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02.06.2016

Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Italy President Sergio Mattarella on Republic Day
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Italy President Sergio Mattarella on Republic Day Italy's Republic Day is celebrated on June 2. Alexander Lukashenko congratulated President of the Italian Republic on the national holiday on behalf of the Belarusian people and himself. Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:Cooperation between the two countries must continue to expand and strengthen in all spheres. Together, you can make full use of the existing potential of the bilateral relations.

01.06.2016

CIS forces conduct special operation at Lukoml state district power station
CIS forces conduct special drills at Lukoml state district power station Security services of the CIS member states conducted a special operation at the Lukoml state district power station.

31.05.2016

Eurasian Economic Union to form single oil market
Eurasian Economic Union to form single oil market The heads of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) member states have approved the concept of the formation of common markets of oil and petroleum products. In accordance with the document, the energy companies of the EEU member states get non-discriminatory access to the oil infrastructure of partners, will be able to buy oil and oil products without quantitative restrictions at market price.

30.05.2016

Alexander Lukashenko begins two-day visit to Kazakhstan
Belarus President meets with Nursultan Nazarbayev May 30 The President of Belarus has arrived in Kazakhstan for a working visit on May 30. From the airport, the motorcade of Alexander Lukashenko went to Nursultan Nazarbayev's residence where the leaders held talks. The heads of state discussed bilateral cooperation.
How are future border guards trained in Belarus' Brest?
Svaryn - the most modern border post in Belarus Let's move from the center of the country to its border areas. There is a reason for that because on May 28 Belarus celebrated Border Guards Day. Our correspondent visited the most modern outpost on the Belarusian-Ukrainian border together with the head of the State Border Committee. Mathematics, geography and literature. At first glance, everything is like in a regular classroom, but after classes, these students take part in drills, shooting exercises and study border service history and even etiquette. This is how these keepers of borders are brought up.
Belarus on Lithuania's accusations about Belarusian NPP safety
Belarus on Lithuania's accusations about Belarusian NPP safety A number of loud statements on May 27 were made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus. The Foreign Minister informed the media about the preparation of visits of the President of Belarus to the west. At the same time, Belarus said it is ready to welcome the Pope. The minister noted that the exact time of the visit is not known but there is willingness in principle.

29.05.2016

Belarus preparing for 2016 parliamentary elections
Belarus preparing for 2016 parliamentary elections Political elections are like sport. Candidates gain points in the form of votes. And the Central Election Commission of Belarus is already preparing to form the "parliamentary autumn standings."  The President convened a meeting on this occasion this week. The meeting participants discussed what deputies it would be desirable to have in the Oval Hall and in the Upper House, and which worthy patriots it would be possible to support. Ovations in the stands of voters are possible (we continue the sports terminology), but one should not allow clashes of "fans".

28.05.2016

Belarus upper chamber ratifies Free Trade Agreement between Vietnam and Eurasian Economic Union
Belarus upper chamber ratifies Free Trade Agreement between Vietnam and Eurasian Economic Union The Council of the Republic on May 27 ratified the free trade agreement between the Eurasian Economic Union and Vietnam. This document regulates the movement of goods and services on the common market. The Eurasian Economic Union groups Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan. After the agreement with Vietnam enters into force Belarus will receive duty-free access to their markets to supply a number of products.

26.05.2016

Belarus welcomes mutual exchange of military personnel by Ukraine and Russia
Belarus welcomes mutual exchange of military personnel by Ukraine and Russia The Foreign Ministry of Belarus welcomes the steps taken between Russia and Ukraine on the way to the implementation of the Minsk agreements. The sides have exchanged military personnel. Thus, one of the issues that was an obstacle to progress towards a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Ukraine is now off the agenda. The Foreign Ministry expresses hope that the event will be positive for the whole negotiation process.
Logo of 2016 All-Belarusian People's Assembly approved
Logo of 2016 All-Belarusian People's Assembly approved Belarus is preparing for the most important political event of the year - the All-Belarusian People's Assembly. The logo of the national congress has already been approved. In the recent history of the country, such congress will be held for the fifth time and, as always, it will develop a social and economic course for the next five years. The large-scale meeting, which will bring together 2,500 people - representatives of all branches of government, business, science, culture and other spheres, will take place in Minsk on June 22-23.
Belarus to amend counter-terrorism laws
Belarus to amend counter-terrorism laws Belarus is going to amend counter-terrorism laws. The corresponding bill was adopted on May 25 by members of the House of Representatives. The amendments concern measures to prevent the legalization of proceeds from crime, terrorist financing and proliferation of mass destruction weapons. The need for the adoption of the amendments is due to the improvement of the legal framework regarding the detection and suppression of terrorist organizations, as well as the protection of the population against acts of terrorism.

24.05.2016

Normandy Four approves OSCE police mission in Donbass
Normandy Four approves OSCE police mission in Donbass Leaders of the Normandy Four have supported the creation of the OSCE police mission in Donbass. The heads of state agreed on this in a telephone conversation.  In addition, the leaders reiterated the importance of the full execution of the Minsk agreements. Also, a special council for the preparation of local elections in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions will be operating in the east of Ukraine. For now, fighting has resumed in the Donbass, with the OSCE noting violations of ceasefire every day. However, there are no casualties among civilians.
Belarus' electoral legislation in line with international principles, President Lukashenko says
Belarus' electoral legislation in line with international principles, President Lukashenko says The independence of the country and welfare of Belarusian people are the criteria on which the forthcoming parliamentary election campaign in Belarus should rest, said on May 24 the President of Belarus at a meeting to discuss the organization of the 2016 parliamentary elections. Less than a month ago, the President raised issues of improving the electoral process, including taking into account the recommendations of the OSCE ODIHR. 

23.05.2016

Belarus for new legal framework for relations with EU
Belarus for new legal framework for relations with EU Belarus is in favor of a new legal framework for relations with the EU, which would take into account its obligations to the Eurasian Economic Union and the Belarus-Russia Union State. This was stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus in Brussels. Vladimir Makei took part in the meeting of foreign ministers of EU member countries and the member countries of Eastern Partnership Initiative (EaP).
Belarus' delegation meets with PACE head, notes positive dynamism of rapprochement
Belarus' delegation meets with PACE head, notes positive dynamism of rapprochement A forum in St. Petersburg discussed issues of state building, agrarian policy, natural resources and environment. Belarusian MPs took part in discussions in the format of the CIS and Eurasian Economic Union. Capabilities for economic growth within the framework of Eurasian integration have become one of the main topics of the summit. The Interparliamentary Assembly of the CIS countries is one of the main instruments of cooperation in the post-Soviet space. Also, the head of the Belarusian delegation met with the chairman of PACE.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is ready to take its place in Cuban economy
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is ready to take its place in Cuban economy Belarus is ready to take its place in the Cuban economy, said on May 23 the President of Belarus meeting with first deputy chairman of the State Council and the Council of Ministers of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez.

22.05.2016

Security services of Commonwealth of Independent States seeking ways to put out flames of terrorism
Security services of Commonwealth of Independent States seeking ways to put out flames of terrorism The EgyptAir plane crash stirred up not only passengers. Even those who do not fly airplanes (a lot of people) are excited about the version of a terrorist attack.
Belarus President's visit to Italy and the Vatican: review
Belarus President's visit to Italy and the Vatican: review The main political event of the week is President Lukashenko's visit to Italy and the Vatican. Seven years ago, there took place the first similar visit. God is eternal, while the Lord's Anointed change. Other people were on the papal throne and in political power in Italy. Therefore, the present day is a good way to confirm and reboot the relations given the rapidly changing situation in the world and in Rome. Our special correspondent Alexandra Kulakova reports from Rome.

20.05.2016

Alexander Lukashenko discusses trade, investment with Italy President in Rome
Alexander Lukashenko discusses trade, investment with Italy President in Rome Negotiations between Alexander Lukashenko and President of the Italian Sergio Mattarella concluded several hours ago.

19.05.2016

Belarus' premier to take part in All-Belarusian People's Congress
Belarus' premier to take part in All-Belarusian People's Congress Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov has been elected a representative of the 5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly. A total of 61 people will represent the Moskovsky district of Minsk. The congress will take place on 22 and 23 June. This time, 2,500 delegates will participate in the unique forum. Minsk will be represented by 400 people. Among them are representatives of all branches of government, business, science, manufacturing, health care and culture. Various topics also be raised during the meeting.
Exhibition of Belarusian icons opens in Vatican: President Lukashenko to visit it May 21
Exhibition of Belarusian icons opens in Vatican: President Lukashenko to visit it May 21 An exhibition of Belarusian icons opened in the Vatican. This is the first such exhibition from the entire Eastern Europe. The famous Vatican Museum, which is located close to the Sistine Chapel, features more than 30 works that demonstrate the traditions of the Belarusian icon painting of the XVII century. The President of Belarus has sent congratulations to the organizers and participants of the exhibition.
Belarus for more active resolution of Transdnistria, Nagorno Karabakh problems
Belarus for more active resolution of Transdnistria, Nagorno Karabakh problems Security issues were today discussed by the Council of Heads of CIS special services, who gathered in Minsk. The President of Belarus met with the heads of the delegations. Alexander Lukashenko urged the CIS countries to be more actively engaged in the resolution of Transnistria and Nagorno-Karabakh problems. The main task of the Council is to ensure cooperation in the fight against organized crime and other agreed fields of activity of the special services of the Commonwealth.
President of Belarus to visit Italy and the Vatican May 20-21
President of Belarus to visit Italy and the Vatican May 20-21 Alexander Lukashenko on May 20-21 will visit Italy and the Vatican. The program of the visit includes the President's talks with the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella.  The visit will begin on Quirinale - one of the highest of the seven hills of Rome. Here you can find 13 churches and six palaces. But when Italians say Quirinale, they mean the entire state apparatus of the country, like the pair Moscow - the Kremlin. Here is the official residence of Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

17.05.2016

All-Belarusian People's Congress, parliamentary elections are the main political events of Belarus in 2016
All-Belarusian People's Congress, parliamentary elections are the main political events of Belarus in 2016 The All-Belarusian People's Congress will determine the way of the further development of Belarus in economic, political and social areas. This matter was discussed in Minsk on 17 May by the top ideological workers of Minsk and other Belarusian cities.
Belarusian People's Assembly: 400 people to represent Minsk Nomination for the Belarusian People's Assembly has started in Minsk. The Belarus capital will be represented by 400 people. Every enterprise put forward their candidacies for participation in the event and the organizing committee has considered all applications. Representatives of health, industry, culture and other important areas of society will come together on June 22 to summarize Belarus' social and economic development and build a plan for the development of the Belarusian society in the near future.

16.05.2016

Belarusian, Russian foreign ministers discuss Minsk-Moscow cooperation, relations in Eurasian Economic Union
Belarusian, Russian foreign ministers discuss Minsk-Moscow cooperation, relations in Eurasian Economic Union On May 16, the Belarusian and Russian foreign ministries held talks in the foreign ministry of Belarus.  The sides discussed a wide range of issues. Much attention was paid to the interaction between Moscow and Minsk and collaboration in the framework of the integration entities such as the Eurasian Economic Union, the CSTO and the CIS. Security issues were also talked over.
President: Belarus open to friendly dialogue with Russia
President: Belarus open to friendly dialogue with Russia Coherent policies on the international stage. Alexander Lukashenko has met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The sides have discussed the Belarusian-Russian relations, integration issues and the situation in the world. The head of state stressed the readiness to talk on any topic, because the dialogue with Russia is always confidential and friendly.
Sergey Lavrov paying official visit to Minsk
Sergey Lavrov paying official visit to Minsk At this moment talks between the Belarusian and Russian foreign ministries are being held in Minsk. Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov is on an official visit to Minsk. After a one-on-one meeting, the sides will hold talks in an expanded format. The agenda includes a wide range of issues of bilateral Belarusian-Russian cooperation. 
Vladimir Makei, Sergei Lavrov to hold talks in Minsk May 16
Vladimir Makei, Sergei Lavrov to hold talks in Minsk May 16 The strategy of joint actions on the international arena will be discussed on May 16 in Minsk during the meeting between the heads of the Belarusian and Russian foreign ministries.  Vladimir Makei and Sergei Lavrov plan to discuss a wide range of issues of the Belarusian-Russian cooperation in various integration formats. The ministers will also discuss mutual support and coordination of approaches to the work in international organizations. They will voice their opinion on the most topical issues of regional and global security and stability.

15.05.2016

What unites Belarus and Turkmenistan and what was agreed by the two presidents in Minsk?
What unites Belarus and Turkmenistan and what was agreed by the two presidents in Minsk? We will talk about the nuts and bolts later and also about the big geopolitics. But first, let's discuss the details of an important visit to Belarus of the leader of Turkmenistan. Now he can feel at home in Belarus because the Turkmen embassy opened in Minsk.
Alexander Lukashenko meets Dmitry Medvedev in Alexandria: 3 hours of informal communication and photo near President's house
Alexander Lukashenko meets Dmitry Medvedev in Alexandria: 3 hours of informal communication and photo near President's house President Lukashenko this week met with Russian Prime Minister Medvedev, who came on a visit to Alexandria. Alexander Lukashenko showed Mr Medvedev his native village. The two politicians talked about the big deeds of the two brotherly countries, with refreshments on their 'negotiating' table. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and Chairman of the Russian Government Dmitry Medvedev held an informal meeting on Thursday in the agro-town Alexandria. The agreement to hold the meeting was reached in Sochi in January. The meeting lasted more than three hours. 
Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman of the upper chamber of Belarus parliament
Integrity, competence and geography: Why are big powers interested in cooperation with Belarus? Chairman of the Council of the Republic of Belarus' National Assembly Mikhail Myasnikovich, together with other parliamentarians and businessmen, visited India and met with almost all high-ranking officials of that vast country and opened a BelAZ service center. But to put in order all the events of last week and understand why Belarus is a point of interest of many world powers, let us begin the program with a piece of interview from the Indian capital New Delhi, from where we have just come back.

13.05.2016

Belarus participating in international project to strengthen security measures in SALW warehouses
Belarus participating in international project to strengthen security measures in weapons warehouses In order to strengthen stability in Central and Eastern Europe Belarus, together with international organizations, is implementing an international project on strengthening of security measures in the warehouses of small arms and light weapons. To reduce the risk of their spread, seven military units have been equipped with modern alarm systems, with fences replaced. 
Alexander Lukashenko, Dmitry Medvedev hold informal meeting in agrotown Alexandria
Alexander Lukashenko, Dmitry Medvedev hold informal meeting in agrotown Alexandria The President of Belarus and the Chairman of the Russian Government held an informal meeting in the agro-town Alexandria. This agreement was reached in Sochi in January, and now Alexander Lukashenko showed Dmitry Medvedev his hometown.

12.05.2016

Turkmenistan embassy opens in Minsk
Turkmenistan embassy opens in Minsk A complex of buildings of the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Belarus opened in Minsk on 12 May. Taking part in the ceremony were presidents Alexander Lukashenko and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.  At all stages, maximum attention was given to the construction of the complex, said the Belarusian President. This can be said about the setting of appropriate tax incentives, infrastructure and the improvement of the adjacent territory.
Belarus, Turkmenistan presidents discuss mutually beneficial cooperation in Minsk
Belarus, Turkmenistan presidents discuss mutually beneficial cooperation in Minsk Negotiations between Belarus and Turkmenistan presidents were held in Minsk on May 11. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov arrived in Belarus on an official two-day visit. In the conversation, the heads of state touched on a number of topics. This is the further deepening of the political dialogue and reciprocal steps to build up trade, including through the expansion of partnerships between the business communities. A striking example of cooperation remains the construction by Belarusian specialists of the Garlyk mining and processing plant. But there are already some new ideas too.

08.05.2016

Canada to remove sanctions against Belarus
Canada to remove sanctions against Belarus Canada has removed sanctions against Belarus, reads the Canadian foreign ministry website.  "Pursuant to the Government of Canada’s commitment to diplomatic re-engagement with the international community, and in response to recent positive developments in Belarus, Global Affairs Canada will initiate the regulatory process to remove Belarus from the Area Control List (ACL), thereby lifting sanctions that have been in place since December 14, 2006," the message reads.
What problems did All-Belarusian People's Congresses help resolve?
What problems did All-Belarusian People's Congresses help resolve? Another date associated with the Great Patriotic War is 22 of June. 75 years since the beginning of the Great Patriotic War have passed. And on this very day, the All-Belarusian People's Congress is scheduled to open. This will be the fifth such event in the modern history and of course the most important event of the year. You can find a lot of similarities - popular assemblies of Slavic tribes, Skupština (People's Congresses in post-Yugoslavian countries) or the Congresses of the Communi

05.05.2016

How are delegates nominated to All-Belarusian People's Congress?
How are delegates nominated to All-Belarusian People's Congress? Minsk is preparing for yet another significant event in the life of the country - the 5th Belarusian People's Congress. On May 5, Minsk hosted the third meeting of its organizing committee. The upcoming popular assembly will bring together representatives of all branches of government, industry and business, science, health and culture.
Anti-aircraft missile system S-300 now on combat duty in Polotsk
Anti-aircraft missile system S-300 now on combat duty in Polotsk The anti-aircraft missile complex S-300 is now on combat duty in Polotsk, which is in the north of Belarus. The system is able to see the target at a distance of 150 kilometers and destroy it in a matter of minutes. And it does not matter whether it is a ballistic missile or a drone. Air defense experts say that the sky over Belarus is in good hands. This is the first time S-300 has been used for the protection of the northern borders of the country. Similar complexes are already guarding the sky near the borders with Poland and Ukraine.

03.05.2016

All-Belarusian People's Congress to be held in Minsk June 22-23, 2016
All-Belarusian People's Congress to be held in Minsk June 22-23, 2016 The 5th All-Belarusian People's Congress will be held in Minsk on June 22-23. The corresponding decree was signed by the head of state. Traditionally, this most important political event in the life of the country will be a refinement of the state development policy for the coming years. As always, the Congress will bring together representatives of all branches of the government, industry and business, science, health and culture. In total, about 2,500 people.

01.05.2016

Belarus President: 2016 parliamentary election needs to be democratic and peaceful
Belarus President: 2016 parliamentary election needs to be democratic and peaceful We can say that everything that happens in life in different countries (except natural phenomena, of course) is the fruit of joint efforts of citizens and authorities. But if something goes wrong, people prefer to blame the powers that be. Such is the tradition in all corners of the earth. But according to the principles of democracy, both people and the authorities always act together. After all, it is people who elect their presidents, MPs and (in some countries) mayors and governors. The coming autumn, Belarusians will again be able to use this right to vote. The elections of dep

28.04.2016

Dmitry Mironchik, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of Belarus
Belarus Foreign Minister holding talks in Beijing Belarus aims to promote national interests in the Asia-Pacific region. Another platform for this is the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia, which is taking place in China. This is a major regional forum for the development and strengthening of co-operation, security, economic growth and stability in the region. It brings together 26 countries.
Meeting on improving election process
Belarus parliamentary vote 2016: dates, legislation and experts’ recommendations The most suitable date of holding the next parliamentary elections of the Republic of Belarus is 11 September, 2016. This date was coordinated with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting on improving election legislation on 27 April, 2016.

27.04.2016

September 11 is most likely date for Belarus parliamentary election 2016
September 11 is most likely date for Belarus parliamentary election 2016 President Alexander Lukashenko agreed with 11 September as a date for elections to the House of Representatives of the National Assembly, said Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission Lidia Yermoshina after the meeting to discuss the upcoming parliamentary elections. The President noted that the election campaign should be held in strict accordance with the Belarusian legislation and in a calm atmosphere.
Council of the Republic of the Belarus National Assembly
Age rating system for films and programs to be introduced in Belarus The Public Board for Children Protection against Harmful Content is to be created in Belarus. Such a bill was approved on April 21 by the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus. The authorities took into consideration the experience of Russia, the USA, and the Netherlands during the draft development. The document demands an obligatory age rating indication for production and distribution of all information products.
Belarus, Russia to adopt four new cooperation programs
Belarus, Russia to adopt four new cooperation programs Belarus and Russia intend to support the level of cooperation in the Union State at the highest level. The Union State Council of Ministers plans to adopt four new programs of cooperation in order to remain the leader of integration processes in the post-Soviet Union. It is expected that they will be approved already at the next meeting, which will take place in Mogilev on 12 May. The agenda includes nearly 30 questions. First of all, they relate to trade-economic and scientific-technical cooperation.
Belarus taking part in Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations
Belarus taking part in Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations Belarus stands for the elimination of political, economic, social, religious and cultural barriers in the world, said Chairman of the Council of Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich speaking at the Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations. Mr Myasnikovich stressed the importance of strict observance of the principles of international law, including non-interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states.

26.04.2016

Panama Papers is like using sledge-hammer to crack nuts, President Lukashenko says
Panama Papers is like using sledge-hammer to crack nuts, President Lukashenko says On April 26, the Belarus head of state answered questions from journalists during his visit to Chernobyl-hit areas. Alexander Lukashenko compared Panama Papers with the use of a sledgehammer to crack nuts.
Alexander Lukashenko about All-Belarusian People's Assembly: We need to show people how we will live tomorrow
Alexander Lukashenko about All-Belarusian People's Assembly: We need to show people how we will live tomorrow April 26 is the day of the Chernobyl tragedy. Exactly 30 years ago, the largest man-made disaster in history occurred. An explosion at one of the power units of the Chernobyl NPP in Ukraine led to the release of radioactive materials. The consequences have affected many countries. But it was Belarus that was the most affected. Overcoming the consequences of the catastrophe has become a task of national importance for the modern Belarus.

24.04.2016

Belarus President's State of the Nation Address 2016
From ministers to actors: Belarusians discussing President's 2016 State of the Nation Address The famous American magazine Time published this week a list of the most influential people in the world. This is an annual tradition. The list includes politicians, businessmen, and idols of the public. About 30 people are in the Leaders section: these are heads of the largest countries and international organizations. The influence ranking is not built according to the scale or the size of a country. This is a worldwide vote organized by the authoritative edition.
President Lukashenko answers MPs' questions during State of the Nation Address 2016
President Lukashenko answers MPs' questions during State of the Nation Address 2016 President Alexander Lukashenko delivered this week his annual State of the Nation Address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly. Economy turned out to be the main topic. According to the head of state, the current year is to be crucial in overcoming the negative trends in this area. 2016 will be the first serious test for the entire vertical of power. The President also touched on foreign and social policy, investment, business, science and security. Further reading:

23.04.2016

Sergey Lebedev, Chair of the CIS Executive Committee – CIS Executive Secretary
Lebedev: Pleased to hear that Belarus wants to keep CIS Good organization, initiative, resource mobilization, and effective economic management. In the State of the Nation Address to Belarusian people and the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, President Alexander Lukashenko has stated certain tasks and potential development objectives for the current year.

21.04.2016

Belarus President's State of the Nation Address 2016: Main points
Belarus President's State of the Nation Address 2016: Main foreign political and economic points President Alexander Lukashenko on April 21 delivered the State of the Nation Address to the Belarusian people and the Belarus Parliament. The CTV offers you the main points voiced by the head of state. The President instructed the government to prepare by July 1 the state program of innovative development Alexander Lukashenko believes the National Academy of Sciences and High Technology Park are the most important components in the innovation strategy.
Belarus President to deliver State of the Nation Address on April 21
Belarus President's State of the Nation Address: Deputies' expectations The strategic vectors of development of the country for the near future are going to be outlined in the Belarus President's state of the nation address on April 21. This political tradition in Belarus began two decades ago. The CTV will offer you an extensive coverage of the event in its evening news release.

20.04.2016

The Council of the Republic of Belarus
Belarus, Russia preparing for 3rd Forum of Regions Belarus and Russia are to find new ways of cooperation at the forthcoming Third Forum of Russian and Belarusian Regions. The sitting of the organizing committee was held in Minsk last week. Minsk is planning to receive guests at the beginning of June.
Estonians to be able to stay in Belarus up to 30 days without registration
Estonians to be able to stay in Belarus up to 30 days without registration Belarus and Estonia have signed an agreement on the entry and stay. Citizens of both countries have been given an opportunity to stay in the territory of the other country up to 30 days without registration. An Estonian delegation is in Minsk these days. The most fruitful area of ​​cooperation between the two countries is trade and economic dialogue. Oil products account for more than 60% of the total Belarusian export. Belarus also supplies to Estonia tractors, trucks and linen fabrics. 
Lidia Yermoshina, Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission of Belarus
Legislative innovations ahead of Belarus' parliamentary vote 2016 The head of the Central Election Commission today told reporters about the innovations and features of the parliamentary elections 2016. According to Lidia Yermoshina, after the 2012 elections, the CEC asked the President to make some changes in the legislation. During the current parliamentary campaign, they will be applied for the first time.
President Lukashenko to address Belarusian people, Parliament on April 21
President Lukashenko to address Belarusian people, Parliament on April 21 President Alexander Lukashenko on April 21 will deliver the State of the Nation address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly. The structure of the address will remain traditional. It will consist of a few large thematic blocks. The economic topic is likely to dominate. Here, the President will outline tasks and objectives for 2016. The most urgent issues in social policy are to be addressed by the head of state too. This is improvement of the pension system, health care and education.
OIC results for Belarus
Results of Istanbul negotiations for Belarus: business dialogue with Kabul already underway The summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul has gone down in history. And with no doubts whatsoever the forum took relations between Belarus and the Eastern countries to a new level. The President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko made a speech at the summit and held a series of bilateral negotiations. The talks were rather resultative. Afghanistan has already begun an active business dialogue with Belarus.

19.04.2016

Belarus participating in CSTO exercises in Tajikistan
Belarus participating in CSTO exercises in Tajikistan Belarusian military are involved in the CSTO drills in Tajikistan. They have brought together intelligence units. In total, there are about one 1,500 troops and aviation. It is the first time large-scale maneuvers have been held within the framework of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). Troops from Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Armenia will conduct exploration in the mountains, as well as work out joint actions to seize and destroy simulated enemy facilities.
President Lukashenko meets with IAEA director general
President Lukashenko meets with IAEA director general Safety is the main priority of the Belarusian nuclear power plant construction, said President Alexander Lukashenko at the April 19 meeting with the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano.

18.04.2016

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano to visit Belarusian nuclear power plant April 18
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano to visit Belarusian nuclear power plant April 18 IAEA Director General is going to visit the construction site of the Belarusian NPP in Ostrovets. Today Yukiya Amano will arrive in our country on a working visit. It is expected that the guest will meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and representatives of other bodies of state administration. In addition, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency will study novelties presented at the exhibition Atomexpo Belarus 2016, which opens in Minsk tomorrow.

17.04.2016

Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Syria's Bashar al-Assad on Evacuation Day
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Syria's Bashar al-Assad on Evacuation Day Syria is marking Day of Evacuation on April 17. On this day, 70 years ago, the last French soldier left the territory of the country and it became in fact independent. President Alexander Lukashenko has sent congratulations to Syrian President Bashar Assad on behalf of the Belarusian people and himself. The head of state reiterated its support for the Syrian society in the fight against terrorism and foreign interference and wished the country peaceful life. 
Will Belarus be offered to join the EU? Picture of the World's special report from London
Will Belarus be offered to join the EU? Picture of the World's special report from London Now let's talk about cooperation, including in the parliamentary dimension. A Belarusian delegation took part in the conference of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in London this week. There is reason to talk about it but in our report, we will also tell you about the scandalous situations circulating in the media, about politicians and ordinary people of England, the views on Belarus from Albion and Belarusian features of Heathrow Airport. However, I will not go into details, let's watch our special report.
Federica Mogherini
Eight European countries, after EU, lift sanctions against Belarus Eight European countries outside the EU lifted sanctions from 170 Belarusian officials and three companies, said head of EU diplomacy Federica Mogherini. These are FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The EU Council decided to lift the sanctions against Belarus on 15 February.  The official report stated that the Council appreciates the steps taken by Minsk over the last two years to improve relations with the European Union. 
Alexander Lukashenko partakes in OIC's Istanbul summit as guest of honor
Alexander Lukashenko partakes in OIC's Istanbul summit as guest of honor Let's start with the most important event of recent days. As many as 56 countries sent their representatives to Istanbul to the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
Vladimir Makei, Belarus' foreign minister
Vladimir Makei about potential of Belarus-Council of Europe relations Now let us turn to European affairs. Belarus does not refuse to join the Council of Europe and would like to cooperate with that structure (not to be confused with the European Union, of course).  This topic was raised a few days ago by Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei, who met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, which is currently chairing the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers.

16.04.2016

Belarus and Monaco establish diplomatic relations
Belarus and Monaco establish diplomatic relations Belarus and Monaco have established diplomatic relations. The joint communique was signed in Belarus’ Embassy to France on April 15, 2016 . The cooperation between Belarus and Monaco will promote the bilateral relations in all spheres.

15.04.2016

Normunds Grostiņš on life in EU and Belarus' politics
Normunds Grostiņš on life in EU and Belarus' politics Today’s special guest at Simple Questions TV program is Normunds Grostiņš , an administrative member of the European Alliance for Freedom. Normunds Grostiņš, board member of the European Alliance for Freedom:If the European Union wanted to join the European Union on its democratic criteria, it wouldn’t be accepted. Unlike Latvia, Belarus has working plants and developed space technologies; Belarus has a mechanism of national presidential elections. As well as Poland, Belarus managed to defend its interests.

14.04.2016

Alexander Lukashenko holds 5 meetings with Asian, Middle Eastern leaders during OIC summit
Alexander Lukashenko holds 5 meetings with Asian, Middle Eastern leaders during OIC summit Today, 14 April, on the sidelines of the OIC summit in Istanbul, Alexander Lukashenko held a series of meetings with world leaders. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, despite the workload and tiredness, met with his longtime friend Alexander Lukashenko closer to midnight. The Presidents have known each other since 2010. This is evident by a handshake.
Alexander Lukashenko speaks at OIC summit in Istanbul
Belarus President at OIC summit: Muslim world can become another pillar of stability The main political news today is coming from Turkey. No nation can feel secure in the face of terrorism, said about an hour ago Alexander Lukashenko at the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. This forum is being held in Istanbul, which is dubbed the crossroad of civilizations. The Belarusian leader is convinced that only through the mutual enrichment of civilizations, through dialogue and cooperation can nations find a way to solve the global challenges facing the world community.
President Lukashenko holds series of bilateral meetings at Istanbul's OIC summit
President Lukashenko holds series of bilateral meetings at Istanbul's OIC summit Alexander Lukashenko has met with Vice-President of Indonesia in Istanbul to discuss mutual trade and cooperation in industry. The two nations are interested in the establishment of a joint venture in Indonesia, which is experiencing a great need for trucks. Belarus can offer the entire range of vehicles.
Alexander Lukashenko in Turkey
Belarus President meets Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Al Thani On the sidelines of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Summit, the Belarusian side will hold talks with heads of other countries. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has already met with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Al Thani. The two leaders discussed various aspects of cooperation. The focus was on economic issues. Tamim Al Thani said that Qatar's relations with Belarus are of strategic nature. He expressed willingness to build cooperation with Belarus in all directions.
OIC Summit in Istanbul: Alexander Lukashenko to speak April 14
Recep Tayyip Erdogan ready to visit Belarus Alexander Lukashenko is taking part in the 13th Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul. The Belarusian Head of State was invited to the forum as a special guest. President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan personally met the summit participants. 
Turkey ready to increase investment in Belarus, develop tourism cooperation
Turkey ready to increase investment in Belarus, develop tourism cooperation Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko continues his working visit to Turkey. Last night, the Belarus head of state held talks with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The two leaders came to conclusion that it was time to restart the economic relations with an emphasis on trade. Belarus and Turkey intend to intensify work in this and other areas and adjust the roadmap of agreements.

13.04.2016

Hybrid warfare: why is it mentioned in Belarus’ new Military Doctrine?
Hybrid warfare: why is it mentioned in Belarus’ new Military Doctrine? The draft of the new Military Doctrine has been approved by the House of Representatives on its first reading this week (April 2016). The main document determining the security of the state was prepared taking into account the new challenges. The previous one was written in 2002, when the situation in Ukraine was far from unstable, when no one was afraid of terror threat in Europe, and when the Arab Spring was 10 years away. No cardinal changes in approaches to national security have been made in the new bill.
Happy Planet Index and 2019 population census: interview with Head of Belarus’ National Statistical Committee
Happy Planet Index and 2019 population census: interview with Head of Belarus’ National Statistical Committee The state strategy and the political tactics will be discussed at the All Belarusian People's Assembly, due presumably in June 2016. But who will propose the right path for the development of the economy, regions, and the country on the whole? Statisticians, of course! The CTV channel interviewed Inna Medvedeva, head of the National Statistical Committee, and asked her about the 2019 population census, personal inflation and even about happiness. Statistics is not able to give you the figures that you want, is it?
Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference may give Belarus observer status
Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference may give Belarus observer status The Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference can give Belarus observer status, said chairman of this organization Janis Vucans. Now 11 countries are its permanent participants on a par with a number of inter-parliamentary organizations. The Belarusian parliament applied for observer status back in 2010. As was noted at the meeting, the current visit could be an important step in this direction.
Belarus President arrives in Turkey on working visit
President Lukashenko arrives in Turkey on working visit President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has arrived in Turkey on a working visit. It is planned that on April 14, the Belarus head of state will attend the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul. The meeting will be held under the motto "Unity and solidarity in the name of justice and peace." Alexander Lukashenko is also set to meet with the Turkish President in the evening.

12.04.2016

New law making season starts at Belarusian Parliament: new laws to be adopted
Belarusian Parliament starts new law-making season The session was opened both in the Oval Hall and in the Council of the Republic of Belarus. The deputies from the House of Representative will decide upon dozens of bills. Some of them are resonant. For instance, a person will be held criminally liable for participation in armed conflicts abroad, or will get fine or warning if their dog barks after 11 PM. During the spring session, the MPs will examine 60 bills. The adopted ones will determine the country's development for years to come.

11.04.2016

Belarus interested in close cooperation with Council of Europe, Foreign Minister says
Belarus interested in close cooperation with Council of Europe, Foreign Minister says Belarus is interested in close cooperation with the Council of Europe, said the foreign minister of Belarus on April 11 meeting with his counterpart from Bulgaria in Minsk.  This Balkan country this year presides over the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers.
Belarus-Bulgaria foreign ministries to hold talks on April 11
Belarus-Bulgaria foreign ministries to hold talks on April 11 Belarus is developing relations with the EU countries. April 11, Minsk will host the talks of the heads of Belarusian and Bulgarian foreign ministries. The meeting participants will discuss the state and prospects of the entire spectrum of the bilateral cooperation and interaction within international organizations.  In view of Bulgaria's presidency of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers in 2016, Belarus discuss relations with this international organization.
Should Belarus be afraid of possible change in EU illegal migration flows?
Should Belarus be afraid of possible change in EU illegal migration flows? Refugees are once again exciting Europe. We are talking about Turkey, which geographically is still part of Europe. However, Ankara does not yet give up hope of joining the EU. At the very least, it would like to secure some more privileges from the EU besides the 3 billion euros (for example, visa-free regime with Europe). So it looks from the outside. 

10.04.2016

Vladimir Makei: Belarus is not a ship drifting in any political direction
Vladimir Makei: Belarus is not a ship drifting in any political direction This week, much has been said about Belarusian-European relations in Brussels and in Minsk. The Belarus President held a meeting with the Foreign Ministry on the productive steps forward between Belarus and the EU. In February, the EU Council lifted most sanctions against our country. Of course, this was a good sign for collaboration in economic terms and not only. Russia remains Belarus' main trade partner but Minsk is ready to listen to pragmatic proposals of the EU.
Vladimir Makei, Belarus' foreign minister
Belarus-Russia Union State to bring more to ordinary citizens, Belarus FM says The Union State of Belarus and Russia has already brought ordinary citizens much and will continue to do so, said Belarus' Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei in Moscow April 8. The Belarusian official took part in the meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the CIS. The heads of the foreign ministries of CIS member states discussed the key issues of cooperation within the Commonwealth.
President Lukashenko: Finally, everyone has realized that EU needs Belarus with multi-vector policy
President Lukashenko: Finally, everyone has realized that EU needs Belarus with multi-vector policy Belarus, by the way, has at all times faithfully guarded the European Union from unwanted migrants. Western Europe does know about this but it may not officially praise it (when politics so require and relations "freeze"). Today, along with storks on the arable land and warmer weather, a chill in relations between Belarus and the European Union is disappearing. This is for the benefit of the two parties, who are building pragmatic relations, said President Lukashenko at a meeting on Belarusian-European cooperation this week.

07.04.2016

All-Belarusian People's Assembly may be held within month
All-Belarusian People's Assembly may be held within month Belarus began preparing for the most important political event of the year - Belarusian People's Assembly. It will be the fifth such event in the recent history of the country. The main goal of the event is to refine the state policy for the coming years.  This important platform of ​​democracy will bring together representatives of all branches of government, industry and business, science, health and culture. The details of the upcoming People's Assembly were discussed by the Government on 6 April.
Foreign Ministry: Belarus reciprocally maintains diplomatic presence in Israel
Foreign Ministry: Belarus reciprocally maintains diplomatic presence in Israel Belarus reciprocally maintains diplomatic presence in Israel, the Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs officially confirmed April 7. The Ministry considered the note reading that the Prime Minister of the State of Israel had decided to keep its diplomatic mission in Belarus in the same format. The keeping of embassies in the two countries is an objective necessity, because of the close ties between tens of thousands of people. This is also because Belarus and Israel are enjoying the positive dynamism of the bilateral relations in various fields.
Belarus-EU relations to be discussed in Brussels April 7
Belarus-EU relations to be discussed in Brussels April 7 Belarus will continue to engage in dialogue with the European Union. In Brussels, the sides will discuss a wide range of issues: from the fight against cross-border threats and investments to energy and transport.  The Belarusian delegation is headed by representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now in Brussels.

06.04.2016

Belarus elected to 3 bodies of UN Economic and Social Council
Belarus elected to 3 bodies of UN Economic and Social Council Belarus reaffirms itself on the world stage again. Our country was elected to three bodies of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations Organization. Belarus got a place in the UN Statistical Commission and was also included into councils dealing with gender equality and human virus infections.
OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs holding talks in Baku on Nagorno-Karabakh
OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs holding talks in Baku on Nagorno-Karabakh The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group began negotiations on Nagorno-Karabakh in Baku. The ambassadors of the US, Russia and France are discussing the termination of fighting in the conflict zone and the transition to the political phase of its resolution. Meanwhile, the parties declare that they strictly adhere to the ceasefire, which has been in force for one day now. It is reported, however, there shooting was heard last night and in the morning on the line of contact.
First meeting of Belarus-EU coordinating group due in Brussels on April 6
First meeting of Belarus-EU coordinating group due in Brussels on April 6 Belarus and the European Union intend to establish a meaningful dialogue in terms of investment, fight against cross-border threats and the simplification of visa regime. The Belarus-EU Coordination Group will meet in Brussels on April 6 in order to consolidate the positive dynamism in the bilateral relations. The meeting in such a format will be held for the first time. The sides plan to discuss the whole range of the bilateral interaction.

05.04.2016

President Lukashenko sees new horizons in Belarus-EU relations
President Lukashenko sees new horizons in Belarus-EU relations The Belarus President has held on April 5 a meeting to discuss the positive dynamism in relations between Minsk and Brussels. In February, the EU Council lifted most sanctions against our country. Of course, this is a good sign for collaboration in economy and beyond. Europe Automotive Holding once declared interest in Belarus and since then the joint production facility has been operating successfully. The lifting of the sanctions was a particular boost for the company.
Armenia, Azerbaijan agree ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh
Armenia, Azerbaijan agree ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to a cease-fire in Nagorno Karabakh. The Armistice Agreement between Baku and Yerevan was reached on April 5 in the morning. This information was confirmed by the Ministry of Defence of Azerbaijan. Vienna is going to host a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh on April 5. Taking part in the discussion will be co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, USA and France.
Belarus President: Do not make us choose between east and west
Belarus President: Do not make us choose between east and west Belarus-EU relations should be built without prejudice in relation to Belarus, said April 5 Alexander Lukashenko at a government meeting. Dynamic relations between Minsk and Brussels can be called positive. In recent years, the level and intensity of contacts has increased and the overall atmosphere of the bilateral ties has improved. In February 2016, the Council of the European Union lifted most of sanctions against Belarus.

04.04.2016

Belarusian MFA: Nagorno-Karabakh problem may be resolved exclusively by peaceful means
Belarusian MFA: Nagorno-Karabakh problem may be resolved exclusively by peaceful means The Belarusian Foreign Ministry has made a statement on April 4 in connection with the aggravation of the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh. The Foreign Ministry noted that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can be resolved only by peaceful means and in accordance with universally recognized principles and norms of international law.
Belarus' draft Military Doctrine adopted in first reading
Belarus' draft Military Doctrine adopted in first reading The new draft Military Doctrine of Belarus has been adopted by Belarusian MPs in the first reading. The updated document defines the main directions of the state's military policy at the present stage of development. There are no fundamental changes to the approach to national security. The defensive orientation of the document has been preserved. The draft clearly states that the use of military force is regarded as an exceptional measure.
Belarusians and Russians: joint projects and Union State programs
Belarusians and Russians: joint projects and Union State programs The two countries are linked by several major joint projects. Including in the framework of the Union State. The two countries are exchanging experience in the field of cell technology. Now they are planning to organize exchanges between the donor registers of the two countries.

03.04.2016

OSCE Minsk Group on Nagorno-Karabakh to meet April 5
OSCE Minsk Group on Nagorno-Karabakh to meet April 5 First blood of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was shed in the late 1980s. Residents of the region, and most of them are Armenians, decided to secede from Azerbaijan. The position of Baku was the preservation of territorial integrity, while Yerevan defends the interests of the unrecognized republic. As a result of 3-year military operation, with the use heavy equipment and artillery about 1 million refugees fled the region.

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