Eurasian Economic Union becomes operational January 1
The creation of the new integration association, the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), is perhaps the most anticipated event of the beginning of 2015. On January 1, the integration entity became operational. Belarus will be the first president of the organization.
Armenia will join the three founding members - Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan - on January 2.
Kyrgyzstan will complete all formalities in May. Thus, the EEU will unite almost 180 million people.
Ukraine talks in Minsk format should continue, Poroshenko says
Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko believes that it is possible to resolve the conflict situation in the south-east of the country only on the basis of the Minsk agreements. He stated this at a press conference.
"The main thing is to turn a fragile truce in the east into a stable, secure and lasting peace on the basis of my peace plan and the Minsk arrangements. This can be done only on the basis of the Minsk protocol," he said.
President Lukashenko: Belarus and Russia have disagreements, not antagonism
The format of the Union State of Belarus and Russia has not exhausted itself. The President answered journalists' questions on December 29. After all, in spite of other integration models, the Union means not only economic cooperation, but also the military and political one. No one has plans to close this integration project.
Despite the controversy, there is no antagonism in the relations between Belarus and Russia.
Alexander Lukashenko spoke about the recent talks with Vladimir Putin.
2014: Belarus-Ukraine relations review
The meeting of the , which was scheduled for December 26 in Minsk, did not take place: not easy to solve all conflicts and to take into account the interests of all parties. Nevertheless, Belarus' peacekeeping image is now more popular than the image of a "totalitarian state."
Belarus President dismisses key government officials a year prior to presidential election
The Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has made a number of appointments in the government and other important state positions. Saturday was marked by great personnel changes in Belarus.
Despite the fact that the country had a day off on Saturday, the President did not have a rest. Although just a couple of days are left before the New Year holidays, there's no reason to relax.
Belarus should enter 2015 with renewed vigor. That is why Alexander Lukashenko made a number of personnel decisions on December 27. Some 26 people got new posts.
Ukraine starts to implement Minsk agreements
Ukraine has started to implement the Minsk agreements. At this moment, Ukraine and separatist forces are exchanging prisoners in the Donbas. It is not known how many people will return home.
However, during the last meeting of the contact group in Minsk, it was decided that by December 30, the exchange process will be fully completed.
In addition, it is expected that heavy military equipment will be moved back from the front line in the southeast of Ukraine to create a safe zone of 30 kilometers.
Belarus to keep state control over prices 'forever'
Problems in the Belarusian economy are being gradually resolved, including recent financial and foreign currency issues, said the Belarus Head of State at a meeting on the country’s economic development.
Last time, this topical issue was discussed a week ago.
And on 26 December, which is a public holiday in Belarus, the Government reported back on its work to the President.
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Export diversification among Belarus' top priorities in 2015
Russian newspaper calls Alexander Lukashenko politician of the year
The balanced position of the Belarus President on the situation in Ukraine and the "Minsk format", the only way to continue the negotiations on the Ukraine crisis. One of the leading Russian newspapers "Vedomosti" called Alexander Lukashenko politician of the year, saying he is, quote, "perhaps the main peacemaker in Europe."
The media outlet also notes that the President of Belarus in 2014, distinguished himself as an "extremely skilled diplomat and business executive", not allowing the country's economic instability.
Alexander Lukashenko, in Moscow, visits National Defense Control Center of Russia
At the end of Eurasian summits In Moscow, Alexander Lukashenko, together with other heads of state visited the National Center for Control of Defense of Russia at the invitation of Vladimir Putin.
This powerful complex became operational in December. All information flows get here. This allows monitoring the situation in any division of the Russian Armed Forces real-time, in a given hour and even minute.
Hardware and software systems are able to simulate crisis situations not only around the Russian borders, but also anywhere in the world.
President: Belarusians will take care of peace and prosperity in their own land
Belarusians will take care of peace and prosperity in their own land. Alexander Lukashenko said this during the December 24 New Year charity festival for children held as part of the ongoing nationwide campaign "Our Children".
Addressing the young audience, the President stressed that each of them can do something good for their country. Especially considering that the coming year has been declared the Year of Youth.
Eurasian Economic Union to be launched in 7 days amid disagreements between member states
Important political news came from Moscow on December 23. The Belarus President visited Russia that day to take part in two Eurasian summits in the Kremlin. Military and economic security dominated the agenda. The presidents took part in the meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and the session of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council.
Belarus to chair Eurasian Economic Union in 2015
Belarus will chair the Eurasian Economic Union in 2015. This was announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin following the December 23 meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Moscow.
"In 2015, Belarus will be at the helm of the organization. We would like to wish success to our Belarusian friends," Putin is quoted by RIA Novosti as saying after the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council.
Political, economic security tops agenda of CSTO summit in Moscow
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko took part in the meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in Moscow on December 23.
The heads of the six states (Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan) discussed the strengthening of military cooperation within the framework of the Collective Security Treaty.
According to Alexander Lukashenko, CSTO member states must firmly and convincingly promote their common stance in the international arena.
Ukraine peace talks due in Minsk 24 and 26 December
A meeting of the tripartite contact group to resolve the Ukraine crisis will take place in Minsk on 24 and 26 December.
Such an agreement was reached during a telephone conversation the leaders of Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia. This is according to the official website of the Ukrainian president.
Alexander Lukashenko to take part in CSTO, Eurasian Economic Council sessions in Moscow
The President of Belarus has gone to Moscow to attend the session of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and the session of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council.
On December 23, Moscow welcomes the heads of the six states. In the first half of the day, at the session of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the leaders of Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan will talk about regional security.
Belarus President visits Ukraine, meets Petro Poroshenko
Belarus will do its utmost to establish peace in Ukraine. This was stated by Alexander Lukashenko during his working visit to Kiev. Mr Lukashenko met his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko.
The sides discussed a wide range of issues - from the economy to the situation in eastern Ukraine. Mr Poroshenko looks forward to the resumption of the so-called Minsk talks of the contact group to resolve the Ukraine crisis.
Minsk wants speedy resolution of Ukraine crisis
Newly appointed Aide to the Belarus President, Alexander Radkov, voiced the outcome of the December 22 talks between Alexander Lukashenko and Petro Poroshenko.
Minsk wants to quickly stabilize the situation in Ukraine because it is a key to successful operation of the two economies.
President Lukashenko: Belarus always does everything Ukraine asks for
On December 21, Alexander Lukashenko made a working visit to Ukraine.
Alexander Lukashenko met with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, pointing out that, despite the situation in Ukraine, the bilateral trade had not fallen. Moreover, figures suggest that it is growing. This indicates a serious interest in buying Belarusian goods.
Alexander Lukashenko to meet Petro Poroshenko December 21
Alexander Lukashenko said on December 19 that he is going to meet with Ukraine's counterpart Petro Poroshenko. The presidents are going to meet on December 21.
Media representatives also asked Alexander Lukashenko on the possible date of a new round of negotiations of the contact group on Ukraine.
Belarus wants rapprochement with EU based on mutual respect
Belarus is interested in normalizing relations with the European partners based on mutually respectful principles. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with former Italy premier Romano Prodi December 17.
The influential politician is visiting Belarus as a private person. However, his views on the situation in the world are of course respectable.
Prodi for tighter Belarus-EU cooperation
Sanctions and their impact on the global economy, falling oil prices, the situation in Ukraine, the simplification of the visa regime between the EU and Belarus - all these issues were discussed at the December 16 meeting with former prime minister of Italy and former European Commission President Romano Prodi.
The prominent politician arrived in Belarus for the first time. Now the professor of economics gives lectures in various universities around the world.
Alexander Lukashenko signs Belarus' state defense directive
Belarus should do everything to ensure military and socio-political security, said Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting of the country's Security Council, which considered a state defense plan, which is designed for five years.
The document outlines almost all potential threats and responses to them.
The situation around Belarus is constantly changing. Conflicts break out in the world rapidly and unpredictably.
Belarus confirms interest in tighter cooperation with African states
10 new ambassadors presented their credentials to Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko December 12. The ceremony symbolizes the official start of diplomats' duties in Belarus. This time, taking part in the ceremony were ambassadors of Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Egypt, the Republic of the Congo, Mozambique, Pakistan, Portugal, Syria, Ecuador and Estonia.
Credentials are formal requests of heads of other states asking the Belarusian President to accord full credence to diplomats' official statements.
Sanctions against Belarus affect living standards - President
Ten new ambassadors presented their credentials to Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko.
Taking part in the ceremony were ambassadors of Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Egypt, Congo, Mozambique, Pakistan, Portugal, Syria, Ecuador and Estonia. Six ambassadors have a concurrent accreditation in Moscow and Kiev.
Such a rich variety of countries underlines the multi-vector foreign policy of Belarus.
Visa-free travels between Belarus and Israel from April 2015
Members of the lower house of the Belarus parliament have ratified the agreement on visa-free regime with Israel. The deal was signed in September 2014.
The document will enter into force 90 days after its ratification by the parliaments of Belarus and Israel and after the sides receive relevant notices through diplomatic channels.
The Belarusian foreign minister has estimated the deal will come into effect at the beginning of April.
Alexander Lukashenko alarmed by state of Belarus-Russia relations
The Union State of Belarus and Russia uses all the mechanisms for speedy resolution of the problem of food supplies between the two countries. To discuss the issue, the Belarusian President met on December 9 the Union State Secretary Grigory Rapota.
During the meeting the sides exchanged views on the forthcoming meeting of the Supreme Council of the Union State. The event will due in Moscow in late December.
At the meeting, the sides will consider the Union State budget for 2015. Plans have been made to introduce new guidelines concerning its adoption.
Ukraine crisis talks due in Minsk December 9
The meeting of the contact group to resolve the crisis in the Donbass region will be held in Minsk on December 9, said Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko at a briefing in Chuguev, the Kharkov region.
According to him, as of December 6, the sides reached a preliminary agreement the parties to the conflict will meet in Minsk on December 9.
At the same time, the Ukraine President noted that he is cautiously optimistic about the possibility of a ceasefire from December 9, after the meeting in Minsk.
Central Election Commission head about elections in Belarus
Lidia Yermoshina, the head of the Central Election Commission, has already given a report to Belarusian senators on the recent elections to the local councils. But the electorate is also interested in the events and facts lying behind the scenes. With that end in view, we have invited Lidia Yermoshina to our program “Picture of the World” with Yuri Kozyatko. She promised to give honest and direct answers.
Alexander Lukashenko: A candidate should prove during elections he is worth becoming a president
For every country, a presidential election is a landmark event. It is always disputed and discussed during the event as well as after it. On December 19, 2010, it will have been a year since the last presidential elections in Belarus.
On the eve of this date, Alexander Lukashenko met with Russian journalist Sergei Dorenko to recall his first election campaign and ponder over the president's future after his presidential efforts are completed.
Interview with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Washington Post
In a three-hour interview with Washington Post senior associate editor Elizabeth Graham Weymouth on February 28, Alexander Lukashenko brought up Belarusian domestic policy, the December 19 presidential election and its consequences.
Would you mind if I ask you questions directly just as I ask other leaders?
It’s up to you, but sincerity and integrity are fundamental principles of relations that I appreciate.
Alexander Lukashenko: We are between two giants - the EU and Russia
The President of Belarus gave an interview to a journalist of the largest French newspaper "Le Figaro" on November 25.
The main topics of conversation: Belarus' relations with the EU and France, the Belarusian-Russian cooperation and Belarus’ foreign policy. The head of state spoke about the upcoming presidential election and gave discreet characteristics to some opposition candidates for this high post.
President Lukashenko to Polish media: Time of missed opportunities is in the past
For the first time in the history of Belarusian-Polish relations, the Belarus head of state talked with four major media outlets of a neighboring country.
Polish journalists from TV channels, radio stations, press agencies and the newspaper "Rzeczpospolita" came to Minsk to talk to the Belarus President.
Thus, the TVP channel is the most popular broadcaster in Poland. And the average circulation of the newspaper "Rzeczpospolita" exceeds 170,000 copies. One of the basic themes of the interview was the relationship between Belarus and Poland.
President Lukashenko: Belarus is interested in Eastern Partnership
Alexander Lukashenko noted that once everyone was talking about the economic initiative called Eastern Partnership very much. It was created for the active involvement of the EU's eastern neighbors into the European processes of economic and political character. However, there is more hope than reality now.
Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus:
President Lukashenko: Gas conflict with Russia is groundless
Alexander Lukashenko is confident that the Russian-Belarusian gas conflict has clearly political reasons.
Journalist Alex Doval representing Euronews asked the first question about the ongoing gas dispute. Alexander Lukashenko clearly outlined his position, noting that there was no reason for the conflict.