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18.06.2015

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?

24.05.2015

Pakistan's flag
Alexander Lukashenko to pay official visit to Pakistan May 26-27 As it became known on May 22, Alexander Lukashenko will pay an official visit to Pakistan on May 26-27.  The Head of State will hold talks, including with President Mamnoon Hussain. During the visit, Belarus and Pakistan are going to sign several bilateral documents.
Belarus does not want to be against anyone in Eastern Partnership Let us begin with the European theme. The Belarusian duo Uzari and Maimuna did not reach the final of Eurovision. Not everything is so simple on the big stage. However, neither it is in politics. Many countries in the near future will not get into the EU since the summit of the Eastern Partnership in Riga bypassed the topic of EU enlargement. Visa exemptions for Georgia and Ukraine, have been postponed too.
Alexander Lukashenko speaking at the conference of trade unions of Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus wants to be source of peace, which is essence of our politics Belarus needs to preserve labor groups no matter what it takes. This was said on May 22 by the President of Belarus at the 7th Congress of the Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus. A large-scale forum started several days ago in Belarus. Delegates from across the country and abroad came to the Belarusian capital. All in all, more than five hundred people. Today the Federation of Trade Unions unites almost three dozen trade unions, plus six regional and the Minsk association.
Belarus signs Eastern Partnership's Riga declaration with reservations
Belarus signs Eastern Partnership's Riga declaration with reservations 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.
President Hotel in Minsk
Ukraine crisis subgroups continue gathering in Belarus' Minsk Ukrainian and other international experts and politicians discussed in Minsk ways of resolving the Ukrainian crisis. The tripartite contact group gathered this week at President Hotel to review the work of special subgroups tasked with addressing specific issues of peace settlement of Ukrainian crisis. A few hours before, the same hotel hosted a session of the working sub-group on political issues. It was held behind closed doors.

21.05.2015

Khin Aung Myint
Myanmar, Belarus to joinly assemble agricultural equipment Belarus and Myanmar are interested in mutual expansion of political contacts and trade-economic spheres. Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, said this on May 21 at a meeting with Khin Aung Myint, chairman of the Chamber of the National Assembly of the Union of Myanmar. By the way, the bilateral trade between the countries is gradually rising, but last year it amounted to $11 million. Negotiations are underway to increase this figure.
Belarus taking part in Eastern Partnership summit in Riga
Belarus taking part in Eastern Partnership summit in Riga Ways of interaction between post-Soviet countries with the EU and the simplification of the visa regime will be discussed at the Eastern Partnership summit. It opened in Riga on May 21. Leaders of 28 EU countries and representatives of the EaP program came to the Latvian capital. The latter are Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Azerbaijan and Armenia. Our country will be represented by Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei.

20.05.2015

Vladimir Makei, foreign minister of Belarus
Vladimir Makei to represent Belarus at Eastern Partnership summit in Riga Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei will represent Belarus at the summit of the Eastern Partnership Initiative in Riga. The Foreign Minister will travel to Riga in accordance with the decision of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. The Riga summit of the Eastern Partnership will begin May 21 and is set to last two days. It will be attended by top leaders of the European Union.

19.05.2015

Toni Frisch, head of the sub-group on humanitarian issues contact group in Ukraine
Sub-groups on humanitarian issues, security in Donbass gather in Minsk May 19 Officials in Minsk are again seeking for ways to resolve the Ukraine crisis on May 19. Minsk is hosting negotiations of two sub-groups of the Ukraine contact group - on security and humanitarian issues. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of our country, Belarus, as before, is ready to host all participants of the negotiation process. The meeting of the two working groups of the contact group began at 2 pm and is being held behind closed doors. The talks attended by representatives of the OSCE, official Kiev and Russia.
Alexander Radkov
Alexander Radkov retires as Assistant of Belarus President for health reasons Alexander Radkov has been relieved of the post of Assistant of the President of Belarus for health reasons. The corresponding decree was signed by the Belarusian head of state.
Donbass security sub-group to gather in Minsk May 19 Officials in Minsk are again seeking for ways to resolve the Ukraine crisis on May 19. Minsk is hosting negotiations of two sub-groups of the Ukraine contact group - on security and humanitarian issues. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of our country, Belarus, as before, is ready to host all participants of the negotiation process. The meeting of the two working groups of the contact group began at 2 pm and is being held behind closed doors. The talks attended by representatives of the OSCE, official Kiev and Russia.

18.05.2015

Dmitry Mironchik, Belarus' foreign ministry spokesman
Belarus for pragmatic dialogue in relations with Sweden The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus is counting on a pragmatic dialogue on a new stage of Belarusian-Swedish relations. Press-secretary of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry Dmitry Mironchik said this to the news agency BelTA.
Why does China need Belarus? Results of Xi Jinping's state visit
Why is China interested in Belarus? Xi Jinping's state visit review The most significant foreign policy event of the week was Xi Jinping's state visit to Belarus. The head of China spent three days in Minsk. And these three days are likely to be decisive in the relations between the two countries in the coming years, and perhaps decades. After all, as Xi Jinping confessed, here and now, there has started a new era in the Belarusian-Chinese relations.

17.05.2015

Xi Jinping's state visit to Belarus: Expert commentary in TV program "Picture of the World with Yuri Koziyatko"
Xi Jinping's state visit to Belarus: Expert commentary in TV program "Picture of the World with Yuri Koziyatko" The new "Silk Road" will pass through Belarus. This topic was discussed among numerous others last week during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Minsk.

14.05.2015

Belarusian paratroopers go to Tajikistan to partake in CSTO joint drills
Belarusian paratroopers go to Tajikistan to partake in CSTO joint drills Belarusian paratroopers have departed for Tajikistan. A special division from Vitebsk will take part in the combat readiness checkup of the troops of the Collective Rapid Reaction Forces of the CSTO member states. Belarus will allocate about 100 troops and 15 vehicles of the Armed Forces for the joint exercises. Spot checks of the readiness of the CSTO CRRF began on Tuesday. Taking part in it are troops from Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan.
November 15 named most likely date for 2015 presidential elections in Belarus
November 15 named most likely date for 2015 presidential elections in Belarus Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Belarus Lidia Yermoshina called November 15 the most likely date for the presidential elections. The final date will be announced in mid-August. On May 14, the CEC discussed the upcoming campaign. For the election, two textbooks are being prepared for the territorial district commissions.
Economic subgroup on Ukraine discusses restoration of banking system and infrastructure in Donbass
Economic subgroup on Ukraine discusses restoration of banking system and infrastructure in Donbass The economic subgroup on Ukraine discussed the restoration of the banking system and infrastructure in the Donbas during a meeting in Minsk. This was said on May 14 by coordinator and representative of the OSCE Thomas Mirow. The meeting was attended by representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk It is planned that in the near future, there will be meetings of subgroups for a political settlement of the conflict, as well as the security and humanitarian issues.
Minsk hosting session of Ukraine economy contact subgroup
Minsk hosting session of Ukraine economy contact subgroup On May 14 Minsk is hosting a meeting of the subgroup on economy of the contact group on Ukraine. This information was confirmed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus. The meeting was attended by representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the breakaway Luhansk and Donetsk breakaway rebpublics. The work is coordinated by OSCE representative in the subgroups Thomas Mirow. It is planned that the main issue on the agenda will be the resumption of the work of the banking system and the system of social benefits in the Donbas.
Chinese media coverage of Xi Jinping visit to Belarus Chinese media coverage of Xi Jinping visit to Belarus The visit of the PRC president to Belarus is one of the most discussed topics in the world press. Headlines of the fresh Chinese newspapers were devoted to the Minsk negotiations. News bulletins on the leading Chinese TV channels started with this topic.

13.05.2015

Mikhail Myasnikovich: Belarus learns a lot from Chinese partners
Mikhail Myasnikovich: Belarus learns a lot from Chinese partners On May 11, Chinese president Xi Jinping met with heads of the upper and lower chambers of the Belarusian parliament.  During the dialogue, head of the upper chamber Mikhail Myasnikovich noted that Belarus considers this state visit of the Chinese delegation headed by Xi Jinping as a historic and highly successful. The documents signed on the first day of Xi Jinping's stay in Belarus mark the new stage of Belarus-China relations. 
Alexander Lukashenko: Visit of Xi Jinping is a great sign for Belarus and we should use it
Alexander Lukashenko: Xi Jinping's visit is a great sign for Belarus and we should use it Interaction between regions and enterprises should become a driving force of cooperation between China and Belarus, said Alexander Lukashenko during the opening of China-Belarus interregional business forum on 11 May. The event of such a level took place in Belarus for the first time. Representatives of more than 160 Chinese enterprises came to Belarus. The China-Belarus Industrial Park is going to be a great ground for cooperation. Chinese businessmen are interested in Belarusian corn and its seeds. Distant-relative seeds are the best genetic material.
UN bashes USA's attitude to human rights The UN has criticized the attitude to human rights in the United States. The organization, in particular, drew attention to police's brutality, the rise of racism and xenophobia in the country against the backdrop of events in Ferguson, Baltimore, and other American cities where civilian protests were suppressed in quite a tough manner.

12.05.2015

President Xi Jinping ends state visit to Belarus It became known that almost an hour ago, the state visit of President Xi Jinping to Belarus ended. The plane with the Chinese leader departed from National Airport Minsk.   Alexander Lukashenko sees off Xi Jinping on the plane Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Makei

11.05.2015

Chinese President Xi Jinping lays wreath at Victory Monument in Minsk May 11
Chinese President Xi Jinping lays wreath at Victory Monument in Minsk May 11 On May 11, Chinese President Xi Jinping laid a wreath at the Victory Monument in Minsk. The solemn ceremony was accompanied by the honor guard of the Armed Forces of Belarus. From Victory Square, the head of China went to the Belarusian State Museum of the Great Patriotic War.
Xi Jinpings' visit to Belarus: new era in Belarusian-Chinese strategic partnership
Xi Jinping's visit to Belarus: new era in Belarusian-Chinese strategic partnership On May 10, one of the most influential people in the world (as it is often called in the American media) - Chinese President Xi Jinping - paid a state visit to Belarus. In Minsk, the Palace of Independence hosted official talks between Alexander Lukashenko and Xi Jinping.

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.

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