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24.04.2017

Lithuanian plane violates Belarus border
Lithuanian plane violates Belarus border The Belarusian Foreign Ministry on April 22 handed over a protest note to Lithuania due to a violation of the state border. The incident occurred on Wednesday in the area under construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant. Lithuanian light aircraft flew 8 kilometers into the territory of Belarus then turned and left the Belarusian airspace. All the time the plane was over Belarus, it was controlled by means of anti-aircraft defense.

23.04.2017

France prepares for Presidential Elections 2017
France prepares for Presidential Elections 2017 Not all Europeans share the dream of a refugee to become a citizen of the EU as soon as possible. And the European liberalism with which Serbian peasants are unhappy about started losing its positions. For this reason nationalistic parties are gaining popularity in the EU. It was proved by the recent elections in Austria and the Netherlands. Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Front, is the presidential election campaign’s favorite in France.
What did the Belarus President say in his State of the Nation Address?
What did the Belarus President say in his State of the Nation Address? Belarusians can make a living only thanks to their work. Free material goods will not come from heaven even if Metropolitan Pavel, Archbishop Kondrusiewicz and all the holy fathers of all faiths pray daily for the prosperity of our country. "This year should be the key one - there is nowhere for Belarus to retreat, and it is necessary to move forward in the economy, at least half a step, but we need forward movement," President Lukashenko said, addressing the people and the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus on Friday.
Results of Alexander Lukashenko's meeting with Zhang Dejiang
Results of Alexander Lukashenko's meeting with Zhang Dejiang China’s economy today is implementing global projects. Such projects as the Eurasian Land Bridge. By a twist of fate Belarus is on this route and it can become one of the nodal platforms of a colossal economic project. Being one of the largest investors of today, China felt the perspectives of Belarus and there isn’t a single week without Chinese power brokers visiting Belarus. A Belarusian satellite was launched from the Chinese cosmodrome, Belarus and China are building the industrial park Great Stone together.

22.04.2017

Alexander Lukashenko: Sports federations to be fully reformed in nearest time
Alexander Lukashenko: Sports federations to be fully reformed in nearest time Another point which was paid attention to is Belarus’ sport strides. Professional sport is limping. Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus: The highest ideology of today is sport. Thousand, millions follow Belarusian sportsmen. I follow them and you do too. If Belarusian sportsman is performing, Belarus watches him, shouts for him, and is distressed for him. Millions of people as a nation are united and they watch this sportsman.
Belarus President about practical side of higher education
Belarus President about practical side of higher education Life itself mobilizes to change the approaches towards education. The choice of a future profession must be sensible. And from now on education and production will cooperate. Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus:I emphasized many times before: undergraduates need to be involved into the production processes. And not only undergraduates. Students from the second year and from the end of the first year must be dragged to the fields, to machines and so on.
President Lukashenko about unnecessary school curricula complexity
President Lukashenko about unnecessary school curricula complexity The future of Belarus belongs to education. President Lukashenko complains about the unnecessary complexity of school curricula.
President Lukashenko: Straightforward and swift communication of governance and people needed
President Lukashenko: Straightforward and swift communication of governance and people needed New technologies for progress service. Successful examples of implementing electronic systems already exist: banks, customs, medicine and education. The next step is electronic government, optimization and work “for a result” in all sectors. Furthermore, the ideas of Belarusian nationhood remain unchanging. Among the main subjects ids the dialogue between the authorities and the people.
Alexander Lukashenko about Decree No. 3 alternatives
Alexander Lukashenko about Decree No. 3 alternatives The problem of unemployment is one of the pressing issues. There are as many as 350,000 unemployed in Belarus today. The figure is high, but it is necessary to keep in mind that dozens of thousands of Ukrainian refugees entered the Belarusian labor market in a period of one year and a half. The message of Alexander Lukashenko is to leave specialists at plants and oblige plants to support these specialists, to provide work for everyone who wishes to work.
Belarus President: It was incredibly difficult to gain freedom, but it will be even more difficult to defend it
Belarus President: It was incredibly difficult to gain freedom, but it will be even more difficult to defend it Belarus continues to stay on track of multifaceted foreign policy. Belarus will always stay shoulder to shoulder with Russia. Furthermore, thaw in relations with the EU and the USA is felt. Belarus is proud of its privileged understanding with China. Alexander Lukashenko stated this fact several times. The main principle of cooperation is respect.
Alexander Lukashenko: Effective measures undertaken when facts of corruption reported
Alexander Lukashenko: Effective measures undertaken when facts of corruption reported Corruption is the most dangerous phenomena for internal security. President Lukashenko previses officials from bribes and once again reminds them that all people in Belarus are equal before the law. Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus:The guiding principles on combatting corruption remain unchanged as before. It is equality of everyone before the law and inevitability of responsibility regardless of office held and previous merits.
President Lukashenko about trust between business and government
President Lukashenko about trust between business and government Entrepreneurship is a separate subject. President Lukashenko emphasizes that it is necessary to strengthen the trust between the authority and business. The conditions of opening and conducting a business must be simple and clear, both on paper and in deed. Minimum number of inspections and administrative procedures, more responsibility on manufacturers themselves. Alexander Lukashenko suggests discussing business climate warming all together.
Belarus President about BYN1,000 salary: Almost everything depends on the directors. Almost everything
Belarus President about BYN1,000 salary: Almost everything depends on the directors. Almost everything Another subject for discussion and consideration is the salary level. Alexander Lukashenko emphasizes that he is not going to abandon the promised BYN1,000 salary issue. Furthermore, the system of job compensation must be transparent to its maximum. There is only one condition-money must be earnt.

21.04.2017

Belarus President says no one can feel safe because of terrorism
Belarus President: Europeans are yet to grasp Brexit consequences President Alexander Lukashenko delivered his annual State of the Nation Address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly. This political tradition is two decades old in Belarus.
Belarus President: Foreign policy should help build a strong economy
Belarus President: Foreign policy should help build a strong economy Foreign policy must help build a strong economy, said the Belarus President in his State of the Nation Address on April 21. Alexander Lukashenko noted that the country seeks cooperation with many states. And here the main thing is the principles of equality and respect. Long-standing friendship with Russia has led to the strategic nature of these relations. In many respects this is thanks to the personal friendship of the leaders of both states. But lately, Belarus has been engaged in quite an active dialogue with distant states, for example, with China.
Belarus President to make State of the Nation Address April 21: expectations
Belarus President to make State of the Nation Address April 21: expectations The development strategy of the Belarusian economy , employment and the creation of new industries. Experts and political scientists have named the topics that are likely to be raised in the President's Address to the Belarusian people and the parliament. On April 21, Alexander Lukashenko will address the people and the parliament in the Oval Hall at a joint session of the House of Representatives and the Council of the Republic, the two chambers of Belarus' parliament.

19.04.2017

“Dangerous” fans in Belarus may be banned from attending matches
“Dangerous” fans in Belarus may be banned from attending matches “Dangerous” fans may be banned from visiting sports matches. The prohibition of attending sports competitions for hooligan fans draft law was passed in the first reading by delegates on April 19, 2017. Depending on the extent of a crime, the term of the ban may be from three months to three years. By the way, the list of rebellious fans will be publicly available. Such practice is widely implemented in Great Britain, France, and Russia. As for Belarusian fans, as many as 130 people bid to have their names on the blacklist.
Belarus’ Criminal Code to be overhauled
Belarus’ Criminal Code to be overhauled Cajolement of loans, non-payment of these loans, incorrectly opened foreign accounts and merchandise turnover with forged excises. It is far from the full list of violations which may be mitigated in Belarus. The Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus is planned to be reviewed as well. Legislators stand for mitigation in a range of violation cases for illegal entrepreneurship and other criminal acts in the economic sphere.
Minsk hosts 10th CSTO Military Committee session
Minsk hosts 10th CSTO Military Committee session Joint training of skilled specialists for the organization of air defense. The CSTO Military Committee gathers in Minsk for the 10th time. Maintenance of security and delivery of collective air forces are among the topical issues. Furthermore, it was decided that the training of man power will be held in military academies of Belarus and Russia. Subsidiary organs, which deal with communications and technical support, will also be established.
Alexander Lukashenko to deliver State of the Nation Address April 21
Alexander Lukashenko to deliver State of the Nation Address April 21 Alexander Lukashenko will deliver his annual speech to the Belarusian nation and the National Assembly on April 21, 2017. President Lukashenko’s speech will take place during the joint meeting of the House of Representatives and the Council of the Republic of Belarus. It has been a many-year political tradition. Every time it’s an analysis of the economic situation in Belarus and in the world, it is a strategy of the country’s development for the nearest time as well.

18.04.2017

President Lukashenko to visit China in May
President Lukashenko to visit China in May It is expected that Alexander Lukashenko will visit China in May. The upcoming visit of President Lukashenko to China was discussed in the Belarusian Government during Prime Minister’s meeting with the Chinese parliamentary delegation on April 18, 2017. The two sides discussed specific possibilities for increasing mutual trade. 
Zhang Dejiang: China will support Belarus in its strive for political and economic stability
Zhang Dejiang: China will support Belarus in its strive for political and economic stability Investments into the bank sector and the development of the Chinese-Belarusian industrial park Great Stone. The future of the Belarusian-Chinese cooperation was discussed on April 18, 2017 at the Palace of Independence. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko received the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Zhang Dejiang. As Alexander Lukashenko stated the high level of bilateral political relations,

17.04.2017

Laurynas Jonavičius: Lithuanians propose their interests without protesting
Laurynas Jonavičius: Lithuanians propose their interests without protesting Laurynas Jonavičius, a lecturer at Vilnius Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Doctor of Political Science took part in the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev.
EU appreciates Belarus’ openness in labor migration discussion
EU appreciates Belarus’ openness in labor migration discussion The EU positively evaluated Belarus’ openness in the discussion of labour migration issues. The topical issue for the Old World is being discussed in Minsk at an international meeting. Experts from Spain, Latvia, Poland, Romania and representatives of the European Commission’s Legal Service are among the participants of the forum. The main question is how to prevent the utilization of labour migrants by third parties.
Laurynas Jonavičius about Belarus-EU relations
Laurynas Jonavičius about Belarus-EU relations Laurynas Jonavičius, a lecturer at Vilnius Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Doctor of Political Science took part in the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev. Belarus is positive about the recent development of its relations with the EU; I suppose they took place after those important meetings in Mink concerning the situation in Ukraine. What do you think? Are there positive strides of the EU, Europe, and Lithuania towards Belarus?
Turkey supports amendments to Constitution giving president more powers
Turkey supports amendments to Constitution giving president more powers Turkey has supported the 18 constitutional changes at the referendum April 16. The main one is the transition from a parliamentary to a presidential form of government. Practically, this means the expansion of presidential powers. The Prime Minister's post is abolished.
Another terrorist attack being prepared in Germany April 22?
Another terrorist attack being prepared in Germany April 22? Security is one of the key problems not only in Turkey but also in the global agenda of the day. Daily events in different parts of the world confirm this. Alexey Volkov drew conclusions. Egyptian Alexandria, Stockholm, St. Petersburg... Terrorist attacks came as a wave without a clear objective. The main thing is that people are panicking, and the world community is on edge again. We can only guess where the extremists will strike the next time. During the week, German Dortmund was the epicenter of the tragic events.

16.04.2017

Moldavian Prime Minister reacts to memorandum on cooperation with EEU
Moldavian Prime Minister reacts to memorandum on cooperation with EEU The EEU is expanding, meaning that the Union is attractive. At first there were three members, now there are five. Moldova joined the queue. Kishinev holds out big hopes to enter the Eurasian Economic Union, because the situation in the country is complicated and it took a long time to establish the political architecture. Moldova returned back to national presidential elections. The president is the head of state according to the Constitution, however the republic remains parliamentarian. 
2017 EEU Summit in Bishkek: outcome of meeting
2017 EEU Summit in Bishkek: outcome of meeting Economic partnership of five countries was discussed by the presidents of the EEU at the summit in Bishkek. Alexander Lukashenko signed the Customs Code of the Eurasian Economic Union the day before and with positive hopes left for the meeting of leaders in the capital of Kyrgyzstan.

15.04.2017

Constitutional referendum in Turkey: Will the country turn into presidential republic?
Constitutional referendum in Turkey: Will the country turn into presidential republic? Another country, incomparably more powerful and economically stronger than Moldova, is turning into a presidential republic steering away from the parliamentary system. Tomorrow the outcome will be known. Turkey is holding a constitutional referendum. Supporters of the changes see this is a sign of stability in a period of turmoil.
EEU Summit in Bishkek: importance of establishing common electric power market within union
EEU Summit in Bishkek: importance of establishing common electric power market within union A day of big politics in Bishkek. As many as two meetings on the highest of levels were held on April 14, 2017 in Bishkek. The Supreme Eurasian Economic Council meeting and the informal conversation of the CSTO leaders. The development of international cooperation and regional security was on the agenda. As Alexander Lukashenko stated, the aims and the tasks of the EEU are close to many countries, and that is why it is important to attract new investors and enter new markets.
Vladimir Makei about EEU: Accession to this organization mustn’t be automatic
Vladimir Makei about EEU: Accession to this organization mustn’t be automatic On a related note, now all the members of the CIS have the observer status in the EEU. However, there must be a special approach towards this matter. Vladimir Makei, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Belarus:The accession to this organization mustn’t be automatic. Appropriate and framework documents must be developed   They will specify the observer status and the rights the observer states can enjoy, and what their responsibilities must be.

14.04.2017

Belarusian, Moldovan presidents meet in Kyrgyzstan April 14
Belarusian, Moldovan presidents meet in Kyrgyzstan April 14 Bishkek is hosting the session of the Supreme Economic Council of the EEU and informal meeting of the leaders of the CSTO member states. The head of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, arrived to the capital of Kyrgyzstan to participate in the talks. In the morning, Alexander Lukashenko held talks with Moldovan President Igor Dodon. The Belarusian leader expressed confidence that the countries will be able to advance their relations, despite the difficulties.
White Legion members in Belarus charged with establishment of illegal armed formation
White Legion members in Belarus charged with establishment of illegal armed formation The journalistic investigation White Legion of Black Souls revealed the true values ​​of the organization, which was preparing to go to the streets with arms on March 25. Its participants during many years have been forging ties with Ukrainian radicals and have been adopting their combat experience. The outlook and ideology of those seemingly ordinary people was based exclusively on the theory of ethnic superiority and countering the authorities using force. Their plans included not only provocations, but also terrorist attacks.
Alexander Lukashenko arrives in Kyrgyzstan on working visit
Alexander Lukashenko arrives in Kyrgyzstan on working visit Belarus President's visit to Kyrgyzstan has begun. Belarus board No1 has landed in Bishkek.  The Belarusian leader will take part in the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. One of the main themes is convergence with third countries. The agenda of the meeting also includes security issues: Alexander Lukashenko will take part in an informal meeting of heads of CSTO member states.

13.04.2017

Minsk, Moscow find solution to oil and gas dispute
Minsk, Moscow find solution to oil and gas dispute The Russian government has approved a package of documents on oil and gas issues with Belarus. Minsk and Moscow have found a solution that satisfies both sides. Until 2024, 24 million tons of Russian oil will be delivered to Belarus every year. 
Belarus President departs for Kyrgyzstan on working visit
Belarus President departs for Kyrgyzstan on working visit President Alexander Lukashenko has gone on a working visit to Kyrgyzstan. The plane of the head of state took off from the National Airport Minsk. In Bishkek, the Belarusian leader will take part in the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. One of the main themes is rapprochement with third countries. About fifty states expressed their desire to cooperate with the Eurasian Economic Union. Security issues are also on the agenda.
Political analyst Kirill Koktysh on Belarus-Russia relations
Political analyst Kirill Koktysh on Belarus-Russia relations Kirill Koktysh, a famous expert in foreign policy, docent of Moscow State Institute of International Relations, shared with the CTV Channel several aspects of Belarus-Russia relations after negotiations in Saint Petersburg between Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin.Good afternoon, Mr. Koktysh. Mr. Koktysh: Good afternoon.We met at the Exhibition of Economic Achievements. What achievements can Belarusians and Russians boast?

12.04.2017

Neither Russia nor USA will press red button, Belarus President says
Neither Russia nor USA will press red button, Belarus President says Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko commented on US actions in Syria during his speech in Rechitsa. How does the Belarus President explain the actions of Donald Trump? Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:We do not need to get involved in adventures and in no case can the collision between the two major nuclear powers, Russia and America, be allowed. I think this is just an information war.

11.04.2017

Tourists protection fund to be established in Belarus
Tourists protection fund to be established in Belarus According to the Ministry of Sports and Tourism, there will be created a special aid fund for Belarusians who prefer spending their holidays abroad. The main purpose of this fund is to protect the rights of those who faced a force majeure during vacations. Many people often pay for their journey without any insurance, and it’s hard to get this money back. That’s why this issue is pressing. It will become some kind of safety bag for those who are going to go on holiday or have already boarded a plane.
Belarus' and China's law enforcement agencies need closer cooperation
Belarus' and China's law enforcement agencies need closer cooperation Belarus and China will continue active cooperation in the field of security. This was the subject of the April 10 meeting of the President of Belarus with the Minister of Public Safety as well as China's General Prosecutor. Alexander Lukashenko noted that despite the distance between the countries, the law enforcement agencies of Belarus and China have many common challenges. In particular, these are the new challenges of our time.

10.04.2017

7 reasons to consider compromises between Belarus and Russia beneficial
7 reasons to consider compromises between Belarus and Russia beneficial The results of the negotiations of President Lukashenko and President Putin. Alexander Lukashenko said that in a way it was a compromise for Belarus but a beneficial one. That’s why it is difficult to stumble at the relevance of these negotiations. What did Belarus and Belarusians end up in the end with then?
Belarus and China: necessity of stronger cooperation between law enforcement agencies
Belarus and China: necessity of stronger cooperation between law enforcement agencies Belarus and China continue active cooperation in security sector. It was negotiated over at a meeting of President Lukashenko with China’s Minister of Public Security and China’s Prosecutor General. As Alexander Lukashenko stated, that despite the distance between Belarus and China, law enforcement bodies of the two countries have a lot of common tasks. Opposition to modern challenges, in particular.
Belarus and China draw up migration and readmission agreements
Belarus and China draw up migration and readmission agreements Belarus and China are drawing up migration and readmission agreements. China’s Minister of Public Security is visiting Minsk for the first time. The day before he me with his Belarusian colleague. Cooperation in such sectors as combating drug trafficking, cyberattacks, illegal migration and transregional crimes was discussed. China’s Prosecutor General is on a visit to Belarus as well.
Belarus gets six Russian-made Mi-8 helicopters
Belarus gets six Russian-made Mi-8 helicopters To protect common air borders, the Belarusian army added six new MI-8 helicopters of Russian production to its arsenal.  They landed at the Machulishchi airfield right before Air Defense Forces Day. The vehicles will increase the army's combat potential, reliability and flight safety. They can be used at any time of the day, at low altitudes and in difficult weather conditions.  A Mi-8 is capable of providing high mobility of troops and take on board up to 35 paratroopers.

09.04.2017

Sharing experience in combatting terrorism, corruption and extremism: Belarus’ and China’s Prosecutor Generals meet
Sharing experience in combatting terrorism, corruption and extremism: Belarus’ and China’s Prosecutor Generals meet Against terrorism together. The meeting of Prosecutor Generals of Belarus and China was held in Minsk on April 9, 2017. The Heads of the administrations enacted the Program of cooperation for the next two years. It involves exchanging experience in combatting terrorism, cyberattacks, corruption and extremism.
Preserving stability of Russia and Belarus. Agreements made by Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin
Preserving stability of Russia and Belarus. Agreements made by Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin The meeting of President Lukashenko and President Putin in St. Petersburg settled the long lasting economical dispute. Industrialists, agrarians and politicians of Belarus froze like in a mime and waited for the moment when the two presidents shook hands. It was in St. Petersburg. In the nearest time at least two more meetings are expected, in Bishkek at the EEU Summit and the Supreme State Council of the Union State of Russia and Belarus. Let’s return back to the negotiations in St. Petersburg. The relations between Belarus and Russia brightened up.
President Lukashenko gives interview to TV and radio company Mir
President Lukashenko gives interview to TV and radio company Mir It happened to be so that during Alexander Lukashenko’s visit to St. Petersburg a terrorist act occurred in the underground of this city. It seemed that the two presidents won’t again agree on some issues after the news on the tragedy. However, it turned out to be different. President Lukashenko gave an interview to the TV and radio company Mir on the negotiations with Vladimir Putin.
Alexander Lukashenko: I am prepared to finance Science to its full extent, if necessary
Alexander Lukashenko: I am prepared to finance Science to its full extent, if necessary Scientific developments today are a necessity to not only colonize Mars or transplant a head to a person, but to produce competitive goods. Not long ago President Lukashenko visited an IT company and cheered up the high tech community. The Academy of Sciences must also keep up with the “silicon valley”, and in some cases even be ahead. It is important to have a result, then it wouldn’t hurt to invest money into sciences. It was stated by Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with Belarusian scientists.

08.04.2017

Belarus President: combating terrorism is not only special forces’ responsibility
Belarus President: combating terrorism is not only special forces’ responsibility Combating terrorism is a task which must be fulfilled by the whole country, not the special forces alone. The conformance of external and internal policies is very important in this case. It was stated by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko in the interview to the Russian journalist Radik Batyrshin. The interview was broadcasted the interstate TV and radio company Mir. Belarus-Russia relations were discussed, the pluses of Belarus taking part in the OSCE. One Of the most important subjects of discussion was security.
Alexander Lukashenko about results of negotations with Vladimir Putin
Alexander Lukashenko about results of negotations with Vladimir Putin At the meeting dedicated to the problems and perspectives of Belarusian Science Alexander Lukashenko spoke about the results of the negotiations with Vladimir Putin. Vladimir Shimov, rector of Belarus State Economic University: We understand perfectly well that economy always depends on science, and science depends on economy. You visited Russia not so long ago. We would like to find out the results of your visit. It would be rather interesting for us and to those people whom we work with.
President Lukashenko expresses condolences in connection with terrorist act in Sweden
President Lukashenko expresses condolences in connection with terrorist act in Sweden Belarus President conveyed condolences to the King of Sweden in connection with the terrorist act in Stockholm. Alexander Lukashenko expressed frank words of support to the Swedish nation and wished a speedy recovery to the victims of the attack.

07.04.2017

"I showed Putin, who benefits from sanctioned goods." Aleksandr Lukashenko gives interview to TV company Mir
Belarus is not going to attack anyone but will defend what it has, Alexander Lukashenko says The preservation of peace and security in the region became one of the topics of the interview President Alexander Lukashenko gave to the TV and Radio Company Mir. During the open and frank conversation, the Belarus President covered a wide range of matters like the recent talks of Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin, as well as the tragedy in St. Petersburg. At this point, as Alexander Lukashenko noted, all the bilateral problems between Belarus and Russia immediately seemed so small.
Belarus President signs Convention on Inter-regional Cooperation between CIS states
Belarus President signs Convention on Inter-regional Cooperation between CIS states The President of Belarus has signed the Convention on the interregional cooperation between the CIS states on April 6. The document was adopted during the summit of CIS leaders in Kyrgyzstan in September 2016.  It is intended to enhance the integration process and develop connections between businesses. The Convention implies unimpeded movement of people, capital, goods and services.

06.04.2017

Assistants to presidents of Russia, Ukraine, France and German chancellor to discuss Ukraine crisis in Minsk
Assistants to presidents of Russia, Ukraine, France and German chancellor to discuss Ukraine crisis in Minsk The "Normandy format" returns to Minsk. The Belarus capital is preparing to meet aides to the presidents of Russia, Ukraine, France and the German Chancellor. This information was confirmed in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus. The ministry also clarified that the negotiations will be closed to the media. The meeting was announced after the Tuesday telephone conversation between the heads of Russia, Germany and France. The leaders of the three countries agreed to continue contacts in the "Normandy format".
CIS countries are potential targets of attacks
CIS countries are potential targets of attacks The terrorist situation is not improving, and all the CIS countries are potential targets of attacks. This opinion was voiced at a meeting of heads of security and intelligence services of members of the Commonwealth of Independent States in Moscow.  Belarus was represented by the chairman of the KGB, Valery Vakulchik. The Russian president met with the heads of delegations. 

05.04.2017

Belarus and Russia union worth more than any economic disputes
Belarus and Russia union worth more than any economic disputes Belarus and Russia have resolved all outstanding issues in the bilateral relations. This became known after the talks between Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin. The Presidents discussed a wide range of topics: from agricultural policy to the international agenda. There is an agreement that Russia will refinance the debt of Belarus. Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation:We agreed that we would resolve all our disputes in the oil and gas sector. Actually, it's better to say we have already resolved them.

04.04.2017

Belarus parliamentarians to amend public order and security law
Belarus parliamentarians to amend public order and security law A list of citizens, who will be prohibited entrance to mass sporting events, will be settled in Belarus. Amendments may be made to the enforcement of public order and security law during mass sporting events. Belarusian parliamentarians will be discussing the issues at the coming spring session. All in all, the new law making season promises to be fruitful. Delegates are to look into as many as 30 issues.
Belarus’ parliament opens spring session 2017
Belarus’ parliament opens spring session 2017 Innovations in the health service, a complex of measures for competition development, and what is more, support of families with children and insurance of unemployment. The new Belarus parliamentary spring session was opened on April 3, 2017. As many as 30 law drafts are planned to be considered during the spring session. Elena Pavlova, emergency paramedic, Grodno:  
Russia’s Investigative Committee identifies St. Petersburg underground suicide bomber
Russia’s Investigative Committee identifies St. Petersburg underground suicide bomber The Russian Investigative Committee identified the possible suicide bomber of the metro in St. Petersburg. It was a 22 year-old citizen of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan. Forensic experts found genetic materials of the young man on the bag, where the bomb was. CCTV footage gives grounds to believe that this was the very perpetrator of the tragedy, which left 14 people dead.
Russia to supply 24m tonnes of oil to Belarus annually
Russia to supply 24m tons of oil to Belarus annually Russia will be supplying up to 24mln tonnes of oil to Belarus annually. It was stated by Belarus’ Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko on April 4, 2017. The supply of Russian oil in previous volumes to Belarus will be renewed no later than April 13.
Belarus, Russia presidents say energy issues resolved
Belarus, Russia presidents say energy issues resolved Belarus and Russia have resolved all the issues in the oil and gas sector. This was announced after talks of Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin. The heads of state earlier held one on one talks and were then joined by their delegations. Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation:We agreed that we would resolve all our disputes in the oil and gas sector. Actually, it's better not to say 'agreed', because we've already resolved them.

03.04.2017

Amendments suggested to Belarus' Copyright Law
Amendments suggested to Belarus' Copyright Law The Upper House of Belarus’ Parliament started work on April 3. The Belarusian Parliamentary spring Session 2017 was traditionally opened by playing the national anthem.
Belarus Parliamentary spring Session 2017 begins
Belarus parliamentary spring session 2017 begins A new law making session was started by Belarusian parliamentarians on April 3, 2017. The delegates are determined to consider three dozens of issues at the spring session. They are draft bills, which concern different sectors. Among which is the new version of the law on opposition to monopolistic activities. Amendments may be made to the documents which regulate enforcement of public order during sports events. All in all, the new law making session promises to be fruitful.
Presidents Putin, Lukashenko meet in St. Petersburg April 3
Presidents Putin, Lukashenko meet in St. Petersburg April 3 Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin met in St. Petersburg on April 3. The heads of state started the conversation with the tragedy in the St. Petersburg metro. The President of Belarus expressed his condolences and disappointment that their dialogue was overshadowed by these sad events.
Alexander Lukashenko arrives in St. Petersburg for talks Vladimir Putin
Alexander Lukashenko arrives in St. Petersburg for talks Vladimir Putin Alexander Lukashenko has arrived in St. Petersburg for a meeting with Vladimir Putin. The plane of the head of state landed in the Pulkovo airport. It is planned that on 3 April afternoon the presidents will discuss topical issues of bilateral relations. Emphasis is made on trade and economic cooperation. It is expected that the leaders will touch upon the issues in their relationship, which have arisen in recent years.
Aleksandar Vučić leading in 2017 Serbia presidential elections
Aleksandar Vučić leading in 2017 Serbia presidential elections Serbia is summing up the preliminary results of the presidential election. The current Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić is the leader of the first round. He scored more than 57% of the vote, while his closest rival collected only about 15%. The voting took place on April 2, with 11 candidates running. In his speech, Vučić said he was willing to continue the ongoing reforms in the country and maintain a policy of rapprochement with the European Union.
Alexander Lukashenko to meet with Vladimir Putin on April 3
Alexander Lukashenko to meet with Vladimir Putin on April 3 The Belarusian leader will pay a working visit to the Russian Federation April 3. In St. Petersburg, Alexander Lukashenko will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. It is expected that the heads of state will discuss a wide range of issues of bilateral Belarusian-Russian relations, with a focus on trade and economic cooperation, the existing problems in these areas, as well as interaction in integration formats.
Russian ambassador explains current issues in Belarus-Russia relations
Russian ambassador: We don't need even slightest cooling in relations with Belarus Interaction between Belarus and Russia continues at the regional level too. Now the sides boast more than 300 agreements between the regions of both countries. Contributing to this friendship will be the forum of regions of the two countries, due soon. This is another platform for future development and contracting.

02.04.2017

Armenia's parliamentary elections 2017
Armenia preparing for parliamentary elections 2017 New form of government awaits Armenia. After the current President’s term comes to an end in 2018, Armenia will become a Parliamentary Republic. The upcoming parliamentary elections in Armenia are certainly a great event for the country. Five parties and four blocks. To make it in to the Parliament, the parties will have to gain more than 50%, and 7% will be enough for the blocks.
Results of President Lukashenko’s official visit to Turkmenistan
Results of President Lukashenko’s official visit to Turkmenistan As many as 11 documents were signed and the opening of a new mining and chemical branch. These are the results of Alexander Lukashenko’s official visit to Turkmenistan. Today the two countries are strategic partners. Cooperation in heavy industry, education and science. A record-breaking commodity circulation of $300 million has been reached.
Negotiations, meetings, signed documents, launching Garlyk Mining and Processing plant. Results of Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Turkmenistan
Belarus President launches Garlyk Mining and Processing Plant during visit to Turkmenistan The Garlyk mining and processing plant in Turkmenistan is the largest foreign project in the history of independent Belarus. The launching of the plant was one of the main events of the week. Belarus builds objects in many countries. In Russia, Venezuela, Ecuador asked Belarus to build blocks of flats and a kindergarten. And even in Nicaragua, where they are planning to build a transoceanic canal, and alternative to the Panama Canal, Belarusian specialists are going to take part.
Serbia electing president April 2
How will presidential elections in Serbia affect Belarus-Serbia relations? Serbia is another reliable partner, whose businessmen are allowed to realize their ambitions in Belarus. The presidents of the two countries found a common language in political dialogue, even at a time when Serbia was among the candidates for EU accession and the EU applied sanctions against Belarus. It is probably not only because of the personal factor, however, Serbs do remember how Lukashenko flew to Belgrade during the bombing to support Yugoslavia (the previous name of the country).

01.04.2017

Belarus and Turkmenistan find common touch points in strategic partnership
Belarus and Turkmenistan find common touch points in strategic partnership As many as 11 documents were signed and the opening of a new mining and chemical branch. These are the results of Alexander Lukashenko’s official visit to Turkmenistan. Today the two countries are strategic partners. Cooperation in heavy industry, education and science. A record-breaking commodity circulation of $300 million has been reached. With every year more and more common touch points are found. It is proved by the opening of the Belarusian Embassy in Ashgabat and launching the Garlyk mining and processing plant.
Grand opening of Garlyk Mining and Processing plant
Grand opening of Garlyk Mining and Processing plant The greatest foreign project in the History of sovereign Belarus in the hottest point of Turkmenistan. On March 31, the two presidents launched the Garlyk mining and processing plant in the Karakum Desert. The plant was built by Belarusian specialists and cost $1 billion. The plant is capable of manufacturing up to 1 million tonnes of product annually. Thanks to this industrial giant Turkmenistan must become the flagship of potash industry in Central Asia.
President Lukashenko to meet Vladimir Putin on April 3
President Lukashenko to meet Vladimir Putin on April 3 Belarus President is to make a working visit to the Russian Federation on April 3, 2017. Alexander Lukashenko will meet with President Putin in Saint Petersburg. It is expected that the two presidents will discuss a wide range of issues concerning the development of bilateral relations. 

31.03.2017

Belarus, Turkmenistan presidents hold talks March 30
Belarus, Turkmenistan sign 11 documents after presidential talks March 30 Alexander Lukashenko and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held talks in Ashgabat March 30. The Belarusian guest was welcomed warmly in the Turkmen land, according to all the rules of a solemn ceremony. In the eastern diplomacy, important matters are addressed in person. The Heads of State have signed 11 documents. On the same day, the Belarusian embassy was opened in Ashgabat. On March 31 the heads of state will launch the product of the most ambitious joint project - the Garlyk mining and processing plant.

30.03.2017

Belarusian embassy opened in Turkmenistan March 30
Belarusian embassy opened in Turkmenistan March 30 Belarus and Turkmenistan will intensify their cooperation in the field of international transport, as well as in trade. Negotiations of Alexander Lukashenko and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov concluded in Ashgabat. The Garlyk Mining and Processing Plant became a symbol of Belarusian-Turkmen friendship. It was noted by both sides. On March 31, the presidents will launch the complex. Belarus will continue to support and train staff for Turkmenistan, Alexander Lukashenko assured his counterpart.
Belarusian, Russian presidents to meet on April 3
Belarusian, Russian presidents to meet on April 3 The oil and gas problem in the relations between Belarus and Russia will be resolved, said on March 30 Russian ambassador to Belarus Alexander Surikov. The diplomat has also announced the meeting of the Presidents of Belarus and Russia. It will be held on April 3 in St. Petersburg. The heads of state, according to the ambassador, will discuss the topical issues of Belarusian-Russian relations, as well as the development of the Eurasian Economic Union.
Alexander Lukashenko, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov discuss prospects of further cooperation between Belarus and Turkmenistan
Alexander Lukashenko, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov discuss prospects of further cooperation between Belarus and Turkmenistan Belarus is ready to provide Turkmenistan with logistics centers for deliveries of products to Europe. The prospects for further cooperation were discussed March 30 by Alexander Lukashenko and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. After the official welcoming ceremony, the two leaders held talks one on one. On March 31, the presidents will kick-start a large-scale project - the Garlyk GOK (mining and processing complex). Alexander Lukashenko assured his counterpart that Belarus will continue training Turkmen staff. The states have a high potential.
Alexander Lukashenko: Turkmenistan can consider Belarus a friend in the center of Europe
Alexander Lukashenko: Turkmenistan can consider Belarus a friend in the center of Europe Turkmenistan can consider Belarus as a friend and a reliable pillar in the center of Europe. Alexander Lukashenko and President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov are discussing cooperation between the two countries on March 30. The Belarusian Head of State is now on an official visit to Ashgabat. A meeting ceremony was held before the one-on-one talks.
Alexander Lukashenko arrives in Turkmenistan on official visit
Alexander Lukashenko arrives in Turkmenistan on official visit Alexander Lukashenko has started his official visit to Turkmenistan. He arrived in that country on March 29 evening. The President's plane landed in the international airport of Ashgabat. Near the plane, the Belarusian President was met according to all the canons of diplomatic protocol. Taking part in the ceremony was the guard of honor. The President is going to open the Belarusian embassy in Ashgabat as well as the Garlyk mining and processing complex, built in Turkmen desert.

29.03.2017

Belarusian Embassy in Turkmenistan to open March 30
Belarusian Embassy in Turkmenistan to open March 30 On March 29, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko begins his official visit to Turkmenistan. The program is full of events and meetings. The head of state will hold talks with his counterpart Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow. Belarus-Turkmenistan cooperation will be discussed in the "one on one" format and then the leaders will be joined by their delegations.
Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Turkmenistan to begin March 29
Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Turkmenistan to begin March 29 On March 29, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko begins his official visit to Turkmenistan. Here the head of state will hold talks with President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow one-on-one as well as in the expanded format. He will also visit the Garlyk mining and processing plant, built by Belarusian specialists in the Turkmen desert. It is expected that the heads of state will officially launch the large-scale enterprise.

28.03.2017

Why did Belarus detain blogger Aleksander Lapshin?
Belarus President: I have brilliant relations with Mr Putin President Alexander Lukashenko received the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Armenia at the Palace of Independence on March 28. The ambassador is completing his tenure in Belarus. Armen Khachatryan has worked here since 2010. The President noted the friendly nature of the relationship at the highest political level, mutual interest in developing cooperation and convergence of positions on international issues.
Belarus President to pay official visit to Turkmenistan March 29-31
Belarus President to pay official visit to Turkmenistan March 29-31 Alexander Lukashenko is going to pay an official visit to Turkmenistan. On Thursday he will hold talks with the Turkmen president one-on-one and in an expanded format.  The agenda of the talks includes a wide range of issues of mutual interest.  It is also planned that the two leaders will take part in the opening ceremony of the Belarusian embassy in Turkmenistan. On Friday, the heads of state, in a solemn ceremony, will launch the Garlyk mining and processing plant, which construction has recently been completed.

27.03.2017

Belarus, Russia preparing for 4th Forum of Regions
Belarus, Russia preparing for 4th Forum of Regions Belarus and Russia are preparing for the 4th Forum of Regions. It will be held in late June in Moscow. Heads of the upper chambers of the Belarusian and Russian parliaments Mikhail Myasnikovich and Valentina Matviyenko discussed the details of preparation in St. Petersburg on March 27. The topic of the meeting is the development of regions in the field of high technology, innovation and information society. The previous forum was held in Minsk and was the most ambitious in terms of the number of participating companies and enterprises.
Chronicle of terrorist attack in London and its consequences
Chronicle of terrorist attack in London and its consequences Let's start with today's events of a European scale. Still, we live in Europe. "Red Day" and "Black Saturday" at the same time were expected on March 25 in Rome. There gathered the heads of 27 countries in honor of the 60th anniversary of the treaty that laid the foundations of the European Union. They signed a reassuring declaration, saying that the EU should live and be able to survive even without the UK.

26.03.2017

Police detain 5 Minsk residents for pocession of weapons, restraining devices and masks
Police detain 5 Minsk residents for pocession of weapons, restraining devices and masks Minsk police met the immediate information on the possible provocations against peaceful citizens during the unpermitted mass rallies. During inspections, five Mink residents from Leninsky, Frunzensky and Zavodsky districts were detained. During further ransacks at places of their residence, police found different types of arms, restraining devices, masks and anarchist literature. Chemical reagents were also found; they were meant for inflicting injuries on law and order officers.
President Lukashenko: Belarusians want to live in peace and bring their children up, nobody needs war
President Lukashenko: Belarusians want to live in peace and bring their children up, nobody needs war President Lukashenko spoke about the public security. The Belarusian President is a supporter of an open dialogue with the public and open doors even at the meetings on the most topical issues.
Alexander Lukashenko: I cannot allow the Ukrainian scenario repeat in Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko: I cannot allow the Ukrainian scenario repeat in Belarus During his working trip to Grodno region Alexander Lukashenko spoke about different political forces trying to disjoin Belarusians. President Lukashenko got acquainted with the spring sowing season with the reconstruction of Minsk-Grodno motorway, with the technologies of poultry refinery and also made some very important statements.

25.03.2017

Protests ended without beginning. Freedom Day 2017 in Minsk
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
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
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.

24.03.2017

Belarus President: Ukrainian scenario will not work
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
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 police reveals White Legion's plans for March 25 protest
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 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 invited Belarus President to Supreme Eurasian Economic Council session
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.

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