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23.07.2017

Results of Alexander Lukashenko’s visit to Ukraine
Results of Alexander Lukashenko’s visit to Ukraine The visit of Alexander Lukashenko to Ukraine was one of the main events of the week. Economic cooperation and trade were discussed at the Belarus-Ukraine forum which was held at the time of the visit. The seen and the unseen conflicts in Ukraine were discussed as well. Farmer Valentin uses Belarus tractors. The tractors are just right for the fields. The youngest of the tractors is over 40 years old. Valentin Vydra, farmer (Ukraine):It works. I can say a big thank you to Belarus for creating such a tractor.
What did Presidents Lukashenko, Poroshenko agree on in Kyiv?
What did Presidents Lukashenko, Poroshenko agree on in Kyiv? What did Presidents Lukashenko, Poroshenko agree on in Kyiv? Contracts worth more than 47 million dollars, agreements in the sectors of science, culture and international relations. These are only some of the results of President Lukashenko’s visit to Ukraine. In the best of years the mutual commodity circulation reached 8 billion dollars. Now it is less, but both of the Presidents see potential. The sides agreed to work on the far curve together, to create joint production lines, and develop cooperation connections.

22.07.2017

Alexander Lukashenko about cooperation within Donetsk and Lugansk regions’ interests
Alexander Lukashenko about cooperation within Donetsk and Lugansk regions’ interests Belarus and Ukraine have huge potential for development of cooperation. This was stated by Alexander Lukashenko on July 21, 2017 at a meeting with Petro Poroshenko. According to Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus and Ukraine need to enter markets of third countries. The priorities of development of Belarus’ and Ukraine’s economies are agriculture, petrochemisty, industrial cooperation and transport logistics.
Alexander Lukashenko about Belarus, Ukraine potential
Alexander Lukashenko about Belarus, Ukraine potential Alexander Lukashenko sees great potential for development of cooperation of Belarus and Ukraine. The President went on an official visit to Kyiv.

21.07.2017

Petro Poroshenko: Belarus remains among priorities for Ukraine
Petro Poroshenko: Belarus remains among priorities for Ukraine Belarus is interested in developing close cooperation with Ukraine. The countries need to enter the markets of third countries with joint products. This was discussed at the talks of Alexander Lukashenko with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko.
What will Belarusian and Ukrainian presidents discuss on July 21?
What will Belarusian and Ukrainian presidents discuss on July 21? On July 21, in Kiev, negotiations will be held between Alexander Lukashenko and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. It is expected that the heads of state will talk over the whole spectrum of bilateral cooperation. Special attention will be paid to the economic block. On July 21, the Belarusian-Ukrainian business forum will be held in the Ukrainian capital. Both sides are voicing a record figure: contracts estimated at $40 million are slated for signing.

20.07.2017

Lebedev: We hope Ukraine will resume cooperation with CIS
Lebedev: We hope Ukraine will resume cooperation with CIS The Executive Committee of the CIS expects Ukraine will resume full paricipation in the Commonwealth, said Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee Sergei Lebedev. Representatives of the Commonwealth countries gathered on July 20 at a meeting of the Council of Permanent Plenipotentiaries. Currently, Ukraine is less involved in integration activities. However, Sergey Lebedev expressed his hope that steps to resume full-fledged cooperation within the framework of the CIS can be undertaken.
Final preparations for West 2017 drills held in Belarus
Final preparations for West 2017 drills held in Belarus The final stage of preparations for the strategic exercise Zapad 2017 (West 2017) was held in Belarus. This time signallers' readiness was checked. The main task is to provide various types of troops with means of open and closed communication at headquarters and in the field. During the maneuvers, new and modernized information systems were used.
Latvian foreign minister visits Belarus: Belarus-EU cooperation discussed
Latvian foreign minister visits Belarus: Belarus-EU cooperation discussed Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs arrived in Minsk on a visit. Latvia does not have any questions to Belarus regarding the West 2017 exercise. This statement was made by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Latvia on July 19 following the talks with his Belarusian counterpart Vladimir Makei. Other important issues for the countries were discussed, including the international agenda. In particular, the prospects for cooperation between Belarus and the European Union.

19.07.2017

Latvia’s Foreign Ministry: We have no questions to Belarus concerning Zapad -2017 military drills
Latvia’s Foreign Ministry: We have no questions to Belarus concerning Zapad -2017 military drills Latvia has no questions to Belarus concerning Zapad-2017 military drills. The issue is closed and the upcoming drills cause no fears. This was stated by Latvia’s Foreign Minister on July 19, 2017 after meeting with Vladimir Makei, Belarus’ Foreign Minister.
Marianna Shetkina delivers speech at UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
Marianna Shetkina delivers speech at UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development Marianna Shetkina delivers speech at UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development The discussions of the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development finished in New York. Marianna Shchetkina, the national coordinator of the project, delivered a speech on Belarus’ work in this direction. Belarus delivered a speech at such a forum for the first time. However, it emphasized the special role of UN platform in solving global problems of today and completion of the Goals of sustainable development.
Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Ukraine to last from July 20 to 21
Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Ukraine to last from July 20 to 21 The President of Belarus will pay an official visit to Ukraine on July 20-21, according to the press service of the head of state. Negotiations with Petro Poroshenko are planned in a one-on-one format and in an expanded format. It is expected that the heads of state will discuss the political and trade-economic cooperation. One of the topics of the meeting will be the settlement of the conflict in the east of Ukraine, in which Belarus actively participates, providing a negotiating platform for the parties to the process.

18.07.2017

Oleg Dvigalev appointed chairman of Belarus’ State Military Industrial committee
Oleg Dvigalev appointed chairman of Belarus’ State Military Industrial committee Oleg Dvigalev appointed chairman of Belarus’ State Military Industrial Committee Major General Oleg Dvigalev has been appointed chairman of the State Military Industrial Committee of the Republic of Belarus on July 18, 2017. The corresponding decree was signed by President Lukashenko. Before the new appointment, Oleg Dvigalev held the position of the Commander of the Air Defense Forces of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus.
Union Shield 2017 antiterrorist operation held in Belarus
Union Shield 2017 antiterrorist operation held in Belarus The joint antiterrorist drill was held by the special forces of Belarus and China. The final military performances were held on the range near Borisov. The soldiers carried out an antiterrorist operation. According to the legend, militants captured a settlement and are hiding in uses. As many as two town buildings were the focus of attack. For the search and elimination of terrorist, the joint forces of Belarus and China needed about half an hour.
Bogdan Zdroyevsky about Belarus-EU relations
Bogdan Zdroyevsky about Belarus-EU relations Belarus May play an active role in the renewal of the dialogue of the East and the West. This was discussed on July 18, 2017 at the meeting of Belarusian parliamentarians with European colleagues. Deputies rom Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland are in the foreign delegation. The side discussed the relations of the EU and Belarus. The main subjects of discussion were the relations of the EU and Belarus, elimination of obstacles on the way to closer cooperation.
Kirill Koktysh on bloggers and topical problems of journalism
Kirill Koktysh on bloggers and topical problems of journalism Kirill Koktysh, political scientist, associate professor of the political theory department of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, has given an interview to the TV program Week. On the main day of discussion at the Congress [of Russian Press in Minsk], I got the impression that traditional journalists, media managers are worried, and sometimes even frightened, let's say, by the competition from so-called civil journalism, bloggers, simply put. What do you think about this?

17.07.2017

Belarus to invite 80 international observers to Zapad-2017 military drills
Belarus to invite 80 international observers to Zapad-2017 military drills This information was announced by the Defense Ministry of the Republic of Belarus. Among them are representatives of international organizations, such as the UN, the OSCE and NATO. Join strategic drills of Belarus and Russia is a planned event and will be held upon the decision of the two Presidents. As for the scale of the current drills, it is the largest joint military exercises of the armed forces. Practical activities will be carried out on six ranges in Belarus.
Alexander Lukashenko about priorities of Belarus’ chairmanship in CSTO
Alexander Lukashenko about priorities of Belarus’ chairmanship in CSTO Alexander Lukashenko about priorities of Belarus’ chairmanship in CSTO How to combat modern threats and the role of the diplomats in the issue were discussed on July 17, 2017 in Minsk in the Independence Palace, where Alexander Lukashenko held a meeting with CSTO foreign ministers. The President emphasized once again that the countries of the organization have mutual problems-terrorism, drug trafficking, illegal migration. And this is when diplomats should take over the situation.
CSTO Foreign Ministerial meeting held in Minsk
CSTO Foreign Ministerial meeting held in Minsk On July 17, 2017 Alexander Lukashenko met with the foreign ministers of the CSTO. After THE meeting with the President the participants of the dialogue headed for the Foreign Ministerial meeting. A range of announcements was made. The sides confirmed the intention to cooperate in the border security sector.
Why are Ukrainians grateful to President Lukashenko?
Why are Ukrainians grateful to President Lukashenko? Many Ukrainians came to Belarus in the last couple of years. Ukraine says thank you to Belarus for the support and for the peace keeping mission. A visit of Alexander Lukashenko is planned Kiev during the week. Presidents of the two countries will surely discuss political issues. It is not easy for Ukraine at the moment. Tamara Pchelkina, resident of Repki village (Ukraine):It is nice hear. Trees, forests, blueberries. The problem is that it is too expensive here. I cannot buy nor do anything with the money I get.
Khachaturov: CSTO should be more active in making decisions in international organizations
Khachaturov: CSTO should be more active in making decisions in international organizations Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with the ministers of foreign affairs of the member states of the CSTO on July 17. During the existence of the CSTO, a multifunctional structure has been created with an effective tool for countering international problems. However, one cannot stop at what has been achieved.
Belarus President: Consolidation is only means of countering global challenges
Belarus President: Consolidation is only means of countering global challenges Strengthening the influence of the CSTO in the international arena is in the priority of Belarus' chairmanship, said President Alexander Lukashenko on July 17 at a meeting with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the CSTO member states. During the existence of the CSTO, a multifunctional structure has been created with an effective tool for countering international problems. However, one cannot stop at what has been achieved.
Alexander Lukashenko's presidency: 23 years of stability in Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko's presidency: 23 years of stability in Belarus Not only enterprises are preserved in Belarus, as the President said, but new plants have been created, a nuclear power plant is being built, logistics centers and housing. Successes of Belarus in IT and high-tech areas are known. Tranquility and security are also the hallmarks of the country. The OSCE delegates who visited Minsk last week and the Russian-speaking journalists who came to Belarus this week, despite the opposite of political views and points of view, agree on the assessments of life in Belarus. Both sides are delighted.
Belarus President: Diplomacy's role rises manifold in international relations crisis
Belarus President: Diplomacy's role rises manifold in international relations crisis In the current crisis of international relations, the role of diplomacy has multiplied, said President Alexander Lukashenko on July 17 at a meeting with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the CSTO member states. According to the head of state, the task of diplomacy is to create prerequisites for convergence of positions of all interested parties. Only on the basis of consolidation of efforts is it possible to effectively counter challenges and threats, the President stressed.

16.07.2017

Mikhail Gusman: Alexander Lukashenko is ideal person for interviewing
Mikhail Gusman: Alexander Lukashenko is ideal person for interviewing Mikhail Gusman is a famous media figure. He interviewed President Lukashenko many times before. However, this time it was him who was interviewed. Last year the Congress of the Russian Press was hosted by Paris. Minsk hosts the forum for the second time. Why did you choose this platform?
Why did Belarusians come to Minsk from all over the world?
Why did Belarusians come to Minsk from all over the world? Another important event in Belarus - the 7th congress of Belarusians of the world. Belarusians, who live abroad, have a 25-year-old tradition to gather in Minsk once every four year, discuss topical issues, to talk to fellow compatriots and simply visit native land. Valentina Shevchenko (Canada): Belarus lives inside you. Even if you live abroad, you are a Belarusian anyway.
Vladimir Makei at 7th congress of Belarusians of world
Vladimir Makei at 7th congress of Belarusians of world Minsk is hosting the 7th congress of Belarusians of the world. Belarusians, representatives of diasporas abroad arrived in Belarus’ capital. Talking to the participants of the forum, Belarus’ Foreign Minister, Vladimir Makei, urged them to develop national culture, the language and traditions. Vladimir Makei believes that Belarusian diaspora is big power, which can defend and move forward the interests of Belarus abroad.
Turkey commends Belarus for support on anniversary of coup attempt
Turkey commends Belarus for support on anniversary of coup attempt On the anniversary of the coup attempt, Turkey thanked Belarus for support. It was stated by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkey to Belarus on July 15, 2017. The victims were honored with a minute of silence near the residence of the embassy. The diplomat emphasized that Belarus was one of the first countries to condemn the actions.

15.07.2017

Spanish visa centre opens in Minsk
Spanish visa centre opens in Minsk Belarus continues to actively develop not only economic but tourist relations with all the EU countries. On July 14, 2017 the Spanish visa centre was opened in Minsk. There are no doubts that it will be popular among Belarusians willing to visit this country, the first documents were submitted here before the official opening of the centre.

14.07.2017

Belarus tests newest domestic tank T-72BME
Belarus tests newest domestic tank T-72BME Tests of the newest domestic tank - T-72BME - have been conducted in Belarus. The video was published by the Military-Industrial Committee. Compared with previous modifications, the tank became much more economical in fuel consumption, and the accuracy has increased.

13.07.2017

Moldova President: We can learn much from Belarus
Moldova President: We can learn much from Belarus Just a few hours before the official opening of "Slavonic Bazaar" in Vitebsk, the Presidents of Belarus and Moldova held a meeting. The leaders of the two countries discussed the development of bilateral cooperation. Political and economic ties, industrial cooperation, as well as interaction within the framework of integration associations were among the major topics.
Shidlovsky: USA supports sovereignty and independence of Belarus
Shidlovsky: USA supports sovereignty and independence of Belarus Belarus is working with the USA to achieve the complete lifting of sanctions, the Charge d'Affaires of Belarus in the USA Pavel Shidlovsky told media. Now restrictions on the part of the United States are in force against some Belarusian enterprises. Meanwhile, the development of relations between the two countries is stable. Economic indicators confirm this. The export of Belarusian goods to the USA has grown 2.5 times since the beginning of 2017, amounting to $80 million.
Belarusian MFA: West 2017 drills purely defensive
Belarusian MFA: West 2017 drills purely defensive The military exercise of Belarus and Russia West 2017 was planned long ago and does not threaten anyone, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus. Belarus sends invitations to foreign countries and international organizations to monitor the drills. Meanwhile, this measure is proactive and based on the principles of openness. The active phase of the exercises will be monitored by representatives of the UN, OSCE, NATO, and the CSTO.

12.07.2017

Belarus plans joining Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse
Belarus plans joining Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse International experts discussed the problem of child abuse in Minsk. The issue is rather popular in the modern society. Thanks to the internet such crimes become known of more often. Teenagers become victims of the virtual world more. They are the most active internet users. As many as 300 cases were closed in Belarus in 2016.
Belarus President: Minsk process should remain and continue more vigorously
Belarus President: Minsk process should remain and continue more vigorously Belarus needs to tell the world about itself, said on July 11 the head of state. Already in the first minutes of the meeting, Alexander Lukashenko marks the main priorities: we need to improve the efficiency of foreign economic activity, develop a new export strategy and increase export of services. It is also necessary to take care of increasing the role of Belarus in world politics.

11.07.2017

Alexander Guryanov about deliverables increase on Italian market
Alexander Guryanov about deliverables increase on Italian market Alexander Lukashenko outlined the main priorities of Belarus’ foreign policy on July 11, 2017. More than 250 people were at the meeting with the President. Among Them were diplomats, directors of foreign organizations, representatives of the government.
Priorities of Belarus' foreign economic policy outlined
Priorities of Belarus' foreign economic policy outlined Build equal relations with all foreign partners and advantageously use the improving of the world market situation were among the main requirements of the Belarus President. He outlined the main priorities of Belarus' foreign policy and economy on July 11. More than 250 people are taking part in the meeting with the head of state. These are diplomats, including heads of many foreign missions, government representatives and business leaders.
Distant countries willing to open embassies in Belarus, MFA says
Distant countries willing to open embassies in Belarus, MFA says Foreign policy, development of industrial cooperation, export opportunities and international security were among the main topics during the annual meeting of Belarusian ambassadors in Minsk at the Academy of Public Management under the aegis of the President. This allows diplomats to check whether they are on the same page and determine the plan of action for the upcoming period. One of the major tasks for heads of embassies abroad is to promote Belarusian products to foreign markets.

10.07.2017

Annual Summer School for diplomats opens in Minsk
Annual Summer School for diplomats opens in Minsk Heads of diplomatic missions and consular offices gathered at the Academy of Public Administration under the aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus on July 10, 2017, where the annual school for diplomats opened. This is a possibility for diplomats to “synchronize their watches”. A wide of issues is discussed t the meeting. Among the issues are export possibilities of Belarus, external politics, international security.
Netherlands embassy office opens in Minsk
Netherlands embassy office opens in Minsk On July 10, Belarus and the Netherlands begin a new page in the history of relations. An office of the embassy of that European state was officially opened in Minsk.
Roberto Montella sums up 26th session of OSCE PA in Minsk
Roberto Montella sums up 26th session of OSCE PA in Minsk The CTV Channel did not miss the opportunity to ask a few questions one of the key people in the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. Roberto Montella is its general secretary. For almost 20 years, Mr. Montella has been working in various structures of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. This is not his first visit to Belarus.
OSCE PA delegates' impressions about Belarus
OSCE PA delegates' impressions about Belarus Western politicians applauded to President Lukashenko not only out of courtesy. And not because he is President. The international audience is very different from the Belarusian audience and listeners from the post-Soviet countries: the mentality is different, the psychological attitudes are different, the brains are set in the opposite direction. Take Western Christians, for instance. They cross themselves from left to right, and not from right to left, like in the Orthodox Slavic world. They are influenced by their media, in their thin web of ideology.
Belarus presents defensive weapons at Independence Day parade
Belarus presents defensive weapons at Independence Day parade The week started with a holiday: the Republic of Belarus celebrated Independence Day. The fireworks display and the parade were the traditional features of that day. Hundreds of thousands of spectators, hundreds of opinions and reviews. Most of people are enthusiastic about the day. Belarus also showed its military might and industrial potential during the parade. I looked at the faces of ambassadors of foreign countries during the parade.

09.07.2017

Muttonen: Belarus is a bridge not only between East and West, but between states
Muttonen: Belarus is a bridge not only between East and West, but between states Many of the 700 high-ranking foreign guests who came to Belarus to participate in the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly would probably enjoy the Kupala holiday and, perhaps, even would not mind fire jumping. The OSCE is the world's largest regional security organization. And if we draw parallels with Kupalle, then we could say that Europe is already engaged in fire jumping joylessly and desperately. I mean the fire and flame of terrorist attacks, the fires of refugees and so on...
Resolution on Eastern Europe excluded from OSCE's Minsk Declaration
Resolution on Eastern Europe excluded from OSCE's Minsk Declaration The session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Minsk showed advancement in building confidence in the region. This opinion was voiced at its final plenary meeting. Here, the Minsk Declaration was also adopted - the final document of the forum. Its discussion sparked a stormy reaction among parliamentarians. This concerned one of the points - the resolution on Eastern Europe, which affected several countries including Belarus. After the voting the deputies rejected the much-discussed resolution.
Document on strengthening economic ties between Europe and Asia signed within OSCE PA
Document on strengthening economic ties between Europe and Asia signed within OSCE PA The draft resolution was supported in the general committee on political issues and security. The work of the OSCE Assembly summer session is continuing. The mechanism of preventing attacks and extremism was suggested by the Russian delegates. It is about strengthening criminal liability in terms of persons involved in terrorist acts. The initiative caused extensive discussion in at the meeting.
Draft resolution on countering terrorism approved in Minsk
Draft resolution on countering terrorism approved in Minsk The draft resolution was supported in the general committee on political issues and security. The mechanism of preventing attacks and extremism was suggested by the Russian delegates. What is more, the day before the resolution on combating psychoactive drugs was approved at the session, which was suggested by Belarus.

08.07.2017

Belarus' resolution on psychoactive substances supported by OSCE PA
Belarus' resolution on psychoactive substances supported by OSCE PA OSCE parliamentarians supported Belarus’ resolution on psychoactive substances. The participants summer session of the OSCE PA on July 7 continued their work in Minsk. The initiative, of Belarus draws attention to the necessity to solve the problem of psychoactive substances by joint efforts.

07.07.2017

OSCE PA President Christine Muttonen: Women need more voice in peace processes
OSCE PA President: Women need more voice in peace processes On the margins of the forum, a traditional event of OSCE PA sessions was held - the so-called gender dinner, during which female politicians discuss problems that are relevant to modern society. In particular, the issues of education, medicine and women's participation in the adoption of important political decisions.
Belarus does not have geopolitical ambitions, Alexander Lukashenko says
Belarus does not have geopolitical ambitions, Alexander Lukashenko says Graduates of military universities and higher officers were honored at the Palace of Independence on July 6. Those gathered are without exaggeration the elite of the Armed Forces of Belarus. They will have to learn new methods of combating international threats and train the younger generation.
Alexander Lukashenko to visit Ukraine at the end of July
Alexander Lukashenko to visit Ukraine at the end of July At the end of July, Alexander Lukashenko will pay a visit to Ukraine. This was reported by the press-secretary of the head of state Natalia Eismont on July 6. Earlier, during the April meeting with the President of Belarus, Petro Poroshenko invited his Belarusian counterpart to make an official visit to Ukraine in the summer of 2017. Both sides had to develop an agenda and prepare the necessary documents, which signing would facilitate the expansion of cooperation between states.
Roberto Montella: Minsk these days became center of international diplomacy
Roberto Montella: Minsk these days became center of international diplomacy The initiative of Belarus to begin the OSCE discussion on the launch of the new Helsinki process is supported by the Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly of the organization. Roberto Montella today shared his opinion with journalists.

06.07.2017

US Senator: Relations with Belarus is important part of US foreign policy
US Senator: Relations with Belarus is important part of US foreign policy At the 26th OSCE Parliamentary Session, Alexander Lukashenko met with a group of American congressmen. The meeting lasted more than an hour. The proposal of Alexander Lukashenko to resume the international dialogue - at the Helsinki-2 platform - was approved by the majority of participants in the session in Minsk.
Belarus ready to discuss human rights issues with USA in any format
Belarus ready to discuss human rights issues with USA in any format Belarus and the USA should continue to dialogue on sensitive topics in a constructive way. The parties need to move from mutual reproaches and demands towards active cooperation. This is what President Alexander Lukashenko said on July 6 meeting with a group of American congressmen from the largest delegation at the 26th session of the OSCE Parliamentary Session. The United States is represented by 35 people. Such interest cannot be called incidental, the head of state underlined.
Belarus President to USA delegation: We are ready to listen to any proposals and even criticism
Belarus President to USA delegation: We are ready to listen to any proposals and even criticism Alexander Lukashenko met with a group of American congressmen from the largest delegation of the 26th session of the OSCE Parliamentary Session. As many as 35 delegates from the United States are taking part in the important international event. Such interest cannot be called incidental, the President stressed.
Independence Palace, Belarus, Minsk
Zapad 2017 drills is significant step in ensuring Belarus' national security The exercise Zapad 2017 (West 2017) is a significant step in ensuring national security, said President Alexander Lukashenko on July 6 at the ceremony to honor graduates of higher military educational institutions and higher officers. Taking into account the growing terrorist threat in the world, active illegal migration, the spread of drugs and the import of weapons, the young generation will have to work hard.
Belarus to propose resolution against psychotropic drugs at OSCE PA session in Minsk
Belarus to propose resolution against psychotropic drugs at OSCE PA session in Minsk Belarus will present a draft resolution on combining efforts in the fight against psychotropic substances on June 6 at the summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. The representative forum continues in Minsk. Participants will have a busy day. In the morning President Hotel has hosted a plenary meeting. At these moments it is about to end. In just half an hour, discussions will begin at the meeting of the Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs.
Belarus President suggests new Helsinki process at 26th OSCE Summer Session
Alcee Hastings at OSCE PA: Helsinki 2 may be possible Belarus suggests launching a new Helsinki negotiation process that will determine the safe future of the entire European community. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko proposes to start a discussion and find a model of such a dialogue acceptable for all parties.
Belarus becomes platform for discussion of global problems in Europe
Belarus President suggests Helsinki 2 process Minsk is hosting a session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, also participated in the opening of the forum. Speaking about security, the Belarusian leader stressed that the European region was at the epicenter of problems and in order to avoid consequences, the states do need to address them in time. The session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly is held in Minsk for the first time. This year Belarus also presides over the Central European Initiative.

05.07.2017

Wiktorin: Belarus ideal as host of OSCE PA session
Wiktorin: Belarus ideal as host of OSCE PA session The final Minsk declaration of the OSCE PA session will include additional resolutions, which parliamentarians can initiate independently. Belarus has also initiated one. In addition, our experts have co-authored documents developed by colleagues from Russia, the United States and Azerbaijan. SEE: Alexander Lukashenko meets with OSCE President Christine Muttonen
OSCE PA in Minsk: What will be discussed?
OSCE PA in Minsk: What will be discussed? Minsk serves as a good platform for discussing international problems, said participants of the summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly which is being held in Minsk these days. The official opening ceremony of the session has been already held today. Delegates from 57 countries will sit at the negotiating table soon. A total of almost 700 distinguished guests are in the Belarus capital these days. 
Christine Muttonen about parliamentary diplomacy development in OSCE
OSCE's Christine Muttonen meets with Belarus President European security architecture has faced a serious crisis. This was stated by Alexander Lukashenko at the plenary meeting of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly summer session. Speaking about security, Alexander Lukashenko emphasized that the European region has found itself in the epicenter of problems. The main aim of the summer session is to strengthen mutual trust and cooperation in the organization’s region.
Alexander Lukashenko to OSCE MPs: I want you to abandon some established stereotypes
Belarus President to OSCE MPs: Let's reject established stereotypes The European security architecture has faced a serious crisis, said President Alexander Lukashenko at the plenary session of the summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. Covering the OSCE events in Minsk are over 50 journalists, including the CTV Channel. Olga Petrashevskaya, Stolichnoe Televidenie:The official opening ceremony of the session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly took place. I would like to remind you once again why so much attention has been focused on this forum.
What are the top topics at 26th session of OSCE PA in Minsk?
What are the top topics at 26th session of OSCE PA in Minsk? Minsk is currently hosting the summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. More than 600 guests have already arrived to participate in it in the Belarusian capital. Belarus is hosting such an event for the first time. The President will also participate in the opening of the session: Alexander Lukashenko will meet with the OSCE leadership.
Ivan Brajović: Montenegro needs more intensive cooperation with Belarus
Ivan Brajović: Montenegro needs more intensive cooperation with Belarus A lot of meetings are planned during the OSCE PA Summer Session in Minsk. Early in the morning, a conversation was held between the chairman of the lower chamber of the Belarusian parliament, Vladimir Andreichenko, and his counterparts from Montenegro - the head of the Skupština. Ivan Brajović and Vladimir Andreichenko discussed the prospects for cooperation between the two states. Particular attention was paid to tourism and economy. In 2016, 36,000 Belarusians visited Montenegro.
Belarus President signs documents aimed at development of Orsha District
Belarus President signs documents aimed at development of Orsha District They envisage transparent mechanisms that will immediately solve a number of problems that have accumulated in some settlements of the district. The document allows the sale of houses using preferential loans from banks in the town of Kopys. A separate item in the document provides for the modernization of the production shop of Orsha Tool Factory, which will allow beginning designing and reconstruction immediately.
OSCE Parliamentary Assembly to open in Minsk July 5
OSCE Parliamentary Assembly to open in Minsk July 5 The main political event of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the summer session, opens on July 5 in Minsk. Belarus is hosting such an even for the first time. The main goal of the meeting of parliamentarians and delegates from 60 countries is to strengthen mutual trust and cooperation in the organization's region.

04.07.2017

OSCE deputies arrive in Minsk with wives
OSCE deputies arrive in Minsk with wives Minsk has become a full bridge between the East and the West. It was stated by Christine Muttonen, head of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. She arrived in Minsk on July 4, 2017. Minsk will host the OSCE session for the first time. The forum will open on July 5, 2017. As many as 600 guests will partake in it.
Christine Muttonen about Belarus’ role in East-West relations
Christine Muttonen about Belarus’ role in East-West relations Minsk has become a full bridge between the East and the West. It was stated by Christine Muttonen, head of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. She arrived in Minsk on July 4, 2017.
President Lukashenko appoints new Minsk Region Governor
President Lukashenko appoints new Minsk Region Governor Anatoly Isachenko has been appointed the Governor of Minsk Region. Having made such a personnel decision, Alexander Lukashenko emphasized that this region for the newly-appointed governor is well-known. Anatoly Isachenko held the post of the aide to the President and of the inspector for Minsk Region. The region is one of the largest in the country, not only y territory. The region is the leader of the agrarian sector, the plants of the region are known all over the world, the realized projects make foreign investors interested.  
Anatoly Isachenko appointed new Governor of Minsk Region
Anatoly Isachenko appointed new Governor of Minsk Region Anatoly Isachenko has been appointed the Governor of Minsk Region. Having made such a personnel decision, Alexander Lukashenko emphasized that this region for the newly-appointed governor is well-known. Anatoly Isachenko held the post of the aide to the President and of the inspector for Minsk Region. The region is one of the largest in the country, not only y territory. The region is the leader of the agrarian sector, the plants of the region are known all over the world, the realized projects make foreign investors interested.
OSCE PA session participants arriving in Minsk
OSCE Minsk session topic: Enhancing mutual trust for peace in OSCE region The main political event in the OSCE's activities will start in the Belarus capital on July 5. It is expected that more than 700 guests from 60 countries will take part in it. The main theme of the session is "Enhancing mutual trust and co-operation for peace and prosperity in the OSCE region". Following the meeting, the Minsk Declaration will be signed, which will contain recommendations for all participating countries of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Summer session of OSCE PA to start in Minsk on July 5
Summer session of OSCE PA to open in Minsk on July 5 Belarus continues preparations for the summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. The OSCE political session will take place on July 5 in Belarus' capital Minsk. The summer session of the OSCE is held in Belarus for the first time. It is expected that more than 700 guests from about 60 countries will take part in it.  The President of the Assembly, Christine Muttonen, will arrive in Belarus on July 4. 

03.07.2017

Independence Day Parade 2017 in Minsk: Video and President's Address
Independence Day Parade 2017 in Minsk: Video and Belarus President's Address Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:Comrade soldiers, sergeants and officers! Dear veterans! Dear compatriots and guests! Today our country celebrates Independence Day. We started celebrating the main state holiday today on July 3 at the will of our people. This choice testifies to the historical memory of Belarusians and the continuity of generations. In our hearts, the independence of Belarus is inseparably linked with its liberation from the German Nazi invaders.

02.07.2017

President Lukashenko gives start to celebrating Independence Day
President Lukashenko gives start to celebrating Independence Day Independence Day of Belarus is on its way. On the day Belarusians will sing the national anthem together. What is more, the national anthem of the Republic of Belarus sounded near the Eifel Tower. A solemn meeting and a concert od art masters dedicated to Independence Day was held in the Palace of the Republic. Alexander Lukashenko took part in the event. Teachers, doctors, scientists, and professionals were invited to the Palace. There were many young people there as well. Such meetings and concerts are a tradition.
Alexander Lukashenko at the fourth Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia
Alexander Lukashenko at the fourth Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia Presidents of Belarus and Russia discussed the most important subjects during the fourth Forum of Regions, which was held in Moscow. Economy is on the first place. Cooperation in production, taking down the barriers in exporting food from Belarus to Russia, oil and gas. Ivan Bambiza, Deputy State Secretary of the Union State of Belarus and Russia:Presidents of Belarus and Russia met, business met, agreements were made. And decisions have been made.
French politicians hail Belarus' role in world politics ahead of OSCE PA session in Minsk
French politicians hail Belarus' role in world politics ahead of OSCE PA session in Minsk About 60 countries send their political representatives at the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE in Belarus. This authoritative forum opens in Minsk in a few days. In the last program, politicians from Germany talked about this and today we will listen to what French MPs say. Belarusian embassy organized this week a performance in Paris during which the Belarusian anthem sounded near the Eiffel Tower. Our special correspondent Alena Syrova reports from Paris.

01.07.2017

Vladimir Putin about Belarus’ investment to Russian agriculture, retailing and pharmaceutics
Vladimir Putin about Belarus’ investment to Russian agriculture, retailing and pharmaceutics A few hours before the Supreme State Council meeting of the Union State, Presidents Lukashenko and Putin took part in the fourth Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia. The main subjects are innovation development and digital economy; the sides are to expand cooperation in these directions. The Forum of Regions greets the Presidents. Short negotiations, mutual photographs and partaking in the closing ceremony of the Forum.
President Lukashenko about development of Russia’s agriculture sector
President Lukashenko about development of Russia’s agriculture sector Belarus and Russia are both prepared to use the Union’s potential for sustainable development. President Lukashenko says that Belarus is ready to continue a constructive dialogue, to make decisions on topical issues of cooperation. What future awaits the Union State? The Supreme State Council meeting was held in the Kremlin on June 30, 2017. This is where the document on the Union Sate of Belarus and Russia was signed. The handshake of the Presidents of Belarus and Russia looks symbolic; it is a reminder of the equality of the two countries in the Union.

30.06.2017

Belarus President: We must prove to the world we are a self-sufficient country
Belarus President: We must prove to the world we are a self-sufficient country The further development of integration between Belarus and Russia should be facilitated by decisions to be taken at the meeting of the Supreme State Council. On the eve of the meeting, Alexander Lukashenko in the Kremlin met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. As noted by the leaders of the states, the significant events that are currently taking place in Moscow will allow discussing and resolving the most pressing interaction issues.
Alexander Lukashenko to hold talks with Vladimir Putin in Moscow on June 30
Alexander Lukashenko to hold talks with Vladimir Putin in Moscow on June 30 The Belarus President, Alexander Lukashenko, is to hold talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow on June 30. It is expected that they will discuss the most important issues facing the Union State of Belarus and Russia. It is expected that Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin will discuss much of this at a personal meeting that will take place before the session of the Supreme State Council of the Union State.

29.06.2017

Belarus President to begin working visit to Russia June 29
Belarus President to begin working visit to Russia June 29 Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has departed for Russia for a working visit In the Russian capital, he has an extensive program planned. In the coming days, the President will attend a meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Union State. It is also expected that Alexander Lukashenko will meet with Vladimir Putin, at which the leaders will discuss interaction in integration formats and exchange views on the international agenda.

28.06.2017

Vietnam President to complete visit to Belarus June 28
Vietnam President to complete visit to Belarus June 28 The cooperation between Belarus and Vietnam was discussed on June 27 at the highest level.  The leaders of the two states confirmed their intention to enter a fundamentally new level of relations and promised mutual support in politics on the international arena.

27.06.2017

Vietnam delegation lays wreath to Victory Square monument
Vietnam delegation lays wreath to Victory Square monument Another traditional ceremony was held today. The Vietnamese delegation, who are visiting Belarus these days, honored the memory of WWII heroes. Flowers and wreaths were laid to the monument in Victory Square.
Vietnam President about Belarus’ support in national liberation
Vietnam President about Belarus’ support in national liberation Belarus and Vietnam are planning to earn about 0.5 billion dollars. These are the financial plans for the nearest couple of years. Alexander Lukashenko and Trần Đại Quang discussed the perspectives of bilateral cooperation on June 27, 2017.The Palace of Independence is the place of the main negotiations. The high guest was met according to all canons of diplomacy. Alexander Lukashenko greeted his Vietnamese colleague.
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Vietnam President
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Vietnamese President The relations between Belarus and Vietnam are reaching a qualitatively new level, said Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with the leader of Vietnam, Trần Đại Quang. The Palace of Independence is the place of the main negotiations. The high guest was met according to all canons of diplomacy. Alexander Lukashenko greeted his Vietnamese colleague after which the anthems of the two countries were heard. A special solemnity of the ceremony was given to the company of the guard of honor.
CIS to benefit from Belarus-Russia Union State, Sergei Lebedev says
CIS to benefit from Belarus-Russia Union State, Sergei Lebedev says The meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Union State will give an additional impetus to the integration cooperation between Belarus and Russia, said chairman of the executive committee of the CIS, Sergei Lebedev, on June 26.
Presidents of Belarus and Vietnam meeting in Minsk
Presidents of Belarus and Vietnam meeting in Minsk The meeting of the Presidents of Belarus and Vietnam is underway in Minsk. Alexander Lukashenko and Trần Đại Quang will hold talks one on one and will then be joined by their delegations. It is already known that the main matters at the meeting will be related to economy: the states plan to bring mutual trade to $0.5 billion. There are great prospects in regional cooperation too. SEE: Meeting between Alexander Lukashenko and Trần Đại Quang

26.06.2017

Vietnam President arrives with official visit to Minsk
Vietnam President arrives with official visit to Minsk Trần Đại Quang, the President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, arrives with an official visit to Belarus. The plane of the leader of this south Asian country landed at Minsk National Airport.
Angola Foreign Minister about cooperation with Belarus
Angola Foreign Minister about cooperation with Belarus Belarus is interested in expanding cooperation with African states. It was stated by President Lukashenko on June 26, 2017 during a meeting with the Foreign Minister of Angola Georges Rebelo Pinto Chicoti. Belarus and Angola have long-standing relations. The diplomatic contacts of the countries are 22 years old. However, cooperation activated only in the recent couple of years. The unrealized potential and how to improve the situation were discussed in the Independence Palace on June 26, 2017.
Angolan Foreign Ministry delegation lays  wreath to Victory Square monument
Angolan Foreign Ministry delegation lays wreath to Victory Square monument After meeting with Alexander Lukashenko, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Angola headed to one of the most symbolic places of Minsk. The diplomat paid tribute to the heroes of the Great Patriotic War in Victory Square. Live flowers were laid to the monument from the Angolan delegation. The solemn ceremony was accompanied by the silent drill team orchestra.
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Angolan Foreign Minister
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Angolan Foreign Minister Belarus is interested in expanding cooperation with African states. It was stated by President Lukashenko on June 26, 2017 during a meeting with the Foreign Minister of Angola Georges Rebelo Pinto Chicoti.   Belarus and Angola have long-standing relations. The diplomatic contacts of the countries are 22 years old. However, cooperation activated only in the recent couple of years.
Bundestag MPs on 26th session of OSCE PA in Minsk
Bundestag MPs on 26th session of OSCE PA in Minsk An even more ambitious political forum will be held in Minsk in early July. About 600 eminent personalities from 56 countries will come to Belarus to take part in the session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. Most of all are from the United States and one of the largest delegations will be from Germany.
Trần Đại Quang to visit Belarus on June 26-28
Trần Đại Quang to visit Belarus on June 26-28 The President of Belarus will hold talks with the leader of Vietnam, Trần Đại Quang, who will visit Minsk on June 26-28. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko is scheduled to meet with Trần Đại Quang on Tuesday June 27. The one-on-one meeting will take place in the Palace of Independence followed by an expanded meeting involving members of the Belarusian and Vietnamese delegations. The parties will discuss the full range of bilateral cooperation matters.

25.06.2017

Alexander Lukashenko meets CEI Foreign Ministers
Alexander Lukashenko meets CEI Foreign Ministers The fourth terrorist act in London in four months. Brussels is once again in panic-suicide bomber shot at a railway station. Dozens of people killed in Afghanistan and dozens of people killed in Pakistan. And another terrorist attack… If it carries on as it, the mass media will stop telling people about such events.

23.06.2017

How can Belarus influence CEI development?
How can Belarus influence CEI development? Build bridges instead of iron curtains: this was the urge of the Belarus President as he met with the foreign ministers of the Central European Initiative member countries. The conversation turned out to be thorough and frank. Among the topics discussed were efforts to combat terrorism, migration, the expansion of transport infrastructure, the acceleration of trade flows and the development of logistics services.

22.06.2017

Belarus Foreign Minister: Belarus’ chairmanship in CEI will contribute to solution of common economic and social issues
Belarus Foreign Minister: Belarus’ chairmanship in CEI will contribute to solution of common economic and social issues This was stated by Belarus’ Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei after the CEI member states meeting finished. At the forum, the sides agreed on uniting efforts for reaching important aims, including stability in the region. However, the main attention participants of the forum dedicated to economic cooperation. Important steps which can establish trade relations – development of transport sector, logistics, harmonization of customs procedures and implementation of paperless trade system.
CEI Deputy Secretary General about Belarus’ chairmanship in organization
CEI Deputy Secretary General about Belarus’ chairmanship in organization President Lukashenko urged to build bridges with different integration structures on the continent. The Head of state held a meeting with foreign affairs ministers of the CEI member states. The meeting turned out to be substantive. Counterterrorism, migration issues, development of transport infrastructure, acceleration of trade flows and development of logistics services. These are some of the issues touched upon.
President Lukashenko: CEI is another chance for Belarus to improve relations with EU
President Lukashenko: CEI is another chance for Belarus to improve relations with EU The President of Belarus urged the Central European Initiative members to build bridges between the various integration structures on the continent. The head of state held a meeting with the foreign ministers of the CEI member states. The conversation turned out to be thorough and touched efforts to combat terrorism, the situation in migration, the expansion of transport infrastructure, the acceleration of trade flows and the development of logistics services. These are just some of the topics.
Belarusian, Hungarian MFAs sign cooperation agreement
Belarusian, Hungarian MFAs sign cooperation agreement The relations between Belarus and the European Union were discussed on June 22 at the meeting of Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Hungary. During the talks Péter Szijjártó stressed that Hungary stands for a fair approach of the EU to Belarus. In particular, the minister stressed that the main thing now is to develop mutually beneficial cooperation between the European Union and Belarus.

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