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17.10.2017

CSTO joint efforts in combating emergencies prove effective
Belarus to train to handle radiation accidents at Astravyets NPP Joint efforts of the CSTO countries in the liquidation of emergency situations have made it possible to achieve high results. Plans for further development of cooperation were discussed October 17 at the Coordination Council in Minsk. In addition to annual exercises, such mutual assistance mechanisms are actively developing, such as training of personnel, preferential supplies of special equipment and facilities, and interaction with international organizations. 
 Sergei Naryshkin about unique format of Belarus-Russia special services’ cooperation
Sergei Naryshkin about unique format of Belarus-Russia special services’ cooperation Alexander Lukashenko emphasized the successful cooperation of Belarus’ and Russia’s Intelligence Services on protection of national interests.
President Lukashenko meets with head of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service
President Lukashenko meets with head of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service President Lukashenko meets with head of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service Alexander Lukashenko emphasized the successful cooperation of Belarus’ and Russia’s Intelligence Services on protection of national interests.

16.10.2017

Kyrgyz citizens could vote in presidential elections at Minsk embassy on October 15
Kyrgyz citizens could vote in presidential elections at Minsk embassy on October 15 Citizens of Kyrgyzstan living in Belarus could take part in the election of their country's president. On October 15, the polling station was opened in the embassy in Minsk. The procedure takes place electronically. Under Kyrgyz law, voter turnout does not affect the outcome of a political campaign. Elections are recognized as valid regardless of the percentage of those who voted. More than 700 international observers have been accredited to monitor elections in Kyrgyzstan. Among them are representatives of the Central Election Commission of Belarus.

15.10.2017

Recep Erdoğan on relations with USA
Recep Erdoğan on relations with USA The traditional partner and ally of Azerbaijan is Turkey. Sometimes they say about these two countries: one nation and two countries. Just as Belarus and Russia, Azerbaijan and Turkey hold joint military drills. There are many other situations when they support each other in international structures and so on. This is only a small bridge to move onto the next subject. Today Ankara is arguing with Washington, cannot agree with the EU, and has imposed restrictions on food supplies from Russia.
What did CIS leaders discuss in Sochi?
What did CIS leaders discuss in Sochi? A lot of interesting things happen in Sochi quite often. This time it was a political forum. The presidents of the former Soviet countries have come here for the CIS summit and the meeting of EAEU leaders. It is quite difficult to believe in it, but until the middle of the 19th century Sochi used to be a place of deportation because of its horrible climate: there used to be many swamps and malarial mosquitos here. Scientists managed to overcome this problem.

14.10.2017

Belarus, Azerbaijan to focus on regional cooperation
Belarus, Azerbaijan to focus on regional cooperation The strengthening of the role of the parliamentarians in the work of integrational unions and in the development of bilateral relations. The prospects of Belarus-Azerbaijan relations were discussed on October 13, 2017 in the Palace of Independence.
"Belarus and Azerbaijan have special relations": President Lukashenko meets with Ogtay Asadov
"Belarus and Azerbaijan have special relations": President Lukashenko meets with Ogtay Asadov The principle position of the Belarusian side is in strengthening the role of CIS Parliamentary Assembly in other integrational structures. This was stated by Alexander Lukashenko during meeting with the chairman of Milli Majlis of Azerbaijan. Other sectors of cooperation have also been determined. The Belarusian head of state touched upon the issues that were discussed in Sochi at a meeting of the leaders of the CIS countries.
President Lukashenko dismisses heads of Operational and Analytic Center
President Lukashenko dismisses heads of Operational and Analytic Center At the meeting with law enforcement agencies, Alexander Lukashenko looked into several criminal cases, which are under his control. What is more, operational –investigative materials concerning directors of the republican and local levels were discussed, the illegal actions of certain employees of the law enforcement agencies were touched upon as well.

13.10.2017

Belarus President wants to strengthen CIS Parliamentary Assembly
Belarus President wants to increase role of CIS Parliamentary Assembly The principal position of the Belarusian side is to strengthen the parliamentary dimension in the CIS and other integration structures, said President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with the chairman of Milli Majlis of Azerbaijan. Other areas of cooperation have also been indicated. The Belarusian head of state touched upon the issues that were discussed in Sochi at a meeting of the leaders of the CIS countries.
Belarus holding exercise to practice response to radiation accidents
Belarus holding exercise to practice response to radiation accidents Belarus has invited representatives of all neighboring countries, as well as international organizations, including the IAEA and the CSTO, to watch the exercises aimed at practicing response to radiological accidents. It will be held in different parts of the country and on two border crossings. The active phase of the exercises will take place in Ostrovets District on 19 October. In particular, a warning system at primary rescue operations will be checked. In doing this Belarus operates in accordance with the IAEA recommendations.

12.10.2017

CIS and EEU summits held in Sochi: Main results
CIS and EEU summits held in Sochi: Main results The leaders of the CIS countries and the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) agreed to actively develop mutual trade and coordinate approaches to foreign policy and security during the October 2017 summits in Sochi. They plan to give an additional stimulus to the economy by harmonizing existing norms and standards, as well as by removing barriers to the movement of goods and services. The President of Belarus drew attention to the need for the early establishment of a free trade zone and the provision of equal conditions for access to public procurement.

11.10.2017

Alexander Lukashenko criticizes CIS Interparliamentary Assembly structure
Alexander Lukashenko criticizes Eurasian Economic Union's efficiency Strengthening cooperation in combating terrorism and corruption, creation of a united system of air and space defense in the CIS and support of traditional family values. These and other decisions were made on October 11 during the meeting of CIS leaders in Sochi. The meeting of leaders began from protocol events. Vladimir Putin greeted the heads of delegations, then mutual photographs were taken. Negotiations were held in a narrow circle first.
CIS leaders meet in Russia’s Sochi October 11
CIS leaders meet in Russia’s Sochi October 11 On October 11, 2017 Sochi became the center of big politics. The summit of CIS leaders is being held there. The heads of state will later on meet in the EAEU format. Distinguished guests are arriving to the place of the meeting. A big block of questions is on the agenda. It is deepening of integration, mutual trade, security. Nearly 200 journalists will be covering the high level meetings.
CIS adapting to modern realities
CIS adapting to modern realities On October 10, foreign ministers prepared draft documents to be submitted to CIS heads of state for consideration. A meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Commonwealth countries was held in Sochi. The main topic of the talks was the improvement of the CIS activities and adaptation to modern realities.

10.10.2017

CIS Foreign Ministers discuss organization’s future in new realias
CIS Foreign Ministers discuss organization’s future in new realias The future of the CIS is being discussed at the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the CIS countries in Sochi. After the negotiations in a narrow format, other delegations joined to the Foreign Affairs Ministers.
Alexander Lukashenko off to Russia’s Sochi for CIS, EEU summits
Alexander Lukashenko off to Russia’s Sochi for CIS, EEU summits The President of Belarus has gone on a working visit to the Russian Federation. There Alexander Lukashenko will partake in the CIS and EAE summits. The plane of the Belarusian leader took off from Minsk National Airport.
Sochi is preparing to host summit of CIS heads of state
Sochi is preparing to host summit of CIS heads of state October 10 Sochi will host meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the CIS. This resort town is preparing to host several large-scale political events. The meeting will traditionally take place in two formats. It is expected that at personal meeting the foreign ministers will exchange views on topical international issues.
Azerbaijani defense minister: We love Belarus and respect your President
Azerbaijani defense minister: We love Belarus and respect President Lukashenko Prospects for the development of military-technical cooperation between Belarus and Azerbaijan on 9 October were discussed as Alexander Lukashenko met with the Minister of Defense of that country, Zakir Hasanov. The contractual and legal framework of the Belarusian-Azerbaijani relations includes more than 110 agreements. In 2016, Belarus attracted $7.5 million in investments from Azerbaijan.

09.10.2017

"If we can do something for Azerbaijan, we are ready to do it": President Lukashenko meets with Azerbaijan Defense Minister
President Lukashenko meets with Azerbaijan Defense Minister The future development of military-technical cooperation between Belarus and Azerbaijan was discussed on October 9 as Alexander Lukashenko met with the Minister of Defense of that country, Zakir Hasanov. The contractual and legal framework of the Belarusian-Azerbaijani relations includes more than 110 agreements.
Ignacio Ibáñez Rubio: Spain grateful to Belarus for efforts to open embassy in Madrid
Ignacio Ibáñez Rubio: Spain grateful to Belarus for efforts to open embassy in Madrid The world events are developing so rapidly and unexpectedly... Maybe the Ambassador of Catalonia will knock at the Minsk gates tomorrow. However, the new head of the Spanish diplomatic mission in Belarus excludes such a turn of events and thanks Belarus for the reserved attitude to the referendum, which is certainly an intra-Spanish dispute.

08.10.2017

Alexander Lukashenko: Today it is necessary to build and strengthen political, economic, humanitarian bridges
Alexander Lukashenko: Today it is necessary to build and strengthen political, economic, humanitarian bridges Countries are connected not only by roads and railways, political and trade communications are important as well. So that there is something to bring and there are things to go for abroad by road or railway. Diplomats are the most important communicators in international relations. Therefore, ambassadors of different states present credentials to the president, the king-the first officials of a country.
People’s view on Belarusian-Chechen relations
People’s view on Belarusian-Chechen relations The business circles of Belarus and the Chechen Republic are already at a stage of realizing projects. The prospects of the cooperation were discussed by Alexander Lukashenko and Ramzan Kadyrov last week in Minsk. The “hottest” topic is contacts in the industrial castor: the Chechen Republic got interested in Belarus’ experience of production development.
Belarus, Russia presidents discuss integrational cooperation and bilateral relations October 7
Belarus, Russia presidents discuss integrational cooperation and bilateral relations October 7 The preparations for the upcoming events on the international arenas, and also in the format of bilateral cooperation were discussed by Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin on October 7. During a phone call between the two presidents, Vladimir Putin invited Alexander Lukashenko to partake in the EEU and the CIS sessions-the events will be held on October 11 in Sochi.

07.10.2017

CSTO countries holding Combat Brotherhood-2017 military drills
CSTO countries holding Combat Brotherhood-2017 military drills The CSTO states are holding large-scale military drills “Combat Brotherhood-2017”. Belarusian military men left for the place of the maneuvers on October 5. From this day on special military operations will be conducted at the ranges in Armenia. The participants of the exercises are to master the issues of organizing cooperation and preparing the regions at the initial stage.

06.10.2017

Maduro in Belarus: I feel being among friends here
Maduro in Belarus: I feel being among friends here Belarus and Venezuela intend to make a breakthrough in relations in the next two years. This is the outcome of the negotiations between Alexander Lukashenko and the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Nicolaas Maduro, which took place on October 5 in the Palace of Independence.

05.10.2017

Alexander Lukashenko invites Tajikistan President on working visit to Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko invites Tajikistan President on working visit to Belarus The President of Belarus discussed the state and prospects for the development of bilateral relations with Tajikistan in a telephone conversation with the leader of that country. Alexander Lukashenko and Emomali Rahmon expressed interest in further enhancing cooperation in the industrial and agricultural sectors and in machinery supplies. The international agenda was also touched on. Alexander Lukashenko invited Emomali Rahmon to pay a working visit to Belarus. Also, the head of our state warmly congratulated his counterpart on his 65th birthday.
Belarus, Venezuela presidents say both countries must return to previous cooperation level
Belarus, Venezuela presidents say both countries must return to previous cooperation level Belarus and Venezuela need to take a decisive step forward in the development of relations, said Alexander Lukashenko on October 5 at the talks with the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Nicholas Maduro. The two leaders met in the Palace of Independence. Communication between the heads of state began with a one-on-one meeting during which Alexander Lukashenko and Nicholas Maduro designated the main directions for further work.
Belarus, Venezuela presidents meet in Minsk
Belarus, Venezuela presidents meet in Minsk Belarus and Venezuela intend to significantly increase cooperation in the next two years. This is the outcome of the negotiations between Alexander Lukashenko and the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Nicolas Maduro, which took place on October 5 in the Palace of Independence. Alexander Lukashenko met Venezuela's leader personally at the entrance to the residence. Negotiations of the heads of state began in a one-on-one format. Alexander Lukashenko and Nicholas Maduro have identified the main areas for joint work.

04.10.2017

Big politics: Nicolas Maduro to pay official visit to Belarus
Big politics: Nicolas Maduro to pay official visit to Belarus Minsk is on the eve of big politics. The official negotiations of the leaders of Belarus and Venezuela are scheduled for October 4. Trade and economic cooperation, bilateral projects, joint productions and cooperation in agriculture, building, oil and gas sectors will be discussed. Belarus has realized many projects in Venezuela. The visit of Nicolas Maduro to Belarus will allow finding new ways for the development of relations. Minsk National Airport is getting ready to meet the distinguished guest.

03.10.2017

Nicolas Maduro to visit Minsk October 5
Nicolas Maduro to visit Minsk October 5 The official negotiations of Alexander Lukashenko and Nicolas Maduro will be held in the Palace of Independence on October 5. The President of Venezuela will visit Belarus with an official visit. First the two presidents will meet one-to-on, and then they will hold a meeting in an expanded format. Trade and economic cooperation, bilateral projects, joint productions and cooperation in agriculture, building, oil and gas sectors will be discussed. Separate attention will be paid to the international agenda.
"Belarus is a gate between East and West": First conference of honorary consuls opens in Minsk
"Belarus is a gate between East and West": First conference of honorary consuls opens in Minsk The first conference of honorary consuls was opened in Minsk. It gathered almost 60 diplomats working in 56 countries. The honorary consul is an authoritative person who has influence in political and business circles in their homeland. They are engaged in the development of friendly relations representing the interests of his country abroad. The main theme of the current meeting is the expansion of trade and attraction of foreign investments to Belarus.
Relations between Belarus and France: Big report from Bordeaux
Relations between Belarus and France: Big report from Bordeaux France is one of the largest countries in Europe. We have been developing positive engagement for recent years. The Honorary Consulate of Belarus was opened in New Aquitaine, also known as Bordeaux, a major region of France, on 29 September. When you hear the name of Bordeaux, you imagine vineyards. This region plays an important role not only in French winemaking but in winemaking all over the world.
New legislative season opens in both houses of Belarus parliament
New legislative season opens in both houses of Belarus parliament The new legislative season opened in Belarus on October 2. Deputies of the lower house of parliament started work from the very morning. The parliamentarians voted to amend the law "On the National Academy of Sciences", approved an agreement on financing cross-border cooperation, and considered the pressing oil issue. In particular, a protocol has been ratified that will help improve the efficiency of the oil refining industry. In total, about 30 documents have been prepared for consideration by parliamentarians.
CSTO Combat Brotherhood drills to begin on October 3
CSTO Combat Brotherhood drills to begin on October 3 The operational-strategic exercise of the CSTO Combat Brotherhood will begin on October 3.  12,000 troops from all six CSTO member states, including Belarus, will take part in it. Maneuvers will take place in Russia, Armenia and Kazakhstan. The exercises aim to work out a joint operation to localize an armed conflict in the Caucasus region.

02.10.2017

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus always keeps to openness and justice in dialogue with partners
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus always keeps to openness and justice in dialogue with partners It is necessary to build and strengthen bridges  between countries in the West and the East. This was sated by President Lukashenko on October 2, when receiving credentials of foreign ambassadors. Representatives of different countries gathered in the Palace of Independence. From the European continent (Spain, Sweden), Africa (Djibouti, Mali). Among the other states are Uruguay, Chili, and Laos.
President Lukashenko receives credentials from 11 ambassadors
President Lukashenko receives credentials from 11 ambassadors Belarus always keeps to a principle of openness, equality and justice in the dialogue with its partners. This was sated by President Lukashenko on October 2, when receiving credentials of foreign ambassadors. President Lukashenko receives credentials from new foreign ambassadors October 2
President Lukashenko receives credentials from new foreign ambassadors October 2
President Lukashenko receives credentials from new foreign ambassadors October 2 Belarus always keeps to a principle of openness, equality and justice in the dialogue with its partners. This was sated by President Lukashenko on October 2, when receiving credentials of foreign ambassadors.
Belarus President invites Chinese leader to visit Belarus in 2018
Belarus President invites Chinese leader to visit Belarus in 2018 The President of Belarus invited the Chairman of the People's Republic of China to come to our country in 2018 on a state visit. Alexander Lukashenko once again reminded about warm relations between Minsk and Beijing in the congratulation sent to Xi Jinping on the occasion of the PRC People's Day, which was celebrated on September 30.

01.10.2017

President Lukashenko, Ramzan Kadyrov discuss benefits of mutual cooperation in Minsk
President Lukashenko, Ramzan Kadyrov discuss benefits of mutual cooperation in Minsk Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of the Chechen Republic, visited Belarus. Economic issues were the main topic of discussion; however, it did not interfere with respectable exchange of compliments. Belarusian-Chechen mutual benefits should be viewed from two points-from Minsk and Grozny. This is what the correspondents tried to do. It seemed what could be done in a few hours of the visit. Nevertheless, Belarus and Chechnya had time to determine the direction of bilateral relations for the years to come.
What did President Lukashenko and Alan Duncan discuss in Minsk?
What did President Lukashenko and Alan Duncan discuss in Minsk? This is the first visit of the British government’s representative of such a level to Belarus. During the meeting Alexander Lukashenko expressed important thoughts on cooperation of Belarus and Great Britain and Belarus with leading European states.
Alexander Lukashenko invites China President to visit Belarus in 2018
Alexander Lukashenko invites China President to visit Belarus in 2018 The President of Belarus invited the President of the People's Republic of China to visit Belarus with a state visit in 2018. Alexander Lukashenko has once again reminded about the warm relations between Minsk and Beijing in his congratulations to Xi Jinping on the National Day of the People's Republic of China, which was celebrated on September 30.

30.09.2017

Honorary Consulate of Belarus opens in Bordeaux September 29
Honorary Consulate of Belarus opens in Bordeaux September 29 The Honorary Consulate of Belarus opened in France’s Bordeaux on September 29, 2017. The ceremony gathered prominent officials, politicians, city’s diplomats, businessmen and representatives of the Belarusian diaspora. Besides legal and other assistance, the consulate will contribute to the development of joint projects of Belarus and France in the sectors of culture and education. Another priority is economy direction, establishment of connections with business circles. Export of crystal and Belarusian mineral water is planned to be worked through.

29.09.2017

Russian troops leaving Belarus after West 2017 drills
Russian troops leaving Belarus after West 2017 drills After the active phase of the "West-2017" exercise, units of the combined grouping of troops continue to return to the places of permanent deployment. This applies to the Russian contingent too. At night from September 28 to September 29, the last train with military and special equipment will leave. Thus, as it was stated earlier, the troops will return to their permanent deployment locations by September 30.
Belarus President appoints new ministers, aides and rectors
Belarus President appoints new ministers, aides and university rectors Two new ministers and heads of four Belarusian universities were appointed by the Belarus President on September 28. Alexander Karlyukevich, who earlier was the deputy information minister, will now head the Information Ministry. Yuri Bondar became minister of culture. He earlier worked at the University of Culture and Arts for 16 years. Alexander Lukashenko also appointed new rectors of the BSU, BNTU and two Mogilev universities. Also on September 28, presidential aides are appointed - inspectors in the Minsk and Vitebsk regions.

27.09.2017

CSTO exercise Combat Brotherhood 2017 to begin October 3
CSTO exercise Combat Brotherhood 2017 to begin October 3 The operational-strategic exercise of the CSTO "Combat Brotherhood-2017" will be held from 3 to 20 October. The CSTO countries intend to work out the strategy of the joint operation to localize an armed conflict. Organizers note that the maneuvers will be held in the Caucasus and Central Asian regions of collective security, as the Belarusian-Russian exercise "West-2017" was recently held in the Eastern European zone of CSTO responsibility. The upcoming maneuvers will involve 12,000 troops.

26.09.2017

Belarus, Great Britain sign convention on double taxation elimination
Belarus, Great Britain sign convention on double taxation elimination The ways of making the work of Belarusian and British business circles closer and mutually beneficial were discussed on September 26, 2017 in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus. As the Belarusian Foreign Affairs Minister stated at the meeting with his British colleague, Belarus is prepared to provide maximum opportunities. Including the opportunities in the Great Stone Industrial Park. It will allow Britain to enter markets of the EEU countries.
Alan Duncan pleased to be first British minister who visited Belarus
Alan Duncan pleased to be first British minister who visited Belarus Alexander Lukashenko suggested that Britain invest more actively in Belarus. On September 26 the Belarus President met with the Minister of State for Europe and the Americas Alan Duncan. The representative of the UK government is visiting Belarus for the first time. In October 2016, the British prince Michael of Kent visited Belarus and also met with Alexander Lukashenko.
Sir Alan Duncan arrives in Belarus
Sir Alan Duncan arrives in Belarus Belarus and the UK are opening a new page in their relations. Minister of State for Europe and the Americas of the British Foreign Ministry arrived in Minsk on a visit. A representative of the UK government is visiting Belarus for the first time. Alan Duncan will hold a number of meetings with the leadership of Belarus. In particular, he is going to meet with Belarus' Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei. It is expected that the sides will sign the Convention on the Elimination of Double Taxation.

25.09.2017

Belarus, Chechen Republic discuss cooperation projects in Council of Ministers
Belarus, Chechen Republic discuss cooperation projects in Council of Ministers Belarus is offering the Chechen Republic to develop production cooperation. The subject of economic cooperation became central at the meeting of Alexander Lukashenko with Ramzan Kadyrov. Ramzan Kadyrov to President Lukashenko: I had a dream to meet you in person
Ramzan Kadyrov to President Lukashenko: I had a dream to meet you in person
Ramzan Kadyrov meets with President Lukashenko Belarus is offering the Chechen Republic to develop production cooperation. The subject of economic cooperation became central at the meeting of Alexander Lukashenko with Ramzan Kadyrov. The head of the Chechen Republic arrived in Belarus with an official visit. The two sides are working out the possible directions of cooperation. The Chechen Republic is a prospective partner in the North Caucasian Federal District for Belarus.
What threat does the USA-North Korea conflict pose for the world?
What threat does the USA-North Korea conflict pose for the world? As they say, you can postpone a war, but never a lunch. Bakers even baked special bread in honor of the military drills “West 2017”. The west felt worried about the Belarusian-Russian military drills, and they were saying that it was posing a threat.
Ramzan Kadyrov to Alexander Lukashenko: I dreamed of a personal meeting with you
Ramzan Kadyrov to Alexander Lukashenko: I dreamed of a personal meeting with you Belarus offers the Chechen Republic to develop production cooperation. The economic cooperation has become a central topic of the meeting between Alexander Lukashenko and Ramzan Kadyrov. The head of Chechnya is on a visit to Belarus. The parties are working on possible directions for cooperation. For Belarus, the Chechen Republic is a promising partner in the North Caucasus Federal District of Russia.
"Mrs. Merkel has done a lot for people": what political discussions flare up in the streets of Germany on the eve of the elections?
"Mrs. Merkel has done a lot for people": what political discussions flare up in the streets of Germany on the eve of the elections? Crises in Ukraine, Syria and around North Korea do not cause fear in the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. She said this during a recent interview, noting that "Fear is a bad adviser". By the way, the Chancellor also did not like the threats of the US President to Pyongyang. Merkel clearly demonstrates her independence and political will on the eve of the elections in Germany. Let me remind you, they will be held on September 24 and few doubt the outcome - "mutti bleiben" - say Germans, which means "Mom remains" - for the fourth term.
Ramzan Kadyrov to visit Minsk on September 25: What topics will be discussed?
Ramzan Kadyrov visiting Minsk September 25: What topics will be discussed? The head of the Chechen Republic arrived in Minsk on September 25. The business part of the official visit was preceded by the ceremony of laying flowers and wreaths to the Victory Monument in the center of Minsk. On September 25 in Minsk, the head of Chechnya will hold a series of high-level meetings.
Ministries of internal affairs of Belarus and Serbia discuss interaction
Ministries of internal affairs of Belarus and Serbia discuss interaction The law enforcement structures of Belarus and Serbia intend to establish more active cooperation. A meeting of the Ministers of Internal Affairs of the two countries was held in Minsk. The sides discussed fighting terrorism, cybercrime and drug trafficking. It is these directions that the parties consider the most promising in joint work. In addition, contacts have been established between Belarusian "Almaz" special forces and the special antiterrorist unit of Serbia.
West 2017 drills through the eyes of Belarus President and foreign observers
West 2017 drills through the eyes of Belarus President and foreign observers The military exercise "West-2017" was completed. Alexander Lukashenko, as President of the country and as Supreme Commander-in-Chief, assessed them as perfect. Cautious neighbors watching the movement of Russian troops should also be content since soldiers, tanks and planes are leaving Belarus and returning to places of permanent deployment. Yevgeny Pustovoy reports.

24.09.2017

Belarusian, Russian military equipment returning to permanent deployments
Belarusian, Russian military equipment returning to permanent deployments After the strategic West 2017 drills, personnel, military and specialized equipment of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus are continuing to return to their permanent dislocation points. Brest troopers are returning home on September 24. The air-assault brigade No. 38 drilled military tasks at the range Losvido, which is near Vitebsk. More than 200 military men and dozens of combat vehicles. Loading of equipment on to the echelon is the final stage.
Former Iceland president about green energy, tourism, football and Iceland’s economic success
Former Iceland president about green energy, tourism, football and Iceland’s economic success You are a record-holder since you were the Iceland president during five terms. Is it thanks to your personal qualities or is it thanks to the people of Iceland who do not like frequent changes?

23.09.2017

Russia withdrawing troops from Belarus after West 2017 military drills
Russia withdrawing troops from Belarus after West 2017 military drills After the end of the West 2017 active stage, Russia’s military units and departments continue returning to the places of their permanent deployment . Echelons with military men and special arms, primarily with Russian soldiers and arms, including military personnel, are returning home every day. As it was stated before, the troops will return to their permanent military camps before September 30.  
Alexander Lukashenko signs decree on trade, catering, personal services development in villages and small towns
Alexander Lukashenko signs decree on trade, catering, personal services development in villages and small towns On September 22, 2017 President Lukashenko signed a decree directed at the development of trade, catering and personal services in villages and small towns with a population of up to 10 thousand people.
Alexander Lukashenko expresses condolences to Mexican president over earthquake victims
Alexander Lukashenko expresses condolences to Mexican president over earthquake victims Mexico has experienced the second in the week powerful earthquake. The earthquake was registered by the west coast of the country. The magnitude summed up to 5.5.

22.09.2017

Brussels MPs visiting Minsk
Brussels MPs visiting Minsk A new stage of the Belarusian-Belgian relations. Parliamentarians from Brussels arrived in Minsk on a visit. On September 22, the deputies of the Kingdom met with counterparts from the House of Representatives, where they said that the current visit was an opportunity for them to exchange opinions, as well as study the political system of Belarus, which differs from the Belgian one.
Minsk ready to become bridge linking the old with the unborn, Belarus FM says at UN
Belarus FM proposes to hold Helsinki-2 process in Minsk at UN GA Belarus calls for putting an end to the cold war and proposing a platform for global negotiations, said the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Belarus at the UN General Assembly. It was political instability in the world that was the result of military clashes and terrorism, Belarus foreign minister Vladimir Makei believes. The reason for this situation is connected with the Cold War. The epoch-making conflict has not actually ended. The architecture of cooperation and security must be changed.
Russian troops say achieved goals, will leave Belarus after West 2017 drills
Russian troops say achieved goals, will leave Belarus after West 2017 drills The territorial integrity of the Belarus-Russia Union State has been restored. As a result of the simulation of a combat episode, the troops of Belarus and Russia jointly fulfilled the task. The active phase of the "West-2017" exercise is completed.

21.09.2017

Belarus supports Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty
Belarus supports Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Global peace-building and the integration of integrations. Such are the initiatives put forward by Belarus at the 72th session of the UN General Assembly.
Russian troops to leave Belarus by September 30 after West 2017 drills
Russian troops to leave Belarus by September 30 after West 2017 drills The territorial integrity of the Belarus-Russia Union State has been restored. As a result of the simulation of a combat episode, the troops of Belarus and Russia together fulfilled the task of liberating parts of the Union State from terrorists. The active phase of the "West-2017" exercise is completed.
Belarus Foreign Minister to address GA on September 21
Belarus Foreign Minister to address GA on September 21 The voice of Belarus will sound again from the UN rostrum on 21 September. Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei is taking part in the high-level week of the 72nd session of the General Assembly. In general, the general political debate gathered in New York more than 130 heads of state and over 100 foreign ministers. Among the main topics that Belarus will raise in the UN is the initiative of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on the Helsinki-2 process, as well as the fight against trafficking in human beings.
President Lukashenko: "Belarus won't fight against anyone if not touched"
President Lukashenko: Belarus won't fight against anyone if not touched After the West 2017 drills journalists asked Alexander Lukashenko, why the heads of state watched the exercises at different sites. Vladimir Putin did not come to Belarus and decided to inspect the West 2017 exercises on the territory of Russia. He had visited a training ground in the Leningrad region. The President started the answer with a joke.

20.09.2017

President Lukashenko: We are not going to attack anyone
President Lukashenko: We are not going to attack anyone The journalists were interested why the heads of two states observed the military drills from different platforms. Vladimir Putin inspected the drills on the territory of Russia. He visited the range in the Leningrad region.
Alexander Lukashenko sets tasks for military industry in Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko sets tasks for military industry in Belarus Belarus will continue deep modernization of armament, but at the same time new samples of machinery will be developed. On September 20, Alexander Lukashenko spoke about the tasks for the defense industry complex, when talking to the journalists at the end of the West 2017 military drills.
Alexander Lukashenko estimates results of West 2017 military drills
Alexander Lukashenko estimates results of West 2017 military drills The drills have been conducted at a high level. The President and the Commander in Chief of the Republic of Belarus has estimated the results of the strategic military drills “West 2017”. The inspection of military compliance and the power of arms of the Union State Army finished on September 20 at the Borisovsky range. Traditionally, the military exercises are held once every two years in each of the countries in turns. As many as six ranges and two locations were the on the territory of Belarus were the main places of the West 2017 military exercises.
Belarus will be first to defend interests of Belarus-Russia Union State in case of conflict in western borders, Belarus President says
Belarus will be first to defend Belarus-Russia Union State in case of conflict at western borders, Belarus President says Joint military activities of Belarus and Russia serve exclusively to protect national interests, stated President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko during the review of troops of Belarus and Russia participating in the West-2017 exercise. Today, September 20, the Commander-in-Chief of Belarus observed one of the main episodes of a large-scale military training at Combined-Arms Range Borisovsky No. 227.
Alexander Lukashenko on Zapad 2017: Goals achieved
Alexander Lukashenko on Zapad 2017: Goals achieved Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko watched one of the main episodes of a large-scale military training at combined-arms range Borisovsky No 227 within the framework of the West-2017 exercise. Belarusian-Russian exercises are planned, but they cannot be called ordinary. The drills on land, in water and in the air involved nearly 13,000 servicemen, 40 aircraft and helicopters, 370 combat vehicles, including 140 tanks and 10 ships.
Repelling air strikes practiced September 19 at Domanovsky training ground
Repelling air strikes practiced September 19 at Domanovsky training ground Interaction in the defense and counter-attack was worked out by Belarusian and Russian military at the Osipovichi training range. The joint strategic exercise "West-2017" continues. September 19, the troops of the Belarus-Russia Union State had to work out another of the most important tactical episodes - repelling enemy air strikes. For this purpose, S-300 and Osa anti-aircraft missile systems (the best examples of anti-aircraft equipment) were used at the Domanovsky site.
Alexander Lukashenko, Sergei Shoigu to observe West 2017 exercise in Borisov September 20
Alexander Lukashenko, Sergei Shoigu to observe West 2017 exercise in Borisov September 20 The active phase of the exercise West-2017 is already at the finish line. It is planned that the President of Belarus will observe the maneuvers on September 20. Alexander Lukashenko will visit the combined-arms training ground in Borisov.

19.09.2017

Belarusian, Russian soldiers drill defense and counterattack cooperation at West 2017 military exercises
Belarusian, Russian soldiers drill defense and counterattack cooperation at West 2017 military exercises The joint strategic military drills West 2017 are continuing. The Union State army is to drill another important tactic episode on 19 September-to repel the attacks of the enemy’s aviation. Anti-missile systems S-300 and Osa have been set up at the Domanovsky range. The systems are to hit the targets, which imitate cruise missiles and helicopters of fire support. Aviation machinery will not allow the enemy to capture the air.
What international observers say about Zapad 2017 drills
What international observers say about Zapad 2017 drills The drills West 2017 (Zapad 2017) are coming to an end and international observers share their opinions about what they saw. In recent days, simulated military operations have been unfolding on the ground and in the air. Almost 13 thousand servicemen are taking part in the large-scale military drills. 270 foreign journalists daily send their reports to colleagues for publication.
Belarus President to watch West-2017 drills at training ground near Borisov
Belarus President to watch West 2017 drills at training ground near Borisov It became known on September 18 that the President of Belarus will take part in the joint exercise of the Armed Forces of Belarus and Russia. It is expected that the head of state will observe one of the main episodes of the military drills on Wednesday at the training ground near Borisov. Besides the Belarus President, representatives of the high command of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, foreign observers and diplomats are expected to visit the training ground.

18.09.2017

President Lukashenko to observe West 2017 military drills near Borisov September 20
President Lukashenko to observe West 2017 military drills near Borisov September 20 Today it became known that the President of Belarus will be taking part in the Belarusian-Russian joint military drills West 2017. It is expected that Alexander Lukashenko will be observing one of the main episodes of the military exercises at a range near Borisov on Wednesday.
First results of West 2017 military drills
First results of West 2017 military drills Belarusian and Russian soldiers have reached a high level of cooperation during West 2017 military drills. This statement was made by the General Staff of the Armed Forces on September 18, 2017. The military drills have reached the highest point of practical activity. Defensive battles are carried out on six military ranges in Belarus. Meanwhile, at the range near Mins-its location is kept secret-united commanding of the regional force grouping is perfecting methods of armed forces control.
UN Secretary General emphasizes importance of Belarus in multilateral diplomacy
UN Secretary General emphasizes importance of Belarus in multilateral diplomacy Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary General, has emphasized the special role of Belarus in multilateral diplomacy at a meeting with the Representative of Belarus to the UN Valentin Rybakov. The Belarusian diplomat delivered credentials to the UN Secretary General at the meeting. As previously reported, Valentin Rybakov was appointed the permanent Representative of Belarus to the United Nations Organization. The sides discussed the state and prospects of Belarus-UN cooperation.
West 2017 military drills enter final straight
West 2017 military drills enter final straight The military exercises West 2017 are entering the final straight. On September 18, 2017 the armies of Belarus and Russia are continuing to drill joint defense of important state objects. What is more, the most intensive military exercises are expected on the day at the Osipovichi range. The indicated enemy will dispatch its troops. However, the Union State Army has prepared a fight back.
Observers: West 2017 doesn't smell aggression
Observers: West 2017 doesn't smell aggression September 17 marked a new phase of the West-2017 exercise. The military drills entered the active phase. This is the time when it becomes clear how effectively the army works as a fighting mechanism, how quickly the signal from headquarters reaches all units.
Belarusian MP about West 2017: We already have soldier of the future
Belarusian MP about West 2017: We already have soldier of the future The TV program "Week" talked with MP Sergei Bobrikov, who for several years headed the Military Academy, about the Belarusian military training West 2017 and the stir it caused. There is such a phrase: "If you want peace, prepare for war." Is it relevant today? Sergei Bobrikov, deputy of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus: The defense capability of the state is always assessed looking at its armed forces. So you have to keep the powder dry.
What military exercises does NATO conduct around Belarus and Russia?
What military exercises does NATO conduct around Belarus and Russia? The military exercises West-2017 are almost the main theme in the world media, and sometimes they are too exaggerated (especially in countries that are Belarus' neighbors). Ukraine is warning about a threat of invasion of its territory. Experts and officials of the Western community scare the public with the "Trojan horse" through which Russia will move troops to Belarus for ever and ever.
Belarus-Russia West 2017 drills begin: Picture of the World's review of first days
Belarus-Russia West 2017 drills begin: Picture of the World's review of first days Another incident on Friday morning in the London Underground. A bucket exploded and people got burned. The police are investigating this deeming this is a terrorist attack.
Active phase of West-2017 exercise held at Ruzhansky training ground
Active phase of West-2017 exercise held at Ruzhansky training ground The active phase of the exercise "West-2017" started at the training site Ruzhansky. The military of Belarus and Russia worked out joint actions by aviation and a unified regional air defense system to destroy a simulated enemy. Together they fight against violators of the air border, destroy air defense weapons of the simulated enemy using helicopters and also inflict a powerful air strike on the "enemy's" positions.
Belarusian air forces practice prevention of airspace violation during West 2017
Belarusian air forces practice prevention of airspace violation during West 2017 Counteraction to subversive groups and illegal military formations is still the main task of West 2017 drills. Servicemen perform these tasks at nine ranges in the air, on land and at sea. For instance, the situation of suppressing the violation of the state border in the airspace was worked out on the Domanovsky training ground on September 15. Anti-aircraft missile units were involved. They marched into the new positioning area.

17.09.2017

Plans of Belarusian-Indian cooperation outlined
Plans of Belarusian-Indian cooperation outlined Despite the fact that India has one of the largest armies in the world, and India is the first importer of arms, Belarus may cooperate with this country in many sectors. Machine building, wood processing, petrochemistry, production of medications. During Alexander Lukashenko’s visit to New Delhi, the list of joint project grew, just as the population of India, where a new person is born every second. In the nearest future India will be determining the future of the planet- this was stated by the President of Belarus during the meeting.
First stage results of West 2017 military drills
First stage results of West 2017 military drills The preparations for the main maneuvers were carried out during a couple of days at eight ranges of Belarus. Military commanders are ensuring that all the units are ready for the battles. Russian tankmen are mastering their skills at a range near Osipovichi.
International observers arrive in Belarus for West 2017 military drills
International observers arrive in Belarus for West 2017 military drills The invited international observers to the West 2017 military drills have arrive in Belarus.

16.09.2017

Second stage of West 2017 military drills to kick off September 17
Second stage of West 2017 military drills to kick off September 17 The first stage of the West 2017 military drills is finishing today. Elimination of diversionists, illegal armed groups and inspection of the location-the army of the Union State have drilled these tactics. The final accord is the work of the aviation. At the Ruzhansky military range planes will exterminate the positions of an indicated enemy and its defensive installations. Linear defense was drilled at the Lepel range.
First stage of West 2017 military drills comes to end
First stage of West 2017 military drills comes to end The most impressive military exercise of the West 2017 drills were held at the range Losvido in the Vitebsk region on September 15, 2017. The soldiers stood against indicated enemy-diversionists. The soldiers of the 38th independent guards air assault brigade drilled the training exercises. Maksim Slizh, CTV: This road leads to the range Losvido. It seems that there are no security guards and the entrance is free. We are expecting diversionists.

15.09.2017

Alexander Lukashenko to take part in active phase of West 2017 drills
Alexander Lukashenko to take part in active phase of West 2017 drills Today it became known that Alexander Lukashenko will take part in the active phase of the joint Belarusian-Russian strategic exercise "West-2017". The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces will get familiar with the drills on the territory of Belarus.
The Penthagon: Belarus, Russia took steps towards transparency of West 2017 drills
The Penthagon: Belarus, Russia took steps towards transparency of West 2017 drills Today, the Pentagon's position on the West 2017 maneuvers taking place in Belarus became known. The defense spokesperson of the US military department, Michelle Baldanza said Belarus and Russia had taken measures to ensure transparency in connection with the West-2017 exercise.  In particular, she added, Belarus notified about the exercises under the Vienna agreements. She also said Belarus held the necessary briefings at international forums.
West 2017 drills: day one
West 2017 drills: day one On September 14, the joint Belarusian-Russian strategic exercise "West-2017" began officially. In the course of maneuvers, the troops have to protect the interests of the Belarus-Russia Union State.
New Ambassador of Belarus to Indonesia: We have same tasks as in India in this region
New Ambassador of Belarus to Indonesia: We have same tasks as in India in this region The Indonesian economy is considered one of the most promising. The new Ambassador of Belarus in that country, Valery Kolesnik, is instructed to intensify all the agreements that were reached earlier during the visit of Alexander Lukashenko. Belarus, Indonesia should establish joint ventures, Alexander Lukashenko says

14.09.2017

Belarus, Russia premiers discuss cooperation over the phone
Belarus, Russia premiers discuss cooperation over the phone Topical issues of bilateral cooperation and work in the integration format were discussed on September 14 by telephone by the heads of the governments of Belarus and Russia. Andrei Kobyakov and Dmitry Medvedev also agreed to hold a regular meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Belarus-Russia Union State. The exact timeframe has not yet been determined. A preliminary meeting is scheduled for November-December.
Russian tanks arriving in Belarus for West-2017 exercise
Russian tanks arriving in Belarus for West-2017 exercise Tank units of the Russian army are being transferred to Belarus from the Moscow region. The machinery will arrive within 24 hours. According to the scenario of the West 2017 military exercise, the troops were raised after receiving information on an illegal armed formation on the territory of the Belarus-Russia Union State. The joint military training of the armed forces of Belarus and Russia officially began on September 14.

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