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05.12.2016

Stanisław Karczewski: Interparliamentary cooperation improves Belarus-Poland relations
Stanisław Karczewski: Interparliamentary cooperation improves Belarus-Poland relations Belarus expects to begin an active dialogue with Poland, said President Alexander Lukashenko on December 5 as he met with Marshal of the Senate of the State Stanisław Karczewski. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established nearly a quarter of a century ago. In recent years, the political dialogue has revitalized. The level of trade and economic cooperation is also high enough. During the first 9 months of 2016, the trade turnover amounted to more than $1.5 billion.
Belarus-Azerbaijan: Ways to strengthen trade and friendly relations
Belarus-Azerbaijan: Ways to strengthen trade and friendly relations Nevertheless the foundation of relations with the European Union is economic. The trade turnover between Belarus and the EU in the current year declined slightly, however, so was with Russia. It is an objective reality. Against this background, a plan to double trade between Belarus and Azerbaijan next year sounded ambitious. This statement was made during the visit of Alexander Lukashenko to Baku.
Normandy talks on Ukraine in Minsk: No sensations this time
Normandy talks on Ukraine in Minsk: No sensations this time If there's still a precedent and for the first time in post-war Europe, the radical right will come to power, this will give confidence, for example, to the leader of France's National Front, Marine Le Pen, which next year will fight for the presidency in the country. Moreover, Hollande said this week that he would not participate in the elections. And it is also a precedent - never before in modern France did the acting head of state refuse to run for a second term. However, Merkel, said that she would try to become German Chancellor for the fourth time.
Belarus President hopes for active dialogue with Poland
Belarus President hopes for active dialogue with Poland Belarus is counting on the start of an active dialogue between Belarus and Poland, Alexander Lukashenko said at a meeting with Marshal of the Senate of the State Stanisław Karczewski. A Polish parliamentary delegation arrived in Minsk on a visit on December 4. They are scheduled to meet with the leadership of the Belarusian parliament, as well as hold talks with the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, during which the parties will sign an agreement on scientific cooperation.

01.12.2016

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

30.11.2016

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

29.11.2016

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

28.11.2016

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

25.11.2016

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

24.11.2016

Belarusian Foreign Ministry: Absence of additional obstacles in crossing Union State's internal borders is a big advantage
Belarusian Foreign Ministry: Absence of additional obstacles in crossing Union State's internal borders is a big advantage Control on the common border of the Union State of Belarus and Russia is sufficient, it is constantly being improved, and ensures security. The Foreign Ministry of Belarus stated at the November 24 briefing that absence of additional obstacles when crossing the internal borders of the Union State is a great advantage. The agreement signed by the parties has been operating for about 20 years and has proved its effectiveness.
Foreign Ministry: Belarus ready for Normandy 4 ministerial meeting
Foreign Ministry: Belarus ready for Normandy Four ministerial meeting Belarus is ready to provide all necessary conditions for the effective conduct of the Normandy Quartet ministerial meeting if the parties so decide, said the Foreign Ministry of Belarus. It became known yesterday that France and Germany are preparing a meeting in this format on November 29 in Minsk, because of the deterioration of the situation in the Donbass. This is according to head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

23.11.2016

Belarus, Russian Presidents meet in Moscow November 22
Belarus remains Russia's important economic partner, Vladimir Putin says The main news of November 22 came from Moscow where talks continue between Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin. We have just got the first footage from the Kremlin. Here we have the first points the two leaders made at the highest level. Belarus and Russia are not isolated from the global crisis and are forced to respond quickly to them, together, said Alexander Lukashenko. Belarus remains an important trade and economic partner of Russia, said Vladimir Putin.

22.11.2016

Belarus, Russia agree on joint foreign policy actions for near future
Belarus, Russia agree on joint foreign policy actions for near future On November 22, Belarus and Russia agreed on joint foreign policy steps for the near future at a meeting in Minsk. The foreign ministers of the two countries agreed that it is necessary for the EEU to build a long-term integration with the European Union. The ministers also discussed interaction with other international organizations, such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and joint actions within the framework of the UN.
Alexander Lukashenko arrives in Moscow for working visit
Alexander Lukashenko arrives in Moscow for working visit The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has arrived in Moscow, where he will hold talks with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, as well as to take part in celebrations on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill. The ceremony will be held in the Christ the Savior Cathedral.
Presidents Putin, Lukashenko to meet in Moscow November 22
Presidents Putin, Lukashenko to meet in Moscow November 22 The President of Belarus on November 22 will pay a working visit to the Russian Federation. Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin will hold negotiations. The two leaders will discuss the most topical issues of Belarusian-Russian relations, political cooperation, the development of the integration process, and the situation in the region and the world. In addition, Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin will take part in a ceremony to congratulate the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, who has turned 70.
Belarus proposes new Helsinki process to improve East-West relations
Belarus proposes new Helsinki process to improve East-West relations Belarus pursues a balanced internal and external policy. As a result, the European Union is ready to open a new page in bilateral relations. The prospects of mutually beneficial cooperation were discussed at the November 21 meeting of the President with EU diplomats. Minsk was visited by a group of European officials headed by Chairman of the Council of the EU Political and Security Committee Walter Stevens.

21.11.2016

Belarus President's press conference to Russian journalists: main points
Belarus President about his pets and son's social networks The President of Belarus sent a letter of cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky with appreciation that an astronaut does not forget his roots. On Thursday, meeting with journalists from 46 regions of Russia, Lukashenko remarked that Novitsky is now a Russian citizen, but inside he's still a Belarusian man.
Walter Stevens, Chair of the Political and Security Committee (PSC) of the Council of the European Union
Walter Stevens: EU wants to open new chapter in relations with Belarus The European Union countries want to open a new chapter in relations with Belarus, said Walter Stevens, Chair of the Political and Security Committee (PSC) of the Council of the European Union. According to Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus cannot face a choice between East and West. Belarus' foreign policy is consistent and predictable, he added.
Belarus, Russia presidents to discuss politics on November 22 - Russian ambassador
Belarus, Russia presidents to discuss politics on November 22 - Russian ambassador During a press conference with Russian journalists, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko announced that he is going to meet with the Russian President Vladimir Putin on November 22. As expected, the leaders will meet in Moscow. Ambassador of Russia to Belarus Alexander Surikov has commented on the possible agenda.
Belarus remains pole of stability in Europe
Belarus remains pole of stability in Europe Belarus is increasingly seen as a pole of stability in the region, said Belarus President on November 21 as he met with the delegation of the Political and Security Committee of the EU Council. According to Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus cannot face a choice between East and West. Belarus' foreign policy is consistent and predictable, he added.
EU Political and Security Committee delegation arrives in Belarus
EU Political and Security Committee delegation arrives in Belarus A delegation of the Political and Security Committee of the EU Council is now in Belarus on a visit. There has been scheduled a number of official meetings. The sides will focus on the state and prospects of relations between Belarus and the EU.

18.11.2016

Russian media: Belarusian President confirmed his position on a number of points
Russian media: Belarusian President confirmed his position on a number of points The first line of newspapers and publications of Russian regional mass media on 18 November was dedicated to the Belarusian President's press-conference. A multi-day press tour of representatives of regional mass media of Russia and the leading bloggers in Belarus completed on November 18. Late at night, journalists went to their offices and 18 November shared their material with the audience. The publication Russkaya Sila writes about the attitude of the Belarusian leader to history.
Ramzan Kadyrov reacts to Belarus President's criticism
Ramzan Kadyrov reacts to Belarus President's criticism The head of the Chechen Republic has reacted to the words of the Belarusian leader. Alexander Lukashenko was responding to a reporter's question on the establishment in Chechnya of an investment platform for economic cooperation with Belarus' participation. The Belarus President said he was ready to support the proposal and recalled that Minsk had waited for a visit of the Chechen delegation for too long. Ramzan Kadyrov said he is ready to come to Belarus to discuss ways to enhance cooperation.

17.11.2016

Belarus-EU relations discussed in Minsk
Belarus-EU relations discussed in Minsk The interaction of Belarus and the EU was discussed at the Foreign Ministry of Belarus on November 16. The Foreign Minister met with the Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia in the European External Action Service, Thomas Mayr-Harting.  He led a delegation that arrived in Minsk to take part in the second meeting of the coordinating group of Belarus and the EU. The focus of the participants will be on the priorities of bilateral partnerships, cooperation in the framework of the Eastern Partnership.

16.11.2016

Belarus President to hold press conference for Russian media November 17
Belarus President to hold press conference for Russian media November 17 The participants of the press tour of Russian media in Belarus on November 16 are getting familiar with Bobruisk, after visiting a few other towns. They are getting familiar with Belarus' socio-economic development. Prior to that, in the Mogilev region, journalists visited Mogilev and the Shklov district. Tomorrow is the final day of the tour. Representatives of Russian regional mass media will attend a press conference by the President of Belarus. Accredited for it are members of about 100 media outlets as well as Russian bloggers.

15.11.2016

Belarus President says meeting with Erdogan was 'very positive'
Belarus President says meeting with Erdogan was 'very positive' Visiting the Mogilevkhimvolokno company on November 14, Alexander Lukashenko talked to the labor collective of the enterprise. One of the questions was about the prospects of the Belarus-Turkey economic cooperation. The head of state shared the results of the recent talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

14.11.2016

Donald Trump during presidential campaign
It's a kind of magic or Who is Mr Trump? These days the habitants of Navahrudak can't help talking about the man who is got to be a President of another country soon. Some time ago there, in Navahrudak, lived the ancestors-in-law of Donald Trump – the brand new winner of the U.S. presidential race. By the way, the idea of six degrees of separation, according to which we are about six steps away from every person on the planet, was created by American scientists... But there are not just some five acquaintances, but neighbours between the habitants of Navahrudak and the U.S. President elect.
Union State Council of Ministers to be held in December
Union State Council of Ministers to be held in December Belarus and Russia will improve the mechanism of decision making concerning joint programs. On November 14, the preparation to the up-coming Council of Ministers of the Union State was discussed. It is planned to hold at the beginning of December, but the exact day is still under discussion. There are 24 issues on the agenda. One of the key issues is establishing of equal conditions of competition for manufacturers of both countries. It is planned to discuss three programs of the Union State.

13.11.2016

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

12.11.2016

Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Alexander Lukashenko: $1 billion dollars turnover is possible
Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Alexander Lukashenko: $1 billion dollars turnover is possible On November 11, the President of Turkey made his first official visit to Belarus. The visit is a very significant step in the relations between two countries. The program of the visit included the negotiations, opening ceremony of the Cathedral Mosque and business forum that gathered about 500 representatives of large Belarusian and Turkish companies. It is worth mentioning that Turkey became the first country to acknowledge the independence of Belarus after the collapse of the USSR.

11.11.2016

Turkish President’s wife Emine Erdogan visits Center of Children's Oncology and Hematology in Borovlyany
Turkish President’s wife Emine Erdogan visits Center of Children's Oncology and Hematology in Borovlyany The President of Turkey arrived in Minsk accompanied by his wife. Emine Erdogan devoted her visit to art and charity. Her acquaintance with Belarus started with the National Art Museum. The First Lady of Turkey was impressed by the main art collection of our country. After seeing the exhibition, Mrs. Erdogan discussed with the head of the museum the possibility to hold exhibitions of the Turkish art in Belarus and the Belarusian art in Turkey.
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Poland on Independence Day
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Poland on Independence Day Poland celebrates Independence Day on November 11. The country regained its freedom on 11 November 1918, when WWI ended - after 125 years of being under other states' rule. Independence Day is a public holiday in Poland. It is marked by a military parade in the center of Warsaw. Celebrations, concerts and festivities are underway in all cities of the country. President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko congratulated President of Poland Andrzej Duda and the people of that country on the national holiday.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan comes to Belarus with offical visit for first time
Recep Tayyip Erdogan comes to Belarus with offical visit for first time Belarus and Turkey are able to make a new step in their relations. A few hours ago, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan began his official visit to Belarus. The Turkish leader's plane landed at the Minsk National Airport. Next, the Turkish leader went to the Palace of Independence, where he was met by the Belarusian head of state. In 2016, the heads of state have already met at the summit of Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which was held in Istanbul in April.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan to arrive in Minsk on November 11
Recep Tayyip Erdogan to arrive in Minsk on November 11 Day of big politics in Minsk: on November 11, the head of Turkey will visit Belarus. The two leaders will hold official talks at the Palace of Independence. Mr Alexander Lukashenko and Mr Erdogan will discuss the development of bilateral relations with emphasis on the intensification of trade and economic cooperation. The heads of state will exchange views on issues of regional and international agenda. They are expected to sign a number of bilateral documents.

10.11.2016

Marko Milacic interviewed by Egor Khrustalyov in Beijing Hotel, Minsk
Marko Milačić, Montenegro Neutrality Movement leader: Sovereignty is NATO's enemy The founder and the leader of the Movement for Neutrality of Montenegro, journalist Marko Milačić in the programme Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalyov. Hello, thank you very much for your time and welcome to Belarus. Marko Milačić, journalist, leader of the Movement for Neutrality of Montenegro: Thank you very much, it is also a pleasure for me.

09.11.2016

Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Donald Trump on victory in US elections
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Donald Trump on victory in US elections President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko congratulated Donald Trump on the success in the presidential elections.
Donald Trump elected 45th USA President: what awaits Belarus
Donald Trump elected 45th USA President: what awaits Belarus Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States. Trump won 289 votes against 219 got by Hillary Clinton. By the way, the victory of the Republican leader was predicted in Belarus in the midst of the struggle for a place in the White House. What Belarus should expect from the US choice and how American people made this choice.
President Lukashenko to meet with Recep Tayyip Erdogan November 11
President Lukashenko to meet with Recep Tayyip Erdogan November 11 On November 9, it was announced that formal negotiations of President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be held on November 11. They will take place at the Palace of Independence. The sides will discuss a wide range of issues of bilateral relations with emphasis on the intensification of trade and economic cooperation. The heads of state will exchange views on issues of regional and international agenda. The sides are also expected to sign several bilateral documents.
Donald Trump wins in US presidential election
Donald Trump wins in US presidential election Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States. According to exit polls, the eccentric politician won 289 votes against 218 grabbed by Hillary Clinton. The main Democratic candidate has already called the billionaire and admitted the defeat. However, the former first lady refused to make a public statement, at least today.

08.11.2016

Alexander Lukashenko’s visits to UAE and Qatar: What they have in common with Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko’s visits to UAE and Qatar: What they have in common with Belarus Belarus is being tested by the first snow. However, at first, we will talk about the country where there couldn’t be any snow. The main political news is from this country. The President of Belarus visited the UAE and Qatar. The correspondent Ilona Volynets will tell us about the importance and details of the visit keeping in mind the history and possible consequences. If you say in Russian "giraffe drinking coffee with syrup, solving algebra algorithms," you will almost speak Arabic. Almost all of these words were borrowed from Arabic.

07.11.2016

Joint tractors’ production in Kyrgyzstan and SCO summit: Andrei Kobyakov visits Bishkek
Joint tractor production in Kyrgyzstan and SCO summit: Belarus' premier visits Bishkek Terrorism, natural disasters and infection diseases affect the world’s economic perspectives. That was announced at the summit in Bishkek by representatives of member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). The SCO comprises more than 3 billion people, which is more than half of the population of the Earth. Belarus has a status of observer. Andrei Kobyakov visited the capital of Kyrgyzstan.

06.11.2016

Andrei Kobyakov invites Li Keqiang to Belarus
Andrei Kobyakov invites Li Keqiang to Belarus Minsk and Beijing discuss bilateral economic cooperation. On November 5, in Riga, Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov met with Premier of the State Council of China Li Keqiang. The parties discussed the cooperation in agricultural, industrial and financial sectors and the implementation of large projects. For instance, the China-Belarus Industrial Park can become a pearl of the Silk Road. The majority of the countries participated in the summit are interested in a logistic potential of Belarus.
16+1 summit in Riga: Andrei Kobyakov meets with Li Keqiang and Māris Kučinskis
16+1 summit in Riga: Andrei Kobyakov meets with Li Keqiang and Māris Kučinskis Belarus takes part in the summit of Heads of Government of Central and Eastern Europe and China 16+1 that is held in Riga. Belarus participates in the summit as an observer. Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov arrived in Latvia on a working visit. The format of the meeting is initiated by China for the fifths time. Participants of the summit will discuss the cooperation of countries in spheres of investments, transportation, finance, science, education and culture.

05.11.2016

Belarus officially joins Paris Agreement on Climate
Belarus officially joins Paris Agreement on Climate Belarus will officially join the Paris Agreement on Climate Change on November 4. The document brings together the members of the UN Framework Convention in a pursuit to reduce the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The ratification of the agreement was approved by the decree of the President of Belarus. Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei handed over the document to the UN headquarters in September. The government is sure that participation in the agreement will give impetus to the economic development of Belarus.

03.11.2016

Belarus President finishes main part of working visit to UAE
Belarus President finishes main part of working visit to UAE The main part of the visit of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to the United Arab Emirates has come to an end. On 3 and 4 November, at the invitation of the UAE side, the President is meeting with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. It is expected that on November 5, the President of Belarus will have the final meeting with the leadership of the United Arab Emirates,

02.11.2016

Joint Collegium of Defence Ministries of Belarus and Russia held in Minsk
Joint Collegium of Defence Ministries of Belarus and Russia held in Minsk Russia expresses its gratitude to Belarus for a well-timed humanitarian assistance in Syria. That was an announcement made by Sergei Shoigu at the joint collegium of Defense Ministries.
Belavia expects compensation from Ukraine for plane incident The crew of Belavia acted correctly in the situation with the return of the Belarusian Boeing in Zhulyany airport, director of the aviation department of the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Belarus Vladimir Kostin told media November 2.  In the near future, Belavia expects to receive compensation from the Ukrainian side for the cost of returning to Zhuliany airport.
Armen Martirosyan, the unlucky passenger.
Armen Martirosyan on SBU actions: Nothing was charged with me, absolutely There was no luck with the Belarusian plane leaving the Kiev airport Zhulyany on October 21. Several minutes after the takeoff, the airliner was ordered to make a U-turn and forced to land back in Kiyv under the threat of using fighter jets. As it turned out later, Ukrainian secret forces were mistaken: the search of one of the passangers failed to find anything suspicious about him and the man was released without charge.
Belarus President for new level of political relations with UAE
Belarus President for new level of political relations with UAE Belarus' doors are always open for the United Arab Emirates, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on 1 November meeting with Vice President, Prime Minister and Defense Minister of UAE, Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The main topics of the talks were financial and economic cooperation, investments and strategic projects in logistics and high-tech.

01.11.2016

Ukraine threatened to use military aircraft against Belavia plane
Ukraine threatened to use military aircraft against Belavia plane - recording New details have emerged about the incident with a return of a Belavia airliner about a week ago. On November 1, Belarus published the transcript of the pilot's dialogue with the manager of the Kiev airport Zhulyany. The pilot clarifies the reason and says that he is turning the plane around. Thus, the threat to use military aircraft against Belavia plane in the event of the pilot's non-obedience, which was denied by Ukrainian security services, is obvious.
Belarus' doors always open for UAE: President
Belarus' doors always open for UAE, President says Belarus' doors are always open for the United Arab Emirates, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on 1 November meeting with Vice President, Prime Minister and Defense Minister of UAE, Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The main topics of the Belarus-UAE talks relate to the financial and economic cooperation, investment and strategic projects in logistics and high-tech.
Belarus, UAE discussing promising projects during Alexander Lukashenko's visit
Belarus, UAE discussing promising projects during Alexander Lukashenko's visit On October 31, President Alexander Lukashenko met with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan - one of the key political figures in the country. He is Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. The sides talked over the situation in the world, security as well as current and future joint projects. At stake are tens of millions of dollars. Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:I think if you had a little more rain and snow, you would become multi-rich.

31.10.2016

Belarus willing to strengthen bilateral relations with CEI countries
Belarus willing to strengthen bilateral relations with CEI countries Belarus is willing to strengthen bilateral relations with the countries of the Central European Initiative (CEI).
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on the debate stage.
Presidential elections in USA: Political show with elements of comedy? The main election news today (yesterday and tomorrow) is from the USA. The early voting has already started. The struggle between candidates is a political show with comedy elements. There’s also enough tragedy. The presidential elections have always been staged like this in America. Exactly, staged. It’s not a chaotic line of events. American people are not hiding it and the most intelligent of them are laughing at it. You can watch the comedy Wag the Dog that is 20-year old. There are the same topics and the same maneuvers that campaign managers are using.
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan
Belarus leader meets with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Possible joint projects and investment cooperation between Belarus and the United Arab Emirates were discussed October 31 in the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The President of Belarus met with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.
Qatar is pearl of Persian Gulf: Alexander Lukashenko on official visit to Middle East
Belarus President makes official visit to Qatar, pearl of Persian Gulf The President of Belarus went to the Middle East region. He is going visit two countries, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. That’s the third visit of Alexander Lukashenko to Qatar. It is a country with ancient history.  Even Before the Common Era, inhabitants of this territory were mediating in trade of Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece with India. Thus, they clearly understand economic language. One more important fact is that Qatar is a large oil and gas producer as well as the UAE. And Belarus is interested in it.

30.10.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus prepared to offer projects beneficial for Qatar
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus prepared to offer projects beneficial for Qatar Belarus is prepared to offer projects that are beneficial for Qatar. Alexander Lukashenko announced that during the talks with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani. The Belarus’ President arrived to Qatar for an official visit. The meeting began with the official ceremony with the guard of honor was taking part. Anthems of both countries were performed. The President of Belarus and the Emir of Qatar welcome members of official delegations. Afterwards, they headed to a meeting hall.
Ambassador of Belarus to Qatar: “Belarusian construction materials used as finishing for most luxurious houses”
Ambassador of Belarus to Qatar: “Belarusian construction materials used as finishing for most luxurious houses” The President of Belarus left for Qatar on October 29. During the official visit to Qatar, Alexander Lukashenko will hold talks with the Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.  As a result, the sides are expected to sign several bilateral documents. Belarus plans to participate in projects related to infrastructure that are implemented in Qatar. The construction is going on in the capital of Qatar. Mostly, it’s connected with the Football World Championship in 2022.

29.10.2016

Alexander Lukashenko to visit Qatar on October 29
Alexander Lukashenko to visit Qatar on October 29 The President of Belarus left for Qatar on October 29. During the official visit to Qatar, Alexander Lukashenko will hold talks with the Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.  As a result the sides are expected to sign several bilateral documents. Among them, there is a memorandum about mutual understanding on cooperation of the Ministries of Finance of both countries.
Bilateral cooperation and common projects: Belarus’ President to visit UAE after Qatar
Belarus’ President to visit UAE after Qatar After finishing the official visit to Qatar, the President of Belarus will go to the United Arab Emirates. The development of bilateral cooperation and involvement in common projects will be discussed.
Belarus and Russia work on common visa
Belarus and Russia work on common visa Belarus and Russia are working on the creation of common migration area. That question was discussed during the meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Union State on October 28. Many other issues were raised during the meeting. Grigory Rapota, State Secretary of the Belarus-Russia Union State:We have similar view on key matters. We need to develop our cooperation. This is the most important thing for me.
Chairman of the Executive Committee - CIS Executive Secretary
Chairman of the Executive Committee - CIS Executive Secretary Economy, energy sector and humanitarian cooperation were among the topics discussed during the meeting of the CIS Council of Heads of Government. However, the implementation of the provisions of the Free Trade Area Agreement.
Eurasian Economic Union and CIS: Future of integration associations discussed in Minsk
Eurasian Economic Union and CIS: Future of integration associations discussed in Minsk Minsk became the center of politics. On October 28, Minsk was hosting a meeting of the heads of governmental delegations of the Eurasian Economic Union and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The President of Belarus took part also met with members of the CIS Council of Heads of Government. Minsk has become a capital of integration. The day of politics started with the President’ s meeting with the First Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan, Yaqub Eyyubov. 

28.10.2016

President of Belarus to go to Qatar, Saudi Arabia for visits
President of Belarus to go to Qatar, Saudi Arabia for visits The President of Belarus will go to the Middle East region October 29.  During the official visit to Qatar, Alexander Lukashenko will hold talks with the Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.  As a result the sides are expected to sign several bilateral documents. The President of Belarus will then leave the Qatari capital for a working visit to the United Arab Emirates. Here he plans to hold a series of business meetings. 
Alexander Lukashenko welcomes constitutional changes in Azerbaijan
Alexander Lukashenko welcomes constitutional changes in Azerbaijan Minsk as a platform for peace negotiations was discussed at the meeting of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko with the First Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan, Yaqub Eyyubov.  The Belarusian state leader congratulated him on the outcome of the referendum in Azerbaijan tha amended the Constitution and confirmed the agreement on the meeting with the head of Azerbaijan on 28-29 November.  In the course of the visit, the President plans to discuss the possible solutions to a number of problems that have accumulated in the bilateral relations.
Each new decision in CIS should be based on economic feasibility, Alexander Lukashenko says
Each new decision in CIS should be based on economic feasibility, Alexander Lukashenko says Today Minsk is hosting a meeting of the heads of governmental delegations of the Eurasian Economic Union and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Taking part in the events is also the President of Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko said that each new decision of the CIS countries must be based on economic feasibility. This is one of the key themes of current agenda in the economic downturn, which is felt worldwide, including by integration associations. The latter, according to the Belarus head of the state, must bring real benefits to the peoples.
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Dmitry Medvedev
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Dmitry Medvedev On October 28, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko met with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to discuss the most topical issues of Belarusian-Russian relations and cooperation in integration associations. SEE: Eurasian Intergovernmental Council meeting in Minsk: October 27 discussions
Expert: Eurasian Economic Union and EU have a lot in common
Expert: Eurasian Economic Union and EU have a lot in common New directions for mutually beneficial cooperation were searched October 27 by politicians from Europe and Eurasia, as well as representatives of the United Nations. Accents have placed on economic integration and the development of business contacts. The Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and the European Union have a lot in common, said Deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus Yevgeny Shestakov at the international conference "Minsk dialogue". Yevgeny Shestakov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus:
Eurasian Intergovernmental Council meeting in Minsk: October 27 discussions
Eurasian Intergovernmental Council meeting in Minsk: October 27 discussions Such media interest is not accidental. The Eurasian intergovernmental forum has gathered for the fifth time. Previously it was held in Moscow, Yerevan, Bishkek, Sochi and now Minsk.
Minsk still a platform for peace negotiations, President Lukashenko says
Minsk still a platform for peace negotiations, President Lukashenko says Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Independent States will meet on 28 October at the National Library of Belarus. The session was preceded by the meetings of heads of CIS delegations with the President of Belarus. It is already known that Alexander Lukashenko has met with the Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Yagub Eyyubov. According to the Belarusian leader, Minsk still fulfills its obligations of a peace talks platform aiming to resolve various conflicts.

27.10.2016

Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Turkmenistan on Independence Day
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Turkmenistan on Independence Day Belarus and Turkmenistan will be able to increase the current level of strategic partnership, reads the congratulation of the Head of the Belarusian State Alexander Lukashenko to the Turkmen leader Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow. On October 27, the country celebrates 25 years of independence.

26.10.2016

Belarus stands for economy without barriers, from Lisbon to Vladivostok
Belarus stands for economy without barriers, from Lisbon to Vladivostok Belarus would like to see economy without barriers, from Lisbon to Vladivostok. The interaction of the largest European integration structures can become a significant element of the new system of global relations, said Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei, speaking October 26 at the international conference of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) on sustainable development until 2030.
Economic development and integration in Europe to be discussed October 26 in Minsk
Economic development and integration in Europe to be discussed October 26 in Minsk The topic of economic integration and sustainable development will be discussed in Minsk on October 26. The Belarusian capital will welcome more than 130 guests from the countries participants of the UN European Economic Commission. It includes 56 states. The event will bring together representatives of parliaments, foreign ministries, various integration structures and international organizations. The event is held as part of the initiative "Integration of integrations" proposed by the President of Belarus.
Belarus President says relations with Western Europe vital
Belarus President: Relations with Germany and Western Europe important President of Belarus took a number of personnel decisions on October 25. When appointing new heads of diplomatic missions, Alexander Lukashenko stressed the importance of developing relations with Western Europe. Changes were made to the local vertical of power. Denis Sidorenko has been appointed new Belarusian Ambassador to Germany. This is responsible position given that Germany is one of the main Western partners of the Republic of Belarus. Germany is also the locomotive of the EU economy.

25.10.2016

Alexander Lukashenko meets with Belarus KGB Chairman Valery Vakulchik
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Belarus KGB Chairman Valery Vakulchik On October 25, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko met with Chairman of the State Security Committee. Valery Vakulchik reported to the President on the work of the department in the areas of national security, protection of economic interests, international cooperation, including in the field of counter-terrorism activities. The officials also discussed the current situation in Belarus and the issues that are under the President's control.
President Lukashenko promises support for creation of Polish enterprises in Belarus
President Lukashenko promises support for creation of Polish enterprises in Belarus New points of growth in trade turnover between Belarus and Poland were discussed at the meeting between President Alexander Lukashenko with Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers and the Minister of Development and Finance of Poland. In addition, Poland can become Belarus' "guide" to the WTO and assist in promotion of electricity from the Ostrovets NPP in the European Union. At a joint business forum, the sides voiced an intention to raise the turnover to $4 billion.

24.10.2016

Namibia foreign minister visiting Belarus
Namibia foreign minister visiting Belarus Belarus is ready to cooperate with Namibia. This republic is located in the south-west of the African continent. To visit it, Belarusians do not need a visa. Diplomatic relations between the countries were established 15 years ago. The Foreign Minister of Namibia arrived in Minsk on October 24. Now the sides are working on the formation of a full-fledged legal basis of the bilateral relations.

22.10.2016

Ukraine’s Security Service: Belavia’s aircraft was returned to ensure absence of threat to national security
Ukraine’s Security Service: Belavia’s aircraft was returned to ensure absence of threat to national security The Foreign Ministry of Belarus demands an apology for the forced returning of the Belavia’s plane. The diplomatic office of Belarus handed over a protest note to Charge d'Affaires of Ukraine in Belarus Valery Dzhigun for the actions of the competent authorities of Ukraine on the forced return of the Belarusian aircraft.
Belarus’ Foreign Ministry demands apology from Ukraine for forced return of Belavia’s plane
Belarus’ Foreign Ministry demands apology from Ukraine for forced return of Belavia’s plane The Foreign Ministry of Belarus demands an apology for the forced return of the Belavia’s plane. The diplomatic office of Belarus handed over a protest note to Charge d'Affaires of Ukraine in Belarus Valery Dzhigun for the actions of the competent authorities of Ukraine on the forced return of the Belarusian aircraft. The Belarusian aircraft was flying from Kiev to Minsk. When there was 50 kilometers left till the Belarusian air space, the aircraft was forced to return to the airport in Kiev on demand of the Security Service of Ukraine.

21.10.2016

Belarus to settle gas debt with Russia October 21
Belarus to settle gas debt with Russia October 21 Belarus will transfer funds to repay the underpayment for Russian gas on October 21, said Minister of Energy of Belarus Vladimir Potupchik. To this day the amount is $281 million. At the moment, the price of Russian gas for Belarus' gas suppliers is $132 per 1,000 m2. Belarus underpaid for Russian gas in 2016 considering the contract price unfair. Belarus argued that world prices for natural gas have decreased significantly with the fall of oil prices.
Innovations plus integration: Belarus, Russia developing cooperation in military-technical sphere
Innovations plus integration: Belarus, Russia developing cooperation in military-technical sphere Belarus and Russia will continue to develop military-technical cooperation focusing on modernization and innovations. The corresponding document was approved on October 20 by an intergovernmental commission.

20.10.2016

Foreign Ministry: Belarus welcomes any progress in resolution of Ukraine crisis
Foreign Ministry: Belarus welcomes any progress in resolution of Ukraine crisis Belarus welcomes any progress, contributing to end the bloodshed in eastern Ukraine. Such a statement was made by the Foreign Ministry of Belarus. This is a reaction to the talks in Berlin of the Normandy Four leaders. Their main achievement was the agreement to budge the stalled process of implementation of the Minsk agreements.
Normandy Four talks finish in Berlin, OCSE mission to be expanded
Normandy Four talks finish in Berlin, OCSE mission to be expanded The Minsk road map and the extension of the OSCE mission are the main results of nearly five-hour talks in the Normandy Four format in Berlin. They ended the day before late at night. According to experts, it seems that the sides have managed to budge the stalled process of implementation of the Minsk agreements to resolve the situation in the east of Ukraine. The current meeting of the leaders of Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France was the fourth in a row.
Normandy Four meeting starts in Berlin October 19
Normandy Four meeting starts in Berlin October 19 The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany (the Normandy Four) gathered in Berlin October 19. The parties plan to check whether they are on the same page on the further settlement of the crisis in south-east Ukraine. The most important issues are the situation in the Donbass and the implementation of the Minsk agreements, which are at an impasse. The participants continue to recognize the need for compliance with these agreements, however, they interpret the agreement differently.

19.10.2016

Parliamentary reboot: First working day of new MPs
Parliamentary reboot: First working day of new MPs The 6th convocation of the Parliament got down to work. MPs have chosen their speakers. Marianna Shchetkina became the deputy. In general, this time there are a lot of women in the Oval Hall. The age of the 6th convocation has also reduced. The main goal of the 6th convocation is to improve the present legal framework. Lyudmila Makarina-Kibak, one of the MPs, is a doctor who saved a lot of patients, and voters chose her.
CSTO Summit in Yerevan: results of Presidents’ talks
CSTO Summit in Yerevan: results of Presidents’ talks The CSTO was established to ensure the security. However, the alliance was created long time before the events that took place in Syria, the Middle East or Ukraine. Today, it is necessary to strengthen the security of the countries. The ways to do that were discussed during the summit that was held in Yerevan. The Presidents of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan participated in the summit.
President of Belarus inspects army officers' training
President of Belarus inspects army officers' training The system of military training in Belarus should be improved and more teachers with practical experience should be attracted. This assignment was given by President Alexander Lukashenko who met with the leadership of the Belarusian Armed Forces. The President visited the training site Obuz-Lesnovsky October 19.
Belarus needs to improve military training system
Belarus needs to improve military training system, President Lukashenko says It is necessary to improve the military training system in Belarus. This assignment was given by President Alexander Lukashenko who met with the leadership of the Belarusian Armed Forces. Officers of the Belarusian army are training near Baranovichi October 19. Professional and job training, the ability to lead your comrades in the fight and to hit the target perfectly, drive tanks and show excellent physical preparation. At the same time, it is important that an officer can teach his subordinates, the President stressed.
Belarus President to check training of military officers
Belarus President to check training of military officers Checkup of the level of training of Belarusian officers will take place at Baranovichi on 19 October. Taking part in the activities will be the President of Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko will visit the control room of the Ministry of Defense, where he will hear reports on how training of officers in the Armed Forces is organized. Officers will show their skills at the so-called Field Academy. This is how the 230th Obuz-Lesnaya Training Ground is widely known. At more than 10 acres of woodland you can

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