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01.11.2016

Ukraine threatened to use military aircraft against Belavia plane
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
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
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.

31.10.2016

Belarus willing to strengthen bilateral relations with CEI countries
Belarus willing to strengthen bilateral relations with CEI countries Belarus is willing to strengthen bilateral relations with the countries of the Central European Initiative (CEI).
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on the debate stage.
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.
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan
Belarus leader meets with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Possible joint projects and investment cooperation between Belarus and the United Arab Emirates were discussed October 31 in the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The President of Belarus met with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.
Qatar is pearl of Persian Gulf: Alexander Lukashenko on official visit to Middle East
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.

30.10.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus prepared to offer projects beneficial for Qatar
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”
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.

29.10.2016

Alexander Lukashenko to visit Qatar on October 29
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.
Bilateral cooperation and common projects: Belarus’ President to visit UAE after Qatar
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 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.
Chairman of the Executive Committee - CIS Executive Secretary
Chairman of the Executive Committee - CIS Executive Secretary Economy, energy sector and humanitarian cooperation were among the topics discussed during the meeting of the CIS Council of Heads of Government. However, the implementation of the provisions of the Free Trade Area Agreement.
Eurasian Economic Union and CIS: Future of integration associations discussed in Minsk
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. 

28.10.2016

President of Belarus to go to Qatar, Saudi Arabia for visits
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
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
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
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
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:
Eurasian Intergovernmental Council meeting in Minsk: October 27 discussions
Eurasian Intergovernmental Council meeting in Minsk: October 27 discussions Such media interest is not accidental. The Eurasian intergovernmental forum has gathered for the fifth time. Previously it was held in Moscow, Yerevan, Bishkek, Sochi and now Minsk.
Minsk still a platform for peace negotiations, President Lukashenko says
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.

27.10.2016

Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Turkmenistan on Independence Day
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.

26.10.2016

Belarus stands for economy without barriers, from Lisbon to Vladivostok
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
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 says relations with Western Europe vital
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.

25.10.2016

Alexander Lukashenko meets with Belarus KGB Chairman Valery Vakulchik
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
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.

24.10.2016

Namibia foreign minister visiting Belarus
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.

22.10.2016

Ukraine’s Security Service: Belavia’s aircraft was returned to ensure absence of threat to national security
Ukraine’s Security Service: Belavia’s aircraft was returned to ensure absence of threat to national security The Foreign Ministry of Belarus demands an apology for the forced returning 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.
Belarus’ Foreign Ministry demands apology from Ukraine for forced return of Belavia’s plane
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.

21.10.2016

Belarus to settle gas debt with Russia October 21
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.
Innovations plus integration: Belarus, Russia developing cooperation in military-technical sphere
Innovations plus integration: Belarus, Russia developing cooperation in military-technical sphere Belarus and Russia will continue to develop military-technical cooperation focusing on modernization and innovations. The corresponding document was approved on October 20 by an intergovernmental commission.

20.10.2016

Foreign Ministry: Belarus welcomes any progress in resolution of Ukraine crisis
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
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
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.

19.10.2016

Parliamentary reboot: First working day of new MPs
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
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
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
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
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 Belarus parliamentary elections
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.

18.10.2016

Belarus-Russian joint drills underway near Brest
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.
New convocation of lower house of Belarus parliament to meet October 18 at Oval Hall
New convocation of lower house of Belarus parliament to meet October 18 at Oval Hall The new composition of the lower house of parliament will meet on October 18 at the Oval Hall. The sixth convocation of the legislators will finish forming the standing committees of the House. In addition, the MPs will elect the vice-chairmen of the 14 committees.

17.10.2016

Politics, history, culture and safety: Why Prince Michael of Kent interested in Belarus
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.
New Belarusian Parliament gets down to work
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
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.

16.10.2016

Strengthening of peace and stability is priority of Belarus’ Presidency in CSTO
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.

14.10.2016

Alexander Lukashenko about CSTO: “It’s necessary to determine right priorities to take CSTO to high level”
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
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?
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
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
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
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.

13.10.2016

Belarus' upper chamber of parliament of 6th convocation begins work
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.

12.10.2016

Mikhail Myasnikovich becomes speaker of Belarus’ Council of Republic, Marianna Shchetkina is vice-speaker
Mikhail Myasnikovich becomes speaker of Belarus’ Council of Republic, Marianna Shchetkina is vice-speaker Mikhail Myasnikovich became a speaker of the Belarus’ Council of Republic, and Marianna Shchetkina became a vice-speaker. About 90% of the 6th convocation of the Parliament are new people. There are doctors, teachers, diplomats and heads of industrial and agricultural enterprises among them.
Vladimir Andreichenko: Belarus' parliament may adopt about 50 new bills
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
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.

11.10.2016

Vladimir Andreichenko elected Chairman of the House of Representatives
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.
Belarus and Pakistan are friends forever: political and economic results of Belarus’ President’s visit to Islamabad
Belarus and Pakistan are friends forever: political and economic results of Belarus’ President’s visit to Islamabad Alexander Lukashenko has recently made a number of visits to very important countries. For instance, China enlisted Belarus among its most important partners. Besides Belarus, China has close cooperation with Russia, Great Britain and Pakistan, the main corridor of the Silk Road. After the visit to China, Alexander Lukashenko went to Pakistan. There was an idea to make directs flights from Minsk to Islamabad, so that it is easier for businessmen to meet and discuss common projects.
House of Representatives of the 6th convocation to start work October 11
House of Representatives of the 6th convocation to start work October 11 The new composition of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly (the lower chamber) will start fulfilling its direct duties on October 11. 110 members of the parliament will take seat in the new parliament, 28 of whom are active and experienced MPs. It is they who will be responsible for organizational issues. At the first session, the parliamentarians will choose the leadership of the House of Representatives, as well as discuss the list of permanent commissions.

10.10.2016

Belarus and Pakistan: relations between countries
Belarus and Pakistan: Relations set to intensify? Pakistan has determined the priorities for the foreign policy in relation to Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko agreed with the authorities to take the relations between Belarus and Pakistan to the next level and to increase the turnover up to 1 billiard dollars a year. More than 200 million people live on the territory of Pakistan. Pakistan has a GDP of $230bn and might enter the top 11 countries with the largest economies.
Belarus, Poland discuss cooperation matters in Warsaw on October 10
Belarus, Poland discuss cooperation matters in Warsaw on October 10 Rapprochement and openness. Principles of cooperation of Belarus and Poland were discussed October 10 by the foreign ministers of the two countries. Vladimir Makei is on a working visit to Warsaw. A quarter of a century ago a Declaration on Good-neighborliness, mutual recognition and co-operation between the states was signed. Now Belarus and Poland are on the threshold of a new quality of relations, where there is no room for any distrust.
Belarusian-Polish cooperation to be discussed in Warsaw October 10
Belarusian-Polish cooperation to be discussed in Warsaw October 10 Belarusian-Polish cooperation will be discussed on October 10 in Warsaw. Belarus will be represented by the foreign minister. Vladimir Makei is set to meet with his Polish counterpart, as well as other representatives of the Polish leadership. In recent years, the countries have intensified their political and economic dialogue significantly. In 2016 alone, Belarus was visited by numerous delegations of ministries and departments; inter-parliamentary cooperation was renewed. Moreover, Belarus and Poland's intergovernmental commissions are working intensively.

09.10.2016

What worries Belarusians and government: Alexander Lukashenko addresses MPs
What worries Belarusians and President: Alexander Lukashenko addresses MPs The President of Belarus addressed the Parliament when MPs of the 5th convocation were passing their mandates to the 6th convocation. Both chamber of the National Assembly gathered in the Oval Hall. The President had just returned from Uzbekistan and Pakistan. Alexander Lukashenko was full of energy and as usual, without a paper he was talking for two hours about what worries people. He was talking not only about the worries but also about successes. Alexander Lukashenko mentioned the results of his recent overseas visits and Belarus’ achievements.
Alexander Lukashenko: I’m sure Uzbekistan will become powerful country in Central Asia
Alexander Lukashenko: I’m sure Uzbekistan will become powerful country in Central Asia President Alexander Lukashenko visited one more important country on his way back from Pakistan. Alexander Lukashenko landed in Uzbekistan. The Belarus President visited the tomb of Islam Karimov in Samarkand. He also met with the widow of the deceased President. According to Alexander Lukashenko, he had a very productive meeting with Acting President of Uzbekistan, Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

08.10.2016

Export, business, housing and utility services: Alexander Lukashenko addresses MPs
Export, business, housing and utility services: Alexander Lukashenko addresses MPs Overcoming the negative trends in the economy, steady rate of development, the growing authority of Belarus in the international arena and the need to maintain a balanced foreign policy were the topics about which the President of Belarus spoke on October 7 addressing MPs from both chambers of the Belarusian parliament.

07.10.2016

Continuity, reforms, foreign policy: Alexander Lukashenko addresses Belarusian parliamentarians
Continuity, reforms, foreign policy: Alexander Lukashenko addresses Belarusian parliamentarians Overcoming the negative trends in the economy, steady rate of development, the growing authority of Belarus in the international arena and the need to maintain a balanced foreign policy were the topics about which the President of Belarus spoke on October 7 addressing MPs from both chambers of the Belarusian parliament.
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Vladimir Putin on his birthday
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Vladimir Putin on his birthday Russian President Vladimir Putin is celebrating his birthday on 7 October. The Russian leader is turning 64. Alexander Lukashenko sent congratulations to his colleague. Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus: The Republic of Belarus is interested in fruitful cooperation with Russia in all areas, and the deepening of equal and effective cooperation in the integration formats.
Belarus' parliament of 6th convocation to begin work on October 11-12
Belarus' parliament of 6th convocation to begin work on October 11-12 A joint meeting of both chambers of the Belarusian parliament will take place in the Oval Hall of the Government House on October 7. It will bring together members of the former convocation of the parliament and the newly elected deputies. Participating in the meeting will be President Alexander Lukashenko. It is expected that the Belarusian leader will deliver an address and present state awards to members of parliament of the fifth convocation of the National Assembly.
Belarus President to take part in joint session of both houses of Parliament
Belarus President to take part in joint session of both houses of Parliament A joint meeting of both chambers of the Belarusian parliament will take place in the Oval Hall of the Government House on October 7. It will bring together members of the former convocation of the parliament and the newly elected deputies. Participating in the meeting will be Alexander Lukashenko. It is expected that the President will deliver an address and present state awards to members of parliament of the fifth convocation of the National Assembly.
Belarus' upper chamber of parliament finishes last working session fruitfully
Belarus' upper chamber of parliament finishes last working session fruitfully The budget for 2017 and the tax code were approved on October 6 at the final session of the 5th convocation of the Council of the Republic, which is the upper chamber of the Belarus parliament. The main financial document was adopted taking into account social orientation and considers the credit obligations of Belarus. The thickness of the national purse remains the same as in 2016, while the tax burden on the economy will fall, with spending on education and health care set to grow. Increase in salaries and pensions is expected too.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev: Belarus and Uzbekistan have a lot of common points in economy
Shavkat Mirziyoyev: Belarus and Uzbekistan have a lot of common points in economy From Pakistan, the President of Belarus went on a working visit to Uzbekistan. On October 6 the presidential plane landed at the airport of Samarkand. Near the plane, Alexander Lukashenko was met by Acting President of Uzbekistan, Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev. He accompanied Alexander Lukashenko to the cemetery where the first president of Uzbekistan is buried. The Belarus President laid flowers to the tomb of Islam Karimov.

06.10.2016

President of Belarus arrives in Uzbekistan for working visit
President of Belarus arrives in Uzbekistan for working visit From Pakistan the President of Belarus went on a working visit to Uzbekistan. On October 6 the presidential plane landed at the airport of Samarkand. Alexander Lukashenko was met by the Acting President of Uzbekistan, Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev. Accompanied by him, Alexander Lukashenko visited the cemetery where the first president of Uzbekistan is buried. He laid flowers to the tomb of Islam Karimov. Then, in the Palace of Forums, Alexander Lukashenko talked to the widow of the deceased president and expressed his condolences.
Alexander Lukashenko completes official visit to Pakistan
Alexander Lukashenko ends official visit to Pakistan On October 6, the President of Belarus concluded the official visit to Pakistan. The plane of the head of state took off from the airbase "Nur Khan." Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif accompanied Alexander Lukashenko at the airport
Relations between Belarus and Pakistan to reach political level
Relations between Belarus and Pakistan to reach political level Multi-million contracts and confirmation of the mutual commitment to the development of friendly relations. The Belarusian President continues his official visit to Islamabad. Yesterday Alexander Lukashenko and Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif agreed to cooperate on the principles of mutual trust and reach for close cooperation with third countries. They also talked about the establishment of joint ventures in the food sector. Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:Belarus and Pakistan should be more active

05.10.2016

Alexander Lukashenko receives highest state award of Moldova
Alexander Lukashenko receives highest state award of Moldova Alexander Lukashenko receives the highest state award of Moldova, the Order of the Republic. The decree was signed by Nicolae Timofti on October, 5. Thus, the President of Moldova expressed his profound gratitude to the Belarusian leader for the merits in the development of the cooperation and mutual understanding between the two countries, and for the support of Moldova during its economic hardships.
Belarus and Pakistan to cooperate in nuclear energy sector
Belarus and Pakistan to cooperate in nuclear energy sector Belarus and Pakistan are going to develop friendly relations. Alexander Lukashenko is on an official visit to that South Asian country. The Head of State held talks with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The meeting began with the welcome ceremony, taking part in which was the guard of honor.
Belarus, Pakistan sign $55m worth of contracts
Belarus, Pakistan sign almost $55m worth of contracts On October 4, first deals were signed in Pakistan as Belarusian businessmen have started their business program timed to the visit to that country of the Belarus President. And while Belarusian machine builders had already found path to Pakistan, today's contracts for Belarusian light industry can be without exaggeration called a competitive breakthrough to that incredibly complex market, given Pakistan's world leadership in the production of cotton.
Alexander Lukashenko's plane lands in Pakistan October 4
Alexander Lukashenko's plane lands in Pakistan October 4 The night before, on October 4, board No1 of the Belarusian head of state landed at the airbase Nur Khan. In the plane Alexander Lukashenko met Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. In honor of the arrival of the Belarus President, 21 artillery salvos sounded. A three-day program of the visit of Alexander Lukashenko is rich. The President is expected to hold talks with the Prime Minister and President of the Islamic Republic, as well as the leadership of the Pakistani parliament.

04.10.2016

Belarus President goes on official visit to Pakistan
Belarus President, after trip to China, goes on official visit to Pakistan Alexander Lukashenko has gone on an official visit to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The Belarusian leader's plane headed for Islamabad from Minsk National Airport about an hour ago. The three-day visit includes talks at the highest level. The head of state will meet with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, President Mamnoon Hussain, as well as with the leadership of the parliament. As a result the sides are expected to sign several bilateral documents. Alexander Lukashenko will also attend the opening of a business forum.

03.10.2016

Deputy Minister of Trade of Chile about Belarus-Chile cooperation
Deputy Minister of Trade of Chile about Belarus-Chile cooperation Chile plans to increase the turnover between Chile and Belarus by two times. The delegation of businessmen from Chile were exploring the possibility of the cooperation with the Eurasian Economic Union. The priority is to open markets to each other. Deputy Minister of Trade of the Republic of Chile Andrés Rebolledo has answered questions of the program Week on the CTV Channel.
Belarus President to go on official visit to Pakistan October 4
Belarus President to go on official visit to Pakistan October 4 The press-service of the Belarusian leader, Alexander Lukashenko, reported today that the President is going on an official visit to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan October 4. The visit will be marked by the talks at the highest level. The head of state will meet with the Prime Minister of that country Nawaz Sharif, President Mamnoon Hussain, as well as with the leadership of the Pakistani parliament.
Belarus President: People's interests above all when discussing new IMF loan program
Belarus President: People's interests above all when discussing new IMF loan program When discussing a new credit program for Belarus with the International Monetary Fund one shall be primarily based on the interests of the Belarusian people, said October 3 the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, at a meeting on cooperation with the IMF. As examples the head of state cited the IMF's requirements for state property and on raising tariffs for housing and utilities. Alexander Lukashenko asked about the readiness of the government for such a change and how they can affect ordinary Belarusians.

02.10.2016

Belarus and Moldova plan to have turnover worth 400 million dollars
Belarus and Moldova plan to have turnover worth 400 million dollars Belarus and Moldova plan to reach the turnover that will account to 400 million dollars. The Prime Ministers of Belarus and Moldova announced this number in Chisinau on October 2. There are a lot of plans for joint projects as well. The promotion of such projects is the main aim of the Belarusian Prime Minister’s official visit to Moldova. Andrei Kobyakov will take part in the opening ceremony of Belarus-Moldova economic forum and in the session of the bilateral intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation.
“Reliable, comprehensive, mutually beneficial”: Results of Alexander Lukashenko’s visit to China
“Reliable, comprehensive, mutually beneficial”: Results of Alexander Lukashenko’s visit to China The territory of Belarus is 45 times less than the territory of China. The Chinese population is 145 bigger than the population of Belarus. The Belarusian GDP is also much less that one in China. However, from now on, such different countries like Belarus and China will be strategic partners.

01.10.2016

Results of Belarus’ President’s state visit to China: “Belarus is among four close friends”
Results of Belarus’ President’s state visit to China: “Belarus is among four close friends” On October 1, the results for the economy after the state visit of Alexander Lukashenko to China were announced. About $11 billion is the sum of the contracts that will be implemented. All the documents signed in Beijing are falling into four categories. The documents are related to political, investment, trade and humanitarian spheres. Nikolai Maksimov, political scientist:What do trustworthy relations mean? It means that China considers Belarus as its reliable partner.

30.09.2016

Belarus' President: China is one of the pillars of multipolarity and stability in the world
Belarus' President: China is one of the pillars of multipolarity and stability in the world China is one of the pillars of multipolarity and stability in the world, said Belarus' President September 30 speaking with students of Peking University. Alexander Lukashenko raised the topic of the situation in the world. The President noted that international politics today is characterized by strong competition of states in all spheres of life: economic, scientific and cultural.
Xi Jinping to Alexander Lukashenko: "I am very pleased that our agreements are being effectively implemented"
Xi Jinping to Alexander Lukashenko: "I am very pleased that our agreements are being effectively implemented" On the foundation of mutual benefit and strong friendship. Such atmosphere reigned at the meeting of the Belarusian and Chinese presidents on September 29 in Beijing. In a confidential atmosphere Alexander Lukashenko and Xi Jinping talked for about an hour. And, despite the fact that the leaders regularly exchange visits, they do find lots of topics to discuss. After all, the relations of the strategic partners are developing dynamically and are being raised to a new level.
Alexander Lukashenko to Xi Jinping: We've made really serious progress in our cooperation
Alexander Lukashenko to Xi Jinping: We've made really serious progress in our cooperation Relations between Belarus and China are developing dynamically and are being raised to a new level. This was the topic of the September 29 talks of Alexander Lukashenko and President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping. The two leaders talked to each other for about an hour. And despite the fact that the sides exchange visits regularly, they always find topics to discuss. Today, the two countries appreciate the high level of cooperation. Since September 2015 alone, more than 40 visits to China of the Belarusian delegations took place.

29.09.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus and China have achieved highest degree of trust
President Lukashenko: Belarus and China have achieved highest degree of trust Belarus and China have achieved a high degree of trust in their relations, said President Alexander Lukashenko September 29 meeting with the Chairman of the Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Yu Zhengsheng. These days Alexander Lukashenko is in Beijing for a state visit.
China is reliable partner of CIS, Sergei Lebedev says
China is reliable partner of CIS, Sergei Lebedev says CIS countries consider China a reliable and equal partner, said chairman of the CIS Executive Committee - CIS Executive Secretary Sergei Lebedev in Minsk 28 September. Prospects for the development of integration, as well as preliminary results of the 25th anniversary of the CIS were discussed in Minsk September 28.      The Academy of Sciences brought together about 300 experts, including CIS Executive Committee officials, diplomats and politicians.
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Silvio Berlusconi on 80th birthday
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Silvio Berlusconi on 80th birthday One of the most prominent European politicians Silvio Berlusconi is celebrating 80th anniversary on September 29. Four-time Prime Minister of Italy, determined the shape of the country for 20 years. Despite its venerable age, Berlusconi does not remain aloof from politics and still heads the party Forza Italia.
Alexander Lukashenko to hold talks with Xi Jinping September 29
Alexander Lukashenko to hold talks with Xi Jinping September 29 The visit of President of Belarus to China continues. Board number 1 landed at Beijing airport. The Belarus head of state was met with red carpet and a guard of honor. On September 29 in Beijing Mr Lukashenko is going to hold talks with President of China Xi Jinping. After the meeting the sides are expected to sign about 30 documents on the development of cooperation in political, economic and social spheres. A number of important bilateral meetings are also planned.

28.09.2016

Belarus President departs for China from Minsk
Belarus President departs for China on three-day visit President of Belarus has gone on a state visit to China. The Belarusian leader's plane headed for Beijing from the national airport Minsk.      The President's visit will last 3 days. In the capital of China, Mr Lukashenko is going to hold talks with President Xi Jinping. After the meeting the sides are expected to sign about 30 documents on the development of cooperation in political, economic and social spheres.
Sergey Lebedev: CIS countries regard China as reliable and equal partner
Sergey Lebedev: CIS countries regard China as reliable and equal partner CIS countries consider China a reliable and equal partner, said chairman of the CIS Executive Committee - CIS Executive Secretary Sergei Lebedev in Minsk 28 September. Minsk is hosting an international forum dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the CIS. Taking part are more than 200 representatives of the Commonwealth countries. They are staff of government agencies, diplomatic missions, ambassadors and permanent representatives of the CIS countries, heads of the largest scientific and educational institutions.
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Ilham Aliyev on people's support for constitutional changes
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Ilham Aliyev on people's support for constitutional changes The President of Belarus congratulated Azerbaijan's leader Ilham Aliyev on the occasion of convincing support by citizens of the constitutional changes in the country. Alexander Lukashenko noted that it demonstrates a high degree of public confidence in the political course of the Azerbaijani leadership.

27.09.2016

How to adapt current realities to CIS: Member states meet in Belarus
How to adapt current realities to CIS: Member states meet in Belarus How to adapt the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to modern realities? This question was central during the September 27 meeting of the Council of Permanent Plenipotentiary Representatives of CIS member states, which is taking place in Minsk. Representatives of the integration association are discussing the agreements reached at the anniversary summit of heads of CIS member states in Bishkek. Decisions were taken on 17 issues. Now they are to be examined in detail.

26.09.2016

Alexander Lukashenko wants customs to improve work at clearance checkpoints
Alexander Lukashenko wants customs to improve work at clearance checkpoints President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has instructed the State Customs Committee to improve work at customs clearance points. On September 26 this matter was discussed at a meeting of the Head of State with Customs Committee chairman Yuri Senko. Alexander Lukashenko pointed out that he intends to thoroughly analyze the state of affairs in the customs bodies of Belarus.
Belarus President to make state visit to China September 28 The President of Belarus is going to make a state visit to China on September 28-30. In Beijing, Alexander Lukashenko will hold talks with President of China Xi Jinping. Following the meeting, the sides are expected to sign 30 international documents on cooperation in the political, economic and social spheres. A number of important bilateral meetings are also planned. The President of Belarus is going to visit Peking University. He is set to communicate with the leadership of the university and students.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus will 'optimize' participation in integration projects with Russia
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus will 'optimize' participation in integration projects with Russia Let’s talk about an important political and economic issue, which made headlines of Russian and Belarusian media. President Lukashenko met with the State Secretary of the Union State of Belarus and Russia and anxiously talked about the economic partnership. The pragmatism offered by Russia in relations with Belarus may now go off, according to the Chekhov's gun principle. This is what the President said on this occasion.

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