Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico to pay official visit to Belarus
New features in the relations between Belarus and the European Union will be discussed on November 25 in Minsk during the official visit of the Slovakia Prime Minister. Robert Fico will meet with the leadership of our country, as well as take part in the opening of a new Office of the Slovak Embassy in Minsk.
The premier is also scheduled to visit Vitebsk, where a Slovak pharmaceutical company operates.
Robert Fico became chairman of the government of Slovakia in April 2012, when his party "Direction - Social Democracy" won the parliamentary elections.
Foreign Ministry: Belarus ready for Normandy Four ministerial meeting
Belarus is ready to provide all necessary conditions for the effective conduct of the Normandy Quartet ministerial meeting if the parties so decide, said the Foreign Ministry of Belarus.
It became known yesterday that France and Germany are preparing a meeting in this format on November 29 in Minsk, because of the deterioration of the situation in the Donbass. This is according to head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
Belarus remains Russia's important economic partner, Vladimir Putin says
The main news of November 22 came from Moscow where talks continue between Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin. We have just got the first footage from the Kremlin.
Here we have the first points the two leaders made at the highest level. Belarus and Russia are not isolated from the global crisis and are forced to respond quickly to them, together, said Alexander Lukashenko.
Belarus remains an important trade and economic partner of Russia, said Vladimir Putin.
Belarus, Russia agree on joint foreign policy actions for near future
On November 22, Belarus and Russia agreed on joint foreign policy steps for the near future at a meeting in Minsk. The foreign ministers of the two countries agreed that it is necessary for the EEU to build a long-term integration with the European Union.
The ministers also discussed interaction with other international organizations, such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and joint actions within the framework of the UN.
Alexander Lukashenko arrives in Moscow for working visit
The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has arrived in Moscow, where he will hold talks with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, as well as to take part in celebrations on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill. The ceremony will be held in the Christ the Savior Cathedral.
Presidents Putin, Lukashenko to meet in Moscow November 22
The President of Belarus on November 22 will pay a working visit to the Russian Federation. Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin will hold negotiations.
The two leaders will discuss the most topical issues of Belarusian-Russian relations, political cooperation, the development of the integration process, and the situation in the region and the world.
In addition, Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin will take part in a ceremony to congratulate the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, who has turned 70.
Belarus proposes new Helsinki process to improve East-West relations
Belarus pursues a balanced internal and external policy. As a result, the European Union is ready to open a new page in bilateral relations. The prospects of mutually beneficial cooperation were discussed at the November 21 meeting of the President with EU diplomats. Minsk was visited by a group of European officials headed by Chairman of the Council of the EU Political and Security Committee Walter Stevens.
Belarus President about his pets and son's social networks
The President of Belarus sent a letter of cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky with appreciation that an astronaut does not forget his roots. On Thursday, meeting with journalists from 46 regions of Russia, Lukashenko remarked that Novitsky is now a Russian citizen, but inside he's still a Belarusian man.
Walter Stevens: EU wants to open new chapter in relations with Belarus
The European Union countries want to open a new chapter in relations with Belarus, said Walter Stevens, Chair of the Political and Security Committee (PSC) of the Council of the European Union.
According to Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus cannot face a choice between East and West. Belarus' foreign policy is consistent and predictable, he added.
Belarus remains pole of stability in Europe
Belarus is increasingly seen as a pole of stability in the region, said Belarus President on November 21 as he met with the delegation of the Political and Security Committee of the EU Council.
According to Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus cannot face a choice between East and West. Belarus' foreign policy is consistent and predictable, he added.
Russian media: Belarusian President confirmed his position on a number of points
The first line of newspapers and publications of Russian regional mass media on 18 November was dedicated to the Belarusian President's press-conference.
A multi-day press tour of representatives of regional mass media of Russia and the leading bloggers in Belarus completed on November 18. Late at night, journalists went to their offices and 18 November shared their material with the audience.
The publication Russkaya Sila writes about the attitude of the Belarusian leader to history.
Ramzan Kadyrov reacts to Belarus President's criticism
The head of the Chechen Republic has reacted to the words of the Belarusian leader. Alexander Lukashenko was responding to a reporter's question on the establishment in Chechnya of an investment platform for economic cooperation with Belarus' participation.
The Belarus President said he was ready to support the proposal and recalled that Minsk had waited for a visit of the Chechen delegation for too long.
Ramzan Kadyrov said he is ready to come to Belarus to discuss ways to enhance cooperation.
Belarus-EU relations discussed in Minsk
The interaction of Belarus and the EU was discussed at the Foreign Ministry of Belarus on November 16. The Foreign Minister met with the Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia in the European External Action Service, Thomas Mayr-Harting.
He led a delegation that arrived in Minsk to take part in the second meeting of the coordinating group of Belarus and the EU. The focus of the participants will be on the priorities of bilateral partnerships, cooperation in the framework of the Eastern Partnership.
Belarus President to hold press conference for Russian media November 17
The participants of the press tour of Russian media in Belarus on November 16 are getting familiar with Bobruisk, after visiting a few other towns. They are getting familiar with Belarus' socio-economic development. Prior to that, in the Mogilev region, journalists visited Mogilev and the Shklov district.
Tomorrow is the final day of the tour. Representatives of Russian regional mass media will attend a press conference by the President of Belarus. Accredited for it are members of about 100 media outlets as well as Russian bloggers.
Belarus President says meeting with Erdogan was 'very positive'
Visiting the Mogilevkhimvolokno company on November 14, Alexander Lukashenko talked to the labor collective of the enterprise. One of the questions was about the prospects of the Belarus-Turkey economic cooperation.
The head of state shared the results of the recent talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
It's a kind of magic or Who is Mr Trump?
These days the habitants of Navahrudak can't help talking about the man who is got to be a President of another country soon. Some time ago there, in Navahrudak, lived the ancestors-in-law of Donald Trump – the brand new winner of the U.S. presidential race. By the way, the idea of six degrees of separation, according to which we are about six steps away from every person on the planet, was created by American scientists... But there are not just some five acquaintances, but neighbours between the habitants of Navahrudak and the U.S. President elect.
Union State Council of Ministers to be held in December
Belarus and Russia will improve the mechanism of decision making concerning joint programs.
On November 14, the preparation to the up-coming Council of Ministers of the Union State was discussed. It is planned to hold at the beginning of December, but the exact day is still under discussion. There are 24 issues on the agenda. One of the key issues is establishing of equal conditions of competition for manufacturers of both countries. It is planned to discuss three programs of the Union State.
Will Trump victory affect Belarus-USA relations?
Grigory Ioffe, a professor of Redford University, historian and publicist, has answered questions of the program Picture of the World about the presidential race in the USA.
Grigory Ioffe, professor at Redford University (USA):
Is Trump's win a sensation or is it quite normal in America where everything is possible?
Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Alexander Lukashenko: $1 billion dollars turnover is possible
On November 11, the President of Turkey made his first official visit to Belarus. The visit is a very significant step in the relations between two countries.
The program of the visit included the negotiations, opening ceremony of the Cathedral Mosque and business forum that gathered about 500 representatives of large Belarusian and Turkish companies.
It is worth mentioning that Turkey became the first country to acknowledge the independence of Belarus after the collapse of the USSR.
Turkish President’s wife Emine Erdogan visits Center of Children's Oncology and Hematology in Borovlyany
The President of Turkey arrived in Minsk accompanied by his wife. Emine Erdogan devoted her visit to art and charity.
Her acquaintance with Belarus started with the National Art Museum. The First Lady of Turkey was impressed by the main art collection of our country. After seeing the exhibition, Mrs. Erdogan discussed with the head of the museum the possibility to hold exhibitions of the Turkish art in Belarus and the Belarusian art in Turkey.
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Poland on Independence Day
Poland celebrates Independence Day on November 11.
The country regained its freedom on 11 November 1918, when WWI ended - after 125 years of being under other states' rule.
Independence Day is a public holiday in Poland. It is marked by a military parade in the center of Warsaw. Celebrations, concerts and festivities are underway in all cities of the country.
President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko congratulated President of Poland Andrzej Duda and the people of that country on the national holiday.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan comes to Belarus with offical visit for first time
Belarus and Turkey are able to make a new step in their relations. A few hours ago, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan began his official visit to Belarus. The Turkish leader's plane landed at the Minsk National Airport.
Next, the Turkish leader went to the Palace of Independence, where he was met by the Belarusian head of state.
In 2016, the heads of state have already met at the summit of Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which was held in Istanbul in April.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan to arrive in Minsk on November 11
Day of big politics in Minsk: on November 11, the head of Turkey will visit Belarus. The two leaders will hold official talks at the Palace of Independence.
Mr Alexander Lukashenko and Mr Erdogan will discuss the development of bilateral relations with emphasis on the intensification of trade and economic cooperation.
The heads of state will exchange views on issues of regional and international agenda.
They are expected to sign a number of bilateral documents.
Marko Milačić, Montenegro Neutrality Movement leader: Sovereignty is NATO's enemy
The founder and the leader of the Movement for Neutrality of Montenegro, journalist Marko Milačić in the programme Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalyov.
Hello, thank you very much for your time and welcome to Belarus.
Marko Milačić, journalist, leader of the Movement for Neutrality of Montenegro:
Thank you very much, it is also a pleasure for me.
Donald Trump elected 45th USA President: what awaits Belarus
Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States. Trump won 289 votes against 219 got by Hillary Clinton.
By the way, the victory of the Republican leader was predicted in Belarus in the midst of the struggle for a place in the White House. What Belarus should expect from the US choice and how American people made this choice.
President Lukashenko to meet with Recep Tayyip Erdogan November 11
On November 9, it was announced that formal negotiations of President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be held on November 11. They will take place at the Palace of Independence.
The sides will discuss a wide range of issues of bilateral relations with emphasis on the intensification of trade and economic cooperation.
The heads of state will exchange views on issues of regional and international agenda. The sides are also expected to sign several bilateral documents.
Donald Trump wins in US presidential election
Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States. According to exit polls, the eccentric politician won 289 votes against 218 grabbed by Hillary Clinton. The main Democratic candidate has already called the billionaire and admitted the defeat. However, the former first lady refused to make a public statement, at least today.
Alexander Lukashenko’s visits to UAE and Qatar: What they have in common with Belarus
Belarus is being tested by the first snow. However, at first, we will talk about the country where there couldn’t be any snow. The main political news is from this country. The President of Belarus visited the UAE and Qatar. The correspondent Ilona Volynets will tell us about the importance and details of the visit keeping in mind the history and possible consequences.
If you say in Russian "giraffe drinking coffee with syrup, solving algebra algorithms," you will almost speak Arabic. Almost all of these words were borrowed from Arabic.
Joint tractor production in Kyrgyzstan and SCO summit: Belarus' premier visits Bishkek
Terrorism, natural disasters and infection diseases affect the world’s economic perspectives. That was announced at the summit in Bishkek by representatives of member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). The SCO comprises more than 3 billion people, which is more than half of the population of the Earth. Belarus has a status of observer. Andrei Kobyakov visited the capital of Kyrgyzstan.
Andrei Kobyakov invites Li Keqiang to Belarus
Minsk and Beijing discuss bilateral economic cooperation.
On November 5, in Riga, Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov met with Premier of the State Council of China Li Keqiang.
The parties discussed the cooperation in agricultural, industrial and financial sectors and the implementation of large projects. For instance, the China-Belarus Industrial Park can become a pearl of the Silk Road. The majority of the countries participated in the summit are interested in a logistic potential of Belarus.
16+1 summit in Riga: Andrei Kobyakov meets with Li Keqiang and Māris Kučinskis
Belarus takes part in the summit of Heads of Government of Central and Eastern Europe and China 16+1 that is held in Riga.
Belarus participates in the summit as an observer.
Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov arrived in Latvia on a working visit. The format of the meeting is initiated by China for the fifths time. Participants of the summit will discuss the cooperation of countries in spheres of investments, transportation, finance, science, education and culture.
Belarus officially joins Paris Agreement on Climate
Belarus will officially join the Paris Agreement on Climate Change on November 4.
The document brings together the members of the UN Framework Convention in a pursuit to reduce the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
The ratification of the agreement was approved by the decree of the President of Belarus. Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei handed over the document to the UN headquarters in September. The government is sure that participation in the agreement will give impetus to the economic development of Belarus.
Belarus President finishes main part of working visit to UAE
The main part of the visit of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to the United Arab Emirates has come to an end. On 3 and 4 November, at the invitation of the UAE side, the President is meeting with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
It is expected that on November 5, the President of Belarus will have the final meeting with the leadership of the United Arab Emirates,
Belavia expects compensation from Ukraine for plane incident
The crew of Belavia acted correctly in the situation with the return of the Belarusian Boeing in Zhulyany airport, director of the aviation department of the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Belarus Vladimir Kostin told media November 2.
In the near future, Belavia expects to receive compensation from the Ukrainian side for the cost of returning to Zhuliany airport.
Armen Martirosyan on SBU actions: Nothing was charged with me, absolutely
There was no luck with the Belarusian plane leaving the Kiev airport Zhulyany on October 21. Several minutes after the takeoff, the airliner was ordered to make a U-turn and forced to land back in Kiyv under the threat of using fighter jets.
As it turned out later, Ukrainian secret forces were mistaken: the search of one of the passangers failed to find anything suspicious about him and the man was released without charge.
Belarus President for new level of political relations with UAE
Belarus' doors are always open for the United Arab Emirates, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on 1 November meeting with Vice President, Prime Minister and Defense Minister of UAE, Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The main topics of the talks were financial and economic cooperation, investments and strategic projects in logistics and high-tech.
Ukraine threatened to use military aircraft against Belavia plane - recording
New details have emerged about the incident with a return of a Belavia airliner about a week ago. On November 1, Belarus published the transcript of the pilot's dialogue with the manager of the Kiev airport Zhulyany.
The pilot clarifies the reason and says that he is turning the plane around. Thus,
the threat to use military aircraft against Belavia plane in the event of the pilot's non-obedience, which was denied by Ukrainian security services, is obvious.
Belarus' doors always open for UAE, President says
Belarus' doors are always open for the United Arab Emirates, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on 1 November meeting with Vice President, Prime Minister and Defense Minister of UAE, Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The main topics of the Belarus-UAE talks relate to the financial and economic cooperation, investment and strategic projects in logistics and high-tech.
Belarus, UAE discussing promising projects during Alexander Lukashenko's visit
On October 31, President Alexander Lukashenko met with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan - one of the key political figures in the country. He is Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.
The sides talked over the situation in the world, security as well as current and future joint projects. At stake are tens of millions of dollars.
Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:I think if you had a little more rain and snow, you would become multi-rich.
Presidential elections in USA: Political show with elements of comedy?
The main election news today (yesterday and tomorrow) is from the USA. The early voting has already started. The struggle between candidates is a political show with comedy elements. There’s also enough tragedy. The presidential elections have always been staged like this in America. Exactly, staged. It’s not a chaotic line of events. American people are not hiding it and the most intelligent of them are laughing at it. You can watch the comedy Wag the Dog that is 20-year old. There are the same topics and the same maneuvers that campaign managers are using.
Belarus President makes official visit to Qatar, pearl of Persian Gulf
The President of Belarus went to the Middle East region. He is going visit two countries, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. That’s the third visit of Alexander Lukashenko to Qatar. It is a country with ancient history. Even Before the Common Era, inhabitants of this territory were mediating in trade of Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece with India. Thus, they clearly understand economic language. One more important fact is that Qatar is a large oil and gas producer as well as the UAE. And Belarus is interested in it.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus prepared to offer projects beneficial for Qatar
Belarus is prepared to offer projects that are beneficial for Qatar. Alexander Lukashenko announced that during the talks with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani. The Belarus’ President arrived to Qatar for an official visit.
The meeting began with the official ceremony with the guard of honor was taking part. Anthems of both countries were performed.
The President of Belarus and the Emir of Qatar welcome members of official delegations. Afterwards, they headed to a meeting hall.
Ambassador of Belarus to Qatar: “Belarusian construction materials used as finishing for most luxurious houses”
The President of Belarus left for Qatar on October 29. During the official visit to Qatar, Alexander Lukashenko will hold talks with the Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.
As a result, the sides are expected to sign several bilateral documents.
Belarus plans to participate in projects related to infrastructure that are implemented in Qatar. The construction is going on in the capital of Qatar. Mostly, it’s connected with the Football World Championship in 2022.
Alexander Lukashenko to visit Qatar on October 29
The President of Belarus left for Qatar on October 29. During the official visit to Qatar, Alexander Lukashenko will hold talks with the Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.
As a result the sides are expected to sign several bilateral documents. Among them, there is a memorandum about mutual understanding on cooperation of the Ministries of Finance of both countries.
Belarus’ President to visit UAE after Qatar
After finishing the official visit to Qatar, the President of Belarus will go to the United Arab Emirates.
The development of bilateral cooperation and involvement in common projects will be discussed.
Belarus and Russia work on common visa
Belarus and Russia are working on the creation of common migration area.
That question was discussed during the meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Union State on October 28. Many other issues were raised during the meeting.
Grigory Rapota, State Secretary of the Belarus-Russia Union State:We have similar view on key matters. We need to develop our cooperation. This is the most important thing for me.
Eurasian Economic Union and CIS: Future of integration associations discussed in Minsk
Minsk became the center of politics. On October 28, Minsk was hosting a meeting of the heads of governmental delegations of the Eurasian Economic Union and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The President of Belarus took part also met with members of the CIS Council of Heads of Government.
Minsk has become a capital of integration. The day of politics started with the President’ s meeting with the First Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan, Yaqub Eyyubov.
President of Belarus to go to Qatar, Saudi Arabia for visits
The President of Belarus will go to the Middle East region October 29.
During the official visit to Qatar, Alexander Lukashenko will hold talks with the Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.
As a result the sides are expected to sign several bilateral documents.
The President of Belarus will then leave the Qatari capital for a working visit to the United Arab Emirates. Here he plans to hold a series of business meetings.
Alexander Lukashenko welcomes constitutional changes in Azerbaijan
Minsk as a platform for peace negotiations was discussed at the meeting of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko with the First Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan, Yaqub Eyyubov.
The Belarusian state leader congratulated him on the outcome of the referendum in Azerbaijan tha amended the Constitution and confirmed the agreement on the meeting with the head of Azerbaijan on 28-29 November.
In the course of the visit, the President plans to discuss the possible solutions to a number of problems that have accumulated in the bilateral relations.
Each new decision in CIS should be based on economic feasibility, Alexander Lukashenko says
Today Minsk is hosting a meeting of the heads of governmental delegations of the Eurasian Economic Union and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Taking part in the events is also the President of Belarus.
Alexander Lukashenko said that each new decision of the CIS countries must be based on economic feasibility. This is one of the key themes of current agenda in the economic downturn, which is felt worldwide, including by integration associations. The latter, according to the Belarus head of the state, must bring real benefits to the peoples.
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Dmitry Medvedev
On October 28, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko met with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to discuss the most topical issues of Belarusian-Russian relations and cooperation in integration associations.
SEE: Eurasian Intergovernmental Council meeting in Minsk: October 27 discussions
Expert: Eurasian Economic Union and EU have a lot in common
New directions for mutually beneficial cooperation were searched October 27 by politicians from Europe and Eurasia, as well as representatives of the United Nations. Accents have placed on economic integration and the development of business contacts. The Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and the European Union have a lot in common, said Deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus Yevgeny Shestakov at the international conference "Minsk dialogue".
Yevgeny Shestakov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus:
Minsk still a platform for peace negotiations, President Lukashenko says
Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Independent States will meet on 28 October at the National Library of Belarus. The session was preceded by the meetings of heads of CIS delegations with the President of Belarus.
It is already known that Alexander Lukashenko has met with the Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Yagub Eyyubov. According to the Belarusian leader, Minsk still fulfills its obligations of a peace talks platform aiming to resolve various conflicts.
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Turkmenistan on Independence Day
Belarus and Turkmenistan will be able to increase the current level of strategic partnership, reads the congratulation of the Head of the Belarusian State Alexander Lukashenko to the Turkmen leader Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow.
On October 27, the country celebrates 25 years of independence.
Belarus stands for economy without barriers, from Lisbon to Vladivostok
Belarus would like to see economy without barriers, from Lisbon to Vladivostok. The interaction of the largest European integration structures can become a significant element of the new system of global relations, said Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei, speaking October 26 at the international conference of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) on sustainable development until 2030.
Economic development and integration in Europe to be discussed October 26 in Minsk
The topic of economic integration and sustainable development will be discussed in Minsk on October 26. The Belarusian capital will welcome more than 130 guests from the countries participants of the UN European Economic Commission. It includes 56 states. The event will bring together representatives of parliaments, foreign ministries, various integration structures and international organizations.
The event is held as part of the initiative "Integration of integrations" proposed by the President of Belarus.
Belarus President: Relations with Germany and Western Europe important
President of Belarus took a number of personnel decisions on October 25. When appointing new heads of diplomatic missions, Alexander Lukashenko stressed the importance of developing relations with Western Europe. Changes were made to the local vertical of power.
Denis Sidorenko has been appointed new Belarusian Ambassador to Germany. This is responsible position given that Germany is one of the main Western partners of the Republic of Belarus.
Germany is also the locomotive of the EU economy.
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Belarus KGB Chairman Valery Vakulchik
On October 25, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko met with Chairman of the State Security Committee. Valery Vakulchik reported to the President on the work of the department in the areas of national security, protection of economic interests, international cooperation, including in the field of counter-terrorism activities. The officials also discussed the current situation in Belarus and the issues that are under the President's control.
President Lukashenko promises support for creation of Polish enterprises in Belarus
New points of growth in trade turnover between Belarus and Poland were discussed at the meeting between President Alexander Lukashenko with Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers and the Minister of Development and Finance of Poland.
In addition, Poland can become Belarus' "guide" to the WTO and assist in promotion of electricity from the Ostrovets NPP in the European Union.
At a joint business forum, the sides voiced an intention to raise the turnover to $4 billion.
Namibia foreign minister visiting Belarus
Belarus is ready to cooperate with Namibia. This republic is located in the south-west of the African continent. To visit it, Belarusians do not need a visa. Diplomatic relations between the countries were established 15 years ago.
The Foreign Minister of Namibia arrived in Minsk on October 24. Now the sides are working on the formation of a full-fledged legal basis of the bilateral relations.
Belarus’ Foreign Ministry demands apology from Ukraine for forced return of Belavia’s plane
The Foreign Ministry of Belarus demands an apology for the forced return of the Belavia’s plane.
The diplomatic office of Belarus handed over a protest note to Charge d'Affaires of Ukraine in Belarus Valery Dzhigun for the actions of the competent authorities of Ukraine on the forced return of the Belarusian aircraft.
The Belarusian aircraft was flying from Kiev to Minsk. When there was 50 kilometers left till the Belarusian air space, the aircraft was forced to return to the airport in Kiev on demand of the Security Service of Ukraine.
Belarus to settle gas debt with Russia October 21
Belarus will transfer funds to repay the underpayment for Russian gas on October 21, said Minister of Energy of Belarus Vladimir Potupchik. To this day the amount is $281 million.
At the moment, the price of Russian gas for Belarus' gas suppliers is $132 per 1,000 m2. Belarus underpaid for Russian gas in 2016 considering the contract price unfair. Belarus argued that world prices for natural gas have decreased significantly with the fall of oil prices.
Foreign Ministry: Belarus welcomes any progress in resolution of Ukraine crisis
Belarus welcomes any progress, contributing to end the bloodshed in eastern Ukraine. Such a statement was made by the Foreign Ministry of Belarus. This is a reaction to the talks in Berlin of the Normandy Four leaders. Their main achievement was the agreement to budge the stalled process of implementation of the Minsk agreements.
Normandy Four talks finish in Berlin, OCSE mission to be expanded
The Minsk road map and the extension of the OSCE mission are the main results of nearly five-hour talks in the Normandy Four format in Berlin. They ended the day before late at night.
According to experts, it seems that the sides have managed to budge the stalled process of implementation of the Minsk agreements to resolve the situation in the east of Ukraine. The current meeting of the leaders of Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France was the fourth in a row.
Normandy Four meeting starts in Berlin October 19
The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany (the Normandy Four) gathered in Berlin October 19. The parties plan to check whether they are on the same page on the further settlement of the crisis in south-east Ukraine.
The most important issues are the situation in the Donbass and the implementation of the Minsk agreements, which are at an impasse.
The participants continue to recognize the need for compliance with these agreements, however, they interpret the agreement differently.
Parliamentary reboot: First working day of new MPs
The 6th convocation of the Parliament got down to work. MPs have chosen their speakers. Marianna Shchetkina became the deputy. In general, this time there are a lot of women in the Oval Hall. The age of the 6th convocation has also reduced.
The main goal of the 6th convocation is to improve the present legal framework.
Lyudmila Makarina-Kibak, one of the MPs, is a doctor who saved a lot of patients, and voters chose her.
CSTO Summit in Yerevan: results of Presidents’ talks
The CSTO was established to ensure the security. However, the alliance was created long time before the events that took place in Syria, the Middle East or Ukraine. Today, it is necessary to strengthen the security of the countries. The ways to do that were discussed during the summit that was held in Yerevan.
The Presidents of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan participated in the summit.
President of Belarus inspects army officers' training
The system of military training in Belarus should be improved and more teachers with practical experience should be attracted. This assignment was given by President Alexander Lukashenko who met with the leadership of the Belarusian Armed Forces.
The President visited the training site Obuz-Lesnovsky October 19.
Belarus needs to improve military training system, President Lukashenko says
It is necessary to improve the military training system in Belarus. This assignment was given by President Alexander Lukashenko who met with the leadership of the Belarusian Armed Forces. Officers of the Belarusian army are training near Baranovichi October 19.
Professional and job training, the ability to lead your comrades in the fight and to hit the target perfectly, drive tanks and show excellent physical preparation. At the same time, it is important that an officer can teach his subordinates, the President stressed.
Belarus President to check training of military officers
Checkup of the level of training of Belarusian officers will take place at Baranovichi on 19 October. Taking part in the activities will be the President of Belarus.
Alexander Lukashenko will visit the control room of the Ministry of Defense, where he will hear reports on how training of officers in the Armed Forces is organized.
Officers will show their skills at the so-called Field Academy. This is how the 230th Obuz-Lesnaya Training Ground is widely known. At more than 10 acres of woodland you can
USA notes progress in 2016 Belarus' parliamentary elections
The US State Department is counting on further improvements in relations with Belarus, said U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Bridget Brink, adding that "there are many aspects of bilateral relations that are of great importance."
Bridget Brink noted that during her visit to Belarus she held a number of constructive meetings, including with the Foreign Minister, Vladimir Makei.
Belarus-Russian joint drills underway near Brest
Large-scale joint military exercises of paratroopers of Russia and Belarus are now underway at the firing range Brestsky. Today is the active phase. 900 soldiers of the two countries work out the destruction of illegal armed groups in the border area. More than 150 pieces of equipment are involved.
The drills include life in the field, overcoming water barriers and landing from aircraft and helicopters, including at night.
The exercises are as close as possible to the real combat situation.
Politics, history, culture and safety: Why Prince Michael of Kent interested in Belarus
The representative of the royal family, a prominent businessman and philanthropist was visiting Belarus for the first time. He refused from money from the state treasury preferring to live on the income of his own business.
And he is quite successful. The head of his own consulting company has commercial interest in many countries. One of investment directions and also the public interest of the British Prince is road safety.
6th convocation of Belarusian Parliament gets down to work
The 6th convocation of the Belarusian Parliament has started its work this week. The first thing they did was the elections of the leaders. Not much has changed. Mikhail Myasnikovich and Vladimir Andreichenko kept their chairmanship of the Council of the Republic and the House of Representatives. Marianna Shchetkina and Boleslav Pirshtuk became new deputies. Our correspondent Evgeny Pustovoy went together with deputies to the ballot box.
Security and peace: CSTO Summit held in Yerevan
Belarus has acquired the Presidency in the CSTO. This happened during the summit of the CSTO in Yerevan. The CSTO is an international organization that, according to some experts, can stand against NATO in case of the Third World War. However, such alliances are established in order to stop wars from happening. More than 20 documents were signed during the meeting. Most of the documents are kept in secret as they are related to security. Yuliya Beshanova will tell us about what is known.
Strengthening of peace and stability is priority of Belarus’ Presidency in CSTO
Strengthening of peace and stability is the main goal of Belarus that took over the Presidency in the CSTO. The CSTO Summit took place in Yerevan.
The military-political alliance consists of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan.
The countries have mutual interests and their safety is determined by the adopted strategy of collective security until 2025.
Alexander Lukashenko about CSTO: “It’s necessary to determine right priorities to take CSTO to high level”
The heads of state of the CSTO approved the strategy of the collective security until 2025.
On October 14, the heads of state were discussing the future of the military and political alliance. Belarus is getting the chairmanship of the CSTO. Alexander Lukashenko announced the main priorities.
The Presidents of six member countries of the CSTO gathered in Yerevan because Armenia is holding the Presidency at the moment, and because it’s the perfect country to regulate unstable situation in the relationship with Azerbaijan.
CSTO Council in Yerevan: Leaders of six member countries to determine priorities
Strengthening the external borders of the CSTO, expanding the cooperation and measures to combat global terrorism. The leaders of the six countries participating in the military-political alliance will determine the priorities of the collective security on October 14 in Yerevan. The President of Belarus is in Armenia on a working visit.
CSTO Collective Security Council in Yerevan: What issues will be raised?
Yerevan is preparing to host the Collective Security Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). The heads of countries participating in the military-political alliance are going to discuss a collective security strategy until 2025. A serious discussion is planned on the measures to combat terrorism. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko will also take part in the summit. The head of state will announce key security priorities for all alliance members.
Alexander Lukashenko goes on working visit to Armenia
The President of Belarus has departed for Armenia, where he is expected to make a working visit. Alexander Lukashenko will take part in the summit of the leaders of the CSTO member states. On the morning of October 14 his plane took off from National Airport Minsk and headed for Yerevan.
At the session of the Collective Security Council, Belarus will become chairman of the CSTO, which includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan.
Lower chamber of Belarus' parliament forms standing commissions
On October 13, there became known the names of heads of the 14 permanent commissions of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Belarus Parliament. Many of them have retained the chairmanship from the previous convocation.
Addressing colleagues, members of parliament announced their proposals and plans for the four years of work. Thus, MPs intend to complete the judicial reform and introduce mediation in criminal law.
Belarus to take part in CSTO summit in Yerevan October 14
A CSTO summit will be held on October 14 in Yerevan. Taking part in it will be the Belarus President. Alexander Lukashenko will present the position of our country on the priority areas during the presidency of Belarus in this organization. Until today, Armenia has been holding the chairmanship.
The participants will also exchange views on the international situation, will consider topical issues of collective security and counter-terrorism. Following the session, more than 20 documents are expected to be signed.
Belarus' upper chamber of parliament of 6th convocation begins work
The Council of the Republic, the upper chamber of Belarus parliament, now includes new faces and retains an experienced leader. Belarusian senators of the sixth convocation have started to work following the September 2016 parliamentary elections.
On the first day of the first session the parliamentarians adopted a strategy for the four-year work.
Vladimir Andreichenko: Belarus' parliament may adopt about 50 new bills
The House of Representatives has decided on the main areas of legislative activity. On October 11 110 members of the VI convocation of the lower chamber of Belarus' parliament got down to work.
This parliament includes several famous persons, for example singer Irina Dorofeeva.
Yevgeny Pustovoi, CTV:Is it a good number - 105?
New convocation of Belarus parliament's upper house to begin work October 12
The new composition of the Upper House of the Belarusian Parliament, the Council of the Republic, is to begin its work on 12 October. This will be the first session for the sixth convocation.
Following elections in their regions, the Council of the Republic includes heads of leading industrial complexes, farms, party leaders, and doctors.
The city of Minsk and each of the six regions chose eight representatives. Eight more are appointed by the President, according to the Constitution.
Vladimir Andreichenko elected Chairman of lower chamber of Belarus parliament
Former chairman of the House of Representatives Vladimir Andreichenko has retained his post following October 11 voting at the first session of the parliament of the sixth convocation. He previously headed the past two convocations of parliament.
The current composition of parliament includes lawyers, doctors, economists, sportsmen, farmers and creative people.