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Minsk wants speedy resolution of Ukraine crisis Newly appointed Aide to the Belarus President, Alexander Radkov, voiced the outcome of the December 22 talks between Alexander Lukashenko and Petro Poroshenko. Minsk wants to quickly stabilize the situation in Ukraine because it is a key to successful operation of the two economies.
President Lukashenko: Belarus always does everything Ukraine asks for On December 21, Alexander Lukashenko made a working visit to Ukraine.  Alexander Lukashenko met with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, pointing out that, despite the situation in Ukraine, the bilateral trade had not fallen. Moreover, figures suggest that it is growing. This indicates a serious interest in buying Belarusian goods.


Alexander Lukashenko to meet Petro Poroshenko December 21 Alexander Lukashenko said on December 19 that he is going to meet with Ukraine's counterpart Petro Poroshenko. The presidents are going to meet on December 21. Media representatives also asked Alexander Lukashenko on the possible date of a new round of negotiations of the contact group on Ukraine.


Belarus wants rapprochement with EU based on mutual respect Belarus is interested in normalizing relations with the European partners based on mutually respectful principles. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with former Italy premier Romano Prodi December 17.  The influential politician is visiting Belarus as a private person. However, his views on the situation in the world are of course respectable.


Prodi for tighter Belarus-EU cooperation Sanctions and their impact on the global economy, falling oil prices, the situation in Ukraine, the simplification of the visa regime between the EU and Belarus - all these issues were discussed at the December 16 meeting with former prime minister of Italy and former European Commission President Romano Prodi. The prominent politician arrived in Belarus for the first time. Now the professor of economics gives lectures in various universities around the world.
Alexander Lukashenko signs Belarus' state defense directive Belarus should do everything to ensure military and socio-political security, said Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting of the country's Security Council, which considered a state defense plan, which is designed for five years.  The document outlines almost all potential threats and responses to them. The situation around Belarus is constantly changing. Conflicts break out in the world rapidly and unpredictably. 


Belarus confirms interest in tighter cooperation with African states 10 new ambassadors presented their credentials to Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko December 12. The ceremony symbolizes the official start of diplomats' duties in Belarus. This time, taking part in the ceremony were ambassadors of Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Egypt, the Republic of the Congo, Mozambique, Pakistan, Portugal, Syria, Ecuador and Estonia.   Credentials are formal requests of heads of other states asking the Belarusian President to accord full credence to diplomats' official statements. 
Sanctions against Belarus affect living standards - President Ten new ambassadors presented their credentials to Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. Taking part in the ceremony were ambassadors of Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Egypt, Congo, Mozambique, Pakistan, Portugal, Syria, Ecuador and Estonia. Six ambassadors have a concurrent accreditation in Moscow and Kiev.  Such a rich variety of countries underlines the multi-vector foreign policy of Belarus.


Visa-free travels between Belarus and Israel from April 2015 Members of the lower house of the Belarus parliament have ratified the agreement on visa-free regime with Israel. The deal was signed in September 2014. The document will enter into force 90 days after its ratification by the parliaments of Belarus and Israel and after the sides receive relevant notices through diplomatic channels. The Belarusian foreign minister has estimated the deal will come into effect at the beginning of April. 


Alexander Lukashenko alarmed by state of Belarus-Russia relations The Union State of Belarus and Russia uses all the mechanisms for speedy resolution of the problem of food supplies between the two countries. To discuss the issue, the Belarusian President met on December 9 the Union State Secretary Grigory Rapota. During the meeting the sides exchanged views on the forthcoming meeting of the Supreme Council of the Union State. The event will due in Moscow in late December.  At the meeting, the sides will consider the Union State budget for 2015. Plans have been made to introduce new guidelines concerning its adoption.


Ukraine crisis talks due in Minsk December 9 The meeting of the contact group to resolve the crisis in the Donbass region will be held in Minsk on December 9, said Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko at a briefing in Chuguev, the Kharkov region. According to him, as of December 6, the sides reached a preliminary agreement the parties to the conflict will meet in Minsk on December 9. At the same time, the Ukraine President noted that he is cautiously optimistic about the possibility of a ceasefire from December 9, after the meeting in Minsk.


Central Election Commission head Lidia Yermoshina (R) and CTV director general Yuri Koziyatko (L)
Central Election Commission head about elections in Belarus Lidia Yermoshina, the head of the Central Election Commission, has already given a report to Belarusian senators on the recent elections to the local councils. But the electorate is also interested in the events and facts lying behind the scenes. With that end in view, we have invited Lidia Yermoshina to our program “Picture of the World” with Yuri Kozyatko. She promised to give honest and direct answers.


Alexander Lukashenko and journalist Sergei Dorenko
Alexander Lukashenko: A candidate should prove during elections he is worth becoming a president For every country, a presidential election is a landmark event. It is always disputed and discussed during the event as well as after it. On December 19, 2010, it will have been a year since the last presidential elections in Belarus. On the eve of this date, Alexander Lukashenko met with Russian journalist Sergei Dorenko to recall his first election campaign and ponder over the president's future after his presidential efforts are completed.


Interview with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Washington Post In a three-hour interview with Washington Post senior associate editor Elizabeth Graham Weymouth on February 28, Alexander Lukashenko brought up Belarusian domestic policy, the December 19 presidential election and its consequences. Would you mind if I ask you questions directly just as I ask other leaders? It’s up to you, but sincerity and integrity are fundamental principles of relations that I appreciate.


Alexander Lukashenko: We are between two giants - the EU and Russia The President of Belarus gave an interview to a journalist of the largest French newspaper "Le Figaro" on November 25. The main topics of conversation: Belarus' relations with the EU and France, the Belarusian-Russian cooperation and Belarus’ foreign policy. The head of state spoke about the upcoming presidential election and gave discreet characteristics to some opposition candidates for this high post.


President Lukashenko to Polish media: Time of missed opportunities is in the past For the first time in the history of Belarusian-Polish relations, the Belarus head of state talked with four major media outlets of a neighboring country. Polish journalists from TV channels, radio stations, press agencies and the newspaper "Rzeczpospolita" came to Minsk to talk to the Belarus President. Thus, the TVP channel is the most popular broadcaster in Poland. And the average circulation of the newspaper "Rzeczpospolita" exceeds 170,000 copies. One of the basic themes of the interview was the relationship between Belarus and Poland.


President Lukashenko: Belarus is interested in Eastern Partnership Alexander Lukashenko noted that once everyone was talking about the economic initiative called Eastern Partnership very much. It was created for the active involvement of the EU's eastern neighbors into the European processes of economic and political character. However, there is more hope than reality now. Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus:


President Lukashenko: Gas conflict with Russia is groundless Alexander Lukashenko is confident that the Russian-Belarusian gas conflict has clearly political reasons. Journalist Alex Doval representing Euronews asked the first question about the ongoing gas dispute. Alexander Lukashenko clearly outlined his position, noting that there was no reason for the conflict.