Belarus hopes for new stage in relations with USA
Discussions on Belarus' accession to the WTO again become more relevant after the removal of Western sanctions. Belarus has been negotiating about joining the World Trade Organization for more than 20 years. These talks decay and are then re-animated depending on the economic and political situation.
Belarus urges Armenia, Azerbaijan not to escalate Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko urged the parties to the Karabakh conflict to begin a dialogue. This topic was discussed during a telephone conversation with President of Belarus leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia Ilham Aliyev and Serzh Sargsyan, reports the press service of the President of Belarus.
In the evening, on April 2, Alexander Lukashenko and Serzh Sargsyan in a telephone conversation discussed in detail the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Vladimir Putin on Day of Peoples' Unity
Belarus and Russia are celebrating the Day of Unity of the Peoples. 20 years ago in Moscow, Alexander Lukashenko and Boris Yeltsin signed the treaty establishing the Community of Belarus and Russia. During this time, the name of the integration association has changed, but not its significance.
Belarus parliament to review new military doctrine April 4
The new military doctrine will be considered during the spring session of the House of Representatives, which will open on 4 April. The need to make changes to a document is due primarily to the tense situation in the world.
The parliament is also considering other legal acts related to security. In particular, changes may be introduced to documents relating to the fight against terrorism.
Alexander Lukashenko: USA vital for balancing Ukraine crisis
Positive elements in the relations between Belarus and the United States will mark their new stage, said President Alexander Lukashenko meeting on March 30 with U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Michael Carpenter. The sides discussed Belarus' position on military matters and the bilateral dialogue.
During the meeting they touched upon regional security issues. In particular, the conflict in Ukraine. Belarus' President noted that it is impossible to balance the situation there without the United States.
Brussels terrorist attacks: how did it happen and is Belarus in danger?
Last week (March 22, 2016) Europe was once again under the threat of terrorism. Several bombs went off in Brussels, leaving more than 30 people dead and about three hundred injured. A family from Belarus was at the Brussels airport, when the bombs blasted. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the terrorist act.
Charles Michel, the Prime Minister of Belgium: Indistinct, abominable and deathly acts of terrorism have taken place in Belgium.
Three explosions and more than 30 people dead.
Alexander Lukashenko counting on Parliament's higher professionalism
The President of Belarus is counting on continued growth of professionalism of Parliament. The Head of State noted this meeting with chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly Vladimir Andreichenko.
The two discussed the forthcoming parliamentary election campaign, due in late summer or early autumn. The President believes it is necessary to strengthen the work with people and provide additional assistance to local authorities in solving the regional problems.
Will Belarus be affected by terrorist attacks in Belgium?
Should Belarus take special measures in connection with the recent attacks in Paris, Belgium, Turkey and other countries? Let's talk about this with our guests. Today in our studio are press-secretary of the State Border Committee of Belarus Alexander Tishchenko and KGB reserve Major General, now poet Ivan Yurkin.
Ecuador parliamentary delegation arrives in Belarus
A parliamentary delegation of Ecuador is on an official visit to Belarus. One of the main topics of discussion will be cooperation in the framework of international organizations, in particular the Latin American Parliament.
The sides will talk over trade-economic and humanitarian cooperation, as well as the expansion of the legal framework.
The parties intend to sign an inter-parliamentary cooperation agreement.
2016 Belarus parliamentary elections due no later than 11 September
The Central Election Commission of Belarus has voiced a timeframe for the elections in the House of Representatives and the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the sixth convocation.
According to the electoral law, elections to the House of Representatives are appointed by the head of state no later than four months and shall be held no later than 30 days before the expiry of the term of the current Parliament.
Belarusian President, Georgia PM discuss prospects of business relations
Another guest of the week is the Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili. He became head of the Georgian government in late 2015. But because his political outlook is similar to his predecessors, starting with the billionaire Ivanishvili, who actually ousted Mikheil Saakashvili, Kvirikashvili, as a member of the same party, will continue the policy of cooperation with Belarus. Olga Petrashevskaya has more on this topic.
Review of official visits to Belarus March 21-25: Witold Waszczykowski, Tamas Ajan, Tigran Sargsyan and Giorgi Kvirikashvili
The visit to Belarus of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland and his meeting with President Lukashenko drew much attention this week. In recent years, relations between Belarus and Poland have repeatedly been characterized by tension. Conflicts were connected with the Union of Poles, Cards of the Pole and incidents with Catholic priests. But comparable to the conflicting relations between Moscow and Warsaw, yet Belarus and Poland are better neighbors. One cannot get away from it. As President Lukashenko likes saying: "we do not choose neighbors because neighbors are given to us
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Slovenia Foreign Minister
Belarus is ready for closer cooperation with Slovenia. And to this end, major joint projects could be of help, said President Alexander Lukashenko meeting with Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia. The sides focused on the prospects of bilateral relations. A large delegation of representatives of Slovenian business circles visited Belarus.
Belarus is open for Slovenian businessmen and investors. But for now it is too early to talk about the stability of the bilateral economic relations.
Israeli Embassy in Minsk to continue to work as usual
The Israeli Embassy in Minsk will continue to work normally. The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed on this the Belarusian side via an official note.
As noted in the Belarusian Foreign Ministry, this step is the basis for a return to the topic of diplomatic presence of Belarus in Israel.
Earlier Israel decided to close the embassy in Belarus for economic reasons. Belarus, as is done in diplomatic practice, was ready to make a reciprocal step.
Belarus MPs building political dialogue with Czech Republic
Belarus and the Czech Republic are building political dialogue. The next step is the strengthening of parliamentary cooperation. These days Prague is receiving a delegation of Belarusian MPs.
They have already held a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the level of Deputy Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus and Poland can play a significant role in Europe
Belarus is ready for close cooperation with Poland, stressed today President Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with Foreign Minister of that country. The foreign minister is now in Minsk on a visit.
Witold Waszczykowski has been in office since November 2015. But his diplomatic service began in the late 90s. In his career, the diplomat occupied the post of deputy foreign minister and deputy director of the National Security Bureau of Poland.
Poland ready to reduce the cost of visas for Belarusians
Poland is ready to reduce the cost of visas for Belarusians. This issue was discussed by heads of the foreign affairs agencies of the two countries.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland is now on a visit to Minsk. It is planned that the simplification of the visa regime will contribute to the development of relations at the regional level, strengthen mutually beneficial economic and humanitarian ties. The sides also focused on the modernization of border infrastructure.
CIS notes transparency during Kazakhstan parliamentary election
The preliminary results of the early parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan have been announced. With a huge margin leads the ruling party Nur Otan, headed by President Nursultan Nazarbayev. It polled more than 82%.
Also in the lower house of the parliament will be the Democratic and the Communist parties, who have approximately 7% of the vote.
The elections were held at a record turnout - it exceeded 77%. The voting process was monitored by about 800 foreign observers. The official results will be declared in about 6 days.
Belarus Communist Party holds congress, voices need for unity of patriotic forces
The Communist Party of Belarus is ready to become an interactive platform for the discussion of topical issues of the state and the society, said participants of the March 19 congress of the Communist Party of Belarus.
The discussions involved 115 delegates. These were party activists of all areas of the country, Communist deputies of the Belarusian Parliament and representatives of local executive authorities.
Parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan: turnout already over 60%
Kazakhstan is choosing its MPs. The voting began at 7 am.Nearly 10,000 polling stations opened, at which more than 9 million people can vote.
Observers note high voter turnout. As of 14 pm local time more than 60 percent of the population of Kazakhstan had voted.
Dialogue between authorities and society possible through political parties, NGOs
Belarusian public associations and parties should become one of the key elements in the development of dialogue between the authorities and society, said deputy head of the Presidential Administration of Belarus Igor Buzovsky March 17 at a meeting with NGOs and parties.
They should become an effective platform for public dialogue, performing the role of centers for the development of constructive suggestions on the most pressing issues of socio-economic development of the country. They are the kind of mouthpieces of public opinion.
Honorary Consulate of Mexico in Belarus opens in Minsk March 17
The Honorary Consulate of Mexico in Belarus opened in Minsk March 17. Both sides are convinced this will contribute to the expansion of political and economic dialogue between the two countries.
Today Belarus exports to Mexico potash fertilizers, metal products and tires, and buys fruit, coffee and electronic equipment. And, as was noted at the meeting, the joint capacity of the countries does not end here.
Belarus welcomes Israeli decision to keep embassy in Minsk
The Belarusian Foreign Ministry considers logical the decision of the Israeli leadership to keep embassies in Minsk, reads the official website of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Now, in accordance with diplomatic practice, Belarus is waiting for an official note to the Foreign Ministry of Israel.
As for the Belarusian presence in Israel, the Foreign Ministry will be guided here by the international practice based on the principle of reciprocity.
Belarus, Thailand sign agreement on inter-parliamentary cooperation
Belarus considers Thailand as a promising partner in Southeast Asia and is committed to the development of relations, primarily in trade, industry, agriculture, science, technology, education and culture.
The delegation of Belarus, headed by the chairman of the House of Representatives Vladimir Andreichenko, is in Thailand these days.
Today the Belarusian speaker met with his counterpart from the Asian country. After the talks, an agreement was signed on inter-parliamentary cooperation.
Belarusians to check French military units
Belarusian military will check the military units of France. The inspection will begin March 14 and will last five days.
It will be held under the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe. The commission will focus on weapons and equipment banned by this agreement.
With the same purpose, a group of French military is visiting these days one of the military units of Belarus.
MORE: Belarus-France cooperation
Grigory Ioffe on US, EU sanctions against Belarus
The geopolitical, economic, military and ideological confrontation between the US and its allies and the Soviet Union and its associates lasted for about 50 years. Last week, President Obama renewed US sanctions against Russia. We will talk about this with Grigory Ioffe, professor of Redford University, historian and publicist.
State officials and NGOs representatives granted state awards
State officials and the NGOs representatives have been granted state awards. The President Alexander Lukashenko signed a corresponding decree.
The Order of Honour was awarded to the member of the Belarusian public association "Veterans of physical fitness and sport" Vladimir Aleshkevich, to Deputy Head of the Belarus' Presidential Administration Igor Buzovsky, to Presidential Aide Vsevolod Yanchevsky and to Chairperson of the Trade Unions Federation Mikhail Orda.
Traffic capacity of Belarusian-Polish customs stations to increase by half
The traffic capacity of the Belarusian-Polish customs stations will increase by half. It became possible thanks to the advanced technologies implemented in the process of the vehicle and freight customs clearance on both sides of the Belarusian-Polish border. The issue was raised at the meeting of the Belarusian and Polish customs authorities in the checkpoint Bruzgi situated in the Grodno region.
Belarus handling issue of death penalty
Belarus intends to handle the issue of capital punishment in a most efficient way. It was mentioned at the international conference on March 10. Experts, diplomats, EU representatives and Belarusian MPs and officials gathered in Minsk.
The Republic of Belarus was claimed to have played an important role in resolving global crises. Besides, the Council of Europe voiced its stance on the death penalty issue.
Belarus favouring ongoing dialogue on human rights with EU
Belarus favours the ongoing dialogue on human rights with the EU. The President Alexander Lukashenko made this statement on the meeting with Stavros Lambrinidis, the EU's Special Representative for Human Rights, on March 9.
The Belarusian leader also assessed the relationship of the republic with the EU. He was pleased that the sides departed from the forthright opposition.
European leaders approve road map for peace process in Syria
European leaders endorsed a road map for a peace process in Syria. The heads of the Great Britain, Germany, Russia and France agreed on the phone to provide humanitarian assistance in this state.
The politicians claim that every party to the conflict should maintain the ceasefire in Syria. And this, according to the peaceful settlement plan, may provide an opportunity to hold parliamentary elections in the country.
The ceasefire in Syria came into effect on the night of February 27. Nevertheless, it is frequently violated.
Alexander Lukashenko honours women for dedication to family and career
The President conferred state awards on women on March 4.
Warm atmosphere prevailed in the hall for award ceremonies of the Palace of Independence. Alexander Lukashenko congratulated women ahead of the International Women's Day. He addressed every Belarusian woman while presenting prestigious awards for their dedication to family and career.
Alexander Lukashenko meets new local executives
The Belarusian President changed executives in the state and local governments on March 3.
The head of the state appointed Oleg Ivanov as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Tajikistan and to Afghanistan (with concurrent accreditation). Alexander Guryanov, the head of the Belarusian diplomatic mission in Italy, will represent Belarus in Malta (with concurrent accreditation).
Normandy Four Foreign Ministers to meet in Paris on March 3
The foreign ministers of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine are to discuss the resolution of the Ukrainian crisis in Paris, on March 3.
Minsk is obviously playing a major peacekeeping role in the Donets Basin. The talks of the Trilateral Contact Group took place in the Belarusian capital the day before. As a result, a treaty on the cease of the live fire exercises on the contact line was signed. The document embraces all kinds of weapons and will take effect on March 4, at midnight (Kyiv local time).
Europe highly appreciates role of Belarus in strengthening stability and peace in OSCE region
Europe highly appreciates the role of Belarus in strengthening stability and peace in the OSCE region.
The Belarusian delegation headed by Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives Viktor Guminsky is taking part in the winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE in Vienna. The main topics under discussion are regional conflicts, migrant crisis, and the fight against international terrorism.
Viktor Guminsky held meetings with the heads of the delegations of Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria, and Sweden.
OSCE Parliamentary Assembly winter session held in Vienna
The Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE is taking place in Vienna.
The Belarusian delegation is headed by Viktor Guminsky, the Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives. The representatives of Belarus took part in the session of the General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions.
Vladimir Putin arrives in Minsk to take part in Supreme State Council of Union State
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Minsk to participate in the session of the Supreme State Council of the Union State.
The meeting will be held under the chairmanship of President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko in the Palace of Independence.
There are more than a dozen of current issues on the agenda.
The parties will approve the Union State budget for 2016. Most likely, the budget will amount to six billions Russian rubles, which is a bit more than the budget for 2015.
Belarus-Russia Union State meeting to take place in Minsk February 25
The meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Belarus-Russia Union State will be held in Minsk on February 25.
The agenda will include more than a dozen questions. In particular, it is expected that the meeting participants will discuss the approval of the Union's budget for 2016 and results of the implementation of last year's budget.
There will also be discussed the results of trade and economic and political cooperation. The participants of the Supreme State Council session will also adopt a program of cooperation for the next two years.
Self-employed businessmen gather for rally in Minsk center
February 22, representatives of the so-called opposition again, as a week ago, tried to take initiative in what was initially an economic matter.
Their hunting area is now business environment, in which debates on the new trade conditions are going on. The activists thought they would have a chance to take advantage of businessmen's unrest over recent changes to goods certification requirements and turn it into a political protest.
Belarus President lays wreath at Victory Monument at Motherland Defenders Day
On February 23, early morning, Alexander Lukashenko laid a wreath at the Victory Monument in Minsk. Minsk residents, guests of the capital, representatives of national governments, non-governmental organizations, ambassadors of foreign states gathered in the square.
Once wreaths were laid a minute of silence was observed to commemorate those fallen in battles for the Motherland.
After laying the wreath, communicating with the diplomatic corps, Alexander Lukashenko commented on the situation in Belarus with tariffs for housing and communal services.
Belarus-Azerbaijan: 23 years of diplomatic relations
This year Belarus and Azerbaijan celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. During this time, they have reached the level of strategic partnership. There were a lot of new joint projects in various fields. Belarus assembles in Azerbaijan municipal and agricultural machinery, optical devices, elevators and lights.
Territorial defense forces combat readiness in focus in Belarus
Belarus this week checked the readiness of territorial troops. This order was given by the President at a meeting with participants of a territorial defense camp. The newly created troops will add strength to the army and to defend facilities that are vital for the country.
The territorial defense system in Belarus is 15 years old. Even then it was clear that reserve soldiers can be of great assistance to the regular army. This is mainly the protection of urban facilities: factories, power plants, and bakeries.
Belarusian governors training to use weapons in case of military conflict
"It is not easier than the cropping campaign," say governors about territorial defense classes. February 18 was the culmination of the military drills in which Belarusian governors take part.
Anti-personnel mines, anti-aircraft guns and modern data centers. Commanders must not only know how to use technology, but also set an example to the personnel.
They did not shoot very precise but all the targets are hit. On the firing line, the governors and their deputies confirm that they know how to use personal weapons.
Belarus President to visit Pakistan in 2016
Today, February 18, at the initiative of the Pakistani side, a telephone conversation took place between President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif. During the conversation, the sides discussed in detail the current situation and prospects of bilateral relations, as well as the international agenda.
One of the results was an agreement that Belarus President this year will visit Pakistan with an official visit.
Norway, after EU, lifts sanctions against Belarus
Norway, after the European Union, removes sanctions against Belarus. It cancelled restrictive measures, the decision on which was taken two days ago at a meeting of foreign ministers of the EU countries.
In 2011, 9 non-EU states joined the decision of the European Council on the introduction of sanctions in relation to Belarus. These included countries that are members of the European Economic Area, Norway and Liechtenstein.
Belarus 45th in Global Firepower list
Belarus is 45th among 126 countries in terms of aggregate indicators of its armed forces in the Global Firepower world ranking.
The first three places have been retained by the USA, Russia and China. They are followed by India, the United Kingdom, France and South Korea. Ukraine is ranked 25th, Belarus 45th, Uzbekistan 54th, Azerbaijan went down to 64th place, Armenia is in 74th, Georgia 75th, Kyrgyzstan 78th, Tajikistan 81st and Turkmenistan 90th.
The last three lines are occupied by Mali, Mozambique and Somalia.
President Lukashenko for army's increased mobility
Mobile machinery is in focus during Belarus' Armed Forces rearmament, said President Alexander Lukashenko addressing territorial defense forces February 17, 2016.
These forces have recently been created in Belarus. Their main task is to ensure the safety of the main objects of life, if necessary.
The Head of State asked the territorial defense forces about their readiness and then asked whether heads of districts and regions are ready to assume command.
Schengen area collapse becoming more likely
The collapse of the Schengen area is becoming a more likely consequence of the crisis in the European Union. More and more EU countries enhance the protection of their borders because of problems with refugees. Among them are Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.
Now Austria has announced a radical tightening of border control checks. The republic's authorities have decided to equip 12 border crossings with the pass entry system and migrant check centers.
Ukraine contact group to meet in Minsk February 17
In Minsk, February 17, experts will again seek a peaceful settlement of the military conflict in the Donbass. The Belarusian capital will bring together representatives of the Ukraine contact group. At the same time, there are no meeting of thematic subgroups on schedule.
Belarus accepts OSCE ODIHR election recommendations
Belarus will make every effort to implement OSCE ODIHR recommendations on the conduct of elections. To this end, Belarus has created a special commission, which consists of 10 experts: parliamentarians, representatives of the relevant Ministries and the Central Election Commission.
Within a month, experts will examine in detail the OSCE report and determine what changes can be implemented.
Belarus parliament to consider new military doctrine bill in spring session
The Belarusian parliament will consider a bill on the approval of a new military doctrine in the spring session. For the document to be adopted, two thirds of deputies of the House of Representatives must vote for it.
The Belarusian military doctrine takes into account the military-political situation in the world, new methods of warfare. It is defensive in nature and is aimed at the modernization of the military-industrial complex.
European Union lifts sanctions against Belarus
The European Union 15 February lifted sanctions against Belarus. This decision was made by the foreign ministers of the EU countries at a special meeting in Brussels.
Restrictions lifted were on almost all counts. In the future it the political dialogue between the Old World and Belarus will continue. Economic ties will be developing too. Belarus has in recent years significantly improved its image in the international arena, and thus become more attractive for investors and affordable for trade agreements.
European Parliament member: We are now more positive towards Belarus
From Munich, where the annual security conference is being held, news is now coming about efforts to work out common views on the current crises. Nearly five hundred politicians, diplomats and military from all over the world are forming a kind of list of the main risks of 2016.
The hottest topics are the Islamic state, Syria, Ukraine, the possible collapse of the transatlantic partnership and Europe's closure of its borders.
International Security Conference experts hail Belarus' foreign policy
The International Security Conference is being held in Munich. Representatives of about 30 countries are discussing problems of refugees in Europe and the civil war in Syria. The Belarusian delegation is represented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, headed by foreign minister Vladimir Makei.
Belarus Foreign Minister: We are building very fruitful contacts with Germany
A security conference continues its work in Munich, Germany, on February 14. During the event, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus held a series of international negotiations. Vladimir Makei met with his counterparts from the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Ghana, Egypt, the Minister of Defence of Pakistan, representatives of the German government, as well as IAEA Director General.
Expert group in Belarus to study OSCE election recommendations
Belarus will create an expert group to study the recommendations of the OSCE. The Belarus President has set such a task 12 February meeting with Chairwoman of the Central Commission for Elections and National Referenda Lidia Yermoshina.
Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President: Mrs Yermoshina, did the OSCE ODIHR present the final report on the 2015 presidential election? Their chief visited us.
Belarus' new military doctrine sent to parliament for approval
The new version of the Military Doctrine of Belarus has been sent to the lower house of Parliament. President Alexander Lukashenko has approved the document following the January 22 meeting of the Security Council of Belarus.
The need for renewing of the doctrine was caused by changes in the military-political situation in the world, the nature of warfare and the modern trends of development of the Belarusian state.
One year past Minsk agreements on Ukraine: what is still to be implemented?
On February 12, the world marks exactly one year after the Minsk agreements. On the same day in 2015, in the capital of Belarus, a package of measures to resolve the situation in Ukraine was adopted.
The document was endorsed by the 'Normandy 4' - the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France. The package of measures was supported by the UN Security Council and has become mandatory for implementation of the peace process in the conflict zone.
Foreign Ministry: Belarus urges to consolidate efforts to support Minsk peace process
Belarus calls to consolidate efforts to support the Minsk peace process on Ukraine, reads the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in connection with the anniversary of the coordination of the "Complex measures for the implementation of the Minsk agreements."
There is still a long way to resolve the Ukrainian crisis, but at stake is not only the life and well-being, but also the fate of the entire system of European security.
An important role in this process belongs to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Belarus categorically against new dividing lines in Europe, Vladimir Makei says
Belarus is categorically against new confrontation and dividing lines in Europe, said Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Vladimir Makei, speaking at the international conference "Minsk agreement a year later: Achievements, Challenges and Lessons."
Vladimir Makei noted that the modern world, more than ever, needs a logic of creation rather than disengagement and competition. Different views on domestic and foreign policy priorities should not become a pretext for confrontation and new dividing lines.
Alexander Lukashenko is Ukrainians' most respected foreign leader - poll
Alexander Lukashenko was named the most respected politician by 63% of respondents in an opinion poll conducted in Ukraine.
It should be noted that in Ukraine, Alexander Lukashenko has a high level of support among supporters of both European and Eurasian integration.
Mr Lukashenko is followed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the poll. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė is also among the top three most respected foreign leaders.
Security key topic at Minsk meeting to settle Ukraine crisis
Security has become a key theme at the meeting of working subgroups to resolve the conflict in Ukraine. On February 10, in Minsk, the OSCE Special Representative Martin Sajdik called on the parties to observe the ceasefire.
The withdrawal of heavy weapons still remains an open question, as well as mine clearance. The shelling has become the main cause of unresolved economic and humanitarian problems.
Belarus President taking part in Investigative Committee board
Alexander Lukashenko is taking part in the extended meeting of the board of the Investigative Committee. It is considering the results of work in 2015 as well as tasks lying ahead.
The board has brought together heads of regional departments of the Investigative Committee.
The head of the Investigative Committee during the board proposed the creation of a university for investigative staff training. The staffing of the Committee's divisions stood at more than 96% at the beginning of 2016.
EU foreign ministers: The Union is facing one of the most difficult periods
The foreign ministers of Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg - the EU founding countries - met in Rome to discuss the challenges facing Europe today.
The meeting participants stated that the EU is now facing one of the most difficult periods since its inception. This is connected with the migration crisis, the threat of terrorism, and the consequences of the financial and economic crises.
Belarus' air force planning to rearm units
Updated fleet, advanced detection systems, and best-in-class anti-aircraft missile systems. Over 21 years, Belarus has ensured the safety of the western borders of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
On February 8, 1995, it was decided to create a unified air defense system of the CIS member states. Belarus is forming a reliable "sky shield" and is developing domestic military industry.
Austrian Embassy opens in Belarus
Dozens of joint projects and investments worth billions of dollars. Minsk and Vienna are connected by the two decades of fruitful partnerships. Energy, engineering, health, culture - this is not an exhaustive list of areas of closer cooperation. The next step in this direction was the opening on February 9 of the Austrian Embassy in Belarus' capital Minsk.
Belarus President thinks CSTO potential not used to the fullest
The resources of the Collective Security Treaty Organization are not used to the full, said February 9 President Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha.
Currently, global environment is unstable. Suffice it is to recall Ukraine, Syria, or Turkey. So no wonder that security issues have been central in the recent meeting of Heads of State of Belarus and Russia.
In addition, Alexander Lukashenko noted that the CSTO is not just a platform but an organization, in which participants must work together.
Alexander Lukashenko, Vladimir Putin agree to strengthen bilateral cooperation in all areas
The presidents of Belarus and Russia have held a meeting without ties February 5. The talks were held in Sochi, where Alexander Lukashenko is now on a short vacation. Despite the informal nature of the communication, the leaders discussed the pressing state matters. Particular attention was paid to the prospects of the bilateral relations.
Minsk and Moscow are strategic partners. In February, the Belarusian capital will host a meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Union State. Its agenda was also discussed on 5 February.
Belarus' Yak-130 test air-to-air missiles
Belarusian pilots conducted the first tests of guided air-to-air missiles from Yak-130 aircraft on the firing ground Polesie in the Gomel region.
Taking part in the exercise of the Air Force and Air Defense Forces are about 300 units of equipment. Among them are modern anti-aircraft missile systems.
The cover-up includes one of the most powerful volley fire systems in the world called Smerch.
The exercise involves heavy artillery too: long-range howitzers and tactical missiles.
CSTO to work out unified strategy to combat illegal migration
A unified strategy to combat illegal migrants will be developed by the CSTO countries. This decision was made by the Coordinating Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization at a meeting in Minsk.
The system of data exchange will be changed. It will become regular, which will enhance the efficiency of the analysis of the current migration situation as well as help predict the number of visitors from third countries.
The CSTO plans a set of special measures to combat illegal immigration.
Belarus air force agrees Su-30 purchase from Russia
The air force of Belarus is now one step closer to fleet renewal. Belarus has reached a preliminary agreement with the Russian side on the acquisition of multi-purpose fighters Su-30. They are designed to replace MiG-29, which are now in service.
The replacement of fighter jets will increase Belarus' opportunities for the destruction of air targets. In addition, thanks to these jets, Belarusian air force will be able to perform combat tasks from any airport of the country.
300 Belarusian paratroopers to land at North Pole
Belarusian paratroopers have landed at the North Pole. The operation is planned in the framework of joint exercise with the Russian airborne troops.
The units will then undergo an intensive phase of preparation for landing on drifting ice in difficult weather conditions.
Belarusian soldiers landed by parachute on the North Pole for the first time in 2015. Together with colleagues they practiced actions in extreme conditions with the aim to find and assist those in trouble.
Belarus, Germany discuss topical matters of bilateral relations
Belarusian-German relations were discussed in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus in Minsk.
On February 2, 2016 Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus Vladimir Makei met with regional director of the Kiev office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation Mr. Stephan Meuser and Ambassador of Germany to Belarus Peter Dettmar.
The sides discussed topical issues of relations between the countries.
Armenia assumes chairmanship of Eurasian Economic Commission on February 1
The chairmanship of the Eurasian Economic Commission on February 1 goes to Armenia. The decision was taken in October 2015 in the Kazakh village Burabai, at a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council.
Following the summit the heads of state determined the order of interaction with third countries.
In particular, they signed the international activities guidelines and approaches to the development of trade and economic cooperation.
MORE ON: Eurasian Economic Union activities
Alexander Lukashenko, Dmitry Medvedev meet informally in Sochi January 31
Belarus and Russia have agreed to work together to overcome the negative economic trends. The matter was discussed at the January 31 meeting between President Alexander Lukashenko and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in Sochi. Communication took place in an informal atmosphere. The two raised the whole range of issues of the Belarus-Russia bilateral relations.
Military industry in Belarus: overview of unique technologies by domestic producers
The recently launched Belarusian satellite Belintersat-1 has made contact with Stankovo. Here, 40 kilometers from Minsk, there is a domestic flight control center. This important project, which Belarus is implementing together with Chinese partners, also has export value. Belarus will sell abroad communication services that we can provide with the help of the spacecraft.
Belaya Rus NGO ready to transform into political party
The NGO Belaya Rus is ready to transform into a party. The nationwide public association is acquiring credibility at a level that is already beyond the scope of a social organization. This was one of the topics discussed at a January 30 meeting of the NGO. Taking part in it were nearly 350 people from all over Belarus.
Today Belaya Rus brings together more than 160,000 people. For young people it is not only an opportunity to express their civil position, but also to be in public trend - to be the voice of the people.
Belarus confirms interest in dialogue with OSCE ODIHR
Belarus confirms interest in continuing a constructive dialogue with the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the OSCE. Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei on 29 January met with representatives of the organization, as well as the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.
During the meeting the sides discussed the findings and recommendations of the final report of the European observation mission for the 2015 presidential elections in Belarus, as well as prospects of cooperation.
PACE would like to see Belarus in European family
The Parliamentary Assembly would like to see the Parliament of Belarus in the European family, said the head of the Belarusian parliamentary delegation who on January 28 held a number of meetings with the PACE in Strasbourg.
Over the last two years, work has been underway to restore the guest status in the Parliamentary Assembly of Belarus.
Belarus satisfied with OSCE ODIHR final report on 2015 presidential elections
Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission Lidia Yermoshina was generally satisfied with the final report of the OSCE ODIHR on the 2015 presidential election and the process of interaction between the Organization and Belarus.
The report of the monitoring mission has been published today, January 28. Lidia Yermoshina called the document constructive and taking into account positive aspects.
Belarusian delegation address PACE deputies in Strasbourg
Positive dialogue with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. On January 28, the Belarusian delegation addressed the deputies of the PACE in Strasbourg.
For the last two years, work has been underway to restore the guest status of Belarus in the Parliamentary Assembly. This will give the official Minsk an opportunity to participate in discussions on the European scene, within the majority of the committees of the Parliamentary Assembly Council of Europe.
NATO: Minsk agreements remain the only basis for peace in Ukraine
Minsk agreements remain the only basis for peace in Ukraine, said NATO Secretary General, presenting on January 28 the annual report on the work of the alliance.
Jens Stoltenberg confirmed the inviolability of the agreements reached in Minsk, and urged all parties to implement them. According to him, NATO see both progress and problems in the implementation of the Minsk agreements.
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Interior ministry guarantees proper level of security in Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko says
The structures of the Ministry of Internal Affairs allow for the proper level of security in the country, said Alexander Lukashenko at a board of the Interior Ministry. In many areas, positive results have been achieved, including in the fight against drug trafficking.
Belarus pays much attention to the fight against corruption. In 2015, more than a thousand of such facts were revealed. But the president demanded in this respect that a clear line of work be kept. He warned the Interior against a thoughtless race merely for better performance indicators.
Lavrov: Kiev must meet Minsk agreements
Moscow stands for the strict implementation of the Minsk agreements on Ukraine, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on January 26 at a big press conference. According to the diplomat, not all the agreements have been implemented.
Therefore, Lavrov reminded, it was decided to continue this work in 2016. The objectives remain the same, they are all set out in documents.
The Minsk agreement provides complete cease-fire in the conflict zone, the release of prisoners and the restoration of infrastructure in the region.
Belarus President calls on UK to overcome 'psychological barrier' in relations
Belarus is ready to consider any new ideas, projects and initiatives on the part of foreign embassies, said January 25 the President receiving credentials from ambassadors of 10 countries: Austria, the UK, Albania, India, Venezuela, Peru, South Africa, Sierra Leone, the Democratic People's Republic and Switzerland.
Belarus' Military Doctrine 2016: Main points and changes
This week Belarus considered a new edition of the military doctrine. The task of preparing such a document was set a year ago. The foreign political situation in the world is changing rapidly. And it is necessary to react. This is the usual procedure and the result of this work was presented this week to the head of state.
The military doctrine has such new concepts as "local war" and "illegal armed group". The document now takes into account the events of the "Arab Spring" and a number of other armed conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.
Comprehensive combat readiness check underway in Belarus Armed Forces
A comprehensive testing of the Armed Forces of Belarus is gaining momentum.
The formations and units of the 6th and the 120th guards mechanized brigades began the second phase of tactical exercises at firing ranges. They will culminate in live fire exercises.
Other units are also involved. Belarusian border guards are busy practicing missions to strengthen the protection of state borders. Together with border guards units of the Armed Forces are training to search and destroy enemy groups.
Alexander Lukashenko: No direct military threat to Belarus now
A new draft military doctrine was discussed at a meeting with the Belarus President on January 22. This is a mandatory document for any state in which it spells out the official position regarding security and armed protection. Alexander Lukashenko stressed that Belarus will continue to adhere to the policy of peace, but the difficult situation in the world makes the country "keep powder dry."
Belarus receives observer status in Association of Caribbean States
Belarus has officially received the status of an observer in the Association of Caribbean States, according to the Belarusian Foreign Ministry.
This makes it possible to significantly strengthen and expand trade and economic cooperation with the member countries of the Association, which population is about 230 million people.
Belintersat-1: Belarus’ first ever communications satellite
The Belarusian satellite Belintersat-1 was successfully launched into space from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center (XSLC) on January 15, 2016, a few hours to midnight. Alexander Lukashenko and Xi Jinping exchanged congratulatory telegrams the same evening.
The Belarusian space revolution took place in July 2012 when the first satellite lifted off. Now Belarus is considered a space power. Its scientists are creating the Earth remote probing system.
Ground, special forces of Belarus undergoing test drills
Belarus' ground forces, shoulder to shoulder with the Special Forces, are ready to start test drills, usually held in January. The forces are now moving to the areas of training and combat missions.
Despite really winter weather, the military have to show all their skills and prove their professionalism once again. Taking part in the drills will be military from Brest and Brest region along with men from other regions.