Belarus President to hold large-scale press-conference on February 3
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on Friday will meet with representatives of the public and Belarusian and foreign mass media.
Participating in it will be about 40 journalists representing the largest public and private Belarusian mass media, popular online portals and foreign media.
Invited to the press-conference are numerous experts, including well-known political scientists, economists, representatives of political parties, religious communities and associations. They will also participate in the dialogue on the most relevant topics.
Belarus' election commission head meets US Charge d'Affaires, head of EU delegation
Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission Lidia Yermoshina has met with US Charge d'Affaires in Belarus and head of the EU delegation in Belarus.
The diplomats were briefed on the results of the interdepartmental expert working group tasked to review the OSCE ODIHR recommendations on improving the electoral process in Belarus. Its meeting was held on 31 January.
The commission will present the reviewed proposals to the Belarusian head of state.
Petro Poroshenko instructs to convene emergency meeting of Ukraine contact group
The situation in the south-east of Ukraine is worsening. Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has urgently demanded to convene an emergency meeting of the trilateral contact group.
It is not clear whether it will be held in Minsk or in the format of a videoconference.
Earlier it was planned that the negotiators will take place in Minsk on February 1. The Foreign Ministry of Belarus confirmed on January 31 that it is strongly willing to contribute to the organization of the meeting.
Belarusian MPs to make official visit to Warsaw
A delegation of Belarusian MPs are going to Warsaw. The official visit of Belarusian MPs to the neighboring country will be the first in many years.
During the visit, they are scheduled to meet with Polish colleagues and businessmen.
The purpose of the visit is the establishment and renewal of inter-parliamentary contacts.
Valery Malashko appointed Belarus' Healthcare Minister
Alexander Lukashenko has appointed Valery Malashko as the Minister of Health. The head of state noted that not long ago Valery Malashko was appointed the Labor and Social Security Minister.
The President noted that there were a lot of candidates for the post of the Minister of Health.
Nevertheless, he had made this decision given the high authority of Valery Malashko.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus should build and maintain relationships with Serbia
Close economic and trade contacts of the two countries were established in 2009. Then Belarus and Serbia signed a free trade agreement. For the last years the trade turnover grew almost five times. In 2015, it was more than $250 million. And the volume of mutual trade declined in 2016.
The situation must be corrected, said Alexander Lukashenko. “We need to unite and work together to survive and develop in such difficult conditions," was his message.
Belarus President makes new appointments
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has approved the appointment of a number of first deputies and deputy ministers on January 27. The President also appointed a number of heads of district executive committees and regional administrations.
Common tasks set for new officials are work with people, high demands of discipline, invigoration of the operation of state companies and infrastructure development.
Official visit of Serbian Prime Minister to Minsk continues
Belarus is ready to increase the supply of equipment to Serbia, the Belarusian Prime Minister pointed out after meeting with Alexander Vucic. The Belarusian government and the parliament discussed trade and economic relations between Minsk and Belgrade.
The parties signed a roadmap of bilateral cooperation for two years, which includes about 50 events. They will help to enhance cooperation in agriculture, science and technology.Aleksandar Vucic, chairman of the Government of the Republic of Serbia:
Full-fledged e-government to be set up in Belarus
The mechanism of e-government still needs to be improved in Belarus. The Council of Ministers discussed the prospects concerning the development of digital economy and the information society.
Belarus Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov drew attention to the insufficient use of modern technologies by experts in different fields. The volume of the mails transmitted in digital form is less than half the total number of documents now. In regions outside of Minsk, this figure is even less than 30%.
Belarus-France diplomatic relations: 25th anniversary on January 25
Today, on January 25, Belarus and France mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations. The Foreign Ministry of Belarus has emphasized that this anniversary year for Belarus and France will take place under the sign of friendship, mutual interest and marching towards new horizons.
Book of memoirs of Belarusian diplomats presented in Minsk
Belarus-China relations are now reflected in the memories of Belarusian diplomats. A book dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries was presented in the Friendship House on January 23.
The memories of five ambassadors of Belarus in China are collected in the publication.
The diplomats have been working on the book during the year. They divided it proportionally: one year of service in China equals to eight pages of the book.
President Lukashenko urges to optimize Interior Ministry
Alexander Lukashenko has heard out a report from the Minister of Internal Affairs Igor Shunevich on the 24th of January.
The President emphasized that the funds saved thanks to state apparatus optimization will remain on the accounts of the ministry. During the meeting, the Minister of Internal Affairs reported on the performance of law enforcement bodies in 2016 and the plan of organizational and practical events aimed at raising the efficiency of the Interior Ministry.
Alexander Lukashenko to Xi Jinping: We are proud of Belarus and China relations
This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the establishment of the Belarus-China diplomatic relations. On this occasion, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and President of China Xi Jinping exchanged congratulatory messages.
One of the biggest results of cooperation is the construction of the Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park Great Stone.
It’s already called a true gem of the economic belt of the Silk Road.
Vladimir Makei: Many states arrogate Belarus' history to themselves
Many other states arrogate Belarusian history to themselves, said Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei on January 20.
Mr Makei noted that Belarusians should make sure that their history is objective and people see Belarus is a country with great long-lasting traditions.
Belarus to seek for additional oil as Russia cut supplies
The reduction of Russian oil supplies to Belarus will be replaced by alternatives, said Belarus President meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko. This question was already raised at the end of 2016.
From an economic point of view, Belarus considered the possibility of oil supplies from the Black Sea and the Mediterranean regions.
Belarus to build migrant detention centers funded by EU?
The cancellation of visas by Belarus does not mean the abolition of control, said Alexander Lukashenko meeting with state border authorities. Recently, the President made an unprecedented decision to abolish visas for citizens of 80 countries, including the USA, EU and others. The Head of State stressed that this decision does not bear any risks for Belarus or the neighboring countries.
Belarus’ cooperation with Sudan, Egypt: concluded agreements and plans for future
Belarus President completed official visits to Egypt and Sudan on January 17.
The leaders of the countries defined strategies for future partnership cooperation in Cairo and Khartoum. Moreover, in each of the capitals, business communities held talks that resulted in dozens of agreements.
Taking into consideration global trends, African countries, first of all, have a good potential. The proof can be seen in the rapid growth of investment attractiveness of these states.
Presidents of Belarus, Sudan hold official talks in Khartoum
Belarus is ready to participate in projects to develop industries and infrastructure of Sudan. Official talks between Alexander Lukashenko and the Sudanese President took place in Khartoum.
Belarus’ head of state and the members of the official delegation arrived in Khartoum on January 16. In the morning on January 17, Alexander Lukashenko arrived at the residence of his Sudanese counterpart Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir.
The one-on-one negotiations have already been held. The sides plan to put emphasis on economic cooperation.
Economy, defense basis for Belarus-Egypt cooperation
Economy and defense should be the basis for Belarus-Egypt cooperation. Alexander Lukashenko met with the Prime Minister of Egypt Sherif Ismail in Cairo January 16. The sides will form a plan for short and mid-term strategies in the near future, the Belarus head of state emphasized.
In his turn, the Egyptian Prime Minister expressed hope that the Belarus President’s visit will take relations between the two countries in economy and politics to a higher level.
Visa-free entry for foreigners in Belarus: basic principles
Belarus introduces a visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries. There are all EU countries, Brazil, Indonesia, the USA, Japan and others. Foreigners will be able to visit Belarus without a visa through the National Airport and stay here up to five days. The changes take effect on February 12.
Belarus President arrives in Egypt on official visit
About an hour ago, the Belarusian President's plane landed at Cairo International Airport. Alexander Lukashenko was met at the airport by the Minister of Tourism of Egypt, Mohamed Yehia Rashed.
In Cairo, Alexander Lukashenko will hold talks with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
In the narrow and expanded formats, the heads of state will discuss current cooperation and prospects for reaching a new level of interaction.
Alexander Lukashenko to make official visits to Egypt and Sudan on January 15-17
Alexander Lukashenko will make official visits to Egypt and Sudan on January 15-17, according to the presidential press service.
The head of state will hold negotiations with the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo.
During the talks in contracted and extended formats, the two sides are planning to discuss the current issues of cooperation and prospects of achieving a new level of interaction.
Among the topical issues to be discussed is the development of trade-economic relations and industrial cooperation.
President to discuss work of Belarusian law enforcement authorities
The work of enforcement authorities will be discussed at a meeting with the head of state in the near future, as Alexander Lukashenko stated during the working meeting with Chairman of the Investigative Committee Ivan Noskevich.
Reforms, the optimization of the judicial and investigative systems as well as the results of its activity in 2016 are among the issues on the agenda of the meeting.
Belarus President changes “social parasites” list
The list of persons who are obliged to participate in the financing of public expenditures was changed in Belarus. The President amended the decree on the prevention of social dependency.
Participants of the national sports teams and alternative servants in the army are now exempt from the so-called 'social dependency' tax.
The unemployed who are sent to retraining are excempt only if there are no complaints about them at universities.
Development of CIS legal framework discussed in Minsk January 12
The development of the contractual legal framework of the CIS was discussed in Minsk on January 12.
The CIS Council of Permanent Representatives has examined the concept of Russia's presidency of the union in 2017.
According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, this solution may raise the CIS activity to a new level.
However, there is an urgent need to review the contractual legal framework of the Commonwealth.
Many of the laws have lost their relevance over a quarter of a century.
Terrorist attack in Jerusalem: Belarusians not injured
A truck drove into a group of people on the promenade in the popular tourist destination Old Town in Jerusalem January 8. There are dead and injured in the accident.
The Foreign Ministry of Belarus has confirmed there are no Belarusian citizens among them.
The truck driver was shot dead. The police qualified the incident as a terrorist attack. The tragedy very much resembles the Berlin scenario.
Belarus calls on Lithuania to continue dialogue on Astravyets NPP construction
Belarus stands for competent discussion with Lithuania on the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant in Astravyets through relevant agencies, said the Foreign Ministry of Belarus on January 5 commenting on the appointment by Lithuania of a special ambassador for the Astravyets NPP.
Among such institutions are bodies involved in environmental protection, energy and economy.
Earlier, Lithuania repeatedly expressed concern about incidents on the construction site of the future Belarusian NPP in Astravyets (Ostrovets).
Russia may scale down military presence in Syria
A breakthrough has happened in the agreements on Syria. The parties to the conflict have signed several truce documents.
In just a few hours, a truce is expected to come into force in that country. It was promised that everyone would support it but the Syrian government forces do not rule out that the militants may try to disrupt the ceasefire.
These agreements are not only a package of temporary measures but the start of the negotiation process, which should put an end to the war in the Arab Republic.
Belarus' information shield to become more reliable
Belarus' "information shield" will become more reliable. Today, information wars and fight against this kind of attacks is one of the priorities for intelligence services around the world. It means not only the protection of national interests, but also combating those who recruit youth to terrorist organizations.
Belarusian officials mourning for Tu-154 crash victims
People continue to light candles and bring flowers to the Russian embassy in Minsk for the second day. The diplomatic mission has opened a book of condolences in connection with the Russian Tu-154 crash.
Representatives of Belarus' government have also left words of sorrow and support in the book.
Emotions overwhelm everyone: Belarusians mourn together with the brotherly people.
Russia thanks Belarus for support after December's tragic events
Moscow appreciates the fact that Belarus mourns together with Russians, said spokesman of the Kremlin Dmitry Peskov.
Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for the President of the Russian Federation:We very much appreciate the fact that the people of Belarus today mourns together with Russians. This is very important and this once again this testifies to the level of our relations and our union.
People devoted to their state: New leadership of Belarus Presidential Administration appointed
The head of state of Belarus took important personnel decisions this week stopping all sorts of guesses about who will chair the Presidential Administration. Let’s start our program with this very topic.
Polotsk accepted the main domestic news of last week without surprise. It is here where Natalia Kochanova, now head of the Presidential Administration, began her career. Here, her personality and inner core were noticed even from college.
President Lukashenko: Belarus can't stay aloof from tragic events in Russia
Belarus mourns for victims of a plane crash near Sochi. The life of 92 persons broke in the crash of Tu-154 aircraft over the Black Sea. On board were the Song and Dance Ensemble named after Alexandrov, journalists, military and famous doctor Elizaveta Glinka. They all flew to Syria to congratulate the Russian military on the New Year.
Opening a December 26 meeting, Alexander Lukashenko began with words about the tragedy.
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Japan Emperor on 83rd birthday
Thousands of Japanese have come to the Palace Square in Tokyo to celebrate the Emperor's birthday.
On December 23 Akihito turned 83.
The monarch thanked people for their support in his decision to gradually withdraw from the management because of old age. Over time, Crown Prince Naruhito will take his place on the throne.
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko congratulated the Emperor of Japan Akihito and the people of that country on the national holiday.
Belarusian captures video minutes after Berlin terror attack
The terrorist attack in Berlin is a horrific event that shook all the inhabitants of Germany. It is scary to think that a person who was literally adopted by the country was able to cause so much pain to its inhabitants.
Today Germans say their Christmas was stolen.
Many do not understand how one can cheer up and go back to festive atmosphere, not to mention the families who have lost loved ones.
Belarus upset about Russian researcher's statements
The Belarusian Foreign Ministry has expressed protest in connection with the incorrect statements about Belarus of the director of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, Leonid Reshetnikov.
On December 22, the Belarus Foreign Ministry called the minister-counselor of the Russian embassy. During the meeting, the diplomat was notified about Belarus' protest.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs deems facts in Mr Reshetnikov's statements unfounded and their form unacceptable.
Belarus, OSCE interested in open dialogue
Belarus and the OSCE are interested in the most open and effective dialogue. The visit of the OSCE delegation to Belarus continues.
On December 22, representatives of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, as well as the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will hold talks with MPs of the House of Representatives of Belarus' National Assembly.
The sides will consider the possibility of constructive cooperation, including on election issues.
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Leonid Kuchma
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has held a meeting with the former head of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma. The two had a warm conversation and exchanged gifts. The sides stressed the friendly relations both on a personal level and between the two peoples.
Belarus and Ukraine will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations in 5 days. Alexander Lukashenko said he is glad to meet the former Ukraine president.
NATO activity near Belarus borders require attention, CSTO Secretary General says
A session of CSTO Military Committee in Minsk started with a minute of silence in memory of the Russian diplomat Andrei Karlov, killed in Turkey several days ago.
On December 21, in Minsk, the parties summed up cooperation results of 2016. At the tenth meeting of the Military Committee of the CSTO, the member countries analyzed results of joint operational and combat training.
The parties also discussed plans for 2017. In particular, they identified areas for further work to establish a system of interstate information exchange.
Belarus announces changes to electoral law according to OCSE recommendations
The Council of the Republic on December 21 gave consent to the appointment of Lidia Yermoshina chairwoman of the Central Election Commission (CEC). In addition, six members of the CEC were elected by secret ballot. They will also participate in the development of potential innovations in the electoral legislation of Belarus.
Belarus President's press secretary on Presidential Administration appointments
The press-secretary of the President of Belarus told media about the reasons for the high-profile appointments on December 21. Natalia Eysmont also commented on the task of updating the Administration of the President, raised by the head of state.
Journalist:The Head of State, before voicing the decision to appoint Natalia Kochanova head of the Presidential Administration, noted that in making this decision he dealt with completely different options and proposals. So why Natalya Kochanova?
Alexander Lukashenko: We need to reform Presidential Administration
Let's start with the staffing decisions made December 21 by the Head of State. Today he picked the leadership of the Presidential Administration.
It will be headed by Natalia Kochanova - former Deputy Prime Minister. Her first deputy will be Maxim Ryzhenkov. Prior to that, he served as vice-president of the National Olympic Committee.
Natalia Kochanova appointed head of Belarus Presidential Administration
The Belarus head of state has made a number of personnel decisions on December 21. In particular, he picked the leadership of the Presidential Administration.
It will now be headed by Natalia Kochanova - the deputy prime minister of Belarus. Her first deputy will be Maxim Ryzhenkov. Prior to that, he served as vice-president of the National Olympic Committee.
Belarus sends condolences to Germany over truck accident
The truck accident in Berlin was called a terrorist attack.
12 people were killed and 50 injured. The driver was one of people who requested asylum in Germany.
On the December 19 evening, the offender got into the truck and drove into the crowd at a Christmas market.
The President of Belarus has sent condolences in connection with the tragedy in Berlin.
Belarus to OSCE: Security in Europe is only possible through joint efforts
Security and stability in the European region can be achieved only by working together, said the President of Belarus meeting with representatives of the OSCE in the Palace of Independence on December 20. The OSCE delegation arrived in Belarus to discuss security in the region, as well as the September 2016 parliamentary elections.
The fact that Minsk will host the summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in 2017 also contributes to the development of cooperation.
Belarus' foreign minister on working visit to Georgia
On December 20, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Vladimir Makei is on a working visit to Georgia. The Foreign Minister will meet with the Georgian President, Speaker of Parliament and Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The sides plan to discuss the whole range of Belarusian-Georgian relations, including political and economic and trade cooperation. They will also discuss the building up of export and cooperation through international organizations.
During the visit, Vladimir Makei will take part in a ceremony to open the Belarusian embassy in Georgia.
Russian ambassador murdered in Turkey
The Belarusian side strongly condemns the murder of the Russian ambassador in Ankara, said the Belarus Foreign Ministry in connection with the tragic accident in Turkey.
Terrorist attacks on diplomats doing everything possible to find solutions to international conflicts, peace and friendly relations among nations and peoples cannot be justified, reads the statement.
Belarus named Russia's most faithful partner - poll
Alexander Lukashenko has headed the Russian rating of trust to leaders of CIS member states.
65% of Russians said this in a poll conducted by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center.
In addition, about 70% of respondents consider Belarus the most stable and successful in the CIS and Russia's main partner in the world arena.
Belarus' upper chamber of parliament to work closely with Malaysia
The upper chamber of the Belarusian parliament intends to cooperate closely with their counterparts in Malaysia. On December 19, the matter was discussed at a meeting of the Chairman of the Council of the Republic with the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Malaysia.
The country is a notable participant in international trade, and ranks first in the region in terms of agricultural exports. The Malaysian authorities associate further economic growth with increased activity in foreign markets.
UAE foreign minister: Talks with Belarusian side were positive
Belarus is ready to receive the leadership and business circles of the UAE at a high level, said Belarus' Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei at a meeting of the joint committee for cooperation between the governments of Belarus and the United Arab Emirates.
The sides confirmed their mutual commitment to beneficial cooperation.
The foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates thanked the Belarusian colleagues for the warm welcome, hospitality and an atmosphere of openness.
Belarus, Malaysia sign memorandum on inter-parliamentary cooperation
Belarus and Malaysia signed a memorandum on inter-parliamentary cooperation. A meeting with a delegation headed by the speaker of the House of Representatives of Malaysia took place at the Belarusian parliament on December 19.
Our countries are linked by fruitful cooperation in the international arena. Political understanding and similar approaches to the development of national economies provide a good basis for the expansion of bilateral cooperation in trade and economic cooperation.
Spain and Belarus getting closer: Belarus embassy opens in Madrid
Ambassadors came to Belarus and presented their credentials to Alexander Lukashenko, the President of the Republic of Belarus. A new Belarusian ambassador to Spain will present himself to the King of Spain soon. The foundations of this have been laid down already. Belarus’ diplomatic opportunities were discussed in Madrid and it was obvious that Belarus was of interest to Spain.
Mikhail Morgulis: Trump said Belarus' WWII feat deserves respect
Mikhail Morgulis, political scientist, writer, theologian, founder of the spiritual concept of diplomacy, Honorary Consul of Belarus in the State of Florida (USA) has given an interview with the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev.
For Belarusian audience it is very difficult to understand what the electoral system in the United States looks like. Why does it happen that the majority voted for Clinton but it was Trump who won? Who are the electors? How to explain it simply?
Belarus embassy in Spain to open December 16
Belarus will get another embassy in Europe. On December 16, it will open in Madrid, Spain.
The diplomatic relations between the countries were established in February 1992. In 2015, bilateral trade reached almost $270 million. The volume of Spanish investments in the Belarusian economy amounted to $0.5 million.
At present, Belarusian ambassador to Spain is Pavel Latushko, who has concurrent accreditation in France and Monaco.
Belarus President comments on Trump support
On December 15, the Belarus President made a number of appointments: from the local vertical to representatives of the diplomatic corps. The President agreed to appoint some heads of universities, executive committees, government organizations and the media.
Iranian ambassador meets with Belarus President, ending diplomatic mission
2017 will be a determining factor in the relations between Belarus and Iran, said Alexander Lukashenko meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Iran to Belarus. Mohammad Reza Saburi is completing his diplomatic mission.
Diplomatic relations between Minsk and Tehran were established in 1993. The Belarus President visited Iran twice and the same number of times, Iran made return visits.
Belarus voices priorities for 2017 CEI chairmanship
Belarus has voiced priorities for its 2017 presidency of the Central European Initiative. Among them is the improvement of transit potential and the development of logistics systems.
The heads of government of 18 countries belonging to the CEI gathered in Sarajevo December 13. Bosnia and Herzegovina officially hands over the chairmanship for 2017 to Minsk.
Belarus to chair Central European Initiative in 2017
Belarus will voice the priorities of its presidency of the Central European Initiative in 2017 in Sarajevo on December 13.
The capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina is hosting a meeting of Heads of Government of the members of this association. It includes 18 countries.
This will be the first time Belarus will have chaired a regional organization outside the former Soviet Union.
Analyst: Belarus among the top of former Soviet nations
25 years is a true anniversary! Is it a joy or sadness when it comes to the disintegration of the Soviet empire and the birth of a new sovereign state? If a country is frail and miserable and their residents are poor, one can bemoan the loss. But if history has developed as it was in the case of Belarus, quite successfully (and against the background of the 15 former Soviet nations Belarus seems even more advanced), there can be a little mourn, something like nostalgia. But the main thing is the establishment of a sovereign state.
President: Belarus for resolving conflicts peacefully, at negotiating table only
There are new persons among the foreign envoys to Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko received credentials of heads of diplomatic missions of Burkina Faso, Indonesia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mongolia, Finland, France, Eritrea and Estonia.
For the first time after the 13-year break, taking part in the ceremony was the Ambassador of Canada.
Among the diplomats was a representative of the Catholic Church. The Apostolic Nuncio handed the President the symbolic message.
Andrea Rigoni: Belarus-Council of Europe relations are very positive
Belarus-Council of Europe relations are developing in a very positive way, said PACE rapporteur on Belarus Andrea Rigoni in Minsk on December 13.
He noted that he was present as an observer at the 2016 parliamentary elections in Belarus.
Now the Council of Europe intends to invite Belarusian MPs to Strasbourg at its annual session in January.
Belarus, USA stepping up cooperation in finance and investment
Belarus and the United States are stepping up cooperation in the areas of finance and investment, high technology, agriculture and energy. Such agreements were reached during the visit of a Belarusian delegation to the United States.
The delegation was composed of the deputy head of the Presidential Administration of Belarus Nikolai Snopkov, Presidential Aide Vsevolod Yanchevsky, representatives of the National Bank, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Economy and other ministries.
Neutrality Day of Turkmenistan: Belarus President sends congrats
Turkmenistan celebrates Day of Neutrality December 12. Alexander Lukashenko congratulated the country's President and people of Turkmenistan on the national holiday.
"Turkmenistan gained the status of permanent neutrality, which was supported by the UN General Assembly, and this served as the key to sustainable development and prosperity of your country, it has strengthened the country's credibility in the international arena. Only peace and security can ensure the progress and well-being of society."
Minsk ready to host talks on new European security architecture
The official Minsk calls on the leaders of Russia, US, EU and China to hold a frank discussion about the causes of the crisis in international relations.
Belarus' foreign minister Vladimir Makei proposed this initiative on December 8 at the meeting of the council of the foreign ministers of OSCE members in Hamburg.
More than 40 years ago, it was the Helsinki process that contributed to the detente in relations between the West and the East.
The current state of affairs in the world carries prospects of a new Cold War.
Commonwealth of Independent Nations turns 25
Today is 25 years since the founding on December 8 of one of the largest integration associations - the Commonwealth of Independent States. The agreement on its establishment was signed on December 8, 1991 by the leaders of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.
The CIS today is an internationally recognized intergovernmental organization. It includes 11 states.
The Belarus head of state congratulated Commonwealth leaders on the anniversary.
Stanisław Karczewski about brand new opportunities in Belarus-Poland relations
Belarus and Poland agreed on the holding of a regional forum. Besides, while in Minsk, the Polish delegation discussed common initiatives and signed important papers.
The signing of the agreement on the joint engagement of the Council of the Republic of Belarus and the Polish Senate took place in the National Library. It is symbolic, as two nations have common culture roots. However, today’s topic is first and foremost economy.
Belarus President: Relations with Poland on high level
Belarus expects to begin an active dialogue with Poland, said President Alexander Lukashenko on December 5 as he met with Marshal of the Senate of the State Stanisław Karczewski. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established nearly a quarter of a century ago. In recent years, the political dialogue has revitalized. The level of trade and economic cooperation is also high enough.
During the first 9 months of 2016, the trade turnover amounted to more than $1.5 billion.
Belarus parliament wants Poland to help establish ties with EU members' parliaments
Belarus pins hopes on the visit to Belarus of the Polish parliamentary delegation Stanisław Karczewski, chairman of the upper chamber of the Belarus Parliament Mikhail Myasnikovich told Marshal of the Senate of Poland.
On December 5, Minsk, the sides signed a document on cooperation between the Council of the Republic and the Senate of Poland and agreed to expand cooperation between the two countries in economy, trade, investment and other areas of mutual interest at the parliamentary level.
Alexander Lukashenko to change head of the Presidential Administration
The Belarus President has made some staffing decisions on December 5. According to his decree, head of the Presidential Administration Alexander Kosinets, as well as his first deputy Konstantin Martynetsky were relieved of their posts in connection with appointments to other positions.
Valery Mitskevich has been appointed acting head of the Presidential Administration.
Stanisław Karczewski: Interparliamentary cooperation improves Belarus-Poland relations
Belarus expects to begin an active dialogue with Poland, said President Alexander Lukashenko on December 5 as he met with Marshal of the Senate of the State Stanisław Karczewski.
Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established nearly a quarter of a century ago. In recent years, the political dialogue has revitalized. The level of trade and economic cooperation is also high enough. During the first 9 months of 2016, the trade turnover amounted to more than $1.5 billion.
Belarus-Azerbaijan: Ways to strengthen trade and friendly relations
Nevertheless the foundation of relations with the European Union is economic. The trade turnover between Belarus and the EU in the current year declined slightly, however, so was with Russia. It is an objective reality. Against this background, a plan to double trade between Belarus and Azerbaijan next year sounded ambitious. This statement was made during the visit of Alexander Lukashenko to Baku.
Normandy talks on Ukraine in Minsk: No sensations this time
If there's still a precedent and for the first time in post-war Europe, the radical right will come to power, this will give confidence, for example, to the leader of France's National Front, Marine Le Pen, which next year will fight for the presidency in the country. Moreover, Hollande said this week that he would not participate in the elections. And it is also a precedent - never before in modern France did the acting head of state refuse to run for a second term. However, Merkel, said that she would try to become German Chancellor for the fourth time.
Belarus President hopes for active dialogue with Poland
Belarus is counting on the start of an active dialogue between Belarus and Poland, Alexander Lukashenko said at a meeting with Marshal of the Senate of the State Stanisław Karczewski.
A Polish parliamentary delegation arrived in Minsk on a visit on December 4. They are scheduled to meet with the leadership of the Belarusian parliament, as well as hold talks with the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, during which the parties will sign an agreement on scientific cooperation.
Belarus' Viktor Sheiman speaks at Fidel Castro funeral
Belarus highly appreciates the contribution of Fidel Castro in the friendly relations with Cuba, emphasized Special Representative of the President of Belarus Viktor Sheiman during the farewell ceremony for the leader of the Cuban Revolution.
He is now in Havana on behalf of the Belarusian head of state. The leaders of countries and governments, dozens of foreign delegations have gathered in Revolution Square.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus, Azerbaijan may hit $700m trade turnover in 2017
The Belarus President has completed a two-day official visit to Baku. On November 29, during an informal meeting Alexander Lukashenko discussed prospects of bilateral relations with the Prime Minister of Azerbaijan.
The two officials talked over the implementation of agreements reached on November 28 during talks with President Ilham Aliyev.
The Belarus Head of State also visited the Cultural Center of the national leader Heydar Aliyev. This place has become one of the symbols of modern Baku.
Alexander Lukashenko ends official visit to Azerbaijan
Specific steps to achieve a mutual trade turnover of $700 million between Belarus and Azerbaijan were discussed at a meeting of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko with Prime Minister of the Republic Artur Rasizade in Baku on November 29.
Also, the head of state visited Heydar Aliyev Center. The cultural complex was opened in 2012 and became one of the symbols of modern Baku.
Normandy 4 foreign ministers holding talks on Ukraine in Minsk
The foreign ministers of the Normandy Quartet (also known as Normandy 4) are holding talks on the Ukrainian crisis in Minsk November 29. The meeting is taking place at President Hotel.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin was the first to arrive in Minsk. Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov was the last to come. As expected, the talks will hinge around security and humanitarian issues, in particular, the release of hostages.
Belarus' army gets six Mi-8 helicopters
Belarusian sky under technological security now as the country's Air Force received 6 MI-8 helicopters. The modern air vehicles can be used for military exercises, reconnaissance, rescue and medical purposes.
Manufacturers have improved specifications substantially increasing fuel tank capacity, upgrading navigation equipment, adding a weather radar, which can operate in harsh weather conditions.
In mid-2017, the Belarus Air Force will receive further six helicopters and the full squadron will begin honing their skills together.
Belarus-Azerbaijan economic ties based on personal friendship between presidents
Investment, trade and industrial cooperation between Minsk and Baku were discussed at the highest level on November 28. The President of Belarus is on an official visit in Azerbaijan. Alexander Lukashenko said during a meeting with his counterpart Ilham Aliyev that Azerbaijan can rely on Belarus as the closest friend.
Belarusian leader was met in Azerbaijan as an old friend. Since 2006, the Presidents of Belarus and Azerbaijan exchange visits regularly - once every 3 years.
Today's dialogue reiterated the strategic nature of the relationship.
Belarus President paying official visit to Azerbaijan
The President of Belarus is now on an official visit to Baku. He is going to hold talks with the leader of the country, Ilham Aliyev: first, they will talk on one and then will be joined by their delegations.
Last time Alexander Lukashenko visited Azerbaijan in 2015. The two presidents meet quite often: over the last ten years, the heads of state met eight times.
It is expected that the main themes this time will be the economic and trade cooperation, cooperation projects, collaboration in the field of investment, agriculture and sport.
Joint ventures, research and investment: How will Belarusian-Slovak cooperation develop?
A new stage has been opened in relations between Minsk and Bratislava. On November 25, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with the Prime Minister of Slovakia Robert Fico and expressed his gratitude to Slovakia for the normalization of relations between Belarus and the EU.
Slovakia is now chairing the European Union. In addition to politics the two officials discussed the prospects of economic cooperation. Among the most pressing areas is pharmaceuticals, nuclear energy, wood processing, production of tires.
Belarus' Central Election Commission chairwoman retains position
Lidia Yermoshina will remain as chairwoman of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Belarus. This became known on November 25 following the working meeting of the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and chairwoman of the Central Commission for Elections and National Referendums. 20 December is the deadline of powers of the current composition of the Central Election Commission, according to legislation.
The President thanked all the members of the CEC and discussed with Lidia Yermoshina candidates to be included in the new composition.
Slovakia plays important role in Belarus-EU rapprochement
A new stage has been opened in the development of relations between Minsk and Bratislava. On November 25, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with the Prime Minister of Slovakia Robert Fico and expressed his gratitude to Slovakia for the normalization of relations between Belarus and the EU. By the way, Slovakia is now chairing the European Union.
Robert Fico has been chairman of the government of Slovakia since 2012 after his party Direction - Social Democracy won the parliamentary elections.
Alexander Lukashenko gives interview to Azerbaijani news agency Trend
On the eve of the official visit to Azerbaijan, the Belarus President gave an interview to Trend news agency. It covers events in Azerbaijan in the South Caucasus, the Caspian region and Central Asia.
There is considerable interest in Belarus on the part of this region. As the President stressed in the interview, Belarus may participate in the creation of the Trans-Caspian international transport corridor.
Peter Dettmar: Minsk is excellent platform for talks
Prospects for the European Neighbourhood and security have become a key topic of discussion at the XIV Minsk Forum. Taking part in the conference were politicians, diplomats, civil society activists from Germany and other European countries.
They discussed relations between Belarus and the European Union, prospects of regional cooperation in Europe, especially of economic reforms in our country.
The forum was held after a 6-year hiatus.
Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico to pay official visit to Belarus
New features in the relations between Belarus and the European Union will be discussed on November 25 in Minsk during the official visit of the Slovakia Prime Minister. Robert Fico will meet with the leadership of our country, as well as take part in the opening of a new Office of the Slovak Embassy in Minsk.
The premier is also scheduled to visit Vitebsk, where a Slovak pharmaceutical company operates.
Robert Fico became chairman of the government of Slovakia in April 2012, when his party "Direction - Social Democracy" won the parliamentary elections.
Foreign Ministry: Belarus ready for Normandy Four ministerial meeting
Belarus is ready to provide all necessary conditions for the effective conduct of the Normandy Quartet ministerial meeting if the parties so decide, said the Foreign Ministry of Belarus.
It became known yesterday that France and Germany are preparing a meeting in this format on November 29 in Minsk, because of the deterioration of the situation in the Donbass. This is according to head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier.