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10.05.2015

Alexander Lukashenko giving interview to Chinese media
Alexander Lukashenko notes need for consensus to resolve Ukraine crisis The importance of cooperation with China was noted by the Belarus President during the interview with the China Central Television and the news agency "Xinhua". Su Iping, correspondent of the Russian Bureau of the Central Television of China:Why hasn't the Ukrainian crisis been resolved? What will the peacekeeping role of Belarus be in the future?
Belarus President: China has long been exemplary for me
Belarus President: China has long been exemplary for me The President earlier emphasized the importance of cooperation with China in the interview to the China Central Television and the news agency "Xinhua". Numbers suggest that Belarus and China are strategic partners. In 2014 alone, the countries' trade stood at more than $3 billion. Political dialogue is well established, too. In the international arena, Belarus and China support each other on key issues. Almost every year, the parties exchange visits at different levels.
Xi Jinping arrives in Minsk
Alexander Lukashenko, Xi Jinping to hold official talks on May 10 Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Belarus on a state visit. Bread and salt and flowers - everything is according to Belarus' traditions when an important guest comes. Alexander Lukashenko personally met the honorable guest at National Airport Minsk. Red carpet, honor guard and flowers for the first lady of China - everything is according to the canons of diplomatic protocol. Before taking a seat in the car, Xi Jinping greeted senior officials and diplomats.
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Belarus for a state visit
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Belarus for state visit On May 10, the Chairman of the People's Republic of China paid an official visit to Minsk. He will remain in Belarus until May 12. Xi Jinping came to Minsk at an invitation of President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. The current visit is the first one in 14 years.
Kyrgyzstan joins Eurasian Economic Union
Kyrgyzstan joins Eurasian Economic Union. Report by TV program "Picture of the World Yuri Koziyatko" An informal summit of the leaders of some of the CIS countries in Moscow was timed to the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory. President Lukashenko took part in the meeting. And not only in this one. Both took place in the Russian capital on May 8. The presidents of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) member states held a meeting for the first time in the full format since the launch of the EEU on January 1, 2015. Natalia Breus has details.
Xi Jinping, Chinese President
Reasons for Xi Jinping's visit to Belarus. Analysis by TV program "Picture of the World with Yuri Koziyatko" China's President Xi Jinping was one of the first persons to shake hands with the newly elected Kazakh President Nazarbayev. The leader of China arrived in Kazakhstan on a visit last week and then went to Moscow, where he is now. And his next leg of the trip will be Minsk. The visit of the President of the People's Republic of China is very important for Belarus. And for China, of course. Not long ago, the leader of China made a great tour of Europe.

09.05.2015

Military parade in Minsk on May 9, 2015
Victory Day parade 2015 in Belarus: Military equipment The Victory Day parade was held in Minsk on May 9. It featured both servicemen, youth and various military equipment: from heavy tanks and helicopters to jeeps and retro weaponry. The main theme of the parade was that Belarusians are ready to dedicate all their victories - in sport, career and personal life - to their native Belarus. Watch photos and the full parade video at the end of the article!
Alexander Lukashenko: Ukraine is de facto winding down CIS activity but is unlikely to withdraw from it
Alexander Lukashenko: Ukraine is de facto winding down CIS activity but is unlikely to withdraw from it The main political news on May 8 are coming from Moscow. The city hosted two major summits with the participation of the President of Belarus. The first one was held in an informal atmosphere - a round table brought together the leaders of the CIS. A little later, the talks continued in a more restricted format - in the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union. At first, the Belarusian President's motorcade stopped in the Alexandrovsky Garden. Before the start of the negotiations, the Belarusian President laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Alexander Lukashenko lays wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow
Alexander Lukashenko lays wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow Moscow is hosting the informal CIS summit in which the President of Belarus is also taking part. The leaders of the Commonwealth countries are communicating "without ties". The focus is on the preparations for the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the WWII victory. And it is very symbolic that the second day of the working visit of Alexander Lukashenko to Russia began with commemorative events. The Belarus President laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier near the Kremlin wall.

07.05.2015

Alexander Lukashenko paying working visit to Russia The President of Belarus on May 7 went on a working visit to the Russian Federation. On May 8, Alexander Lukashenko will take part in an informal meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the CIS and in the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. Also, the President of Belarus will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier near the Kremlin.
China-Belarus ties
Economic and family relations between Belarus and China: Picture of the World’s report Nowadays, China is everywhere! Not only tourists and consumer goods, but also Chinese investments get into different regions of the world. It’s sometimes said that China has already bought up the whole Africa and Latin America. Actually, China has invested most in the USA, Australia and Canada.
Alexander Lukashenko: 70 years after WWII Europe once again feels smell of burning The whole world is indebted to the Soviet people for its feat. This was stated by the President of Belarus on May 7 at the solemn meeting dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, which Belarus considers part of WWII (1941-1945). Speaking at the Palace of the Republic, Alexander Lukashenko stressed that the current celebration is a moment of truth. The victory requires unity and cohesion of the heirs of the Soviet people.
Ukraine Contact Group meeting held in Minsk May 6
Ukraine Contact Group meeting held in Minsk May 6 Ways to resolve the crisis in Ukraine were discussed in Minsk on May 6. Taking part in it were representatives of Ukraine, Russia, OSCE, and the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics. 
Moscow
Alexander Lukashenko pays working visit to Russian Federation on May 7-8 President of Belarus will make a working visit to the Russian Federation May 7-8. Tomorrow, Alexander Lukashenko will take part in an informal meeting of the CIS Council of Heads of State and in the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. Also, the President of Belarus will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier near the Kremlin.

06.05.2015

Tree of Peace and Unity planted in UN garden to mark 70th anniversary of WWII victory
Tree of Peace and Unity planted in UN garden to mark 70th anniversary of WWII victory In honor of the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, the Tree of Peace and Unity was planted in the UN headquarters. The event was attended by the Secretary General of United Nations Ban Ki-moon. He was joined by diplomats from various countries, including the Permanent Representative of Belarus to the UN Andrei Dapkiunas. Weeping Cherry is a symbol of not only peace but also sorrow for the victims of that terrible war.
Minsk hosts meeting of contact group on Ukraine May 6
Contact group meeting on Ukraine starts in Minsk behind closed doors The meeting of the contact group on Ukraine has started in Minsk. Its participants are OSCE Special Representative Heidi Tagliavini, former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma, representative of Russia Azamat Kulmuhametov, representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics Denis Pushilin and Vladislav Deinego. They have all arrived at President Hotel.

05.05.2015

Alexander Lukashenko notes certain warming in Belarus-EU relations Austria is ready to contribute to the development of relations between Belarus and the European Union. This matter was discussed at a meeting of the President with the Minister for European Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria. Alexander Lukashenko noted that there is certain warming in the relations between Belarus and the EU. 
China's Xi Jinping to visit Belarus May 10-12
PRC President Xi Jinping to visit Belarus May 10-12 The Chinese President Xi Jinping will make a state visit to Belarus from 10 to 12 May. This was reported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China. Xi Jinping will visit Minsk on the invitation of President Alexander Lukashenko. The President's trip will begin with an official visit to Kazakhstan. On 8 and 9 May, he will be in Moscow to participate in the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory in the Great Patriotic War.

04.05.2015

Alexander Lukashenko meeting Sebastian Kurz
Austria ready to assist improvement of Belarus-EU ties Austria is ready to contribute to the development of positive dynamism of relations between Belarus and the European Union. This was discussed at a meeting of the Belarus President with the Minister for European Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria. Alexander Lukashenko pointed out a thaw in Belarus' relations with the West. The President hopes that European countries will take a number of steps towards Belarus in the right direction.
Vladimir Andreichenko, chairman of Belarus' House of Representatives
Vladimir Andreichenko: Quality of laws is the main challenge facing MPs The Belarus President's State of the Nation Address was the main political event of last week. This form of public statement is used by heads of many states. In Belarus, this political tradition is almost two decades old.  Every time it turns into the analysis of the situation in the country and is used as a plan for its development in the near future.  The CTV channel asked members of the government and parliamentarians about public policies and political tactics in the Oval Hall. 
Austria's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Integration makes working visit to Minsk
Austria's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Integration makes working visit to Minsk Austria is ready to contribute to the development of positive dynamism in relations between Belarus and the EU.  The matter was discussed at a meeting of the president with the Minister for European Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria Sebastian Kurz.  Mr Kurz is on a working visit in Minsk. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko pointed out a thaw in relations with the West. 
Alexander Lukashenko gives interview to Chinese media
Alexander Lukashenko gives interview to Chinese media President Alexander Lukashenko is giving an interview to Chinese media - China Central Television the news agency Xinhua. The main state broadcaster of China is the most influential and popular in the country. The total TV audience is about 1.3 billion people. This is the only TV company in the world that broadcasts in all six working languages ​​of the United Nations. 
Vitaly Busko, Belarus' MP
Belarus' MP: If Obama visited Minsk, this would be a success of Belarusian diplomacy Belarusian deputy Vitaly Busko answered the CTV Channel's question about the Normandy Four talks on Ukraine after the President's State of the Nation Address on April 29. Mr Busko, are Americans willing to sit at the negotiation table?

03.05.2015

Deputy Head of Belarus' Presidential Administration Igor Buzovsky
Interview with Deputy Head of Belarus' Presidential Administration Igor Buzovsky in "Picture of the World with Yuri Koziyatko" We will continue the theme of the President's State of the Nation Address with the Deputy Head of Presidential Administration Igor Buzovsky. He is in the studio of "Picture of the World with Yuri Koziyatko." Yuri Koziyatko, host of "Picture of the World": Mr Buzovsky, welcome! Igor Buzovsky: Good evening!
Alexander Lukashenko's State of the Nation Address: Picture of the World's analysis The Belarus President is studying the state of affairs on his own - this is his peculiarity. An important public meeting (like the old plenums) will be devoted to agriculture. Alexander Lukashenko said this during the week during his annual state of the nation address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly. The address is a key policy document for the near future. This is like a handbook for the authorities at all levels and an outlining of priorities for people. The outer world also listened to the address carefully.

30.04.2015

Belarus' flag near the Foreign Ministry building
Belarus receives invitation to 2015 Eastern Partnership summit Belarus has received an invitation to the summit of the Eastern Partnership Initiative on a par with other participants of the Partnership, reported the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus.  It is not yet clear who will represent the republic at the forum. This decision will be made by the head of state. The summit of Eastern Partnership will be held in Riga May 21-22. It is going to discuss the development of cooperation between the EU and countries of the Eastern Partnership.

29.04.2015

Alexander Lukashenko's State of the Nation Address (April 29, 2015)
Alexander Lukashenko's State of the Nation Address (April 29, 2015) Decline in inflation is a priority in Belarus, noted the head of state during his state of the nation address to the people and the National Assembly. Such a dialogue has become an annual tradition in Belarus. As the President said, it allows raising problems that require urgent solutions. The meeting in the Parliament's Oval Hall brought together representatives of the government, heads of state administration bodies and the largest enterprises as well as diplomatic corps and media.
Hungary highly appreciates Belaruls' role in resolving Ukraine crisis, Peter Szijjarto says
Hungary highly appreciates Belaruls' role in resolving Ukraine crisis, Peter Szijjarto says Hungarian construction companies will come to Belarus. This was said on April 29, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary Peter Szijjarto at a meeting with Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei. The sides also discussed cooperation in agriculture. Hungarian companies intend to invest in this sector.   The meeting dealt with cooperation in the international arena. In particular, Peter Szijjarto noted that Hungary highly appreciates the role of Belarus in resolving the crisis in Ukraine.  
Officials about expectations prior to Belarus President's State of Nation Address
Officials about expectations prior to Belarus President's State of Nation Address Before the meeting and the President's address, MPs, heads of government agencies, representatives of the diplomatic corps willingly shared their expectations about the main political event of the spring.
Yak-130 aircraft in Lida
Four Yak-130 combat aircraft for Belarus' 116th assault airbase A new detached aviation squadron will appear at the 116th guards airbase in Lida. On April 27, the local airport personnel were handed over four modern combat and training aircraft Yak-130.  The unique aircraft can imitate the flight of all the latest fighters. This means that after training, the staff will be able to pilot any planes. 

28.04.2015

Alexander Lukashenko's official visit to Georgia: Week’s review This week, a new chapter in the Belarusian-Georgian trade and economic cooperation was started.  Alexander Lukashenko’s first official visit to Georgia is expected to increase bilateral trade at least threefold.  During the Soviet era, Georgia, along with Armenia and Azerbaijan, was a part of the so-called Transcaucasian Economic Region. Today, Belarus, following the West example, agreed to cooperate actively with all its ex-members.
Belarus President's State of the Nation Address
Belarus President to address parliament, Belarusian people 29 April The main political event of the spring. President Alexander Lukashenko on April 29 will address the Belarusian people and the National Assembly. This is traditionally one of the most important social and political events in Belarus. The head of state analyzes the situation in the country and the world, and voice the ways of Belarus' development in the near future. What has changed since last year's address? Ilona Volynets has the story.
Nursultan Nazarbayev thanks people of Kazakhstan for support
Nursultan Nazarbayev thanks people of Kazakhstan for support Kazakhstan sums up the outcome of extraordinary presidential elections. The incumbent president Nursultan Nazarbayev expectedly won. The politician scored a record number of votes and left its competitors far beyond the political ring. Nursultan Nazarbayev is supported by the vast majority of people in Kazakhstan. And almost one hundred percent result in the elections for anybody did not become a sensation.
Alexander Lukashenko discusses cooperation with China with head of State Security Council
Alexander Lukashenko discusses cooperation with China with head of State Security Council The holding of the military parade and readiness of law enforcement agencies to ensure public order during the celebration of Victory Day on April 27 became the key topics of the meeting of the President and the Secretary of State of the Security Council. The President was also interested in how Belarusian military is training to take part in the Victory Day parade in Moscow.

27.04.2015

Nursultan Nazarbayev (L) and Alexander Lukashenko (R)
President Lukashenko congratulates Nazarbayev on 2015 presidential election victory On April 27, Alexander Lukashenko and Nursultan Nazarbayev held a telephone conversation.  The Head of State congratulated his counterpart on a convincing victory in the early presidential elections in Kazakhstan held the other day. Mr Lukashenko expressed confidence that the strategic partnership between Belarus and Kazakhstan will continue to thrive both in a bilateral format and within the framework of the Eurasian economic integration.
Early elections in Kazakhstan, April 26, 2015
Early presidential elections held in Kazakhstan April 26 Kazakhstan was yesterday deciding who of the three candidates would lead the country after the early presidential elections. A decision was made to hold them early given the difficult economic situation in the world, as well as not to let the presidential election campaign coincide with the parliamentary elections in 2016. The correspondent of the program Week is now in Kazakhstan. Yevgeny Gorin, CTV: It is already late evening there. Polling stations closed, but it is probably too early to talk about particular figures?

26.04.2015

Alexander Lukashenko and Giorgi Margvelashvili
President Lukashenko says no conflicts between Georgians, Belarusians and Russians, blames misunderstanding at political level only Negotiations between the President of Belarus with his Georgian counterpart lasted twice longer than it was planned. This indicates that leaders are set to build future relations in all directions: from economy to the social sphere.   Alexander Lukashenko's official visit to Georgia has already been called historic by officials, journalists and ordinary citizens. This is the first official visit over the 20 years of diplomatic relations.
Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Georgia in April 2015
All details of Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Georgia: Picture of the World's report The most important event of the week was the visit of Alexander Lukashenko to Georgia. For the first time in the history of independent Belarus did the head of state pay a visit to that country. The President met with representatives of economic, religious, and, of course, political elite in Georgia. The agreements allow us to hope for a rapid growth of trade in the near future.

05.04.2015

No more voluntary surrender of weapons in Donbass. What's next?
Deadline for voluntary surrender of weapons in Donbass passes. What's next? Carl Bildt and the whole EU delegation visited Ukraine. Political scientists and not quite yet retired politicians are trying on their own to figure out what's going on. Illegal formations are being disarmed in the south-eastern regions. Today, on April 4, the deadline for voluntary surrender of weapons has come. All persons who are not members of official security agencies are required to surrender weapons until April 4. Thus, paragraph 10 of the memorandum of Minsk is being implemented in the Donbass.
Border between Belarus and Russia
"Like at home": What is the difference between Belarus and Russia? Many visitors come to Belarus. This week, guests came from the East and from the West - from Russia and the EU. The reasons are different: trade, the conflict in Ukraine and almost family relations of Belarus and Russia, of course. We will start with the latter, especially because on April 2, the two countries marked Day of Unity. This is an important occasion so let's see what Belarus and Russia actually have in common. 
Konstantin Martynetsky, new First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration
Alexander Lukashenko appoints first deputy head of Belarus' Presidential Administration On April 3, Alexander Lukashenko made another personnel decision. Konstantin Martynetsky was nominated for the post of the First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration.  Previously, he served as Chief of Staff of the Belarus Council of Ministers.
Alexander Lukashenko
Alexander Lukashenko on possible extent of integration with Russia It is believed that biathlete Darya Domracheva is one of the symbols of unity of Belarus and Russia.And again we return to this subject. Relations between Belarus and Russia, and most importantly - to what extent is the union possible? President Lukashenko frankly told a British reporter about it in an interview to the global media holding company Bloomberg.

02.04.2015

Alexander Lukashenko's interview for Bloomberg and experts' comments
Alexander Lukashenko's interview for Bloomberg and experts' comments On relations with Russia, Belarus' economy and the situation in Ukraine. On April 2, the agency Bloomberg aired an exclusive interview with President Alexander Lukashenko. The head of state spoke about a half hour with a leading London-based journalist of the media holding Ryan Chilcote. The British journalist has already talked with the President. They met for an interview 14 years ago. Then Ryan Chilcote worked for the CNN. Upon arrival, the reporter immediately tweeted about how Belarus has changed.
Alexander Lukashenko to Bloomberg: Russia has never raised the issue of annexing Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko to Bloomberg: Russia has never raised the issue of annexing Belarus On the situation in Ukraine, cooperation with the IMF, relations with Russia, and Belarus' economy. On April 2, the agency "Bloomberg" broadcast an exclusive interview with President Alexander Lukashenko. The President touched on the topic of union relations with Russia in the interview. Alexander Lukashenko said that the Russian leadership has never raised the question of Belarus becoming part of Russia.
Belarus-Russia Unity Day
Belarus, Russia celebrate Day of Unity April 2 Day of Unity. The feast of the two brotherly peoples is celebrated in Belarus and Russia. On April 2, 1996, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed a treaty in Moscow on the community of the two countries. And a year later, they signed a document about the union of the two states. Since then, Day of Unity of our peoples has been celebrated every April 2.
President Lukashenko: Unity of Ukraine may be guaranteed by Minsk agreements
President Lukashenko: Unity of Ukraine may be guaranteed by Minsk agreements On the situation in Ukraine, relations with Russia and Belarus' economy. On April 2, the agency Bloomberg aired an exclusive interview with President Alexander Lukashenko. The head of state spoke with the leading journalist of the London office of the largest media holding Ryan Chilcote about one and a half hours. The President gave detailed answers to all questions. In particular, the British journalist asked the Belarusian leader about his stance on the events in Ukraine.

01.04.2015

Incumbent president Islam Karimov wins in Uzbekistan elections
Incumbent president Islam Karimov wins in Uzbekistan elections Elections in Uzbekistan took place openly and in accordance with democratic norms. This was stated by the head of the CIS Executive Committee Sergei Lebedev. Incumbent President Islam Karimov won last weekend's presidential elections, according to preliminary data of the local central election committee. Mr Karimov received more than 90 percent of citizens' votes. None of his three opponents scored even five percent. The newly elected head of state will take office within two months.
Belarusian foreign minister discusses Belarus-EU relations with European political analysts
Belarusian foreign minister discusses Belarus-EU relations with European political analysts Political scientists of the European Council on Foreign Relations visited Minsk on March 31. Among them were representatives of Belgium, the UK, France, Sweden and other countries. The organization, one of the largest in the Old World, intends to explore the position of Belarus in relation to the European Union.  This, like many other issues, were discussed during the guests' meeting with Belarusian parliamentarians. 
Alexander Lukashenko
Alexander Lukashenko: I believe that stability in Ukraine is impossible without USA The President of Belarus gave an exclusive interview to the media holding Bloomberg March 31. The leading correspondent Ryan Chilcote arrived in Minsk from London.  Mr Chilcote already talked to Alexander Lukashenko 14 years ago when he worked for CNN. During the communication, a variety of topics have been touched upon. In particular, they talked about the prospects of the Eurasian Economic Union, which was launched on January 1, 2015.

29.03.2015

Presidential elections in Poland
Presidential elections in Poland: An example of democracy or yet another show? Political shows take place in many European countries. The presidential campaign has started in Poland. Serious and not-so-serious candidates are going to compete with the incumbent head of state Mr Komorowski. Our correspondent Olga Korshun met some of them and heard a lot of good things about Belarus.
Diplomats, businessmen discuss future of Eurasian integration, Belarus' relations with the West
Diplomats, businessmen discuss future of Eurasian integration, Belarus' relations with the West Belarus has become a guarantor of stability in the Eastern European region. Such an idea expressed on 27 March during the forum "Minsk dialogue 2015". Diplomats, businessmen, politicians and representatives of international organizations discussed the future of the Eurasian integration and Belarus' relations with the West. 

25.03.2015

Alexander Lukashenko
Alexander Lukashenko: Advanced technologies make country safer The Belarus President considers it necessary to maintain long-term high-tech production. Alexander Lukashenko said this on March 25 visiting the company Peleng. It is part of the State Military-Industrial Committee. Economic indicators of the Committee in 2014 were good. According to the chairman Sergei Gurulev, the Committee is looking for new markets. In 2014, export brought the institution more than $800 million.

23.03.2015

Alexander Lukashenko meets with Orenburg region governor Yuri Berg
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Orenburg region governor Yuri Berg Belarus and the Orenburg region should work out new ways of cooperation and work towards greater use of industrial, scientific, technological and human resources. This was discussed at the March 23 meeting between President Alexander Lukashenko and Russian region Governor Yuri Berg.
South African delegation on business visit in Belarus Belarus is partnering with the African continent. King of the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal Mthimkhulu III arrived in Minsk on a business trip. The delegation will stay in Belarus a little more than two days. During this time, the foreign guests are going to hold a series of talks, including with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of Belarus.

22.03.2015

Alexander Lukashenko, Nursultan Nazarbayev and Vladimir Putin
Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia leaders check whether they are on the same page: next meeting due in Moscow May 8 Three presidents, of Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan, met in Astana on Friday. Let me remind you that the summit had been postponed for a week - nothing extraordinary, but nothing reasoned - the real reasons are now known. It is important that the heads of state are in good health, and Nazarbayev, despite the wise age, looked particularly fresh, maybe because the presidential elections in Kazakhstan are due very soon. And, of course, the visit of the leaders of Belarus and Russia is a kind of support for the current leader of Kazakhstan, except the main. And the main agenda included

19.03.2015

Alexander Lukashenko to pay working visit to Kazakhstan March 19-20
Alexander Lukashenko to pay working visit to Kazakhstan March 19-20 Eurasian integration. President Alexander Lukashenko has gone on a working visit to Kazakhstan. Board number 1 took off from National Airport Minsk and headed for Astana. It is expected that the visit will last two days. The agenda includes the meeting of the leaders of Belarus and Kazakhstan, which will address cooperation issues. On March 20, Astana will host a trilateral meeting between the presidents of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia. The parties plan to discuss trade and economic issues in the Eurasian Economic Union.

17.03.2015

Belarus President appoints new ambassadors to a number of states
Belarus President appoints new ambassadors to a number of states The President made a number of appointments on March 16. They pertain first of all to diplomats who will work abroad. New leaders have been picked for local bodies in the Gomel and Mogilev regions. This meeting comes just at the start of the planting season, so the President was interested in how the regions began to work in the fields. In 2015, there is a special weather situation. Alexander Lukashenko demands not to delay planting efforts. On March 16, new officials also appeared in a number of ministries.

16.03.2015

Alexander Radkov: We support our President. And we want all his plans be implemented
Alexander Radkov: We support our President. And we want all his plans to be implemented "Belaya Rus" is preparing to major political events of 2015 - Belarus' presidential elections. This was the topic of discussions at a on March 14 meeting of the National Council of the largest public association of Belarus. Over the past seven years, Belaya Rus has received support in all cities and towns of the country where the its units were established. They already have experience of participation in election campaigns as activists and observers. The main principle of its work is high level of organization and professionalism.

15.03.2015

Ukraine officially asks UN to deploy peacekeepers
Ukraine officially asks UN to deploy peacekeepers Kiev has officially asked UN to deploy peacekeepers in the Donbass. Ukrainian Foreign Minister informed the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon about the decision.  The same request to send a police mission in the south-east of the country has been received by the European External Action Service.  The EU's priority today is the support of the OSCE mission in the Donbass. Previously, the organization stated that the EU intends to focus on the implementation of the Minsk agreements rather than on the sending of a police mission to Ukraine.
Anastasia Dekhtyar, CTV correspondent
Crimea within the Russian Federation: How do Crimeans live these days? Another, former, region of Ukraine - Crimea - marks these days the anniversary of joining the Russian Federation. Our special correspondent Anastasia Dekhtyar about how Crimea and Crimeans live today. End of connection. It turns out that Belarusian mobile operators' roaming does not work here anymore. However, telephone networks are now in a mess. It is almost impossible to get through via landline. Russian codes were introduced instead of Ukrainian but neither works.
Anatoly Nichkasov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Republic of Kazakhstan
Ambassador of Belarus to Kazakhstan: Meeting of Belarusian, Russian and Kazakh presidents in Astana was not canceled The presidents of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia did not meet in Astana this week! The summit has been postponed. Allegedly due to Putin's cold. Some say there are other reasons - and there can be a lot of them because the agenda included trade and economic issues, which are quite complicated.  And even more difficult Ukrainian topic. We hope to find out details from the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Kazakhstan, Anatoly Nichkasov. Yuri Koziyatko, host of "Picture of the World": Mr Nichkasov, hello!

12.03.2015

Foreign Ministry of Belarus
Belarus, EU hope to agree on problematic provisions of visa facilitation agreement Belarus hopes to reconcile positions with the EU on the simplification of visa formalities. Minsk is hosting another round of negotiations on the draft agreement.  They involve representatives of the main consular department of the Foreign Ministry and the Department of Citizenship and Migration of the Ministry of Interior. The EU side is represented by the Directorate General for Home Affairs of the European Commission.
Dmitry Mironchik, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus
Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to be discussed in Minsk March 12 Co-chairmen of the OSCE Minsk Group are on a three-day visit in Minsk. Just in a few hours, Belarus' foreign minister is scheduled to meet with the ambassadors of France, Russia, the United States, as well as personal representative of the OSCE Chairman on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The sides will discuss the possible contribution, including that of Belarus, to the settlement of the situation between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Dmitry Mironchik, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus
Secretary of State Archbishop Parolin to visit Minsk on March 12 A high-ranking guest from the Vatican will arrive in Belarus on March 12. Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, of the Vatican, is expected in Minsk.  During the official visit, he will meet with the republic's leadership, Metropolitan of Minsk and Zaslavl Pavel, as well as members of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Belarus. In addition, the envoy of the Holy See is going to meet with believers and sanctify the first stone of the building of the Apostolic Nunciature in Minsk.

11.03.2015

Members of CIS Interparliamentary Assembly lay wreath at Victory Monument
Members of CIS Interparliamentary Assembly lay wreath at Victory Monument Memory relay. On March 11, in Minsk, participants of the campaign of the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States honored the heroic feat of the soldiers who died for the Great Victory in WWII. The leaders of both chambers of the Belarus parliament, MPs, including from CIS countries, veterans and youth laid a wreath at the Victory Monument. Here, a torch was lit from the eternal flame, which will become part of a single memory flame of the Commonwealth. 

10.03.2015

Mikhail Myasnikovich meets with German Ambassador Wolfram Maas
Mikhail Myasnikovich meets with German Ambassador Wolfram Maas Belarus is interested in the inter-parliamentary cooperation with Germany. On March 9, chairman of the Council of the Republic Mikhail Myasnikovich said this at a meeting with German Ambassador to Belarus Wolfram Maas. The head of the upper house of the parliament said that the bilateral relations between the two countries have enjoyed positive dynamism. Also, the speaker of the Council of the Republic discussed with the head of the German diplomatic mission issues of bilateral relations and coordinated work in international organizations.
Yaqub Eyyubov and Alexander Lukashenko
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is ready to cooperate with Azerbaijan in all fields Belarus is ready to create joint ventures in Azerbaijan and open for investments. The prospects of bilateral cooperation on March 10 were discussed by President Alexander Lukashenko and First Deputy Prime Minister of the Azerbaijani Republic Yaqub Eyyubov. Currently, Belarus and Azerbaijan are strategic partners. The countries are engaged in a fruitful political and trade and economic dialogue. Over the past year, turnover increased by about 14% and exceeded $330 million.

09.03.2015

Official Kyiv completes withdrawal of heavy weapons in southeastern Ukraine The Ukrainian army has completed the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the Donbass, said the official Kyiv. All weapons are taken away in a certain direction, under the control of the OSCE and journalists. The self-proclaimed republics of Luhansk and Donetsk stated the full withdrawal of heavy weapons from the line of contact last week. People in the southeast of Ukraine are trying to get back to normal life. For now, thousands of apartments are still without electricity and water supply.  
Vladimir Makei: Belarus interested in constructive relationship with North Korea
Vladimir Makei: Belarus interested in constructive relationship with North Korea Belarus is interested in developing bilateral dialogue with North Korea, especially in trade and economic cooperation. On March 9, this was said by the Foreign Minister of our country Vladimir Makei at the meeting with his counterpart in Minsk. The two sides exchanged views on regional and international agenda. We also discussed ways of enhancing relations between the two countries in political, economic and humanitarian spheres. In turn, Vladimir Makei accepted an invitation to visit the DPRK.
Interior troops simulating riot dispersion
Interior troops: They ensure peace and security in Belarus Conflicts taking place in the world must not step over the border of Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko said this at a meeting last week with the leadership of the Interior Ministry. The conversation took place in military unit No.3214 and covered almost all important issues facing today's power bloc of the country. The modern world is becoming less safe for people's lives, said the Belarus President. In this context, the main task is order and socio-political stability within the state.
Lidia Yermoshina
Lidia Yermoshina, Belarus' Central Election Committee Chairwoman Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission of Belarus Lidia Yermoshina answers the questions of the program Week. Mrs Yermoshina, hello. I congratulate you on Women's Day and let me give you this wonderful bouquet. Like last time, we picked them to match your name (the color of Lydia is purple). Lidia Yermoshina: Thank you. It shines like the sun.

08.03.2015

Union State: When will Belarusian goods be considered domestic in Russia? When the company of four people meets, no one bothers two of them to step aside and talk, as they may have their own interests and, if anything, their secrets. This is a norm! Belarus and Russia, despite entering a new alliance of four countries (Eurasian Economic Union), have not forgotten about the Union State. The Supreme State Council of Belarus and Russia met in Moscow to approve the general budget, however, a few months later than planned. Understandably: the sides were expected for the situation in the financial markets to settle and other circumstances, including foreign pol

05.03.2015

President Lukashenko meets with security officials
President Lukashenko meets with security officials, says conflicts inadmissible in Belarus Conflicts taking place in the world must not step over the border of Belarus. This was said by Alexander Lukashenko on March 5 at a meeting with the leadership of the internal affairs bodies. The conversation took place on the basis of military unit No.3214 and covered almost all the important issues facing today's power bloc of the country. The modern world is becoming less safe for human life, noted the President, so the main task today is order and socio-political stability within the state. 
Alexander Lukashenko: World's wars and conflicts must not cross the border of Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko: World's wars and conflicts must not cross the border of Belarus Conflicts taking place in the world must not step over the border of Belarus. This was said by the President at the March 5 meeting with senior staff of the Interior Ministry troops and cadets of the Military Academy. Currently, law enforcement agencies is the most important factor of national security. Today's meeting was scheduled long ago. Recently the head of state has considered topical issues of the development of the Armed Forces and the possibility of increasing the state's defense.
Alexander Lukashenko visits special purpose brigade of Internal Troops
Alexander Lukashenko visits special purpose brigade of Internal Troops The Belarus President on March 5 visited military unit No.3214 of the Interior Ministry troops. Currently, a team of special purpose is the main reserve of the internal troops. In addition, it is unique in the power structures of Belarus. It is here where soldiers are tested for the right to wear maroon berets.

03.03.2015

Vladimir Putin bestows Alexander Nevsky Order on President Lukashenko
Vladimir Putin bestows Alexander Nevsky Order on President Lukashenko The plane of the Belarusian president landed in Moscow around noon today. Alexander Lukashenko made a working visit to the Russian capital. Negotiations with counterpart Putin were traditionally held in the Grand Kremlin Palace.
Normandy Quartet to meet in Berlin by weekend
Normandy Quartet to meet in Berlin by weekend At the end of the week, the leaders of the Normandy Quartet will meet in Berlin. This was agreed by Vladimir Putin, Francois Hollande, Angela Merkel and Petro Poroshenko on Tuesday night during telephone talks. The state leaders also agreed to place OSCE observers in 10 towns of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
Benedetto Della Vedova and Alena Kupchyna
Italy appreciates Belarus' role in peaceful settlement of Ukraine conflict Italy appreciates the role of Belarus in the peaceful settlement of the conflict in Ukraine. This was stated on March 3 by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Italy following bilateral ministerial consultations. The European official also noted that Belarus should be represented at the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, which will be held in May. At this point, Belarus and Italy will agree on several documents concerning the facilitation of the visa regime.
President Lukashenko: Constitutional Commission in Ukraine is a tremendous breakthrough Presidents of Belarus and Russia, Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin, discussed the prospects of development of Belarusian-Russian cooperation. Their meeting took place in Moscow before the meeting of the Supreme Council of the Union State. Communicating with his Russian counterpart, Alexander Lukashenko said that today Belarus and Russia have the opportunity to formalize all the talks by taking concrete decisions.
Alexander Lukashenko says Belarus-Russia Union State beneficial for Minsk
Alexander Lukashenko says Belarus-Russia Union State beneficial for Minsk The future of the Belarus-Russia Union State was the main topic at the meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Union State. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko believes that in recent years much has been done.  In this regard the President focused on the bilateral trade and economic cooperation.
Withdrawal of heavy weapons and sporadic skirmishes. How does Ukraine carry out Minsk agreements? The situation in Ukraine is once again in headlines. The Minsk agreements to resolve the crisis in the south-east of the country will be discussed by the leaders of the "Normandy Quartet." Agreements to cease fire and withdraw heavy weapons have been reached in mid-February in Minsk after a meeting of the heads of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany. As news agencies report, both Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics (DPR and LPR) have completed withdrawal of heavy weapons. This process was held under the supervision of the OSCE.
Alexander Lukashenko goes to Moscow to attend Union State Supreme Council meeting
Alexander Lukashenko goes to Moscow to attend Union State Supreme Council meeting Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has gone to Moscow to attend a meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Belarus-Russia Union State. Belarusian board number 1 has already landed in the Russian capital. The agenda includes more than 10 points. They are foreign policy issues, the results of trade and economic cooperation between Belarus and Russia, the formation of the Union budget, and the development of social and humanitarian sphere.

01.03.2015

OSCE: Both parties to Ukraine conflict withdrawing heavy artillery from contact line
OSCE: Both parties to Ukraine conflict withdrawing heavy artillery from contact line The withdrawal of heavy weapons from the contact line by Ukrainian military is the "first test step" to execute the Minsk agreements. This was announced on February 27 by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, for his part, noted that this progress must be secured. The removal of heavy artillery from the contact line in the south-east of Ukraine is being carried out by both sides in the conflict. It is reported that the militia plan to finish the withdrawal by March 4.
Alexander Lukashenko meets Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Eric Rubin
Alexander Lukashenko meets Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Eric Rubin President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko met with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Eric Rubin. The State Department spokesman is in Minsk on a visit these days. The sides discussed the current issues of Belarusian-American relations, including problematic ones. They noted recent positive dynamism in relations. They also some of the issues on the international agenda, in particular the situation in the European region.
February 2015 as a breakthrough for Belarusian diplomacy President of Belarus is planning a visit to Kazakhstan in mid-March. But in recent weeks, Alexander Lukashenko has received a string of visitors not from Asia but from Europe and America - multivectorness again bubbles in political veins. It is always known who comes to Minsk but why - is not always advertised in such detail. There are secrets in economy and in politics. 

26.02.2015

OSCE confirms removal of military equipment from line of contact in Ukraine
OSCE confirms removal of military equipment from line of contact in Ukraine Withdrawal of military equipment from the line of contact is in full swing in the south-east of Ukraine. This was stated by OSCE international observers who work in the Donbas. Representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics reported that in the near future, they would finish withdrawal of heavy weapons. At the moment, they took away nearly 80 percent of these weapons. Kiev is doing the same now.
Alexander Lukashenko to visit Kazakhstan in mid-March The President of Belarus is going to pay a visit to Kazakhstan in mid-March. According to the press service of the President, on February 26, at the initiative of the Kazakh side, the head of state held a telephone conversation with Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev, during which the sides agreed on the upcoming visit. The Presidents of Belarus and Kazakhstan also discussed cooperation in the integration structures.
PACE intends to resume cooperation with Belarusian parliament
PACE intends to resume cooperation with Belarusian parliament Belarus has always advocated close and diverse relations with the Council of Europe. Rapporteur on Belarus of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Andrea Rigoni visited Minsk. The European MPs held a series of meetings in the House of Representatives, the Central Election Commission. Mr Rigoni discussed the establishment of bilateral dialogue with ministers, too. It is necessary to develop not only political and parliamentary, but also trade and economic cooperation. 

25.02.2015

Andrea Rigoni, PACE
Rigoni: PACE engaged in new dialogue with Belarus Belarus has always advocated close, constructive and diverse relations with the Council of Europe. This was stated by chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Vladimir Andreichenko at the meeting with the Rapporteur on Belarus of the Council of Europe's PACE Andrea Rigoni. In recent years, our country has been making a large contribution to security and stability in Europe. According to Mr Andreichenko, then it is necessary to establish not only a political and parliamentary but also trade and economic cooperation.

24.02.2015

Grigory Rapota: The number of Belarus-Russia Union State programs may be expanded The number of Union State programs between Belarus and Russia may be expanded. This opinion was expressed by State Secretary of the Union State Grigory Rapota. After all, there are all possibilities for it. At the upcoming meeting of the Supreme State Council, some relevant topics will be discussed, including traditional issues such as the Union State budget. One of them is the military doctrine adopted in Russia in late 2014. Changes may be introduced into the same document in the framework of the Union State.
OSCE to extend work of monitoring mission in south-eastern Ukraine The OSCE will extend its monitoring mission in the south-eastern Ukraine. This was stated by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Normandy Quartet during talks in Paris. According to the ministers, the objective control of OSCE experts over the implementation of the Minsk arrangements is now urgently needed, thus Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine are ready to render all possible assistance to international observers.
Alexander Lukashenko and Grigory Rapota
Belarus, Russia may hold Union State meeting in Moscow March 3 The meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Union State of Belarus and Russia may take place in Moscow on March 3.  Alexander Lukashenko and Belarus-Russia Union State Secretary Grigory Rapota discussed the agenda of the upcoming forum on February 24.
Ukraine
Military equipment being withdrawn from conflict zone in Ukraine Military equipment is being withdrawn from the conflict zone in the southeast of Ukraine. In the morning, the Donetsk and Luhansk self-proclaimed people's republics began this process. Withdrawal of all heavy weapons by both sides is one of the conditions of the Minsk Agreement as of 12 February .
Foreign Ministers of Normandy Quartet
Normandy Quartet to discuss peacekeeping mission in Ukraine February 24 The settlement of the situation in the south-east of Ukraine will be discussed in the Normandy format on February 24. The negotiations at the level of Foreign Ministers will be held in France. The agenda includes the observance of the Minsk Agreement as of 12 February 2015. The meeting participants intend to make recommendations to the contact group. It is reported that the official Kiev expects from this meeting additional steps to stabilize the situation in the Donbas. 
President Lukashenko: Belarus hopes for constructive dialogue with EU Belarus is ready to build relations with the European Union on an equal footing, said President Alexander Lukashenko meeting on February 24 with Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service Helga Maria Schmid. This structure is in fact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the EU. The diplomat arrived in Minsk on an official visit to get objective information about what is happening in the country. Alexander Lukashenko hopes to start a constructive dialogue between Belarus and the European Union.  

23.02.2015

Alexander Lukashenko gives shoulder straps to senior security officials
Alexander Lukashenko: We cannot allow any destabilization in Belarus On February 23, the head of state gave shoulder straps to senior Belarusian officers. All in all, there are 13 people on the list. Military and special ranks have been assigned to Major Generals of Justice, police and the internal service officers.
OSCE observer mission arrives in Debaltseve Official Kiev this week announced the complete withdrawal of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from Debaltseve. Currently, there are reports that an OSCE monitoring mission arrived in the town, which a few days ago was at the heart of the "southern massacre." The OSCE mission was able to visit Debaltseve after it received security guarantees from the militia. Earlier, the authorities of the self-proclaimed republic of Donetsk promised to provide access of the international mission to the city. 

22.02.2015

Belarus' Foreign Minister: We do not aim to get dividends for our stance on Ukraine Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics arrived in Minsk and met with his Belarusian counterpart Vladimir Makei. The Latvian Foreign Minister emphasized the role of Belarus in resolving the conflict in Ukraine. As stressed by Mr Rinkevics, the position of the Belarus government in this area has a positive effect on the normalization of relations with the European Union.
Ukraine marks Euromaidan anniversary
Ukraine marks Euromaidan anniversary The Battle of Debaltseve caused moral and political damage to the official Kiev. Is it accidental that it all coincided with the anniversary of the bloody Maidan? Journalist Oksana Viter reporting from Kiev. Oksana Viter, correspondent:    These days floodlights in Maidan cut through the evening sky over Kiev. Each of them is set at the point where a year ago a protester was killed. There are about 100 such light poles.
Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan may hold early presidential elections Kazakh MPs appealed to Kazakhstan's head of state Nursultan Nazarbayev to call for an early election of the President. Senators supported the idea. There has been no decision from the Head of State yet. As noted by the initiative group, such a move will avoid the coincidence in time of the presidential and parliamentary elections.

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