belarus is forming a reliable "sky shield" and is developing domestic military industry.
Belarus President thinks CSTO potential not used to the fullest
The resources of the Collective Security Treaty Organization are not used to the full, said February 9 President Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha.
Currently, global environment is unstable. Suffice it is to recall Ukraine, Syria, or Turkey. So no wonder that security issues have been central in the recent meeting of Heads of State of Belarus and Russia.
In addition, Alexander Lukashenko noted that the CSTO is not just a platform but an organization, in which participants must work together.
Alexander Lukashenko: No direct military threat to Belarus now
A new draft military doctrine was discussed at a meeting with the Belarus President on January 22. This is a mandatory document for any state in which it spells out the official position regarding security and armed protection. Alexander Lukashenko stressed that Belarus will continue to adhere to the policy of peace, but the difficult situation in the world makes the country "keep powder dry."
Alexander Lukashenko: Culture is the nation's foundation
The triumph of spirituality. At this moment the prestigious ceremony to present awards "For Spiritual Revival" and special prize of the President is taking place at the Palace of the Republic.
Award winners were named in December. Today, January 12, in a solemn atmosphere, one can see Belarusians whose efforts are permeated with the idea of philanthropy, charity and creativity. For Spiritual Revival is awarded in line with presidential decrees. And, as a rule, it is delivered personally by the President.
European countries condemn North Korea's hydrogen bomb test
January 6 in the morning, North Korea announced a successful test of a hydrogen bomb. At the same time, Pyongyang says it has no intention to use the weapon unless the sovereignty of the country is violated. However, it has caused great concern in the world.
The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting yesterday.
A number of European countries condemned the test. In particular, Germany, France and Britain called Pyongyang's statement a provocation and a threat to peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.
2015 in Belarus and the world: Year in review
On the first of January 2015, with the beginning of the year, Lithuania switched to the euro, becoming the 19th state in the monetary zone. The EU enlargement was not a sign of health or strength: the economy of the united Europe for the whole year was being shaken by Greek fever. In January, the Syriza party of Premier Tsipras won the election and declared that Athens refused to pay back-breaking debts, which are subject to restructuring.
Security, economy dominate CSTO, EEU summits in Moscow
Security and economy were the subjects of conversation between the presidents of the CSTO and the Eurasian Economic Union earlier this week in Moscow. The Collective Security Council adjusted the action plan in connection with the hostilities in the Middle East, the flow of refugees and the Russian plane downed by Turkey. This is a separate issue, a sensitive issue for the Kremlin, and Moscow would like to share its concern with the allies.
CSTO discuss fight against ISIL in Moscow
The fight against the Islamic State and creation of a broad coalition to combat international terrorism were the main topics the summit of the CSTO in Moscow, in which Alexander Lukashenko took part on December 21, 2015. The meeting raised topics of the challenges of our time and, consequently, new approaches to collective security. The Eurasian Economic Union heads of state then met at the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council.
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.
Belarus and Turkmenistan maintaining high cooperation standards
Belarus and Turkmenistan should not give up on the high standard of cooperation, said Alexander Lukashenko at the talks with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. The heads of state discussed in Ashgabat not only the strategy of development of the bilateral relations but also some international issues. The official visit of President of Belarus to Turkmenistan began on the eve of an important world event - the conference themed The Neutrality Policy. This forum will gather on 12 December the leaders of the region and prominent world politicians.
Belarus ready to step up contribution to security and stability of Europe
Belarus is ready to increase its contribution to the security and stability of Europe, stated the Foreign Minister of Belarus at the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OSCE. Vladimir Makei focused on factors that reduce the effectiveness of the OSCE.
Belarus thinks the inter-state relations are still dominated by the right of force, confrontation and sanctions thinking, while diplomacy takes a back seat.
Belarus' to partake in OSCE foreign ministers' meeting in Belgrade
Strengthening the fight against terrorism and bolstering regional security. Such are the topics of the meeting of the Council of Ministers of OSCE Foreign Affairs due to take place in Belgrade today.
Belarus is also taking part in the event. The Belarusian delegation will lay out its vision for achieving security in Europe.
How international terrorism is making the world a more dangerous place
The war with the Islamic state more and more resembles WWIII. ISIL, in response to air bombing throw bombs on the ground and often hit innocent people who, according to ISIL's plans, are to rebel and influence their own governments. In addition, the death of the innocent always gets more publicity than details of the fallen on the battlefield. This is the essence of terror, which is not an invention of modern times.
Causes and consequences of current terrorist threat in Europe
New information hysteria windings are wound on the spool of life. Even peaceful Belarusians are beginning to worry: will anything happen to us? The Islamic State did not include Belarus in the list of its enemies. A few days ago extremists such a list. It somehow turned out that both Moldova and Ukraine were on that list on a par with Russia, USA and France. All in all it includes one-third of the world, 60 countries.
Are Belarusians at risk after terrorist attacks in Paris, Turkey and Nigeria?
The head of the German Interior Ministry has said recently that the situation in security issues in Germany and Europe as a whole is "really threatening." It is clear that we are talking about the situation after the terrorist attacks in Paris. And not only in Paris! Remember people affected by bombings in Turkey, Iraq and Nigeria, and of course the destruction of the Russian passenger airliner.
How will French state of emergency affect Belarusian tourists?
What has changed for Belarusians who decide to visit Paris? And how does the Belarusian embassy respond to changes in the situation in France? The French parliament has passed a law on state of emergency in the country until the end of February!
Several Islamist attacks struck the capital of France on November 13. The result is more than 100 dead and over 300 wounded. The country has imposed a state of emergency. For the first time in the last 10 years.
No Belarusians suffer in Paris attacks
The night of November 13 in Paris has become one of the bloodiest in the history of France. The city on the Seine was rocked by several major terrorist attacks.
Little Cambodia in the north of Paris was full of people that evening. Closer to midnight unknown people burst into the terrace and open fire at visitors randomly. The massacre lasted about half an hour.
Belarusian, Russian armed forces set for new cooperation plan
On November 13, President Alexander Lukashenko approved a new plan specifying the cooperation of Belarusian-Russian armies from 2016.
According to the Belarusian head of state, the security issue should be considered in terms of relations in the post-Soviet space where three major integration associations such as the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Eurasian Economic Union, and the Union State of Belarus and Russia exist. It’s indispensable to take into consideration the situation in neighboring countries as well.
Eight Belarusian citizens evacuated from Syria
Eight Belarusian citizens have been evacuated from Syria. The people came to Moscow on 17 October. These are Russians, Belarusians, Ukrainians and Syrians - all in all 56 people. All of them wanted to leave the Syrian Arab Republic in connection with the intensification of the fighting on its territory.
The Il-76 of the Russian Emergencies Ministry delivered to the conflict zone humanitarian aid and took on passengers on the way back from Latakia.
Alexander Lukashenko at UN summit: President's speech and Ban Ki-moon's thanks
The speech of President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at the UN became one of the most striking in the organization's history.
As a mediator of the conflicting parties, Russia and Ukraine, Minsk automatically became involved in this story. The United Nations were waiting for what President Lukashenko will say in connection with the situation in Ukraine.
Belarus Armed Forces taking part in CSTO peacekeeping forces' joint drills
Indestructible Brotherhood 2015. The Armed Forces of Belarus have begun joint exercises of CSTO peacekeeping forces. The main purpose of training in Armenia is the preparation and conduct of peacekeeping operations in the Caucasus region. It is expected that special attention will be paid to improving combat coordination of peacekeeping contingents of the Organization of the Collective Security Treaty.
Alexander Lukashenko's UN speeches: expert analysis
"An ominous ghost of a new conflict is looming", "No alternative to dialogue" and "invulnerable countries no longer exist." These are some of the headlines of the foreign press that quoted Alexander Lukashenko. The Belarusian leader's speech in New York was one of the most poignant and resonant.
This is what Russian wordsmiths write about the future of the UN:
Belarus' President in United Nations: Ghost of another major conflict looming in the world
The working visit of the President of Belarus to the United States has ended. Behind are a few days of hard work. Alexander Lukashenko spoke from the rostrum of the UN General Assembly outlining the national position on sustainable development and the country's approach to solving the most pressing international issues. And according to some media, the speech of the Belarusian head of state has become one of the most notable. Alexander Lukashenko also met with the head of the United Nations and spoke with leaders of several countries.
Belarus President to speak at UN General Assembly session in New York
Alexander Lukashenko will speak at the UN General Assembly in New York for the fourth time. Expectations are high from each president: Putin, Obama, Xi Jinping...
This will not be the first address of the Belarus President to the UN. The previous speech of Lukashenko at the UN was memorable by tough truth about what is happening in the world.
CSTO summit in Tajikistan coincides with elimination of local insurgency
Last week the capital of Tajikistan hosted a summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization - CSTO. Strangely enough but the summit coincided with the elimination of a group of local rebels. Evgeny Gorin has details.
The CSTO summit in Dushanbe was unique from the very beginning. During the 13 years of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the presidents of the member states met outside of Russia for the first time.
Belarus-Russia joint drills Union Shield 2015 ends
The borders of the Belarus-Russia Union State are under protection. The joint exercise Union Shield 2015 concluded in the Russian Federation.
The military troops of Belarus and Russia practiced defense, as well as the detection and destruction of illegal armed groups. Large-scale maneuvers brought together more than 8,000 soldiers of the two states. The exercise involved dozens of planes and helicopters and about 400 combat vehicles.
Presidents of CSTO member states agree to streamline the organization
The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) will be optimized. This was agreed in Dushanbe by leaders of the CSTO member states. Taking part in the CSTO Council's meeting was the Belarus President as well as the leaders of Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia. They were welcomed by the head of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon.
CSTO countries today are concerned about the deteriorating situation on their borders, which is due to regional conflicts that have not yet ended. All this was reflected in the final document.
President Lukashenko: CSTO calls for stronger military power and crisis response mechanisms
The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) will be optimized. This was agreed in Dushanbe by CSTO leaders. Taking part in the meeting of the Council was the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, as well as the leaders of Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia. They were welcomed by the head of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, whose country hosted the summit.
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.
Belarus wants to explore new forms of military action
The Belarus President wants graduates of military schools to use their knowledge and experience to ensure the country's national security. On July 7, at the Palace of Independence, the head of state honored excellent students as well as senior officers. Alexander Lukashenko conferred the rank of general on 7 of them.
Belarus' President discusses situation at Ukrainian border with KBG chief
On June 29, the Head of State met with Chairman of the Committee of State Security (KGB) Valery Vakulchik. The overall situation in the country is stable, and there are no threats that would require immediate actions.
However, the meeting officials raised the question of national security, environment and the situation in the country and on its borders.
Swift Eagle 2015: Belarus and China conduct joint military drills near Brest
Swift Eagle 2015. Belarus and China have begun joint military exercises. Near Brest, special forces of the two countries are working out preparation and conduct of anti-terrorist operations.
Vadim Denisenko, commander of special operations forces of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus:This is the third consecutive joint Belarusian-Chinese training. We will practice night shooting of a joint unit, joint night landing and further transition to combat operations before the dawn when we begin to eliminate illegal armed groups.
Belarus sees additional risks in concentration of NATO forces near country's borders
Belarus sees more risk in connection with the placement of more NATO troops at its borders, including troops equipped with heavy weapons, said Belarusian Defense Minister, Lieutenant-General Andrei Ravkov in an interview with TASS.
"Along with the strengthening of the aviation component of NATO member states in the Baltics and Poland, which protect air space, the alliance consistently sends additional troops to areas near the borders of the Republic of Belarus. They have heavy weapons," said the head of the defense department.
Alexander Lukashenko thanks China for support in weapons testing
The Belarus President met today with the Chairman of the State Military Industrial Committee of Belarus to discuss the tense situation in the region.
Sergei Gurulev spoke about the development of the defense sector of the country and the execution of the instructions of the President.
Alexander Lukashenko noted that he had earlier instructed the defense industry to primarily equip the national army with the latest weaponry.
OSCE appreciates Belarus' role in settlement of Ukrainian conflict
The OSCE appreciates the role of Belarus in the settlement of the Ukrainian conflict. Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Lamberto Zannier said this meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei in Minsk.
The two sides held talks on cooperation of our country and the organization. The sides exchanged views on issues of European security. The settlement of the situation in Ukraine and Belarus' contribution to this process were among the topic issues.
Belarus to liquidate stocks of liquid rocket fuel components with OSCE assistance
The defense ministry of Belarus held talks with OSCE representatives on joint projects on June 16.
Minister Andrei Ravkov and OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier agreed on the elimination of stocks of liquid rocket fuel components.
They will be destroyed outside Belarus with the financial and technical support from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Tree of Peace and Unity planted in UN garden to mark 70th anniversary of WWII victory
In honor of the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, the Tree of Peace and Unity was planted in the UN headquarters.
The event was attended by the Secretary General of United Nations Ban Ki-moon. He was joined by diplomats from various countries, including the Permanent Representative of Belarus to the UN Andrei Dapkiunas.
Weeping Cherry is a symbol of not only peace but also sorrow for the victims of that terrible war.
Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to be discussed in Minsk March 12
Co-chairmen of the OSCE Minsk Group are on a three-day visit in Minsk. Just in a few hours, Belarus' foreign minister is scheduled to meet with the ambassadors of France, Russia, the United States, as well as personal representative of the OSCE Chairman on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
The sides will discuss the possible contribution, including that of Belarus, to the settlement of the situation between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Alexander Lukashenko: World's wars and conflicts must not cross the border of Belarus
Conflicts taking place in the world must not step over the border of Belarus. This was said by the President at the March 5 meeting with senior staff of the Interior Ministry troops and cadets of the Military Academy.
Currently, law enforcement agencies is the most important factor of national security.
Today's meeting was scheduled long ago. Recently the head of state has considered topical issues of the development of the Armed Forces and the possibility of increasing the state's defense.
Fourteen refugees from Syria arrive in Belarus
Three Syrian families in Gomel are getting accustomed to a measured way of life of Belarusians. Fleeing from the deadly threat in their homeland, people have found peace in Belarus.
Thanks to a project of the United Nations, 14 people, eight of them children, have started a new life in Belarus.
Mohamed with two sons and wife fled his native Syria two years ago. First to Lebanon. Now, through the UN - to Belarus. They are Kurds and it is now impossible for them to stay in Syria.
Belarus ambassador to France on recent terrorist attacks
A wave of terrorist attacks across France began with the attack on the building of the satirical magazine "Charlie Hebdo."
Three armed men with assault rifles and grenade launchers stormed the editorial board. 12 people were killed. Among them is the editor in chief of the weekly and authors of cartoons.
Immediately after the terrorist attack, France announced the highest level of terrorist threat. And the next terrorist attack happened soon afterwards: explosions in several cities. However, this time without casualties.
Alexander Lukashenko, in Moscow, visits National Defense Control Center of Russia
At the end of Eurasian summits In Moscow, Alexander Lukashenko, together with other heads of state visited the National Center for Control of Defense of Russia at the invitation of Vladimir Putin.
This powerful complex became operational in December. All information flows get here. This allows monitoring the situation in any division of the Russian Armed Forces real-time, in a given hour and even minute.
Hardware and software systems are able to simulate crisis situations not only around the Russian borders, but also anywhere in the world.
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.