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27.06.2016

Parliamentary delegation of Thailand on a visit to Minsk
Parliamentary delegation of Thailand on a visit to Minsk Cooperation in the field of politics, economy and investment has been discussed during the visit of the parliamentary delegation of Thailand is visiting our country. Talks on the eve were held at the regional level. In Vitebsk, they visited a number of enterprises. The arrival of the Thai MPs in Belarus will contribute to the development of the bilateral relations.

26.06.2016

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

23.06.2016

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

22.06.2016

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

20.06.2016

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

19.06.2016

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

16.06.2016

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

15.06.2016

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

13.06.2016

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

12.06.2016

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

09.06.2016

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

08.06.2016

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

07.06.2016

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

06.06.2016

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

05.06.2016

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

02.06.2016

Experts analyze EEU summit in Astana
Experts analyze EEU summit in Astana The EEU summit, held in Astana on May 31, is being analyzed by experts and politicians. The Presidents of Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia expressed their opinions on the future of Eurasian integration. Two years ago, in Astana, three presidents (Belarusian, Kazakh and Russian) signed a treaty establishing the EEU. After 24 months, Integration is growing and partners of dozens of countries are interested in expanding cooperation with this entity.
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Italy President Sergio Mattarella on Republic Day
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Italy President Sergio Mattarella on Republic Day Italy's Republic Day is celebrated on June 2. Alexander Lukashenko congratulated President of the Italian Republic on the national holiday on behalf of the Belarusian people and himself. Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:Cooperation between the two countries must continue to expand and strengthen in all spheres. Together, you can make full use of the existing potential of the bilateral relations.

01.06.2016

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

31.05.2016

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

30.05.2016

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

29.05.2016

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

28.05.2016

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

26.05.2016

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

24.05.2016

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

23.05.2016

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

22.05.2016

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

20.05.2016

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

19.05.2016

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

17.05.2016

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

16.05.2016

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

15.05.2016

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

13.05.2016

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

12.05.2016

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

08.05.2016

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

05.05.2016

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

03.05.2016

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

01.05.2016

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

28.04.2016

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

27.04.2016

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

26.04.2016

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

24.04.2016

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

23.04.2016

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

21.04.2016

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

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