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Minsk talks on Ukraine crisis: outside the building
OSCE still considers Minsk agreements on Ukraine essential basis for peaceful settlement The Minsk documents on Ukraine continue to be an indispensable basis for the peaceful settlement on the conflict in the east of the country. This was said in a statement of the tripartite contact group published by the OSCE. It reads about the implementation of the Minsk protocol and Minsk memorandum, both signed in September 2014.


Belarusian police deny arrests over Charlie Hebdo rally near French Embassy in Minsk Anastasia Dekhtyar, CTV:During the open dialogue with the Belarus President, a BBC correspondent raised this question: was it possible to avoid detentions over the Charlie Hebdo rally near the French embassy in Minsk? What can you say about this?
Belarus Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei
Belarus Foreign Ministry: Contact group meeting is a unique chance to stop the bloodshed in Ukraine The meeting of the tripartite contact group on Ukraine is underway in Minsk. Today, on January 31, representative of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma, OSCE Special Representative Heidi Tagliavini, Russia's Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov, as well as the representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics arrived in the Belarusian capital. Leonid Kuchma has already met Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei. The sides discussed the situation in the conflict zone and the way out of the crisis on the basis of the Minsk agreements signed in September 2014.
Police reveals details about rallies in support of Charlie Hebdo in Minsk Open dialogue with journalists of the President of Belarus had its consequences less than 24 hours after it ended. On January 30, reaction to a number of questions asked during the press conference followed. Minsk police told the details of meetings in support of the publication Charly Hebdo and "Maidan" in Ukraine. A representative of a foreign mass media asked the President about these issues during the press conference. The Head of State instructed to thoroughly sort out these matters and provide the askers with information.


Alexander Lukashenko's January 29 press conference highlights
Alexander Lukashenko's January 29 press conference highlights Alexander Lukashenko met with Belarusian and foreign media on January 29. CTV correspondent Natalia Breus was also present at the event. The Belarus President loves to speak to domestic and foreign media. There is a range of problems that the media representatives wanted to discuss. The format of the event was not an ordinary press conference as in recent years but a simple dialogue. Alexander Lukashenko asked the from the very beginning to come to the microphones and talk about any subject.
Trilateral contact group to meet on 30 January in Minsk The tripartite contact group to resolve the situation in the Donbass featuring official representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE will be held in Minsk on January 30.
Alexander Lukashenko
Alexander Lukashenko: War is going on near Belarus. I have to react Open dialogue. Alexander Lukashenko is about to finish talking to Belarusian and foreign journalists. The January 29 press conference has brought together about 250 journalists. Responding to questions on one of the most pressing issues in recent months, the settlement of the situation in Ukraine, the President noted that Belarus has fulfilled all requests from the parties concerned regarding the provision of a platform for negotiations. The head of state said Belarus is not going to score political points in this matter.
Opinions of Minsk residents on Alexander Lukashenko's meeting with media The meeting of the President in the new format aroused great interest among the general public, both experts and ordinary people. People have shared their opinion on the meeting with CTV correspondents. Minsk residents:I just went and listened to on the radio. In the evening, I will watch the TV version because many questions that are raised are really urgent today. People can express directly what they think. I believe that it is useful. It would be better if such meeting would be held more often.
Alexander Lukashenko denies lobbying in President's personnel decisions Open dialogue. At that moment Alexander Lukashenko continues to communicate with the media. Every journalist can pick up at a meeting any subject, express personal opinions and stance. For example, the CTV channel correspondent Natalia Breus asked Mr Lukashenko about the recent reshuffle in the leadership of the country.


Some 260 journalists to meet with Alexander Lukashenko January 29
Some 260 journalists to meet with Alexander Lukashenko January 29 About 260 journalists will arrive at the meeting with the President of Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko intends to talk with representatives of Belarusian and foreign media on January 29.  The event will be held at the Palace of Independence and will begin at 11.00. The First National Channel of the Belarusian Radio will make a live broadcast. The meeting with the head of state will feature reporters of various newspapers, news agencies, Internet publications, TV and radio stations, with more than half of journalists representing the country's regions.


Independence Palace in Minsk
Alexander Lukashenko to give press conference for Belarusian, foreign media January 29 Alexander Lukashenko will meet with representatives of Belarusian and foreign media on Thursday, January 29. The event will be held at the Palace of Independence and will begin at 11.00 Belarusian time.  The First National Channel of the Belarusian Radio will make a live broadcast of the press conference. It is expected that the meeting will bring together 260 journalists from various newspapers, news agencies, Internet publications, TV and radio stations.


Belarus' Foreign Minsitry building
Belarus urges to stop fire in Ukraine: Foreign Ministry "Belarus with deep pain perceived news about the tragic events in Ukraine related to the deaths of civilians in Mariupol on January 24," said in a statement the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus. The statement was posted on January 26 at the official website of the department. The Belarusian side expresses its deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims.


Latvia pledges support to Belarus at all levels Latvia pledges support to Belarus at all levels. The country presiding in the EU Council would like to see Belarus as a member of the Council of Europe is interested in simplifying the visa regime between Belarus and the EU. On January 23, this was stated by Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of Latvia Andrejs Pildegovičs in Minsk.  According to him, Belarus will be invited to all events of different levels held by Latvia.  The diplomat expressed hope that by the end of May, relations between the EU and Belarus will reach a new level. 
Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko
Vladimir Putin, Alexander Lukashenko to meet before long On January 23, the presidents of Russia and Belarus held a telephone conversation. Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin discussed a wide range of issues on the international agenda as well as bilateral cooperation. The heads of state agreed to meet in the near future. On the same day, it was decided to hold a meeting of the Supreme Council of the Belarus-Russia Union State in early March. In addition, the presidents agreed on joint action to overcome the economic problems.


Dmitry Mironchik, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus
Belarus ready to do everything possible to resolve conflict in Ukraine On January 22, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry once again called on the warring parties in Ukraine to resolve the conflict. The Foreign Ministry of Belarus made it clear that if necessary it will organize meetings of the contact group in the formats agreed upon by the parties to the negotiation process. 


President: Youth policy has always been one of Belarus' priorities On January 20, all roads of Belarus led the youth in Minsk where the 42th Congress of the Belarusian National Youth Union (BRSM) was held. A large-scale forum was held in the Palace of the Republic. It gathered thousands of participants from across the country and abroad. The event was attended by the President of Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko always treats young people with attention and trust.  The President supported all the proposals and noted that the current Year of Youth should be remembered for many generations.


Alexander Lukashenko approves decision on protection of Belarus' state border in 2015 The President of Belarus approved on January 19 a decision on the protection of the state border of Belarus in 2015. This is a traditional annual procedure. The President stressed that border security is among the most important issues of Belarus' public policy. Alexander Lukashenko asked the officials at the meeting to what extent the negative tendencies in neighboring countries, which have manifested themselves in recent years along the Belarusian border, are taken into account in the draft document.
UN Secretary-General calls on sides to stop escalation of Ukraine conflict Ban Ki-moon has urged to stop the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine at all costs. The concern is caused by the deteriorating situation in the south-east of the country.  Over the last few days, the intensity of the fighting has increased. The UN Secretary-General called on all parties to fulfill their obligations under the Protocol and Memorandum concluded during the Minsk talks. Earlier the head of the OSCE demanded that the sides stop a spiral of violence in the south-east of Ukraine and set at the negotiating table.
Andrejs Pildegovičs, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia
Are Belarus-EU visa facilitation talks linked with political freedoms in Belarus? On Tuesday, some foreign media reported that Belarus can make a significant step towards a visa-free regime with EU countries. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia announced these perspectives. However, the launch of negotiations on the visa-free regime in most of these messages was linked to the problem of the so-called "civil liberties." When the program "Week" contacted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, to comment on these statements, it appeared that someone misunderstood something.


Alexander Lukashenko presenting Andrei Kobyakov as the new premier
Alexander Lukashenko wants renewed government to balance Belarus' economic development On January 15, the House of Representatives of the Belarusian Parliament agreed to the appointment of Andrei Kobyakov as the country's Prime Minister. For such a reason, the deputies had to interrupt the winter holidays and meet in an extraordinary session. The head of state, Alexander Lukashenko, presented the new prime minister. Speaking to MPs, the President outlined the key challenges that the renewed government faces today noting that everyone will have to work in difficult conditions. 
Alexander Lukashenko promises further staff rotations prior to 2015 presidential election
Alexander Lukashenko promises further staff rotations prior to 2015 presidential election The Council of the Republic chose a new speaker on January 16. Mikhail Myasnikovich assumed the new post. The senators also gave consent to the appointment of Paul Kallaur the post of chairman of the National Bank of Belarus. The president voiced the main priorities in the economy and politics of the country for 2015. In late 2014, Mikhail Myasnikovich left the post of the prime minister to continue working in the Parliament of Belarus.
Belarus President says no need for snap presidential elections in 2015
Belarus President says no need for snap presidential elections in 2015 This was stated by Alexander Lukashenko during the January 15 meeting of the sixth extraordinary session of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the fifth convocation.
President Lukashenko: Belarus will continue to cooperate with Russia as a very close and brotherly state Having established multi-relations with the Russian Federation, Belarus will continue to work with it as a very close and brotherly state.  This was stated by Alexander Lukashenko during the January 15 meeting of the sixth extraordinary session of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the fifth convocation. Speaking on the theme of Belarusian-Russian relations, the President noted that Belarus has always openly stated its stance and never behaved treacherously towards Russia.


Ioffe: The West's attitude to Belarus is gradually changing
Ioffe: The West's attitude to Belarus is gradually changing The attitude of the West to Belarus is changing. This opinion was expressed by Redford University Professor Grigory Ioffe January 13. The American expert presented in Minsk a book about Belarus.  The book is based, among other things, on interviews with the Belarusian President. Students of the Academy of Public Administration in Minsk were able to speak to the analyst and journalist from the United States. Over the last 15 years, Mr Ioffe has been studying everything happening in Belarus. 


Alexander Lukashenko meets Redford University professor Grigory Ioffe
Alexander Lukashenko meets Redford University professor Grigory Ioffe Belarus deems important an objective expert opinion from outside in this difficult period for Eastern Europe. This was stated by Alexander Lukashenko on January 12 at a meeting with Redford University professor Grigory Ioffe. The professor from America met with Alexander Lukashenko a few times before. During the January 12 meeting, the head of state said that Belarus deems it important to have objective look indifferent experts who would evaluate the situation in Eastern Europe in this difficult time. Grigory Ioffe is the right person to do it. 


Belarus ambassador to France Pavel Latushko from France
Belarus ambassador to France on recent terrorist attacks A wave of terrorist attacks across France began with the attack on the building of the satirical magazine "Charlie Hebdo." Three armed men with assault rifles and grenade launchers stormed the editorial board. 12 people were killed. Among them is the editor in chief of the weekly and authors of cartoons. Immediately after the terrorist attack, France announced the highest level of terrorist threat. And the next terrorist attack happened soon afterwards: explosions in several cities. However, this time without casualties.


Alexander Lukashenko increasingly popular with Internet users Interest in activities and the political figure of the Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has been recently growing steadily. In December, the number of mentions of the Belarusian President in international news feeds of online resources exceeded 11,000. It is twice more than the November figure. Also, on the eve of New Year, Alexander Lukashenko made it into the top 10 most popular persons of the month in the Russian media. Special attention was drawn to the New Year's address of the President.


Foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France discuss Minsk agreements The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France discussed how to launch Minsk agreement on Ukraine, signed in September last year. This telephone conversation took place on January 2. All sides agreed to focus on 'Norman format' of negotiations in the coming days, the French Foreign Ministry informed. The sides noted the importance of an early meeting of the new contact group to discuss "the most important unexamined moments of agreements."
Belarus 2014: Center of political, economic and sporting events The year 2015 has been declared the Year of Youth in Belarus, while the year 2014 was the Year of Hospitality. 2014 can be characterized as a year that was spent in a friendly and really welcoming atmosphere. During the outgoing year, Belarus was a center of economic, sporting and political events. It was  in Minsk where the presidents of Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan as well as EU representatives held a meeting to discuss the Ukrainian crisis and the possible forms of cooperation.


Mass media law toughened in Belarus The law "On Amendments and Additions to the Law of the Republic of Belarus “On Mass Media” came into force on January 1, 2015. The Council of the Republic, the upper chamber of the Belarus parliament, approved the amendments to the Law on Mass Media on December 18.  In particular, these amendments provide that the "foreign" share in the charter capital or shares of media companies should not exceed 20%. Also, the law provides for cases in which access to mass media on the Internet may be restricted.
Armenia joins Eurasian Economic Union Armenia has officially become a member of the Eurasian Economic Union. The agreement on accession of that country to the Treaty on the EEU came into force on January 2, the press service of the Eurasian Economic Commission informs. Armenia became the fourth member of the new integration association - after Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus. According to the agreement, Armenia also accedes to other international normative acts within the legal framework of the EEU, and is committed to their implementation.


Eurasian Economic Union becomes operational January 1 The creation of the new integration association, the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), is perhaps the most anticipated event of the beginning of 2015. On January 1, the integration entity became operational. Belarus will be the first president of the organization. Armenia will join the three founding members - Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan - on January 2.  Kyrgyzstan will complete all formalities in May. Thus, the EEU will unite almost 180 million people.
Alexander Lukashenko holds telephone conversation with Moldova's president Nicolae Timofti At the initiative of the President of Moldova Nicolae Timofti, a telephone conversation with the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has been held. 


Ukraine talks in Minsk format should continue, Poroshenko says Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko believes that it is possible to resolve the conflict situation in the south-east of the country only on the basis of the Minsk agreements. He stated this at a press conference. "The main thing is to turn a fragile truce in the east into a stable, secure and lasting peace on the basis of my peace plan and the Minsk arrangements. This can be done only on the basis of the Minsk protocol," he said.
President Lukashenko: Belarus and Russia have disagreements, not antagonism The format of the Union State of Belarus and Russia has not exhausted itself. The President answered journalists' questions on December 29. After all, in spite of other integration models, the Union means not only economic cooperation, but also the military and political one. No one has plans to close this integration project. Despite the controversy, there is no antagonism in the relations between Belarus and Russia. Alexander Lukashenko spoke about the recent talks with Vladimir Putin.


2014: Belarus-Ukraine relations review The meeting of the , which was scheduled for December 26 in Minsk, did not take place: not easy to solve all conflicts and to take into account the interests of all parties. Nevertheless, Belarus' peacekeeping image is now more popular than the image of a "totalitarian state."  
Belarus President dismisses key government officials a year prior to presidential election The Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has made a number of appointments in the government and other important state positions. Saturday was marked by great personnel changes in Belarus. Despite the fact that the country had a day off on Saturday, the President did not have a rest. Although just a couple of days are left before the New Year holidays, there's no reason to relax. Belarus should enter 2015 with renewed vigor. That is why Alexander Lukashenko made a number of personnel decisions on December 27. Some 26 people got new posts.


Ukraine starts to implement Minsk agreements Ukraine has started to implement the Minsk agreements. At this moment, Ukraine and separatist forces are exchanging prisoners in the Donbas. It is not known how many people will return home.  However, during the last meeting of the contact group in Minsk, it was decided that by December 30, the exchange process will be fully completed.  In addition, it is expected that heavy military equipment will be moved back from the front line in the southeast of Ukraine to create a safe zone of 30 kilometers. 
Belarus to keep state control over prices 'forever' Problems in the Belarusian economy are being gradually resolved, including recent financial and foreign currency issues, said the Belarus Head of State at a meeting on the country’s economic development.  Last time, this topical issue was discussed a week ago.  And on 26 December, which is a public holiday in Belarus, the Government reported back on its work to the President. --- More on the topic: Export diversification among Belarus' top priorities in 2015
Russian newspaper calls Alexander Lukashenko politician of the year The balanced position of the Belarus President on the situation in Ukraine and the "Minsk format", the only way to continue the negotiations on the Ukraine crisis. One of the leading Russian newspapers "Vedomosti" called Alexander Lukashenko politician of the year, saying he is, quote, "perhaps the main peacemaker in Europe." The media outlet also notes that the President of Belarus in 2014, distinguished himself as an "extremely skilled diplomat and business executive", not allowing the country's economic instability.


Alexander Lukashenko, in Moscow, visits National Defense Control Center of Russia At the end of Eurasian summits In Moscow, Alexander Lukashenko, together with other heads of state visited the National Center for Control of Defense of Russia at the invitation of Vladimir Putin.  This powerful complex became operational in December. All information flows get here. This allows monitoring the situation in any division of the Russian Armed Forces real-time, in a given hour and even minute.  Hardware and software systems are able to simulate crisis situations not only around the Russian borders, but also anywhere in the world.
President: Belarusians will take care of peace and prosperity in their own land Belarusians will take care of peace and prosperity in their own land. Alexander Lukashenko said this during the December 24 New Year charity festival for children held as part of the ongoing nationwide campaign "Our Children". Addressing the young audience, the President stressed that each of them can do something good for their country. Especially considering that the coming year has been declared the Year of Youth.
Eurasian Economic Union to be launched in 7 days amid disagreements between member states Important political news came from Moscow on December 23. The Belarus President visited Russia that day to take part in two Eurasian summits in the Kremlin. Military and economic security dominated the agenda. The presidents took part in the meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and the session of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council.


Belarus to chair Eurasian Economic Union in 2015 Belarus will chair the Eurasian Economic Union in 2015. This was announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin following the December 23 meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Moscow. "In 2015, Belarus will be at the helm of the organization. We would like to wish success to our Belarusian friends," Putin is quoted by RIA Novosti as saying after the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council.
Political, economic security tops agenda of CSTO summit in Moscow Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko took part in the meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in Moscow on December 23. The heads of the six states (Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan) discussed the strengthening of military cooperation within the framework of the Collective Security Treaty. According to Alexander Lukashenko, CSTO member states must firmly and convincingly promote their common stance in the international arena.
Ukraine peace talks due in Minsk 24 and 26 December A meeting of the tripartite contact group to resolve the Ukraine crisis will take place in Minsk on 24 and 26 December.  Such an agreement was reached during a telephone conversation the leaders of Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia. This is according to the official website of the Ukrainian president.
Alexander Lukashenko to take part in CSTO, Eurasian Economic Council sessions in Moscow The President of Belarus has gone to Moscow to attend the session of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and the session of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. On December 23, Moscow welcomes the heads of the six states. In the first half of the day, at the session of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the leaders of Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan will talk about regional security.


Belarus President visits Ukraine, meets Petro Poroshenko Belarus will do its utmost to establish peace in Ukraine. This was stated by Alexander Lukashenko during his working visit to Kiev. Mr Lukashenko met his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko.  The sides discussed a wide range of issues - from the economy to the situation in eastern Ukraine. Mr Poroshenko looks forward to the resumption of the so-called Minsk talks of the contact group to resolve the Ukraine crisis.
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.