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11.04.2017

Belarus' and China's law enforcement agencies need closer cooperation
Belarus' and China's law enforcement agencies need closer cooperation Belarus and China will continue active cooperation in the field of security. This was the subject of the April 10 meeting of the President of Belarus with the Minister of Public Safety as well as China's General Prosecutor. Alexander Lukashenko noted that despite the distance between the countries, the law enforcement agencies of Belarus and China have many common challenges. In particular, these are the new challenges of our time.

10.04.2017

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

09.04.2017

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

08.04.2017

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

07.04.2017

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

06.04.2017

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

05.04.2017

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

04.04.2017

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

03.04.2017

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

02.04.2017

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

01.04.2017

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

31.03.2017

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

30.03.2017

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

29.03.2017

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

28.03.2017

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

27.03.2017

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

26.03.2017

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

25.03.2017

Protests ended without beginning. Freedom Day 2017 in Minsk
Protests end without beginning. Freedom Day 2017 in Minsk All these days, suspects in the terrorist attack in the UK were being arrested. Already more than a dozen people were held by the police. The head of the anti-terrorist division of the Greater London reported that arrests are made on the basis of searches, but did not specify how the detainees were linked to the attack. Perhaps it will be revealed during the proceedings. And, as far as we know, some have already been released. In Belarus, those suspected of preparing armed provocations on March 25 Freedom Day were also detained this week.
President Lukashenko: I can't allow for the situation in Ukraine to happen in Belarus
President Lukashenko: I can't allow for the situation in Ukraine to happen in Belarus After visiting Arvi Belagro, President Lukashenko traditionally talked to the employees of the company. He talked about employment, salaries, information opposition on the internet, about the latest arrests of extremists. Belarus President also stated that Belarus will not allow riots according to the Ukrainian scenario. The situation in the country is stable and under control.
Mayor: No sanctioned rallies planned in Minsk for 25 March
Mayor: No sanctioned rallies planned in Minsk for 25 March The organizers of street protests, scheduled for March 25 in Minsk, refused from their applications. By the way, almost all initiators - except one - made this decision even before the consideration of applications. The last reply was received on March 24. The Minsk City Executive Committee explained: the application (the proposed route in particular) does not meet the requirements of the legislation.

24.03.2017

Belarus President: Ukrainian scenario will not work
President Lukashenko: Ukrainian scenario will not work in Belarus Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made a working trip to the Grodno region on 24 March. One of the topics he touched on were the possible protests scheduled for March 25. Belarus will not allow riots according to the Ukrainian scenario. The situation in the country is stable and under control.
Alexander Lukashenko holds telephone conversation with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko
Alexander Lukashenko holds telephone conversation with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko The night before, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko held a telephone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko. The two leaders discussed various issues on the agenda of Belarusian-Ukrainian relations. In particular, they talked over the development of trade and economic cooperation, expansion of contacts at the level of regions.
Belarusian police reveals White Legion's plans for March 25 protest
Belarusian investigators reveal White Legion's plans for March 25 protest Investigators have found a whole arsenal of arms in houses of the activists of the organizations White Legion and Young Front. Machine guns, grenades, axes, symbols of the Azov battalion - this is an incomplete list of what was seized. A criminal investigation was opened against them for the preparation for participation in riots. Just before this news release, it became known that one of the suspects pointed a weapon stash.
Belarus President: We are able to maintain peace and tranquility in our country
Belarus President: We are able to maintain peace and tranquility in our country Belarus is able to keep peace and tranquility of its citizens, said March 23 Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting on public security March 23. The head of state ordered all government agencies to maintain law and order in strict accordance with the Constitution. Any deviation from the law, as the President said, will not be tolerated. Sky is without gunpowder above the heads of Belarusians and underfoot are clean sidewalks and roads. Around are well-groomed streets and avenues. Ahead is a clear prospect.
Kyrgyzstan leader invited Belarus President to Supreme Eurasian Economic Council session
Kyrgyzstan leader invites Belarus President to Supreme Eurasian Economic Council session A telephone conversation between the Presidents of Belarus and Kyrgyzstan took place March 23. Almazbek Atambayev invited Alexander Lukashenko to take part in a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council to discuss the current issues and problems. The EEU summit is scheduled to be held in April-May 2017 in Bishkek. During the conversation the heads of state discussed bilateral relations too. In particular, the presidents expressed mutual interest in further increasing trade and enhancing economic cooperation between the two countries.

23.03.2017

Andrea Rigoni: I need to understand Belarus from inside to be objective in my report
Andrea Rigoni: I need to understand Belarus from inside to be objective in my report Belarus and Europe are engaged in a dialogue on all topical and sensitive issues. Negotiations on a variety of topics will continue. On March 23, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with Andrea Rigoni - representative of the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly. Andrea Rigoni is the Rapporteur on Belarus of the PACE Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy. He arrived in Minsk to prepare a draft report on the situation in Belarus. It will include a new resolution of PACE.
President Lukashenko: Belarus is able to keep peace in the country
President Lukashenko: Belarus is able to keep peace in the country Belarus is able to keep peace and tranquility of its citizens, said March 23 Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting on public security. The head of state ordered all government agencies to maintain law and order in strict accordance with the Constitution. Any deviation from the norms of law, as noted by the President, will not be tolerated.
Rigoni: Belarus-Council of Europe relations are being built on trust
Rigoni: Belarus-Council of Europe relations are being built on trust Belarus and the Council of Europe have made significant progress in relations over the past two years. This is an assessment of the bilateral cooperation by the rapporteur on Belarus of PACE given at the meeting with chairman of the House of Representatives of Belarus National Assembly. Andrea Rigoni noted that constructive dialogue and mutual understanding remain the main principles.
PACE's Andrea Rigoni visiting Minsk
PACE rapporteur Andrea Rigoni visiting Minsk Cooperation in the parliamentary dimension will be discussed during the visit of PACE rapporteur Andrea Rigoni to Minsk. He is going to hold talks with the leadership of our country. In particular, on March 23 Mr Rigoni will meet with the chairman of Belarus' House of Representatives. Vladimir Andreichenko and Andrea Rigoni plan to discuss the participation of the National Assembly in PACE events and further access of Belarus to Council of Europe's conventions.
Belarus' law enforcement agencies clamp down on radical organization White Legion
Belarus' law enforcement agencies clamp down on radical organization White Legion On March 22, the phrase White Legion reappeared in the operative reports of law enforcement agencies of Belarus. The radical organization, which seemed to stop functioning almost 15 years ago, is again in the limelight. On March 22, law enforcement agencies carried out a few dozen searches. A solid arsenal of weapons (sapper shovels, body armor, rifles and even automatic recharge system) was found in the apartment of one of the group's participants. There is reason to believe that all this was intended to be used to organize unrest in the country.

22.03.2017

President Lukashenko: Situation in Belarus under control
President Lukashenko: Situation in Belarus under control Fair pricing, implementation of decree on social dependency, attempted armed breakthrough on the Belarusian-Ukrainian border and the fifth column in Belarus. The Belarusian President commented on these issues during the visit to the Mogilev Region on March 21.

21.03.2017

Writer Zakhar Prilepin speaks on the situation in Ukraine
Writer Zakhar Prilepin speaks on the situation in Ukraine Zakhar Prilepin, a Russian writer, took part in the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev. We are having a discussion on the threshold of the Forgiveness Sunday.
Belarus has detained militants preparing armed provocation, President Lukashenko says
Belarus has detained militants preparing armed provocation, President Lukashenko says Foreign investment should be brought into the country taking into account public interests, said Alexander Lukashenko during his working trip to Mogilev region March 21. The President visited the free economic zone Mogilev, where about 40 residents are currently working.In particular, the company Kronospan where chipboards are made. For six years, the owner has invested nearly a billion dollars in the Belarusian companies. The region plans to further attract foreign capital.
Belarus President: Reforms we are offered are not for our people
Belarus President: Reforms we are offered are not for our people The pricing policy, wage growth and employment are the three main areas for Minsk vice mayors designated by the Belarus President. Alexander Lukashenko agreed a number of appointments in Minsk. He expects from the new managers first of all professional approaches and absence of red tape as well as quick solutions to problems of the residents of the capital. Minsk should become an example for the whole Belarus.

20.03.2017

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is ready to ensure its security in any situation
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is ready to ensure its security in any situation Joint exercises of the Armed Forces of Belarus and Russia Zapad 2017 (West 2017) need to be as transparent as possible, said the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, during the report on the drills. They will be held in Belarus in autumn 2017. President Lukashenko also emphasized that Belarus doesn’t intend to curtail its cooperation with Russia because of the disagreements in other spheres. The forthcoming drills prove the aspiration. In as many as 20 countries military actions are taking place.
Alexander Lukashenko: West 2017 joint drills need to be transparent
Alexander Lukashenko: West 2017 joint drills need to be transparent Joint exercises of the Armed Forces of Belarus and Russia Zapad 2017 (West 2017) need to be maximally transparent, said the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, during the report on the drills. They will be held in Belarus in the autumn. The Head of State asked about the composition of the troops involved, the exercise area, as well as the expected results. In addition, Alexander Lukashenko demanded that the Defense Ministry leadership carefully consider cooperation with all other authorities.
MP Igor Marzalyuk on protests, freedom and Belarus-EU relations
MP Igor Marzalyuk on protests, freedom and Belarus-EU relations A strange coincidence: the majority of these visits took place on March 15th. What was so special about that day? What events could encourage the high-ranking guests from respected countries to arrive in Minsk on March 15? Constitution Day? Hardly. This is of course an important date for Belarus but still it's not a public holiday. Maybe, the reason is protest events announced by the opposition on that day? I doubt it!
March 15 detentions in Minsk legal: protesters violate law on mass events
March 15 detentions in Minsk legal: protesters violate law on mass events The United States authorities decided that protesters are forbidden to wear masks back in the middle of the 20th century. In the first place, this measure was designed to fight the Ku Klux Klan movement. Many recollected this measure in the early 2010s when the streets of many American cities were flooded with members of the Occupy movement.

19.03.2017

Angela Merkel: I am glad that President Trump supports Minsk ceasefire agreements
Angela Merkel: I am glad that President Trump supports Minsk ceasefire agreements The most discussed subject in the world of politics today is the dialogue between the USA and the EU. The first meeting of US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel took place in Washington. The leaders discussed a set of questions; they talked about NATO, combating terrorism and the crisis in Eastern Ukraine. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany: The US Administration and President Trump personally support Minsk Ceasefire Agreements. We need to solve this problem.
European Integrative Week: distinguished guests visit Belarus
European Integrative Week: distinguished guests visit Belarus Last week in Belarus can be given the name of the Great European Week. Distinguished guests from different countries came to the center of Europe. Belgium Foreign Minister, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE, First Vice President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Chief of the IMF Mission, and delegations of the Visegrad Group and of the Eastern Partnership, Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, parliamentary delegation from Kazakhstan, and Egypt State Minister. Nevertheless, there was important news.

17.03.2017

President Lukashenko:  Government staff optimization mustn’t result in unthoughtful personnel reduction
President Lukashenko: Government staff optimization mustn’t result in unthoughtful personnel reduction Optimization of government structure and elimination of duplicate functions. The effectiveness of the government staff was discussed at Belarus President’s meeting on March 17, 2017. Alexander Lukashenko had once again emphasized that optimization mustn’t result in unthoughtful personnel reduction. The prime question is about creating an effective governance model, which will facilitate the dynamic development of Belarus.
Maxim Ryzhenkov: Authorities must get round to every person and assist in solving problems
Maxim Ryzhenkov: Authorities must get round to every person and assist in solving problems Authorities must hear every person and help with solving problems. This was stated by Maxim Ryzhenkov, the First Deputy Head of Belarus' President Administration on March 17, 2017. The task for the local authorities is to get round to and try to help every person.
Belarus' Prosecutor General on detention of protesters against Decree No3
Belarus' Prosecutor General on detention of protesters on March 15 The General Prosecutor's Office of Belarus considers legitimate the reaction to the flagrant violation of law on mass events. Alexander Konyuk has commented on the detention of persons protesting against Decree No3. As was noted earlier by the Interior Ministry, all the detainees had grossly violated the law. Thus, Article 11 of the Law on Mass Events strictly forbids protesters to hide their faces under masks.
Alexander Lukashenko:  Belarus is interested in state transformation experience of Kazakhstan
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is interested in state transformation experience of Kazakhstan Belarus is interested in state transformation experience, which is happening in Kazakhstan. This was stated by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko during a meeting with Nurlan Nigmatulin, Chairman of Majilis Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Both Belarus and Kazakhstan are longstanding strategic partners. Official Astana is at its political reload stage today. After adopting the new version of the Constitution, Kazakh lawmakers will have more powers.
Belarus' Interior Ministry explains detentions during March 15 rally in Minsk
Belarus' Interior Ministry explains detentions during March 15 rally in Minsk Person detained on March 15 during the rally against Decree No3 grossly violated the law on mass events and resisted the police, said the Interior Ministry March 16. Law enforcement officers acted strictly within the law, and the law is fairly loyal to such violations. European and US experience shows that one can get a year's jail term if a person's face is covered during a protest.
OSCE PA President Christine Muttonen tastes Belarusian chocolate
OSCE PA President Christine Muttonen tastes Belarusian chocolate and tries fashion clothes Belarus is committed to the basic principles of the OSCE, said Belarus President on March 16 at a meeting with the chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. Christine Muttonen spent several days in Belarus. On March 15, she met with Belarusian MPs. The sides signed an agreement on the 26th annual session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. It will be held in July 2017 in the capital of Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko emphasized that our country will make every effort so that the upcoming session becomes the best in the history of such meetings.

16.03.2017

We will show western biases about Belarus are far-fetched, Alexander Lukashenko says
We will show western biases about Belarus are far-fetched, Alexander Lukashenko says Belarus is committed to the basic principles of the OSCE, said President Alexander Lukashenko a meeting with OSCE Parliamentary Assembly president Christine Muttonen. Yesterday, she had meetings with Belarusian MPs. The parties signed an agreement on the 26th Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. It will be held in Minsk in July 2017. The decision to hold the event in Minsk was passed unanimously.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is committed to OSCE's basic principles
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is committed to OSCE's basic principles Belarus is committed to the basic principles of the OSCE, said President Alexander Lukashenko on March 16 at a meeting with the chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. Christine Muttonen has already spent several days in Belarus. Yesterday, she met with Belarusian MPs. The parties signed an agreement for the 26th Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. It will be held in Minsk in July 2017. 
Christine Muttonen names topic of OSCE PA summer meeting in Minsk
Christine Muttonen names topic of OSCE PA summer meeting in Minsk The summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will be held in Minsk in July. An agreement on this matter was signed March 15 by Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Vladimir Andreichenko and OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Christine Muttonen. It is expected that the upcoming event will bring together more than 700 guests, including about 300 members of parliament.
Non-parasites March in Minsk held calmly
'Non-parasites march' takes place in Minsk March 15 The so-called "Non-parasites march", which did not draw a lot of people, was held in Minsk on March 15. It was held without incidents, with protesters sticking to the planned route. Organizers may deny that, but still some opposition activists tried to use the event for the sake of their own PR. It was also strange to see how this march was headed by anarchists.

15.03.2017

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus interested in Belgian investments
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus interested in Belgian investments Belarus is interested in attracting Belgian investments and ready for a political dialogue on extending business cooperation. On March 15, 2017 Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs of the Kingdom of Belgium. Didier Reynders is an experienced politician and is visiting Belarus for the first time, primarily as a representative of Belgium.
President Lukashenko: I am for EU but against its double standards
President Lukashenko: I am for EU but against its double standards Belarus is interested in attracting Belgian investments and ready for a political dialogue on extending business cooperation. On March 15, 2017 Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs of the Kingdom of Belgium. Besides the internal political issues, cooperation between Belarus and the EU was discussed. Alexander Lukashenko said that Belarus will always work for unification and stability in Europe.
Regnum's Yuri Baranchik detained in Russia and may be extradited to Belarus
Regnum's Yuri Baranchik detained in Russia and may be extradited to Belarus Today it became known that Regnum's Yuri Baranchik was detained in Russia. This was confirmed by the Investigation Committee of Belarus, where the criminal investigation is continuing with respect to Sergei Shiptenko, Yuri Pavlovets and Dmitry Alimkin. They were charged with inciting ethnic hatred. The involvement of Baranchik in this case has been established during the investigation. The Investigative Committee said that the journalist may be extradited.
Christine Muttonen to sign agreement on 26th OSCE PA session in Minsk
Christine Muttonen to sign agreement on 26th OSCE PA session in Minsk The Delegation of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly headed by Chairwoman Christine Muttonen is arriving in Minsk March 15. The foreign visitors will hold a meeting at the Belarusian parliament. They will discuss the preparation for the 26th session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, which is set to be held in Minsk in July 2017. It is expected that the program of the meeting will be agreed during the current visit. In addition, today the parties will sign an agreement to determine the preparation plan.
Vladimir Makei: Eastern Partnership Initiative important for Belarus
Vladimir Makei: Eastern Partnership Initiative important for Belarus Belarus remains a strong supporter of integration and offers the Minsk platform for integration processes in Central and Eastern Europe. This was said by the Foreign Minister of Belarus on March 15 in Minsk at a meeting with the heads of delegations of the countries of the Visegrad Group and the Eastern Partnership.
Today we can confidently look into the future, Belarus President says
Today we can confidently look into the future, Belarus President says Compliance with the rules laid down in the Constitution is the guarantor of stability and prosperity in the society, which ensures decent conditions of life. This is stated in the congratulation message of Alexander Lukashenko to compatriots on the occasion of Constitution Day. Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:Today, we can confidently look to the future knowing that our coordinated work, cohesion and creative energy predetermine further development and progress towards prosperity of the Motherland.
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Belgium visits Belarus
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Belgium to visit Belarus Joint investment projects and cooperation in international organizations will be discussed on May 15 during the visit of Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Belgium to Belarus. Note that this is the first visit of the head of the Foreign Ministry of Belgium. The talks will focus on trade and economic relations of Belarus and Belgium as well as on the Belarus-EU dialogue. Now trade between the two countries amounts to nearly $370 million dollars.

14.03.2017

Alena Kupchyna nominated for OSCE Secretary General position
Alena Kupchyna nominated for OSCE Secretary General position Permanent Representative of the Republic of Belarus to the OSCE, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Austria Alena Kupchyna was nominated for the position of the Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Altogether, there are five candidates for the post. The first hearings took place in Vienna on March 14, 2017 during which the candidates projected the future of the OSCE.
President Lukashenko makes new personnel changes on March 14, 2017
President Lukashenko makes new personnel changes on March 14, 2017 President Alexander Lukashenko made a number of personnel changes. On March 14, 2017 Alexander Lukashenko appointed a new Minister of Labour and Social Protection. Irina Kostevich took up the post. Belarus President appointed Igor Buzovsky the new Head of Minsk Tsentralny district, Vladimir Karpyak as President’s Aide, Chief Inspector in Minsk. Changes have also been made in the oil-industry.
Irina Kostevich: A target of 70,000 new working places by 2017 in Belarus
Irina Kostevich: A target of 70,000 new working places by 2017 in Belarus Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made a number of personnel decisions. On March 14, 2017 Alexander Lukashenko appointed a new Minister of Labor and Social Protection. Irina Kostevich took up the post. Earlier she served as deputy minister of economy. The skilled specialist has years of work behind her in statistics and analyzing sectors. The Ministry of Labor and Social Protection has a number of tasks set up, which are to ensure a high level of employment and Belarusians' income growth.
Belarus and Russia start preparations for West 2017 drills
Belarus and Russia start preparations for West 2017 drills Belarusian and Russian troops began preparations for the exercises Zapad 2017 [West 2017]. During the drills, the parties intend to work out the coherence of military administration and interoperability of military units. The large-scale exercises will be held in September in several ranges of Belarus and Russia. This will sum up the joint activities of the two countries in the past two years.
Egypt military industry officials interested in cooperation with Belarus
Egypt military industry officials interested in cooperation with Belarus Cooperation with Egypt needs to develop more intensively and without any forbidden topics. The President of Belarus noted willingness to work with the Arab republic of Egypt in all areas. He said this on March 14 at a meeting with Minister of State for Military Industry of Egypt. A new impetus to the relations between the two countries was given earlier this year during the official visit of Alexander Lukashenko to the Arab Republic of Egypt. Now these agreements are being implemented at all levels.
German delegation visit Trostenets memorial in Belarus
Germany interested in rapprochement with Belarus Belarus and Germany are noting the positive dynamism in bilateral contacts. On March 13 in Minsk, Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei met with Minister of State for European Affairs of Germany Michael Roth to discuss politics, economy and exchange of students. Among the issues discussed at the formal meeting were the tragic history of our countries. The memorial Trostenets in Minsk became a monument to common misfortune. In the mid-1940s, many German Jews were sent to this death camp.

13.03.2017

Batons, water cannons and rubber bullets: How police of different countries calms down raging demonstrators
Batons, water cannons and rubber bullets: How police of different countries calms down raging demonstrators Let us recall the phrase of President Lukashenko on Thursday at a meeting on current issues of the country's development: "There will be no Maidan in Belarus! There are no prerequisites for this. But it is always necessary to pre-empt a particular problem." We will now talk not about Belarus but about pre-emption. Even in the most democratic countries, approaches to demonstrators are tough, because they create a threat to public order and confront with the police. The events of recent weeks and daily news confirm this again and again.

12.03.2017

Boleslav Pirshtuk about OSCE PA summer session due in Minsk
Boleslav Pirshtuk about OSCE PA summer session and economic reforms in Belarus Let's continue the theme with the guest of our program. Today in the studio we have deputy chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus Boleslav Pirshtuk. Boleslav Kazimirovich, hello. Boleslav Pirshtuk, deputy chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus: Good afternoon.

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