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15.09.2015

OSCE ODIHR mission visits Belarus' Grodno
OSCE ODIHR mission visits Belarus' Grodno The OSCE mission to monitor the elections in Belarus, headed by Jacques Faure, have visited Grodno. The foreign observers met with the leadership of the region and discussed the issues of the election campaign in the region. The guests asked about the activity of citizens and campaigning matters. The observers noted the willingness of local authorities to cooperate and provide them with all the needed information. The main issue of the meeting was readiness to accept short-term observers from the OSCE.
Alexander Lukashenko heads for Sochi to partake in Belarus-Russia Forum of Regions
Alexander Lukashenko heads for Sochi to partake in Belarus-Russia Forum of Regions The President of Belarus left Tajikistan today and is going to Russia's Sochi for a working visit. Alexander Lukashenko is going to take part in the Second Forum of Regions of Russia and Belarus. The sides will discuss in Sochi the strengthening of cooperation between Belarus and Russia. The forum itself will take place on September 17-18.  
Presidents of CSTO member states agree to streamline the organization
Presidents of CSTO member states agree to streamline the organization The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) will be optimized. This was agreed in Dushanbe by leaders of the CSTO member states. Taking part in the CSTO Council's meeting was the Belarus President as well as the leaders of Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia. They were welcomed by the head of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon. CSTO countries today are concerned about the deteriorating situation on their borders, which is due to regional conflicts that have not yet ended. All this was reflected in the final document. 
All four presidential candidates in Belarus open special election accounts
All four presidential candidates in Belarus open special election accounts All four presidential candidates have opened special electoral accounts. Sergei Gaydukevich, Tatyana Karatkevich and Nikolai Ulakhovich did it at the stage of their nomination. The funds received the money to be spent on the needs of the campaign. Alexander Lukashenko has also opened such an account.  
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is ready to assist Tajikistan in any moment
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is ready to assist Tajikistan at any time September 14 the President of Belarus began a working visit to Tajikistan. Alexander Lukashenko will take part in the session of the CSTO Collective Security Council. The main theme of the meeting is the strengthening of military cooperation in the region. On September 14, the Belarusian head of state met with the President of Tajikistan.    Belarusian plane with Alexander Lukashenko on board landed in the Tajik airport yesterday in the afternoon.
President Lukashenko: CSTO calls for stronger military power and crisis response mechanisms
President Lukashenko: CSTO calls for stronger military power and crisis response mechanisms The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) will be optimized. This was agreed in Dushanbe by CSTO leaders. Taking part in the meeting of the Council was the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, as well as the leaders of Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia. They were welcomed by the head of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, whose country hosted the summit.
Belarus President taking part in CSTO Collective Security Council session The CSTO Collective Security Council met on September 15 to discuss regional security. The meeting, which began just several hours ago, is attended by President Alexander Lukashenko as well as the leaders of Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia. 

14.09.2015

Belarus: one month before 2015 presidential elections
Belarus: one month before 2015 presidential elections Less than a month is left before the main political event of the year - the election of the Belarus President. The election campaign enters the final stretch. Four contenders will compete for the main office in the country. Certificates of candidates on Thursday last week were given to Sergey Gaydukevich Tatiana Karatkevich, Alexander Lukashenko and Nikolai Ulakhovich.
Belarusian, Russian military start 2nd phase of joint operational exercises Union Shield 2015
Belarusian, Russian military start 2nd phase of joint operational exercises Union Shield 2015 Union Shield 2015. The military of Belarus and Russia have started the second phase of joint drills. During the three days, at the Kirillovsky firing range in the Leningrad region, they will practice issues of command and control in the course of hostilities. The focus is on mobile defense, blocking and destruction of illegal armed groups, as well as counter-attack, during which lost control of some territories will be restored.
Alexander Lukashenko to take part in CSTO Collective Security Council session September 15
Alexander Lukashenko to take part in CSTO Collective Security Council session September 15 The President of Belarus will take part in a session of the CSTO Collective Security Council. It will open September 15 in Dushanbe, but the heads of the member states will arrive in the capital of Tajikistan today. The agenda includes more than 15 questions. In particular, the parties will discuss the current state of affairs in the Collective Security Treaty Organization also focusing on the organization's budget for 2016.
Lidia Yermoshina about voters' motives to go to polls: They want to support the head of state
Lidia Yermoshina about voters' motives to go to polls: They want to support the head of state The guest of the TV program "Simple Questions" with Egor Khrustalev is Chairwoman of the Central Commission for Elections and National Referendums of Belarus Lidia Yermoshina. Here are the fragments of that interview. Thank you very much for finding time for the interview. Lidia Yermoshina: You're welcome!
Maxim Slizh, CTV correspondent
Belarus taking part in military exercise Combat Commonwealth 2015 The Ashuluk firing range was protected from a massive assault. As part of the exercises "Combat Commonwealth 2015" air defense forces of the allied states, which include Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Armenia and others, hit over 20 targets. They worked out a scenario of a sudden air attack. The active phase is complete and now the exercise "Shield of the Fatherland" is gaining momentum.

13.09.2015

Belarus presidential candidates begin election campaigning on September 11
Belarus presidential candidates begin election campaigning on September 11 Belarus presidential candidates began election campaigning on September 11. This happened after the Central Election Commission officially registered the candidates Sergei Gaidukevich, Tatiana Karatkevich, Alexander Lukashenko and Nikolai Ulakhovich. Belarusian law prohibits campaigning aimed at a boycott or disrupt the elections. Campaigners may call on people to vote for specific candidates or to vote in general.
Alexander Lukashenko wants to use Belarus-India decades-long ties
Alexander Lukashenko wants to use Belarus-India decades-long ties A meeting between the Indian and Belarusian leaders was held in June 2015. Back then the two presidents agreed to increase the volume of trade and signed a roadmap for cooperation noting several major contracts. Indian partners have again visited the Belarusian capital this week. This time, the delegation was headed by the Minister of Industry and Trade.
President Lukashenko to pay working visits to Dushanbe, Sochi September 15-18
President Lukashenko to pay working visits to Dushanbe, Sochi September 15-18 The CSTO Collective Security Council will meet on September 15 in the capital of Tajikistan. Taking part in the session will be the President of Belarus.  The agenda of the meeting of the current session of the Collective Security Treaty Organization has more than 15 questions. Alexander Lukashenko will then leave Dushanbe and pay a working visit to the Russian Federation, where he will participate in the 2nd Forum of Regions of Russia and Belarus, which will be held in Sochi on September 17-18.

10.09.2015

11 PACE representatives to monitor 2015 Belarus presidential election
11 PACE representatives to monitor 2015 Belarus presidential election The delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe welcomes the invitation to take part in monitoring the 2015 presidential elections in Belarus. The organization will be represented by 11 observers, reads the statement of the delegation of the six deputies of the Assembly, who finished September 10 their visit to Belarus. Experts also welcomed the invitation of a large number of OSCE observers. 
Mikhail Orda, Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus
Federation of Trade Unions: Peaceful and tranquil life in Belarus directly depends on head of state On September 10 the largest public organization of Belarus, the Federation of Trade Unions, held a meeting of the Plenum. This demonstrates the active participation of members of trade unions in the political life of the society during the election campaign. Chairman of Federation Mikhail Orda said that we are together responsible for the strengthening and development of our country.
Federica Mogherini: EU-Belarus relations need improvement
Federica Mogherini: EU-Belarus relations need improvement The head of European diplomacy Federica Mogherini voiced the following statement speaking at a plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. "Relations between the EU and Belarus need to be improved. I agree that the approach towards Belarus should be realistic and not just limited to our policy of sanctions." Mogherini believes that whatever the EU response it will be accompanied by steps to enhance cooperation. 
Alexander Lukashenko, Sergei Gaydukevich, Nikolai Ulakhovich and Tatyana Karatkevich registered as Belarus' presidential candidates
Alexander Lukashenko, Sergei Gaydukevich, Nikolai Ulakhovich and Tatyana Karatkevich registered as Belarus' presidential candidates The Central Election Commission of Belarus has registered 2015 presidential candidates. Alexander Lukashenko, Sergei Gaydukevich, Nikolai Ulakhovich and Tatyana Karatkevich will compete for the highest office. On September 10 they received certificates of presidential candidates. Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting was represented by the head of his initiative group.
Lidia Yermoshina: The first phase of the presidential campaign in Minsk was successful
Lidia Yermoshina: The first stage of the presidential campaign in Minsk was successful The first phase of the campaign was a success in Minsk, said September 9 head of the Central Election Commission of Belarus Lidia Yermoshina at the seminar for ideologists of Minsk. On September 10, candidates for the presidency will be registered, which will mark the beginning of the most active phase of the 2015 vote - campaigning. Mrs Yermoshina also stressed the need to promptly inform citizens about the election campaign, including on the websites of district administrations and the city executive committee.
Belarus-Russia military drills Union Shield 2015 start 10 September
Belarus-Russia military drills Union Shield 2015 start 10 September On September 10, there begins the joint operational exercise of the Armed Forces of Belarus and Russia Union Shield 2015. The exercise involves more than 8,000 soldiers of the two states, 400 combat vehicles, including about 100 tanks, dozens of planes and helicopters. The main action will unfold in the Leningrad and Pskov regions of Russia. Air support of troops and verification of the United Regional Air Defense System of the Union State will be tested at aircraft polygons Kingisepp and Ashuluk.
Lidia Yermoshina, Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission
2015 presidential candidates in Belarus to be registered September 10 On September 10, the Central Election Commission of Belarus will register presidential candidates. In order to officially claim the highest office in the country, the initiative group of each nominee had to collect 100,000 signatures of Belarusians. Only four candidates managed to overcome the barrier. They are Alexander Lukashenko, Sergei Gaydukevich, Nikolai Ulakhovich and Tatyana Karatkevich. After registration by the CEC the candidates will be able to proceed to the most active phase of the campaign - election campaign.

09.09.2015

PACE delegation meets Belarus' Federation of Trade Unions Chairman Mikhail Orda
PACE delegation meets Belarus' Federation of Trade Unions Chairman Mikhail Orda The provisional mission of the Parliamentary Assembly Council of Europe continues visit to Belarus. On September 9, representatives of the PACE met with chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus Mikhail Orda. European experts and the Belarusian side discussed the preparations for the presidential vote.
Russian journalist Piotr Tolstoy: I do not know people who might be willing instability in Belarus September 8 is International Day of Solidarity of Journalists. Famous TV journalist Piotr Tolstoy, great-grandfather of prominent writer Leo Tolstoy, gave an interview to the program Simple Questions a few days ago near the Ostankino pond. Here is part of that interview.
A. Lukashenko on meeting with Yeltsin: "I told him: Boris, if you think that I came to Russia as a foreign country, you're wrong"
A. Lukashenko on meeting with Yeltsin: "I told him: Boris, if you think that I came to Russia as a foreign country, you're wrong" On September 8, Alexander Lukashenko gave an interview to the Presidential Center named after Boris Yeltsin. It was created as a tribute to the politician. Soon, under the auspices of the Center, there will open the museum of the first President of Russia. Boris Yeltsin went down in history as a controversial politician and at the same time a person who became a symbol of the whole epoch in Russian history. Experts still have different opinions of his contribution to the development of the country.

08.09.2015

Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus
Mikhail Myasnikovich: Belarus open for dialogue with PACE mission The Belarusian side is ready to assist the observer mission of PACE, said on September 8 the Chairman of the House of Representatives of Belarus, Vladimir Andreichenko, meeting with the pre-mission of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). Experts from seven countries came to our country to discuss preparations for the upcoming presidential election.
Alexander Lukashenko: In spite of different sizes of India and Belarus, we have much to offer India
Alexander Lukashenko: In spite of different sizes of India and Belarus, we have much to offer India President Alexander Lukashenko on September 7 met with the Minister of Trade and Industry of India as well as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of India to Belarus. In 2014, trade turnover between the two countries stood at just over $400 million, and in H1 2015 it already amounts to more than $300 million. Industry, mechanical engineering, pharmaceuticals, and potash are areas in which Belarus and India can find common ground for cooperation.
Ukraine contact group working subgroups start another meeting in Minsk September 8
Ukraine contact group working subgroups start another meeting in Minsk September 8 Full ceasefire and the law on the special status of Donbass. The Belarusian capital on September 8 once again become a meeting place for a peaceful settlement of the Ukrainian crisis. At this moment President Hotel is hosting the meetings of the four working subgroups of the Contact Group. In the afternoon, representatives of the tripartite contact group are expected to meet at the negotiating table.
PACE delegation arrives in Belarus ahead of 2015 presidential vote
PACE delegation arrives in Belarus ahead of 2015 presidential vote The Belarusian side is ready to assist the observer mission of PACE, said September 8 Chairman of the House of Representatives of Belarus Vladimir Andreichenko, dealing with pre-mission of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. The delegation's visit is connected with the 2015 election campaign and the political climate in Belarus.

07.09.2015

Belarus ready for open cooperation with India in all fields
Belarus ready for open cooperation with India in all fields Belarus is ready for open cooperation with India in all fields, said President Alexander Lukashenko meeting with the Minister of Trade and Industry of that South Asian country. He also met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of India to Belarus. Manoj Kumar Bharti is about to complete his diplomatic mission in Minsk. Trade and the economy is the foundation of any relationship, the President said. Therefore, the successful development of the dialogue in all fields is determined by the work of key ministries.
Over 100 injured in Ukraine parliament protests
Over 100 injured in Ukraine parliament protests In Kiev, last week began with an explosion at the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament. The grenade injured more than 100 people.  Ukrainian authorities promised to respond rapidly to the incident that led to the death of four people. However, the shock relay continued. Two days later a bomb exploded in the office of the nationalist "Right Sector".
Gerard Depardieu: Belarus resembles Switzerland, but is a clean and more interesting country
Gerard Depardieu: Belarus resembles Switzerland, but is a clean and more interesting country Gerard Depardieu going to live in Belarus for some time. The famous French actor voiced this intention in an interview with Le Figaro TV Magazine. Mr Depardieu wants to sell ​​all property in France and live in Belarus. This passionate impulse came after the actor's short stay in Belarus in the summer this year. In late July, actor and businessman was shown several agricultural farms near Minsk and treated to pancakes and bacon with new potatoes. He was presented the national dress - an embroidered shirt and a straw hat.  
China and Belarus: Iron-bound partners
China and Belarus: Iron-bound partners The theme of the week was the visit of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to China. The country, which today claims to be one of the two most powerful economies in the world and one of the new centers of power of the emerging multipolar world, considers Belarus as a reliable friend and moreover as an iron-bound partner. Such diplomatic vocabulary was used by the Chinese side. A portfolio of Belarus and China's projects is the best evidence that we are united not only by the overall victory in the Second World War, but also by an economic development strategy.

06.09.2015

Oleg Romanov, CTV special correspondent
Material and spiritual humanitarian aid for Donetsk from Belarus Despite fluctuations of the Russian and Belarusian ruble they feel much more confident than the Ukrainian hryvnia, for example. Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republic have switched from the hryvnia to the Russian ruble, by the way. Our special correspondent Oleg Romanov had just returned from areas where people wake up to the roar of cannon fire but buy Belarusian goods for all the money that circulate there. Particularly brisk was trade in Donetsk on the Miner's Day. Death walks around, but life goes on.
Four candidates remaining in Belarus presidential election 2015 About a month is left before the October 11 presidential vote.  The final list of candidates will be known soon, but it is already clear that there will be no more than four of them.  The Central Election Commission (CEC) has received documents of potential candidates for the presidency. Earlier, the CEC announced preliminary results of the work of action groups who had been collecting signatures in support of the nominees for about a month. 
Summary of Alexander Lukashenko's three-day visit to China in TV program Picture of the World with Yuri Koziyatko
Summary of Alexander Lukashenko's three-day visit to China in TV program Picture of the World with Yuri Koziyatko Under the red flag and a red star in Beijing, the Chinese army marched together with soldiers from around the world, including from Belarus.

03.09.2015

Alexander Lukashenko completes three-day working visit to China
Alexander Lukashenko completes three-day working visit to China Alexander Lukashenko has completed a three-day working visit to China He has already landed at National Airport Minsk. The President attended a colorful military parade dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the victory in the Anti-Japanese War.  Leaders of the three dozen states were in the stands together with Alexander Lukashenko.
Director, actor and TV host Alexander Gordon about President Lukashenko
Alexander Gordon: There would be no Belarus without Lukashenko Director, actor and TV host Alexander Gordon was the guest of the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev. In the interview, Mr Gordon answered a number of questions relating to his work, TV, poetry, love and also mentioned Belarus.
CIS Ministers of Internal Affairs gather in Minsk
CIS Ministers of Internal Affairs gather in Minsk The Belarusian capital on September 2 became a meeting place for the Cabinet of Ministers of Internal Affairs of the CIS. The agenda included combating cybercrime, drug trafficking and illegal actions of fans of sports teams. Today the modern society faces many challenges and threats, so heads of law enforcement agencies of the CIS were unanimous in stating that it is necessary to unite efforts in this fight.
Alexander Lukashenko signs directive on Belarus-China relations
Alexander Lukashenko signs directive on Belarus-China relations Alexander Lukashenko has signed a directive on the development of bilateral relations with China. This document will be the foundation of cooperation between Belarus and China. Energy security, science, economy, and art. The directive covers virtually all areas of the intergovernmental dialogue. A lot of Belarusians are now learning Chinese. This student, Nikita, knows about 3,000 hieroglyphs. Nikita is sure that he will learn much more, since the average worker in China knows about 10,000 hieroglyphs. The student plans to get a Master's Degree in the future.
Alexander Lukashenko and Xi Jinping
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus and China are long-time friends Alexander Lukashenko and President Xi Jinping held talks in Beijing September 2 during the Belarus President's working visit to that country. At the meeting, China confirmed its intention to continue to support our country in a difficult time for the global economy. For China, Belarus is not just a western partner, but also an area of ​​stability on the European continent. In turn, for Belarus, China is a growing market with advanced technologies and a reliable partner in Asia.
People's Daily newspaper
Belarus' President to Chinese People's Daily: Attempts to rewrite history are fruitless Any attempts to rewrite history are doomed to failure. Such a statement was made by President Alexander Lukashenko in an interview with major Chinese newspaper "People's Daily". An exclusive material published on September 3. The Head of State gave an interview to the authoritative and influential media on the eve of his working visit to China. The circulation of the daily Chinese newspaper is estimated at nearly three million copies.
Alexander Lukashenko takes part in WWII military parade in Beijing
Alexander Lukashenko takes part in WWII military parade in Beijing China is marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the victory in the anti-Japanese war. The celebration was attended by the president of Belarus. The colorful action was also observed by heads of state of Russia, Kazakhstan, Czech Republic, Serbia, Venezuela and other countries. Also attending the events were leaders of international associations like the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and BRICS. Before the start of the military parade, President Xi Jinping personally greeted honorable guests.

02.09.2015

Role of Belarusian Republican Youth Union in Belarus presidential election 2015
Role of Belarusian Republican Youth Union in Belarus presidential election 2015 First secretary of the Minsk city committee of the Belarusian Republican Youth Union (BRSM) Yuri Chechukevich answered the questions of the program "Big City" on the CTV channel. One of the questions touched upon the youth's role in the upcoming election. Very soon, the Presidential election will take place in the Republic of Belarus. What role does the youth play in the election campaign in 2015?
CIS internal affairs ministers come to Minsk
CIS internal affairs ministers come to Minsk Belarus stands for joint efforts in the fight against crime and terrorism, said the Prime Minister of Belarus, Andrei Kobyakov, meeting on September 2 with the heads of the Ministry of Interior and Police of the CIS member countries. In the CIS, Belarus attaches great importance to combating cybercrime, trafficking of new psychotropic and narcotic substances. The visit of the ministers of internal affairs of the CIS in Minsk began with a ceremony to lay flowers at the Victory Monument in memory of all the victims of the Great Patriotic War.
Alexander Lukashenko, President Xi Jinping hold talks in Beijing
Alexander Lukashenko, President Xi Jinping hold talks in Beijing The main political news today comes from China, where the President of Belarus is continuing his working visit. Alexander Lukashenko and President Xi Jinping have held talks in Beijing. The Belarusian leader thanked the head of the People's Republic of China for providing investment and loans for infrastructure projects in Belarus. Today, China has confirmed readiness to support Belarus in this difficult time for the global economy. The countries are bound by two decades of cooperation. 
First Vice-Premier of China to President Lukashenko: China admires your achievements in Belarus
First Vice-Premier of China to President Lukashenko: China admires Belarus' achievements The working visit of the Belarusian President to China continues on September 2. Alexander Lukashenko is now holding bilateral talks with the Chinese leadership.  At a meeting with Zhang Gaoli, Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China and a member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China, the President stated that Belarus is not a situational partner of China but a long-time reliable partner.
Belarus, Russia to hold Union Shield 2015 military drills in Leningrad, Pskov regions
Belarus, Russia to hold Union Shield 2015 military drills in Leningrad, Pskov regions About 1,300 Belarusian military will take part in the exercises "Union Shield 2015". The joint training of troops of Belarus and Russia will be held on the territory of the Leningrad and Pskov regions. More than 8,000 soldiers and officers, 400 military vehicles and dozens of planes and helicopters will meet in maneuvers.
Four potential candidates remaining at 2015 Belarus Presidential Election
Four potential candidates remaining at 2015 Belarus Presidential Election The Central Election Commission of Belarus announced on September 1 the first data about the authenticity of signatures submitted for checks by the initiative groups of potential presidential candidates. Based on this information, the list of nominees in Belarus continues to shorten.

01.09.2015

Alexey Belyaev, political analyst
Expert: China is one of Belarus' closest partners outside CIS Belarus and China are bound by decades of cooperation. But in recent years, dialogue between the two countries has revived. This was facilitated by regular meetings at the highest level. In May 2015, head of China Xi Jinping visited Minsk.  Back then the heads of state held official talks and signed a Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation between Belarus and China, as well as a joint declaration on the further development and deepening the comprehensive strategic partnership.
Ceasefire being observed September 1, political subgroup of Ukraine contact group says
Ceasefire being observed September 1, political subgroup of Ukraine contact group says Minsk remains the main site for the resolution of the Ukrainian crisis. On September 1 in Minsk, there ended another series of talks of the political subgroup of the tripartite contact group on Ukraine. The meeting was held behind closed doors. The main issues that the sides discussed were the constitutional reform and the special status of Donbass. One but very important conclusion was voiced: on September 1, the ceasefire is being observed.
President of Belarus arrives in China on working visit September 1
President of Belarus arrives in China on working visit September 1 The main political topic of the day is the beginning of the working visit of President Alexander Lukashenko to China. Board number 1 has landed at the airport of the Chinese capital. In China, the Belarusian head of state will take part in celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory in the Anti-Japanese War and the Second World War. Also on agenda are a series of bilateral meetings between Alexander Lukashenko and Chinese leadership.
Beijing preparing for large-scale parade due on September 3
Beijing preparing for large-scale parade due on September 3 Representatives of about fifty nations received invitations for the celebrations in Beijing timed to the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in China. Most of them have confirmed their participation. Among them are 30 presidents. These are heads of state of Russia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Serbia and Venezuela. Also, the UN Secretary General is expected to attend the ceremonies.
Union Shield 2015: Belarus, Russia to hold joint military drills
Union Shield 2015: Belarus, Russia to hold joint military drills About 1,300 Belarusian servicemen will take part in the exercise "Shield of the Union 2015". Joint training of troops of Belarus and Russia will be held in the Leningrad and Pskov regions of Russia.  In total, the exercise will involve more than 8,000 soldiers of the two countries, more than 400 combat aircraft and dozens of planes and helicopters. Now Belarus is sending its troops to the place of the drills. Belarus and Russia will practice coherence in the preparation and conduct of combat during a joint special operation. 
Political sub-group of Ukraine Contact Group holding meeting in Minsk
Political sub-group of Ukraine Contact Group holding meeting in Minsk September 1 is a key date for the implementation of the next steps for the establishment of peace in the south-east of Ukraine. Previously, an agreement was reached on the withdrawal of weapons with a caliber of up to 100 mm from the contact line. But the question remains unresolved. A trilateral political subgroup of the contact group on Ukraine is now holding a meeting on Ukraine behind closed doors. The agenda includes constitutional reform and the status of the Donbas.
Belarus President to begin China working visit September 1
Belarus President to begin China working visit September 1 The President of Belarus has gone to China on a three-day working visit today, September 1. He will take part in celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the victory in the anti-Japanese war. The culmination of the celebrations will be a massive parade in Beijing, which the organizers promise to make unforgettable.

31.08.2015

Election commissions checking signatures of potential presidential candidates
How are Belarusian election commissions checking signatures of potential presidential candidates? The first long-term observers of the ODIHR mission this week arrived in Belarus and almost immediately started working. The head of mission, Jacques Faure, after meetings at the Foreign Ministry and the CEC, even managed to share first impressions. He praised the cooperation with the Belarusian side. In the coming days a few dozen ODIHR experts are to arrive. All in all, there will be about 400 of them. They will work all over Belarus. Of course, these are not all international observers at the presidential elections in Belarus. The CIS is also taking active part.
More long-term OSCE observers to arrive in Belarus for monitoring of presidential election
More long-term OSCE observers to arrive in Belarus for monitoring of presidential election The mission of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is expanding its office in Belarus. Today, August 31, another 36 long-term observers from 16 countries, which belong to the OSCE region, will arrive in Belarus. The first group of 11 experts, headed by Jacques Faure, began work in the middle of last week. All in all, about 400 OSCE observers will arrive in Belarus to observe the election, which will take place on 11 October. OSCE observers will be sent all over Belarus to observe the electoral process all over the country.

27.08.2015

Lidia Yermoshina: Over 620 national observers accredited at territorial election commissions
Lidia Yermoshina: Over 620 national observers accredited at territorial election commissions More than 620 national observers have been accredited by territorial election commissions, said August 27 chairwoman of the Central Election Commission (CEC) Lidia Yermoshina. Public associations have sent the majority of observers, almost 500 people. As many as 72 observers accredited are from political parties. In addition, currently two international missions - the CIS and the OSCE ODIHR - are currently working in Belarus.
Belarusian embassy in Russia
Precinct election commissions formed in four polling stations in Russia ahead of 2015 Belarus presidential election Precinct election commissions have been formed in Russia in four polling stations ahead of the 2015 Belarus presidential election. Belarusians living in Russia will have an opportunity to vote in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad and Rostov-on-Don. Eligible for voting in Russian are Belarusian citizens residing permanently or temporarily in the territory of the Russian Federation. To vote, they will need to present identity documents and prove citizenship of the Republic of Belarus.
Photo: newstop.kz
Belarus President makes appointments on August 27 The President of the Republic of Belarus on August 27 made a number of appointments. Yuri Ambrazevich became Permanent Representative of Belarus to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva. In addition, the President approved the appointment of Dmitry Kalechits Deputy Chairman of National Bank. Igor Porshnev is now Director General of National Film Studio "BelarusFilm". Gregory Lovshenko will work as rector of the Belarusian State Academy of Aviation.
Alexander Lukashenko to make working visit to China 1-3 September
Alexander Lukashenko to make working visit to China 1-3 September President of Belarus on September 1-3 will pay a working visit to China. He will take part in celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory in the Anti-Japanese War and the end of World War II. The visit will also be marked by a series of Alexander Lukashenko's meetings with the leadership of China.
Working subgroup on Ukraine in Minsk cannot come to consensus on withdrawal of arms in Donbass
Working subgroup on Ukraine in Minsk cannot come to consensus on withdrawal of arms in Donbass A working subgroup on the settlement of the Ukraine crisis, which is working in Minsk, cannot come to a consensus on the issue of withdrawal of arms in the Donbass, report news agencies citing a source in the security subgroup of the tripartite contact group. The document on the withdrawal of weapons of a caliber less than 100mm in the Donbass cannot be agreed because of the lack of consensus on several contentious areas along the line of contact.
Jacques Faure hopes for fruitful cooperation with everyone during 2015 presidential election in Belarus
OSCE ODIHR mission says does not intend to interfere with electoral process in Belarus Do not interfere, but only watch. The head of the OSCE observation mission Jacques Faure said that the work of the experts during the 2015 presidential campaign in Belarus in no way implies interference in the electoral process. As many as 11 experts from 10 countries that belong to the OSCE region arrived in Minsk with Mr Faure. Next Monday they will be joined by another 36 observers from 16 countries. All in all, OSCE will deploy over 400 election monitoring experts. They will work all over Belarus.

26.08.2015

Jacques Faure hopes for fruitful cooperation with everyone during 2015 presidential election in Belarus
Jacques Faure hopes for fruitful cooperation with everyone during 2015 presidential election in Belarus OSCE mission observing the presidential elections in Belarus looks forward to fruitful cooperation with all participants of the electoral process, said the mission’s head Jacques Faure in Minsk August 26. According to the French diplomat, 11 experts from 10 countries that belong to the OSCE region had arrived with him in the Belarusian capital. Next Monday they will be joined by 36 observers from 16 countries. They will work in all regions of Belarus.
Belarus hopes for objective approach to election campaign assessment by international observers
Belarus hopes for objective approach to election campaign assessment by international observers Belarus hopes for the objective and impartial approach to the assessment of the election campaign by international observers. On August 26, the Belarus Minister of Foreign Affairs met with Jacques Faure, head of the mission of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) that will monitor the presidential election in Belarus. The sides discussed a number of issues related to the preparation and conduct of the forthcoming elections, the organization of international supervision and participation in the OSCE.
OSCE ODIHR mission arrives in Minsk
OSCE ODIHR mission arrives in Minsk A mission of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the OSCE is to arrives in Minsk. European election observers are led by French diplomat Jacques Faure. On August 26, he is set to meet with the chairwoman of the Central Election Commission Lydia Yermoshina and journalists.
President Hotel in Minsk
Minsk hosting another meeting of Ukraine contact group August 26 On August 26 Minsk is hosting after the three-week break a meeting of the Ukraine contact group and its four sub-working groups. As expected, the subgroup on security will submit to the contact group two versions of the text of the document on the withdrawal from the line of contact of arms of a caliber up to 100 mm.

25.08.2015

18-year-old Belarusian student develops mobile application Elections 2015
18-year-old Belarusian student develops mobile application Elections 2015 All information about the main political event of the year in Belarus is now available with just one touch of a finger. The new mobile application Elections 2015 has been presented on August 25. Now owners of gadgets will get instant information about candidates, their ratings as well as answers to the most pressing issues. Also this directory features the complete electoral code, and news about the presidential race.
Maira Mora: I am leaving the country in the wake of improving relations between Belarus and European Union
Maira Mora: I am leaving the country in the wake of improving relations between Belarus and European Union Belarus-European Union. The topic of relations on the line was discussed during the August 24 meeting of the President of Belarus with the head of the EU Delegation to Belarus Maira Mora. These days, she is completing her diplomatic mission. The diplomat happened to work in Minsk twice: for six years she was the ambassador of Latvia, and for the last four years she has been heading the EU Delegation in this country.

24.08.2015

Ukraine marks Independence Day August 24
Ukraine marks Independence Day August 24 Ukraine is celebrating Independence Day on August 24. As many as 24 years ago the Supreme Council of the Ukrainian Soviet Republic adopted the Declaration of Independence of Ukraine.  In Kiev, flower laying ceremonies were held near various important monuments. Khreshchatyk hosted an independence march. Today, Ukraine, despite the difficult conditions, remains a reliable trade partner of Belarus. In 2014, the countries managed to preserve high bilateral trade figures - more than $5.5 billion.  
Alexander Lukashenko thanks Maira Mora for contribution to Belarus-EU relations
Alexander Lukashenko thanks Maira Mora for contribution to Belarus-EU relations The President of Belarus noted the contribution of the head of the EU representation in our country Maira Mora to the establishment of relations with the EU. Alexander Lukashenko made this statement on August 24 meeting with the diplomat on the occasion of the completion of her mission in Belarus.  Maira Mora worked in Belarus twice. She was originally Latvian Ambassador to Belarus and then headed the EU delegation in this country.
Belarusian military taking part in exercises of Collective Rapid Reaction Forces of the CSTO
Belarusian military taking part in drills of Collective Rapid Reaction Forces of the CSTO Belarusian military in the Pskov region of Russia are now taking part in the exercises of the Collective Rapid Reaction Forces of the CSTO. National contingents of the armed forces of Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are also involved.  Over 2,000 soldiers and about 200 tanks are taking part in the drills.
Iranian parliamentary delegation to come to Minsk on three-day visit
Iranian parliamentary delegation to come to Minsk on three-day visit A parliamentary delegation of Iran on August 24 will come with a three-day visit to Minsk. It is headed by the chief of the group of the assembly of the Islamic council of Iran on cooperation with the parliament of Belarus. The delegation will meet with the leadership of the House of Representatives, as well as Foreign Ministry officials. 
Which candidates collected the required 100,000 signatures prior to 2015 Belarus presidential election?
Which candidates collected the required 100,000 signatures prior to 2015 Belarus presidential election? On 21 August, territorial election commissions in Belarus finished receiving signature sheets from the initiative groups of potential candidates in the presidential election. Now is the time for checking and counting.  The majority of the leaders of initiative groups stated they had collected the necessary 100,000 signatures. If all the subscription lists are checked and their validity is confirmed, these people will officially become presidential candidates. However, there are those who failed to collect the required number of signatures.
Belarusian military taking part in exercises of CSTO Collective Rapid Reaction Forces
Belarusian military taking part in exercises of CSTO Collective Rapid Reaction Forces Belarusian military have gone to the Pskov region of Russia to participate in the exercises of the Collective Rapid Reaction Forces of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). Taking part in the maneuvers are national contingents of the armed forces of Belarus, Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
Belarus President pardons Nikolai Statkevich, several other persons
Belarus President pardons Nikolai Statkevich, several other persons Based on the principle of humanity, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on August 22 decided to pardon and release from prison Nikolai Dedok, Igor Olinevich, Nikolai Statkevich, Evgeny Vaskovich, Artem Prokopenko, and Yuri Rubtsov, reports the news agency BelTA.

21.08.2015

August 21 is last day of signature collection during Belarus presidential election
August 21 is last day of signature collection during Belarus presidential election The collection of signatures in support of the eight potential candidates for the President of the Republic of Belarus completes today on August 21. All signature sheets should be submitted to territorial election commissions until 19.00 Belarus time. The term will not be extended.  Most of the action groups state that they have managed to collect the required 100 thousand signatures. Signature sheets will be validated.

20.08.2015

Belarus reinforcing border with Ukraine
Belarus reinforcing border with Ukraine Belarus is reinforcing its southern borders. Against the backdrop of new alarming news from the southeast of Ukraine, Belarus is taking special care about the strength of the Belarusian-Ukrainian border. Demarcation works have been underway since November 2013, when the first border sign was installed.

19.08.2015

OSCE emergency meeting on Ukraine underway in Austria
OSCE emergency meeting on Ukraine underway in Austria An emergency meeting of the OSCE on Ukraine is being held in Austria. There is only one but very important issue on the agenda - the aggravation of the situation in the Donbass. In recent days, there has been a sharp increase in the number of civilian casualties. The monitoring mission of the OSCE, which is now working in Horlivka, confirmed the death of three people. At least six more were injured in fighting near Mariupol. 
Ukraine may not be part of CIS monitoring mission during Belarus presidential election
Ukraine may not be part of CIS monitoring mission during 2015 Belarus presidential election The Ukrainian side does not express a desire to join the CIS monitoring mission that will work during the presidential elections in Belarus, the chairman of the Executive Committee - CIS Executive Secretary Sergei Lebedev told media in Minsk on Wednesday. Mr Lebedev said invitations had been sent to the Central Election Commission Chairmen of 11 CIS countries, including Ukraine. "There has been no answer from the Ukrainian side yet," said Mr Lebedev.
CIS Council of Permanent Representatives to meet in Minsk on August 19
CIS Council of Permanent Representatives to meet in Minsk on August 19 The Council of Permanent Plenipotentiary Representatives of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) will meet in Minsk today, on August 19. The meeting will be attended by Chairman to take the CIS Executive Committee Sergei Lebedev. The permanent representatives are going to discuss the agenda of the meetings of the supreme bodies of the Commonwealth, which are scheduled for autumn 2015.

18.08.2015

CIS mission begins 2015 Belarus presidential election observation
CIS mission begins 2015 Belarus presidential election observation Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission of Belarus on August 18 gave the head of the CIS observation mission Sergei Lebedev a license in connection with the beginning of the mission's work and also a mandate of an international observer.
Belarus needs to strengthen the southern borders, said August 18 Belarus' President hearing out reports from Acting Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus Stanislav Zas and Defense Minister Andrei Ravkov
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus needs to strengthen southern borders Belarus needs to strengthen the southern borders, said August 18 Belarus' President hearing out reports from Acting Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus Stanislav Zas and Defense Minister Andrei Ravkov. The head of state was informed about the situation in the Armed Forces, as well as ways to optimize the army. Alexander Lukashenko wondered whether all is done according to the parameters that had been identified at the recent meeting of the Security Council. Including in terms of the creation of new types of weapons.
CIS observers' work during 2015 presidential elections to be discussed August 28
CIS observers' work during 2015 presidential elections to be discussed August 28 The organization of the work of CIS observers during the presidential elections in Belarus will be discussed in Minsk on August 28. Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission Lidia Yermoshina will meet with the head of the CIS observation mission Sergei Lebedev. The sides will discuss organizational issues related to the opening and operation of the mission of observers from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in the presidential elections in Belarus.
Belarusians continue to flee from Syria amid new escalation
Belarusians continue to flee from Syria amid new escalation Belarusian citizens are being evacuated from Syria where the situation is tightening again. Another group of citizens of Russia, Syria, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan have left the zone of the armed conflict, all in all 87 people.  They got on board a Russian plane, which delivered humanitarian aid to Latakia, the main port city of the country. Recently, it has become another hot spot in Syria. At least six people died from the shelling of the militant group "Islamic State", with two dozen injured.

17.08.2015

Alexander Lukashenko to Vietnamese ambassador: There are no obstacles to tighter trade relations between Belarus and Vietnam
Alexander Lukashenko to Vietnamese ambassador: There are no obstacles to tighter trade relations between Belarus and Vietnam Belarus and Vietnam have no obstacles for the development of trade relations. This statement was made by the Belarus President at the meeting with the ambassador of Vietnam. Do Van Mai is completing his diplomatic mission in the republic. Alexander Lukashenko thanked the representative of the official Minsk to Hanoi for his work.  Vietnam is an important partner of our country in the Asian region. Belarus is very interested in expanding cooperation with Vietnam in all fields. 
Belarus' Election Commission plans to register presidential candidates September 10
Belarus' Election Commission plans to register presidential candidates September 10 The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Belarus plans to register presidential candidates on September 10, said on August 15 CEC head Lidia Yermoshina at a conference of the Belarusian Women's Union. She also noted that candidates after the registration will be able to hold meetings with voters. They will be allowed to do this on application basis. In turn, the Belarusian Women's Union has always taken an active part in the political life of the country. This year the organization put forward 119 candidates in electoral commissions.
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates President of India on Independence Day
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates President of India on Independence Day India celebrated last week one of the major national holidays - Independence Day. The main celebrations took place at the walls of the Red Fort. The Prime Minister raised the flag over the main bastion of the medieval fortress, then watches the guard of honor and addresses to the nation. This tradition is already 69 years old. In 1947 this day the Indian Independence Act was adopted. Since then, the festival has been celebrated every year.

14.08.2015

Vladimir Makei, Belarus' foreign minister
Foreign Ministers of Belarus, Ukraine and Lithuania discuss Donbass conflict The trilateral meeting of foreign ministers of Belarus, Lithuania and Ukraine - Vladimir Makei, Antanas Linkevičius and Pavel Klimkin - took place in Odessa, the press service of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry informs. "The ministers thoroughly discussed the regional situation related to the conflict in south-eastern Ukraine, and spoke in favor of the quick achievement of specific agreements, which will be acceptable to all parties, within the framework of the Tripartite Liaison Group," the press-service reports.

13.08.2015

Three potential presidential candidates in Belarus collect over 100,000 signatures
Three potential presidential candidates in Belarus collect over 100,000 signatures Initiative groups of three potential candidates for the president to overcome the barrier of 100,000 signatures. The initiative group of Alexander Lukashenko leads with about 900,000 signatures, said chief of Mr Lukashenko's initiative group Mikhail Orda during trip to Grodno region. Here, the chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions awarded the best young drivers of combine harvesters.
Vladimir Makei, Belarus' foreign minister
Minsk, Kiev preparing roadmaps to restore bilateral trade Minsk and Kiev are preparing roadmaps to restore the previous level of trade between the countries. This was stated by the head of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry in Kiev. Vladimir Makei is here on a working visit. The talks with the leadership of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry also focused on the situation in the Donbass. Vladimir Makei assured that Belarus is doing everything for soonest peace and stability in the sourth-east of Ukraine.

12.08.2015

Nawaz Sharif ends official visit to Belarus August 12
Nawaz Sharif ends official visit to Belarus August 12 Minsk-Islamabad have set a new higher bar in cooperation. On August 12 the Prime Minister of Pakistan ends his official visit to Belarus. An impressive Belarusian delegation accompanied the premier at National Airport Minsk.
Kubanichbek Omuraliev, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to the Republic of Belarus
Kyrgyzstan becomes full-fledged member of Eurasian Economic Union Kyrgyzstan has become a full-fledged member of Eurasian Economic Union. Now the EEU groups 5 countries. Free movement of goods, capital, labor and services is from now on possible on the territory of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, Armenia, and Kyrgyzstan.
Belarusian Foreign Minister begins visit to Ukraine August 12
Belarusian Foreign Minister begins visit to Ukraine August 12 The head of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry will discuss the settlement of the situation in the Donbass during his visit to Ukraine. Vladimir Makei arrives there on August 12.  The head of the Foreign Ministry of Belarus will also review trade and economic relations between the two countries and cooperation in the field of politics. The chiefs of the Foreign Ministries of Belarus and Ukraine will discuss the dialogue between the two countries within international organizations.   

11.08.2015

1,032 polling stations in Minsk region ahead of 2015 presidential election
Braille ballot papers to be available for visually impaired during 2015 presidential election in Belarus As many as 1,032 polling stations have been created ahead of the October 11 presidential election in the Minsk region.  Of these, 37 are located in sanatoriums, rest homes, hospitals and other medical facilities, and are closed. Eight polling stations will be working in military units. The Borisov district is the most populous in the Minsk region, with 111 polling stations created there.
Pakistani Prime Minister lays wreath at Victory Square monument
Pakistani Prime Minister lays wreath at Victory Square monument On August 11, Pakistani Prime Minister paid tribute to the fallen soldiers of the Great Patriotic War, which is part of WWII in Soviet history (1941-1945).He laid a wreath to the monument in Victory Square in Minsk. The anthems of the two countries were played as befits such a ceremony. 
1st day of Pakistan Prime Minister's visit to Belarus
1st day of Pakistan Prime Minister's visit to Belarus: summary Peace, prosperity and economic development. These topics were the main during the August 10 talks of the President of Belarus and the Prime Minister of Pakistan. The talks between Alexander Lukashenko and Nawaz Sharif were held in the Palace of Independence. The conversation in the one-on-one format was followed by the extended negotiations in which both delegations took part. Belarus and Pakistan signed an agreement on friendship and cooperation, and agreed to develop a road map for the development of relations.

10.08.2015

President Lukashenko meets with Pakistani Premier August 10
President Lukashenko meets with Pakistani Premier August 10 The President of Belarus has met with the Prime Minister of Pakistan.  Alexander Lukashenko personally greeted Nawaz Sharif near the Independence Palace. After a warm greeting, the anthems of the two states were played. After meeting with a delegation, the politicians began talks. Alexander Lukashenko and Nawaz Sharif continue their meeting at the Palace of Independence.
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates President of Ecuador's on national holiday
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates President of Ecuador's on national holiday Alexander Lukashenko, on behalf of the Belarusian people and personally, congratulated President of Ecuador Rafael Correa Delgado on the national holiday Independence Day.  The Belarusian leader has confirmed readiness to deepen the international dialogue and expressed hope for a new meeting with the President of Ecuador to discuss topical issues of the bilateral cooperation.

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