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10.08.2015

Belarus marks 206th anniversary of Ecuador's independence
Belarus marks 206th anniversary of Ecuador's independence On August 10, a flower laying ceremony was held in Minsk to mark the 206th anniversary of independence of the Republic of Ecuador. The ceremony in the Simon Bolivar park brought together diplomats, representatives of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry, and the Ministry of Defense. 
Lidia Yermoshina: Youth in Belarus expresses increasing interest in presidential election
Lidia Yermoshina: Youth in Belarus expresses increasing interest in presidential election Interest in the campaign among the youth in Belarus is growing, said the head of the Belarusian Central Election Commission at a meeting with leaders of the Belarusian Republican Youth Union (BRSM Youth Union). During an open debate, Lidia Yermoshina was present as an expert. Young representatives of non-governmental organizations discussed the electoral system of the Republic of Belarus.
Alexander Lukashenko gives interview to non-state Belarusian media
Alexander Lukashenko's interview to non-state Belarusian media The Belarus President on August 4 gave an interview to non-state media of the country. Euroradio, Radio Svaboda and the internet portal TUT.BY were invited to the Palace of Independence. The topics discussed were very different, including the upcoming presidential elections, the situation in Ukraine and Belarus' relations with Russia. In particular, Alexander Lukashenko said that he intends to visit the UN Summit in New York in September 2015. 
Preliminary results of signature collection in support of Belarusian presidential candidates The main political theme of the year in Belarus is of course the forthcoming presidential election. The campaign to collect signatures for the nomination of candidates to the President of Belarus has almost reached its climax. On Aug. 5, preliminary results of the signature collection campaign have been revealed.
2015 Belarus presidential elections: Polling stations formed
2015 Belarus presidential elections: Polling stations formed On August 9, there ended the formation of polling stations ahead of the 2015 Belarus presidential election. Under Belarus' legislation, the number of voters at one site should not exceed 3,000. The next stage will be the nomination of representatives to district election commissions. It will continue until 23 August inclusive. Precinct election commissions should be formed no later than 45 days before the election, that is, until August 26 inclusive. 
Pakistani Prime Minister to arrive in Minsk 10 August on two-day visit
Pakistani Prime Minister to arrive in Minsk on two-day visit August 10 President of Belarus will meet with the Prime Minister of Pakistan August 10. Alexander Lukashenko and Nawaz Sharif will hold one-on-one talks and then will be joined by their delegations. The distinguished guest will stay in Belarus until 12 August.  During this time, he will hold a number of official meetings, visit Belarus' machine-building enterprises and deliver a lecture at the Belarusian State University. 

07.08.2015

Belarus' Foreign Ministry condemns Saudi Arabia mosque attack
Belarus' Foreign Ministry condemns Saudi Arabia mosque attack The Belarusian Foreign Ministry condemned the recent attack in a mosque in Saudi Arabia and expressed sincere condolences to the bereaved families and relatives.  The tragedy occurred in the city of Abha. 17 people died and another 25 injured. A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device straight during prayer.

06.08.2015

Belarus' Election Commission expects 40 long-term and 400 short-term OSCE observers at 2015 presidential elelction
Belarus' Election Commission expects 40 long-term and 400 short-term OSCE observers at 2015 presidential elelction The monitoring of presidential elections will be attended by 40 long-term and 400 short-term observers from the OSCE, chairwoman of the Central Election Commission of Belarus Lidia Yermoshina told reporters today. "The OSCE working group, who visited us not long ago, suggested that somewhere by September 1, 40 long-term observers from the OSCE will arrive in Belarus. It is expected that there will also be about 400 short-term observers," said Mrs Yermoshina.
Televised debate of presidential candidates in Belarus due October 3
Televised debate of presidential candidates in Belarus due October 3 The televised debate of presidential candidates will be held in Belarus October 3, 2015, said Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission Lidia Yermoshina.  The main contenders for the highest post of the country will appear on TV on the eve of early voting. Before the debates, each candidate will be able to personally address Belarusians. Each of them will define whether their speech will be aired live or be recorded. Election programs will appear in the print media and on radio. 

05.08.2015

Incumbent President Lukashenko collects over 500,000 signatures ahead of 2015 presidential election
Incumbent President Lukashenko collects over 500,000 signatures ahead of 2015 presidential election Belarus continues to collect signatures in support of potential presidential candidates. To become an official candidate for the highest office in the country, one needs to collect at least 100,000 signatures. This phase of the campaign has been underway for almost two weeks. At the moment, the preliminary results of the collection of signatures are as follows:

04.08.2015

Alexander Lukashenko gives interview to three non-state media August 4 More than four hours of frank dialogue. August 4, the Belarus President gave an interview to non-state media. Euroradio, Radio Svaboda and the Internet portal TUT.BY were invited to the Palace of Independence. The topics discussed were very different: from the upcoming presidential elections and the situation in Ukraine to Belarus' relations with Russia and other issues on the international agenda. In particular, Alexander Lukashenko said he intends to partake in UN Summit in New York in September. 
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is interested in maintaining full cooperation with the United States
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is interested in maintaining full cooperation with the United States Belarus has been and will be interested in keeping full cooperation with the United States. This was stated by Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with US congressmen. The head of state noted that recently, contacts between the two countries have considerably intensified, with trade gradually growing. First of all, thanks to Belarusian export. Despite some political differences, the parties are willing to cooperate in the field of investment and industrial cooperation.
Negotiations on Ukraine continuing in Minsk August 4
Negotiations on Ukraine continuing in Minsk August 4 The Ukraine negotiation marathon continues in Minsk. The previous meeting of the contact group and its working groups was held in Minsk yesterday. It lasted about 12 hours and ended late at night. Today, on August 4 Minsk again brought together representatives of the subgroup on security. The meeting is not going to be adjourned until the parties find a compromise on matters of principle. In particular, they will focus on the removal of weapons from the line of contact. This is another attempt to find common ground. The day before, it failed.
Alexander Lukashenko giving interview to Belarusian independent media August 4
Alexander Lukashenko gives interview to Belarusian independent media August 4 The Belarusian President at this moment is giving an interview to non-state media. The outlets Euroradio, Radio Svaboda and the internet portal TUT.by have been invited to the Palace of Independence. It is noteworthy that the meeting is taking place in the room where the talks of the Nodmandy 4 were held back in February. The conversation covers a variety of topics, including the upcoming elections and the situation in Ukraine as well as other issues on the international agenda.

03.08.2015

Contact Group to discuss Shirokino demilitarization, Donbass' special status in Minsk August 3
Contact Group to discuss Shirokino demilitarization, Donbass' special status in Minsk August 3 A meeting of coordinators of subgroups of the Ukraine contact group began in Minsk. This was reported by the Belarusian Foreign Ministry. OSCE representatives have gathered at President Hotel. Today the tripartite contact group will also meet. The meetings will be held behind closed doors, as always. The agenda includes the situation in Shirokino, withdrawal of weapons and the special status of Donbass.
More uniting than disintegrating factors between Belarus and USA, Alexander Lukashenko says
Uniting factors outnumber disintegrating ones in Belarus-USA relations, Alexander Lukashenko says Belarus has been and will be interested in keeping full cooperation with the United States. The Belarus President said this today at an August 3 meeting with US congressmen.
45 polling stations open abroad ahead of Belarus presidential elections 2015
45 polling stations to open abroad ahead of Belarus presidential elections 2015 Citizens of Belarus abroad will be able to vote at 45 polling stations around the world. This was reported by chairwoman of the Central Election Commission Lidia Yermoshina. They will appear in places where more than 20 citizens are registered by local consulates. Meanwhile, initiative groups have three weeks to collect signatures. To go to the next stage of the elections, the potential candidates need to collect 100,000 signatures of Belarusians until 21 August.
Collection of signatures in Belarusian villages ahead of Belarus Presidential Election 2015
Collection of signatures in Belarusian villages ahead of Belarus Presidential Election 2015 Eight initiative groups continue to collect signatures ahead of the presidential elections in Belarus. CTV correspondent Alexander Dobriyan traveled to remote places to tell us about signature collection there. Yulia Galushkina, teacher:When we learned that picketing will be held in our agro-town we, together with the guys from the music school, decided to make a concert to cheer up. The villagers embraced the initiative with enthusiasm. Those who did not grab a passport were waiting for the intermission to go home for the document.

31.07.2015

188 national observers accredited in territorial election commissions ahead of 2015 Belarus presidential election
188 national observers accredited in territorial election commissions ahead of 2015 Belarus presidential election 188 national observers accredited in territorial election commissions ahead of 2015 Belarus presidential election, due on October 11.  Action groups of potential candidates continue to collect signatures. Pickets are located in the most crowded places. The candidates represent various public organizations and parties.
OSCE special monitoring mission observers arrive in Ukraine's Horlivka
OSCE special monitoring mission observers arrive in Ukraine's Horlivka In Donbass, the sound of cannon fire was again heard in Donbass. Horlivka again came under fire. The shelling killed two civilians. Another six people were injured. In order to assess the damage special observers of the OSCE monitoring mission arrived in the city. Since the beginning of the year more than 160 Horlivka civilians have been killed.
Oleg Romanov, CTV correspondent
Destinies of Donbass residents: Mixture of war and horror The inhabitants of ruined cities of Donbass now have to build their lives in accordance with the military schedule. In particular, they can go to the store or see a doctor only during breaks in the shelling. And some families have to live in bomb shelters. Reporter of the news program "24 Hours" on the CTV channel Oleg Romanov reports from the Donbass.

30.07.2015

Results of Belarus' southern border protection check announced
Results of Belarus' southern border protection check announced Yesterday, Belarus voiced the results of the check that touched on the protection of the state border in the south. This task was given by the Belarus president in June of this year. Presenting the results of the monitoring, the Acting Secretary of the Security Council of the country noted the good work of all departments, although admitted some problems that exist in the territorial defense today.
Nikolai Lozovik, Central Election Commission Secretary
How initiative groups collect signatures ahead of 2015 Belarus presidential election (video) Potential presidential candidates in Belarus continue to collect signatures for the nomination of candidates for the top post of the country. The campaign has been going on for a week.      The presidential elections will be held October 11th. The campaign is now gaining momentum.   

29.07.2015

Transparent ballot boxes will be installed in all polling stations of Vitebsk region
Transparent ballot boxes at all Vitebsk region polling stations during 2015 presidential election Transparent ballot boxes be installed in all polling stations in the Vitebsk region of Belarus ahead of the presidential election in the country due on October 11. This was reported at a special Vitebsk region seminar held as part of election preparation efforts.  A lot of attention in the current presidential election campaign is given to issues of people's awareness. A new website was launched at the stage of preparation for the election.
Belarusians advised against traveling to south-east Turkey
Belarusians advised against traveling to south-east Turkey Belarusian tourists are advised not to travel to south-east Turkey. In connection with the anti-terrorist operation one needs to refrain in the near future from visiting the provinces bordering with Syria and Iraq. If you do need to travel there please exclude crowded places from your route. According to the Ministry of Sports and Tourism of Belarus, Belarusians who have already signed agreements on the provision of tourist services have the right to refuse from travels to Turkey or move them to another date.
Presidential election 2015 in Belarus: The Central Election Commission accredits eight observers
Presidential election 2015 in Belarus: The Central Election Commission accredits eight observers Eight observers have been already registered with the Belarusian Central Election Commission, said CEC officials. During the month, experts from the OSCE will arrive in Belarus. Meanwhile, the action groups continue to collect signatures in support of the 8 potential presidential candidates who may take part in the 2012 elections. According to Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission Lidia Yermoshina, this stage of the election campaign is calm, and yet the CEC has not received any substantiated complaints. 
Another round of talks on the situation in Ukraine held in Minsk July 28
Another round of talks on the situation in Ukraine held in Minsk July 28 Another attempt to negotiate. On July 28, Minsk held another round of talks on the situation in Ukraine. This time the political subgroup on Donbass was working. The meeting took place is President Hotel as before. Still, one of the sticking points between the parties is the special status of certain regions of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as plans to hold local elections. The talks took place against the backdrop of the ongoing violations of the silence regime in which participants of the clashes accuse each other.

28.07.2015

Belarus' election commission: Initiative groups have no complaints regarding signature collection
Belarus' election commission: Initiative groups have no complaints regarding signature collection Belarus continues the first active stage of the 2015 presidential campaign. Initiative groups are collecting signatures in support of the 8 potential candidates for the top post in the country. Each of them needs to collect at least 100 thousand signatures. Pickets are located in the most crowded places. The deadline for submission of signatures is 21 August. 
Another round of Ukraine talks underway in Minsk
Another round of Ukraine talks underway in Minsk Another attempt to negotiate. On July 28 another round of talks on the situation in Ukraine began in Minsk. This time the political subgroup on Donbass is working. The meeting place is President Hotel as before. Still one of the sticking points between the parties is the special status of certain regions of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as plans to hold local elections. The talks will take place against the backdrop of the ongoing violations of the silence regime in which participants of the clashes accuse each other.

27.07.2015

Abandoned Donetsk house
How does Donetsk live today? CTV reporter visits war-torn city The situation remains tense in the Donbas. In Luhansk region, there has been a wave of arson and car explosions. In Donetsk, the intensity of cannonades has increased. Attacks continue near the main train station and victims have been reported. The 300th or the 320th day of war (who knows...) turned out to be quite ordinary for Donbass. Over the year of the war, weeds covered the old cemetery of Donetsk.
OSCE observers come under mortar fire in the Donbas
OSCE observers come under mortar fire in the Donbas The situation in the Donets Basin has become even more tense in the last few days. This time OSCE observers came under mortar fire. This happened on the territory of the Luhansk region. There have been no reports of casualties among the staff of the mission. Other details of the incident are being specified. Donetsk continues to hear intensive cannonades. This night the village Aleksandrovka came under fire. An apartment building was hit directly. Information about the victims is yet to be confirmed. Attacks continue near the main train station.
Initiative groups continue to collect signatures ahead of Belarus presidential elections 2015
Initiative groups continue to collect signatures ahead of Belarus presidential elections 2015 Initiative groups continue to collect signatures for the nomination of candidates for the post of President of the Republic of Belarus. Pickets are located in the most crowded places. In the center of Minsk, one can see initiative groups of various candidates in one place. The Central Election Commission allowed 8 initiative groups to collect signatures. Each of them needs to collect at least 100,000 signatures.   Minsk residents:It is the duty of every citizen of the Republic of Belarus to partake in this campaign.

24.07.2015

Belarus enacts new version of state border law
Belarus enacts new version of state border law The new version of the law on the state border came in force in Belarus. The main changes affected border zones. In particular, at the entrance to it is necessarily necessary to have a passport or other identity document. Representatives of children under 14 years must present a birth certificate.  Unattended vehicles left in the border zone (outside settlements) will be evacuated. The new law prohibits to abandon vehicles without notifying the frontier service. 
Belarus and Ukraine to discuss removal of trade restrictions on July 24
Belarus and Ukraine to discuss removal of trade restrictions on July 24 Belarus and Ukraine will discuss the removal of trade restrictions. July 24 in Chernihiv there will be a meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on trade and economic cooperation.  The sides will discuss the possibility of refusal from charging import duties imposed by Ukraine. In addition, the parties plan to address issues of development partnerships in the areas of industry and production cooperatives, leasing, architecture, construction, agriculture and transport.

23.07.2015

Belarus' election commission launches website ahead of 2015 presidential election The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Belarus has launched a website ahead of the 2015 presidential elections. It provides the latest information on the election process. Citizens can also leave their suggestions. The new website is available at vybory2015.by in Russian. Belarus has already formed election commissions at different levels. The main selection criterion was fairness of candidates, as well as the ability to work effectively. After all, it is the commissions who are the main organizers of the electoral process.
Belarus fulfills 5 of 8 Millennium Development Goals earlier than planned
Belarus fulfills 5 of 8 Millennium Development Goals earlier than planned Belarus will take part in the development of the final document of the UN Summit on Development. This was announced on July 23 by the Foreign Ministry of our country. The Belarusian delegation has already made its proposals in 17 areas. They will be considered during the final round of consultations. Our country has fulfilled five of the eight Millennium Development Goals earlier than planned. Among them is the fight against malnutrition and the inaccessibility of education, combating gender inequality and others.
2015 Belarus' presidential elections: Territorial election commissions formed
2015 Belarus' presidential election: Key signature collection rules Territorial election commissions ahead of Belarus presidential elections have been formed. The country finished another stage of the campaign. On July 23, initiative groups begin collecting signatures for nomination of candidates. The Central Election Commission gave the green light to supporters of eight contenders for the top post in the country.
President Lukashenko presents Order of Friendship of Peoples to Azeri Prime Minister
President Lukashenko presents Order of Friendship of Peoples to Azeri Prime Minister Azerbaijan will make every effort to develop brotherly relations with Belarus. This was said by Alexander Lukashenko on July 23 at the meeting with the prime minister of Azerbaijan. Alexander Lukashenko gave Artur Rasizade Order of Friendship of Peoples for his significant personal contribution to the development and strengthening of trade-economic and humanitarian ties between the two countries.

22.07.2015

Ukraine's Right Sector promises new phase of revolution
Ukraine's Right Sector promises new phase of revolution Representatives of radical group "Right Sector" require that the authorities introduce martial law in Ukraine. Previously, they held a rally in Kiev's Independence Square, where they demanded the resignation of the current government.  Also, the leader of the radicals promised to start a new phase of the Ukrainian revolution. Meanwhile, the long-awaited peace in the Donbass does not come. A dam was shelled and if it is destroyed completely, several towns will be flooded.
Three-day visa-free stay in Belarus for Chinese citizens
Three-day visa-free stay in Belarus for Chinese citizens The President of Belarus signed a decree allowing visa-free entry and exit, as well as transit across the territory of Belarus and temporary stay in the country for up to three days for Chinese citizens, according to the presidential press service. This procedure is designed for Chinese citizens arriving on direct flights from airports in the country of nationality provided they have in the passport a valid visa of the states-members of the European Union or the states that are parties to the Schengen agreement.
Signature collection ahead of Belarus' 2015 presidential vote to begin July 23
Signature collection ahead of Belarus' 2015 presidential vote to begin July 23 The next stage of Belarus' presidential elections is about to begin. Belarus on July 22 is completing the formation of territorial election commissions. Under the law, labor collectives, political parties and public associations and citizens have the right to delegate their representatives by filing an application. On July 23, initiative groups will start collecting signatures for the nomination of candidates.

21.07.2015

OSCE Chairman Ivica Dacic attends tripartite talks of Ukraine contact group
OSCE Chairman Ivica Dacic attends tripartite talks of Ukraine contact group in Minsk On July 21 Ivica Dacic took part in the next round of tripartite negotiations of the contact group to resolve the situation in the Donbass. As he himself put it, this was done in order to encourage the political process. In search of a compromise between official Kyiv and the self-proclaimed republics, a meeting of the contact group on Ukraine was held in Minsk. The main and the most important question was a complete cease-fire. The parties had not achieved that by the time of the meeting.
Alexander Lukashenko to OSCE head: In fact, war is going on in Europe Other heads of state should be more actively involved in the resolution of the Ukrainian conflict, said the Belarus President at a meeting with First Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, Ivica Dacic. Serbia has been chairing this organization since January, after Switzerland.
OSCE chief Ivica Dacic: Minsk has become a synonym for settlement of Ukraine crisis
OSCE chief Ivica Dacic: Minsk has become a synonym for settlement of Ukraine crisis OSCE chief Ivica Dacic: Minsk has become a synonym for settlement of Ukraine crisis Belarus fully supports Serbia's efforts to improve security in the OSCE area of ​​responsibility - this was announced after a meeting of Belarus' foreign minister with OSCE Chairman Ivica Dacic. Vladimir Makei stressed that our country will continue to support all efforts aimed at achieving the creation of a single space of stability and security in Europe.
Eight potential candidates in Belarus presidential election 2015
Eight potential candidates begin 2015 Belarus presidential election campaign On July 20, the Central Election Commission registered further five action groups. They are headde by Viktor Tereshchenko, Tatyana Karatkevich, Anatoly Lebedko, Zhanna Romanovskaya, and Nikolai Ulakhovich. These five joined the ealier registered groups of incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko, Sergei Gaidukevich and Sergei Kalyakin.
OSCE chief Ivica Dacic visiting Minsk July 21, 2015
OSCE chief Ivica Dacic visiting Minsk July 21 The current chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is holding talks with the leadership of the Foreign Ministry of Belarus. At a meeting with Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei, Ivica Dacic said that today he would attend the meeting of the tripartite contact group to resolve the situation in Ukraine in order to encourage the political process.   The contact group will hold talks behind closed doors.
Belarus President: We should avoid populism during the election campaign
Belarus President: We should avoid populism during election campaign The head of state head out a report of the Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly.  Vladimir Andreichenko said that huge work is behind. All in all, the parliament reviewed more than 90 draft laws. One of the most discussed is the law On Amnesty, which was to affect more than 8,500 people. In addition, the meeting officials discussed the plans of the Belarusian parliament for the eighth session. It will begin work on October 2.

20.07.2015

Nikolai Lozovik, Central Election Commission Secretary
Signature collection in Belarus from 23 July prior to presidential election 2015 The Central Election Commission has completed registration of initiative groups to nominate candidates for the post of President of the Republic of Belarus. The CEC allowed 8 initiative groups to participate in the collection of signatures. On July 20, the CEC registered the initiative groups of Victor Tereshchenko, Nikolai Ulakhovich, Zhanna Romanovskaya, Tatiana Karatkevich and Anatoly Lebedko.
President Lukashenko satisfied with Belarus' parliament's work after 2015 spring session
President Lukashenko satisfied with Belarus' parliament's work after 2015 spring session The head of state head out a report of the Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly.  Vladimir Andreichenko said that huge work is behind. All in all, the parliament reviewed more than 90 draft laws. One of the most discussed is the law On Amnesty, which was to affect more than 8,500 people. In addition, the meeting officials discussed the plans of the Belarusian parliament for the eighth session. It will begin work on October 2.
Alexander Lukashenko meets Zimbabwe vice-president
Alexander Lukashenko meets Zimbabwe vice-president Belarus and Zimbabwe are in search of possible areas of economic cooperation. On July 20 this topic was discussed at the Palace of Independence at a meeting of Alexander Lukashenko with the Vice President of Zimbabwe. During the talks the sides noted that the two countries have no obstacles for a thorough and comprehensive partnership.
Eight officially allowed to collect signatures ahead of 2015 presidential election in Belarus
Eight initiative groups officially allowed to collect signatures ahead of 2015 presidential election in Belarus The Central Election Commission of Belarus has registered a total of eight initiative groups to nominate candidates for the presidency. The first among them were the teams of the incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko as well as Sergei Kalyakin and Sergei Gaidukevich. The fate of the others was to be decided within five days. On July 20, it became known that the teams of further five potential candidates would also collect signatures. Report by the TV program Week as of 19 July:
Moldova President arrives in Belarus on official two-day visit
Moldovan president completes official visit to Belarus: review Last week, Belarus and Moldova discussed possible major joint economic projects. Alexander Lukashenko and Nikolai Timofti were seeking for potential points of growth.  Moldovan business community took part in a business forum in Minsk, which reflects their interest in finding opportunities of doing business with Belarusian partners. At first glance it seems that the two countries have completely different economic accents. After all, Belarus is in the Eurasian Economic Union. And Moldova is committed to EU accession.
14 initiative groups want to nominate presidential candidates ahead of Belarus 2015 elections
14 initiative groups want to nominate presidential candidates ahead of Belarus 2015 elections The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Belarus will consider the documents received for registration of initiative groups to nominate candidates for the president. On July 20 the CEC will hold a regular meeting to deal with the matters. At the moment, the CEC received 14 applications, of which only 3 have already been registered.
Normandy 4 leaders hold telephone talks on Ukraine
Normandy 4 leaders hold telephone talks on Ukraine All agreements on Ukraine must be respected. The leaders of the Normandy Quartet reiterated the importance of the implementation of the Minsk agreements as of February 12. Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin, Francois Hollande, and Petro Poroshenko held telephone talks.  As before, the emphasis was made on cessation of hostilities in the Donbas. Civilians there are still suffering: the city is virtually destroyed, there is no water and products cannot be delivered to those who need them most.
Luhansk breakaway republic starts unilateral withdrawal of heavy weapons from contact line The breakaway Luhansk People's Republic unilaterally started withdrawal of heavy weapons from the line of contact. The process is being monitored by international observers of the OSCE mission. According to news agencies, near the town of Kirovsk, three tanks have been withdrawn. Meanwhile, residents of Donetsk spent the night of 19 July in bomb shelters. A powerful artillery attack was carried out against the Kiev district of Donetsk. It damaged 18 buildings. A bomb also hit the hospital. There are reports of fatalities.

17.07.2015

Initiative groups of Alexander Lukashenko, Sergei Kalyakin and Sergei Gaidukevich allowed to collect signatures prior to 2015 presidential elections
Initiative groups of Alexander Lukashenko, Sergei Kalyakin and Sergei Gaidukevich allowed to collect signatures prior to 2015 presidential elections The Central Election Commission of Belarus has registered three initiative groups to nominate candidates for the presidency. These are groups of Alexander Lukashenko, Sergei Kalyakin and Sergei Gaidukevich.  This decision was taken on July 17 at a meeting of the Central Commission of Belarus for Elections and National Referendums. The decision on the rest of the initiative groups will be made within five days. According to the latest data, the CEC received 10 applications. 
Nicolae Timofti, Belarusian MPs discuss prospects of Belarus-Moldova cooperation
Nicolae Timofti, Belarusian MPs discuss prospects of Belarus-Moldova cooperation Nikolai Timofti discussed with Belarusian parliamentarians the prospects of cooperation between Belarus and Moldova on July 17. The chairman of the upper house, Mikhail Myasnikovich, noted that it's time to restart the relationship.  Moldova has certain arrangements with Europe, while Belarus has been in the Eurasian Economic Union since January 1. This means that new markets and opportunities open for both countries.
Central Election Commission to start reviewing potential candidates' applications ahead of 2015 Belarus presidential election The Belarusian Cental Election Commission will review the documents submitted for registration of initiative groups whose aim is to nominate candidates for the president. On July 17, the commission will hold the first meeting to review the documents. All submitted applications will be studied within five days.   Action groups will collect signatures in support of one candidate or another. To receive the status of a presidential candidate a nominee must collect no less than 100,000 signatures before 21 August.

16.07.2015

Belarus, Moldova sign 7 intergovernmental agreements during Moldovan president's visit
Belarus, Moldova sign 7 intergovernmental agreements during Moldovan president's visit President Nicolae Timofti came to Belarus on an official visit. The ceremony of the meeting with the head of our country Alexander Lukashenko was held in the Palace of Independence by all the canons of diplomatic protocol: a red carpet, greeting of delegations and honor guard. Traditionally, the anthems of the two countries sounded.
Four more potential candidates confirm will to take part in 2015 presidential election in Belarus
Four more potential candidates confirm will to take part in 2015 presidential election in Belarus The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Belarus continues to receive documents for registration of initiative groups to nominate candidates for President of the Republic of Belarus. On July 16, the CEC received papers of the initiative groups of the citizens Andrei Konovets, Tatiana Karatkevich, Anatoly Lebedko and Nikolai Statkevich. The documents will be discussed at a meeting of the Central Commission for Elections and Referenda, which is going to take place on July 20. The law gives the CEC up to five days for this procedure.
No special status for Donbass, Poroshenko says
No special status for Donbass, Poroshenko says The Donbas will not get a special status and Ukraine will remain a unitary state. This was stated by President Petro Poroshenko in his speech in the Verkhovna Rada. The Ukrainian Government is still guided by the Minsk agreements, concluded on February 12. Meanwhile, the situation is still tense in Donetsk and Lugansk regions. Gorlovka again came under fire as well as residential neighborhoods. There are victims and destroyed buildings. There are reports about tanks and heavy artillery shooting.
Belarus does not dramatize Moldova's western orientation, Alexander Lukashenko says
Belarus does not dramatize Moldova's western orientation, Alexander Lukashenko says President Nicolae Timofti came to Belarus on an official visit. The ceremony of the meeting with the head of our country Alexander Lukashenko was held in the Palace of Independence by all the canons of diplomatic protocol: a red carpet, greeting of delegations and honor guard. Traditionally, the anthems of the two countries sounded.
Belarusian Women's Union to support Alexander Lukashenko in 2015 presidential election
Belarusian Women's Union to support Alexander Lukashenko in 2015 presidential election The Belarusian Women's Union will support the incumbent head of state in the upcoming presidential election. This was announced on July 15 at a meeting of one of the largest public organizations.  According to the chairwoman - Nadezhda Ermakova - the organization will actively participate in the political process. In the first stage, it will be assist in the collection of signatures.
Three officially declare wish to take part in Belarus' presidential election 2015 The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Belarus continues to receive documents for registration of initiative groups to nominate candidates for President of the Republic of Belarus. On July 15, the initiative groups of the citizens Sergei Gaidukevich and Sergei Kalyakin submitted the papers needed for candidates' registration. The documents will be discussed at a meeting of the Central Commission for Elections and Referenda. The law gives the CEC up to five days for this procedure. 
Moldova President arrives in Belarus on official two-day visit
Moldova President arrives in Belarus on official visit July 16 Moldova's President has arrived in Belarus on an official two-day visit. In the National airport Minsk Nikolai Timofti was met according to the protocol.  Then the cortege of the foreign guest headed for the Belarusian capital. On July 16, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and the Moldovan leader will hold talks in the one on one format and then they will be joined by members of their delegations. 

15.07.2015

Sergei Gaidukevich wants to run for president at October 11 election in Belarus The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Belarus continues to receive documents for registration of initiative groups to nominate candidates for President of the Republic of Belarus.  On July 15, the Belarusian Central Election Commission received documents of the initiative group of the citizen Sergei Gaidukevich. The documents will be considered at a meeting of the Central Commission for Elections and Referenda. The law gives the CEC up to five days for this procedure.
Moldovan President to visit Belarus July 16
Moldovan President to visit Belarus July 16 Minsk is waiting for President of Moldova who will arrive on an official visit on July 16, 2015.  It is planned that Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko will hold talks with his Moldovan counterpart Nicolae Timofti. The talks will be in one-on-one and expanded format. The sides are expected to discuss future directions of cooperation between the countries and collaboration in international markets.
OSCE experts arrive in Minsk to assess pre-election atmosphere
OSCE experts arrive in Minsk to assess pre-election atmosphere OSCE experts will estimate the pre-election environment in Belarus. On July 14, representatives of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in Europe arrived in Minsk. They will study the preparations for the presidential elections in our country until 17 July. Their working plans include meetings with representatives of state bodies and political parties. Then, based on their recommendations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe will determine how to monitor the elections of the Belarusian head of state.

14.07.2015

Ukraine political subgroup holding meeting in Minsk July 14
Ukraine political subgroup holds meeting in Minsk July 14 Minsk hosted 14 July a meeting of the political sub-group in Ukraine. The talks were held as usual in President Hotel and the itself meeting was closed to the press.  The agenda includes discussions on changes in the fundamental law of Ukraine as well as the holding of the local elections in Donbass.
Central Election Commission building in Minsk
Alexander Lukashenko to run for president during 2015 elections in Belarus The initiative group of Alexander Lukashenko has submitted documents to the Central Election Commission for registration ahead of the presidential elections 2015, the CTV channel learned from the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Belarus on July 14. The initiative group will be led by head of the Federation of Trade Unions Mikhail Orda. Initiative groups will be collecting signatures until 21 August. To become a candidate, one needs to collect 100,000 valid signatures.
CIS appoints observation mission chief for Belarus presidential elections
CIS appoints observation mission chief for Belarus presidential elections The CIS observation mission for the presidential elections in Belarus has decided on who will lead it. Executive Secretary of the Commonwealth of Independent States, Sergei Lebedev was appointed chief of the mission.  This was announced at a meeting of plenipotentiary representatives of the CIS member states, which was held in Minsk today. 

13.07.2015

Over 50,000 Ukrainians flee to Belarus from conflict areas Belarus and become a place where people fleeing from armed conflicts. Refugees from Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Somalia and Palestine come to our country. More than 50 thousand Ukrainians fleeing from the conflict in the south-east, found their refuge in Belarus. 
Why will Ufa's BRICS/SCO summits become historic? The Ufa negotiations of the BRICS and the SCO could enter into economic history. Countries representing nearly half the world's population discussed global issues such as the reform of the United Nations, economic development strategies and the creation of a multipolar world in opposition to the unipolar one. There will be created a new BRICS Development Bank and a pool of foreign exchange reserves with a combined capital of over 200 billion dollars.
Belarus interested in expanding economic cooperation with SCO nations, says Director of Strategic and Foreign Policy Studies Center
Belarus interested in expanding economic cooperation with SCO nations, says Director of Strategic and Foreign Policy Studies Center Belarus interested in expanding economic cooperation with SCO nations, says Director of Strategic and Foreign Policy Studies Center Director of the Center for Strategic and Foreign Policy Studies Arseny Sivitsky is in the studio of the program "Week". This week, BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organization attracted the attention of the world media. Two summits together. Belarus was also invited to Ufa. In this case, what does it mean?

10.07.2015

Belarus granted observer status in Shanghai Cooperation Organization
Belarus granted observer status in Shanghai Cooperation Organization Leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization signed a decision to grant Belarus observer status in the organization. The Ufa declaration enshrining this right was signed by heads of Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. They also approved the decision to start admission procedures of India and Pakistan as members of the association. 
How can Belarus benefit from ties with BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organization?
How can Belarus benefit from ties with BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organization? Belarusian political analysts are discussing the prospects of cooperation of Belarus with the BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The opinion, which brings together most of the experts: the voice of Belarus was heard and the leading economies of the world treat us as an equal partner. BRICS groups Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, who are among the leaders of the world's geopolitics.  BRICS is sometimes called jokingly "bricks". Today this organization is in fact, the basic building material for the global economy.
Belarus counts on OSCE support in Minsk talks on Ukraine
Belarus counts on OSCE support in Minsk talks on Ukraine Belarus counts on the support of the OSCE Minsk during the negotiations on the situation in Ukraine. This was announced on July 9 by the Foreign Ministry of Belarus. Representatives of OSCE, the world's largest regional organization dealing with security issues, will discuss the settlement of the situation in the Donbass region at an informal high-level meeting in Helsinki.
President Lukashenko: Belarus is a reliable and predictable partner in the international arena
President Lukashenko: Belarus is a reliable and predictable partner in the international arena Ufa, which received the participants and guests of the BRICS Summit, hosts July 10 the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. It includes Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.  It is already known that Belarus has acquired observer status in the organization. The president of Belarus is in Ufa on a working visit.
Vladimir Putin: Belarus' participation in SCO will benefit both the country and all memeber states
Vladimir Putin: Belarus' participation in SCO will benefit both the country and all memeber states In the center of political life. The President of Belarus is on a working visit in Ufa. The capital of Bashkortostan hosted two major international summits. It brought together the leaders of BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Belarus has gained an observer status there. Today BRICS groups Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Five large and rapidly developing countries.
Alexander Lukashenko meets with presidents of Brazil, Afghanistan, Iran and Mongolia
Alexander Lukashenko meets with presidents of Brazil, Afghanistan, Iran and Mongolia The capital of Bashkortostan Ufa is hosting just two major international summits - the BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The President of Belarus, who was also at the summit, had a tough schedule. Alexander Lukashenko held several productive bilateral meetings. He had talks with the leaders of Afghanistan, Iran, Mongolia and Brazil.

08.07.2015

Ambassadors of Belarus to all states gather in Minsk July 8
Ambassadors of Belarus to all states gather in Minsk July 8 Belarus overcomes specific challenges шт foreign trade and is working to create new opportunities. Ambassadors of Belarus to all states gathered in Minsk today on July 8. Heads of diplomatic missions and consular offices have met at the negotiating table. The diplomats are going to discuss the most pressing issues of economic policy of our country abroad, exports of goods and services, and tourism potential.
Why does Belarus need observer status in Shanghai Cooperation Organization?
Why does Belarus need observer status in Shanghai Cooperation Organization? Belarus has established good relations with all BRICS member countries. The country is ready to get actively involved in specific areas of cooperation within the framework of the association. This was said back in early June by head of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry Vladimir Makei after talks in Moscow with his Russian counterpart. As for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Belarus hopes to increase its level of participation in the organization. Now Belarus is dialogue partner but it may acquire observer status.
Alexander Lukashenko arrives for BRICS/SCO summits in Ufa The Belarus President on July 8 went on a working visit to the city of Ufa of the Russian Federation.  Alexander Lukashenko has already arrived in Bashkortostan a couple of hours ago to take part in the events related to the Summits of the interstate association BRICS as well as Shanghai Cooperation Organization. It is planned that the Belarusian leader will take part in a meeting of the leaders of the BRICS countries to discuss the most pressing issues of world politics, the economy and the financial sector. 
Delegation from Chechnya on a visit to Belarus
Delegation from Chechnya on a visit to Belarus Belarus considers all areas of development of cooperation with Chechnya. This was stated by the Belarusian government during a meeting with the delegation of this republic. The parties will develop a joint action program, since the trade turnover is too small. Mutual interest lies in areas such as selection, seed and livestock.  Belarus is also ready to create joint ventures, including the production of agricultural and road machinery.

07.07.2015

Ukraine working subgroups convene in Minsk on July 7 to deal with crisis
Ukraine working subgroups convene in Minsk on July 7 to deal with crisis On the road to peace. On July 7 Minsk hosted meetings of all the sub-working groups of the contact group to resolve the situation in the south-east of Ukraine. They subgroups were preparing a meeting in the format Russia-Ukraine-OSCE with the participation of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk.
Belarus wants to explore new forms of military action
Belarus wants to explore new forms of military action The Belarus President wants graduates of military schools to use their knowledge and experience to ensure the country's national security. On July 7, at the Palace of Independence, the head of state honored excellent students as well as senior officers. Alexander Lukashenko conferred the rank of general on 7 of them.

06.07.2015

Belarus Deputy Foreign Minister visiting Slovenia
Belarus Deputy Foreign Minister visiting Slovenia Minsk and Ljubljana will discuss the development of the dialogue between Belarus and the EU. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus is on a visit in Slovenia. Elena Kupchina, at a meeting with the leadership of the Foreign Ministry of Slovenia, will discuss the state and prospects of expansion of bilateral relations in political, economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres. 
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Nursultan Nazarbayev on 75th birthday
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Nursultan Nazarbayev on 75th birthday The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko in a telephone conversation congratulated Nursultan Nazarbayev on his 75th birthday. The heads of state discussed the development of Belarusian-Kazakh relations and interaction in integration associations. 
Belarus' Central Election Commission chief about 2015 presidential elections No one has as much information about the elections as chairwoman of the Central Election Commission Lidia Yermoshina. Therefore, we have her it in the studio and she is ready to answer our questions. Mrs Yermoshina, good evening. Lydia Yermoshina, Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission of Belarus: Good evening. You are already in the center of attention: radio, TV, direct Q&A sessions... Honestly, what question are you fed up with?
Shelling and absence of medicines. Situation in Ukraine's Donbas
Shelling and absence of medicines in Ukraine's Donbass (video) The southern border of Belarus is increasingly mentioned in connection with the events in Ukraine, especially in the south-eastern regions. The correspondent Alena Morozova has more from the Donbass.
Central Election Commission building in Minsk
PACE appoints observers for 2015 Belarus presidential elections The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has appointed observers for the 2015 presidential elections in Belarus. According to preliminary data, the mission includes 27 politicians from five parties, including their substituents. This team includes the current rapporteur on Belarus of the PACE Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy Andrea Rigoni. Observers represent various countries: France, Germany, the UK, Sweden, Italy, Spain, and others.
President Lukashenko sends Independence Day congratulations to Nicolas Maduro, Venezuelan people
President Lukashenko notes consistent development of Belarusian-Venezuelan relations Alexander Lukashenko noted the consistent development of the Belarusian-Venezuelan relations for the benefit of the two peoples.  The head of state on behalf of Belarusians congratulated President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro and the people of that country on their national holiday - Independence Day. "I am convinced that we will continue to make joint efforts to strengthen the friendship and cooperation between the two countries," stressed Mr Lukashenko.
Belarus President holds meeting on political matters
Belarus President holds meeting on political matters ahead of presidential election New challenges to which Belarus must respond. Alexander Lukashenko held a meeting on political issues, which was attended by all the heads of the law enforcement officials and the first persons of the country who determine domestic and foreign policy. The President stressed that today the state's actions are inextricably linked to economy. Belarus attaches great importance to the diversification of exports.

03.07.2015

Vladimir Putin congratulates Alexander Lukashenko, Belarusian people on Independence Day
Vladimir Putin congratulates Alexander Lukashenko, Belarusian people on Independence Day Belarus continues to receive numerous congratulations on Independence Day. Letters of greetings are being sent to the President of Belarus and its people.  Heads of states, international organizations, foreign political, religious and community leaders wish Belarus further prosperity. In his message, the president of Russia, notes that "based on strong traditions of friendship, Russian-Belarusian relations have continued to develop dynamically. 

02.07.2015

Belarus receiving Independence Day congratulations from all over the world
Belarus receiving Independence Day congratulations from all over the world Belarus will celebrate the main state holiday tomorrow on July 3.The Belarus President is already receiving numerous Independence Day congratulations from leaders of foreign states, international organizations and beyond. Alexander Lukashenko was congratulated by the leaders of the CIS countries, Chairman of the People's Republic of China, the UN Secretary General, and the Queen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 

01.07.2015

Alexander Lukashenko takes part in solemn meeting devoted to Independence Day
President Lukashenko: Belarus will never seek its own benefit at the expense of someone else Belarus begins to celebrate today the main holiday - Independence Day. At this moment the Palace of the Republic is hosting a solemn meeting in which the President is taking part. The event is dedicated to Day of Republic (Independence Day). 
Belarus to send invitations to international organizations wishing to observe 2015 presidential elections
Belarus to shortly invite international organizations wishing to observe 2015 presidential election The Belarusian Foreign Ministry in a few days will send invitations to the international organizations who wish to observe the 2015 presidential elections in Belarus. This was stated by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Vladimir Makei.  Nearly a thousand representatives of other countries monitored the previous presidential election in Belarus.
Vladimir Andreichenko, chairman of Belarus' House of Representatives
Vladimir Andreichenko: MPs must do everything for maximum openness and transparency of 2015 presidential election Parliamentarians should do everything in their power to maximize openness and transparency of the election campaign, stated Chairman of the House of Representatives of Belarus, Vladimir Andreichenko, at the closing address of the seventh session of the House of Representatives, which is the lower chamber of the Belarusian parliament.
Vladimir Makei, foreign minister of Belarus
Advisory Council for Belarusians abroad gathers for first meeting The first meeting of the Consultative Council for Belarusians abroad was held in Minsk. It was created under the aegis of the Foreign Ministry of Belarus. On July 1, the meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs gathered delegates representing nearly two dozen public organizations that protect the interests of Belarusian citizens abroad.
Belarus launches open debate in the run up to 2015 presidential election
Belarus launches open debate in the run up to 2015 presidential election An open debate will start in Belarus. A project of the Republican Youth Union BRSM calls upon people to discuss concerns and pressing issues. In the first phase, activists of BRSM primary organizations have already set the tone for the upcoming discussions.  The youth cast their proposals into a symbolic ballot box.

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