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22.12.2016

Minsk ready to become large-scale discussion platform during OSCE PA summer session
Minsk ready to become large-scale discussion platform during OSCE PA summer session Minsk is ready to become a large-scale discussion platform during the summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. On December 22, this matter was discussed at a meeting of Belarusian MPs with the OSCE delegation. It is planned that Minsk will host about 700 participants from 56 countries.
Belarus, OSCE interested in open dialogue
Belarus, OSCE interested in open dialogue Belarus and the OSCE are interested in the most open and effective dialogue. The visit of the OSCE delegation to Belarus continues. On December 22, representatives of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, as well as the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will hold talks with MPs of the House of Representatives of Belarus' National Assembly. The sides will consider the possibility of constructive cooperation, including on election issues.
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Leonid Kuchma
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Leonid Kuchma President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has held a meeting with the former head of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma. The two had a warm conversation and exchanged gifts. The sides stressed the friendly relations both on a personal level and between the two peoples. Belarus and Ukraine will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations in 5 days. Alexander Lukashenko said he is glad to meet the former Ukraine president.
CSTO Military Committee meeting in Minsk starts with minute's silence in memory of Russian diplomat killed in Turkey
NATO activity near Belarus borders require attention, CSTO Secretary General says A session of CSTO Military Committee in Minsk started with a minute of silence in memory of the Russian diplomat Andrei Karlov, killed in Turkey several days ago. On December 21, in Minsk, the parties summed up cooperation results of 2016. At the tenth meeting of the Military Committee of the CSTO, the member countries analyzed results of joint operational and combat training. The parties also discussed plans for 2017. In particular, they identified areas for further work to establish a system of interstate information exchange.
Lidia Yermoshina re-appointed as chairwoman of Belarus Central Election Commission
Belarus announces changes to electoral law according to OCSE recommendations The Council of the Republic on December 21 gave consent to the appointment of Lidia Yermoshina chairwoman of the Central Election Commission (CEC). In addition, six members of the CEC were elected by secret ballot. They will also participate in the development of potential innovations in the electoral legislation of Belarus.
Belarus President's press secretary on Presidential Administration appointments
Belarus President's press secretary on Presidential Administration appointments The press-secretary of the President of Belarus told media about the reasons for the high-profile appointments on December 21. Natalia Eysmont also commented on the task of updating the Administration of the President, raised by the head of state. Journalist:The Head of State, before voicing the decision to appoint Natalia Kochanova head of the Presidential Administration, noted that in making this decision he dealt with completely different options and proposals. So why Natalya Kochanova?

21.12.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: We need to reform Presidential Administration
Alexander Lukashenko: We need to reform Presidential Administration Let's start with the staffing decisions made December 21 by the Head of State. Today he picked the leadership of the Presidential Administration. It will be headed by Natalia Kochanova - former Deputy Prime Minister. Her first deputy will be Maxim Ryzhenkov. Prior to that, he served as vice-president of the National Olympic Committee.
Natalia Kochanova appointed head of Belarus Presidential Administration
Natalia Kochanova appointed head of Belarus Presidential Administration The Belarus head of state has made a number of personnel decisions on December 21. In particular, he picked the leadership of the Presidential Administration. It will now be headed by Natalia Kochanova - the deputy prime minister of Belarus. Her first deputy will be Maxim Ryzhenkov. Prior to that, he served as vice-president of the National Olympic Committee.
Kent Härstedt: We would like to work together for prosperity of independent Belarus
Kent Härstedt: We would like to work together for prosperity of independent Belarus Security and stability in the European region can be achieved only by working together. The summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, which will take place in Minsk, will contribute to this goal. On December 20, at the Palace of Independence, Alexander Lukashenko received the representatives of this organization.

20.12.2016

Belarus sends condolences to Germany over truck accident
Belarus sends condolences to Germany over truck accident The truck accident in Berlin was called a terrorist attack. 12 people were killed and 50 injured. The driver was one of people who requested asylum in Germany. On the December 19 evening, the offender got into the truck and drove into the crowd at a Christmas market. The President of Belarus has sent condolences in connection with the tragedy in Berlin.
Belarus to OSCE: Security in Europe is only possible through joint efforts
Belarus to OSCE: Security in Europe is only possible through joint efforts Security and stability in the European region can be achieved only by working together, said the President of Belarus meeting with representatives of the OSCE in the Palace of Independence on December 20. The OSCE delegation arrived in Belarus to discuss security in the region, as well as the September 2016 parliamentary elections. The fact that Minsk will host the summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in 2017 also contributes to the development of cooperation.
Belarus' foreign minister on working visit to Georgia
Belarus' foreign minister on working visit to Georgia On December 20, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Vladimir Makei is on a working visit to Georgia. The Foreign Minister will meet with the Georgian President, Speaker of Parliament and Minister of Foreign Affairs. The sides plan to discuss the whole range of Belarusian-Georgian relations, including political and economic and trade cooperation. They will also discuss the building up of export and cooperation through international organizations. During the visit, Vladimir Makei will take part in a ceremony to open the Belarusian embassy in Georgia.
Russian ambassador murdered in Turkey
Russian ambassador murdered in Turkey The Belarusian side strongly condemns the murder of the Russian ambassador in Ankara, said the Belarus Foreign Ministry in connection with the tragic accident in Turkey. Terrorist attacks on diplomats doing everything possible to find solutions to international conflicts, peace and friendly relations among nations and peoples cannot be justified, reads the statement.
Belarus named Russia's most faithful partner - poll
Belarus named Russia's most faithful partner - poll Alexander Lukashenko has headed the Russian rating of trust to leaders of CIS member states. 65% of Russians said this in a poll conducted by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center. In addition, about 70% of respondents consider Belarus the most stable and successful in the CIS and Russia's main partner in the world arena.

19.12.2016

Belarus' upper chamber of parliament to work closely with Malaysia
Belarus' upper chamber of parliament to work closely with Malaysia The upper chamber of the Belarusian parliament intends to cooperate closely with their counterparts in Malaysia. On December 19, the matter was discussed at a meeting of the Chairman of the Council of the Republic with the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Malaysia. The country is a notable participant in international trade, and ranks first in the region in terms of agricultural exports. The Malaysian authorities associate further economic growth with increased activity in foreign markets.
ODIHR and OSCE Parliamentary Assembly delegations arrive in Minsk December 19
ODIHR and OSCE Parliamentary Assembly delegations arrive in Minsk December 19 The delegation of the ODIHR and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly begin their visit to Belarus on December 19.  The visit will last four days. It is planned that the delegations will present a report on the parliamentary elections in Belarus in October 2016.
UAE foreign minister: Talks with Belarusian side were positive
UAE foreign minister: Talks with Belarusian side were positive Belarus is ready to receive the leadership and business circles of the UAE at a high level, said Belarus' Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei at a meeting of the joint committee for cooperation between the governments of Belarus and the United Arab Emirates. The sides confirmed their mutual commitment to beneficial cooperation. The foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates thanked the Belarusian colleagues for the warm welcome, hospitality and an atmosphere of openness.
Belarus, Malaysia sign memorandum on inter-parliamentary cooperation
Belarus, Malaysia sign memorandum on inter-parliamentary cooperation Belarus and Malaysia signed a memorandum on inter-parliamentary cooperation. A meeting with a delegation headed by the speaker of the House of Representatives of Malaysia took place at the Belarusian parliament on December 19. Our countries are linked by fruitful cooperation in the international arena. Political understanding and similar approaches to the development of national economies provide a good basis for the expansion of bilateral cooperation in trade and economic cooperation.

18.12.2016

Spain and Belarus getting closer: Belarus embassy opens in Madrid
Spain and Belarus getting closer: Belarus embassy opens in Madrid Ambassadors came to Belarus and presented their credentials to Alexander Lukashenko, the President of the Republic of Belarus. A new Belarusian ambassador to Spain will present himself to the King of Spain soon. The foundations of this have been laid down already. Belarus’ diplomatic opportunities were discussed in Madrid and it was obvious that Belarus was of interest to Spain.
Mikhail Morgulis: Trump said Belarus' WWII feat deserves respect
Mikhail Morgulis: Trump said Belarus' WWII feat deserves respect Mikhail Morgulis, political scientist, writer, theologian, founder of the spiritual concept of diplomacy, Honorary Consul of Belarus in the State of Florida (USA) has given an interview with the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev. For Belarusian audience it is very difficult to understand what the electoral system in the United States looks like. Why does it happen that the majority voted for Clinton but it was Trump who won? Who are the electors? How to explain it simply?
Belarus can count on Spain's support in rapprochement with EU, Ignacio Ibanez Rubio says
Belarus can count on Spain's support in rapprochement with EU, Ignacio Ibanez Rubio says The Secretary of State of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has given an interview to the TV program Picture of the World. Yuri Koziyatko, General Director of the Stolichnoe Televidenie company: Can Belarus count on Spain's support in establishing closer and friendly relations between Belarus and the European Union?

16.12.2016

Belarus embassy in Spain to open December 16
Belarus embassy in Spain to open December 16 Belarus will get another embassy in Europe. On December 16, it will open in Madrid, Spain. The diplomatic relations between the countries were established in February 1992. In 2015, bilateral trade reached almost $270 million. The volume of Spanish investments in the Belarusian economy amounted to $0.5 million. At present, Belarusian ambassador to Spain is Pavel Latushko, who has concurrent accreditation in France and Monaco.
Belarus President comments on Trump support
Belarus President comments on Trump support On December 15, the Belarus President made a number of appointments: from the local vertical to representatives of the diplomatic corps. The President agreed to appoint some heads of universities, executive committees, government organizations and the media.

15.12.2016

Iranian ambassador meets with Belarus President, ending diplomatic mission
Iranian ambassador meets with Belarus President, ending diplomatic mission 2017 will be a determining factor in the relations between Belarus and Iran, said Alexander Lukashenko meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Iran to Belarus. Mohammad Reza Saburi is completing his diplomatic mission. Diplomatic relations between Minsk and Tehran were established in 1993. The Belarus President visited Iran twice and the same number of times, Iran made return visits.

14.12.2016

Belarus voices priorities for 2017 CEI chairmanship
Belarus voices priorities for 2017 CEI chairmanship Belarus has voiced priorities for its 2017 presidency of the Central European Initiative. Among them is the improvement of transit potential and the development of logistics systems. The heads of government of 18 countries belonging to the CEI gathered in Sarajevo December 13. Bosnia and Herzegovina officially hands over the chairmanship for 2017 to Minsk.

13.12.2016

Belarus to chair Central European Initiative in 2017
Belarus to chair Central European Initiative in 2017 Belarus will voice the priorities of its presidency of the Central European Initiative in 2017 in Sarajevo on December 13.  The capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina is hosting a meeting of Heads of Government of the members of this association. It includes 18 countries. This will be the first time Belarus will have chaired a regional organization outside the former Soviet Union. 
Analyst: Belarus among the top of former Soviet nations
Analyst: Belarus among the top of former Soviet nations 25 years is a true anniversary! Is it a joy or sadness when it comes to the disintegration of the Soviet empire and the birth of a new sovereign state? If a country is frail and miserable and their residents are poor, one can bemoan the loss. But if history has developed as it was in the case of Belarus, quite successfully (and against the background of the 15 former Soviet nations Belarus seems even more advanced), there can be a little mourn, something like nostalgia. But the main thing is the establishment of a sovereign state.
President: Belarus for resolving conflicts peacefully, at negotiating table only
President: Belarus for resolving conflicts peacefully, at negotiating table only There are new persons among the foreign envoys to Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko received credentials of heads of diplomatic missions of Burkina Faso, Indonesia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mongolia, Finland, France, Eritrea and Estonia. For the first time after the 13-year break, taking part in the ceremony was the Ambassador of Canada. Among the diplomats was a representative of the Catholic Church. The Apostolic Nuncio handed the President the symbolic message.
Andrea Rigoni: Belarus-Council of Europe relations are very positive
Andrea Rigoni: Belarus-Council of Europe relations are very positive Belarus-Council of Europe relations are developing in a very positive way, said PACE rapporteur on Belarus Andrea Rigoni in Minsk on December 13. He noted that he was present as an observer at the 2016 parliamentary elections in Belarus. Now the Council of Europe intends to invite Belarusian MPs to Strasbourg at its annual session in January.
Stanisław Karczewski: Relations with Belarus were frozen, but now we see good opportunities
Stanisław Karczewski: Relations with Belarus were frozen, but now we see good opportunities The collapse of the USSR was accompanied by the collapse of the Soviet bloc, which included Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. Neighboring Poland included. It was a member of the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance - CMEA - which was a kind of European Union, something like "Socialist European Union." Today, Poland is in the "capitalist EU".

12.12.2016

Belarus, USA stepping up cooperation in finance and investment, high technology, agriculture and energy
Belarus, USA stepping up cooperation in finance and investment Belarus and the United States are stepping up cooperation in the areas of finance and investment, high technology, agriculture and energy. Such agreements were reached during the visit of a Belarusian delegation to the United States. The delegation was composed of the deputy head of the Presidential Administration of Belarus Nikolai Snopkov, Presidential Aide Vsevolod Yanchevsky, representatives of the National Bank, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Economy and other ministries.
Neutrality Day of Turkmenistan: Belarus President sends congrats
Neutrality Day of Turkmenistan: Belarus President sends congrats Turkmenistan celebrates Day of Neutrality December 12. Alexander Lukashenko congratulated the country's President and people of Turkmenistan on the national holiday. "Turkmenistan gained the status of permanent neutrality, which was supported by the UN General Assembly, and this served as the key to sustainable development and prosperity of your country, it has strengthened the country's credibility in the international arena. Only peace and security can ensure the progress and well-being of society."

09.12.2016

Belarus may become platform for discussion of reasons for crisis in international relations
Minsk ready to host talks on new European security architecture The official Minsk calls on the leaders of Russia, US, EU and China to hold a frank discussion about the causes of the crisis in international relations. Belarus' foreign minister Vladimir Makei proposed this initiative on December 8 at the meeting of the council of the foreign ministers of OSCE members in Hamburg. More than 40 years ago, it was the Helsinki process that contributed to the detente in relations between the West and the East. The current state of affairs in the world carries prospects of a new Cold War.

08.12.2016

Commonwealth of Independent Nations turns 25
Commonwealth of Independent Nations turns 25 Today is 25 years since the founding on December 8 of one of the largest integration associations - the Commonwealth of Independent States. The agreement on its establishment was signed on December 8, 1991 by the leaders of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. The CIS today is an internationally recognized intergovernmental organization. It includes 11 states. The Belarus head of state congratulated Commonwealth leaders on the anniversary.

06.12.2016

Stanisław Karczewski about brand new opportunities in Belarus-Poland relations
Stanisław Karczewski about brand new opportunities in Belarus-Poland relations Belarus and Poland agreed on the holding of a regional forum. Besides, while in Minsk, the Polish delegation discussed common initiatives and signed important papers. The signing of the agreement on the joint engagement of the Council of the Republic of Belarus and the Polish Senate took place in the National Library. It is symbolic, as two nations have common culture roots. However, today’s topic is first and foremost economy.
Belarus President: Relations with Poland on high level
Belarus President: Relations with Poland on high level Belarus expects to begin an active dialogue with Poland, said President Alexander Lukashenko on December 5 as he met with Marshal of the Senate of the State Stanisław Karczewski. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established nearly a quarter of a century ago. In recent years, the political dialogue has revitalized. The level of trade and economic cooperation is also high enough. During the first 9 months of 2016, the trade turnover amounted to more than $1.5 billion.
Belarus President congratulates new leaders of Uzbekistan and Austria on election victories
Belarus President congratulates new leaders of Uzbekistan and Austria on election victories On December 5, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko congratulated president of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and president of Austria Alexander Van der Bellen on the election to the post of the president.

05.12.2016

The official residence and workplace of Austrian President is situated in Hofburg palace, Vienna
Austrian presidential elections: no president for half a year and people's expectations Shocking news from Austria went unnoticed by most world media these days: a woman killed her mother, brother, three children and a dog and shot herself in a town on the North-East of the country. The psychiatrists suggest the crime to be caused by temporary insanity.
Belarusian, Polish upper chambers sign cooperation agreement December 5
Belarus parliament wants Poland to help establish ties with EU members' parliaments Belarus pins hopes on the visit to Belarus of the Polish parliamentary delegation Stanisław Karczewski, chairman of the upper chamber of the Belarus Parliament Mikhail Myasnikovich told Marshal of the Senate of Poland. On December 5, Minsk, the sides signed a document on cooperation between the Council of the Republic and the Senate of Poland and agreed to expand cooperation between the two countries in economy, trade, investment and other areas of mutual interest at the parliamentary level.
Alexander Lukashenko to change head of the Presidential Administration
Alexander Lukashenko to change head of the Presidential Administration The Belarus President has made some staffing decisions on December 5. According to his decree, head of the Presidential Administration Alexander Kosinets, as well as his first deputy Konstantin Martynetsky were relieved of their posts in connection with appointments to other positions. Valery Mitskevich has been appointed acting head of the Presidential Administration.
Stanisław Karczewski: Interparliamentary cooperation improves Belarus-Poland relations
Stanisław Karczewski: Interparliamentary cooperation improves Belarus-Poland relations Belarus expects to begin an active dialogue with Poland, said President Alexander Lukashenko on December 5 as he met with Marshal of the Senate of the State Stanisław Karczewski. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established nearly a quarter of a century ago. In recent years, the political dialogue has revitalized. The level of trade and economic cooperation is also high enough. During the first 9 months of 2016, the trade turnover amounted to more than $1.5 billion.
Belarus-Azerbaijan: Ways to strengthen trade and friendly relations
Belarus-Azerbaijan: Ways to strengthen trade and friendly relations Nevertheless the foundation of relations with the European Union is economic. The trade turnover between Belarus and the EU in the current year declined slightly, however, so was with Russia. It is an objective reality. Against this background, a plan to double trade between Belarus and Azerbaijan next year sounded ambitious. This statement was made during the visit of Alexander Lukashenko to Baku.
Normandy talks on Ukraine in Minsk: No sensations this time
Normandy talks on Ukraine in Minsk: No sensations this time If there's still a precedent and for the first time in post-war Europe, the radical right will come to power, this will give confidence, for example, to the leader of France's National Front, Marine Le Pen, which next year will fight for the presidency in the country. Moreover, Hollande said this week that he would not participate in the elections. And it is also a precedent - never before in modern France did the acting head of state refuse to run for a second term. However, Merkel, said that she would try to become German Chancellor for the fourth time.
Belarus President hopes for active dialogue with Poland
Belarus President hopes for active dialogue with Poland Belarus is counting on the start of an active dialogue between Belarus and Poland, Alexander Lukashenko said at a meeting with Marshal of the Senate of the State Stanisław Karczewski. A Polish parliamentary delegation arrived in Minsk on a visit on December 4. They are scheduled to meet with the leadership of the Belarusian parliament, as well as hold talks with the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, during which the parties will sign an agreement on scientific cooperation.

01.12.2016

Belarus President praises 'fundamental' relationship with Azerbaijan
Belarus President praises 'fundamental' relationship with Azerbaijan Belarus and Azerbaijan have established a strong, fundamental relationship, said Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Azerbaijan, who is completing his diplomatic mission. 

30.11.2016

Belarus' Viktor Sheiman speaks at Fidel Castro farewell ceremony
Belarus' Viktor Sheiman speaks at Fidel Castro funeral Belarus highly appreciates the contribution of Fidel Castro in the friendly relations with Cuba, emphasized Special Representative of the President of Belarus Viktor Sheiman during the farewell ceremony for the leader of the Cuban Revolution. He is now in Havana on behalf of the Belarusian head of state. The leaders of countries and governments, dozens of foreign delegations have gathered in Revolution Square.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus, Azerbaijan may hit $700m trade turnover in 2017
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus, Azerbaijan may hit $700m trade turnover in 2017 The Belarus President has completed a two-day official visit to Baku. On November 29, during an informal meeting Alexander Lukashenko discussed prospects of bilateral relations with the Prime Minister of Azerbaijan. The two officials talked over the implementation of agreements reached on November 28 during talks with President Ilham Aliyev. The Belarus Head of State also visited the Cultural Center of the national leader Heydar Aliyev. This place has become one of the symbols of modern Baku.

29.11.2016

Alexander Lukashenko ends official visit to Azerbaijan
Alexander Lukashenko ends official visit to Azerbaijan Specific steps to achieve a mutual trade turnover of $700 million between Belarus and Azerbaijan were discussed at a meeting of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko with Prime Minister of the Republic Artur Rasizade in Baku on November 29. Also, the head of state visited Heydar Aliyev Center. The cultural complex was opened in 2012 and became one of the symbols of modern Baku.
Normandy 4 foreign ministers to hold talks on Ukraine November 29 in Minsk
Normandy 4 foreign ministers holding talks on Ukraine in Minsk The foreign ministers of the Normandy Quartet (also known as Normandy 4) are holding talks on the Ukrainian crisis in Minsk November 29. The meeting is taking place at President Hotel. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin was the first to arrive in Minsk. Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov was the last to come. As expected, the talks will hinge around security and humanitarian issues, in particular, the release of hostages.
Belarus' army gets six Mi-8 helicopters
Belarus' army gets six Mi-8 helicopters Belarusian sky under technological security now as the country's Air Force received 6 MI-8 helicopters. The modern air vehicles can be used for military exercises, reconnaissance, rescue and medical purposes. Manufacturers have improved specifications substantially increasing fuel tank capacity, upgrading navigation equipment, adding a weather radar, which can operate in harsh weather conditions. In mid-2017, the Belarus Air Force will receive further six helicopters and the full squadron will begin honing their skills together.
Belarus-Azerbaijan economic ties based on personal friendship between presidents
Belarus-Azerbaijan economic ties based on personal friendship between presidents Investment, trade and industrial cooperation between Minsk and Baku were discussed at the highest level on November 28. The President of Belarus is on an official visit in Azerbaijan. Alexander Lukashenko said during a meeting with his counterpart Ilham Aliyev that Azerbaijan can rely on Belarus as the closest friend. Belarusian leader was met in Azerbaijan as an old friend. Since 2006, the Presidents of Belarus and Azerbaijan exchange visits regularly - once every 3 years. Today's dialogue reiterated the strategic nature of the relationship.

28.11.2016

Alexander Lukashenko holds talks with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev
Alexander Lukashenko holds talks with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev The President of Belarus is now on an official visit to Baku. At this moment, Alexander Lukashenko is meeting with his counterpart Ilham Aliyev. The presidents are talking one on one.
Belarus President paying official visit to Azerbaijan
Belarus President paying official visit to Azerbaijan The President of Belarus is now on an official visit to Baku. He is going to hold talks with the leader of the country, Ilham Aliyev: first, they will talk on one and then will be joined by their delegations. Last time Alexander Lukashenko visited Azerbaijan in 2015. The two presidents meet quite often: over the last ten years, the heads of state met eight times. It is expected that the main themes this time will be the economic and trade cooperation, cooperation projects, collaboration in the field of investment, agriculture and sport.
Joint ventures, research and investment: How will Belarusian-Slovak cooperation develop
Joint ventures, research and investment: How will Belarusian-Slovak cooperation develop? A new stage has been opened in relations between Minsk and Bratislava. On November 25, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with the Prime Minister of Slovakia Robert Fico and expressed his gratitude to Slovakia for the normalization of relations between Belarus and the EU. Slovakia is now chairing the European Union. In addition to politics the two officials discussed the prospects of economic cooperation. Among the most pressing areas is pharmaceuticals, nuclear energy, wood processing, production of tires.

25.11.2016

Lidia Yermoshina to remain chairwoman of Central Election Commission of Belarus
Belarus' Central Election Commission chairwoman retains position Lidia Yermoshina will remain as chairwoman of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Belarus. This became known on November 25 following the working meeting of the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and chairwoman of the Central Commission for Elections and National Referendums. 20 December is the deadline of powers of the current composition of the Central Election Commission, according to legislation. The President thanked all the members of the CEC and discussed with Lidia Yermoshina candidates to be included in the new composition.
Slovakia plays important role in Belarus-EU rapprochement
Slovakia plays important role in Belarus-EU rapprochement A new stage has been opened in the development of relations between Minsk and Bratislava. On November 25, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with the Prime Minister of Slovakia Robert Fico and expressed his gratitude to Slovakia for the normalization of relations between Belarus and the EU. By the way, Slovakia is now chairing the European Union. Robert Fico has been chairman of the government of Slovakia since 2012 after his party Direction - Social Democracy won the parliamentary elections.
Alexander Lukashenko gives interview to Azerbaijani news agency Trend
Alexander Lukashenko gives interview to Azerbaijani news agency Trend On the eve of the official visit to Azerbaijan, the Belarus President gave an interview to Trend news agency. It covers events in Azerbaijan in the South Caucasus, the Caspian region and Central Asia. There is considerable interest in Belarus on the part of this region. As the President stressed in the interview, Belarus may participate in the creation of the Trans-Caspian international transport corridor.
Minsk is excellent platform for negotiations, Germany ambassador says
Peter Dettmar: Minsk is excellent platform for talks Prospects for the European Neighbourhood and security have become a key topic of discussion at the XIV Minsk Forum. Taking part in the conference were politicians, diplomats, civil society activists from Germany and other European countries. They discussed relations between Belarus and the European Union, prospects of regional cooperation in Europe, especially of economic reforms in our country. The forum was held after a 6-year hiatus.
Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico to pay official visit to Belarus
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.

24.11.2016

Belarusian Foreign Ministry: Absence of additional obstacles in crossing Union State's internal borders is a big advantage
Belarusian Foreign Ministry: Absence of additional obstacles in crossing Union State's internal borders is a big advantage Control on the common border of the Union State of Belarus and Russia is sufficient, it is constantly being improved, and ensures security. The Foreign Ministry of Belarus stated at the November 24 briefing that absence of additional obstacles when crossing the internal borders of the Union State is a great advantage. The agreement signed by the parties has been operating for about 20 years and has proved its effectiveness.
Foreign Ministry: Belarus ready for Normandy 4 ministerial meeting
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.

23.11.2016

Belarus, Russian Presidents meet in Moscow November 22
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.

22.11.2016

Belarus, Russia agree on joint foreign policy actions for near future
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
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
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 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.

21.11.2016

Belarus President's press conference to Russian journalists: main points
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, Chair of the Political and Security Committee (PSC) of the Council of the European Union
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, Russia presidents to discuss politics on November 22 - Russian ambassador
Belarus, Russia presidents to discuss politics on November 22 - Russian ambassador During a press conference with Russian journalists, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko announced that he is going to meet with the Russian President Vladimir Putin on November 22. As expected, the leaders will meet in Moscow. Ambassador of Russia to Belarus Alexander Surikov has commented on the possible agenda.
Belarus remains pole of stability in Europe
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.
EU Political and Security Committee delegation arrives in Belarus
EU Political and Security Committee delegation arrives in Belarus A delegation of the Political and Security Committee of the EU Council is now in Belarus on a visit. There has been scheduled a number of official meetings. The sides will focus on the state and prospects of relations between Belarus and the EU.

18.11.2016

Russian media: Belarusian President confirmed his position on a number of points
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
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.

17.11.2016

Belarus-EU relations discussed in Minsk
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.

16.11.2016

Belarus President to hold press conference for Russian media November 17
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.

15.11.2016

Belarus President says meeting with Erdogan was 'very positive'
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.

14.11.2016

Donald Trump during presidential campaign
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
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.

13.11.2016

Impact of Trump’s victory on Belarus-USA relations: Interview with Grigory Ioffe
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, hello! Grigory Ioffe, professor at Redford University (USA): Hello. Is Trump's win a sensation or is it quite normal in America where everything is possible?
Intergovernmental relations and trade and economic cooperation: Turkish President’s official visit to Minsk
Intergovernmental relations and trade and economic cooperation: Turkish President’s official visit to Minsk I can assume that in a conversation between Lukashenko and Putin the Ukrainian theme was mentioned. When Moscow and Ankara (that’s another story) had an argument about the Russian plane that was shot down, Alexander Lukashenko flew to Istanbul for the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and during his meeting with Erdogan, he could have put in a word for reconciliation of Russia and Turkey.

12.11.2016

Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Alexander Lukashenko: $1 billion dollars turnover 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.

11.11.2016

Turkish President’s wife Emine Erdogan visits Center of Children's Oncology and Hematology in Borovlyany
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
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
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
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.

10.11.2016

Marko Milacic interviewed by Egor Khrustalyov in Beijing Hotel, Minsk
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.

09.11.2016

Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Donald Trump on victory in US elections
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Donald Trump on victory in US elections President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko congratulated Donald Trump on the success in the presidential elections.
Donald Trump elected 45th USA President: what awaits Belarus
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
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 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.

08.11.2016

Alexander Lukashenko’s visits to UAE and Qatar: What they have in common with Belarus
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.

07.11.2016

Joint tractors’ production in Kyrgyzstan and SCO summit: Andrei Kobyakov visits Bishkek
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.

06.11.2016

Andrei Kobyakov invites Li Keqiang to Belarus
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
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.

05.11.2016

Belarus officially joins Paris Agreement on Climate
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.

03.11.2016

Belarus President finishes main part of working visit to UAE
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,

02.11.2016

Joint Collegium of Defence Ministries of Belarus and Russia held in Minsk
Joint Collegium of Defence Ministries of Belarus and Russia held in Minsk Russia expresses its gratitude to Belarus for a well-timed humanitarian assistance in Syria. That was an announcement made by Sergei Shoigu at the joint collegium of Defense Ministries.
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, the unlucky passenger.
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 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.

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