Protests end without beginning. Freedom Day 2017 in Minsk
All these days, suspects in the terrorist attack in the UK were being arrested. Already more than a dozen people were held by the police. The head of the anti-terrorist division of the Greater London reported that arrests are made on the basis of searches, but did not specify how the detainees were linked to the attack. Perhaps it will be revealed during the proceedings. And, as far as we know, some have already been released.
In Belarus, those suspected of preparing armed provocations on March 25 Freedom Day were also detained this week.
President Lukashenko: I can't allow for the situation in Ukraine to happen in Belarus
After visiting Arvi Belagro, President Lukashenko traditionally talked to the employees of the company. He talked about employment, salaries, information opposition on the internet, about the latest arrests of extremists.
Belarus President also stated that Belarus will not allow riots according to the Ukrainian scenario.
The situation in the country is stable and under control.
Mayor: No sanctioned rallies planned in Minsk for 25 March
The organizers of street protests, scheduled for March 25 in Minsk, refused from their applications. By the way, almost all initiators - except one - made this decision even before the consideration of applications. The last reply was received on March 24. The Minsk City Executive Committee explained:
the application (the proposed route in particular) does not meet the requirements of the legislation.
President Lukashenko: Ukrainian scenario will not work in Belarus
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made a working trip to the Grodno region on 24 March. One of the topics he touched on were the possible protests scheduled for March 25.
Belarus will not allow riots according to the Ukrainian scenario. The situation in the country is stable and under control.
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.
Belarusian investigators reveal White Legion's plans for March 25 protest
Investigators have found a whole arsenal of arms in houses of the activists of the organizations White Legion and Young Front. Machine guns, grenades, axes, symbols of the Azov battalion - this is an incomplete list of what was seized. A criminal investigation was opened against them for the preparation for participation in riots. Just before this news release, it became known that one of the suspects pointed a weapon stash.
Belarus President: We are able to maintain peace and tranquility in our country
Belarus is able to keep peace and tranquility of its citizens, said March 23 Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting on public security March 23. The head of state ordered all government agencies to maintain law and order in strict accordance with the Constitution. Any deviation from the law, as the President said, will not be tolerated.
Sky is without gunpowder above the heads of Belarusians and underfoot are clean sidewalks and roads. Around are well-groomed streets and avenues. Ahead is a clear prospect.
Kyrgyzstan leader invites Belarus President to Supreme Eurasian Economic Council session
A telephone conversation between the Presidents of Belarus and Kyrgyzstan took place March 23.
Almazbek Atambayev invited Alexander Lukashenko to take part in a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council to discuss the current issues and problems. The EEU summit is scheduled to be held in April-May 2017 in Bishkek.
During the conversation the heads of state discussed bilateral relations too. In particular, the presidents expressed mutual interest in further increasing trade and enhancing economic cooperation between the two countries.
Andrea Rigoni: I need to understand Belarus from inside to be objective in my report
Belarus and Europe are engaged in a dialogue on all topical and sensitive issues. Negotiations on a variety of topics will continue. On March 23, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with Andrea Rigoni - representative of the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly.
Andrea Rigoni is the Rapporteur on Belarus of the PACE Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy. He arrived in Minsk to prepare a draft report on the situation in Belarus. It will include a new resolution of PACE.
President Lukashenko: Belarus is able to keep peace in the country
Belarus is able to keep peace and tranquility of its citizens, said March 23 Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting on public security.
The head of state ordered all government agencies to maintain law and order in strict accordance with the Constitution. Any deviation from the norms of law, as noted by the President, will not be tolerated.
Rigoni: Belarus-Council of Europe relations are being built on trust
Belarus and the Council of Europe have made significant progress in relations over the past two years. This is an assessment of the bilateral cooperation by the rapporteur on Belarus of PACE given at the meeting with chairman of the House of Representatives of Belarus National Assembly.
Andrea Rigoni noted that constructive dialogue and mutual understanding remain the main principles.
PACE rapporteur Andrea Rigoni visiting Minsk
Cooperation in the parliamentary dimension will be discussed during the visit of PACE rapporteur Andrea Rigoni to Minsk. He is going to hold talks with the leadership of our country.
In particular, on March 23 Mr Rigoni will meet with the chairman of Belarus' House of Representatives. Vladimir Andreichenko and Andrea Rigoni plan to discuss the participation of the National Assembly in PACE events and further access of Belarus to Council of Europe's conventions.
Belarus' law enforcement agencies clamp down on radical organization White Legion
On March 22, the phrase White Legion reappeared in the operative reports of law enforcement agencies of Belarus. The radical organization, which seemed to stop functioning almost 15 years ago, is again in the limelight.
On March 22, law enforcement agencies carried out a few dozen searches. A solid arsenal of weapons (sapper shovels, body armor, rifles and even automatic recharge system) was found in the apartment of one of the group's participants. There is reason to believe that all this was intended to be used to organize unrest in the country.
President Lukashenko: Situation in Belarus under control
Fair pricing, implementation of decree on social dependency, attempted armed breakthrough on the Belarusian-Ukrainian border and the fifth column in Belarus. The Belarusian President commented on these issues during the visit to the Mogilev Region on March 21.
Belarus has detained militants preparing armed provocation, President Lukashenko says
Foreign investment should be brought into the country taking into account public interests, said Alexander Lukashenko during his working trip to Mogilev region March 21.
The President visited the free economic zone Mogilev, where about 40 residents are currently working.In particular, the company Kronospan where chipboards are made.
For six years, the owner has invested nearly a billion dollars in the Belarusian companies. The region plans to further attract foreign capital.
Belarus President: Reforms we are offered are not for our people
The pricing policy, wage growth and employment are the three main areas for Minsk vice mayors designated by the Belarus President. Alexander Lukashenko agreed a number of appointments in Minsk.
He expects from the new managers first of all professional approaches and absence of red tape
as well as quick solutions to problems of the residents of the capital. Minsk should become an example for the whole Belarus.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is ready to ensure its security in any situation
Joint exercises of the Armed Forces of Belarus and Russia Zapad 2017 (West 2017) need to be as transparent as possible, said the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, during the report on the drills.
They will be held in Belarus in autumn 2017.
President Lukashenko also emphasized that Belarus doesn’t intend to curtail its cooperation with Russia because of the disagreements in other spheres. The forthcoming drills prove the aspiration.
In as many as 20 countries military actions are taking place.
Alexander Lukashenko: West 2017 joint drills need to be transparent
Joint exercises of the Armed Forces of Belarus and Russia Zapad 2017 (West 2017) need to be maximally transparent, said the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, during the report on the drills. They will be held in Belarus in the autumn.
The Head of State asked about the composition of the troops involved, the exercise area, as well as the expected results. In addition, Alexander Lukashenko demanded that the Defense Ministry leadership carefully consider cooperation with all other authorities.
MP Igor Marzalyuk on protests, freedom and Belarus-EU relations
A strange coincidence: the majority of these visits took place on March 15th. What was so special about that day? What events could encourage the high-ranking guests from respected countries to arrive in Minsk on March 15? Constitution Day? Hardly. This is of course an important date for Belarus but still it's not a public holiday. Maybe, the reason is protest events announced by the opposition on that day? I doubt it!
March 15 detentions in Minsk legal: protesters violate law on mass events
The United States authorities decided that protesters are forbidden to wear masks back in the middle of the 20th century. In the first place, this measure was designed to fight the Ku Klux Klan movement. Many recollected this measure in the early 2010s when the streets of many American cities were flooded with members of the Occupy movement.
Angela Merkel: I am glad that President Trump supports Minsk ceasefire agreements
The most discussed subject in the world of politics today is the dialogue between the USA and the EU. The first meeting of US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel took place in Washington. The leaders discussed a set of questions; they talked about NATO, combating terrorism and the crisis in Eastern Ukraine.
Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany: The US Administration and President Trump personally support Minsk Ceasefire Agreements. We need to solve this problem.
European Integrative Week: distinguished guests visit Belarus
Last week in Belarus can be given the name of the Great European Week. Distinguished guests from different countries came to the center of Europe. Belgium Foreign Minister, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE, First Vice President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Chief of the IMF Mission, and delegations of the Visegrad Group and of the Eastern Partnership, Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, parliamentary delegation from Kazakhstan, and Egypt State Minister. Nevertheless, there was important news.
President Lukashenko: Government staff optimization mustn’t result in unthoughtful personnel reduction
Optimization of government structure and elimination of duplicate functions. The effectiveness of the government staff was discussed at Belarus President’s meeting on March 17, 2017. Alexander Lukashenko had once again emphasized that optimization mustn’t result in unthoughtful personnel reduction. The prime question is about creating an effective governance model, which will facilitate the dynamic development of Belarus.
Belarus' Prosecutor General on detention of protesters on March 15
The General Prosecutor's Office of Belarus considers legitimate the reaction to the flagrant violation of law on mass events. Alexander Konyuk has commented on the detention of persons protesting against Decree No3.
As was noted earlier by the Interior Ministry, all the detainees had grossly violated the law. Thus, Article 11 of the Law on Mass Events strictly forbids protesters to hide their faces under masks.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is interested in state transformation experience of Kazakhstan
Belarus is interested in state transformation experience, which is happening in Kazakhstan. This was stated by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko during a meeting with Nurlan Nigmatulin, Chairman of Majilis Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Both Belarus and Kazakhstan are longstanding strategic partners. Official Astana is at its political reload stage today. After adopting the new version of the Constitution, Kazakh lawmakers will have more powers.
Belarus' Interior Ministry explains detentions during March 15 rally in Minsk
Person detained on March 15 during the rally against Decree No3 grossly violated the law on mass events and resisted the police, said the Interior Ministry March 16.
Law enforcement officers acted strictly within the law, and the law is fairly loyal to such violations. European and US experience shows that one can get a year's jail term if a person's face is covered during a protest.
OSCE PA President Christine Muttonen tastes Belarusian chocolate and tries fashion clothes
Belarus is committed to the basic principles of the OSCE, said Belarus President on March 16 at a meeting with the chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. Christine Muttonen spent several days in Belarus. On March 15, she met with Belarusian MPs.
The sides signed an agreement on the 26th annual session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.
It will be held in July 2017 in the capital of Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko emphasized that our country will make every effort so that the upcoming session becomes the best in the history of such meetings.
We will show western biases about Belarus are far-fetched, Alexander Lukashenko says
Belarus is committed to the basic principles of the OSCE, said President Alexander Lukashenko a meeting with OSCE Parliamentary Assembly president Christine Muttonen.
Yesterday, she had meetings with Belarusian MPs.
The parties signed an agreement on the 26th Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. It will be held in Minsk in July 2017.
The decision to hold the event in Minsk was passed unanimously.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is committed to OSCE's basic principles
Belarus is committed to the basic principles of the OSCE, said President Alexander Lukashenko on March 16 at a meeting with the chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.
Christine Muttonen has already spent several days in Belarus. Yesterday, she met with Belarusian MPs.
The parties signed an agreement for the 26th Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. It will be held in Minsk in July 2017.
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.
'Non-parasites march' takes place in Minsk March 15
The so-called "Non-parasites march", which did not draw a lot of people, was held in Minsk on March 15.
It was held without incidents, with protesters sticking to the planned route.
Organizers may deny that, but still some opposition activists tried to use the event for the sake of their own PR. It was also strange to see how this march was headed by anarchists.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus interested in Belgian investments
Belarus is interested in attracting Belgian investments and ready for a political dialogue on extending business cooperation. On March 15, 2017 Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs of the Kingdom of Belgium.
Didier Reynders is an experienced politician and is visiting Belarus for the first time, primarily as a representative of Belgium.
President Lukashenko: I am for EU but against its double standards
Belarus is interested in attracting Belgian investments and ready for a political dialogue on extending business cooperation.
On March 15, 2017 Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs of the Kingdom of Belgium.
Besides the internal political issues, cooperation between Belarus and the EU was discussed. Alexander Lukashenko said that Belarus will always work for unification and stability in Europe.
Regnum's Yuri Baranchik detained in Russia and may be extradited to Belarus
Today it became known that Regnum's Yuri Baranchik was detained in Russia. This was confirmed by the Investigation Committee of Belarus, where the criminal investigation is continuing with respect to Sergei Shiptenko, Yuri Pavlovets and Dmitry Alimkin. They were charged with inciting ethnic hatred.
The involvement of Baranchik in this case has been established during the investigation. The Investigative Committee said that the journalist may be extradited.
Christine Muttonen to sign agreement on 26th OSCE PA session in Minsk
The Delegation of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly headed by Chairwoman Christine Muttonen is arriving in Minsk March 15. The foreign visitors will hold a meeting at the Belarusian parliament.
They will discuss the preparation for the 26th session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, which is set to be held in Minsk in July 2017. It is expected that the program of the meeting will be agreed during the current visit.
In addition, today the parties will sign an agreement to determine the preparation plan.
Vladimir Makei: Eastern Partnership Initiative important for Belarus
Belarus remains a strong supporter of integration and offers the Minsk platform for integration processes in Central and Eastern Europe. This was said by the Foreign Minister of Belarus on March 15 in Minsk at a meeting with the heads of delegations of the countries of the Visegrad Group and the Eastern Partnership.
Today we can confidently look into the future, Belarus President says
Compliance with the rules laid down in the Constitution is the guarantor of stability and prosperity in the society, which ensures decent conditions of life.
This is stated in the congratulation message of Alexander Lukashenko to compatriots on the occasion of Constitution Day.
Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:Today, we can confidently look to the future knowing that our coordinated work, cohesion and creative energy predetermine further development and progress towards prosperity of the Motherland.
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Belgium to visit Belarus
Joint investment projects and cooperation in international organizations will be discussed on May 15 during the visit of Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Belgium to Belarus.
Note that this is the first visit of the head of the Foreign Ministry of Belgium.
The talks will focus on trade and economic relations of Belarus and Belgium as well as on the Belarus-EU dialogue.
Now trade between the two countries amounts to nearly $370 million dollars.
Alena Kupchyna nominated for OSCE Secretary General position
Permanent Representative of the Republic of Belarus to the OSCE, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Austria Alena Kupchyna was nominated for the position of the Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Altogether, there are five candidates for the post.
The first hearings took place in Vienna on March 14, 2017 during which the candidates projected the future of the OSCE.
President Lukashenko makes new personnel changes on March 14, 2017
President Alexander Lukashenko made a number of personnel changes. On March 14, 2017 Alexander Lukashenko appointed a new Minister of Labour and Social Protection. Irina Kostevich took up the post. Belarus President appointed Igor Buzovsky the new Head of Minsk Tsentralny district, Vladimir Karpyak as President’s Aide, Chief Inspector in Minsk. Changes have also been made in the oil-industry.
Irina Kostevich: A target of 70,000 new working places by 2017 in Belarus
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made a number of personnel decisions. On March 14, 2017 Alexander Lukashenko appointed a new Minister of Labor and Social Protection. Irina Kostevich took up the post. Earlier she served as deputy minister of economy. The skilled specialist has years of work behind her in statistics and analyzing sectors.
The Ministry of Labor and Social Protection has a number of tasks set up, which are to ensure a high level of employment and Belarusians' income growth.
Belarus and Russia start preparations for West 2017 drills
Belarusian and Russian troops began preparations for the exercises Zapad 2017 [West 2017].
During the drills, the parties intend to work out the coherence of military administration and interoperability of military units.
The large-scale exercises will be held in September in several ranges of Belarus and Russia. This will sum up the joint activities of the two countries in the past two years.
Egypt military industry officials interested in cooperation with Belarus
Cooperation with Egypt needs to develop more intensively and without any forbidden topics. The President of Belarus noted willingness to work with the Arab republic of Egypt in all areas. He said this on March 14 at a meeting with Minister of State for Military Industry of Egypt.
A new impetus to the relations between the two countries was given earlier this year during the official visit of Alexander Lukashenko to the Arab Republic of Egypt. Now these agreements are being implemented at all levels.
Germany interested in rapprochement with Belarus
Belarus and Germany are noting the positive dynamism in bilateral contacts. On March 13 in Minsk, Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei met with Minister of State for European Affairs of Germany Michael Roth to discuss politics, economy and exchange of students.
Among the issues discussed at the formal meeting were the tragic history of our countries. The memorial Trostenets in Minsk became a monument to common misfortune. In the mid-1940s, many German Jews were sent to this death camp.
Batons, water cannons and rubber bullets: How police of different countries calms down raging demonstrators
Let us recall the phrase of President Lukashenko on Thursday at a meeting on current issues of the country's development: "There will be no Maidan in Belarus! There are no prerequisites for this. But it is always necessary to pre-empt a particular problem." We will now talk not about Belarus but about pre-emption. Even in the most democratic countries, approaches to demonstrators are tough, because they create a threat to public order and confront with the police. The events of recent weeks and daily news confirm this again and again.
Boleslav Pirshtuk about OSCE PA summer session and economic reforms in Belarus
Let's continue the theme with the guest of our program. Today in the studio we have deputy chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus Boleslav Pirshtuk.
Boleslav Kazimirovich, hello.
Boleslav Pirshtuk, deputy chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus:
President Lukashenko on decree No3, dialogue between authorities and people and Belarus-Russia relations
While different kinds of managers, politicians and ordinary Belarusians wondered and fantasized and, perhaps, were waiting for the situation to resolve, the President decided not cut the Gordian knot of Decree No3 but gently pulled the necessary strings to untie it. It so happened to the good intentions of decree number 3 - to stimulate those who are out of work, to restore justice in terms of the distribution of social benefits - were not able to live with the current economic reality. And, strictly speaking, the document is not economic or financial.
Belarus President: Preventive work should be practical and effective
The law enforcement system in Belarus should be as effective and optimal as possible, said President Alexander Lukashenko on March 10 at a meeting to review the operation of law enforcement agencies in 2016 and optimization of the law enforcement and judicial system.
Invited at the meeting were more than 250 participants.
Over the past 10 years, crime in Belarus has fallen by almost half. This is a good result.
Belarus demands equal rights with Russia in Eurasian Economic Union
Decree on social dependency, employment policy, relations with Russia and mutually beneficial partnership in the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) were among the topical issues discussed at the March 9 meeting hosted by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. The Head of State responded to the issues that most concern to society. The President drew attention to the most important values that Belarus preserves, which are stability and calmness.
Belarus, Russia intend to develop interaction algorithm on migration issues
Belarus and Russia intend to develop an algorithm of interaction on current migration issues.
First of all, it concerns the law-enforcement and border agencies, stated today the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus. In the near future, the sides will hold a meeting of the interstate interdepartmental working group.
Alexander Lukashenko: There will be no Maidan in Belarus
Relations with Russia, employment policy and the decree on social dependency were discussed on March 9 at the meeting hosted by President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko.
Gas prices should not be basis of Belarusian-Russian relations, Alexander Lukashenko says
Who and why organizes protests against Decree No3 in Belarus?
The network continues to discuss the special report and investigation "Call to a Friend". Our colleagues collected facts that explain who and why organizes protests in Belarus. Why opposition was represented by only one person at the recent so-called "Marches against Decree No3" and what did anarchists do at these marches? The report shows phone calls answering many questions.
EEU Intergovernmental Council in Bishkek: Belarus displeased with Russia's integration policy
Start of free trade between the EEU and Iran, the development of exports to the markets of third countries and other issues within the framework of the Eurasian Union were discussed on March 7 in Bishkek at the EEU Intergovernmental Council. Some problems were also raised. For instance, roughness in relations with Russia influence Belarus' participation in the integration processes within the framework of the EEU.
EEU Intergovernmental Council meeting starts in Bishkek
"Eurasian five", 2 days and 12 questions on agenda! Bishkek is preparing for a meeting of the EEU Intergovernmental Council. Belarus will be represented at the forum by the Prime Minister, Andrei Kobyakov.
The Heads of Government will discuss the removal of barriers to the development of the internal market of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), as well as more profitable ways to enter markets of third countries.
Germany welcomes adoption by Belarus of National Human Rights Plan
Germany welcomes the adoption by Belarus of the National Human Rights Plan, stated Bundestag deputies. Their delegation led by Bärbel Kofler held a meeting with Belarusian colleagues March 6.
The guests expressed their hope that the implementation of the document's norms will be successful and also noted the importance of public discussion of these norms.
EEU Intergovernmental Council meeting to take place in Bishkek
Bishkek is preparing for the meeting of the Intergovernmental Council of the Eurasian Economic Union. The Belarusian side will be represented at the meeting by Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov.
The agenda includes 12 issues. Among them is the removal of obstacles in the internal market of the Eurasian Economic Union.
Why doesn't Belarus open Stalin era archives?
It so happened that Joseph Stalin, in whose time mass repressions were carried out in the USSR, was a Georgian. This, of course, has no relation to today's story, but attention to one of the places of the Great Terror - Kurapaty near Minsk - has been attracted recently by the newspaper "SB - Belarus Today", and with good intentions. Let's talk about motivated and reasons for that with the chief editor of the country's main state newspaper Pavel Yakubovich. He is now in our studio.
Pavel Izotovich, hello.
Belarus ready to share experience with Vietnam in ensuring rule of law
Belarus is ready to share experience with Vietnam in the field of law enforcement, said March 2 President Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with the Minister of Public Security of Vietnam Tô Lâm.
That country is one of a number of priority partners of Belarus in the Asian region. Today, Vietnam is developing rapidly, including economically.
OSCE PA summer session 2017 to boost Belarus' role in world politics, Vladimir Andreichenko says
Strengthening of mutual trust and cooperation for peace and prosperity in the region will be the main leitmotif of the 26th Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. The OSCE PA session will be held in Minsk from 5 to 9 July.
This will be the first time Belarus has hosted an even of such a scale. On March 1, at the first meeting of the organizing committee to prepare for the session, the participants identified a number of problems.
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.
Alexander Lukashenko to meet Giorgi Margvelashvili on March 1
On March 1, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko will meet with his Georgian counterpart. The night before Giorgi Margvelashvili arrived at Minsk National Airport, where he was met by a delegation of officials and honor guard.
The heads of state will discuss a wide range of issues of cooperation, with special attention to the strengthening of economic cooperation between the two countries.
MPs expect quick resolution of issues in Belarusian-Russian relations
MPs expect a quick resolution of issues in Russian-Belarusian relations. This opinion sounded on February 28 in Minsk at the meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union State of Russia and Belarus.
It discussed foreign policy, particularly the results of the winter session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and joint cooperation. The MPs also touched upon the issues of creating a legal framework for closer economic cooperation.
Estonian Military Parade 2017
The day before February 23, 2017 an American guided missile cruiser touched the shore of Estonia. A parade was held the next day in Tallinn. Militants of several NATO states took part in it.
Estonia became a sovereign state 99 years ago and entered NATO in 2004. Thousands of allied military machinery units and thousands of soldiers passed through the streets of Tallinn.
Belarus Parliament wants to form positive country image abroad
Belarusian MPs would like to form a positive image of Belarus abroad. This was announced on February 27 at the lower house of the Belarus parliament following the winter session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Vienna.
In recent years, Belarus-EU relations have become much warmer, including through a balanced policy of the Belarusian side. In addition, MPs are confident that Europe has a lot of serious problems these days, which it is best to solve together. At the same time, it is Belarus that is a donor of regional stability.
Georgia President Giorgi Margvelashvili to visit Belarus March 1
Minsk is preparing to welcome the President of Georgia. He will arrive in our country on an official visit.
February 27, it was announced that the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, will hold talks with his Georgian counterpart Giorgi Margvelashvili on March 1.
Meetings are planned in the one-on-one format, as well as in an expanded format, together with delegations.
Minsk ceasefire agreements: a platform for further work of the OSCE
Vienna urges compliance on Minsk ceasefire agreements. This concerns the current situation in Ukraine. It is one of the key subjects discussed at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
“Minsk ceasefire agreements need to be used as a platform for further work of the OSCE”. This was said by Swedish delegates at the sitting of the Political and Security Committee.
Ukraine crisis to be discussed at OSCE PA in Minsk in summer 2017
Belarus will host the next OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in the summer of 2017.
Today in Vienna there was held a presentation of Belarus as the host of the forthcoming forum.
The event of this level will be held in Belarus for the first time in more than 20 years.
Belarus-Russia gas conflict to be resolved at political level
Decisions on Russian gas for Belarus were taken and will be coordinated at the political level, said the Minister of Energy of Belarus.
On February 24, the ministry sums up the work over the past year. One of the most discussed topics in 2016 was the oil and gas issues with Russia.
In this regard, the Belarusian side insists on the fulfillment of all the rules that are laid down in the agreement on the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).
OSCE PA summer session in Minsk to be discussed in Vienna February 24
The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly is now being held in the capital of Austria. It involves representatives of Belarus, too. It is planned that on 24 February, Belarusian MPs will meet with the top leadership of the Parliamentary Assembly and discuss a number of issues.
One of the main topics is the holding of the summer session in Minsk. It is expected that OSCE parliamentarians of the member states will arrive in Minsk in early July. These are about 700 guests from more than fifty countries.
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.
Belarus to be presented as host of OSCE PA annual session
The presentation of Belarus as the host country of the annual session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will be held in Vienna.
On February 23, the capital of Austria will host the winter session of the MPs of the world's largest regional organization dealing with security issues. Belarus is also taking part.
Expert Mikhail Delyagin on relations between Russia and Belarus
There can't be long-standing idyll even in relationships between relatives. But, following Bulgakov's metaphors, it is better not to set fire to the communal apartment in which Belarus and Russia live, advises Russian economist, journalist and politician Mikhail Delyagin. Author of the TV program Simple Questions Yegor Khrustalev made an interview with the expert.
What are the opinions in the Russian society about relations between Russia and 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.
Belarus Foreign Minister to make working visit to Russia
Vladimir Makei is on a working trip to visit Moscow. During the visit, he is going to meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov.
The foreign ministers will discuss topical issues of the bilateral agenda, cooperation in the international arena and in international organizations, as well as the preparation for the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Belarus and Russia.
Belarus, Kazakhstan presidents discuss EEU and bilateral cooperation
A telephone conversation between the Presidents of Belarus and Kazakhstan was held February 20 at the initiative of the Kazakh side. One of the main topics discussed by Alexander Lukashenko and Nursultan Nazarbayev were the relations in the Eurasian Economic Union.
The President of Kazakhstan expressed concern about the issues in relations between Russia and Belarus.
At the same time, Mr Nazarbayev is confident that all the existing differences between Minsk and Moscow will be resolved within the union.
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.
Merkel says still no alternatives to Minsk agreements on Ukraine
The International Conference on Security continues in Munich. One of the key issues is the settlement of the crisis in south-east Ukraine. This topic was discussed by the foreign ministers of the "Normandy 4".
They agreed they would promote the truce in the Donbas from 20 February.
Angela Merkel did not stay aside from the problems. The German Chancellor called the Minsk agreements - quote - "the only thing that we have in order to continue the dialogue and solve problems."
President of Turkmenistan inaugurated for third term after landslide victory
The inauguration ceremony of President of Turkmenistan began in Ashgabat. On Sunday, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov won the election with almost 98% of the vote.
It will be already the third term as head of state for the current Turkmenistani leader.
Under the new Constitution, adopted September 14, 2016, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov will stay in this position for seven years instead of five.
Presidential Administration revamped in Belarus
One third of the staff of the Presidential Administration will be cut. The corresponding decree was signed on February 13 by Alexander Lukashenko.
It is expected that this measure will make the work of the main political headquarters of the head of state more efficient.
In particular, the institute of presidential assistants is being reformed. Two new posts are introduced.
The assistants will be in charge of two different directions. The first is the legislative and judicial and the second is the credit and financial one.
President Lukashenko meets with chief editor Narodnaya Volya newspaper Iosif Seredich
Recent national issues were the subject of conversation between Alexander Lukashenko and chief editor of the newspaper Narodnaya Volya Iosif Seredich.
The journalist asked the President about a personal meeting during the "Big conversation", which took place on February 3. And today at the Palace of Independence the Head of State met with the Mr Seredich.
In fact, this meeting was a continuation of the serious conversation of February 3.
CEI's Committee of National Coordinators to hold first session in Minsk
The development of regional cooperation and trade relations between the countries of East and Europe will be the main topics of the first meeting of the Committee of National Coordinators of the Central European Initiative in Minsk.
It will take place early next week as Belarus is now chairing this international organization. Minsk assumed the CEI chairmanship in 2017.
OSCE PA conference in Minsk should ensure security in Europe, Belarus President says
Belarus has established an organizing committee on the preparation and holding in Minsk of a session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. The corresponding decree was signed by the Belarus President on February 8.
The annual meeting of the organization of MPs will be held in July 2017. It will involve more than 300 parliamentarians from 56 countries.
Belarusian authorities to improve election law based on OSCE advice
The main matter at the summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Minsk will be the exchange of experience and ideas on topical issues of the day. The Belarusian side is getting ready for a productive discussion.
Now Belarus is improving its electoral legislation based on OSCE recommendations.
OSCE suggestions will soon be summarized by the country's election commission and presented to the Belarus President.
Belarus comments on introduction of border zone by Russia
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to monitor the situation with the introduction by Russia of a border zone with Belarus. At the moment the situation is under control of the country's foreign ministry.
There were no complaints of misconduct on the part of Russian border services in respect of Belarusian citizens. However, the new rules on border crossings imposed by Russian partners led to a certain nuances in the bilateral relations.
OSCE PA is vital for country's image, Belarusian MP says
Belarus has established an organizing committee on preparation and holding in Minsk of a session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. The corresponding decree was signed by the Belarus President on February 8.
The annual, 26th meeting of the organization will take place in July. The organizing committee is instructed to hold it at the highest level. The committee is headed by the chairman of the House of Representatives. More than 300 parliamentarians from 56 countries will arrive in Minsk.
Minsk beginning preparations for OSCE Parliamentary Assembly session
Belarus has established an organizing committee on preparation and holding in Minsk of a session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.
The corresponding decree was signed by the Belarus President on February 8.
The annual, 26th meeting of the organization will take place in July. The organizing committee is entrusted with holding the event at a high level.
Lebedev: Belarus and Russia to find common ground in resolving disputes
Belarus and Russia will find a common language in the settlement of disputes, said Sergei Lebedev, head of the CIS Executive Committee.
The politician is convinced that the difficulties are temporary and they will not affect the Commonwealth, since both countries are active supporters of the integration.
I want Belarus to be perceived as independent state, President Lukashenko says
It is not so easy for residents of the western countries to become the lucky owners of a tractor or other products with the label "Made in Belarus". This happens for different reasons. One of them are difficulties with entrance to the European market. Competition is all countries is serious and Belarusian products are not awaited there, so Belarus needs to exert efforts to get to new markets. Here is what President Lukashenko said about this.
Belarus President's orders become plan of action for government
"Big conversation. Momentum for important things" was the title of the February 7 front-page article of one of Belarus' most authoritative newspapers SB. Belarus Today.
The newspaper has summarized more than 7 hours of dialogue between Alexander Lukashenko and members of the public, the media and experts.
Chairman of Pakistan Senate visits Belarus
Last week the Pakistan Senate Chairman and his wife visited Minsk. They had time both to negotiate and have a general impression of Belarus.
Raza Rabbani, the Chairman of Pakistan Senate, has visited Belarus for the first time. Taman, his wife, came with him.
While Mr. Rabbani was learning about the political and industrial side of Belarus, met the President, took part in talks with ministers and concludes contracts, Taman was responsible for the aesthetic and cultural part of the acquaintance with Belarus.
This is purely political attack: President comments on Russia's reaction to visa-free regime in Belarus
Another important topic to which Alexander Lukashenko returned several times during the "big conversation". We started from it - the relations between Belarus and Russia at the present stage. And the latest reason to it was the introduction by Russia of a border zone regime. Formally, this is done as a reaction to the decision of Belarus to allow foreigners from 80 countries to stay in Belarus visa-free for five days if they enter Belarus through the Minsk national airport.
Belarus to lay off excessive public servants?
Continuous staff updates and performance discipline are the main tasks set by the President at the meeting with his administration on February 6. Alexander Lukashenko is sure that only those who want to work and benefit the country should remain in this structure.
As the main political headquarters of the head of state, the President's Administration should accumulate the most advanced ideas and be a powerful ideological center, where staff will have the necessary knowledge and work as a team.
President Lukashenko on issues in Belarus-Russia relations
Because of disparities in prices in Belarusian and Russian markets Belarus lost $15 billion, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media. The Head of State commented extensively on the problematic issues in Belarusian-Russian relations. The Head of State commented extensively on the problematic issues in Belarusian-Russian relations.
Belarus not seeking NATO membership
Belarus is not seeking NATO membership, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media.