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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.
Belarus to adopt 2015 presidential election campaign schedule July 1 The CEC on July 1 will approve timetable and cost estimates for the 2015 presidential election campaign in Belarus. The voting will take place on October 11. This date on June 30 was determined at the final seventh session was the House of Representatives.  That moment, in fact, marked the beginning of the main political campaign of 2015 in Belarus. On July 1, the Central Commission will approve major decisions that will govern the first phase of the election campaign.

30.06.2015

David Rotman, director of the Center for Sociological and Political Studies of the Belarusian State University
2015 Belarus Presidential elections: more than 70% of electorate intends to vote Political scientists and sociologists on the eve of the presidential campaign are beginning to work more actively. For example, they carry out a lot of interviews and polls. According to one of them, more than 70% of voters intend to take part in the election.  Experts point out that this year the percentage of awareness is large: almost all respondents are aware of the coming political event.
Ahead of presidential elections in Belarus, MPs urged to work more effectively On the eve of the election campaign, the Council of the Republic and deputies of local councils need to work more efficiently, said speaker of the upper house of Parliament today, June 30, during the final meeting of the parliament's spring session. Before leaving on vacation, senators faced a busy job. They were to ratify approve more than two dozen bills.
2015 presidential election in Belarus: According to new rules
2015 presidential election in Belarus to be held according to new rules The presidential election in Belarus will be held October 11, 2015. Such a decision was adopted by the House of Representatives at the meeting of the seventh session.  According to head of the Central Election Committee Lidia Yermoshina, the date is justified. On the one hand, Belarusian parliament will not have to convene for an extraordinary session. On the other hand, in the case of the second round, the timeframe for the election of the President, set out in the Belarus constitution, will not be violated.
2015 presidential election in Belarus due on October 11 The presidential elections 2015 in Belarus will be held on October 11. The date was determined today by MPs of the National Assembly at the closing meeting of the seventh session of the Parliament. The Central Election Committee earlier proposed October 11, 2015 as a voting day instead of November 15, which had been considered the most likely date for the polling day. The initiative was supported by the head of state at a meeting on urgent domestic issues last week. 

29.06.2015

Belarus' President discusses situation at Ukrainian border with KBG chief
Belarus' President discusses situation at Ukrainian border with KBG chief On June 29, the Head of State met with Chairman of the Committee of State Security (KGB) Valery Vakulchik. The overall situation in the country is stable, and there are no threats that would require immediate actions. However, the meeting officials raised the question of national security, environment and the situation in the country and on its borders.
Alexander Lukashenko presents state awards on the eve of Independence Day The President of Belarus handed high state awards on June 29. Awards and honorary titles were given to 39 people. These are people of different ages and professions: the military, artists, workers and teachers from villages, machine builders and doctors, athletes and scientists. As always in Belarus, veterans occupy a special place on the list of awardees.
Informal meeting of Eastern Partnership foreign ministers to take place in Minsk June 29 The summit of Eastern Partnership will be held in Minsk on June 29. The capital of Belarus will host talks at the level of the foreign ministers of the member countries of the European initiative. This will be the fifth ministerial dialogue, this time informal. Therefore, there are no final documents or loud statements expected. On the agenda, there are prospects for further development of the EU project in the context of the fourth summit of Eastern Partnership. 
"Local skirmishes? This is real war!" Ordinary Ukrainians about crisis
"Local skirmishes? This is real war!" Ordinary Ukrainians about crisis During the conflict in the south-eastern Ukraine about 7,000 people have died. The sad figures were voiced by the United Nations. The situation in the country remains extremely tense. Residents of hotspots are forced to seek peace in other areas of their homeland or even abroad, including in Belarus.  Ukraine continues a general mobilization - its sixth wave is now underway. People are conscripted to protect the country regardless of age and personal desires. During the "undeclared war", "memory boards" with pictures of dead soldiers appeared in every city.

28.06.2015

Ecuadorian Amazon has been struggling with damage by US oil producers over 40 years
Ecuadorian Amazon has been struggling with damage by US oil producers over 40 years Yuri Koziyatko, host of "Picture of the World":From the capital Quito, we go into the jungle of the Amazon who are suffering from ecological disaster. The plane will take us to Lago Agrio province at the border with Colombia. We fly to the jungle where the American company Texaco (now Chevron) extracted crude oil and, according to the Government of Ecuador, in a barbaric way polluted the environment.
Ecuador President Rafael Correa gives interview to TV program "Picture of the World with Yuri Koziyatko"
Ecuador President Rafael Correa gives interview to TV program "Picture of the World with Yuri Koziyatko" The President has appointed a new ambassador to the Republic of Cuba. And from the same region of Latin America, three ambassadors presented credentials on the same day. They came to work in Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko stressed that Latin America is one of the centers of world economic growth and Belarus attaches special importance to cooperation with this region.
Alexander Lukashenko says 2015 presidential election should become exemplary The forthcoming presidential elections should become a model of democracy. President Lukashenko put it this way: "No one should be able to accuse us of any problems and issues." Natalia Breus has the story. The upcoming presidential election will be the fifth in the history of sovereign Belarus. This is the main political event of the year. And for the authorities, this is a real test.
Vitaly Busko, Belarus' MP
Belarus Parliament ratifies agreement on Kyrgyzstan's accession to EEU On June 25, Belarusian parliamentarians ratified the treaty of accession of Kyrgyzstan to the Eurasian Economic Union. The document was signed in May last year as part of the formation of the legal base of the Customs Union and Single Economic Space.  Now deputies are working to introduce a system of identification of goods produced in the territory of the association. In the near future, at the legislative level, there will be created a peculiar brand of "Made in the Eurasian Economic Union."

25.06.2015

Belarus President: We are not playing geopolitics; peaceful country is more important for us The President of Belarus has made a number of appointments. They affected some ministries, diplomatic missions, as well as local authorities. Andrei Kovkhuto was appointed head of the Ministry of Nature and Environment.  Igor Nazaruk will represent the country's interests in Armenia. Gennady Akhramovich is now the head of the diplomatic mission in Azerbaijan. Valery Kurdyukov will head the Belarusian embassy in the Czech Republic.
Alexander Lukashenko receives 11 new ambassadors, says 'Welcome back' to Sweden Belarus is ready to develop cooperation with countries around the globe, said President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with new foreign diplomats who will be working in Belarus.  11 ambassadors presented credentials to the President of Belarus at the Palace of Independence on June 25.  Belarus is connected with many countries thanks to large-scale projects. Their implementation may be an indicator of relations between states. For example, in Turkmenistan Belarus is building the Garlyk Mining Plant.
Belarus ready to take part in finding solution to Ukraine crisis in any format, foreign ministry says
Belarus ready to take part in finding solution to Ukraine crisis in any format, foreign ministry says Belarus is ready to participate in finding a solution to the situation in Ukraine in any desired format, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of our country on June 25.
Belarus President says Eurasian Economic Union significantly expands range of trade and economic cooperation
Belarus President says Eurasian Economic Union significantly expands range of trade and economic cooperation Belarus is ready to develop cooperation with countries from around the globe. This was stated by Alexander Lukashenko who addressed the new representatives of the foreign diplomatic corps in Belarus. 11 ambassadors handed credentials to the President at the Palace of Independence today. These are representatives of Argentina, Belgium, Benin, Brazil, Denmark, Jordan, Ireland, Kuwait, Turkmenistan, Uruguay and Sweden. Alexander Lukashenko has congratulated everyone on the beginning of the diplomatic mission and expressed confidence in fruitful collaboration.

24.06.2015

Belarusian, Russian MPs meeting in Grodno June 24 Belarusian and Russian members of parliament are meeting today in Grodno to discuss the implementation of joint projects, as well as the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory today.  The meeting is chaired by Russian MP, Chairman of the State Duma, Sergei Naryshkin. Taking part in the meeting are also representatives of ministries and departments of the two countries. The Russian delegation first met with Belarusian scientists. The patrticipants of talks at the Yanka Kupala University in Grodno focused on patriotic education of youth. 
Belarusian-Chinese military drills Swift Eagle 2015: Active phase begins
Belarusian-Chinese military drills Swift Eagle 2015: Active phase begins Storm of the captured buildings and release of hostages. The active phase of the joint Belarusian-Chinese military exercises Swift Eagle 2015 started near Brest. Special forces of the two countries work out the preparation and conduct of anti-terrorist operations. According to a legend, extremists took over gas-filling station personnel. Over 300 military are trying to neutralize the militants. The armed forces of Belarus and China conducted similar training in 2011 and 2012. These drills continue the strategic partnership between Belarus and China.
Normandy 4 foreign ministers urge Ukraine conflict parties to withdraw tanks by June 26 The foreign ministers of the Normandy 4 called on the parties of the Ukraine conflict to decide on withdrawal of tanks until June 26. This is stated in a communique issued after the talks in Paris. Last night foreign ministers of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine gathered at the negotiating table. The diplomats discussed the situation in the area of ​​the settlement Shirokino and the situation with the withdrawal of arms from the contact line. The ministerial meeting also touched upon the further implementation of the Minsk agreements.

23.06.2015

Alexander Lukashenko: Presidential elections in Belarus should be open, honest and calm
Alexander Lukashenko: Presidential elections in Belarus should be open, honest and calm The Presidential elections in Belarus should be prepared and conducted in an open, fair and peaceful way. The campaign will take place in accordance with national legislation and international obligations. Such a statement was made by President Alexander Lukashenko on June 23 at a meeting on topical domestic issues. The focus was on organizational issues of the upcoming electoral process. The Head of State made it clear that the 2015 presidential elections in Belarus will be like an exam that all of the authorities need to sit.
Subgroups tasked with resolving Ukraine crisis meet in Minsk The plenipotentiaries of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics met with the new special representative of the OSCE chairman on Ukraine Martin Sajdik during the session of the contact group to resolve the Ukraine crisis in Minsk. The previous meeting of the Tripartite Contact Group and its working subgroups was held in the Belarus capital last week. 
Alexander Lukashenko: Even the slightest destabilization in Belarus must not be allowed
Alexander Lukashenko: Even the slightest destabilization in Belarus must not be allowed The presidential elections in Belarus will be open, honest, quiet, and in accordance with the law. This was stated by Alexander Lukashenko on June 23 at the meeting to discuss preparations for the forthcoming election campaign and other pressing domestic issues. The CEC offers to hold elections on October 11. The appointment of the election date will be considered by the Parliament in a week at the final meeting of the seventh session. The head of state noted the upcoming elections will be a test for all authorities.   
Tomislav Nikolic, Serbian president
Serbian president Tomislav Nikolic set to visit Belarus in late October Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic plans to visit Belarus in late October, said deputy Serbian Parliament, Honorary Consul of Belarus in Belgrade Dragomir Karic on June 22.
Belarus President: Peace and stability are more important than any election campaigns
Belarus President: Peace and stability are more important than any election campaigns Exactly a week later Belarus will find out the date of the 2015 presidential elections in Belarus. It will be decided by the deputies of the National Assembly on June 30 the final meeting of the seventh session of the Parliament. Today, on June 23, President Lukashenko held a meeting on topical domestic issues.
Ukraine contact group to gather in Minsk June 23
Ukraine contact group to gather in Minsk June 23 Today Minsk will become a platform for another attempt to resolve the Ukrainian crisis: the meeting of the Tripartite Contact Group will take place in the Belarusian capital.  The talks will focus on the old problems but there will be some new delegates. Taking part in the meeting will be new representative of the OSCE Austrian diplomat Martin Sajdik.  He is characterized as a very experienced diplomat with a broad range of knowledge. He will replace retired Heidi Tagliavini. 

22.06.2015

Swift Eagle 2015: Belarus and China conduct joint military drills near Brest
Swift Eagle 2015: Belarus and China conduct joint military drills near Brest Swift Eagle 2015. Belarus and China have begun joint military exercises. Near Brest, special forces of the two countries are working out preparation and conduct of anti-terrorist operations. Vadim Denisenko, commander of special operations forces of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus:This is the third consecutive joint Belarusian-Chinese training. We will practice night shooting of a joint unit, joint night landing and further transition to combat operations before the dawn when we begin to eliminate illegal armed groups. 

21.06.2015

President Alexander Lukashenko and Kirill (Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia)
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus will do its utmost to stop the fratricidal war in Ukraine On June 20 Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill visited Belarus. The current visit - the fourth one - took place on the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory in WWII. Moreover, it coincides with a significant date for the whole of the Soviet people - June 22 - the day when the Great Patriotic War began.  The theme of war and peace has become a major one during the Patriarch's meeting with President Alexander Lukashenko. The situation in neighboring Ukraine does not leave anyone indifferent.  
Alexander Lukashenko awards Nursultan Nazarbayev Order of Friendship of Peoples
Alexander Lukashenko awards Nursultan Nazarbayev Order of Friendship of Peoples Alexander Lukashenko has awarded Nursultan Nazarbayev the Order of Friendship of Peoples for his significant personal contribution to the development of friendly relations and cooperation between Belarus and Kazakhstan. The corresponding decree was signed by the head of state on June 19.

18.06.2015

Ecuador President Rafael Correa gives exclusive interview to TV program Picture of the World with Yuri Koziyatko
Ecuador President Rafael Correa gives exclusive interview to TV program Picture of the World with Yuri Koziyatko The meeting took place in the Yellow Hall of the Palace of Carondelet in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Rafael Correa was given a present - a shirt with Belarusian national ornament - the so-called vyshyvanka (English: embroidery).  Perhaps the President of Ecuador will put it on at an informal setting during the next meeting with the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, said the host of the program.
Bealrus' Foreign Minister: Guinea wants to develop relations with Belarus
Belarus' Foreign Minister: Guinea wants to develop relations with Belarus The Republic of Guinea has a desire to develop relations with Belarus, said Belarus Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei.  The foreign ministries of the two countries on June 18 signed an agreement on regular diplomatic consultations between the Foreign Ministries of Belarus and Guinea.  This is the first document that will be the basis for the formation of the legal framework between the countries.

17.06.2015

Belarus, Kazakhstan sign interparliamentary cooperation agreement
Belarus, Kazakhstan sign interparliamentary cooperation agreement The parliaments of Belarus and Kazakhstan would like to develop relations between the two countries. Today, on June 17, an agreement on cooperation between the two lower chambers was signed in Astana. It will enable closer cooperation in the political, trade and economic fields as well as improve the legal framework and regional cooperation.
Belarus sees additional risks in concentration of NATO forces near country's borders Belarus sees more risk in connection with the placement of more NATO troops at its borders, including troops equipped with heavy weapons, said Belarusian Defense Minister, Lieutenant-General Andrei Ravkov in an interview with TASS. "Along with the strengthening of the aviation component of NATO member states in the Baltics and Poland, which protect air space, the alliance consistently sends additional troops to areas near the borders of the Republic of Belarus. They have heavy weapons," said the head of the defense department.
Belarus Premier Andrei Kobyakov
Belarus ready for full-fledged dialogue with the EU, premier says Belarus is ready for the resumption of full-fledged dialogue with Germany and the EU, said Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov, reports the press service of the government.

16.06.2015

Ukraine contact group complete another meeting in Minsk June 16
Ukraine contact group complete another meeting in Minsk June 16 On June 16, Minsk hosted a meeting of the three sub-groups of the contact group tasked with resolving the Ukraine crisis. The groups dealt with political, humanitarian and security issues. The discussions were behind closed doors.  Also, the talks of the tripartite contact group, which features representatives of the breakaway Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics, ended several hours ago.
Alexander Lukashenko thanks China for support in weapons testing
Alexander Lukashenko thanks China for support in weapons testing The Belarus President met today with the Chairman of the State Military Industrial Committee of Belarus to discuss the tense situation in the region. Sergei Gurulev spoke about the development of the defense sector of the country and the execution of the instructions of the President.  Alexander Lukashenko noted that he had earlier instructed the defense industry to primarily equip the national army with the latest weaponry.
OSCE appreciates Belarus' role in settlement of Ukrainian conflict
OSCE appreciates Belarus' role in settlement of Ukrainian conflict The OSCE appreciates the role of Belarus in the settlement of the Ukrainian conflict. Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Lamberto Zannier said this meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei in Minsk.  The two sides held talks on cooperation of our country and the organization. The sides exchanged views on issues of European security. The settlement of the situation in Ukraine and Belarus' contribution to this process were among the topic issues.
Belarus to liquidate stocks of liquid rocket fuel components with OSCE assistance The defense ministry of Belarus held talks with OSCE representatives on joint projects on June 16. Minister Andrei Ravkov and OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier agreed on the elimination of stocks of liquid rocket fuel components.  They will be destroyed outside Belarus with the financial and technical support from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. 
NATO increases activity near Belarus borders, we have to react, Belarus defense minister says Alexander Lukashenko met with Defense Minister of Belarus Andrei Ravkov on June 15. The officials discussed the state of affairs in the Armed Forces. The army, according to the President, is bound to be strong today. The military must be ready to respond to modern challenges. The Defense Minister reported about the ongoing modernization of the Belarusian army. He also reviewed the latest missile tests and other systems created to protect the territory of Belarus. The report also touched upon army sport and personnel policy in the armed forces.
Alexander Lukashenko: Ukrainian crisis shows need for strengthening of OSCE role
Alexander Lukashenko: Ukrainian crisis shows OSCE role should be strengthened Belarus is in favor of strengthening the OSCE's role. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said this at a meeting with Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Lamberto Zannier. These days he is on a visit in Minsk together with Michael Georg Link, Director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.
Belarus President: OSCE will be able to appoint any monitors for 2015 presidential elections
Belarus says any OSCE monitors welcome for 2015 presidential election observation President Alexander Lukashenko met on June 16 with the Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Lamberto Zannier to discuss the main political event of the year in Belarus - the presidential election. According to Alexander Lukashenko, the OSCE will be able to send to Belarus any monitors it deems necessary.
OSCE election monitoring mission may arrive in Belarus in July
OSCE election monitoring mission may arrive in Belarus in July An OSCE mission tasked with election monitoring in Belarus may come to the country in the second half of July, said the head of the Central Election Commission of Belarus at a meeting with the Director of the OSCE ODIHR Michael Georg Link. Lidia Yermoshina noted that during the talks, the sides touched on the working aspects related to future elections.
Belarus President says open for deeper dialogue with Germany
Belarus President says open for deeper dialogue with Germany Relations between Belarus and Germany can deepen cooperation. This was stated by Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with the German ambassador. Wolfram Maas ends his diplomatic mission in our country. In the near future we can expect progress in bilateral relations. And the fact of the meeting is a good signal. By the way, in February German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Minsk to attend the meeting of the "Normandy 4." Alexander Lukashenko stressed that Belarus considers Germany among the main foreign partners.
Lamberto Zannier, OSCE Secretary General
Contact group meeting on Ukraine underway in Minsk June 16 Minsk will host on June 16 the next round of talks to resolve the Ukrainian conflict. This was announced by the Secretary General of the OSCE. Now Lamberto Zannier is visiting Belarus. According to him, today our capital is to host contact group discussions, as well as meetings of the three working sub-groups: on security, political and humanitarian issues.

15.06.2015

Afghanistan president calls Alexander Lukashenko
Afghanistan president calls Alexander Lukashenko On June 15, Alexander Lukashenko invited the Afghan president to visit Belarus. In a telephone conversation, initiated by the Afghan side, the heads of state discussed the situation in the Central Asian region. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said his country had successfully opposed a regular manifestations of terrorism.  The parties agreed that the fight against this scourge is a common task of the entire international community and that joint efforts are required to defeat terrorism. 
Defense Minister reports to Alexander Lukashenko on modernization of Belarusian army
Defense Minister reports to Alexander Lukashenko on modernization of Belarusian army Alexander Lukashenko met with Defence Minister of Belarus Andrei Ravkov. The officials discussed the state of affairs in the Armed Forces.  The army, according to the President, is bound to be strong today. The military must be ready to respond to modern challenges. The Defense Minister reported about the ongoing modernization of the Belarusian army. He and also spoke about the latest missile tests and other systems that are created to protect the territory of our state. The report also touched army sport and personnel policy in the armed forces.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus-Germany relations could be deeper
Alexander Lukashenko for deeper Belarus-Germany relations Relations between Belarus and Germany may be deeper. This was stated by President Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with the German ambassador. Wolfram Maas completes his diplomatic mission in the republic. He has remained in office for nearly four years. The sides expressed confidence that in the near future progress in bilateral relations can be expected. The Belarusian President, communicating with the diplomat, remarked that the country is always ready for dialogue.
Parliament to determine 2015 Belarus presidential election date June 30
Parliament to determine 2015 Belarus presidential election day June 30 The Central Election Commission of Belarus suggested that the 2015 Belarusian presidential elections be held October 11. This matter was discussed at a working meeting of Alexander Lukashenko with chairwoman of the Central Election Commission Lidia Yermoshina. Now the possible election date will be brought before parliament. They will appoint the election day.

14.06.2015

Belarus-Austria: non-obvious parallels between Minsk and Vienna
Belarus-Austria: non-obvious parallels between Minsk and Vienna Austria has invested a lot of money in Belarus and believes that the business climate here is very good and that our countries are very similar. Our special correspondent Jana Shipko checked this out. Vienna is associated not only with beautiful architecture, classical music and apple strudel. But even with such old so-called "taxis" - fiacres. These horse-drawn carriages now carry only tourists but 350 years ago this fiacre was a prototype of the service "sober driver".
New era in cooperation between Belarus-Serbia
New era in cooperation between Belarus-Serbia Minsk welcomed important guests this week. For the first time Belarus was visited by the head of the Serbian Parliament. That country is special, and the President of Belarus always speaks with warmth about it. Mr Lukashenko supported Serbia in the most difficult times, including during the war.  I also had occasion to be in the pre-war Serbia. I was also there when NATO was bombing the country and after that. Frankly, Serbs always treated Belarusians as brothers. Alexey Adashkin and Olga Petrashevskaya report from Serbia.
Alexander Lukashenko meets Azerbaijan president Ilham Aliyev
Alexander Lukashenko meets Azerbaijan president Ilham Aliyev The developments in Azerbaijan are followed by millions of Europeans. Baku hosted on June 12 a spectacular opening ceremony marking the beginning of the first ever European games. The competition will be attended by about fifty countries. One of the largest delegations is the national team of Belarus. The presidents of Belarus and Azerbaijan met on June 12 and the Games was one of the topics on the agenda. The heads of state were also in the stands of the National Stadium in Baku.

11.06.2015

Belarus' Foreign Ministry: Nothing surprising in prolongation of USA's sanctions The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus sees no point in criticizing the decision of US President Barack Obama to extend for a year the sanctions against Belarusian officials, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, Dmitry Mironchik, said at a briefing in Minsk on June 11.
OSCE Secretary General, ODIHR Director to visit Belarus June 15, 16
OSCE Secretary General, ODIHR Director to visit Belarus June 15, 16 The OSCE Secretary General and the Director of the ODIHR will visit Belarus June 15 and 16. This was reported on June 11 by the Foreign Minister of our country. During the visit, there will be held a series of meetings, including at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The officials will discuss the situation in the region and cooperation between Belarus and the OSCE.
Alexander Lukashenko to go on three-day working visit to Azerbaijan on June 11
Alexander Lukashenko to go on three-day working visit to Azerbaijan on June 11 President of Belarus on June 11 went on a three-day working visit to Azerbaijan. His plane arrived at Heydar Aliyev International Airport about an hour ago. Alexander Lukashenko will hold several bilateral meetings and visit sports facilities in Baku. The head of state will take part in the official opening ceremony of the first European Games. The ceremony will be held on June 12 at the Baku national stadium. The ceremony is set to be attended by heads of state from about 30 countries. 

10.06.2015

Alexander Surikov: The world appreciates organizational role of Belarus in resolving Ukraine conflict The settlement of the conflict in Ukraine and Belarus and the role in this process was discussed on June 10 in Minsk. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Belarus Alexander Surikov noted that the world highly appreciates the organizational role of Belarus. More than once, our country became a platform for peace initiatives. It is in the capital of Belarus where the Normandy 4 talks were held.

09.06.2015

Alexander Lukashenko promises timely and honest presidential elections
Alexander Lukashenko promises timely and honest presidential elections The Central Election Commission of Belarus suggested that the 2015 Belarusian presidential elections be held October 11. This matter was discussed at a working meeting of Alexander Lukashenko with chairwoman of the Central Election Commission Lidia Yermoshina. Now the possible election date will be brought before parliament. They will appoint the election day. During the meeting, the sides also discussed the international commitments of Belarus during the presidential campaign. 
2015 Belarus' presidential elections may be held October 11
2015 Belarus' presidential elections may be held October 11 The Central Election Commission of Belarus proposes to hold the 2015 presidential elections in Belarus on October 11.  This was announced on June 9 during a meeting of Head of State Alexander Lukashenko with chairwoman of the Central Election Commission Lydia Yermoshina. Earlier plans had been made to hold the elections on November 15.
Vladimir Makei: Belarus intends to obtain observer status in Shanghai Cooperation Organisation
Vladimir Makei: Belarus intends to obtain observer status in Shanghai Cooperation Organisation The importance of strengthening the strategic partnership between Belarus and Russia was discussed on June 8 in Moscow by the foreign ministers of the two countries. The Belarusian and Russian foreign ministers discussed the main directions of development of Belarusian-Russian relations, as well as cooperation to further promote the integration process in the Eurasian Economic Union and cooperation in the international arena.
Maja Gojkovic and Mikhail Myasnikovich
Maja Gojkovic's visit to open new stage in Belarus-Serbia interparliamentary relations The visit of Maya Gojkovic will open a new stage in the development of relations between the parliaments of Belarus and Serbia. This opinion was expressed on June 9 at a meeting of Belarusian and Serbian MPs at the Council of the Republic, the upper chamber of the Belarusian parliament.  The legislators of the two states can work out the contractual framework to strengthen cooperation.
Alexander Lukashenko hopes for Serbia President's visit to Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko hopes for Serbia President's visit to Belarus Alexander Lukashenko hopes for the visit of the President of Serbia to Belarus. He said about this on June 9 meeting with the Chairwoman of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia Maja Gojkovic.  Traditionally friendly Belarusian-Serbian relations will be further strengthened, said the President.

08.06.2015

EU Council delegation visiting Belarus
EU Council delegation visiting Belarus A delegation of the working group of the Council of the European Union are on a visit in Minsk on June 8.  This is the expert body tasked with consideration of all aspects of bilateral relations of the EU with the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. 
Belarus, Croatia ink intergovernmental agreement on economic cooperation June 8 An agreement between the Governments of Belarus and Croatia on economic cooperation was signed on June 8 in Minsk. The Belarusian capital on June 8 hosted political consultations between the Foreign Ministries of the two countries. They discussed bilateral cooperation, including the current state of and prospects for the political dialogue.  Another topic of conversation was cooperation between Belarus and Croatia in international organizations, as well as relations with the European Union.
Belarus President's visit to Pakistan
Belarus President's visit to Pakistan. Review by TV program Picture of the World with Yuri Koziyatko President Lukashenko spent two days on an official visit in Pakistan, which ended on May 29. This is a major country in South Asia. The sixth most populous country in the world and the second most populous Muslim country (after Indonesia). This another meeting of Mr Lukashenko with an Asian leader in a series of visits, which also involves India and China. This policy aims to boost export of Belarusian goods to foreign investors. Our special correspondent Natalia Breus reports.
Indian President's photos from Belarus now on Twitter
Indian President's and German Chancellor's photos from Belarus now on Twitter, Instagram Indian President's and German Chancellor's photos from Belarus now on Twitter, Instagram The President of India posted on his Twitter a photo of his official visit to Belarus. Pranab Mukherjee has published 45 photographs taken in Minsk. They depict formal negotiations and informal communication with President Alexander Lukashenko, the business forum and the opening of a bust of Gandhi at the Belarusian State University. Angela Merkel's social activity has also been connected with Belarus last week. 
Pranab Mukherjee and Alexander Lukashenko meeting in Minsk
Where does Minsk-New Dehli roadmap lead? Belarus is becoming attractive to the largest countries of the world. In less than six months of 2015, Minsk was visited by the firsts persons of France, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, China, and India.  The last two countries are the most populous in the world. In total, India and China make up a third of the world's population (if not more). In relations with such countries, both economy and politics are equally important.

03.06.2015

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus' isolation hopeless thanks to cooperation with countries like India
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus' isolation impossible thanks to cooperation with countries like India The attempts to isolate Belarus will always be hopeless as long as we maintain relations with such giants as India, said Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on 3 June. The politicians held talks in narrow format. Alexander Lukashenko emphasized the importance of today's meeting. The Head of State noted that the countries have all possibilities for strengthening trade and economic relations.
Heidi Tagliavini, OSCE special representative
Results of tripartite contact group session on Ukraine in Minsk The OSCE-Russia-Ukraine contact group gathered again at President Hotel to resume talks on Ukraine. The major purpose of the session was to bring intermediate results in resolving the situation in Ukraine. The demilitarization of the Russia-Ukraine border, humanitarian aid to Donbass residents, and the prisoner exchange were discussed. The negotiations of four subgroups continued for over six hours. The first official comment was given by OSCE special representative Heidi Tagliavini.

28.05.2015

Alexander Lukashenko arrives in Pakistan on official visit President of Belarus is on an official visit in Pakistan. The board number 1 successfully landed at the airport in Islamabad. The Head of State was met by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The first visit of Alexander Lukashenko to that country includes a series of key meetings. May 28 he will hold talks with Pakistani President Mamnuna Hussein.
Retired NBA players-turned-politicans arrive in Minsk The development of Belarusian-American relations through sport. On May 28 Minsk was visited by ex-players of the NBA. Former athletes are now engaged in big politics. The delegation includes representatives of the Congress as well as American journalists. On May 28, they commemorated the victims of the Great Patriotic War (part of WWII) in Minsk. During the visit, they held a number of official meetings with Belarusian parliamentarians and diplomats.
Belarus interested in maintaining full partnership with the United States
Belarus interested in maintaining full partnership with the United States Belarus is interested in maintaining a full partnership with the United States. This was said on May 28 at a meeting of the Council of the Republic Chairman Mikhail Myasnikovich with a US delegation. It included representatives of the US Congress, the fund "Spiritual Diplomacy" and ex-players of the National Basketball Association. Mikhail Myasnikovich noted a fruitful parliamentary dialogue established between the two countries. In the future, the sides need to develop trade and economic cooperation.

27.05.2015

Vladimir Makei, foreign minister of Belarus
Minsk, Washington working to resume normal operation of embassies Minsk and Washington are working to resume the normal operation of the Belarusian Embassy in the United States and that of the United States in Belarus, said Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei told the newspaper "Washington Post". The interview was given on May 19 and published on the newspaper's website on May 26. 
Nordic Council discussing nuclear safety cooperation with Belarus Heads of regulatory authorities in the field of nuclear and radiation safety of the participants of the Nordic Council (Norway, Finland and Sweden) are visiting Belarus from 27 to 29 May to meet with experts from the relevant area. 
Upper chambers of Belarusian, Indonesian parliaments sign joint statement on cooperation
Upper chambers of Belarusian, Indonesian parliaments sign joint statement on cooperation Upper chambers of Belarusian, Indonesian parliaments sign joint statement on cooperation On May 26, the upper chambers of the Belarusian and Indonesian parliaments signed a joint statement on cooperation. This is a document that includes the agreements reached during the visit of the Indonesian delegation to Belarus. The sides agreed to deepen cooperation in trade, investment sector and interregional cooperation.
Belarus, Pakistan establish business council The Belarusian delegation continued work in Pakistan on May 26 at the business forum. Belarus and Pakistan had agreed on contracts worth more than $40 million. A number of domestic enterprises signed 12 trade agreements with the South Asian country. Recently, Belarus has supplied to the South Asian country over 30,000 tractors. And this is not the limit for the machine builders.

26.05.2015

Natalia Eismont, Presidential press secretary
Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Pakistan rescheduled for May 28-29 The business and investment forum will continue in Pakistan on May 26. The Belarusian side is represented by 25 companies. These are mainly oil refining, agriculture and engineering enterprises. For many participants, the first day of the specialized exhibition was successful. On the eve, the sides signed 12 documents.

25.05.2015

Alexander Lukashenko meets with Chairman of Indonesia's Regional Representative Council
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Chairman of Indonesia's Regional Representative Council Belarus and Indonesia intend to increase trade turnover to $1 billion by 2018. The matter was discussed at the meeting of the Belarus President with the Speaker of the Council of Regional Representatives Irman Gusman. According to Alexander Lukashenko special attention should be given to inter-regional cooperation.  In the near future, an embassy of Indonesia will open in Minsk.
Why did Belarus sign Riga EaP summit declaration with reservation?
Why did Belarus sign Riga EaP summit declaration with reservation? Belarusian delegation in Riga was numerous - about 30 people. In addition to politics, Belarus is interested in economic cooperation with the EU.  The National Library of Latvia, "Castle of Light", as it's also called, was literally besieged from the ground and air. The sea route was also heavily patrolled. The ordinary inhabitants of Riga apparently did not appreciate these security measures but these were the requirements put by the summit. It was attended by about three dozen official delegations and about a thousand journalists.
Indian President to travel to Belarus June 2 for three-day visit
Indian President to travel to Belarus June 2 for three-day visit The India President intends to travel to Minsk with on three-day visit. The Indian embassy in Belarus told the CTV channel that Pranab Mukherjee arrives on June 2. In April 2015, during a visit to India, Belarus Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei held cooperation talks with the leadership of major Indian companies.  Belarus would like to supply to India heavy trucks and agricultural and automotive engineering. In addition, the sides discussed the creation of joint ventures.
Indonesian parliamentary delegation
Indonesia parliamentary delegation on official visit in Minsk May 25 The Indonesian parliamentary delegation is headed by the speaker of the Council of Regional Representatives Irman Gusman. The guests began the trip with commemorative events - laying a wreath at the monument in Victory Square. This is a traditional ritual for foreign delegations. The visit of the parliamentary delegation from Indonesia will last few days. The program includes talks, including with Belarusian colleagues, as well as visits to several companies.  The guests are particularly interested in Belarus' industrial giants - MAZ and MTZ.
Belarus-China relations: politics or economy? Expert opinions in talk show What's Going On?
Belarus-China relations: politics or economy? Expert opinions in talk show What's Going On? What can we say today about the relationship between Belarus and China? What is China today? Are relations between Belarus and China's most profitable in terms of politics or economy? In mid-May, Xi Jinping, Chinese President, made a historic visit to Belarus to sign a large package of documents. Experts estimate it at $18 billion. That will this strategic partnership give us? Over the past 30 years, China has made a great leap forward in its development. This is the result of politics and transparency. What is the secret, Mr Kovalev?

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