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10.03.2015

Yaqub Eyyubov and Alexander Lukashenko
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is ready to cooperate with Azerbaijan in all fields Belarus is ready to create joint ventures in Azerbaijan and open for investments. The prospects of bilateral cooperation on March 10 were discussed by President Alexander Lukashenko and First Deputy Prime Minister of the Azerbaijani Republic Yaqub Eyyubov. Currently, Belarus and Azerbaijan are strategic partners. The countries are engaged in a fruitful political and trade and economic dialogue. Over the past year, turnover increased by about 14% and exceeded $330 million.

09.03.2015

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

08.03.2015

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

05.03.2015

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

03.03.2015

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

01.03.2015

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

26.02.2015

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

25.02.2015

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

24.02.2015

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

23.02.2015

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

22.02.2015

Belarus' Foreign Minister: We do not aim to get dividends for our stance on Ukraine Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics arrived in Minsk and met with his Belarusian counterpart Vladimir Makei. The Latvian Foreign Minister emphasized the role of Belarus in resolving the conflict in Ukraine. As stressed by Mr Rinkevics, the position of the Belarus government in this area has a positive effect on the normalization of relations with the European Union.
Ukraine marks Euromaidan anniversary
Ukraine marks Euromaidan anniversary The Battle of Debaltseve caused moral and political damage to the official Kiev. Is it accidental that it all coincided with the anniversary of the bloody Maidan? Journalist Oksana Viter reporting from Kiev. Oksana Viter, correspondent:    These days floodlights in Maidan cut through the evening sky over Kiev. Each of them is set at the point where a year ago a protester was killed. There are about 100 such light poles.
Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan may hold early presidential elections Kazakh MPs appealed to Kazakhstan's head of state Nursultan Nazarbayev to call for an early election of the President. Senators supported the idea. There has been no decision from the Head of State yet. As noted by the initiative group, such a move will avoid the coincidence in time of the presidential and parliamentary elections.
Debaltseve
After Debaltseve: Truce or just a break? Debaltseve! This the name of the village in Ukraine in recent days has become a household name. Thousands of soldiers of the armed forces of Ukraine were trapped there.  The word Debaltseve now has a political tint and appears in many newspaper headlines all over the world.  And it is Minsk which comes to mind again...
Alexander Lukashenko and Edgars Rinkēvičs
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus hopes for Latvia when developing cooperation with other EU countries Belarus hopes that Latvia will contribute to the development of Minsk's cooperation with other EU countries, said Alexander Lukashenko on February 20 at a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs. The Head of State noted: Belarusian-Latvian political and diplomatic relations lag behind trade and economic ties. The two nations enjoy a high level of cooperation in the investment sphere. In Belarus, there are over 700 companies with Latvian capital. Belarus' goods are second in the overall volume of traffic by rail in Latvia.  

19.02.2015

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is ready for constructive dialogue with NATO but will defend its national interests Status and prospects of the Belarusian army. This was the main topic today at a meeting of Alexander Lukashenko with the command of the Armed Forces. The geopolitical situation in the world is different, and it affects Belarus.  
Ukraine asks UN to deploy peacekeepers in south-east
Ukraine asks UN to deploy peacekeepers in south-east Ukraine wants to deploy peacekeepers in the southeast of Ukraine. The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine turned to the UN with such a request. Secretary Alexander Turchynov said that such a move would be part of a plan to maintain peace and security in the region and contribute to the implementation of the Minsk agreements. However, the decision to introduce peacekeeping forces in the Donbass does not cause optimism among many politicians.
Belarus' President: We should be able to protect the sovereignty of Belarus, but will never get involved in a confrontation
Belarus' President: We should be able to protect the sovereignty of Belarus, but will never get involved in a confrontation We must be able to protect the sovereignty of Belarus, but will never get involved in a confrontation, said the Belarus head of state visiting the Defense Ministry on February 19. The Belarusian army must respond to modern challenges and threats.  The President met with the command staff stating that the army is the most important factor in maintaining peace and tranquility in Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko noted with confidence that the political situation in Belarus remains stable.
Alexander Lukashenko given Kalashnikov during visit to Defense Ministry On February 19, Alexander Lukashenko visited the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Belarus. Among the priorities of the Armed Forces in the coming years are the increasing of military capabilities as well as upgrading, technical modernization, and the intelligent optimization of the combat component. The President touched upon the role of officer corps in the armed forces with regard to modern teaching methods of warfare and social protection of servicemen. During the visit to the Ministry of Defense, the President was given a Kalashnikov rifle.
Ukraine militias begin withdrawal of military equipment February 18
Ukraine militias begin withdrawal of military equipment February 18 Debaltseve now remains the only hotbed of the conflict. However, every effort is made to stop the fighting there. In the south-east of Ukraine, on February 18, the withdrawal of the military equipment began. Reports about this procedure have come only from the militia, however, according to some sources, the security forces of Ukraine are also preparing to withdraw heavy weapons from the contact line. The timing for the removal of the equipment is still unknown. However, many experts call it one of the most important steps on the road to peace.
Belarus President's initiative to end conflict in Debaltseve: Moscow, Donetsk and independent experts' opinons The initiative of the President of Belarus to end the conflict in Debaltseve received resonance in political circles. In particular, the proposals of the Belarusian leader were received positively in Moscow and Donetsk. Sergei Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation:        I think that any proposals that will help to do this deserve support, of course, if the Ukrainian authorities agree. It seems to me that if such a proposal was received, the militia would not mind.
Alexander Lukashenko on Belarus' Armed Forces
Alexander Lukashenko: Mobile adequate army is the main task today The creation of a mobile and adequate army and the armed forces as a whole is the main task today. This was stated by the head of state who today visited the Defense Ministry. Belarusian army needs to adapt to respond to modern challenges and threats. Similar tasks were set by Alexander Lukashenko appointing the new defense minister in November 2014. And, according to the President, the further development of the Armed Forces have been defined.

18.02.2015

Alexander Lukashenko and Suma Chakrabarti during talks
Alexander Lukashenko asks to remove restrictions in Belarus-EBRR cooperation Belarus' state-owned enterprises may become part of the new strategy of relations between Belarus and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for 2016-2018. On February 18, this topic was discussed by the head of state at the meeting with Suma Chakrabarti, president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Belarus joined the Bank in 1992.  Alexander Lukashenko invited the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Suma Chakrabarti to take part in projects in the field of housing, transit routes and agribusiness.
Alexander Lukashenko (L) and Suma Chakrabarti (R)
President Lukashenko says Debaltseve problem can be resolved within 24 hours The problem of Debaltseve can be resolved the during 24 hours. Alexander Lukashenko said this at his meeting with the president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Suma Chakrabarti. Belarus has not only the initiative to help to settle the conflict in Ukraine, but also a concrete plan on the exit of soldiers through the corridor into our territory. The Head of State pointed out that Belarus is trying to play a role in resolving the conflict and tries not to act in public.

17.02.2015

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcoms "regime of silence" in Donbas
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcoms "regime of silence" in Donbas The summit of the Normandy 4 in Minsk remains one of the most discussed topics in the world. The leaders of many countries claim that these agreements are the last chance to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine through diplomatic channels. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the launch of the "regime of silence" in the Donbass, and expressed the hope that the guns in the eastern part of Ukraine will silence for a long time.
Belarus' foreign minister: Cautious optimism in relation to the developments in eastern Ukraine
Belarus' foreign minister: Cautious optimism in relation to the developments in eastern Ukraine Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei met with the head of the Iranian Foreign Ministry Mohammad Javad Zarif on 17 February.  The parties discussed the trade and economic relations between the two countries. After that, Vladimir Makei touched upon the Ukrainian theme in the context of the talks held in the Normandy format in Minsk. The Foreign Minister of Belarus noted that he assesses the prospects of the settlement of the conflict in the south-east of Ukraine with cautious optimism. He stressed the importance of meeting the conditions set out in the Minsk II agreement.
Withdrawal of weapons in eastern Ukraine to begin on February 17 Just at that moment, a videoconference of the Contact Group on Ukraine is underway. Representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the breakaway Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics are discussing a wide range of the most important questions: the observance of the truce, the withdrawal of military equipment and delivery of humanitarian assistance to the Donbass. First statements have been published. The parties have agreed that the removal of weapons will begin on February 17.
Alexander Lukashenko hails Belarus-Iran relations
Alexander Lukashenko hails Belarus-Iran political relations Belarus will always faithfully adhere to agreements with Iran and do everything to ensure that the partners feel secure.  The Head of State said this on February 17 at a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Belarus and Iran established diplomatic relations over 20 years. Alexander Lukashenko visited this Islamic republic twice. There were also return visits of Iranian President to Belarus. The parties intend to raise to a higher level their economic relations.

16.02.2015

Ukraine
Normandy Quartet leaders believe ceasefire in Donbas generally respected Ukraine remains the main topic of discussion throughout the world. The leaders of the Normandy 4 Vladimir Putin, Francois Hollande, Petro Poroshenko and Angela Merkel held a telephone conversation the night before. . It was stated following the conversation that the ceasefire has been generally observed. The heads of state discussed options for further collaboration in the context of promoting the implementation of the Minsk agreement and agreed to continue talks today.
Bearing child amid Ukraine war
Ukraine conflict: Children's future at stake For Ukraine, the Minsk agreements is a serious test. Euphoria of the first and subsequent arrangements is still alive in memory... And then disappointment because hostilities continued.
Journalist Sergei Brilev (L) and Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko (R)
Alexander Lukashenko's interview to TV channel Russia 1 after Normandy 4 summit Following the meeting of the Normandy Quartet at the highest level, the Belarusian President gave an exclusive interview to the host of the program "Vesti on Saturday" on the TV channel "Russia 1" Sergey Brilev. Alexander Lukashenko answered a number of questions relating to the prospects of further development of relations between Belarus and the West and the formation of the Eurasian Economic Union. In addition, the President gave a brief evaluation of the results of the Normandy Quartet talks in Minsk to resolve the crisis in Ukraine.

15.02.2015

Ceasefire enters into force in Donbas
Ceasefire enters into force in Donbas A ceasefire entered into force in southeastern Ukraine on February 15, at midnight. The self-proclaimed People's Republic of Lugansk has not reported about any cases of shelling. In the Donetsk region, the situation is slightly different.  In general, the truce is observed there except for the Debaltseve area. Single shots were still heard there. It is quiet in Donetsk. Fighting all around the city were terminated in accordance with the Minsk agreements. Transport is running on city lines but their number is restricted.
Plundered lands, meager pensions... People are not afraid of either cold or the understanding that officials probably will not go to speak to people
Kiev residents say social instability lesser evil than raging war In Kiev, Minsk talks are today associated with a kind of bridge on stilts over peace. And let someone try to discover the pitfalls; probably someone is trying to go with the flow of events, but, of course, both political analysts and ordinary citizens of Ukraine are hoping that the waves between two opposite shores will calm down as quickly as possible.
Yana Shipko, CTV correspondent
Germany following Minsk Normandy 4 meeting. Report from Berlin For now, Germans, not without skepticism, talk about the results of the Minsk negotiations, preferring to see whether the agreements on Ukraine will stand the test of time. But they are united in their opinions about Minsk as a negotiating platform: the meeting raised the Belarusian rating in the international political arena.  In Berlin, Minsk is now perceived as the capital of European diplomacy.
Alexander Lukashenko
Alexander Lukashenko gives exclusive interview to NTV channel Journalists working at the summit of the Normandy 4 appreciated not only its results, but also the role of Belarus in the organization of this meeting.  The TV presenter of the Russian TV channel NTV Vadim Takmenev asked Alexander Lukashenko about the details of the meeting. The exclusive interview was shown on the NTV channel on February 14. 
Donald Tusk
European Council President: We have hope for a peaceful solution, but the first Minsk agreements were not fully met The Minsk agreements gave hope for peace in Ukraine. This is indicated by many of the world media. The outcome of the negotiations in Minsk was discussed in Brussels. The summit of the European Union was attended by Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel, who left for it straightly after the Minsk talks. The Ukraine crisis was one of the summit topics. European commissioners expressed themselves in a rather cautious and reserved manner but the expert community of the Old World still hopes that peace is going to return to the Donets Basin.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier
German Foreign Minister on Minsk agreements: Past experience warns us that promises can be broken With the hope of peace and tranquility. The world community continues to discuss the outcome of the negotiations of the "Norman Quartet". The leaders of the largest countries in the world are hoping that the decision will bring real results and the agreement will be a real beginning of the end Ukrainian conflict. Expressing their positive views on the outcome of the talks in Minsk were representatives of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan and a number of EU countries. In their comments, prominent politicians are extremely careful.
Pavel Latushko, Belarusian ambassador in France: The Minsk summit will affect Belarus-France bilateral relations Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus in France and in Spain, Portugal - Pavel Latushko - answered the questions of the program "Picture of the World" on the TV channel "Russia-Belarus". Yuri Koziyatko, host of "Picture of the World": Good evening, Mr Latushko!Pavel Latushko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the French Republic: Good evening!Yuri Koziyatko, host of "Picture of the World":
Grigory Ioffe
United States involved in Ukrainian conflict: Redford University Professor's opinion on Minsk II summit Undoubtedly, the United States influence the Ukrainian conflict. European policy cannot ignore the interests of the United States. We spoke with Professor Redford University Grigory Ioffe, overseas expert on Belarus. Yuri Koziyatko, host of "Picture of the World": Hello, Grigory! Was it convenient to follow the negotiations in Minsk, given the large difference in time?
Why was the Minsk II meeting on Ukraine called Normandy 4 summit?
Why was the Minsk II meeting on Ukraine called Normandy 4 summit? And one more point on the map - symbolic, given the names of four senior negotiators - is Normandy. From this the Northwestern region of France our journalist Nare Tadevosyan, who is ready to explain where did the name "Normandy 4" come from and how exactly Normandy - together with the capital of Belarus - Minsk - will go down in the history of the peace talks over Ukraine? Yuri Koziyatko, host of "Picture of the World": Nara, good evening!

12.02.2015

Experts and European citizens comment on outcome of Normandy Quartet summit in Minsk
Experts and European citizens comment on outcome of Normandy Quartet summit in Minsk The results of the Minsk negotiations are discussed worldwide, without exaggeration. For now experts of the Old World do not rush to make statements and comments. They are waiting for the start of the EU summit in Brussels, to which Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel planned to go immediately after the Minsk talks. European experts comment carefully and cautiously on the results of the "Normandy 4" meeting.
Petro Poroshenko
Poroshenko: Agreement has been reached on the release of all hostages in 19 days In Minsk, complex negotiations to resolve the situation in Ukraine have completed. The main outcome is that the politicians were able to agree on a ceasefire in the Donbas. This should happen from 12 am on February 15. Negotiations of the leaders of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine in the Palace of Independence lasted almost 16 hours. The Normandy 4 agreed on several points in the conflict in Ukraine. All heavy weapons from both sides will be withdrawn and thus a safe zone will be created.
Angela Merkel: Concrete steps were made in Minsk. Now we need to implement them
Angela Merkel: Concrete steps were made in Minsk. Now we need to implement them In Minsk, complex negotiations to resolve the situation in Ukraine have completed. Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel thanked the Belarusian President for the fact that the most favorable conditions for negotiations were created in Minsk. They were able to communicate in the lobby of the Palace of Independence with Alexander Lukashenko. German Chancellor welcomed the outcome of the negotiations. President of France, who exchanged a very warm handshake with the President of Belarus, said in Minsk that the agreement reached is "a relief for Europe."
Normandy 4 meeting participants leave Belarus The Normandy 4 negotiators have already left the Belarusian capital. The motorcade of President of Russia was the first to arrive at the airport. Vladimir Putin, despite the sleepless night, smiled at reporters. In just a couple of minutes, board number 1 rose into the air. Following the President of Russia, one after another, with a break literally in five minutes, other summit participants, Angela Merkel, Francois Hollande and Petro Poroshenko, came to the airport.
Alexander Lukashenko
Alexander Lukashenko gives exclusive interview to program "Vesti on Saturday" on TV channel "Russia 1" after Normandy Quartet meeting Following the meeting of the Normandy Quartet at the highest level, the Belarusian President gave an exclusive interview to the host of the program "Vesti on Saturday" on the TV channel "Russia 1" Sergey Brilev. Alexander Lukashenko answered a number of questions relating to the prospects of further development of relations between Belarus and the West and the formation of the Eurasian Economic Union. In addition, the President gave a brief evaluation of the results of the Normandy Quartet talks in Minsk to resolve the crisis in Ukraine.
Alexander Lukashenko
Alexander Lukashenko: I am very pleased with the fact that Belarus has fulfilled its function In Minsk, complex negotiations to resolve the situation in Ukraine have completed. In the Palace of Independence, about five hundred journalists followed the negotiations. The reporters attacked the host of the negotiation platform with dozens of questions. Alexander Lukashenko openly talked to the press. He talked about some organizational problems of the meeting. After all, the talks were held behind closed doors.
Donetsk People's Republic leader Alexander Zakharchenko: I hope this step we have helped Ukraine change
Donetsk People's Republic leader Alexander Zakharchenko: I hope with this step, we have helped Ukraine change It is known that the contact group has signed the document of the Normandy Quartet. Reporters were told about this in the complex "Dipservice Hall."
Minsk summit on February 11-12
Minsk Agreements as of February 11-12 (full text) 1. Immediate and comprehensive cease-fire in certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine and its strict implementation starting at 12 a.m. (Kyiv time), from February 15, 2015.
Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande
France President Hollande: Armistice agreement is a great relief for Europe The Normandy 4 negotiations on the settlement of the situation in Ukraine in Minsk ended two hours ago. After almost 16 hours of talks at the Palace of Independence, the leaders of the Normandy Quartet came out to journalists. They all greeted the President of Belarus and talked with him warmly. The main thing was achieved - a decision on the ceasefire. This is a big positive result from the talks of the leaders of the Normandy Quartet.
Session of Normandy 4 in Minsk ends, participants leave Palace of Independence
Session of Normandy 4 in Minsk ends, participants leave Palace of Independence The Normandy 4 negotiations on the settlement of the situation in Ukraine in Minsk ended two hours ago. After 16 hours of talks at the Palace of Independence, leaders of the Norman Quartet finally spoke with journalists. They warmly greeted the President of Belarus and talked to him. Vladimir Putin was the first to appear from the negotiation room. He came down and talked with Alexander Lukashenko. It was immediately apparent that this was goodbye. The intercourse was friendly.
Putin's press conference following Normandy 4 summit in Minsk
Normandy 4 meeting in Minsk. Final press conference of Vladimir Putin: ceasefire and withdrawal of heavy weapons Russian President Vladimir Putin first came to reporters after nearly 16 hours of talks in the "Normandy format." Putin said the negotiators of the Normandy 4 agreed on the main thing. "Despite all the difficulties of the negotiation process, we still managed to agree on the main thing," he told reporters. The Normandy 4 agreed on a ceasefire from 12 am on February 15. Taking part in the meeting were Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande.
Putin: Normandy 4 leaders agree on ceasefire from 12 a.m. on February 15 Russian President Vladimir Putin first came to reporters after nearly 16 hours of talks in the "Normandy format." Putin said the negotiators of the Normandy 4 agreed on the main thing. "Despite all the difficulties of the negotiation process, we still managed to agree on the main thing," he told reporters. The Normandy 4 agreed on a ceasefire from 12 am on February 15. Taking part in the meeting were Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande.
Normandy 4 meeting continues in Minsk February 12: President Poroshenko dissatisfied with results - media The meeting of the Normandy Quartet is still underway in Minsk. Earlier it was reported that the negotiations are completed, but according to some media reports, the talks still continue. The meeting has lasted for about 14 hours. Taking part in it are Russian President Vladimir Putin, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande.
Meeting of Normandy 4 in Minsk: Media say all issues except for two agreed
Meeting of Normandy 4 in Minsk: Media say all issues except for two agreed An unprecedented summit in Minsk. The meeting of the Normandy Quartet has been going on for 12 hours already at the Palace of Independence. The leaders of Germany, Ukraine, France and Russia are trying to find a peaceful way out of the crisis in Ukraine. The negotiations began on 11 February, about 9 p.m. in the evening. For all this time, the leaders participating in the meeting changed the room only two times. They first spoke to each other, then members of delegations joined them but then the latter had to leave again.

11.02.2015

Hollande, Merkel, Poroshenko meet with President Lukashenko in Minsk
Hollande, Merkel, Poroshenko and Putin meet with President Lukashenko in Minsk All participants of the Normandy Quartet have gathered in Minsk. Their talks will begin before long. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was the first to come to the Palace of Independence to hold a bilateral meeting with Alexander Lukashenko. In the Palace of Independence, the President of Belarus has met the leaders of Germany and France. Alexander Lukashenko:I thank you for your confidence in our country and our people.
Petro Poroshenko
Poroshenko says forthcoming peace summit in Minsk is the most important event for the whole time of his presidency Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko said on February 11 that the upcoming summit in Minsk is the most important event for the whole time of his presidency.  He stated this at the enlarged meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine in Kiev. Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine President:I can say that during my tenure as president, there has not probably been an even that is more important than today's meeting in Minsk. All of you know that the results of the summit will show whether we are able to resolve the conflict by diplomatic means. 
Ukrainians waiting for ceasefire
Ukrainians waiting for ceasefire Today Ukrainians, more than anyone else, want peace. However, nothing has changed in the eastern part of Ukraine so far. Debaltseve remains a hot spot in the Donbass region. Fierce battles continue there. Ukrainian troops have been forced to retreat 4 km. Several explosions have happened in Mariupol. There are some casualties among civilian people. Ukrainian forces attack the rebels’ positions near the city. Yet there is no information on casualties.
Sergei Lavrov
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to arrive in Minsk on February 11 In addition to the leaders of the "Normandy Quartet" - Vladimir Putin, Petro Poroshenko, Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel - the foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany will arrive in Minsk on February 11. European politicians have no doubt that the only way out of the crisis in Ukraine is a diplomatic way. They hope for the success of the Minsk talks.
Natalia Eismont, Belarus' President's press secretary
Belarus' President's press secretary: Over 500 media arrive to cover Minsk summit on Ukraine Minsk brought together more than 500 foreign journalists on February 11. About 100 of them accompany the heads of state of the Normandy Quartet. According to the press secretary of the President of Belarus, accreditation of media representatives continues at this moment.
Katarzyna Pełczyński-Nałęcz, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland in the Russian Federation
EU politicians for early resolution of Ukraine conflict Representatives of the "Normandy Quartet" have confirmed their participation in today's talks. According to the communiqué of the Elysee Palace, the leaders of France and Germany, Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel, will travel to the capital of Belarus, because they want to use all opportunities the peaceful resolution of the Ukrainian conflict.
Germany
Germans stand for peace in Ukraine Confirmation of this were fresh German press releases and television news.  The main theme of the day in the German capital is the summit of the Normandy Quartet in the capital of Belarus. The meeting in Minsk has not yet started but experts are already calling it one of the last opportunities to settle the conflict in Ukraine.   All eyes on Belarus. In the morning, in Berlin, the CTV correspondent bought fresh newspapers and read the latest headlines. All major February 11 newspapers in Germany are published with articles on the Minsk meeting on the front page.
Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin
Alexander Lukashenko, Vladimir Putin express interest in early cessation of armed conflict in eastern Ukraine Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin have expressed interest in the early cessation of the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. The President of Belarus had a telephone conversation with the Russian leader.  The heads of state discussed the preparation of the forthcoming summit of the Normandy Quartet. They talked over the main points of the document, which is now being worked out at the level of the delegations and will be submitted for consideration to the leaders of the Normandy Quartet.
Barack Obama expresses strong support for Ukraine peace talks in Minsk
Ukrainians expect peace talks in Minsk to bear fruit President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is ready to fly to Minsk to the summit of the Normandy Quartet. The Ukrainian leader said he is going to the meeting in the Belarusian capital for peace. At the entrance to Kiev eight checkpoints are set. They will be guarded by snipers. The city administration explained that attacks may be expected in the Ukrainian capital.  Our correspondent Alexander Dobriyan is in Kyiv on February 11.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier
German Foreign Minister hopes nothing will prevent sides from reaching agreement on Ukraine crisis in Minsk The arrival in Minsk of French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been confirmed officially. According to world news agencies, the leaders of France and Germany made this decision because they want to use all opportunities for the peaceful resolution of the Ukrainian conflict. International experts point to the need for a political solution to the conflict.
Independence Palace in Minsk
Belarus' Foreign Ministry confirms contact group meeting on February 11 continues On February 11, Minsk is again in the center of world politics. The Belarusian capital will host a meeting of the Heads of State of the so-called "Normandy Quartet" to resolve the situation in Ukraine.  The Independence Palace is ready for the arrival of Vladimir Putin, Petro Poroshenko, Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel. The CTV crew are also there at the moment. Our correspondent Alexey Martinenok is going to report live from the site. Alexei, what can you tell us?
Experts on Ukraine peace summit in Minsk
Experts on Ukraine peace summit in Minsk The whole world is now waiting for the outcome of the Normandy Quartet meeting due in Minsk on February 11. First of all, those who are still trapped in the hot spots in the south-eastern Ukraine. The upcoming talks are actively being discussed by the expert community.
Merkel, Hollande decide to come to Minsk February 11 for Ukraince peace talks
Merkel, Hollande decide to come to Minsk February 11 for Ukraince peace talks French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have made a decision to come to Minsk to participate in the negotiations. This was announced by the Elysee Palace. The statement stresses that both politicians "are going to make every effort" to achieve success during the talks. The Belarusian Foreign Ministry has published a post on their website inviting the media to come to the Independence Palace at 15.00 Belarusian time.
Germany, France, Russia, and Ukraine going to discuss peaceful solutions to Ukrainian crisis in Minsk
Germany, France, Russia, and Ukraine going to discuss peaceful solutions to Ukrainian crisis in Minsk Minsk is once again in the center of big politics. On February 11, the capital of Belarus expects to host a meeting of the so-called Normandy Quartet. The heads of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine are going to discuss peaceful solutions to the Ukrainian crisis. We will get all information about the upcoming meeting of heads of state over Ukraine during the day from the Palace of Independence. Our crew is now there. Natalia Breus is reporting live from the site. Good morning, Natalia.
Representatives of Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics say they have presented draft protocols to resolve Ukraine crisis There have been no official statements to the press waiting outside Dipservice Hall in Belarus' capital Minsk where a meeting of the contact group over Ukraine was held on February 10. Taking part in the meeting were ex-President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma and Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov, Special Representative of the OSCE Heidi Tagliavini and representatives of Donetsk People's Republic Denis Pushilin and Luhansk People's Republic Vladislav Dainego.
Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko going to Minsk to immediately, unconditionally cease fire
Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko going to Minsk to immediately, unconditionally cease fire Last night the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko visited the city of Kramatorsk in the Donetsk region, where 16 people were killed and more than 60 wounded after the February 10 shelling. The head of state examined the site of the tragedy and visited the wounded. "This is evidence of the use of cluster munitions against civilians of Kramatorsk, in the very center. I keep the cluster bomb "Smerch", which has the radius of 90 km. Nonhumans used cluster munitions against the civilian population.

10.02.2015

Media: Contact Group on Ukraine in Minsk agrees on ceasefire
Russian media: Contact Group on Ukraine in Minsk agrees on ceasefire During the meeting of the contact group on Ukraine in Minsk, the parties agreed on the scheme of the withdrawal of heavy weapons, the ceasefire and the monitoring over its implementation. An informed source told the TASS news agency about this. "At the talks in Minsk, the sides agreed on the scheme of the withdrawal of heavy weapons. The parties also agreed on ceasefire and the monitoring over its implementation," the source said.
Alexander Lukashenko, President of Kazakhstan hold telephone conversation February 10 Alexander Lukashenko and Nursultan Nazarbayev discussed the preparation for the meeting in the Normandy format in Minsk over Ukraine. On February 10, the presidents of Belarus and Kazakhstan held a telephone conversation. The main topics were the issues of economic and financial nature. In addition, the leaders discussed the crisis in the European Union, caused by the introduction of sanctions in relation to Russia, as well as a number of other issues. 
Contact group meeting on Ukraine underway in Minsk February 10
Contact group meeting on Ukraine underway in Minsk February 10 These days Minsk is in the center of high politics. On February 11 the heads of state of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine are expected in the Belarusian capital. The Normandy Quartet intends to discuss ways to solve the Ukrainian crisis. On February 10, representatives of the contact group on Ukraine are holding talks in Minsk. The CTV crew is right there now. My colleague Natalia Breus is going to report live from the place where the talks are underway. Natalia, hello! We are waiting for the latest details.
The Guardian: Minsk peace talks aim to end Ukrainian crisis
The Guardian: Minsk peace talks aim to end Ukrainian crisis The upcoming meeting of the Normandy Quartet in Minsk is being actively discussed throughout Europe. The expert community of the Old World refrains from making unambiguous predictions about the outcome of the summit. Skeptics say that too much water has flowed since the beginning of the conflict to stop it quickly. Others look at the negotiations with optimism and do not exclude the drawing up of a new road map.
Experts' opinions on February 11 meeting on Ukraine in Minsk
Experts' opinions on February 11 meeting on Ukraine in Minsk Minsk is in anticipation of major political events. The "Normandy Quartet" is going to sit down at the negotiating table in Minsk on February 11. The heads of state of Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France will discuss ways to resolve the crisis in Ukraine.  Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian head of state Petro Poroshenko asked the Belarus President to render assistance in the holding of this meeting in Minsk.
February 10 meeting will decide whether summit of Poroshenko, Hollande, Merkel and Putin will take place in Minsk February 11
February 10 meeting will decide whether summit of Poroshenko, Hollande, Merkel and Putin will take place in Minsk February 11 On February 10, Minsk will once again become a meeting place for a peaceful settlement of the Ukrainian crisis. The capital of Belarus is expected to host a tripartite contact group meeting. Negotiations between representatives of the Ukrainian authorities, Russia and the OSCE, as well as the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republic will precede a meeting of leaders of the Normandy Quartet in Minsk, which is scheduled for 11 February.
Ukrainians have high hopes ahead of Minsk summit on Ukraine February 11 In eastern Ukraine, fighting does not subside. People continue to die. Meanwhile, the situation in Kiev can be called more or less calm. However, dissatisfaction of the inhabitants of the Ukrainian capital is today connected with rise in prices for public transport travels. And, of course, the entire country is waiting for peace and hopes the Minsk talks will bring fruit. Dozens of attacks only for one night. Eight dead and 14 wounded.
German Foreign Minister: We hope for success in the negotiations in Minsk
German Foreign Minister: We hope for success in the negotiations in Minsk On the eve of the Minsk meeting of the Normandy Quartet European diplomats in Berlin sat at the negotiating table. The main objective of the representatives of the foreign ministries of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France is to prepare a fertile ground for the Minsk talks. Many European experts, as well as the participants of the forthcoming meeting consider that during the Normandy Quartet summit in Minsk, an important step will be made to solve the Ukrainian conflict.

09.02.2015

Preparations underway for Normandy Quartet meeting over Ukraine in Minsk Minsk is going to play host to a summit on February 11 in the "Norman format" to find the ways out of the stalemate in the southeast of Ukraine. Vladimir Putin asked Alexander Lukashenko on February 8 to help organize such a meeting. At a meeting in Sochi, the Russian President informed the Belarusian leader on how the recent conversation with colleagues from Kiev, Berlin and Paris ended. This is the so-called "Normandy format."

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