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12.03.2017

Boleslav Pirshtuk about OSCE PA summer session due in Minsk
Boleslav Pirshtuk about OSCE PA summer session and economic reforms in Belarus Let's continue the theme with the guest of our program. Today in the studio we have deputy chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus Boleslav Pirshtuk. Boleslav Kazimirovich, hello. Boleslav Pirshtuk, deputy chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus: Good afternoon.
President Lukashenko on decree No3, dialogue between authorities and people and Belarus-Russia relations
President Lukashenko on decree No3, dialogue between authorities and people and Belarus-Russia relations While different kinds of managers, politicians and ordinary Belarusians wondered and fantasized and, perhaps, were waiting for the situation to resolve, the President decided not cut the Gordian knot of Decree No3 but gently pulled the necessary strings to untie it. It so happened to the good intentions of decree number 3 - to stimulate those who are out of work, to restore justice in terms of the distribution of social benefits - were not able to live with the current economic reality. And, strictly speaking, the document is not economic or financial.

10.03.2017

President Lukashenko insists on $500 salary and performance discipline of officials
President Lukashenko insists on $500 salary and performance discipline of officials Alexander Lukashenko held a meeting on the topical issues of national development on March 9th. The President focused on topics of stability and peace in Belarus. One of the tough requirements of the President is strict performance discipline.
Belarus President: Preventive work should be practical and effective
Belarus President: Preventive work should be practical and effective The law enforcement system in Belarus should be as effective and optimal as possible, said President Alexander Lukashenko on March 10 at a meeting to review the operation of law enforcement agencies in 2016 and optimization of the law enforcement and judicial system. Invited at the meeting were more than 250 participants. Over the past 10 years, crime in Belarus has fallen by almost half. This is a good result.
Belarus wants Russia to discuss and resolve topical issues in bilateral relations
Belarus demands equal rights with Russia in Eurasian Economic Union Decree on social dependency, employment policy, relations with Russia and mutually beneficial partnership in the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) were among the topical issues discussed at the March 9 meeting hosted by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. The Head of State responded to the issues that most concern to society. The President drew attention to the most important values ​​that Belarus preserves, which are stability and calmness. MORE:
Belarus, Russia intend to develop interaction algorithm on migration issues
Belarus, Russia intend to develop interaction algorithm on migration issues Belarus and Russia intend to develop an algorithm of interaction on current migration issues. First of all, it concerns the law-enforcement and border agencies, stated today the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus. In the near future, the sides will hold a meeting of the interstate interdepartmental working group.

09.03.2017

Alexander Lukashenko: There will be no Maidan in Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko: There will be no Maidan in Belarus Relations with Russia, employment policy and the decree on social dependency were discussed on March 9 at the meeting hosted by President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko. MORE: Gas prices should not be basis of Belarusian-Russian relations, Alexander Lukashenko says

08.03.2017

Who and why organizes protests against Decree No3 in Belarus?
Who and why organizes protests against Decree No3 in Belarus? The network continues to discuss the special report and investigation "Call to a Friend". Our colleagues collected facts that explain who and why organizes protests in Belarus. Why opposition was represented by only one person at the recent so-called "Marches against Decree No3" and what did anarchists do at these marches? The report shows phone calls answering many questions.
EEU Intergovernmental Council in Bishkek: exports to third countries and over 10 documents signed
EEU Intergovernmental Council in Bishkek: Belarus displeased with Russia's integration policy Start of free trade between the EEU and Iran, the development of exports to the markets of third countries and other issues within the framework of the Eurasian Union were discussed on March 7 in Bishkek at the EEU Intergovernmental Council. Some problems were also raised. For instance, roughness in relations with Russia influence Belarus' participation in the integration processes within the framework of the EEU.

07.03.2017

EEU Intergovernmental Council meeting starts in Bishkek
EEU Intergovernmental Council meeting starts in Bishkek "Eurasian five", 2 days and 12 questions on agenda! Bishkek is preparing for a meeting of the EEU Intergovernmental Council. Belarus will be represented at the forum by the Prime Minister, Andrei Kobyakov. The Heads of Government will discuss the removal of barriers to the development of the internal market of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), as well as more profitable ways to enter markets of third countries.

06.03.2017

Germany welcomes adoption by Belarus of National Human Rights Plan
Germany welcomes adoption by Belarus of National Human Rights Plan Germany welcomes the adoption by Belarus of the National Human Rights Plan, stated Bundestag deputies. Their delegation led by Bärbel Kofler held a meeting with Belarusian colleagues March 6. The guests expressed their hope that the implementation of the document's norms will be successful and also noted the importance of public discussion of these norms.
Bishkek gathering EEU Intergovernmental Council meeting
EEU Intergovernmental Council meeting to take place in Bishkek Bishkek is preparing for the meeting of the Intergovernmental Council of the Eurasian Economic Union. The Belarusian side will be represented at the meeting by Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov. The agenda includes 12 issues. Among them is the removal of obstacles in the internal market of the Eurasian Economic Union.
Pavel Yakubovich: Kurapaty needs to be turned into memorial, for unity of state and public
Why doesn't Belarus open Stalin era archives? It so happened that Joseph Stalin, in whose time mass repressions were carried out in the USSR, was a Georgian. This, of course, has no relation to today's story, but attention to one of the places of the Great Terror - Kurapaty near Minsk - has been attracted recently by the newspaper "SB - Belarus Today", and with good intentions. Let's talk about motivated and reasons for that with the chief editor of the country's main state newspaper Pavel Yakubovich. He is now in our studio. Pavel Izotovich, hello.

02.03.2017

Belarus ready to share experience with Vietnam in ensuring rule of law
Belarus ready to share experience with Vietnam in ensuring rule of law Belarus is ready to share experience with Vietnam in the field of law enforcement, said March 2 President Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with the Minister of Public Security of Vietnam Tô Lâm. That country is one of a number of priority partners of Belarus in the Asian region. Today, Vietnam is developing rapidly, including economically.
OSCE PA summer session 2017 to boost Belarus' role in world politics, Vladimir Andreichenko says
OSCE PA summer session 2017 to boost Belarus' role in world politics, Vladimir Andreichenko says Strengthening of mutual trust and cooperation for peace and prosperity in the region will be the main leitmotif of the 26th Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. The OSCE PA session will be held in Minsk from 5 to 9 July. This will be the first time Belarus has hosted an even of such a scale. On March 1, at the first meeting of the organizing committee to prepare for the session, the participants identified a number of problems.

01.03.2017

Russian citizen to be deported from Belarus
Russian citizen to be deported from Belarus on extremist grounds A Russian citizen suspected of extremist activities has been detained in Belarus. The man was stopped when trying to illegally cross the state border of Belarus to Ukraine. The incident occurred on February 14 at the area of ​​the Mozyr border detachment. As it turned out the offender, born in 1991, is a resident of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug of Russia. The young man had already had problems with the law earlier: for a number of crimes, he was several times tried in the Russian Federation.
Alexander Lukashenko to meet Giorgi Margvelashvili on March 1
Alexander Lukashenko to meet Giorgi Margvelashvili on March 1 On March 1, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko will meet with his Georgian counterpart. The night before Giorgi Margvelashvili arrived at Minsk National Airport, where he was met by a delegation of officials and honor guard. The heads of state will discuss a wide range of issues of cooperation, with special attention to the strengthening of economic cooperation between the two countries.

28.02.2017

MPs expect quick resolution of issues in Belarusian-Russian relations
MPs expect quick resolution of issues in Belarusian-Russian relations MPs expect a quick resolution of issues in Russian-Belarusian relations. This opinion sounded on February 28 in Minsk at the meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union State of Russia and Belarus. It discussed foreign policy, particularly the results of the winter session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and joint cooperation. The MPs also touched upon the issues of creating a legal framework for closer economic cooperation.

27.02.2017

Estonian Military Parade 2017 The day before February 23, 2017 an American guided missile cruiser touched the shore of Estonia. A parade was held the next day in Tallinn. Militants of several NATO states took part in it. Estonia became a sovereign state 99 years ago and entered NATO in 2004. Thousands of allied military machinery units and thousands of soldiers passed through the streets of Tallinn.
Belarus Parliament wants to form positive country image abroad
Belarus Parliament wants to form positive country image abroad Belarusian MPs would like to form a positive image of Belarus abroad. This was announced on February 27 at the lower house of the Belarus parliament following the winter session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Vienna. In recent years, Belarus-EU relations have become much warmer, including through a balanced policy of the Belarusian side. In addition, MPs are confident that Europe has a lot of serious problems these days, which it is best to solve together. At the same time, it is Belarus that is a donor of regional stability.
Georgia President Giorgi Margvelashvili to visit Belarus March 1
Georgia President Giorgi Margvelashvili to visit Belarus March 1 Minsk is preparing to welcome the President of Georgia. He will arrive in our country on an official visit. February 27, it was announced that the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, will hold talks with his Georgian counterpart Giorgi Margvelashvili on March 1. Meetings are planned in the one-on-one format, as well as in an expanded format, together with delegations.

25.02.2017

Minsk ceasefire agreements:a platform for further work of the OSCE
Minsk ceasefire agreements: a platform for further work of the OSCE Vienna urges compliance on Minsk ceasefire agreements. This concerns the current situation in Ukraine. It is one of the key subjects discussed at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. “Minsk ceasefire agreements need to be used as a platform for further work of the OSCE”. This was said by Swedish delegates at the sitting of the Political and Security Committee.

24.02.2017

Ukraine crisis to be discussed at OSCE PA in Minsk in summer 2017
Ukraine crisis to be discussed at OSCE PA in Minsk in summer 2017 Belarus will host the next OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in the summer of 2017. Today in Vienna there was held a presentation of Belarus as the host of the forthcoming forum. The event of this level will be held in Belarus for the first time in more than 20 years.
Belarus-Russia gas conflict to be resolved at political level
Belarus-Russia gas conflict to be resolved at political level Decisions on Russian gas for Belarus were taken and will be coordinated at the political level, said the Minister of Energy of Belarus. On February 24, the ministry sums up the work over the past year. One of the most discussed topics in 2016 was the oil and gas issues with Russia. In this regard, the Belarusian side insists on the fulfillment of all the rules that are laid down in the agreement on the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).
OSCE PA summer session in Minsk to be discussed in Vienna February 24
OSCE PA summer session in Minsk to be discussed in Vienna February 24 The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly is now being held in the capital of Austria. It involves representatives of Belarus, too. It is planned that on 24 February, Belarusian MPs will meet with the top leadership of the Parliamentary Assembly and discuss a number of issues. One of the main topics is the holding of the summer session in Minsk. It is expected that OSCE parliamentarians of the member states will arrive in Minsk in early July. These are about 700 guests from more than fifty countries.

23.02.2017

Belarus takes about 160,000 Ukrainians in recent years
Belarus takes about 160,000 Ukrainians in recent years The difficult situation emerging in the south-east of Ukraine again became the topic of discussion on 23 February at the Belarusian Foreign Ministry. It commented on the mechanism permitting Ukrainian refugees a temporary residence in the country, responding to a question about the status of Donetsk and Lugansk passports. Dmitry Mironchik said the President of Belarus in August 2014 adopted a decree that which contains a number of rules that enable migrants to avoid serious problems in the process.
Belarus to be presented as host of OSCE PA annual session in Vienna
Belarus to be presented as host of OSCE PA annual session The presentation of Belarus as the host country of the annual session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will be held in Vienna. On February 23, the capital of Austria will host the winter session of the MPs of the world's largest regional organization dealing with security issues. Belarus is also taking part.

21.02.2017

Expert Mikhail Delyagin on relations between Russia and Belarus
Expert Mikhail Delyagin on relations between Russia and Belarus There can't be long-standing idyll even in relationships between relatives. But, following Bulgakov's metaphors, it is better not to set fire to the communal apartment in which Belarus and Russia live, advises Russian economist, journalist and politician Mikhail Delyagin. Author of the TV program Simple Questions Yegor Khrustalev made an interview with the expert. What are the opinions in the Russian society about relations between Russia and Belarus?
Igor Kizim appointed new Ambassador of Ukraine to Belarus
Igor Kizim appointed new Ambassador of Ukraine to Belarus President Petro Poroshenko has appointed a new ambassador of Ukraine to Belarus. The 55-year-old Igor Kizim will now head Ukraine's embassy in Minsk. Prior to that, he worked in the UK. A native of Kharkov, Kizim was a long-time adviser to Ukraine ambassador to Canada. And in the beginning of the 2010s, he was appointed the Deputy Director of International Security and Disarmament Department of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry. Igor Kizim is well familiar with Belarus - he served as first secretary of the Ukrainian Embassy in Belarus.
Belarus Foreign Minister to make working visit to Russia
Belarus Foreign Minister to make working visit to Russia Vladimir Makei is on a working trip to visit Moscow. During the visit, he is going to meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov. The foreign ministers will discuss topical issues of the bilateral agenda, cooperation in the international arena and in international organizations, as well as the preparation for the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Belarus and Russia.

20.02.2017

Belarus, Kazakhstan presidents discuss EEU and bilateral cooperation
Belarus, Kazakhstan presidents discuss EEU and bilateral cooperation A telephone conversation between the Presidents of Belarus and Kazakhstan was held February 20 at the initiative of the Kazakh side. One of the main topics discussed by Alexander Lukashenko and Nursultan Nazarbayev were the relations in the Eurasian Economic Union. The President of Kazakhstan expressed concern about the issues in relations between Russia and Belarus. At the same time, Mr Nazarbayev is confident that all the existing differences between Minsk and Moscow will be resolved within the union.
Minsk agreements mentioned during Munich Security Conference
Pence defends role of Minsk agreements in Ukraine crisis resolution "Minsk agreements" sounded again at a high international level. The Munich Security Conference opened on Friday. It is already 53rd in a row. For more than half a century, the political elite has gathered in the heart of Bavaria to discuss the most urgent issues. Today on the agenda, besides the Ukrainian crisis, are the fight against terrorism; West's relations with Russia; situation in Europe; Syria and, of course, the near future of NATO during the presidency of Donald Trump (and not only of NATO). The new owner of the White House did not attend the forum.
Merkel says still no alternatives to Minsk agreements on Ukraine
Merkel says still no alternatives to Minsk agreements on Ukraine The International Conference on Security continues in Munich. One of the key issues is the settlement of the crisis in south-east Ukraine. This topic was discussed by the foreign ministers of the "Normandy 4". They agreed they would promote the truce in the Donbas from 20 February. Angela Merkel did not stay aside from the problems. The German Chancellor called the Minsk agreements - quote - "the only thing that we have in order to continue the dialogue and solve problems."

17.02.2017

President of Turkmenistan inaugurated for third term
President of Turkmenistan inaugurated for third term after landslide victory The inauguration ceremony of President of Turkmenistan began in Ashgabat. On Sunday, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov won the election with almost 98% of the vote.  It will be already the third term as head of state for the current Turkmenistani leader. Under the new Constitution, adopted September 14, 2016, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov will stay in this position for seven years instead of five.

14.02.2017

Presidential Administration revamped in Belarus
Presidential Administration revamped in Belarus One third of the staff of the Presidential Administration will be cut. The corresponding decree was signed on February 13 by Alexander Lukashenko. It is expected that this measure will make the work of the main political headquarters of the head of state more efficient. In particular, the institute of presidential assistants is being reformed. Two new posts are introduced. The assistants will be in charge of two different directions. The first is the legislative and judicial and the second is the credit and financial one.

13.02.2017

I cannot understand why this is done: Alexander Lukashenko about Russian ban on food supplies
I cannot understand why this is done: Belarus President about Russian ban on food supplies Kostroma region itself causes much interest. Firstly, this is the birthplace of Ivan Susanin. Remember? "Where are you taking us?... We don't see a thing!, shouted enemies to Susanin". In such a way did Ryleyev glorify the feat of the peasant who led Polish invaders in a forest swamp.
President Lukashenko meets with chief editor Narodnaya Volya newspaper Iosif Seredich
President Lukashenko meets with chief editor Narodnaya Volya newspaper Iosif Seredich Recent national issues were the subject of conversation between Alexander Lukashenko and chief editor of the newspaper Narodnaya Volya Iosif Seredich. The journalist asked the President about a personal meeting during the "Big conversation", which took place on February 3. And today at the Palace of Independence the Head of State met with the Mr Seredich. In fact, this meeting was a continuation of the serious conversation of February 3.

10.02.2017

CEI's Committee of National Coordinators to hold first session in Minsk
CEI's Committee of National Coordinators to hold first session in Minsk The development of regional cooperation and trade relations between the countries of East and Europe will be the main topics of the first meeting of the Committee of National Coordinators of the Central European Initiative in Minsk. It will take place early next week as Belarus is now chairing this international organization. Minsk assumed the CEI chairmanship in 2017.

09.02.2017

OSCE PA conference in Minsk should aim to ensure security in Europe, Belarus President says
OSCE PA conference in Minsk should ensure security in Europe, Belarus President says Belarus has established an organizing committee on the preparation and holding in Minsk of a session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. The corresponding decree was signed by the Belarus President on February 8. The annual meeting of the organization of MPs will be held in July 2017. It will involve more than 300 parliamentarians from 56 countries.
Belarusian authorities considering OSCE election recommendations
Belarusian authorities to improve election law based on OSCE advice The main matter at the summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Minsk will be the exchange of experience and ideas on topical issues of the day. The Belarusian side is getting ready for a productive discussion. Now Belarus is improving its electoral legislation based on OSCE recommendations. OSCE suggestions will soon be summarized by the country's election commission and presented to the Belarus President.
Belarus comments on introduction of border zone by Russia
Belarus comments on introduction of border zone by Russia The Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to monitor the situation with the introduction by Russia of a border zone with Belarus. At the moment the situation is under control of the country's foreign ministry. There were no complaints of misconduct on the part of Russian border services in respect of Belarusian citizens. However, the new rules on border crossings imposed by Russian partners led to a certain nuances in the bilateral relations.

08.02.2017

OSCE PA is vital for country's image, Belarusian MP says
OSCE PA is vital for country's image, Belarusian MP says Belarus has established an organizing committee on preparation and holding in Minsk of a session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. The corresponding decree was signed by the Belarus President on February 8. The annual, 26th meeting of the organization will take place in July. The organizing committee is instructed to hold it at the highest level. The committee is headed by the chairman of the House of Representatives. More than 300 parliamentarians from 56 countries will arrive in Minsk.
Minsk beginning preparations for OSCE Parliamentary Assembly session
Minsk beginning preparations for OSCE Parliamentary Assembly session Belarus has established an organizing committee on preparation and holding in Minsk of a session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. The corresponding decree was signed by the Belarus President on February 8. The annual, 26th meeting of the organization will take place in July. The organizing committee is entrusted with holding the event at a high level.
Lebedev: Belarus and Russia to find common ground in resolving disputes
Lebedev: Belarus and Russia to find common ground in resolving disputes Belarus and Russia will find a common language in the settlement of disputes, said Sergei Lebedev, head of the CIS Executive Committee. The politician is convinced that the difficulties are temporary and they will not affect the Commonwealth, since both countries are active supporters of the integration.

07.02.2017

I want Belarus to be perceived as independent state, President Lukashenko says
I want Belarus to be perceived as independent state, President Lukashenko says It is not so easy for residents of the western countries to become the lucky owners of a tractor or other products with the label "Made in Belarus". This happens for different reasons. One of them are difficulties with entrance to the European market. Competition is all countries is serious and Belarusian products are not awaited there, so Belarus needs to exert efforts to get to new markets. Here is what President Lukashenko said about this.
Belarus President's orders become plan of action for government
Belarus President's orders become plan of action for government "Big conversation. Momentum for important things" was the title of the February 7 front-page article of one of Belarus' most authoritative newspapers SB. Belarus Today. The newspaper has summarized more than 7 hours of dialogue between Alexander Lukashenko and members of the public, the media and experts.

06.02.2017

Mian Raza Rabbani, Chairman of the Senate of Parliament of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Chairman of Pakistan Senate visits Belarus Last week the Pakistan Senate Chairman and his wife visited Minsk. They had time both to negotiate and have a general impression of Belarus. Raza Rabbani, the Chairman of Pakistan Senate, has visited Belarus for the first time. Taman, his wife, came with him. While Mr. Rabbani was learning about the political and industrial side of Belarus, met the President, took part in talks with ministers and concludes contracts, Taman was responsible for the aesthetic and cultural part of the acquaintance with Belarus.
President Lukashenko: I'd like Belarus to be quiet, peaceful and comfortable for life
President Lukashenko: I'd like Belarus to be quiet, peaceful and comfortable for life Sweets that the wife of the Pakistani senator loved so much were perhaps from the presidential arsenal. We are back to the big conversation with the President and bring to attention some interesting fragments - about chocolate and candies, into which recipe Alexander Lukashenko delved personally, children, homeland and himself.
This is a purely political attack: President comments on Russia's reaction to five-day visa-free regime in Belarus
This is purely political attack: President comments on Russia's reaction to visa-free regime in Belarus Another important topic to which Alexander Lukashenko returned several times during the "big conversation". We started from it - the relations between Belarus and Russia at the present stage. And the latest reason to it was the introduction by Russia of a border zone regime. Formally, this is done as a reaction to the decision of Belarus to allow foreigners from 80 countries to stay in Belarus visa-free for five days if they enter Belarus through the Minsk national airport.
Alexander Lukashenko: Presidential Administration must be ideological hub of the country
Belarus to lay off excessive public servants? Continuous staff updates and performance discipline are the main tasks set by the President at the meeting with his administration on February 6. Alexander Lukashenko is sure that only those who want to work and benefit the country should remain in this structure. As the main political headquarters of the head of state, the President's Administration should accumulate the most advanced ideas and be a powerful ideological center, where staff will have the necessary knowledge and work as a team.

04.02.2017

President Lukashenko on issues in Belarus-Russia relations
President Lukashenko on issues in Belarus-Russia relations Because of disparities in prices in Belarusian and Russian markets Belarus lost $15 billion, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media. The Head of State commented extensively on the problematic issues in Belarusian-Russian relations. The Head of State commented extensively on the problematic issues in Belarusian-Russian relations.

03.02.2017

Alexander Lukashenko urges not to politicize Belarusian NPP construction
Alexander Lukashenko urges not to politicize Belarusian NPP construction Alexander Lukashenko urges not to politicize the construction of the Belarusian NPP, said the President at a meeting with representatives of the public, Belarusian and foreign media.
Belarus not seeking NATO membership
Belarus not seeking NATO membership Belarus is not seeking NATO membership, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media.
Belarus may introduce moratorium on death penalty if Belarusians support it
Belarus may introduce moratorium on death penalty if Belarusians support it The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko is ready to introduce a moratorium on death penalty if such a measure is supported by the majority of Belarusians, said the Belarus President at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media. Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus: When the majority of people vote for it, I will sign [the corresponding documents] on the same day. Photo: BelTA
Lifting of western sanctions provides Belarus with additional opportunities
Lifting of western sanctions provides Belarus with more opportunities Removing of western sanctions should provide Belarus economy with additional opportunities, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with representatives of the public, Belarusian and foreign mass media. Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:We did not deserve sanctions. They lifted them, which is well. We started to negotiate, for example, on textile, etc. We want our economy to receive at least a small impetus from the West.
Belarus President: We must eliminate unnecessary functions of civil cervants
Belarus President: We must eliminate unnecessary functions of civil cervants The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko links a possible increase in salaries of civil servants with the reduction of the number of unnecessary functions they perform. The Head of State said this at a meeting with representatives of the public, Belarusian and foreign mass media.
Alexander Lukashenko to hold press conference to answer people's pressing questions
Alexander Lukashenko to hold press conference to answer people's pressing questions A few hours are left before the "big conversation with the President." The press conference will bring together more than 50 experts, as well as Belarusian and foreign journalists representing major media and popular Internet portals. Nadezhda Yushkevich, head of economic and political department of the newspaper "Zvezda":My question will relate to the so-called unpromising villages.

02.02.2017

Alexander Lukashenko: It is authorities that must ensure rights of citizens
Alexander Lukashenko: It is authorities that must ensure rights of citizens Belarusian authorities must ensure the fundamental rights of citizens, said President Alexander Lukashenko swearing in the judge of the Constitutional Court of Belarus Viktor Ryabtsev February 2. The President handed him a certificate and a gift copy of the Constitution. The ceremony was also attended by the chairmen of the House of Representatives and the Council of the Republic, as well as the Supreme and Constitutional Courts. Alexander Lukashenko wished Viktor Ryabtsev success in his new responsible post.
Belarusians leaving questions to ask Belarus President at February 3 press conference
Belarusians leaving questions to ask Belarus President at February 3 press conference Big dialogue with the Belarus President will be held on February 3. Belarusians are using the opportunity to ask the President a question. President Alexander Lukashenko will answer the most pressing questions during a meeting with representatives of the public and media. Several hundred questions have been already received. Topics of concern are very different.
Big conversation with Belarus President scheduled for 3 February
'Big conversation' with Belarus President scheduled for 3 February. Anyone can send questions A big dialogue with the Belarus President in the format of a press-conference is scheduled in Minsk for February 3. Every Belarusian can ask the head of state any question. A question can be asked via the online service on the website belta.by or through the news accounts of the agency in social networks. Alexander Lukashenko will answer the most pressing questions during a meeting with representatives of the public and media.

01.02.2017

Send question online to Belarus President for February 3 press-conference
Send question online to Belarus President for February 3 press-conference Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on Friday will meet with representatives of the public and Belarusian and foreign mass media. Participating in it will be about 40 journalists representing the largest public and private Belarusian mass media, popular online portals and foreign media. Invited to the press-conference are numerous experts, including well-known political scientists, economists, representatives of political parties, religious communities and associations. They will also participate in the dialogue on the most relevant topics.
Belarus President to hold large-scale press-conference on February 3
Belarus President to hold large-scale press-conference on February 3 Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on Friday will meet with representatives of the public and Belarusian and foreign mass media. Participating in it will be about 40 journalists representing the largest public and private Belarusian mass media, popular online portals and foreign media. Invited to the press-conference are numerous experts, including well-known political scientists, economists, representatives of political parties, religious communities and associations. They will also participate in the dialogue on the most relevant topics.
Belarus' election commission head meets US Charge d'Affaires, head of EU delegation
Belarus' election commission head meets US Charge d'Affaires, head of EU delegation Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission Lidia Yermoshina has met with US Charge d'Affaires in Belarus and head of the EU delegation in Belarus.  The diplomats were briefed on the results of the interdepartmental expert working group tasked to review the OSCE ODIHR recommendations on improving the electoral process in Belarus. Its meeting was held on 31 January.  The commission will present the reviewed proposals to the Belarusian head of state.

31.01.2017

Petro Poroshenko instructs to convene emergency meeting of Ukraine contact group
Petro Poroshenko instructs to convene emergency meeting of Ukraine contact group The situation in the south-east of Ukraine is worsening. Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has urgently demanded to convene an emergency meeting of the trilateral contact group. It is not clear whether it will be held in Minsk or in the format of a videoconference. Earlier it was planned that the negotiators will take place in Minsk on February 1. The Foreign Ministry of Belarus confirmed on January 31 that it is strongly willing to contribute to the organization of the meeting.

30.01.2017

Belarusian MPs to make official visit to Warsaw
Belarusian MPs to make official visit to Warsaw A delegation of Belarusian MPs are going to Warsaw. The official visit of Belarusian MPs to the neighboring country will be the first in many years. During the visit, they are scheduled to meet with Polish colleagues and businessmen. The purpose of the visit is the establishment and renewal of inter-parliamentary contacts.

29.01.2017

Valery Malashko appointed Belarus' Healthcare Minister
Valery Malashko appointed Belarus' Healthcare Minister Alexander Lukashenko has appointed Valery Malashko as the Minister of Health. The head of state noted that not long ago Valery Malashko was appointed the Labor and Social Security Minister. The President noted that there were a lot of candidates for the post of the Minister of Health.  Nevertheless, he had made this decision given the high authority of Valery Malashko.

28.01.2017

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus should build and maintain relationships with Serbia
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus should build and maintain relationships with Serbia Close economic and trade contacts of the two countries were established in 2009. Then Belarus and Serbia signed a free trade agreement. For the last years the trade turnover grew almost five times. In 2015, it was more than $250 million. And the volume of mutual trade declined in 2016. The situation must be corrected, said Alexander Lukashenko. “We need to unite and work together to survive and develop in such difficult conditions," was his message.
Belarus President makes new appointments
Belarus President makes new appointments Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has approved the appointment of a number of first deputies and deputy ministers on January 27. The President also appointed a number of heads of district executive committees and regional administrations.  Common tasks set for new officials are work with people, high demands of discipline, invigoration of the operation of state companies and infrastructure development.

27.01.2017

Official visit of Serbian Prime Minister to Minsk continues
Official visit of Serbian Prime Minister to Minsk continues Belarus is ready to increase the supply of equipment to Serbia, the Belarusian Prime Minister pointed out after meeting with Alexander Vucic. The Belarusian government and the parliament discussed trade and economic relations between Minsk and Belgrade. The parties signed a roadmap of bilateral cooperation for two years, which includes about 50 events. They will help to enhance cooperation in agriculture, science and technology.Aleksandar Vucic, chairman of the Government of the Republic of Serbia:

26.01.2017

Full-fledged e-government to be set up in Belarus
Full-fledged e-government to be set up in Belarus The mechanism of e-government still needs to be improved in Belarus. The Council of Ministers discussed the prospects concerning the development of digital economy and the information society. Belarus Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov drew attention to the insufficient use of modern technologies by experts in different fields. The volume of the mails transmitted in digital form is less than half the total number of documents now. In regions outside of Minsk, this figure is even less than 30%.

25.01.2017

Belarus-France diplomatic relations: 25th anniversary on January 25
Belarus-France diplomatic relations: 25th anniversary on January 25 Today, on January 25, Belarus and France mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations. The Foreign Ministry of Belarus has emphasized that this anniversary year for Belarus and France will take place under the sign of friendship, mutual interest and marching towards new horizons.

24.01.2017

Book of memoirs of Belarusian diplomats presented in Minsk
Book of memoirs of Belarusian diplomats presented in Minsk Belarus-China relations are now reflected in the memories of Belarusian diplomats. A book dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries was presented in the Friendship House on January 23. The memories of five ambassadors of Belarus in China are collected in the publication. The diplomats have been working on the book during the year. They divided it proportionally: one year of service in China equals to eight pages of the book.
President Lukashenko urges to optimize Interior Ministry
President Lukashenko urges to optimize Interior Ministry Alexander Lukashenko has heard out a report from the Minister of Internal Affairs Igor Shunevich on the 24th of January. The President emphasized that the funds saved thanks to state apparatus optimization will remain on the accounts of the ministry. During the meeting, the Minister of Internal Affairs reported on the performance of law enforcement bodies in 2016 and the plan of organizational and practical events aimed at raising the efficiency of the Interior Ministry.

22.01.2017

Alexander Lukashenko to the leader of China: We proud of Belarus and China truly allied relations
Alexander Lukashenko to Xi Jinping: We are proud of Belarus and China relations This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the establishment of the Belarus-China diplomatic relations. On this occasion, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and President of China Xi Jinping exchanged congratulatory messages. One of the biggest results of cooperation is the construction of the Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park Great Stone. It’s already called a true gem of the economic belt of the Silk Road.
Vladimir Makei: Many states arrogate Belarus' history to themselves
Vladimir Makei: Many states arrogate Belarus' history to themselves Many other states arrogate Belarusian history to themselves, said Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei on January 20. Mr Makei noted that Belarusians should make sure that their history is objective and people see Belarus is a country with great long-lasting traditions.
Belarus to seek for additional oil as Russia cut supplies
Belarus to seek for additional oil as Russia cut supplies The reduction of Russian oil supplies to Belarus will be replaced by alternatives, said Belarus President meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko. This question was already raised at the end of 2016. From an economic point of view, Belarus considered the possibility of oil supplies from the Black Sea and the Mediterranean regions.
Belarus to build migrant detention centers funded by EU?
Belarus to build migrant detention centers funded by EU? The cancellation of visas by Belarus does not mean the abolition of control, said Alexander Lukashenko meeting with state border authorities. Recently, the President made an unprecedented decision to abolish visas for citizens of 80 countries, including the USA, EU and others. The Head of State stressed that this decision does not bear any risks for Belarus or the neighboring countries.

20.01.2017

We always support each other: Cui Qiming about diplomatic relations between Belarus and China
We always support each other: Cui Qiming about diplomatic relations between Belarus and China Belarus and China celebrate the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations. Over this time the countries have become reliable strategic partners in various areas. Many global investment projects are being implemented. For example, the Industrial Park Great Stone. Credit support from China is growing too. Minsk and Beijing also are expanding the trade turnover.

19.01.2017

Belarus’ cooperation with Sudan, Egypt: concluded agreements and plans for future
Belarus’ cooperation with Sudan, Egypt: concluded agreements and plans for future Belarus President completed official visits to Egypt and Sudan on January 17. The leaders of the countries defined strategies for future partnership cooperation in Cairo and Khartoum. Moreover, in each of the capitals, business communities held talks that resulted in dozens of agreements. Taking into consideration global trends, African countries, first of all, have a good potential. The proof can be seen in the rapid growth of investment attractiveness of these states.
Belarus and Sudan sign agreement on friendly relations and cooperation
Belarus and Sudan sign agreement on friendly relations and cooperation Belarus and Sudan held official negotiations in Khartoum. The leaders of the two countries put emphasis on economic cooperation. 

18.01.2017

Official talks between Alexander Lukashenko and the Sudanese President were held in Khartoum.
Presidents of Belarus, Sudan hold official talks in Khartoum Belarus is ready to participate in projects to develop industries and infrastructure of Sudan. Official talks between Alexander Lukashenko and the Sudanese President took place in Khartoum. Belarus’ head of state and the members of the official delegation arrived in Khartoum on January 16. In the morning on January 17, Alexander Lukashenko arrived at the residence of his Sudanese counterpart Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir. The one-on-one negotiations have already been held. The sides plan to put emphasis on economic cooperation.

17.01.2017

Alexander Lukashenko met with the Prime Minister of Egypt Sherif Ismail in Cairo
Economy, defense basis for Belarus-Egypt cooperation Economy and defense should be the basis for Belarus-Egypt cooperation. Alexander Lukashenko met with the Prime Minister of Egypt Sherif Ismail in Cairo January 16. The sides will form a plan for short and mid-term strategies in the near future, the Belarus head of state emphasized. In his turn, the Egyptian Prime Minister expressed hope that the Belarus President’s visit will take relations between the two countries in economy and politics to a higher level.
Visa-free entry for foreigners in Belarus: basic principles
Visa-free entry for foreigners in Belarus: basic principles Belarus introduces a visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries. There are all EU countries, Brazil, Indonesia, the USA, Japan and others. Foreigners will be able to visit Belarus without a visa through the National Airport and stay here up to five days. The changes take effect on February 12.

15.01.2017

Alexander Lukashenko arrives in Egypt on official visit
Belarus President arrives in Egypt on official visit About an hour ago, the Belarusian President's plane landed at Cairo International Airport. Alexander Lukashenko was met at the airport by the Minister of Tourism of Egypt, Mohamed Yehia Rashed. In Cairo, Alexander Lukashenko will hold talks with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. In the narrow and expanded formats, the heads of state will discuss current cooperation and prospects for reaching a new level of interaction.

13.01.2017

Alexander Lukashenko to make official visits to Egypt and Sudan on January 15-17
Alexander Lukashenko to make official visits to Egypt and Sudan on January 15-17 Alexander Lukashenko will make official visits to Egypt and Sudan on January 15-17, according to the presidential press service. The head of state will hold negotiations with the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo. During the talks in contracted and extended formats, the two sides are planning to discuss the current issues of cooperation and prospects of achieving a new level of interaction. Among the topical issues to be discussed is the development of trade-economic relations and industrial cooperation.

12.01.2017

Alexander Lukashenko and Ivan Noskevich
President to discuss work of Belarusian law enforcement authorities The work of enforcement authorities will be discussed at a meeting with the head of state in the near future, as Alexander Lukashenko stated during the working meeting with Chairman of the Investigative Committee Ivan Noskevich. Reforms, the optimization of the judicial and investigative systems as well as the results of its activity in 2016 are among the issues on the agenda of the meeting.
President changes “social parasites” list
Belarus President changes “social parasites” list The list of persons who are obliged to participate in the financing of public expenditures was changed in Belarus. The President amended the decree on the prevention of social dependency. Participants of the national sports teams and alternative servants in the army are now exempt from the so-called 'social dependency' tax. The unemployed who are sent to retraining are excempt only if there are no complaints about them at universities.
Development of contractual legal framework discussed in Minsk on January 12
Development of CIS legal framework discussed in Minsk January 12 The development of the contractual legal framework of the CIS was discussed in Minsk on January 12. The CIS Council of Permanent Representatives has examined the concept of Russia's presidency of the union in 2017. According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, this solution may raise the CIS activity to a new level. However, there is an urgent need to review the contractual legal framework of the Commonwealth. Many of the laws have lost their relevance over a quarter of a century.

08.01.2017

Terrorist attack in Jerusalem: Belarusians not injured
Terrorist attack in Jerusalem: Belarusians not injured A truck drove into a group of people on the promenade in the popular tourist destination Old Town in Jerusalem January 8. There are dead and injured in the accident. The Foreign Ministry of Belarus has confirmed there are no Belarusian citizens among them. The truck driver was shot dead. The police qualified the incident as a terrorist attack. The tragedy very much resembles the Berlin scenario.

05.01.2017

Belarus calls on Lithuania to continue dialogue on Astravyets NPP construction
Belarus calls on Lithuania to continue dialogue on Astravyets NPP construction Belarus stands for competent discussion with Lithuania on the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant in Astravyets through relevant agencies, said the Foreign Ministry of Belarus on January 5 commenting on the appointment by Lithuania of a special ambassador for the Astravyets NPP.  Among such institutions are bodies involved in environmental protection, energy and economy. Earlier, Lithuania repeatedly expressed concern about incidents on the construction site of the future Belarusian NPP in Astravyets (Ostrovets).

30.12.2016

Russia may scale down military presence in Syria
Russia may scale down military presence in Syria A breakthrough has happened in the agreements on Syria. The parties to the conflict have signed several truce documents. In just a few hours, a truce is expected to come into force in that country. It was promised that everyone would support it but the Syrian government forces do not rule out that the militants may try to disrupt the ceasefire. These agreements are not only a package of temporary measures but the start of the negotiation process, which should put an end to the war in the Arab Republic.

28.12.2016

Belarus' information shield to become more reliable
Belarus' information shield to become more reliable Belarus' "information shield" will become more reliable. Today, information wars and fight against this kind of attacks is one of the priorities for intelligence services around the world. It means not only the protection of national interests, but also combating those who recruit youth to terrorist organizations.

27.12.2016

Christmas market in Berlin and art exhibition in Ankara: Who will save the world from terrorism?
Christmas market in Berlin and art exhibition in Ankara: Who will save the world from terrorism? Security in Europe and the world is the most important topic. This was again proven during the few days when the terrorist attack in Berlin happened and the Russian ambassador was cynically killed in Istanbul. Alexei Volkov continues the topic.
Belarusian officials mourning Tu-154 crash
Belarusian officials mourning for Tu-154 crash victims People continue to light candles and bring flowers to the Russian embassy in Minsk for the second day. The diplomatic mission has opened a book of condolences in connection with the Russian Tu-154 crash. Representatives of Belarus' government have also left words of sorrow and support in the book. Emotions overwhelm everyone: Belarusians mourn together with the brotherly people.
Russia thanks Belarus for support after December's tragic events
Russia thanks Belarus for support after December's tragic events Moscow appreciates the fact that Belarus mourns together with Russians, said spokesman of the Kremlin Dmitry Peskov. Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for the President of the Russian Federation:We very much appreciate the fact that the people of Belarus today mourns together with Russians. This is very important and this once again this testifies to the level of our relations and our union.

26.12.2016

People devoted to their state: New leadership of Belarus Presidential Administration appointed
People devoted to their state: New leadership of Belarus Presidential Administration appointed The head of state of Belarus took important personnel decisions this week stopping all sorts of guesses about who will chair the Presidential Administration. Let’s start our program with this very topic. Polotsk accepted the main domestic news of last week without surprise. It is here where Natalia Kochanova, now head of the Presidential Administration, began her career. Here, her personality and inner core were noticed even from college.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus can't stay aloof from tragic events in Russia
President Lukashenko: Belarus can't stay aloof from tragic events in Russia Belarus mourns for victims of a plane crash near Sochi. The life of 92 persons broke in the crash of Tu-154 aircraft over the Black Sea. On board were the Song and Dance Ensemble named after Alexandrov, journalists, military and famous doctor Elizaveta Glinka. They all flew to Syria to congratulate the Russian military on the New Year. Opening a December 26 meeting, Alexander Lukashenko began with words about the tragedy.

23.12.2016

Alexander Lukashenko sends congratulations to Japan Emperor on 83rd birthday
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Japan Emperor on 83rd birthday Thousands of Japanese have come to the Palace Square in Tokyo to celebrate the Emperor's birthday. On December 23 Akihito turned 83. The monarch thanked people for their support in his decision to gradually withdraw from the management because of old age. Over time, Crown Prince Naruhito will take his place on the throne. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko congratulated the Emperor of Japan Akihito and the people of that country on the national holiday.
Belarusian captures video minutes after Berlin terror attack
Belarusian captures video minutes after Berlin terror attack The terrorist attack in Berlin is a horrific event that shook all the inhabitants of Germany. It is scary to think that a person who was literally adopted by the country was able to cause so much pain to its inhabitants. Today Germans say their Christmas was stolen. Many do not understand how one can cheer up and go back to festive atmosphere, not to mention the families who have lost loved ones.
Belarus upset about Russian researcher's statements
Belarus upset about Russian researcher's statements The Belarusian Foreign Ministry has expressed protest in connection with the incorrect statements about Belarus of the director of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, Leonid Reshetnikov. On December 22, the Belarus Foreign Ministry called the minister-counselor of the Russian embassy. During the meeting, the diplomat was notified about Belarus' protest. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs deems facts in Mr Reshetnikov's statements unfounded and their form unacceptable.

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