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20.09.2017

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

19.09.2017

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

18.09.2017

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

17.09.2017

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

16.09.2017

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

15.09.2017

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

14.09.2017

Belarus, Russia premiers discuss cooperation over the phone
Belarus, Russia premiers discuss cooperation over the phone Topical issues of bilateral cooperation and work in the integration format were discussed on September 14 by telephone by the heads of the governments of Belarus and Russia. Andrei Kobyakov and Dmitry Medvedev also agreed to hold a regular meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Belarus-Russia Union State. The exact timeframe has not yet been determined. A preliminary meeting is scheduled for November-December.
Russian tanks arriving in Belarus for West-2017 exercise
Russian tanks arriving in Belarus for West-2017 exercise Tank units of the Russian army are being transferred to Belarus from the Moscow region. The machinery will arrive within 24 hours. According to the scenario of the West 2017 military exercise, the troops were raised after receiving information on an illegal armed formation on the territory of the Belarus-Russia Union State. The joint military training of the armed forces of Belarus and Russia officially began on September 14.
Oleg Voinov, Head of the Department of International Military Cooperation - Assistant to the Minister of Defense for International Military Cooperation
Military strategic drills West-2017 begin in Belarus Within a few hours, the first tactical exercises at the training ground near Borisov will start as part of the large-scale military training. Servicemen of Belarus and Russia take part in the maneuvers - more than 10,000 people in total. The main goal of the exercise of the Belarus-Russia Union State is to work out joint defensive actions, as well as fight against terrorism. Aviation, equipment and personnel have been recently preparing for clashes with the simulated enemy at various training grounds.

13.09.2017

West-2017 military drills to kick off September 14
West-2017 military drills to kick off September 14 The positions are taken and are ready for the military exercises. The strategic Belarusian-Russian drills “West-2017” are ready to move to an active phase at any moment. Brest air assault soldiers have taken up the defense today. The independent battalion and the leaders of the 38th air assault brigade are mastering the Vitebsk range for the first time. The kitchen is working and a mobile information center has been established. The exercises, shootings and field trials have begun. It is unknown when an outlined enemy will attack.
West-2017 military exercises move into active phase
West-2017 military exercises move into active phase The strategic military exercises are moving into an active phase. On September 13, 2017 Brest paratroopers took their positions. The independent battalion and the leaders of the 38th air assault brigade are mastering the Vitebsk range for the first time.
Union State army to master border security reinforcement
Union State army to master border security reinforcement This was stated by the Assistant to the Minister of Defense Oleg Voinov. It also became clear that the main idea of the military drills is to master the modern approaches of military actions. Whilst developing the training model, the nature of the recent conflicts was considered- securing of strategic objects and combating with extremism. Basically, the protection of borders and territory security is the keynote of the West-2917 military drills.
Russian helicopters arrive in Belarus for West 2017 drills
Russian helicopters arrive in Belarus for West 2017 drills The first helicopters of the Russian contingent landed at the Machulishchi aerodrome near Minsk. Belarus will host the strategic exercise West 2017 from September 14 to September 20. The combat readiness of the Armed Forces of Belarus and Russia on such a scale is checked every two years. Last time maneuvers were conducted at the firing ranges of the Russian Federation. The majority of activities related to the current exercise is held in Belarus.

12.09.2017

Belarus, India to expand cooperation in petroleum, agriculture, science sectors
Belarus, India to expand cooperation in petroleum, agriculture, science sectors Belarus and India are expanding cooperation in oil and gas sector, agriculture, science and education. These are only some of the results of Alexander Lukashenko’s visit to this country. The Leela Palace in the center of Delhi became a temporary residence of the Belarusian President the day before and today in the day time.
India’s Foreign Minister about trade, economic cooperation potential with Belarus
India’s Foreign Minister about trade, economic cooperation potential with Belarus India is a very prospective country, which, according to Alexander Lukashenko, will be determining the future planets in the nearest time. Belarus President in India: It's time for concrete projects The Foreign Ministries of Belarus and India must become a motivating force for economic relations. This was discussed at the meeting with the Foreign Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj.
Belarusian artillery completes preparation for West-2017 drills
Belarusian artillery completes preparation for West-2017 drills Belarusian artillery is completing preparations for the West-2017 training. Today three brigades practiced combat missions at the site of deployment. At the Osipovichi training ground, the military set a real camp with kitchen, bathrooms and fire positions. It is noteworthy that reserve soldiers participated in the training along with the officers and soldiers of the regular service. The fighters of reactive brigade No336 have just had lunch. Their menu today included pea soup, rice and tea with white bread.
Daily media briefings planned during West-2017 military drills
Daily media briefings planned during West-2017 military drills The military drills West-2017 will be transparent to their maximum. A special website has been launched by the Defense Ministry on September 12, 2017. This is where the latest information on the drills will be published-press releases, photos and video materials.
Belarus President in India: It's time for specific contracts
Belarus President in India: It's time for concrete projects The solemn ceremony of the meeting of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko took place in the presidential palace in New Delhi.
Belarus President arrives in India for talks September 11
Belarus President arrives in India for talks September 11 Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko will hold talks and a series of official meetings with the leadership of India in New Delhi on September 12. It is planned that almost all areas that are of mutual interest for Belarus and India will be considered. New Delhi has already hosted the Belarusian-Indian business forum, where the first working day ended with the signing of a dozen contracts. This economic background, of course, should serve as a good basis for today's negotiations.

11.09.2017

President Lukashenko off to India on official visit
President Lukashenko off to India on official visit The President of Belarus headed off to India on an official visit. Board Number one took off from Minsk National Airport to New Delhi. On September 12, 2017 Alexander Lukashenko will be holding negotiations and a range of official meetings with India’s authorities. Practically all the sectors of mutual interest are at the center of attention. The sides will also exchange opinions on the international agenda.
Media briefing on West-2017 military drills held in Minsk
Media briefing on West-2017 military drills held in Minsk Dozens of international experts will be observing the Belarusian-Russian military drills Zapad-2017. They are representatives of the UN, the OSCE, the CSTO, and the Red Cross. Observers from Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, Estonia, Sweden and Norway have also been accredited. Considering the major interest to the upcoming military drills, a media briefing was held in Minsk on September 11, 2017, where answers to the questions diplomats are interested in were given.
What firing ranges in Belarus will host West-2017 exercises?
What firing ranges in Belarus will media attend during West-2017 drills? Ruzhany, Osipovichi and Domanovo - these three firing ranges will host the press during the active phase of the exercise of the armed forces of Belarus and Russia West-2017. On Sept. 17 at the Ruzhansky range, an air strike with the use of aircraft means of destruction will be worked out. Under Osipovichi, a re-enactment to hold defensive lines will take place on the next day. The Domanovo training range will host the training of air defense units.
Belarus President to begin official visit to India September 11
Belarus President to begin official visit to India September 11 Belarusian-Indian relations and cooperation in the format of Eurasian integration will be the main political news in the coming days from New Delhi. Today begins the official visit of Alexander Lukashenko to India.

09.09.2017

Belarusian opposition protests against West 2017 military drills
Belarusian opposition protests against West 2017 military drills A usual pointless protesting campaign of the Belarusian opposition. The opposition started protesting against military drills. Against the European claims about the safety of the drills Zapad 2017, a small group of people is still trying to overload the situation. The upcoming Belarus-Russia military drills will be held from 14 till 20 of September.

08.09.2017

Belarus plans to purchase four Yak-130
Belarus plans to purchase four Yak-130 The drills of a joint air defense system have finished at the training ground Ashuluk. The Military Commonwealth 2017 drills gathered the military of Belarus, Russia, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.
NATO to observe Belarus-Russia West 2017 drills
NATO to observe Belarus-Russia West 2017 drills Representatives of NATO will monitor the Belarusian-Russian exercise "West-2017". They, together with about 80 other observers, including the UN and the OSCE, will visit the training grounds where maneuvers will be held from September 14 to September 20. The Belarusian and Russian military will first of all work out the fight against terrorists and the protection of important facilities. Meanwhile, the hype surrounding the upcoming drills in Western media is gradually subsiding, including thanks to the statement of the NATO Secretary General.
Alexander Lukashenko to pay official visit to India on September 11-12
Alexander Lukashenko to pay official visit to India on September 11-12 Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko will pay an official visit to India on September 11-12.  In New Delhi, the head of state is expected to hold a number of official meetings, including at the highest level.  The President will meet with his Indian counterpart and the Prime Minister of India.

07.09.2017

Estonian Ambassador to Belarus says West 2017 drills pose no danger
Estonian Ambassador to Belarus says West 2017 drills pose no danger Estonia believes that the West 2017 exercise does not threaten NATO countries in any way. This opinion was voiced today by the Estonian ambassador to Belarus during a conference on the future of the Eastern Partnership. Estonia, as the current EU President, organized the forum together with Minsk Dialogue initiative. Diplomats, scholars and experts from Russia, Europe and the USA gathered to assess the geopolitical situation in the region.
NATO to monitor West 2017 drills at invitation of Belarus and Russia
NATO to monitor West 2017 drills at invitation of Belarus and Russia Three NATO representatives will monitor the Belarusian-Russian drills West 2017. They are invited as international observers for maneuvers, which will begin exactly in a week. The head of the alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, said the day before that the exercises did not directly threaten any of the NATO countries and informed that they had received an invitation from Belarus and Russia and experts from the North Atlantic Alliance were sent to monitor the drills.

06.09.2017

Prisoner exchange to be discussed during contact group meeting on Ukraine in Minsk
Prisoner exchange to be discussed during contact group meeting on Ukraine in Minsk A meeting of the tripartite contact group on the settlement of the conflict in the southeast of Ukraine will take place in the Belarusian capital. It is planned to discuss the results of the so-called school truce in the Donbass. The cease-fire arrangements for the start of the new academic year were agreed in Minsk at the previous OSCE-Ukraine-Russia meeting. They began to operate from midnight on 25 August.

05.09.2017

What issues were discussed at the meeting of President Lukashenko with security officials?
What issues were discussed at the meeting of President Lukashenko with security officials? The invited foreign observers can personally see the peaceful tasks of the Belarusian-Russian exercises West 2017.
President Lukashenko discusses criminal, administrative law with security officials
President Lukashenko discusses criminal, administrative law with security officials On September 5, 2017 Alexander Lukashenko conducted a meeting with the security officials of Belarus. The criminal and administrative laws were discussed. The President sets a task to get rid of the out-of-date norms; new norms must contribute to economy’s development. What is more, Alexander Lukashenko had before given indications concerning collection of outstanding debt receivables and economic reparations from crimes. The President Was interested in the results.
Belarus President meets with security officials ahead of West 2017 drills with Russia
Belarus President meets with security officials ahead of West 2017 drills with Russia The invited foreign observers can personally see the peaceful tasks of the Belarusian-Russian exercises West 2017, said Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with the security officials of Belarus on September 5. The military drills will be held from 14 to 20 September. Participating in it will be almost 13,000 troops and 900 pieces of equipment.

04.09.2017

President Lukashenko highlights progress in Belarus-Georgia relations development
President Lukashenko highlights progress in Belarus-Georgia relations development Alexander Lukashenko has noted the progress in the development of the Belarusian-Georgian relations and the absence of disputable issues.
Georgia to host Days of Belarus in 2017
Georgia to host Days of Belarus in 2017 Georgia will be hosting the Days of Belarus in 2017 for the first time. They are planned to be held in November. It became clear from the results of the negotiations in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus. The heads of the Foreign Ministries, Vladimir Makei and Mikheil Janelidze, discussed a big block of bilateral cooperation issues concerning trade and economy, politics, cultural and humanitarian sectors. Due attention was paid to the areas with big potential. The sides intend to develop industrial cooperation.
Belarus expresses deep concern over DPRK's nuclear bomb test
Belarus expresses deep concern over DPRK's nuclear bomb test Belarus expresses deep concern over the DPRK's test of a thermonuclear bomb, reports the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus. The foreign ministry emphasizes that the achievement of peace and stability in the region is possible only through dialogue. In this connection they urge North Korea not to allow steps that violate a number of UN Security Council resolutions and provoke a forceful resolution of the situation.
Belarus President meets with Georgian foreign minister Mikheil Janelidze
Belarus President meets with Georgian foreign minister Mikheil Janelidze Progress in cooperation and lack of controversial issues. This is how Alexander Lukashenko and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Georgia Mikheil Janelidze characterized Belarusian-Georgian relations on September 4. Minsk and Tbilisi are involved in an active political and economic dialogue, develop cooperation in international organizations. Recently, the countries have managed to significantly increase trade turnover. In 2016 it was record high for the last five years: plus 63% in mutual trade. Good dynamism is seen this year too.
Belarus President receives report from KGB Chairman
Belarus President receives report from KGB Chairman On September 4, Alexander Lukashenko received a report from the KGB chairman Valery Vakulchik. The KGB head reported on the operational situation and potential challenges and threats that may affect the national security. International cooperation in the field of combating cross-border crime has become another topic of discussion. 
Georgian Foreign Minister to arrive in Minsk September 4
Georgian Foreign Minister to arrive in Minsk September 4 The Georgian Foreign Minister begins his official visit to Minsk on September 4. Mikheil Janelidze will hold a number of high-level meetings, including with the government, the National Assembly and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus. The main points on the agenda are bilateral cooperation, parliamentary ties, joint projects and, of course, the intensification of economic interaction.

31.08.2017

Belarus President calls relations wtih Kyrgyzstan 'traditionally friendly'
Belarus President calls relations wtih Kyrgyzstan 'traditionally friendly' Kyrgyzstan celebrates Independence Day on August 31. Belarusian head of state Alexander Lukashenko congratulated the president of that republic Almazbek Atambaev. "I am convinced that the progressive development of cooperation and deepening of cooperation within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union create a reliable basis for further strengthening the traditionally friendly relations between the peoples of Belarus and Kyrgyzstan, promoting the economic growth and prosperity of our countries," the message reads.
Belarus to take part in meeting of EaP and Visegrad Group foreign ministers
Belarus to take part in meeting of EaP and Visegrad Group foreign ministers Belarus will take part in the meeting of foreign ministers of countries participating in the EU initiative Eastern Partnership and the Visegrad Group. The forum kicks off in Budapest on August 31. Belarus will be represented by Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei. The countries will look into regional cooperation as well as the preparation of the Summit "Eastern Partnership" which will be held in Brussels in November 2017.

30.08.2017

Russia president congratulates Belarusian leader on birthday August 30
Russia president congratulates Belarusian leader on birthday August 30 Topical issues of bilateral relations were discussed by phone on August 30 by the presidents of Belarus and Russia, reports the press service of the Russian head of state. The leaders also talked about the international agenda and the schedule of forthcoming meetings.  Vladimir Putin warmly congratulated the Belarusian head of state on his birthday, wishing him good health and further successes.
Deputy PM of Belarus meets with vice-marshal of Poland's Sejm
Deputy PM of Belarus meets with vice-marshal of Poland's Sejm Strengthen the political dialogue and find common ground for the business community: on August 30, Deputy Prime Minister Mikhail Rusyi met with Deputy Marshal of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland Ryszard Terlecki. The sides discussed new joint projects. Today Poland came in fourth place in terms of investment in Belarus. About 350 companies with Polish capital are successfully working in Belarus.
Poland intends to expand cooperation with Belarus
Poland intends to expand cooperation with Belarus The Polish Sejm intends to expand cooperation with the parliament of Belarus, said Vice-Speaker Ryszard Terlecki said. Contacts of business circles of both countries are the leitmotif of the meeting of the delegation from Poland with Belarusian MPs. To strengthen economic relations and political dialogue and develop profitable contracts - all this is possible in the coming years, parliamentarians are convinced.

29.08.2017

Presidential envoys to appear in Belarus’ capital and regions
Presidential envoys to appear in Belarus’ capital and regions Presidential envoys will appear in Belarus’ capital and all of the regions. They will be informing the President about the real state of the situations on the places, and they will be analyzing the situation. The establishment of a new power institution is already being related to strengthening of influence on the regions’ development. The status and the tasks of the envoys were determined by the decree Alexander Lukashenko signed.
Belarus’ Defense Ministry assures defensive character of Zapad 2017 military drills
Belarus’ Defense Ministry says West 2017 drills defensive in nature The military drills Zapad 2017 are aimed at perfecting joint antiterrorist actions. This was stated by two defense establishments - Belarus is carrying out the military drills together with Russia. The total number of soldiers involved is nearly 13 thousand people. Specialists were choosing those ranges, which are located at a certain distance from the state border, in order to once again emphasize the character of the Zapad 2017 military drills.
Belarus eager to start joint projects with Sudan
Belarus eager to start joint projects with Sudan The President of Belarus met with the Chairman of the National Assembly of the Sudan on August 29. As Alexander Lukashenko stressed, today the countries have already defined joint projects and substantively discussed the ways of their implementation. It remains to realize what was planned.
Belarus, Sudan sign memorandum on parliamentary cooperation
Belarus, Sudan sign memorandum on parliamentary cooperation Belarus and Sudan signed a memorandum on parliamentary cooperation at a ceremony that took place at the House of Representatives in Minsk on August 29. The document will contribute to the implementation of the agreements reached by the two heads of state during the January visit of Alexander Lukashenko to Khartoum.

28.08.2017

Egyptian foreign minister hails Belarus' efforts aimed at peaceful conflict settlement
Sameh Shoukry hails Belarus' efforts aimed at peaceful conflict settlement The agreements between Belarus and Egypt, reached at the highest level in January 2017, became one of the topics of the meeting on August 28 in the Palace of Independence.
President Lukashenko meets with Egypt’s foreign minister
President Lukashenko meets with Egypt’s foreign minister The agreements between Belarus and Egypt, which were reached on the highest of levels in January 2017, were one of the most discussed subjects of the meeting held on August 28, 2017 in the Palace of Independence.
Egypt's foreign minister Sameh Shoukry visiting Belarus Belarus will fulfill all the agreements reached with Egypt, said the Belarus President on August 28 by as he met with the head of the Egyptian foreign ministry. Sameh Shoukry is now visiting Minsk to hold meetings at the parliament, with the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade of Belarus.

27.08.2017

Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Moldova on Independence Day
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Moldova on Independence Day Moldova is celebrating Independence Day. The Parliament of Moldova adopted the declaration on sovereignty 26 years ago. Celebratory events are held all over the country. The main celebrations are held in the central square of Kishinev. The celebration will finish with fireworks and a laser show.

23.08.2017

Joint exercises of Belarus and Russia air forces begin August 23
Joint exercises of Belarus and Russia air forces begin August 23 Belarusian and Russian aviators will meet on August 23 in Belarus to prepare for the joint tactical drills West 2017. The military of the two countries will work out combat skills. The two-day training will be conducted under the guidance of the Commander of Air Force and Air Defense. The main task is to increase the level of combat training, as well as to improve tactics and methods of using aviation.

22.08.2017

Maneuvers of Belarus-Russia supply services underway in Belarus ahead of West 2017 drills
Maneuvers of Belarus-Russia supply services underway in Belarus ahead of West 2017 drills More than 2,500 servicemen and about 500 units of equipment. Maneuvers of rear services are underway in Belarus ahead of the Belarusian-Russian drills West 2017. The firing range Borisovsky and firing ranges in the Minsk, Vitebsk and Mogilev regions are the sites where the rear services drills are held on 22 August. Providing logistics and optimum interaction in joint actions - this is a goal of the exercise for both the Belarusian and the Russian side.

21.08.2017

USA Embassy in Russia cancels admission of visa applications from Belarus citizen
USA Embassy in Russia cancels admission of visa applications from Belarus citizens Before it was done in Moscow or Saint Petersburg. According to the news on the website of the USA Embassy, Belarusians are recommended to make interview appointments for getting a nonimmigrant visa to the embassies in Warsaw, Kyiv and Vilnius. In connection with the limitation of the number of American diplomatic mission employees by the Russian side, the procedure of USA visa issuance in Russian cities, except Moscow, will be temporally stopped.
US special envoy on Ukraine to visit Belarus on August 21
US special envoy on Ukraine to visit Belarus on August 21 On August 21, Minsk once again becomes the peacekeeping area as the US special envoy on Ukraine arrives in the Belarus capital. Kurt Walker will meet with an official envoy of Russia. It is known that the negotiations will be closed to the press. The sides will discuss the settlement of the conflict in Donbas. It is known that the US official will travel from Minsk to Vilnius and Kiev.

19.08.2017

Alexander Lukashenko expresses condolences to King of Spain Felipe VI over terrorist attacks' victims
Alexander Lukashenko expresses condolences to King of Spain Felipe VI over terrorist attacks' victims The number of victims of a series of terrorist attacks in Spain is growing. As many as 14 victims, more than 100 are injured , among them are citizens of 30 countries. A hotline is open in the Belarusian Embassy in Madrid. Diplomats are recommending compatriots to avoid big crowds of people and contact their relatives. At the moment there is no information about Belarusians being among the victims. A three-day national mourning has being declared in Spain.

17.08.2017

Afghanistan PM completes first day of Belarus visit
Afghanistan PM completes first day of Belarus visit Afghanistan is usually associated with fight against terrorism. At least this is how we in Belarus see this Central Asian state. However now the country is doing a lot of efforts to get away from stereotypes and change its international image. For this, the Afghan government is looking for proven partners around the world.

16.08.2017

Abdullah Abdullah about usefulness of Belarus’ experience
Abdullah Abdullah about usefulness of Belarus’ experience On August 16, 2017 Alexander Lukashenko met with the head of the executive branch of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah. In 2016, the commodity circulation between Belarus and Afghanistan grew significantly - up to 26 million dollars. However, the potential of the relationship is much higher. Afghanistan is interested in Belarus' products of machine building, oil refining, its achievements in medicine and agriculture. The Afghan authorities are ready to provide their subsoil for Belarus to develop.

15.08.2017

Visit of Afghan government delegation to Belarus begins August 15
Visit of Afghan government delegation to Belarus begins August 15 The official visit of the Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Belarus began on August 15, 2017. In the nearest days he is to visit a range of industrial plants and hold negotiations. Having arrived in Minsk, Abdullah Abdullah got down to business straight away by going to Belarusian plants. This is the first official visit of the Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Belarus in the history of bilateral relations of Minsk and Kabul. The visit will last for three days. 
Abdullah Abdullah arrives in Belarus on official visit
Abdullah Abdullah arrives in Belarus on official visit The official visit of the Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Belarus has started. The program of his visit is packed with various events. Abdullah Abdullah went to the enterprises of Minsk right from National Airport Minsk. He is also set to hold talks with the Belarusian government. A package of international documents on cooperation will be signed following the meeting. MORE: Belarus-Afghanistan relations
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates President of India on Independence Day anniversary
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates President of India on Independence Day anniversary The 70th anniversary of independence from the British Empire is celebrated in India on August 15, 2017. The celebrations began from the very morning in the Red Fortress in New Delhi, thousands of people and distinguished guests attended the event.

14.08.2017

Andrei Kobyakov about  creating effective system against shady schemes of customs and tax payments
Andrei Kobyakov about creating effective system against shady schemes of customs and tax payments The volume of trade of the EEU countries increased by one quarter from the beginning of the year. Prime Ministers of Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia discussed economic growth and its further development on August 14, 2017. The Eurasian Intergovernmental Council was held in Astana. Projects connected with creating a joint cyberspace in the EEU were discussed. It will make the trading schemes between the countries more transparent.
Creation of cyberspace discussed at Eurasian Intergovernmental Council in Astana
Creation of cyberspace discussed at Eurasian Intergovernmental Council in Astana The volume of trade of the EEU countries increased by one quarter from the beginning of the year. Prime Ministers of Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia discussed economic growth and its further development on August 14, 2017.
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Pakistan President on Independence Day
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Pakistan President on Independence Day Pakistan celebrates 70 years of independence on August 14, 2017. The celebrations began with fireworks in the capital of Pakistan and our administrative province centers. The ceremony of raising the state flag was held in Islamabad. It was attended by the President, the Prime Minister of Pakistan and the Vice Premier of China, who was on an official visit there. The President of Pakistan, Mamnoon Hussain, presented special state awards to some people.

09.08.2017

Belarus to render humanitarian aid to Syria
Belarus to render humanitarian aid to Syria Belarus will render humanitarian aid to Syria. As many as three dump trucks, children’s food, clothes and shoes for children will be sent to the captured by war country. All in all, more than 500 thousand rubles have been allocated for buying these goods. This is not the first time Belarus rendering aid to Syria. Some time ago Syria had already received humanitarian aid from Belarus, which was organized by the emergencies Ministry of Belarus.
Belarus' reconnaissance troops to hold tactical drills ahead of West 2017
Belarus' reconnaissance troops to hold tactical drills ahead of West 2017 Belarusian reconnaissance troops will hold tactical drills ahead of West 2017 exercises. The combat training starts on August 9 and will last 2 days. During this time, the military personnel will improve field training and work out the organization and provision of reconnaissance. This will be the final stage of preparation for the joint strategic exercise of the Armed Forces of Belarus and Russia West 2017. The large-scale exercise West 2017 will be held at various firing ranges of Belarus from 14 to 20 September.

07.08.2017

President Lukashenko sets tasks for newly appointed local authority officials
President Lukashenko sets tasks for newly appointed local authority officials The President has coordinated appointments of several directors of the local vertical power structure. New directors in seven regions of the country. Improvement of life conditions must be at the center of their attention, the harvesting campaign is the top priority. Alexander Lukashenko emphasized that heads of district executive committees are getting down to work in an uneasy period of time. What is more, the appointment of new officials is based not only on the necessities of today. They must work for the future of the country.
Alexander Lukashenko makes new personnel decisions August 7
Alexander Lukashenko makes new personnel decisions August 7 The improvement of life in districts is at the center of attention. Alexander Lukashenko made new personnel decisions in the local vertical power structure. New people in seven regions of Belarus.
Belarus President asks local authorities to use their power to the full extent
Belarus President asks local authorities to use power to the full extent Focus should be on improving the quality of life in Belarus' regions, said Alexander Lukashenko on August 7 during the meeting with newly appointed local officials. Seven of the 118 districts of Belarus will get new leaders or deputy heads of executive committees.

05.08.2017

Financial Investigations Department celebrates 25th anniversary
Financial Investigations Department celebrates 25th anniversary On the outlook of Belarus’ economic security. The Department of Financial Investigations is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Alexander Lukashenko sent his congratulations to the workers of the Department. Only in the first six months of the current year the financial police revealed 656 crimes. From January to June the workers of the Department prevented actions of three organized crimes and six criminal groups.

04.08.2017

Belarus MFA recommends citizens to abstain from trips to Kenya in near future
Belarus MFA recommends citizens to abstain from trips to Kenya in near future The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus recommends that citizens of the country refrain in the near future from traveling to Kenya. The reason for this is the worsening situation in the field of public security in that African republic. On August 8, general elections will be held in that country: the political event may cause provocative actions and terrorist attacks in public places.

02.08.2017

Michael Morgulis about helping victims of Ukraine crisis
Michael Morgulis about helping victims of Ukraine crisis Michael Morgulis, Honorary Consul of Belarus in the State of Florida (USA), theologian and political scientist in the TV program Simple Questions with Yegor Khrustalev. What do you think, is the point of no return gone through? And we will never return to the situation we had?
Morgulis about situation in Ukraine
Morgulis about situation in Ukraine Michael Morgulis, Honorary Consul of Belarus in the State of Florida (USA), theologian and political scientist in the TV program Simple Questions with Yegor Khrustalev. Don’t the spiritual ties work?
Morgulis says USA might improve relations with Belarus under Trump
Morgulis says USA might improve relations with Belarus under Trump Michael Morgulis, Honorary Consul of Belarus in the State of Florida (USA), theologian and political scientist in the TV program Simple Questions with Yegor Khrustalev. Michael Morgulis, Honorary Consul of Belarus in the State of Florida (USA), theologian, political scientist: I believe that America needed Trump. Not only the USA needed him, but also every state. He looks at relationships from the practical point of view.

01.08.2017

PRC marks 90th anniversary of People's Liberation Army: Alexander Lukashenko sends congratulations
PRC marks 90th anniversary of People's Liberation Army: Alexander Lukashenko sends congratulations August 1 China celebrates the 90th anniversary of the People's Liberation Army. At the solemn meeting dedicated to the anniversary Chinese leader Xi Jinping stressed that the PRC will never compromise on sovereignty, security and interests of the country's development. China has recently hosted a military parade involving 12,000 troops and hundreds of pieces of equipment. Almost half of the presented weapons were shown for the first time.

28.07.2017

Belarus President holds meeting on national security issues
Belarus President holds meeting on national security issues Alexander Lukashenko held a meeting with the leadership of the Security Council Secretariat on July 27. It controls the entire bloc of security agencies and order not only inside the country, but also beyond its borders. Therefore, the conversation covered a wide range of topics, including the upcoming joint exercises West 2017 and II European Games, which Belarus will host two years later.

27.07.2017

Belarus optimizing security agencies' staffing levels
Belarus optimizing security agencies' staffing levels Alexander Lukashenko held a meeting with the leadership of the State Secretariat of the Security Council. The head of state asked about the pace of optimization of the security agencies. Alexander Lukashenko stressed that at the level of the country this issue is being discussed for the last time. The process will continue, but the decisions will be taken directly by the heads of the relevant departments.
Michael Morgulis: Belarus important for Europe in geopolitical sense
Michael Morgulis: Belarus important for Europe in geopolitical sense A new stage is beginning in the relations between Belarus and the United States, said Honorary Consul of the Republic of Belarus to the USA Michael Morgulis. The role of Belarus for US and international policy will grow. There are good prospects in economic cooperation, especially in high technologies. At present, the diplomat's fund is negotiating on the arrival in Belarus for the upcoming forum of young programmers - one of the founders of Apple.

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