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21.07.2016

Poland refuses to accept refugees from the Middle East
Poland refuses to accept refugees from the Middle East Poland has refused to accept refugees from the Middle East and North Africa. The interior minister said that the experience of Western European countries was a good lesson for Warsaw. In order not to repeat the mistakes of the European countries, the state will not let the illegal immigrants into the republic. This means that Poland has refused to support the introduction of quotas for refugees. This program was initiated by European officials to distribute illegal immigrants throughout Europe.

20.07.2016

Electronic simulator helping prepare for 2016 parliamentary elections in Belarus
Electronic simulator helping prepare for 2016 parliamentary elections in Belarus As part of preparation for the parliamentary elections, hundreds of situations that can cause additional questions during the election campaign have been worked out at a seminar in Minsk. These include security and technical support. Taking part in the seminar were representatives of the executive committees of all the regions of Belarus. This kind of training involving multimedia technologies has been carried out for the first time. The simulator includes more than 500 cases, each of which took place at real polling stations.
France extends state of emergency amid continuing attacks
France extends state of emergency amid continuing attacks The French National Assembly has approved the extension of the state of emergency for another six months. Previously, it was planned to end it 26 July. However, the terrorist attack in Nice forced President Francois Hollande and the parliament to reconsider this decision. And, apparently, not in vain. Over the last day alone, there were several attacks in the fifth republic. In the south, an armed man barricaded himself in the hotel. Soon he was detained.

19.07.2016

Gennady Zyuganov about prospects of Belarus-Russia Union State
Gennady Zyuganov about prospects of Belarus-Russia Union State After meeting with the Belarus President, the leader of the Communist party of Russia Gennady Zyuganov spoke to Belarusian media. The prospects of the Union State were in the center of attention.  He noted that the existence and creation of the Eurasian Economic Union is a really important step towards competitiveness. Today, Russia is interested in developing economic and technological ties with Belarus and is ready to borrow Belarusian experience in the development of agro-towns.
President: Communist Party is not a party of collapse, but party of creation
President: Communist Party is not a party of collapse, but a party of creation Questions of Union State building on July 19 were discussed during the meeting of the President of Belarus with chairman of the Russian Communist Party faction in the State Duma. Alexander Lukashenko noted the special role played by this organization today, and gave Gennady Zyuganov the Order of Friendship of Peoples for his significant personal contribution to the strengthening of friendly relations and cooperation between Belarus and Russia.
Turkey thanking Belarus for support during failed coup
Turkey thanking Belarus for support during failed coup Turkey is thanking Belarus for its support after a failed military coup and declaring a return to normalcy in the country. In particular, the diplomatic mission has expressed gratitude to the Belarusian authorities for their solidarity with the Turkish government. Alexander Lukashenko earlier sent a letter to the head of the Republic of Turkey with words of support. The embassy noted that there is no longer a state of emergency in Turkey.
Anti-terrorist operation in Almaty ends
Anti-terrorist operation in Almaty ends A few hours ago, an anti-terrorist operation in Almaty completed. It began on July 18 in the afternoon after an armed attack on a department of the National Security Committee and a police station. It is known that there are five victims: four police officers and a motorist. Seven police officers are injured.  Both attackers are arrested. Almaty earlier declared the highest "red" level of terrorist threat which is now reduced to moderate.

18.07.2016

Alexander Lukashenko disturbed by developments around Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko disturbed by developments around Belarus Belarus has no problems from the point of view of terrorist activity. July 18, Chairman of the Committee of State Security Valery Vakulchik reported to the President on the current situation in the country. The meeting addressed issues of countering terrorism.

15.07.2016

Terrorist attack in Nice: Photos from scene
Terrorist attack in Nice: Photos from scene More than 150 people were injured in the terrorist attack in Nice on Bastille Day, 84 were left dead. A truck ploughed through a crowd of thousands on the famous Promenade des Anglais and literally drove over people. Next, those who were able to flee, were shot at. Soon, the driver was shot dead by the police, who later found in the vehicle explosives and weapons which the man was prepared to use. There is evidence that the weapons were fake.
ISIL standing behind Nice attack, French media report
ISIL standing behind Nice attack, French media report More than 150 people were injured in the terrorist attack in Nice on Bastille Day, no less than 80 were killed. A truck ploughed through a crowd of thousands on the famous Promenade des Anglais and literally drove over people. Next, those who were able to flee, were shot at. Soon, the driver was shot by police, who later found in the car explosives and weapons which the man was prepared to use.
Belarus President expresses condolences to relatives of Nice attack victims
Belarus President expresses condolences to relatives of Nice attack victims Belarus has received the news about the Nice Bastille Day attack with deep sorrow. This was stated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, expressed condolences to the President of France Francois Hollande, the French people, as well as relatives and friends of the victims.
Belarus condemns Bastille Day attack in Nice
Belarus condemns Bastille Day attack in Nice "Belarus received the news about the terrorist attack in Nice at night on July 14 with deep sorrow," said the Foreign Ministry of Belarus in a statement on July 15 morning.  MORE: Bastille Day attack in Nice
French President Nice attack: "We are launching operation involving 10,000 military"
Bastille Day attack in Nice: How events were unfolding More than 150 people were injured in the terrorist attack in Nice on Bastille Day, no less than 80 were killed. A truck ploughed through a crowd crowd of thousands on the famous Promenade des Anglais and literally drove over people. Next, those who were able to flee, were shot at. Soon, the driver was killed by police, who later found in the car explosives and weapons which the man was prepared to use.

14.07.2016

Foreign Ministry of Belarus
Media can apply for Belarus parliamentary election coverage until September 4 The Belarusian Foreign Ministry has started the accreditation of foreign journalists who are going to cover the parliamentary elections in the country. Applications will be accepted until 4 September. Correspondents from neighboring states traditionally show interest in political developments in Belarus. It should be noted that nearly 1,000 journalists from 30 countries covered the presidential election in the republic in October 2015.

13.07.2016

Document on separation of forces in Donbas may be signed 14 July
Document on separation of forces in Donbas may be signed 14 July The conflicting parties in the south-east of Ukraine agreed to sign a document on the separation of forces in the Donbass. It is planned to make it on 14 July. Talks of the trilateral contact group have just completed in Minsk. Now the work of experts is focused on security issues. The ultimate goal is to reduce the number of incidents involving weapons in the conflict zone.
Review of initiative groups' candidate applications completing prior to 2016 parliamentary election
445 initiative groups registered at 2016 parliamentary election District election commissions of Belarus have registered 446 initiative groups at the 2016 parliamentary election but then one of groups recalled its application. The potential candidate did not belong to any political party. These groups will collect signatures for the nomination of candidates for deputies of the lower chamber of the National Assembly of the 6th convocation. The majority of groups are registered in Minsk and the fewest number in the Vitebsk region.

12.07.2016

Sergei Lebedev: Parliamentary election is going in line with Belarusian law
Sergei Lebedev: Parliamentary election is going in line with Belarusian law The 2016 parliamentary election campaign in Belarus is organized in accordance with national legislation, said chairman of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Minsk is hosting a meeting of the council of permanent and plenipotentiary representatives of the CIS countries. Belarus has accredited 25 observers from the CIS countries.
Belarus to send new ambassadors to China and Georgia The President of Belarus has made a number of appointments. There are changes in the composition of diplomatic corps: Alexander Lukashenko appointed ambassadors to China and Georgia. Kiryl Rudy has been appointed ambassador of Belarus to China.  Kiryl Rudy, ambassador of Belarus to China Mikhail Myatlikov has become ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Belarus to Georgia. Prior to that, he headed the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce.
Belarus to support traditional family values at UN GA
Belarus to support traditional family values at UN GA Support to the traditional family is an initiative that Belarus intends to discuss at a meeting of the UN General Assembly July 12. Representatives of different countries will gather in New York to discuss approaches to human rights. In particular, the meeting participants will touch upon the implementation of the sustainable development program of the United Nations until 2030. The international community's action plan for the next 15 years was approved at the seventieth session of the UN General Assembly.

11.07.2016

Round 7 of Eastern Partnership dialogue begins in Kiev
Round 7 of Eastern Partnership dialogue begins in Kiev Informal ministerial dialogue of the EU's Eastern Partnership Initiative will start in Kiev July 11. This is the seventh round of such talks.  Discussions of representatives of foreign offices will deal with the prospect of cooperation in the framework of the Eastern Partnership Initiative. Meetings dedicated to the development of small and medium-sized businesses are planned.  The Eastern Partnership Initiative groups member states of the European Union, as well as post-Soviet countries Belarus, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
NATO battalions to be placed in Baltic countries and Poland
NATO to deploy battalions in Baltic countries, Poland The largest NATO Summit in history completed in Warsaw. During two days, the presidents, heads of government and ministers discussed strategies for the future. It seems that the most resonant outcome of the negotiations is a decision to deploy one battalion of the alliance in each Baltic country as well as in Poland. The main countries that provide troops for it will be the USA, Germany, the UK and Canada. The NATO leaders also discussed the fate of Afghanistan. The financing of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic will continue until 2020.
Foreign economic presence of Belarus being discussed in Minsk
Belarus-EU trade rises tenfold over 10 years New recipes to strengthen positions on traditional markets and the development of new ones are being discussed today in Minsk by heads of all diplomatic missions and consular establishments of Belarus. Belarus has diplomatic relations with 174 countries in the world. In 56 of them, Belarus opened embassies, which represent the interests of the republic. The heads of these embassies are today in Minsk to discuss basic directions of activities of Belarusian missions abroad in modern conditions.
Potential parliamentary candidates in Belarus collecting signatures prior to 11 September vote
Potential parliamentary candidates in Belarus collecting signatures prior to 11 September vote Another stage of the election campaign to the House of Representatives of the National Assembly has started in Belarus.  The nomination of candidates will last until the 1st of August. During this time, labor groups at Belarusian enterprises will hold assemblies at which they will determine the participants of the election race. Also, political parties will present their applicants. Registration of candidates will begin in August.
President Lukashenko: Alexandria festival can make peoples friends
President Lukashenko: Alexandria festival can make peoples friends The Kupalle festival in Alexandria could become Belarus' contribution to the strengthening of friendship between peoples, said President Alexander Lukashenko, speaking on the eve of the Kupalle festival in Shklov District. Mass celebrations on the banks of the Dnieper continued deep into the night of July 10-11. It offered traditional Kupala games and fun activities. The festival is also remarkable thanks to original Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian cuisines.

08.07.2016

OSCE ODIHR to send mission for Belarus parliamentary elections
OSCE ODIHR to send mission for Belarus parliamentary elections ODIHR has announced the recruitment of staff for an observation mission for the 2016 parliamentary elections in Belarus. The Bureau has already received an invitation from the Belarusian side and is now preparing to send a mission. First, the ODIHR will choose the head of mission, his deputy, a political analyst, an analyst for the election and a coordinator of long-term observers. It is assumed that they will begin their work at the end of July.
Vladimir Makei presents Belarus' approaches to dialogue with EU in Riga
Vladimir Makei presents Belarus' approaches to dialogue with EU in Riga The close friendship of Minsk is associated not only with Vilnius, but also with Riga. On July 7, talks between the foreign minister of Belarus and the president of that Baltic republic were held in the Latvian capital.

07.07.2016

32 CIS representatives accredited for 2016 parliamentary elections in Belarus
32 CIS representatives accredited for 2016 parliamentary elections in Belarus As many as 32 representatives of CIS institutions have already been accredited as international observers for the 11 September parliamentary elections in Belarus. July 7 is the final day when initiative groups can file documents for the registration of initiative groups aiming to collect signatures for candidates. According to the Central Election Commission, 396 applications were submitted by noon July 7.
Belarusian senators meet delegation of French National Assembly
Belarusian senators meet delegation of French National Assembly Belarus and France will hold a regional forum of the two countries in Minsk in 2017. On July 7, the Council of the Republic held a meeting with a delegation of the French National Assembly.  Now Belarus and France share 19 agreements, with seven more being developed. They affect the transport sector and scientific cooperation.
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Secretary of Security Council of Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Secretary of Security Council of Belarus The President of Belarus has met with the State Secretary of the Security Council of our country. Currently, all institutions that provide security in Belarus, are working smoothly. Recently, Belarus has held a check of border troops. The President asked how the situation was going in other departments. Also, during the meeting, the sides discussed the optimization of the Armed Forces.
Lithuania Ambassador Evaldas Ignatavičius completing diplomatic mission in Belarus
Lithuania Ambassador Evaldas Ignatavičius completing diplomatic mission in Belarus Belarus and Lithuania will continue to develop and strengthen good neighborly relations. Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania Evaldas Ignatavičius is completing his diplomatic mission in Belarus. He's been working in our country since 2013.
2016 parliamentary campaign starts in Minsk
2016 parliamentary campaign starts in Minsk Minsk is taking an active part in the campaign for election of deputies of the House of Representatives, which is the lower chamber of the National Assembly of Belarus. Now Minsk candidates are collecting signatures in pickets. There, candidates can personally communicate with electors. Nominees from citizens need to enlist the support of at least a thousand people. The registration of candidates will begin on August 1. The main day of voting is September 11.

06.07.2016

Alexander Lukashenko meets US Charge d'Affaires in Belarus Scott Rauland
Alexander Lukashenko meets US Charge d'Affaires in Belarus Scott Rauland Belarus stands for the normalization of relations with the United States on mutually beneficial terms, said Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with US Charge d'Affaires in Belarus Scott Rauland, whose diplomatic mission is completing.   He has worked in Minsk since 2014. Prior to this diplomat represented US interests in Azerbaijan, Germany, Pakistan, Ecuador, Afghanistan, Malaysia and Russia's Yekaterinburg.
Belarus-EU cooperation to be discussed in Latvia July 6
Belarus-EU cooperation to be discussed in Latvia July 6 The Foreign Minister of Belarus is now on a visit in Latvia to discuss cooperation between Belarus and Latvia and ties with the EU. Vladimir Makei will hold talks with the president and the prime minister of that country. During the meetings the sides will discuss the development of Belarusian-Latvian cooperation in the political, transport and transit, and humanitarian fields.

05.07.2016

President Lukashenko: People appreciate peace and tranquility in Belarus
President Lukashenko: People appreciate peace and tranquility in Belarus Belarusians appreciate the peace and tranquility in the country, said Head of State Alexander Lukashenko on July 5 at a ceremony to honor the graduates of higher military educational institutions and high-ranking officers. The President also presented the general's shoulder straps to some law enforcement agencies officers. The ceremony is traditionally timed to in the main state holiday - Independence Day of the Republic of Belarus.
Venezuela celebrating Independence Day: Alexander Lukashenko sends congratulations
Venezuela marking Independence Day: Alexander Lukashenko sends congratulations Venezuela is celebrating Independence Day. In 1811 the country became a sovereign state, independent from Spain, under which domination it had been for more than three centuries. Festivities are underway across the country 5 July. Venezuela is a strategic partner of Belarus. The countries are implementing more than 120 agreements and contracts in various areas of mutual interest, ranging from oil and automobile construction to cooperation in the fields of culture and the culture.
Belarus boosts security on borders with Ukraine, Russia
Belarus boosts security on borders with Ukraine, Russia Poland has introduced controls at the borders with EU member states for one month. The measures are related to the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia and Lithuania.   In addition, on 4 July, Belarus enhanced security measures on the border with neighboring Ukraine and Russia. Such measures are taken to prevent persons who are likely to disturb public order from getting to Poland. This week Warsaw will host a NATO summit. In August, Krakow will host the World Youth Days. 

04.07.2016

Belarus' foreign ministry condemns double terrorist attack in Iraq
Belarus' foreign ministry condemns Baghdad twin blasts The international community should continue to assist Iraq in establishing peace in the country. The Belarusian Foreign Ministry has condemned the double bombing in Baghdad.  The specially issued statement reads: "The Belarusian side strongly condemns all acts of terrorism and believes that acts of violence against civilians can never be justified."
Parliamentary candidates nomination starts in Belarus July 4, 2016
Parliamentary candidates nomination starts in Belarus July 4, 2016 The nomination candidates for the House of Representatives of the National Assembly started in Belarus July 4. This phase will last until August 1, inclusive. Candidates can be nominated by political parties, labor collectives and citizens. And in each case, specific rules apply. Follow the full coverage of 2016 parliamentary election in Belarus

03.07.2016

Istanbul airport attack: who is responsible and how to protect yourself?
Istanbul airport attack: who is responsible and how to protect yourself? In recent days, Brazilian authorities have said they are ready to ensure security and protect Olympians against terrorist attacks. This concerns everyone now since explosions are heard in different parts of the planet. This week, an explosion at the airport of the Turkish Istanbul killed more than 40 people and injured over 200. Alexei Volkov has more details.
Belarus Independence Day parade 2016. Full video
Belarus Independence Day parade 2016. Full video The state’s power lies in its ability to predict and pre-empt the danger, said Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko speaking July 3 at the parade to mark Independence Day of the Republic of Belarus. Celebrations in honor of the Independence Day military parade began with a creative number on Masherov Avenue. More than 350,000 people were spectators and participants of the events. Veterans were of course the main guests of the show.
Alexander Lukashenko: "In difficult times, we need to shake things up and be proud of what we have created"
Alexander Lukashenko: "In difficult times, we need to shake things up and be proud of what we have created" Belarus is celebrating Independence Day 3 July but official events kicked off on Friday, July 1. President Lukashenko spoke at a solemn meeting in the Palace of the Republic. This presidential speech was full of topics that are important for the country.
Xi Jinping congratulates Belarus on Independence Day
Xi Jinping congratulates Belarus on Independence Day In his congratulatory message to the President of Belarus and the Belarusian people, timed to Independence Day, Chinese President Xi Jinping noted that Belarus' development has reached outstanding results.
Vladimir Putin wishes Belarusians happy Independence Day
Vladimir Putin wishes Belarusians happy Independence Day Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his congratulatory message timed to Independence Day that the friendship and mutual assistance, tempered in the harsh years of the war, until today serve as a reliable basis for the allied relations between Belarus and Russia. Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation:I am confident that together we will provide a further increase in the whole complex of the mutually beneficial Russian-Belarusian relations for the benefit of the fraternal peoples of our countries.

30.06.2016

Belarus, Czech Republic to implement joint projects worth 500 million euros
Belarus, Czech Republic to implement joint projects worth 500 million euros On June 30, the Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic held talks at the Foreign Ministry of Belarus meeting with Belarus foreign minister Vladimir Makei.  This is the first visit to Belarus of an official of such a rank in the last 7 years.  Economy is the most important area of the Belarus-Czech Republic bilateral relations.
President of Belarus meets with Czech Republic's foreign minister
President of Belarus meets with Czech Republic's foreign minister Belarus and the Czech Republic will open a new chapter in relations. This matter was discussed June 30 at the meeting of President Alexander Lukashenko and the Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic. The Head of State emphasized the important role of that country in the definition of EU policies and hailed the Czech position regarding the more active involvement of Belarus in the implementation of EU projects. Almost 200 companies with Czech investments are now registered in Belarus.
Military attachés get tour of Independence Palace in Minsk
Military attachés get tour of Independence Palace in Minsk Negotiation rooms in the Independence Palace, including those that hosted the Normandy Four meeting, were shown to military attaches accredited in Belarus.  Traditionally, every year, they take part in one of the main Belarusian holidays - Independence Day, which we celebrate on July 3. On the eve of July 3, the guests toured one of the architectural symbols of Belarus.

29.06.2016

Matthias Rössler: We are interested in cooperation between Belarus and Saxony
Matthias Rössler: We are interested in cooperation between Belarus and Saxony The prospects for further cooperation between Belarus and Saxony include the development of cooperation and the strengthening of the economic potential. A German delegation these days is holding talks in Belarus and visiting Belarusian enterprises.  The visitors expressed particular interest in Belarus’ mechanical engineering. In turn, Belarus is ready to create all conditions for a positive investment climate.
Lidia Yermoshina, head of Central Election Commission of Belarus
Belarus forms local election commissions at 2016 parliamentary campaign The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Belarus has summed up another stage of the parliamentary election campaign. Belarus finished the formation of the election commissions. In 110 constituencies, 1,430 people were appointed, said head of the CEC Lidia Yermoshina. The highest competition among candidates was in the Brest and Grodno regions. More than half of the commission members are representatives of political parties and public associations. Moreover, women make up 60% of election commission members.
Terrorist attack in Istanbul airport: No Belarusians among dead and injured
Terrorist attack in Istanbul airport: No Belarusians among dead and injured The number of victims of the terrorist attack in the Ataturk airport in Istanbul reached 36. About 200 are wounded. Some are in critical condition. The Belarusian Foreign Ministry said that no Belarusian citizens were among the dead and injured. According to recent reports, three explosions were heard at the entrance, exit and the parking lot of the international terminal of the airport the night before. The Government stated that the attack involved three suicide bombers. First, they opened fire with weapons and then detonated an explosive device.

28.06.2016

Candidates preparing Belarus parliamentary election programs
Candidates preparing Belarus parliamentary election programs Election programs of candidates for the 2016 parliamentary election will be published in Belarus' print media in late August 2016. The programs will be available in print media of national, regional and city newspapers. Candidates will also be given airtime on Belarusian television and radio. Debates will be organized, with each candidate to be given up to 5 minutes. The participants of the electoral race will purchase print space in newspapers and broadcast on TV and radio channels at the cost of their own money.
Thailand plans to simplify visa regime for Belarusians
Thailand plans to simplify visa regime for Belarusians The parliamentary delegation of Thailand met with Belarusian colleagues to talk over the improvement of the legal framework. Belarus is ready to cooperate across the entire spectrum of bilateral relations, from politics to economy to culture. In addition, there are tourist prospects. There are plans to simplify the visa regime for Belarusian citizens, as well as open a honorary consulate of Belarus in Thailand.

27.06.2016

Belarus completing formation of 2016 parliamentary election commissions
Belarus completing formation of 2016 parliamentary election commissions Today, on 27 June, the formation of regional, Minsk city and precinct election commissions is coming to an end in Belarus. Thus Belarus will complete another stage of the preparation for the elections of deputies of the House of Representatives of Belarus of the sixth convocation.  The main election day is on 11 September 2016. The nomination of candidates will begin already on July 3 and will last until the beginning of August.
Belarusian military preparing for All-Army International Games
Belarusian military preparing for All-Army International Games Pure heaven 2016: Belarusian military are preparing for the All-Army International Games, which will be held at the Russian test site in Yeisk. The compatitions will be held in the sprint, pursuit and relay. Every team will have to undergo five steps. Competition conditions are similar to real combat tasks. Antiaircraft and missile complexes will also be used.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is ready to create joint ventures in Thailand
President Lukashenko: Belarus is ready to create joint ventures in Thailand Belarus is ready to create joint ventures in Thailand, particularly in the field of mechanical engineering, said June 27 the Belarusian head of state at a meeting with the chairman of the National Legislative Assembly of the Kingdom of Thailand.
SCO Summit in Tashkent: What is the role of Belarus?
SCO Summit in Tashkent: What is the role of Belarus? Important political events took place in Tashkent last week. Representatives of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization have met in the capital of Uzbekistan. This club of Asian states turns 15 this year and it is going to have a bright future. This is the first time Belarus has been represented as an observer at this forum. Taking part in the Tashkent summit were presidents and prime ministers, so Uzbekistan closed borders with neighboring countries for security reasons. The traffic in the capital was controlled manually at intersections and corners.
Parliamentary delegation of Thailand on a visit to Minsk
Parliamentary delegation of Thailand on a visit to Minsk Cooperation in the field of politics, economy and investment has been discussed during the visit of the parliamentary delegation of Thailand is visiting our country. Talks on the eve were held at the regional level. In Vitebsk, they visited a number of enterprises. The arrival of the Thai MPs in Belarus will contribute to the development of the bilateral relations.

26.06.2016

How will Belarus live in the next five years? Summary of 5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly
How will Belarus live in the next five years? Summary of 5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly The 5th All-Belarusian Assembly was extensively covered by television channels and other domestic and foreign media. Some tried to use in-depth analysis while others just slipped on the surface. I remember in this regard an English song translated by Samuil Marshak: Pussy-cat, Pussy-cat, where have you been? I’ve been to London to look at the Queen. Pussy-cat, Pussy-cat, what did you there? I frightened a little mouse under her chair.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is ready to become active "field player" in SCO
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is ready to become active "field player" in SCO Reports on the All-Belarusian People's Assembly flew to many countries around the world. But news from Belarus doesn't often hit the headlines, even in Russia. All main Russian TV channels are present in Belarus, including the one broadcasting our program. However, not the same can be said about Belarusian channels. The story about how one of Belarusian TV channels has been attempting to get airtime in the cable network of Moscow is proverbial.
Belarusian consulate in Alicante
Honorary Consulate of Belarus opens in Spain's Alicante The Honorary Consulate of Belarus has opened in Spanish Alicante. It will cover several districts of Spain. Alicante is the third most popular city for Belarusians residing in Spain.

23.06.2016

5th Belarusian People's Assembly ends June 23
5th Belarusian People's Assembly ends: Key tasks for 2016-2020 defined Sustained economic growth as a basis for a successful life of future generations is a key task for the five-year period. This thesis was included in the resolution of the 5th Belarusian People's Assembly that ended in Minsk. The document notes that the basic factor of the economic development in the next five years will be increase in the efficiency of management at all levels. The fifth forum has finished after two days of discussions.  During the meeting, the delegates made about a hundred concrete proposals.
Alexander Lukashenko to attend SCO meeting in Uzbekistan June 23-24
Belarus President goes to SCO meeting in Uzbekistan June 23 June 22, it became known that Alexander Lukashenko will take part in a meeting of heads of state of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Uzbekistan.  The President's working visit to the republic is scheduled for June 23-24. The head of state has already departed for Uzbekistan. The upcoming Tashkent summit will be the first in which Belarus will be represented at the highest level in the new observer status.  The Belarusian head of state will also hold a number of bilateral meetings.

22.06.2016

5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly: Day 1 summary
5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly: Day 1 summary The 5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly opened in Minsk June 22. This is the most democratic way of democracy. Journalists pick different epithets and comparisons for the forum. But the Belarus President explains it simply and clearly. He speaks about the purpose of the meeting itself and the people taking part in it.
Belarus President says ready for economic reforms but doubts people are ready
Belarus President says ready for economic reforms but doubts people are ready The unity of the people saves peace in the country and the country itself. Belarus needs to overcome the difficulties only thanks to own labor and acting all together, said President Alexander Lukashenko at the V All-Belarusian People's Assembly, which continues in the Palace of the Republic. The brought together 2,500 delegates from across the country. At the meeting they can express their views on how to further build our own life in the next five years. Foreign guests are also taking part in the forum.
Michael Morgulis: Everything is feasible if Belarus President is assisted by people who understand what he says
Michael Morgulis: Everything is feasible if Belarus President is assisted by people who understand what he says Let us ask the guest of our country from the United States about what people abroad know about Belarus. What do people know about Belarus? Is there any new information you have learned about Belarus in America?
Alexander Lukashenko: People's unity preserves peace in Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko: People's unity preserves peace in Belarus The unity of the people saves peace in the country and the country itself. Belarus needs to overcome the difficulties only thanks to own labor and acting all together, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at the V All-Belarusian People's Assembly, which began at the Palace of the Republic.
Lidia Yermoshina: English language knowledge vital for Belarus' officials
Lidia Yermoshina: English language knowledge vital for Belarus' officials The V All-Belarusian People's Assembly has begun in Minsk today. The forum opening ceremony took place at noon. The Belarus President is speaking at the forum. Alexander Lukashenko is summarizing the prospects of socio-economic development of the country, concerns and ways to address them. The speech also focuses on foreign policy, partnerships with various countries and integration associations with emphasis on trade and economic cooperation. It is expected that the head of state will take part in the second day of the forum too.

20.06.2016

Minsk police to boost security measures during All-Belarusian People's Congress
Minsk police to boost security measures during All-Belarusian People's Congress During the days of the All-Belarusian People's Congress, on June 22-23, Minsk police will tighten security.  Security near official event venues will be boosted. Engineer combat groups will examine all the buildings where the events will take place. Great attention will be paid to road safety. Routes of bus columns transporting delegates have already been agreed. They will be accompanied by police.

19.06.2016

The West sees no threat from Belarus, Belarusian Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg says
The West sees no threat from Belarus, Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg says One of the key appointments, which was mentioned in the video digest, was a new Belarusian Ambassador to Belgium with concurrent accreditation in Luxembourg, and at the same time permanent representative to the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, as well as Permanent Representative to NATO. Alexander Mikhnevich is here with us in the studio. Judging by the number of duties or list of official titles, there is much to talk about. Mr Mikhnevich, hello.
All-Belarusian People's Assembly: Discussion on a global scale
All-Belarusian People's Assembly: Discussion on a global scale Belarus is in anticipation of a grand event in the coming days. The All- Belarusian People's Assembly will adopt the country's development program for the next five years. But who will adopt it? As many as 2,500 delegates - young and old from all over Belarus - will gather in Minsk. The oldest delegate is Hero of the Soviet Union Vasily Michurin. Next month he celebrates his 100th birthday! Aged 100, Vasily is 100% sure that the coming large-scale forum will be effective. The man was also a delegate at the 4th All-Belarusian People's Assembly.

16.06.2016

Belarus successfully tests new Polonez missile
Belarus successfully tests new Polonez missile During the working meeting on June 16, the President reported about the successful testing of new missile systems in Belarus. This is a significant event for the whole country. It took Belarus two years to create the systems. Alexander Lukashenko instructed Premier Andrei Kobyakov to consider presenting state awards to those who contributed to the creation of the weapons.
Belarusian police to turn 100 in 2017
Belarusian police to turn 100 years in 2017 Police is ready to provide security during the 5th All-Belarusian People's Congress. On 16 June the Head of State heard out a report from the Minister of Internal Affairs Igor Shunevich. The large-scale forum, which will gather 2,500 delegates, will take place in less than a week. The President also asked about the preparation for the police anniversary: in 2017 Belarusian police will celebrate its hundredth birthday.
100 guests from 55 countries invited to All-Belarusian People's Assembly
100 guests from 55 countries invited to All-Belarusian People's Assembly The Foreign Ministry of Belarus has invited nore than a hundred guests from 55 countries to participate in the V All-Belarusian People's Assembly. These are well-known foreign public and political figures, representatives of international organizations and associations as well as heads of foreign diplomatic missions. Among the honored guests of the assembly will be second president of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma, State Secretary of the Union State Grigory Rapota, head of the Communist Party of Russia Gennady Zyuganov and others.
Belarus-Russia Union State to benefit from Minsk's new military doctrine
Belarus-Russia Union State to benefit from Minsk's new military doctrine The new military doctrine of Belarus will become part of a similar document of the Belarus-Russia Union State, said the House of Representatives June 16. The deputies of the lower house of Belarus Parliament in the second reading passed a bill on the approval of the Military Doctrine. The document entered the House of Representatives February 12, 2016 after it had been approved by the President of Belarus on the basis of a Security Council session.
Belarus President: Redenomination is politically important
Belarus President: Redenomination is politically important A calm and orderly conduct of the redenomination in Belarus is important including from a political point of view, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko during a working meeting with Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov and chairman of the National Bank of Belarus Pavel Kallaur. The head of state noted that Belarus was preparing for the redenomination for several years, and it was proposed to hold it on January 1, 2017. However, it was rescheduled for July 1, 2016.
Switzerland to withdraw EU membership application
Switzerland to withdraw EU membership application Switzerland will withdraw its EU accession application. This decision was made by the country's parliament. 27 parliamentarians voted for the withdrawal, while 13 were against it. The confederation submitted the document on the accession to the European Union in 1992 and since no further action has been taken. 
PACE, OSCE invited to monitor Belarus parliamentary election September 11
PACE, OSCE invited to monitor Belarus parliamentary election September 11 Belarus' House of Representatives has named inter-parliamentary organizations to monitor the parliamentary election on 11 September.  Invited to monitor the parliamentary campaign will be representatives of the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Belarus and Russia, as well as the Parliamentary Assemblies of the OSCE and PACE. The exact number of observers will be known later.

15.06.2016

NATO chief: No alternatives to Minsk agreements on Ukraine
NATO chief: No alternatives to Minsk agreements on Ukraine There are no alternatives to the Minsk agreements on Ukraine, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. It is again hot in Donbass and this is in spite of the ceasefire supported by both sides of the conflict. Artillery fire sounds in several towns in the region. There are no casualties among civilians, but the situation is heating up with each passing day. In this regard, the Alliance's secretary general urged the Ukrainian army and the forces of the self-proclaimed republics to respect the Minsk Agreements. 
Xi Jinping turns 63: President Lukashenko congratulates Chinese leader
Xi Jinping turns 63: President Lukashenko congratulates Chinese leader Today is the 63rd birthday of Chairman of the People's Republic of China. Alexander Lukashenko congratulated Xi Jinping on this day. The President highlighted the role of Xi Jinping in lifting Belarusian-Chinese relations to the level of comprehensive strategic partnership. They now continue to grow through new mutually beneficial projects.
President Lukashenko sends condolences to Barack Obama over Orlando massacre
President Lukashenko sends condolences to Barack Obama over Orlando massacre New details of the terrorist attack in Orlando have emerged. It is known that the terrorist who shot 50 people in a nightclub did this for political reasons.  The criminal, a native of Afghanistan, said this during the call to the emergency services. He demanded that "the US stop bombing his country." Responsibility for the attack was taken by the grouping "Islamic state".    President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has sent condolences to US President Barack Obama, the relatives and friends of the victims.

13.06.2016

Belarus sets up off-budget fund to finance 2016 parliamentary elections
Belarus sets up off-budget fund to finance 2016 parliamentary elections The Central Election Commission of Belarus has announced the creation of an extra-budgetary fund for additional funding for the election to the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the parliament, which is due 11 September. In general, the preparation and conduct of elections are financed from the state budget. Funds from the off-budget fund are supposed to be channeled for the making of election document forms, information posters and equipment for election commissions.
Belarus sends new ambassadors to Slovakia, Iran, Vietnam and Brazil
Belarus sends new ambassadors to Slovakia, Iran, Vietnam and Brazil The President of Belarus on June 13 appointed heads of diplomatic missions abroad as well as some local officials, heads of government organizations, educational institutions and ministries. All in all, 28 people were appointed. Talking with new leaders Alexander Lukashenko formulated the main tasks to be tackled. First of all, these are issues of agriculture, the real economy and specific problems in people's lives. Therefore, the President demanded that the appointees get down to work from the first day, hard and fundamentally.
Lidia Yermoshina: Belarus Parliament should train quality managers
Lidia Yermoshina: Belarus Parliament should train quality managers The 2016 parliamentary elections in Belarus were appointed for 11 September this week. Elections to the Council of the Republic, which is the upper chamber, will take place from 18 June to 18 September. The CTV channel talked about the nuances of the electoral campaign with Lidia Yermoshina, chairwoman of the Central Election Commission. Ms Yermoshina, good evening. Lidia Yermoshina, Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission of Belarus: Good evening.

12.06.2016

Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Vladimir Putin on Russia Day
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Vladimir Putin on Russia Day Belarusians' eastern neighbors on June 12 celebrate one of the most important national holidays - Day of Russia. 26 years ago, the Declaration of State Sovereignty was adopted in Russia.  Concerts and festivals are held across the country: from historical re-enactment shows and concerts to cooking master classes. The holiday will culminate in a colorful fireworks display. President Alexander Lukashenko has congratulated Vladimir Putin and all Russians on this holiday, on behalf of the Belarusian people and himself.
How many contracts did Belarus and Russia sign at 3rd Forum of Regions?
How many contracts did Belarus and Russia sign at 3rd Forum of Regions? Now let's move on to the details of the Forum of Regions, which was attended by Presidents Putin and Lukashenko. It is in this order that the names of the heads of state were presented at the plenary session.

09.06.2016

President Lukashenko sends condolences to Kazakhstan president over Aktobe attacks
Belarus and Kazakhstan will stand firmly together against terrorism, President Lukashenko says The President of Belarus extended condolences to the President of Kazakhstan in connection with the victims of the terrorist attack in Aktobe. Alexander Lukashenko noted that Belarus with great sorrow received the news of what had happened.  "Belarus will always be in solidarity with the friendly Kazakhstan in uncompromising fight against terrorism in all its forms," reads the message. On 9 June, Kazakhstan declared a national mourning, all flags are flying at half-mast, entertainment events are canceled.
Belarus sends invitations to OSCE election observers prior to 2016 parliamentary election
Belarus invites OSCE to observe 2016 parliamentary election On 9 June, the Foreign Ministry reported that Belarus had sent invitations to the OSCE ODIHR and the CIS Executive Committee to take part in the international observation of the elections to the Belarusian Parliament. The main day of voting during elections of House of Representatives deputies is scheduled for September 11.        
Belarus Foreign Ministry comments on Lithuania's note regarding Belarusian NPP construction
Belarus Foreign Ministry comments on Lithuania's note regarding Belarusian NPP construction The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus on June 9 commented on the note of Lithuania regarding the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant, where the Lithuanian party requests information about the alleged incident happened at the Ostrovets NPP. On Tuesday, the State Security Department of Lithuania reported that the incident had occurred at the construction site. A day later, the Belarusian Energy Ministry said that the construction of the station is being carried out as usual.          

08.06.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Vladimir Putin's visit to Minsk is an important symbolic step
Alexander Lukashenko: Vladimir Putin's visit to Minsk is an important symbolic step After the talks, Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin went to the Plenary Session of the III Forum of Belarusian and Russian regions.  Minsk these days has acquired the status of the main site of business negotiations and bargains. The plenary session sounds bureaucratic but is not at all boring. Russian ideologist Mikhail Shvydkoi admits his affection for the Minister of Information of Belarus.
Belarus, Russia presidents meet in Minsk June 8
Belarus, Russia presidents meet in Minsk June 8 The Russian President has arrived in Minsk. Board No1 landed at National Airport Minsk a few hours ago.  From the airport, the motorcade went straight to Independence Palace, where Alexander Lukashenko met Vladimir Putin. The heads of state talked one-on-one, and then discussed topical issues of cooperation in an expanded format, with experts. Particular emphasis was made on measures to increase mutual trade turnover.
2016 Belarus parliamentary elections schedule approved
2016 Belarus parliamentary elections schedule approved The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Belarus has approved a schedule for the 2016 parliamentary elections. On June 8, the CEC discussed the main issues of the campaign.  Nomination of candidates for the House of Representatives will take place from 3 July to 1 August.  Registration of initiative groups with the CEC will be no later than July 7. Documents for the registration of candidates will be accepted until August 1, inclusive.  The nomination of candidates to the Council of the Republic will take place from 21 July to 19 August.
Belarus taking 'calm and adequate' measures in view of increased NATO presence
Belarus taking 'calm and adequate' measures in view of increased NATO presence Current approaches to achieving economic security became the main topic at a forum of heads of delegations who gathered in Minsk for a session of the Council of CIS supreme bodies of financial control. The President of Belarus met with international experts June 7. According to Alexander Lukashenko, the CIS should become a political and economic center of power. This is particularly important in light of the 25th anniversary of the Commonwealth. The leading financial experts of the CIS countries will stay in Minsk a few days.

07.06.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: CIS should become a political and economic center of power
Alexander Lukashenko: CIS should become a political and economic center of power The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) should become the center of political and economic power. This was stated by the President of Belarus during a meeting of the heads of delegations participating in the 16th session of the Council of Heads of the Supreme Audit Institutions of the CIS. The Council of Heads of the Supreme Audit Institutions was established in 2000. Today, it consists of nine managers of the CIS countries.
Poland, UAE, Japan diplomats present credentials to Belarus President
Poland, Slovakia, UAE, Japan diplomats present credentials to Belarus President Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on June 6 received credentials from ambassadors of 13 countries. This is a symbolic message from the leaders of these countries with a request to believe their representative. Addressing the diplomats, the head of state expressed confidence that their mission will deepen and expand the bilateral ties. Addressing the diplomats, the President of Belarus expressed confidence that their diplomatic mission will deepen and expand bilateral links, as well as help to find new formats of cooperation between the two countries.

06.06.2016

Antiterrorist operation taking place in Kazakhstan's Aktobe: Nine militants eliminated
Antiterrorist operation taking place in Kazakhstan's Aktobe: Nine militants eliminated An antiterrorist operation is being held in Kazakhstan's Aktobe. The city declared a red, the highest level of terrorist threat. Yesterday the city was attacked by unknown persons. Kazakhstan police were able to establish the identity of all the perpetrators involved in the attacks. How the Kazakh authorities are taking steps to track down and arrest them.  Security forces have eliminated nine militants. The same number was taken into custody.
Belarus President receives credentials of ambassadors from 13 countries
Belarus President receives credentials of ambassadors from 13 countries Diversification of export, normalization of relations with the EU and the prospects of cooperation with the countries of the African region were the main topics Alexander Lukashenko raised on June 6 receiving credentials from ambassadors of Australia, Ghana, Guinea, Zimbabwe, the Republic of Korea, Nicaragua, the United Arab Emirates, Poland, Slovakia, Sudan, the Philippines, Ethiopia and Japan.
Alexander Lukashenko, Vladimir Putin to meet June 8
Alexander Lukashenko, Vladimir Putin to meet June 8 The 3rd Forum of Belarusian and Russian Regions will be held on June 7 in Minsk. For the two days, 7 and 8 June, Minsk will become a great integration platform. The President of Belarus is going to take part in the forum. It is expected that Alexander Lukashenko will speak at a plenary session on June 8.
2016 Belarus parliamentary election due September 11
2016 Belarus parliamentary election due September 11 In accordance with the decree of the President, the Belarus parliamentary election will be held September 11, 2016. Elections to the Council of the Republic, according to the decree, will be held from June 18 to September 18, 2016. The Central Election Commission will be responsible for organizing the elections and monitoring the implementation of the relevant legislation. The government is instructed to ensure the financing of expenses on preparation and carrying out of the campaign from the state budget.

05.06.2016

Valentina Matvienko about Forum of Regions, love for Belarusian meat products and textiles
Valentina Matviyenko about Forum of Regions, love for Belarusian meat products and textiles The Eurasian Economic Union is young, but not too agile, since it is hard to harmonize the national interests of several countries. It is sometimes difficult for two nations to agree, let alone five. Although regions of Belarus and Russia very well cope with it in trade without intermediaries. The Third Forum of Regions will be held in Minsk next week. The main organizers of the event are the upper houses of parliament. We talked with Chairwoman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of Russia Valentina Matviyenko about the successes and challenges.
Supreme Eurasian Economic Council: Alexander Lukashenko makes realistic speech at Astana summit
Supreme Eurasian Economic Council: Alexander Lukashenko makes realistic speech at Astana summit Summer has come! But not everyone is on vacation, not even all students. We will return to the topic of student exams today. But let us start with big politics - after all, politicians don't have vacations as such. Even while on vacation, any head of state is responsible for the country. The Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) leaders, the presidents of Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan, opened the summer calendar season with political work at the summit in Astana. And here is a short quote on the subject.

02.06.2016

Experts analyze EEU summit in Astana
Experts analyze EEU summit in Astana The EEU summit, held in Astana on May 31, is being analyzed by experts and politicians. The Presidents of Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia expressed their opinions on the future of Eurasian integration. Two years ago, in Astana, three presidents (Belarusian, Kazakh and Russian) signed a treaty establishing the EEU. After 24 months, Integration is growing and partners of dozens of countries are interested in expanding cooperation with this entity.

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