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19.08.2016

Lidia Yermoshina
Lidia Yermoshina's opinion on future Belarus' Parliament Chairwoman of the Central Elections Commission of Belarus Lidia Yermoshina has given an interview to the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalyov. In the media, we’ve seen a lot of heated discussions and even fights in other parliaments, and in comparison with those, the Parliament of Belarus seems to be too calm. Earlier, you said that a parliament is a place for discussions, as truth is sprout in discussion. In your opinion, will be the following parliament more open for debates?
Belarusian Embassy in Ankara recommends Belarusians to refrain from trips to Turkey
Belarusian Embassy in Ankara recommends Belarusians to refrain from trips to Turkey Belarus' embassy in Ankara has recommended Belarusian citizens not to travel to south-east Turkey. This is due to the recent terrorist attacks near the border with Syria. There were three explosions in which 13 people died. Another 300 injured were taken to hospital. Because of these events the country has increased the level of terrorist threat. Police presence in streets has increased. Vehicles will be examined with special predilection. After all, terrorists hid bombs in cars.
Lidia Yermoshina: OSCE recommendations to Belarus contradict each other
Lidia Yermoshina: OSCE recommendations to Belarus contradict each other Chairwoman of the Central Elections Commission of Belarus Lidia Yermoshina has given an interview to the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalyov. Welcome to Simple Questions. Today, at the hotel "Beijing" we have the honor to speak with the chairwoman of the Central Election Commission, Lidia Yermoshina. Mrs Yermoshina, good evening. You have recently had lots of serious conversations with foreign observers. What would you call a difficult conversation? Maybe these were talks with the mission of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe?

18.08.2016

Alexander Lukashenko holds talks with Meng Jianzhu
Alexander Lukashenko holds talks with Meng Jianzhu Technological and investment cooperation should become the main engine of trade relations between Belarus and China. The sides pin hopes also on regional ties, said Alexander Lukashenko meeting with a member of the Politburo, Secretary of Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission of the Chinese Communist Party.
Belarusian army puts into service Protivnik radar system
Belarusian army puts into service new Protivnik radar system Belarusian military are now armed with the latest radar system. The complex Protivnik [eng: Enemy] is equipped with modern computer technology, which allows simultaneously tracking 200 targets at altitudes of up to 150 kilometers.  The limiting range of the three-axis locator is 450 kilometers.  It is able to carry out combat duty tasks anywhere in Belarus. Among its main advantages is its mobility. To deploy it the crew needs about 30 minutes. Just to compare, its predecessors were much slower and took 19 hours to deploy. 

17.08.2016

Candidates for House of Representatives continue election campaigns under OSCE supervision
Candidates for House of Representatives continue election campaigns under OSCE supervision Less than a month remains until the main political event of the year in Belarus. The parliamentary election campaign still continues. Meanwhile, the number of the international observers who have arrived to Belarus is growing. The group of representatives of the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly begins their work. They met with the chairwoman of the Central Election Commission (CEC) Lidiya Yermoshina. The core group of observers of the OSCE mission had a meeting with the Minsk Executive Committee administration.
OSCE mission meets with Minsk mayor
OSCE mission meets with Minsk mayor ahead of Belarus parliamentary elections The parliamentary election campaign remains the main political topic these days in Belarus. In addition to the core group of observers from the OSCE, which includes 10 people, working in Belarus are 20 more groups, each including two representatives. They are monitoring the election campaign across the country. On August 17 the mission met with Minsk mayor Andrei Shorets. One observer group visited the CTV Channel's office as part of the monitoring. The CTV channel provides candidates from Minsk region airtime for speeches.
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Indonesia on Independence Day
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Indonesia on Independence Day Indonesia celebrates Independence Day today. Alexander Lukashenko congratulated the Indonesian president on the national holiday on behalf of the Belarusian people and himself. Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President: The high level of political dialogue, the development of trade relations between our countries are a solid foundation for the expansion of mutually beneficial cooperation in all the fields.

16.08.2016

CSTO joint exercise Interaction 2016 starts in Pskov region
CSTO joint exercise Interaction 2016 starts in Russia's Pskov region Military units of the Organization of the Collective Security Treaty (CSTO) have arrived in the Pskov region of Russia to take part in the joint military exercise Interaction 2016. Involved in the drills are national contingents of the Armed Forces of Belarus, Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. All in all, about 6,000 troops and up to 1,000 military vehicles will partake.
Belarus' election commission: "It is very simple to get nominated if you are party member"
Belarus' election commission: "It is very simple to get nominated if you are party member" Televised debates of Belarus' parliamentary candidates for all constituencies will be held in Minsk, Vitebsk and Mogilev regions, said August 16 Central Election Commission head Lidia Yermoshina. The CEC chairwoman told journalists about details of the progress of parliamentary campaign. In particular, she said that less than half of the candidates opened personal accounts. Given the specifics of the electoral code in Belarus, candidates for parliamentary seats try not to miss a chance to appeal to the target audience.

15.08.2016

Lidia Yermoshina on competition in Belarus' parliament and international observers
Lidia Yermoshina on competition in Belarus' parliament and international observers The current parliamentary campaign in Belarus was much more popular than the past one. There are more candidates than in 2012. Increased attention to the elections is evident in statements of foreign observers. They are already actively watching everything that is happening and certainly taking notes. The TV program Week met with head of the Central Election Commission Lidia Yermoshina.
OSCE's Kent Härstedt meets with Belarusian MPs
OSCE's Kent Härstedt meets with Belarusian MPs Belarus will do everything necessary to carry out at a decent level the summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, which is due to be held in Minsk in July 2017, said chairman of the House of Representatives Vladimir Andreichenko, who met with the special coordinator of the OSCE at the 2016 parliamentary elections in Belarus. 
Fidel Castro turns 90, gets congratulations from Belarus
Fidel Castro turns 90, receives congratulations from Belarus He is called a blacksmith of history. On August 13, the former chairman of the Council of State and Ministers of Cuba, Cuban Revolution leader Fidel Castro marked 90th birthday. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko congratulated the Cuban on behalf of the Belarusian people and personally. The Head of State stressed that the selfless work of Fidel Castro Ruz to protect the ideals and achievements of the Cuban Revolution was the guarantee of independence, stability and sustainable development of the Cuban state.
Deputy head of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly arrives in Minsk prior to parliamentary elections
Deputy head of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly arrives in Minsk prior to parliamentary elections Deputy chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Kent Härstedt has arrived in Minsk in order to discuss issues of international monitoring of the forthcoming parliamentary election campaign.  He is the special coordinator of the OSCE at the parliamentary vote in Belarus. Today, he will meet with heads of the Council of the Republic and the House of Representatives of the National Assembly. Earlier it was reported that the delegation of OSCE observers will include at least 31 parliamentarians from 13 countries.

12.08.2016

521 people running for 110 seats in Belarus parliament
521 people running for 110 seats in Belarus parliament The election campaign in Belarus has entered the active phase. August 12 the Central Election Commission published the list of all registered candidates for the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of Belarus' parliament. To view them, please visit the Commission's website.
Registration of candidates completes at Belarus parliamentary elections 2016
Registration of candidates completes at Belarus parliamentary elections 2016 The Central Election Commission has completed the registration of candidates at the parliamentary elections 2016 in Belarus. District election commissions across the country summed up the results of this stage of the election campaign. The exact number of registered candidates will be known on August 12. Then campaigning will start.

11.08.2016

OSCE ODIHR long-term observers begin work at Belarus parliamentary elections August 11
OSCE ODIHR long-term observers begin work at Belarus parliamentary elections August 11 On August 11, as planned, the long-term observers from the OSCE ODIHR will start their work in Belarus.  Observers - 38 experts from 13 countries - will work in groups of two in different regions during the 2016 parliamentary elections. In addition, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe will invite 400 short-term observers to monitor the electoral process on election day, 11 September. 

10.08.2016

CTV channel to broadcast parliamentary candidates speeches from August 15
CTV channel to broadcast parliamentary candidates speeches from August 15 Candidates for the House of Representatives (the lower chamber of the Belarus parliament) have begun to submit their programs to state media. They will be published on the pages of both regional and national newspapers as they become available. Registration of candidates will continue until August 11 inclusive. Having received a go-ahead from a district election commission, one can immediately start campaigning. The candidate can resort to help from trustees.
Belarus congratulates Ecuador on Independence Day August 10
Belarus congratulates Ecuador on Independence Day August 10 On August 10, anthems of Ecuador and Belarus sounded in the park named after Simon Bolivar. Wreaths were laid at the memorial stone on the occasion of Independence Day of the Latin American country. Taking part in the ceremony to celebrate the 207th anniversary of the independence of Ecuador in Minsk were representatives of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry, the diplomatic corps, the military as well as ordinary Belarusians. Despite the distance of almost 11,000 kilometers, the two countries have maintained close political and economic ties. 

09.08.2016

Parliamentary election competition in Minsk 6 people per seat
Parliamentary election competition in Minsk 6 people per seat District election commissions are completing the verification of documents received from those wishing to run for Belarus parliament. In Minsk, there are 131 potential candidates. This is the largest number of nominees across the country. At the moment, the average competition for the 110-seat lower chamber of parliament is about 6 people per seat. However, after the registration process, this number may change.  Not everyone will be allowed to take part.
Gisela Wurm, head of the PACE pre-mission: "I am impressed by your hospitality"
Gisela Wurm, head of the PACE pre-mission: "I am impressed by Belarus' hospitality" Belarus is expecting an objective assessment of the 2016 parliamentary elections from the international community. This was stated during the August 9 meeting between Belarusian parliamentarians and the preliminary mission of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). This visit will last 4 days.
PACE preliminary mission arrives in Belarus prior to parliamentary election
PACE preliminary mission arrives in Belarus prior to parliamentary election A preliminary PACE election observation mission has arrived in Belarus. The visit will last 4 days. It is assumed that during this time the parliamentarians will hold a series of meetings with Belarusian colleagues, as well as with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Central Election Commission. In addition, vice-chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will visit Belarus already on 13 August.

08.08.2016

PACE pre-election observation mission to visit Belarus from 8 to 11 August
PACE pre-election observation mission to visit Belarus from 8 to 11 August A PACE pre-election observation mission will visit Belarus from 8 to 11 August, a month before the parliamentary elections 2016. Besides, deputy chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will visit Belarus 13 August. More than 230 foreign observers have already been accredited for the monitoring of the parliamentary elections. These are nearly 200 people from the CIS mission and at least 50 from the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.

05.08.2016

Observer missions inspect district commissions during 2016 Belarus parliamentary election
OSCE pleased with cooperation with Belarus during 2016 parliamentary elections The CIS observer mission needs to develop common approaches for the assessment of the parliamentary elections together with colleagues from OSCE ODIHR. This opinion was expressed by Head of Mission of the Commonwealth observers Sergey Lebedev who visited district election commissions August 5.   
Over 230 foreign observers accredited for parliamentary elections in Belarus
Over 230 foreign observers accredited for parliamentary elections in Belarus More than 230 foreign observers have been accredited to monitor the parliamentary elections in Belarus. As we approach the date of the vote their number will increase. According to the latest data, more than 180 observers from the CIS mission have been accredited. 50 representatives of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights have also been registered.
Belarus President on 2016 parliamentary elections during trip to Vitebsk region
Belarus President on 2016 parliamentary elections during trip to Vitebsk region Alexander Lukashenko is making a working trip to the Vitebsk region today. The Head of State answered questions of journalists.  In particular, representatives of the media asked about the incident that occurred at the construction site of the nuclear power plant in Ostrovets.

04.08.2016

President Lukashenko comments on Ostrovets NPP incident
President Lukashenko comments on Ostrovets NPP incident Alexander Lukashenko is making a working trip to the Vitebsk region today. The Head of State answered questions of journalists.  In particular, representatives of the media asked about the incident that occurred at the construction site of the nuclear power plant in Ostrovets.
Belarus parliamentary election: the district commissions checking documents of potential candidates
Belarus parliamentary election: the district commissions checking documents of potential candidates The parliamentary election marathon in Belarus continues. These days, district commissions are checking documents submitted by potential candidates. Particular attention is paid to income statements, personal data and signature lists. The commissions will first of all remove signatures crossed out by the potential candidate himself. Then they will drop out signatures collected in another constituency and after that count them. The candidate must have at least 1,000 signatures.

03.08.2016

630 people willing to run for lower chamber of Belarus parliament
630 people willing to run for lower chamber of Belarus parliament 630 people are willing to run for the lower chamber of the Belarus parliament, the House of Representatives. This figure was voiced on August 3 by the Central Election Commission (CEC). This is 130 more than four years ago. In Minsk, there are 131 potential candidates, which is a record high number. In a number of oblasts, this number is from 80 to 90 people. All in all, election commissions received 765 sets of documents.
Nikolai Lozovik: Average competition for one parliamentary seat is 4-6 people
Competition for one parliamentary seat in Belarus may be 4-6 people The Central Election Commission on August 3 will hold a meeting on the election of deputies of the 6th convocation. The main topic is the creation of an information center for foreign journalists and observers, which is expected to be organized at the Palace of the Republic.
Polish Sejm delegation arrives in Minsk
Polish Sejm delegation arrives in Minsk A delegation of the Polish Sejm is on a visit in Minsk these days. This country is one of Belarus' main trading partners in Europe. Last year, trade totaled almost $2 billion, with about 200 million of investment attracted to the economy of Belarus. At a meeting with the Polish delegation in the House of Representatives of the National Assembly, a proposal was made to strengthen inter-parliamentary relations and continue cooperation in various fields.

02.08.2016

Registration of candidates at Belarus parliamentary elections from 2 to 11 August
Registration of candidates at Belarus parliamentary elections from 2 to 11 August Belarus begins the next stage of the parliamentary election campaign. From 2 to 11 August, candidates for seats in the House of Representatives, the lower chamber, will be registered. The total number of potential candidates for the 110 seats has exceeded 650 people, said Secretary General of the Central Election Committee of Belarus Nikolai Lozovik. 
Did IISEPS actually conduct sociological research in Belarus?
Did IISEPS actually conduct sociological research in Belarus? The Independent Institute of Socio-Economic and Political Studies (IISEPS) turned out to be a major business structure engaged in fraud. This fact was confirmed by the head of the Institute's regional network in Belarus Evgeny Kovalev. Thus, numerous rankings and surveys conducted by the Institute cannot be considered fair. But the problem is that it is these very figures that foreign politicians, diplomats and journalists refer to.

01.08.2016

350 people running for 110 seats at 2016 Belarus parliamentary election
350 people running for 110 seats at 2016 Belarus parliamentary election Belarus is completing another stage of the parliamentary campaign. August 1 is the last day when those who wish to become candidates can apply. Competition for the lower house of parliament, which has 110 seats, is more than 3 people per one seat.  There are over 350 candidates for now but the more accurate information will appear by the end of August 1. The next stage of the electoral marathon will be the registration of candidates. It will last until 11 August.
Central Election Commission of Belarus press conference
Women account for 70% in precinct election commissions More than two candidates are going to compete for one deputy seat in the House of Representatives of Belarus this autumn. Head of the Central Election Commission Lidia Yermoshina has named preliminary statistical data during the 2016 parliamentary election. The commissions have received documents from 263 potential candidates. However, the CEC did not rule out that the number of candidates can increase. There is still time to collect the required number of signatures.
Are Belarus borders well-protected? TV program Week's experiment
Are Belarus' borders well-protected? TV program Week's experiment This week, the Belarus President discussed Belarusian border security. Security checkups were held across the country's borders. It is not an easy job to protect more than 3,500 kilometers. The state spends a lot of money on this. Criminals constantly learn new technical tricks. Therefore, improvement and development of the border system is a process that requires persistence. Sudden inspections began again this week. The correspondent of the program Week on the CTV channel decided to see the work of border services with their own eyes.
Belarus taking part in tank biathlon at International Military Games 2016
Belarus taking part in tank biathlon at International Military Games 2016 Belarusian military are taking part in the Tank Biathlon event at the second International Military Games in Russia and Kazakhstan. Our compatriots are performing in combat vehicles produced in Belarus. They will have to compete with teams from 20 countries. All in all, the informal military Olympics involve 3,000 soldiers. Belarusian teams will demonstrate their skills in eight events.

29.07.2016

Lidia Yermoshina, Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission of Belarus
At least two to compete for each parliamentary seat in Belarus in 2016 193 international observers will monitor the 2016 parliamentary campaign in Belarus. Among them is the mission of the OSCE ODIHR, CIS observers and PACE, said head of the Central Election Commission Lidia Yermoshina. On August 1, another stage of the electoral marathon - the nomination of candidates for the House of Representatives - will complete. More than two people will compete for a seat in the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the parliament.

27.07.2016

Belarus choosing members of precinct commissions ahead of parliamentary elections
Belarus choosing members of precinct commissions ahead of parliamentary elections Belarus has completed another stage of the parliamentary election campaign. Today, July 27, all bidders for work in precinct commissions became known. It is these very people who will be engaged in drawing up voter lists, prepare polling station and then count votes and determine the results. And yet, within three days, the precinct election commissions should elect heads and approve nearest-term plans. Today, executive committees and local administrations had to finalize the composition of election commissions. Each candidate was interviewed personally.
Parliamentary elections in Belarus: 1,023 precinct election commissions to work in Minsk region
Parliamentary elections in Belarus: 1,023 precinct election commissions to work in Minsk region The Minsk region is completing the formation of precinct election commissions. Their total number in the central region is 1,023. Over 11,000 applications to participate in the work of election commissions have come. Among the candidates are representatives of labor collectives, political parties and public associations. Each nominee is considered personally. In the next few days, organizational meetings will be held which will elect the chairmen of committees and their deputies, as well as develop a work schedule.
Belarus' new Military Doctrine comes into force
Belarus' new Military Doctrine comes into force The new Military Doctrine of Belarus came into force July 26. The document is based on the analysis and results of the expert assessment of the military-political situation in Belarus and around the world. There is now a new classification of armed conflicts in the document. It also describes the conditions under which an armed confrontation within the country may occur. The doctrine takes into account such forms of hidden threats as hybrid warfare and color revolutions. 
President dissatisfied with work of Belarus State Border Committee
President dissatisfied with work of Belarus State Border Committee The State Border Committee of Belarus should and will work better. On July 26 the President of Belarus, summing up a sudden inspection of border authorities of the country, expressed his dissatisfaction with the state of individual areas. This was the subject of discussion at a meeting with the head of state. Alexander Lukashenko earlier instructed the top management of the Committee to evaluate the work of their institution. The checkup revealed weaknesses in the protection of the state border.

26.07.2016

Belarus President wants better operation from border committee
Belarus President wants better operation from border committee The State Border Committee of Belarus should and will work better. On July 26 the President of Belarus, summing up a sudden inspection of border authorities of the country, expressed his dissatisfaction with the state of individual areas. This was the subject of discussion at a meeting with the head of state. Alexander Lukashenko earlier instructed the top management of the Committee to evaluate the work of their institution. The checkup revealed weaknesses in the protection of the state border.
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Cuba on Day of National Rebellion
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Cuba on Day of National Rebellion July 26, Cuba celebrates the Day of National Rebellion. On behalf of the Belarusian people and personally, President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, congratulated Chairman of the State Council and the Council of Ministers of Cuba Raul Castro Ruz on the Day of National Rebellion.

22.07.2016

Belarusian peacekeepers conduct tactical exercises near Vitebsk
Belarusian peacekeepers conduct tactical exercises near Vitebsk Tactical peacekeeping exercises were held near Vitebsk. Soldiers trained in creating buffer zones, separation of conditional conflicting parties as well as escort of humanitarian convoys. Each training of Belarusian peacekeepers has its own scenario based on real international practice. According to the present drills, a contingent of blue helmets is called to stabilize the situation in the conflict zone between the two countries.

21.07.2016

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

20.07.2016

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

19.07.2016

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

18.07.2016

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

15.07.2016

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

14.07.2016

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

13.07.2016

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

12.07.2016

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

11.07.2016

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

08.07.2016

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

07.07.2016

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

06.07.2016

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

05.07.2016

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

04.07.2016

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

03.07.2016

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

30.06.2016

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

29.06.2016

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

28.06.2016

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

27.06.2016

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

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