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30.03.2017

Belarusian, Russian presidents to meet on April 3
Belarusian, Russian presidents to meet on April 3 The oil and gas problem in the relations between Belarus and Russia will be resolved, said on March 30 Russian ambassador to Belarus Alexander Surikov. The diplomat has also announced the meeting of the Presidents of Belarus and Russia. It will be held on April 3 in St. Petersburg. The heads of state, according to the ambassador, will discuss the topical issues of Belarusian-Russian relations, as well as the development of the Eurasian Economic Union.
Alexander Lukashenko, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov discuss prospects of further cooperation between Belarus and Turkmenistan
Alexander Lukashenko, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov discuss prospects of further cooperation between Belarus and Turkmenistan Belarus is ready to provide Turkmenistan with logistics centers for deliveries of products to Europe. The prospects for further cooperation were discussed March 30 by Alexander Lukashenko and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. After the official welcoming ceremony, the two leaders held talks one on one. On March 31, the presidents will kick-start a large-scale project - the Garlyk GOK (mining and processing complex). Alexander Lukashenko assured his counterpart that Belarus will continue training Turkmen staff. The states have a high potential.
Alexander Lukashenko: Turkmenistan can consider Belarus a friend in the center of Europe
Alexander Lukashenko: Turkmenistan can consider Belarus a friend in the center of Europe Turkmenistan can consider Belarus as a friend and a reliable pillar in the center of Europe. Alexander Lukashenko and President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov are discussing cooperation between the two countries on March 30. The Belarusian Head of State is now on an official visit to Ashgabat. A meeting ceremony was held before the one-on-one talks.
Alexander Lukashenko arrives in Turkmenistan on official visit
Alexander Lukashenko arrives in Turkmenistan on official visit Alexander Lukashenko has started his official visit to Turkmenistan. He arrived in that country on March 29 evening. The President's plane landed in the international airport of Ashgabat. Near the plane, the Belarusian President was met according to all the canons of diplomatic protocol. Taking part in the ceremony was the guard of honor. The President is going to open the Belarusian embassy in Ashgabat as well as the Garlyk mining and processing complex, built in Turkmen desert.

29.03.2017

Belarusian Embassy in Turkmenistan to open March 30
Belarusian Embassy in Turkmenistan to open March 30 On March 29, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko begins his official visit to Turkmenistan. The program is full of events and meetings. The head of state will hold talks with his counterpart Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow. Belarus-Turkmenistan cooperation will be discussed in the "one on one" format and then the leaders will be joined by their delegations.
Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Turkmenistan to begin March 29
Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Turkmenistan to begin March 29 On March 29, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko begins his official visit to Turkmenistan. Here the head of state will hold talks with President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow one-on-one as well as in the expanded format. He will also visit the Garlyk mining and processing plant, built by Belarusian specialists in the Turkmen desert. It is expected that the heads of state will officially launch the large-scale enterprise.

28.03.2017

Why did Belarus detain blogger Aleksander Lapshin?
Belarus President: I have brilliant relations with Mr Putin President Alexander Lukashenko received the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Armenia at the Palace of Independence on March 28. The ambassador is completing his tenure in Belarus. Armen Khachatryan has worked here since 2010. The President noted the friendly nature of the relationship at the highest political level, mutual interest in developing cooperation and convergence of positions on international issues.
Belarus President to pay official visit to Turkmenistan March 29-31
Belarus President to pay official visit to Turkmenistan March 29-31 Alexander Lukashenko is going to pay an official visit to Turkmenistan. On Thursday he will hold talks with the Turkmen president one-on-one and in an expanded format.  The agenda of the talks includes a wide range of issues of mutual interest.  It is also planned that the two leaders will take part in the opening ceremony of the Belarusian embassy in Turkmenistan. On Friday, the heads of state, in a solemn ceremony, will launch the Garlyk mining and processing plant, which construction has recently been completed.

27.03.2017

Belarus, Russia preparing for 4th Forum of Regions
Belarus, Russia preparing for 4th Forum of Regions Belarus and Russia are preparing for the 4th Forum of Regions. It will be held in late June in Moscow. Heads of the upper chambers of the Belarusian and Russian parliaments Mikhail Myasnikovich and Valentina Matviyenko discussed the details of preparation in St. Petersburg on March 27. The topic of the meeting is the development of regions in the field of high technology, innovation and information society. The previous forum was held in Minsk and was the most ambitious in terms of the number of participating companies and enterprises.
Chronicle of terrorist attack in London and its consequences
Chronicle of terrorist attack in London and its consequences Let's start with today's events of a European scale. Still, we live in Europe. "Red Day" and "Black Saturday" at the same time were expected on March 25 in Rome. There gathered the heads of 27 countries in honor of the 60th anniversary of the treaty that laid the foundations of the European Union. They signed a reassuring declaration, saying that the EU should live and be able to survive even without the UK.

26.03.2017

Police detain 5 Minsk residents for pocession of weapons, restraining devices and masks
Police detain 5 Minsk residents for pocession of weapons, restraining devices and masks Minsk police met the immediate information on the possible provocations against peaceful citizens during the unpermitted mass rallies. During inspections, five Mink residents from Leninsky, Frunzensky and Zavodsky districts were detained. During further ransacks at places of their residence, police found different types of arms, restraining devices, masks and anarchist literature. Chemical reagents were also found; they were meant for inflicting injuries on law and order officers.
President Lukashenko: Belarusians want to live in peace and bring their children up, nobody needs war
President Lukashenko: Belarusians want to live in peace and bring their children up, nobody needs war President Lukashenko spoke about the public security. The Belarusian President is a supporter of an open dialogue with the public and open doors even at the meetings on the most topical issues.
Alexander Lukashenko: I cannot allow the Ukrainian scenario repeat in Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko: I cannot allow the Ukrainian scenario repeat in Belarus During his working trip to Grodno region Alexander Lukashenko spoke about different political forces trying to disjoin Belarusians. President Lukashenko got acquainted with the spring sowing season with the reconstruction of Minsk-Grodno motorway, with the technologies of poultry refinery and also made some very important statements.

25.03.2017

Protests ended without beginning. Freedom Day 2017 in Minsk
Protests end without beginning. Freedom Day 2017 in Minsk All these days, suspects in the terrorist attack in the UK were being arrested. Already more than a dozen people were held by the police. The head of the anti-terrorist division of the Greater London reported that arrests are made on the basis of searches, but did not specify how the detainees were linked to the attack. Perhaps it will be revealed during the proceedings. And, as far as we know, some have already been released. In Belarus, those suspected of preparing armed provocations on March 25 Freedom Day were also detained this week.
President Lukashenko: I can't allow for the situation in Ukraine to happen in Belarus
President Lukashenko: I can't allow for the situation in Ukraine to happen in Belarus After visiting Arvi Belagro, President Lukashenko traditionally talked to the employees of the company. He talked about employment, salaries, information opposition on the internet, about the latest arrests of extremists. Belarus President also stated that Belarus will not allow riots according to the Ukrainian scenario. The situation in the country is stable and under control.
Mayor: No sanctioned rallies planned in Minsk for 25 March
Mayor: No sanctioned rallies planned in Minsk for 25 March The organizers of street protests, scheduled for March 25 in Minsk, refused from their applications. By the way, almost all initiators - except one - made this decision even before the consideration of applications. The last reply was received on March 24. The Minsk City Executive Committee explained: the application (the proposed route in particular) does not meet the requirements of the legislation.

24.03.2017

Belarus President: Ukrainian scenario will not work
President Lukashenko: Ukrainian scenario will not work in Belarus Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made a working trip to the Grodno region on 24 March. One of the topics he touched on were the possible protests scheduled for March 25. Belarus will not allow riots according to the Ukrainian scenario. The situation in the country is stable and under control.
Alexander Lukashenko holds telephone conversation with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko
Alexander Lukashenko holds telephone conversation with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko The night before, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko held a telephone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko. The two leaders discussed various issues on the agenda of Belarusian-Ukrainian relations. In particular, they talked over the development of trade and economic cooperation, expansion of contacts at the level of regions.
Belarusian police reveals White Legion's plans for March 25 protest
Belarusian investigators reveal White Legion's plans for March 25 protest Investigators have found a whole arsenal of arms in houses of the activists of the organizations White Legion and Young Front. Machine guns, grenades, axes, symbols of the Azov battalion - this is an incomplete list of what was seized. A criminal investigation was opened against them for the preparation for participation in riots. Just before this news release, it became known that one of the suspects pointed a weapon stash.
Belarus President: We are able to maintain peace and tranquility in our country
Belarus President: We are able to maintain peace and tranquility in our country Belarus is able to keep peace and tranquility of its citizens, said March 23 Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting on public security March 23. The head of state ordered all government agencies to maintain law and order in strict accordance with the Constitution. Any deviation from the law, as the President said, will not be tolerated. Sky is without gunpowder above the heads of Belarusians and underfoot are clean sidewalks and roads. Around are well-groomed streets and avenues. Ahead is a clear prospect.
Kyrgyzstan leader invited Belarus President to Supreme Eurasian Economic Council session
Kyrgyzstan leader invites Belarus President to Supreme Eurasian Economic Council session A telephone conversation between the Presidents of Belarus and Kyrgyzstan took place March 23. Almazbek Atambayev invited Alexander Lukashenko to take part in a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council to discuss the current issues and problems. The EEU summit is scheduled to be held in April-May 2017 in Bishkek. During the conversation the heads of state discussed bilateral relations too. In particular, the presidents expressed mutual interest in further increasing trade and enhancing economic cooperation between the two countries.

23.03.2017

Andrea Rigoni: I need to understand Belarus from inside to be objective in my report
Andrea Rigoni: I need to understand Belarus from inside to be objective in my report Belarus and Europe are engaged in a dialogue on all topical and sensitive issues. Negotiations on a variety of topics will continue. On March 23, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with Andrea Rigoni - representative of the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly. Andrea Rigoni is the Rapporteur on Belarus of the PACE Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy. He arrived in Minsk to prepare a draft report on the situation in Belarus. It will include a new resolution of PACE.
President Lukashenko: Belarus is able to keep peace in the country
President Lukashenko: Belarus is able to keep peace in the country Belarus is able to keep peace and tranquility of its citizens, said March 23 Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting on public security. The head of state ordered all government agencies to maintain law and order in strict accordance with the Constitution. Any deviation from the norms of law, as noted by the President, will not be tolerated.
Rigoni: Belarus-Council of Europe relations are being built on trust
Rigoni: Belarus-Council of Europe relations are being built on trust Belarus and the Council of Europe have made significant progress in relations over the past two years. This is an assessment of the bilateral cooperation by the rapporteur on Belarus of PACE given at the meeting with chairman of the House of Representatives of Belarus National Assembly. Andrea Rigoni noted that constructive dialogue and mutual understanding remain the main principles.
PACE's Andrea Rigoni visiting Minsk
PACE rapporteur Andrea Rigoni visiting Minsk Cooperation in the parliamentary dimension will be discussed during the visit of PACE rapporteur Andrea Rigoni to Minsk. He is going to hold talks with the leadership of our country. In particular, on March 23 Mr Rigoni will meet with the chairman of Belarus' House of Representatives. Vladimir Andreichenko and Andrea Rigoni plan to discuss the participation of the National Assembly in PACE events and further access of Belarus to Council of Europe's conventions.
Belarus' law enforcement agencies clamp down on radical organization White Legion
Belarus' law enforcement agencies clamp down on radical organization White Legion On March 22, the phrase White Legion reappeared in the operative reports of law enforcement agencies of Belarus. The radical organization, which seemed to stop functioning almost 15 years ago, is again in the limelight. On March 22, law enforcement agencies carried out a few dozen searches. A solid arsenal of weapons (sapper shovels, body armor, rifles and even automatic recharge system) was found in the apartment of one of the group's participants. There is reason to believe that all this was intended to be used to organize unrest in the country.

22.03.2017

President Lukashenko: Situation in Belarus under control
President Lukashenko: Situation in Belarus under control Fair pricing, implementation of decree on social dependency, attempted armed breakthrough on the Belarusian-Ukrainian border and the fifth column in Belarus. The Belarusian President commented on these issues during the visit to the Mogilev Region on March 21.

21.03.2017

Writer Zakhar Prilepin speaks on the situation in Ukraine
Writer Zakhar Prilepin speaks on the situation in Ukraine Zakhar Prilepin, a Russian writer, took part in the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev. We are having a discussion on the threshold of the Forgiveness Sunday.
Belarus has detained militants preparing armed provocation, President Lukashenko says
Belarus has detained militants preparing armed provocation, President Lukashenko says Foreign investment should be brought into the country taking into account public interests, said Alexander Lukashenko during his working trip to Mogilev region March 21. The President visited the free economic zone Mogilev, where about 40 residents are currently working.In particular, the company Kronospan where chipboards are made. For six years, the owner has invested nearly a billion dollars in the Belarusian companies. The region plans to further attract foreign capital.
Belarus President: Reforms we are offered are not for our people
Belarus President: Reforms we are offered are not for our people The pricing policy, wage growth and employment are the three main areas for Minsk vice mayors designated by the Belarus President. Alexander Lukashenko agreed a number of appointments in Minsk. He expects from the new managers first of all professional approaches and absence of red tape as well as quick solutions to problems of the residents of the capital. Minsk should become an example for the whole Belarus.

20.03.2017

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is ready to ensure its security in any situation
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is ready to ensure its security in any situation Joint exercises of the Armed Forces of Belarus and Russia Zapad 2017 (West 2017) need to be as transparent as possible, said the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, during the report on the drills. They will be held in Belarus in autumn 2017. President Lukashenko also emphasized that Belarus doesn’t intend to curtail its cooperation with Russia because of the disagreements in other spheres. The forthcoming drills prove the aspiration. In as many as 20 countries military actions are taking place.
Alexander Lukashenko: West 2017 joint drills need to be transparent
Alexander Lukashenko: West 2017 joint drills need to be transparent Joint exercises of the Armed Forces of Belarus and Russia Zapad 2017 (West 2017) need to be maximally transparent, said the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, during the report on the drills. They will be held in Belarus in the autumn. The Head of State asked about the composition of the troops involved, the exercise area, as well as the expected results. In addition, Alexander Lukashenko demanded that the Defense Ministry leadership carefully consider cooperation with all other authorities.
MP Igor Marzalyuk on protests, freedom and Belarus-EU relations
MP Igor Marzalyuk on protests, freedom and Belarus-EU relations A strange coincidence: the majority of these visits took place on March 15th. What was so special about that day? What events could encourage the high-ranking guests from respected countries to arrive in Minsk on March 15? Constitution Day? Hardly. This is of course an important date for Belarus but still it's not a public holiday. Maybe, the reason is protest events announced by the opposition on that day? I doubt it!
March 15 detentions in Minsk legal: protesters violate law on mass events
March 15 detentions in Minsk legal: protesters violate law on mass events The United States authorities decided that protesters are forbidden to wear masks back in the middle of the 20th century. In the first place, this measure was designed to fight the Ku Klux Klan movement. Many recollected this measure in the early 2010s when the streets of many American cities were flooded with members of the Occupy movement.

19.03.2017

Angela Merkel: I am glad that President Trump supports Minsk ceasefire agreements
Angela Merkel: I am glad that President Trump supports Minsk ceasefire agreements The most discussed subject in the world of politics today is the dialogue between the USA and the EU. The first meeting of US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel took place in Washington. The leaders discussed a set of questions; they talked about NATO, combating terrorism and the crisis in Eastern Ukraine. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany: The US Administration and President Trump personally support Minsk Ceasefire Agreements. We need to solve this problem.
European Integrative Week: distinguished guests visit Belarus
European Integrative Week: distinguished guests visit Belarus Last week in Belarus can be given the name of the Great European Week. Distinguished guests from different countries came to the center of Europe. Belgium Foreign Minister, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE, First Vice President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Chief of the IMF Mission, and delegations of the Visegrad Group and of the Eastern Partnership, Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, parliamentary delegation from Kazakhstan, and Egypt State Minister. Nevertheless, there was important news.

17.03.2017

President Lukashenko:  Government staff optimization mustn’t result in unthoughtful personnel reduction
President Lukashenko: Government staff optimization mustn’t result in unthoughtful personnel reduction Optimization of government structure and elimination of duplicate functions. The effectiveness of the government staff was discussed at Belarus President’s meeting on March 17, 2017. Alexander Lukashenko had once again emphasized that optimization mustn’t result in unthoughtful personnel reduction. The prime question is about creating an effective governance model, which will facilitate the dynamic development of Belarus.
Maxim Ryzhenkov: Authorities must get round to every person and assist in solving problems
Maxim Ryzhenkov: Authorities must get round to every person and assist in solving problems Authorities must hear every person and help with solving problems. This was stated by Maxim Ryzhenkov, the First Deputy Head of Belarus' President Administration on March 17, 2017. The task for the local authorities is to get round to and try to help every person.
Belarus' Prosecutor General on detention of protesters against Decree No3
Belarus' Prosecutor General on detention of protesters on March 15 The General Prosecutor's Office of Belarus considers legitimate the reaction to the flagrant violation of law on mass events. Alexander Konyuk has commented on the detention of persons protesting against Decree No3. As was noted earlier by the Interior Ministry, all the detainees had grossly violated the law. Thus, Article 11 of the Law on Mass Events strictly forbids protesters to hide their faces under masks.
Alexander Lukashenko:  Belarus is interested in state transformation experience of Kazakhstan
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is interested in state transformation experience of Kazakhstan Belarus is interested in state transformation experience, which is happening in Kazakhstan. This was stated by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko during a meeting with Nurlan Nigmatulin, Chairman of Majilis Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Both Belarus and Kazakhstan are longstanding strategic partners. Official Astana is at its political reload stage today. After adopting the new version of the Constitution, Kazakh lawmakers will have more powers.
Belarus' Interior Ministry explains detentions during March 15 rally in Minsk
Belarus' Interior Ministry explains detentions during March 15 rally in Minsk Person detained on March 15 during the rally against Decree No3 grossly violated the law on mass events and resisted the police, said the Interior Ministry March 16. Law enforcement officers acted strictly within the law, and the law is fairly loyal to such violations. European and US experience shows that one can get a year's jail term if a person's face is covered during a protest.
OSCE PA President Christine Muttonen tastes Belarusian chocolate
OSCE PA President Christine Muttonen tastes Belarusian chocolate and tries fashion clothes Belarus is committed to the basic principles of the OSCE, said Belarus President on March 16 at a meeting with the chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. Christine Muttonen spent several days in Belarus. On March 15, she met with Belarusian MPs. The sides signed an agreement on the 26th annual session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. It will be held in July 2017 in the capital of Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko emphasized that our country will make every effort so that the upcoming session becomes the best in the history of such meetings.

16.03.2017

We will show western biases about Belarus are far-fetched, Alexander Lukashenko says
We will show western biases about Belarus are far-fetched, Alexander Lukashenko says Belarus is committed to the basic principles of the OSCE, said President Alexander Lukashenko a meeting with OSCE Parliamentary Assembly president Christine Muttonen. Yesterday, she had meetings with Belarusian MPs. The parties signed an agreement on the 26th Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. It will be held in Minsk in July 2017. The decision to hold the event in Minsk was passed unanimously.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is committed to OSCE's basic principles
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is committed to OSCE's basic principles Belarus is committed to the basic principles of the OSCE, said President Alexander Lukashenko on March 16 at a meeting with the chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. Christine Muttonen has already spent several days in Belarus. Yesterday, she met with Belarusian MPs. The parties signed an agreement for the 26th Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. It will be held in Minsk in July 2017. 
Christine Muttonen names topic of OSCE PA summer meeting in Minsk
Christine Muttonen names topic of OSCE PA summer meeting in Minsk The summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will be held in Minsk in July. An agreement on this matter was signed March 15 by Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Vladimir Andreichenko and OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Christine Muttonen. It is expected that the upcoming event will bring together more than 700 guests, including about 300 members of parliament.
Non-parasites March in Minsk held calmly
'Non-parasites march' takes place in Minsk March 15 The so-called "Non-parasites march", which did not draw a lot of people, was held in Minsk on March 15. It was held without incidents, with protesters sticking to the planned route. Organizers may deny that, but still some opposition activists tried to use the event for the sake of their own PR. It was also strange to see how this march was headed by anarchists.

15.03.2017

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus interested in Belgian investments
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus interested in Belgian investments Belarus is interested in attracting Belgian investments and ready for a political dialogue on extending business cooperation. On March 15, 2017 Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs of the Kingdom of Belgium. Didier Reynders is an experienced politician and is visiting Belarus for the first time, primarily as a representative of Belgium.
President Lukashenko: I am for EU but against its double standards
President Lukashenko: I am for EU but against its double standards Belarus is interested in attracting Belgian investments and ready for a political dialogue on extending business cooperation. On March 15, 2017 Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs of the Kingdom of Belgium. Besides the internal political issues, cooperation between Belarus and the EU was discussed. Alexander Lukashenko said that Belarus will always work for unification and stability in Europe.
Regnum's Yuri Baranchik detained in Russia and may be extradited to Belarus
Regnum's Yuri Baranchik detained in Russia and may be extradited to Belarus Today it became known that Regnum's Yuri Baranchik was detained in Russia. This was confirmed by the Investigation Committee of Belarus, where the criminal investigation is continuing with respect to Sergei Shiptenko, Yuri Pavlovets and Dmitry Alimkin. They were charged with inciting ethnic hatred. The involvement of Baranchik in this case has been established during the investigation. The Investigative Committee said that the journalist may be extradited.
Christine Muttonen to sign agreement on 26th OSCE PA session in Minsk
Christine Muttonen to sign agreement on 26th OSCE PA session in Minsk The Delegation of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly headed by Chairwoman Christine Muttonen is arriving in Minsk March 15. The foreign visitors will hold a meeting at the Belarusian parliament. They will discuss the preparation for the 26th session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, which is set to be held in Minsk in July 2017. It is expected that the program of the meeting will be agreed during the current visit. In addition, today the parties will sign an agreement to determine the preparation plan.
Vladimir Makei: Eastern Partnership Initiative important for Belarus
Vladimir Makei: Eastern Partnership Initiative important for Belarus Belarus remains a strong supporter of integration and offers the Minsk platform for integration processes in Central and Eastern Europe. This was said by the Foreign Minister of Belarus on March 15 in Minsk at a meeting with the heads of delegations of the countries of the Visegrad Group and the Eastern Partnership.
Today we can confidently look into the future, Belarus President says
Today we can confidently look into the future, Belarus President says Compliance with the rules laid down in the Constitution is the guarantor of stability and prosperity in the society, which ensures decent conditions of life. This is stated in the congratulation message of Alexander Lukashenko to compatriots on the occasion of Constitution Day. Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:Today, we can confidently look to the future knowing that our coordinated work, cohesion and creative energy predetermine further development and progress towards prosperity of the Motherland.
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Belgium visits Belarus
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Belgium to visit Belarus Joint investment projects and cooperation in international organizations will be discussed on May 15 during the visit of Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Belgium to Belarus. Note that this is the first visit of the head of the Foreign Ministry of Belgium. The talks will focus on trade and economic relations of Belarus and Belgium as well as on the Belarus-EU dialogue. Now trade between the two countries amounts to nearly $370 million dollars.

14.03.2017

Alena Kupchyna nominated for OSCE Secretary General position
Alena Kupchyna nominated for OSCE Secretary General position Permanent Representative of the Republic of Belarus to the OSCE, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Austria Alena Kupchyna was nominated for the position of the Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Altogether, there are five candidates for the post. The first hearings took place in Vienna on March 14, 2017 during which the candidates projected the future of the OSCE.
President Lukashenko makes new personnel changes on March 14, 2017
President Lukashenko makes new personnel changes on March 14, 2017 President Alexander Lukashenko made a number of personnel changes. On March 14, 2017 Alexander Lukashenko appointed a new Minister of Labour and Social Protection. Irina Kostevich took up the post. Belarus President appointed Igor Buzovsky the new Head of Minsk Tsentralny district, Vladimir Karpyak as President’s Aide, Chief Inspector in Minsk. Changes have also been made in the oil-industry.
Irina Kostevich: A target of 70,000 new working places by 2017 in Belarus
Irina Kostevich: A target of 70,000 new working places by 2017 in Belarus Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made a number of personnel decisions. On March 14, 2017 Alexander Lukashenko appointed a new Minister of Labor and Social Protection. Irina Kostevich took up the post. Earlier she served as deputy minister of economy. The skilled specialist has years of work behind her in statistics and analyzing sectors. The Ministry of Labor and Social Protection has a number of tasks set up, which are to ensure a high level of employment and Belarusians' income growth.
Belarus and Russia start preparations for West 2017 drills
Belarus and Russia start preparations for West 2017 drills Belarusian and Russian troops began preparations for the exercises Zapad 2017 [West 2017]. During the drills, the parties intend to work out the coherence of military administration and interoperability of military units. The large-scale exercises will be held in September in several ranges of Belarus and Russia. This will sum up the joint activities of the two countries in the past two years.
Egypt military industry officials interested in cooperation with Belarus
Egypt military industry officials interested in cooperation with Belarus Cooperation with Egypt needs to develop more intensively and without any forbidden topics. The President of Belarus noted willingness to work with the Arab republic of Egypt in all areas. He said this on March 14 at a meeting with Minister of State for Military Industry of Egypt. A new impetus to the relations between the two countries was given earlier this year during the official visit of Alexander Lukashenko to the Arab Republic of Egypt. Now these agreements are being implemented at all levels.
German delegation visit Trostenets memorial in Belarus
Germany interested in rapprochement with Belarus Belarus and Germany are noting the positive dynamism in bilateral contacts. On March 13 in Minsk, Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei met with Minister of State for European Affairs of Germany Michael Roth to discuss politics, economy and exchange of students. Among the issues discussed at the formal meeting were the tragic history of our countries. The memorial Trostenets in Minsk became a monument to common misfortune. In the mid-1940s, many German Jews were sent to this death camp.

13.03.2017

Batons, water cannons and rubber bullets: How police of different countries calms down raging demonstrators
Batons, water cannons and rubber bullets: How police of different countries calms down raging demonstrators Let us recall the phrase of President Lukashenko on Thursday at a meeting on current issues of the country's development: "There will be no Maidan in Belarus! There are no prerequisites for this. But it is always necessary to pre-empt a particular problem." We will now talk not about Belarus but about pre-emption. Even in the most democratic countries, approaches to demonstrators are tough, because they create a threat to public order and confront with the police. The events of recent weeks and daily news confirm this again and again.

12.03.2017

Boleslav Pirshtuk about OSCE PA summer session due in Minsk
Boleslav Pirshtuk about OSCE PA summer session and economic reforms in Belarus Let's continue the theme with the guest of our program. Today in the studio we have deputy chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus Boleslav Pirshtuk. Boleslav Kazimirovich, hello. Boleslav Pirshtuk, deputy chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus: Good afternoon.
President Lukashenko on decree No3, dialogue between authorities and people and Belarus-Russia relations
President Lukashenko on decree No3, dialogue between authorities and people and Belarus-Russia relations While different kinds of managers, politicians and ordinary Belarusians wondered and fantasized and, perhaps, were waiting for the situation to resolve, the President decided not cut the Gordian knot of Decree No3 but gently pulled the necessary strings to untie it. It so happened to the good intentions of decree number 3 - to stimulate those who are out of work, to restore justice in terms of the distribution of social benefits - were not able to live with the current economic reality. And, strictly speaking, the document is not economic or financial.

10.03.2017

President Lukashenko insists on $500 salary and performance discipline of officials
President Lukashenko insists on $500 salary and performance discipline of officials Alexander Lukashenko held a meeting on the topical issues of national development on March 9th. The President focused on topics of stability and peace in Belarus. One of the tough requirements of the President is strict performance discipline.
Belarus President: Preventive work should be practical and effective
Belarus President: Preventive work should be practical and effective The law enforcement system in Belarus should be as effective and optimal as possible, said President Alexander Lukashenko on March 10 at a meeting to review the operation of law enforcement agencies in 2016 and optimization of the law enforcement and judicial system. Invited at the meeting were more than 250 participants. Over the past 10 years, crime in Belarus has fallen by almost half. This is a good result.
Belarus wants Russia to discuss and resolve topical issues in bilateral relations
Belarus demands equal rights with Russia in Eurasian Economic Union Decree on social dependency, employment policy, relations with Russia and mutually beneficial partnership in the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) were among the topical issues discussed at the March 9 meeting hosted by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. The Head of State responded to the issues that most concern to society. The President drew attention to the most important values ​​that Belarus preserves, which are stability and calmness. MORE:
Belarus, Russia intend to develop interaction algorithm on migration issues
Belarus, Russia intend to develop interaction algorithm on migration issues Belarus and Russia intend to develop an algorithm of interaction on current migration issues. First of all, it concerns the law-enforcement and border agencies, stated today the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus. In the near future, the sides will hold a meeting of the interstate interdepartmental working group.

09.03.2017

Alexander Lukashenko: There will be no Maidan in Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko: There will be no Maidan in Belarus Relations with Russia, employment policy and the decree on social dependency were discussed on March 9 at the meeting hosted by President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko. MORE: Gas prices should not be basis of Belarusian-Russian relations, Alexander Lukashenko says

08.03.2017

Who and why organizes protests against Decree No3 in Belarus?
Who and why organizes protests against Decree No3 in Belarus? The network continues to discuss the special report and investigation "Call to a Friend". Our colleagues collected facts that explain who and why organizes protests in Belarus. Why opposition was represented by only one person at the recent so-called "Marches against Decree No3" and what did anarchists do at these marches? The report shows phone calls answering many questions.
EEU Intergovernmental Council in Bishkek: exports to third countries and over 10 documents signed
EEU Intergovernmental Council in Bishkek: Belarus displeased with Russia's integration policy Start of free trade between the EEU and Iran, the development of exports to the markets of third countries and other issues within the framework of the Eurasian Union were discussed on March 7 in Bishkek at the EEU Intergovernmental Council. Some problems were also raised. For instance, roughness in relations with Russia influence Belarus' participation in the integration processes within the framework of the EEU.

07.03.2017

EEU Intergovernmental Council meeting starts in Bishkek
EEU Intergovernmental Council meeting starts in Bishkek "Eurasian five", 2 days and 12 questions on agenda! Bishkek is preparing for a meeting of the EEU Intergovernmental Council. Belarus will be represented at the forum by the Prime Minister, Andrei Kobyakov. The Heads of Government will discuss the removal of barriers to the development of the internal market of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), as well as more profitable ways to enter markets of third countries.

06.03.2017

Germany welcomes adoption by Belarus of National Human Rights Plan
Germany welcomes adoption by Belarus of National Human Rights Plan Germany welcomes the adoption by Belarus of the National Human Rights Plan, stated Bundestag deputies. Their delegation led by Bärbel Kofler held a meeting with Belarusian colleagues March 6. The guests expressed their hope that the implementation of the document's norms will be successful and also noted the importance of public discussion of these norms.
Bishkek gathering EEU Intergovernmental Council meeting
EEU Intergovernmental Council meeting to take place in Bishkek Bishkek is preparing for the meeting of the Intergovernmental Council of the Eurasian Economic Union. The Belarusian side will be represented at the meeting by Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov. The agenda includes 12 issues. Among them is the removal of obstacles in the internal market of the Eurasian Economic Union.
Pavel Yakubovich: Kurapaty needs to be turned into memorial, for unity of state and public
Why doesn't Belarus open Stalin era archives? It so happened that Joseph Stalin, in whose time mass repressions were carried out in the USSR, was a Georgian. This, of course, has no relation to today's story, but attention to one of the places of the Great Terror - Kurapaty near Minsk - has been attracted recently by the newspaper "SB - Belarus Today", and with good intentions. Let's talk about motivated and reasons for that with the chief editor of the country's main state newspaper Pavel Yakubovich. He is now in our studio. Pavel Izotovich, hello.

02.03.2017

Belarus ready to share experience with Vietnam in ensuring rule of law
Belarus ready to share experience with Vietnam in ensuring rule of law Belarus is ready to share experience with Vietnam in the field of law enforcement, said March 2 President Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with the Minister of Public Security of Vietnam Tô Lâm. That country is one of a number of priority partners of Belarus in the Asian region. Today, Vietnam is developing rapidly, including economically.
OSCE PA summer session 2017 to boost Belarus' role in world politics, Vladimir Andreichenko says
OSCE PA summer session 2017 to boost Belarus' role in world politics, Vladimir Andreichenko says Strengthening of mutual trust and cooperation for peace and prosperity in the region will be the main leitmotif of the 26th Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. The OSCE PA session will be held in Minsk from 5 to 9 July. This will be the first time Belarus has hosted an even of such a scale. On March 1, at the first meeting of the organizing committee to prepare for the session, the participants identified a number of problems.

01.03.2017

Russian citizen to be deported from Belarus
Russian citizen to be deported from Belarus on extremist grounds A Russian citizen suspected of extremist activities has been detained in Belarus. The man was stopped when trying to illegally cross the state border of Belarus to Ukraine. The incident occurred on February 14 at the area of ​​the Mozyr border detachment. As it turned out the offender, born in 1991, is a resident of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug of Russia. The young man had already had problems with the law earlier: for a number of crimes, he was several times tried in the Russian Federation.
Alexander Lukashenko to meet Giorgi Margvelashvili on March 1
Alexander Lukashenko to meet Giorgi Margvelashvili on March 1 On March 1, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko will meet with his Georgian counterpart. The night before Giorgi Margvelashvili arrived at Minsk National Airport, where he was met by a delegation of officials and honor guard. The heads of state will discuss a wide range of issues of cooperation, with special attention to the strengthening of economic cooperation between the two countries.

28.02.2017

MPs expect quick resolution of issues in Belarusian-Russian relations
MPs expect quick resolution of issues in Belarusian-Russian relations MPs expect a quick resolution of issues in Russian-Belarusian relations. This opinion sounded on February 28 in Minsk at the meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union State of Russia and Belarus. It discussed foreign policy, particularly the results of the winter session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and joint cooperation. The MPs also touched upon the issues of creating a legal framework for closer economic cooperation.

27.02.2017

Estonian Military Parade 2017 The day before February 23, 2017 an American guided missile cruiser touched the shore of Estonia. A parade was held the next day in Tallinn. Militants of several NATO states took part in it. Estonia became a sovereign state 99 years ago and entered NATO in 2004. Thousands of allied military machinery units and thousands of soldiers passed through the streets of Tallinn.
Belarus Parliament wants to form positive country image abroad
Belarus Parliament wants to form positive country image abroad Belarusian MPs would like to form a positive image of Belarus abroad. This was announced on February 27 at the lower house of the Belarus parliament following the winter session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Vienna. In recent years, Belarus-EU relations have become much warmer, including through a balanced policy of the Belarusian side. In addition, MPs are confident that Europe has a lot of serious problems these days, which it is best to solve together. At the same time, it is Belarus that is a donor of regional stability.
Georgia President Giorgi Margvelashvili to visit Belarus March 1
Georgia President Giorgi Margvelashvili to visit Belarus March 1 Minsk is preparing to welcome the President of Georgia. He will arrive in our country on an official visit. February 27, it was announced that the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, will hold talks with his Georgian counterpart Giorgi Margvelashvili on March 1. Meetings are planned in the one-on-one format, as well as in an expanded format, together with delegations.

25.02.2017

Minsk ceasefire agreements:a platform for further work of the OSCE
Minsk ceasefire agreements: a platform for further work of the OSCE Vienna urges compliance on Minsk ceasefire agreements. This concerns the current situation in Ukraine. It is one of the key subjects discussed at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. “Minsk ceasefire agreements need to be used as a platform for further work of the OSCE”. This was said by Swedish delegates at the sitting of the Political and Security Committee.

24.02.2017

Ukraine crisis to be discussed at OSCE PA in Minsk in summer 2017
Ukraine crisis to be discussed at OSCE PA in Minsk in summer 2017 Belarus will host the next OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in the summer of 2017. Today in Vienna there was held a presentation of Belarus as the host of the forthcoming forum. The event of this level will be held in Belarus for the first time in more than 20 years.
Belarus-Russia gas conflict to be resolved at political level
Belarus-Russia gas conflict to be resolved at political level Decisions on Russian gas for Belarus were taken and will be coordinated at the political level, said the Minister of Energy of Belarus. On February 24, the ministry sums up the work over the past year. One of the most discussed topics in 2016 was the oil and gas issues with Russia. In this regard, the Belarusian side insists on the fulfillment of all the rules that are laid down in the agreement on the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).
OSCE PA summer session in Minsk to be discussed in Vienna February 24
OSCE PA summer session in Minsk to be discussed in Vienna February 24 The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly is now being held in the capital of Austria. It involves representatives of Belarus, too. It is planned that on 24 February, Belarusian MPs will meet with the top leadership of the Parliamentary Assembly and discuss a number of issues. One of the main topics is the holding of the summer session in Minsk. It is expected that OSCE parliamentarians of the member states will arrive in Minsk in early July. These are about 700 guests from more than fifty countries.

23.02.2017

Belarus takes about 160,000 Ukrainians in recent years
Belarus takes about 160,000 Ukrainians in recent years The difficult situation emerging in the south-east of Ukraine again became the topic of discussion on 23 February at the Belarusian Foreign Ministry. It commented on the mechanism permitting Ukrainian refugees a temporary residence in the country, responding to a question about the status of Donetsk and Lugansk passports. Dmitry Mironchik said the President of Belarus in August 2014 adopted a decree that which contains a number of rules that enable migrants to avoid serious problems in the process.
Belarus to be presented as host of OSCE PA annual session in Vienna
Belarus to be presented as host of OSCE PA annual session The presentation of Belarus as the host country of the annual session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will be held in Vienna. On February 23, the capital of Austria will host the winter session of the MPs of the world's largest regional organization dealing with security issues. Belarus is also taking part.

21.02.2017

Expert Mikhail Delyagin on relations between Russia and Belarus
Expert Mikhail Delyagin on relations between Russia and Belarus There can't be long-standing idyll even in relationships between relatives. But, following Bulgakov's metaphors, it is better not to set fire to the communal apartment in which Belarus and Russia live, advises Russian economist, journalist and politician Mikhail Delyagin. Author of the TV program Simple Questions Yegor Khrustalev made an interview with the expert. What are the opinions in the Russian society about relations between Russia and Belarus?
Igor Kizim appointed new Ambassador of Ukraine to Belarus
Igor Kizim appointed new Ambassador of Ukraine to Belarus President Petro Poroshenko has appointed a new ambassador of Ukraine to Belarus. The 55-year-old Igor Kizim will now head Ukraine's embassy in Minsk. Prior to that, he worked in the UK. A native of Kharkov, Kizim was a long-time adviser to Ukraine ambassador to Canada. And in the beginning of the 2010s, he was appointed the Deputy Director of International Security and Disarmament Department of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry. Igor Kizim is well familiar with Belarus - he served as first secretary of the Ukrainian Embassy in Belarus.
Belarus Foreign Minister to make working visit to Russia
Belarus Foreign Minister to make working visit to Russia Vladimir Makei is on a working trip to visit Moscow. During the visit, he is going to meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov. The foreign ministers will discuss topical issues of the bilateral agenda, cooperation in the international arena and in international organizations, as well as the preparation for the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Belarus and Russia.

20.02.2017

Belarus, Kazakhstan presidents discuss EEU and bilateral cooperation
Belarus, Kazakhstan presidents discuss EEU and bilateral cooperation A telephone conversation between the Presidents of Belarus and Kazakhstan was held February 20 at the initiative of the Kazakh side. One of the main topics discussed by Alexander Lukashenko and Nursultan Nazarbayev were the relations in the Eurasian Economic Union. The President of Kazakhstan expressed concern about the issues in relations between Russia and Belarus. At the same time, Mr Nazarbayev is confident that all the existing differences between Minsk and Moscow will be resolved within the union.
Minsk agreements mentioned during Munich Security Conference
Pence defends role of Minsk agreements in Ukraine crisis resolution "Minsk agreements" sounded again at a high international level. The Munich Security Conference opened on Friday. It is already 53rd in a row. For more than half a century, the political elite has gathered in the heart of Bavaria to discuss the most urgent issues. Today on the agenda, besides the Ukrainian crisis, are the fight against terrorism; West's relations with Russia; situation in Europe; Syria and, of course, the near future of NATO during the presidency of Donald Trump (and not only of NATO). The new owner of the White House did not attend the forum.
Merkel says still no alternatives to Minsk agreements on Ukraine
Merkel says still no alternatives to Minsk agreements on Ukraine The International Conference on Security continues in Munich. One of the key issues is the settlement of the crisis in south-east Ukraine. This topic was discussed by the foreign ministers of the "Normandy 4". They agreed they would promote the truce in the Donbas from 20 February. Angela Merkel did not stay aside from the problems. The German Chancellor called the Minsk agreements - quote - "the only thing that we have in order to continue the dialogue and solve problems."

17.02.2017

President of Turkmenistan inaugurated for third term
President of Turkmenistan inaugurated for third term after landslide victory The inauguration ceremony of President of Turkmenistan began in Ashgabat. On Sunday, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov won the election with almost 98% of the vote.  It will be already the third term as head of state for the current Turkmenistani leader. Under the new Constitution, adopted September 14, 2016, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov will stay in this position for seven years instead of five.

14.02.2017

Presidential Administration revamped in Belarus
Presidential Administration revamped in Belarus One third of the staff of the Presidential Administration will be cut. The corresponding decree was signed on February 13 by Alexander Lukashenko. It is expected that this measure will make the work of the main political headquarters of the head of state more efficient. In particular, the institute of presidential assistants is being reformed. Two new posts are introduced. The assistants will be in charge of two different directions. The first is the legislative and judicial and the second is the credit and financial one.

13.02.2017

I cannot understand why this is done: Alexander Lukashenko about Russian ban on food supplies
I cannot understand why this is done: Belarus President about Russian ban on food supplies Kostroma region itself causes much interest. Firstly, this is the birthplace of Ivan Susanin. Remember? "Where are you taking us?... We don't see a thing!, shouted enemies to Susanin". In such a way did Ryleyev glorify the feat of the peasant who led Polish invaders in a forest swamp.
President Lukashenko meets with chief editor Narodnaya Volya newspaper Iosif Seredich
President Lukashenko meets with chief editor Narodnaya Volya newspaper Iosif Seredich Recent national issues were the subject of conversation between Alexander Lukashenko and chief editor of the newspaper Narodnaya Volya Iosif Seredich. The journalist asked the President about a personal meeting during the "Big conversation", which took place on February 3. And today at the Palace of Independence the Head of State met with the Mr Seredich. In fact, this meeting was a continuation of the serious conversation of February 3.

10.02.2017

CEI's Committee of National Coordinators to hold first session in Minsk
CEI's Committee of National Coordinators to hold first session in Minsk The development of regional cooperation and trade relations between the countries of East and Europe will be the main topics of the first meeting of the Committee of National Coordinators of the Central European Initiative in Minsk. It will take place early next week as Belarus is now chairing this international organization. Minsk assumed the CEI chairmanship in 2017.

09.02.2017

OSCE PA conference in Minsk should aim to ensure security in Europe, Belarus President says
OSCE PA conference in Minsk should ensure security in Europe, Belarus President says Belarus has established an organizing committee on the preparation and holding in Minsk of a session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. The corresponding decree was signed by the Belarus President on February 8. The annual meeting of the organization of MPs will be held in July 2017. It will involve more than 300 parliamentarians from 56 countries.
Belarusian authorities considering OSCE election recommendations
Belarusian authorities to improve election law based on OSCE advice The main matter at the summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Minsk will be the exchange of experience and ideas on topical issues of the day. The Belarusian side is getting ready for a productive discussion. Now Belarus is improving its electoral legislation based on OSCE recommendations. OSCE suggestions will soon be summarized by the country's election commission and presented to the Belarus President.

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