New round of Ukraine contact group talks underway in Minsk January 20
Preparation of local elections in the Donets Basin region is one of the main topics that the representatives of the contact group on Ukraine intend to discuss the January 20 in Minsk.
It is expected that the upcoming meeting will be an attempt to find compromises on individual and especially acute themes. In particular, there will be discussed such issues as the participation of media in the electoral process, the organization and the form of political events, as well as the vote count.
Belarus President congratulates Iranian counterpart on lifting of western sanctions
Iran has returned to the interbank payment system SWIFT, the country's Central Bank has announced. The connection will take place after the adoption of the necessary technical measures as well as a number of administrative and system tests.
The USA and the EU announced the lifting of sanctions against Iran after Tehran and the six international mediators agreed on the country's nuclear program.
Ukraine contact group to meet in Minsk January 20
Minsk agreements must be implemented by all parties to the conflict in Ukraine, said head of EU diplomacy Federica Mogherini summing up the EU Council in Brussels.
The problem of the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis is discussed at the talks in various formats, in particular during the meetings of the contact group in Minsk.
The next round is scheduled for tomorrow, 20 January. Among the main issues of the meeting is the preparation of local elections.
First Belarus-Russia Union State summit in 2016 due in Minsk
The meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Belarus-Russia Union State, the first one in 2016, will be held in Minsk. It will take place in Q1 2016.
This was one of the topics Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko discussed today with Union State Secretary Grigory Rapota.
Another cease-fire for Donbas: Will it hold?
From 12 a.m. of January 14, a complete cease-fire regime came into force in the Donbass. The silence agreement was reached during the trilateral talks of the contact group in Minsk.
For many months, until last Wednesday, the tripartite group in Minsk managed to agree only on one thing - to continue to negotiate further. Since November, hostilities flamed again, with the sides learning to skillfully hide heavy artillery from OSCE observers in the bushes.
Belarus gets new deputy defense minister
President Alexander Lukashenko has appointed Major-General Sergei Potapenko Deputy Minister of Defense. The corresponding decree was signed by the Head of State on January 12, the press service of the Belarusian leader reports.
Sergei Potapenko was born March 14, 1961 in the village of Rzhavka, Borisov District, Minsk Region.
He graduated from the Minsk Suvorov Military School (with honors) and Ulyanovsk Guards Higher Tank Command School. He served as commander of a tank platoon and a tank company commander.
Belarus closes embassy in Israel in reciprocal move
Belarus, on the principles of reciprocity, closes its embassy in Israel. Such a statement was made by the Foreign Ministry of Belarus. In connection with the decision to close the Israeli embassy in Minsk, Belarus answers in the same way, as is usual in diplomatic practice.
European countries condemn North Korea's hydrogen bomb test
January 6 in the morning, North Korea announced a successful test of a hydrogen bomb. At the same time, Pyongyang says it has no intention to use the weapon unless the sovereignty of the country is violated. However, it has caused great concern in the world.
The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting yesterday.
A number of European countries condemned the test. In particular, Germany, France and Britain called Pyongyang's statement a provocation and a threat to peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.
Belarus President names the most significant event of 2015
During a visit to the new maternity hospital on the basis of 5th City Clinical Hospital of Minsk, Alexander Lukashenko answered questions from journalists. The media representatives asked the leader which foreign policy events of 2015 Alexander Lukashenko considers as the key ones.
After all, the previous year was marked by the activity of Belarus in the international arena and reset in relations with the West.
2015 in Belarus and the world: Year in review
On the first of January 2015, with the beginning of the year, Lithuania switched to the euro, becoming the 19th state in the monetary zone. The EU enlargement was not a sign of health or strength: the economy of the united Europe for the whole year was being shaken by Greek fever. In January, the Syriza party of Premier Tsipras won the election and declared that Athens refused to pay back-breaking debts, which are subject to restructuring.
Alexander Lukashenko thanks West for suspending sanctions
The peace-loving policy of Belarus was the reason for the lifting of sanctions against Belarus, said December 30 President Alexander Lukashenko, reports BelTA.
Concerning the Ukrainian subject, the President expressed the view that "we do not need to exaggerate its role in resolving this conflict."
Normandy 4 leaders hold telephone conversation
The complete cease-fire and the establishment of a security zone in the south-east of Ukraine was discussed by the leaders of Normandy 4 on December 30. They held talks over the phone.
The sides also called to intensify early next year the work within the framework of a tripartite contact group to discuss the local elections in some regions of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
President Lukashenko in top 5 in Russia's Man of the Year 2015 ranking
The President of Belarus has entered the top five in Russia's Man of the Year 2015 ranking.
According to Levada Center, the Belarusian head of state has earned popularity among Russians along with such prominent public figures as Russian President Vladimir Putin, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
Security, economy dominate CSTO, EEU summits in Moscow
Security and economy were the subjects of conversation between the presidents of the CSTO and the Eurasian Economic Union earlier this week in Moscow. The Collective Security Council adjusted the action plan in connection with the hostilities in the Middle East, the flow of refugees and the Russian plane downed by Turkey. This is a separate issue, a sensitive issue for the Kremlin, and Moscow would like to share its concern with the allies.
Silence regime enters into force in Donbass
The full and unconditional silence regime entered into force in the Donbas today, December 23, at midnight. Such an agreement was reached yesterday at a meeting of the tripartite contact group to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, which was held in Minsk.
The meeting resulted in a number of decisions, including on technical matters of mine lifting and exchange of prisoners.
CSTO discuss fight against ISIL in Moscow
The fight against the Islamic State and creation of a broad coalition to combat international terrorism were the main topics the summit of the CSTO in Moscow, in which Alexander Lukashenko took part on December 21, 2015. The meeting raised topics of the challenges of our time and, consequently, new approaches to collective security. The Eurasian Economic Union heads of state then met at the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council.
Alexander Lukashenko taking part in CSTO meeting in Moscow
The President of Belarus has arrived on a working visit to the Russian Federation. The plane with the Belarusian head of state on board landed at the airport Vnukovo 2 December 21 morning.
In Moscow, Alexander Lukashenko will take part in two major meetings at the level of heads of state: the Council of Collective Security Treaty Organization and the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. The CSTO summit is set to deal with topical issues of international security and the possible steps to address them.
NGO Belaya Rus to take part in Belarus parliamentary elections 2016
The republican public association Belaya Rus will take part in the Belarus parliamentary elections in 2016. The exact number of MPs who will run for the lower house of the Belarusian Parliament is still unknown.
At this point 64 members of Belaya Rus have places in the House of Representatives of the 5th convocation
The parliamentary elections will be held in Belarus in September 2016. The election campaign starts in June.
Iraq appreciates Belarus' stance in fight against terrorism
Iraq appreciates the position of Belarus in the fight against terrorism. On December 18 the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Council of Representatives of Iraq Hassan Hamdani met with Deputy Chairman of the Belarusian House of Representatives Viktor Guminsky.
Belarusian President to make working visit to Moscow December 21
The President of Belarus on December 21 will pay a working visit to Moscow. Alexander Lukashenko will take part in the meetings of the Council of Collective Security Treaty Organization and the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council at the level of heads of state.
The CSTO summit will focus on topical issues of international security and the possible steps to address them.
Development of Belarus' foreign policy discussed in Minsk
Since gaining independence Belarus has formed a positive image in the world, said December 17 Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei meeting with young Belarusian diplomats.
Today, our country is making a significant contribution to strengthening international stability and security. And it is a great merit of the whole Belarusian diplomacy.
New Belarus' government almost unchanged
The President of Belarus has appointed the Cabinet of Ministers. Alexander Lukashenko signed the corresponding decree today. Almost all the members of the previous government will continue working in the same offices.
Only the Ministry of Trade has got a new chief. The office will be headed by Vladimir Koltovich, who earlier served as advisor envoy of Belarus in the Russian Federation.
Belarus, Ukraine to resolve border issues with help of border plenipotentiaries
Belarus and Ukraine will solve problems at the border with the help of special border plenipotentiaries. The length of the common borders is more than a thousand kilometers. Now Belarus and Ukraine are working on the demarcation of the border. This process does not directly affect security at the site. Engineering structures are built not on the line of the state border. Depending on the specific area they may be located hundreds of meters away.
Moscow to host CSTO, EEU summits December 21
The Collective Security Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization will meet in Moscow on December 21. The Russian capital will also host the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council meeting on the same day.
The CSTO summit will discuss key issues of strengthening regional security and effective combating of international terrorism. The Supreme Eurasian Economic Council will summarize the first year of the EEU operation.
By tradition, on the sidelines of the summit, the Russian President will hold bilateral meetings with his colleagues.
Belarus President reappoints key government officials
The Belarus President has approved the candidacy of the prime minister and his deputies. Andrei Kobyakov and all the deputy prime ministers will continue to work in their office. At a meeting with the leadership of the Council of Ministers (the government) Alexander Lukashenko said that the team had been formed even before the presidential elections.
The current composition of the government has been working for almost a year. Economic issues come to the fore these days and it is the government who is to deal with all the arising problems.
Belarus President: Ukraine crisis must not be overlooked
Security inside Belarus and on its borders. Improving the operation of security officials was discussed on December 16 at a meeting hosted by the head of state.
The situation in Ukraine is still tense, and Belarus must keep following the events there. In addition, from January 1, Ukraine-EU association agreement will come into force and a free trade zone will be created. So the strengthening of Belarus' borders from the point of view of security and economy is very important.
Belarus' strengthens control over those arriving from Ukraine, Syria
The Interior Ministry will strengthen control over citizens arriving from Ukraine and Syria. Every employee of the Interior Ministry, including patrol and traffic police have the necessary skills to detect such citizens.
The recent example is the detention at the Minsk railway station. A man who was carrying explosives, two passports and weapons was taken into custody. He had documents confirming that he had been a combatant in the Donbas.
Belarusian, Russian Presidents meet in Moscow December 15
The President of Belarus is confident in the fact that Belarusian and Russian peoples will become even closer in the future. Alexander Lukashenko said this meeting with Vladimir Putin during talks in the one on one format.
Belarus and Russia are long-standing and strategic partners. Collaboration is established in both political and economic areas. In 2014 alone, the countries' trade equaled to $38 billion. In January-October 2015, the amount is already $23 billion.
Belarus' Honorary Consulate opens in Florida
The Honorary Consulate of Belarus opened in the US state of Florida. In a festive atmosphere, a consular patent was presented to the honorary consul.
Michael Morgulis, the head of the American Foundation Spiritual Diplomacy, will be the consul.
The opening of the Honorary Consulate in the city of North Port should become a step to strengthen cooperation between Belarus and the USA.
Alexander Lukashenko continues visit to Russia, set to meet with Vladimir Putin
The President of Belarus continues visit to the Russian Federation. Flight No.1 landed at the airport Vnukovo last night.
On December 15 in Moscow, Alexander Lukashenko will meet with his counterpart, Vladimir Putin. The talks will be held in the narrow and expanded formats. The heads of state will focus on a wide range of issues of bilateral relations, international issues and cooperation in integration associations. Following the meeting they are scheduled to sign a number of documents.
EU enters new European Neighbourhood Policy cooperation stage
On December 14 in Brussels, it was announced that from 2016, the EU begins a new stage of cooperation with neighboring countries in the framework of the European Neighborhood Policy.
The statement was adopted at a meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers. The document notes the importance of providing support to all partners in reform. Among the top priorities is regional cooperation within the framework of Eastern Partnership Initiative.
Belarus is part of the EaP along with the six former Soviet republics.
Alexander Lukashenko to visit Russia December 14-15
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko will pay an official visit to the Russian Federation on December 14-15. In Moscow, he is going to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the narrow and expanded formats.
It is expected that the heads of state will focus on a wide range of issues of bilateral relations and international relations as well as cooperation in integration associations. As a result of the talks they will sign several documents.
In addition, Alexander Lukashenko is going to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Vyacheslav Kebich: The last evening of the Soviet Union
This week, the 24th anniversary of the breakup of the USSR was marked. On December 8, 1991, a verdict of the largest country on the planet was signed in the Bialowieza Forest. The CTV Channel met with a member of the very event in Viskuli - Vyacheslav Kebich, who was Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus in the first years of independence.
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Belarusian President's visit to Turkmenistan: mutual interests and agreements
From Vietnam, President Lukashenko flew straight to Turkmenistan. That country is quite discreet in the international information space. Maybe also because 20 years ago, on the basis of a UN General Assembly resolution, it was proclaimed a neutral state, and it is warring countries that are the main newsmakers in the current turbulent times.
Belarus President urges Russia, Turkey 'to make at least half a step towards each other'
In today's world, the role of small and medium-sized states is growing, stated the President of Belarus, speaking at the conference "The policy of neutrality: international cooperation for peace, security and development" in Ashgabat.
Alexander Lukashenko was visiting Turkmenistan that December 12 celebrated the Day of Neutrality. The Belarusian President spoke at the international conference dedicated to that day. The forum should become one more step on the road to peace and stability in the world.
Honorary Consulate of Belarus opened in French Lyon
The geography of Belarusian foreign policy and trade is expanding. A few days ago, Belarus opened the Honorary Consulate in the French city of Lyon.
Lyon is not only one of the largest cities in France but also a sister city of Minsk.
There is now a Belarusian flag on the building of the Honorary Consulate in Lyon and the owner of the new Belarusian representative office in France was given the Belarusian national emblem.
Belarus and Turkmenistan maintaining high cooperation standards
Belarus and Turkmenistan should not give up on the high standard of cooperation, said Alexander Lukashenko at the talks with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. The heads of state discussed in Ashgabat not only the strategy of development of the bilateral relations but also some international issues. The official visit of President of Belarus to Turkmenistan began on the eve of an important world event - the conference themed The Neutrality Policy. This forum will gather on 12 December the leaders of the region and prominent world politicians.
President Lukashenko meets with Vietnam Communist Party chief
Alexander Lukashenko has met with the general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong. The Belarusian leader pointed out that his country needs new ideas to bring the state to a higher level of development.
In turn, Nguyen Phu Trong expressed his confidence that the visit of the Belarusian President to Vietnam will give a new impetus to bilateral relations and will bring benefits to the parties.
Belarus, Vietnam presidents holding talks in Hanoi
The Belarusian president continues his state visit to Vietnam. Early in the morning, Alexander Lukashenko laid a wreath at the Monument of Fallen Heroes and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi.
At the moment, negotiations of Alexander Lukashenko with his Vietnamese counterpart Trương Tấn Sang are underway. It is expected that after the meeting the leaders will sign a number of documents aimed at expanding bilateral relations.
The Belarusian President begun his state visit to Vietnam yesterday. Alexander Lukashenko arrived in Hanoi late in the evening.
USSR disappeared 24 years ago, on December 8, 1991
The day of 8 December 24 years ago was a landmark in the fate of 250 million people and 15 republics. On that day, in Viskuli, there was signed a document that, in fact, was the verdict of the Soviet state, which occupied the territory equal to one-sixth of the land.
It is noteworthy that not so much is known about the negotiations which took place almost 25 years ago. This makes journalists return again and again to this theme.
Alexander Lukashenko arrives in Vietnam on official visit
The main topic of the day is the visit of Alexander Lukashenko to Vietnam, which began today. Less than an hour ago, on December 8, the Belarusian head of state arrived on a state visit to Hanoi. Flight No.1 landed at the international airport of the Vietnamese capital.
Alexander Lukashenko is set to hold a number of meetings and negotiations and sign international documents.
Belarus considers Vietnam one of the most promising partners in ASEAN. In May, the Eurasian Economic Union and Vietnam signed a free trade agreement.
Minsk hosting trilateral meeting of Ukraine contact group December 8
Today, December 8, Minsk is again hosting a trilateral meeting of the Ukraine contact group. Prior to that, aspects of conflict resolution in the Donbas have traditionally been discussed by tracks.
Subgroups on political, economic, humanitarian and security issues held meetings.
The recent talks in Minsk have led to an agreement on the withdrawal from the line of contact of weapons with a caliber less than 100 mm, mortars and tanks.
Belarus and Vietnam to discuss global partnership strategy
During the official visit to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Alexander Lukashenko will hold a series of meetings. He will have negotiations with the Vietnamese President, the head of the Communist Party and the Vietnamese Prime Minister. The two countries are discussing mutual business interests today, December 8, at an economic forum. It is known that Vietnamese companies have signed with Belarusian partners contracts worth $25 million. Our reporter is now in Hanoi. Natalia Breus reports from Vietnam.
Alexander Lukashenko goes to Vietnam on official visit
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko is going to pay an official visit to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
Today, December 8, Flight No.1 took off from National Airport Minsk. It will cover a distance of 7,500 kilometers.
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Alexander Lukashenko to visit Vietnam, Turkmenistan December 8-12
According to the press service of the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, December 8-12, will make official visits to Vietnam and Turkmenistan.
During the visits he will meet with the country leaders, hold talks and sign a package of international documents.
Claudio Gugerotti optimistic about Belarus relations with West
Claudio Gugerotti from Belarus will go to Ukraine, where he will spend the next four years. With what feelings does the envoy of the Holy See leave Belarus and what souvenir will he take away?
Your Excellency, thank you very much for taking the time for our conversation. And, if I may, I will speak Belarusian, a native language, because I know that you also studied it.
Claudio Gugerotti, apostolic nuncio in the Republic of Belarus (2011-2015):
Of course, please.
Belarus ready to step up contribution to security and stability of Europe
Belarus is ready to increase its contribution to the security and stability of Europe, stated the Foreign Minister of Belarus at the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OSCE. Vladimir Makei focused on factors that reduce the effectiveness of the OSCE.
Belarus thinks the inter-state relations are still dominated by the right of force, confrontation and sanctions thinking, while diplomacy takes a back seat.
Belarus' to partake in OSCE foreign ministers' meeting in Belgrade
Strengthening the fight against terrorism and bolstering regional security. Such are the topics of the meeting of the Council of Ministers of OSCE Foreign Affairs due to take place in Belgrade today.
Belarus is also taking part in the event. The Belarusian delegation will lay out its vision for achieving security in Europe.
Belarus modernizes 10 MiG-29 fighters
December 1 the personnel of the 61st Air Base in Baranavichy received new old planes. Ten upgraded MiG-29 fighters were put on combat duty. It is noteworthy that all of their new filling of the fighters was made in Belarus. It is symbolic that the arrival of the aircraft coincided with the start of the new academic year in Belarus' air force and air defense forces. The military aircraft immediately started flights.
Second day of UN Climate Change conference to be dedicated to Africa
The UN World Conference on Climate Change continues work on December 1 in the Paris suburb of Le Bourget. The second day of the Global Forum will take place under the sign of Africa.
Taking part in the debate on environmental issues of the African continent will be more than 20 leaders of states and representatives of international organizations.
Discussions on climate change will last until December 11. As a result, the states are expected to sign an agreement, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol.
How international terrorism is making the world a more dangerous place
The war with the Islamic state more and more resembles WWIII. ISIL, in response to air bombing throw bombs on the ground and often hit innocent people who, according to ISIL's plans, are to rebel and influence their own governments. In addition, the death of the innocent always gets more publicity than details of the fallen on the battlefield. This is the essence of terror, which is not an invention of modern times.
President Lukashenko: Belarus open to friends from Azerbaijan
The Presidents of Belarus and Azerbaijan will contribute to the development of political dialogue between the two countries, strengthen the high level of trust, understanding and cooperation, reads the joint declaration signed by President Alexander Lukashenko and Ilham Aliyev in Minsk yesterday. The leaders regularly exchange visits, which confirms the political will to the dialogue.
Causes and consequences of current terrorist threat in Europe
New information hysteria windings are wound on the spool of life. Even peaceful Belarusians are beginning to worry: will anything happen to us? The Islamic State did not include Belarus in the list of its enemies. A few days ago extremists such a list. It somehow turned out that both Moldova and Ukraine were on that list on a par with Russia, USA and France. All in all it includes one-third of the world, 60 countries.
President Lukashenko meets Azerbaijan counterpart Ilham Aliyev in Minsk
President Lukashenko has met with the head of Azerbaijan. Ilham Aliyev paid an official visit to Belarus. Natalia Breus has more.
This visit of Ilham Aliyev to Belarus begins with a symbolic moment. As a gesture of respect for the history of Belarus the Azeri leader is laying a wreath at the Victory Monument in the center of Minsk.
Belarus open for international anti-terrorism cooperation
Leonid Maltsev, the chairman of the State Border Committee, assures that Belarus is open for the cooperation with those who are not indifferent to the problem of international terrorism. Recently, the topic of security has become the central one on the continent. That’s why it’s necessary to develop joint programs of Belarus with the EU and international organizations.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to pay official visit to Belarus November 27-28
The Azerbaijani President will pay an official visit to Belarus on November 27-28. He is going to hold talks with the Belarusian head of state, Alexander Lukashenko, in the one-on-one format, with the leader then to be joined by their delegations. The sides are going to sign some international documents.
It is expected that the Azerbaijani President will lay a wreath at the Victory Monument in Minsk and visit the Belarusian State Museum of the Great Patriotic War.
Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Russia postponed
The official visit of Alexander Lukashenko to Russia has been postponed due to the workload of schedules of the two presidents, reports the press service of the Belarusian leader.
The specific date of the visit will be agreed in the near future, through diplomatic channels.
Russian ambassador glad Alexander Lukashenko's first overseas visit due to Russia
The forthcoming visit of Alexander Lukashenko to the Russian Federation will be another step in Belarus-Russia relations, in which regional cooperation plays significant role. On Monday Belarus expects delegations from the Leningrad and Novosibirsk regions of Russia.
The CTV channel talked to Ambassador of Russia to Belarus Alexander Surikov about Belarus-Russia relations.
Leningrad and Novosibirsk region delegations to visit Belarus November 23
Belarus' expands its export largely thanks to strengthening ties with Russian regions. A delegation of the Leningrad region headed by Governor Alexander Drozdenko has arrived in Belarus. During the visit, the sides will discuss cooperation prospects, visit leading companies for the production of road-building, municipal, agricultural and other specialized machinery and equipment.
For guests, there is a vast cultural program. The Delegation of the Russian region will visit the Belarusian State Museum of the Great Patriotic War.
Consul Dragomir Karic on Serbian president's visit to Belarus
Obviously, the culmination of the Serbian president's visit to Belarus was the laying of the capsule at the construction site of the experimental center Minsk World. This will be the largest financial and business complex. A great friend of Belarus, Honorary Consul of Belarus in Belgrade and member of the National Assembly Dragomir Karic, in an interview with journalist Egor Khrustalev, compared this investment project to an engine for business.
How will French state of emergency affect Belarusian tourists?
What has changed for Belarusians who decide to visit Paris? And how does the Belarusian embassy respond to changes in the situation in France? The French parliament has passed a law on state of emergency in the country until the end of February!
Several Islamist attacks struck the capital of France on November 13. The result is more than 100 dead and over 300 wounded. The country has imposed a state of emergency. For the first time in the last 10 years.
Serbian president ends official visit to Belarus November 21
A turnover of $500 dollars, development of cooperation in the engineering industry, agriculture, construction, wood processing, and more investment projects in the future - such are the tasks set by Belarus and Serbia. The President of Serbia, Tomislav Nikolic, has completed the second official visit to Belarus. A regular political dialogue provides the dynamics of cooperation. It is going to be deepened, reads a joint statement that was signed by the presidents of the two countries immediately after the talks at the Palace of Indep
"One can come and invest in Belarus safely." Serbian delegation visits MTZ, Minsk World construction site
Minsk expects in 2016 to gather the leaders of the former Yugoslav republics, said November 20 Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with the president of Serbia. The reason for such a meeting could be the complex Minsk World, in which the Balkan region is investing huge money.
Today, the heads of state laid a commemorative capsule in the foundation of the future center. Next President Nikolic visited Minsk Tractor Plant (MTZ).
Alexander Lukashenko, Tomislav Nikolic hold talks in Minsk November 19
The leaders of Belarus and Serbia once again confirmed their mutual desire to further strengthen relations between the countries. Alexander Lukashenko met with Tomislav Nikolic at the Palace of Independence November 19. The two presidents have been good friends for more than a year. Therefore, the heads of state, during the talks, touched on many different topics. Alexander Lukashenko thanked his Serbian counterpart for the support during the recent presidential campaign, and especially emphasized that today Belarus and Serbia don't have irresolvable issues in their relations.
Belarus, Serbia sign joint statement reaffirming aim to deepen cooperation
The Palace of Independence hosted a meeting of the leaders of Belarus and Serbia November 19. Discussion on economic aspects of cooperation was preceded by a solemn ceremony to welcome the President of Serbia. Tomislav Nikolic arrived in Belarus yesterday evening. This is his second visit to Belarus as head of state.
November 19, after the talks, the presidents of Belarus and Serbia signed a joint statement reaffirming the policy aiming to deepen cooperation.
Prospects of rapprochement between Belarus and EU discussed in Berlin
Belarus is interested in the speedy achievement of peace in Ukraine. The theme of the conflict in the Donbass was raised on November 18 in Berlin, at a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Belarus and Germany. According to Vladimir Makei, Belarus foreign minister, the situation in Ukraine "is a threat to the security of the entire region."
In addition, the diplomats discussed the prospects of rapprochement between Belarus and the EU.
Belarus, Serbia aim at trade turnover of $500mln
A turnover of $500mln is a goal that Belarus and Serbia should reach, said the Belarus President during talks with his Serbian counterpart at the Independence Palace in Minsk on November 19.
Tomislav Nikolic arrived in Belarus yesterday evening. This is his second visit to Belarus as head of state.
Tomislav Nikolic's car arrives at Palace of Independence in Minsk prior to Serbian President's talks with Alexander Lukashenko
Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic arrives in Belarus on official visit November 18
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko will discuss with his Serbian counterpart issues of interstate cooperation during negotiations in the one-on-one and expanded format, on November 19.
The night before, Tomislav Nikolic arrived at National Airport Minsk where the Serbian leader was met by a representative delegation of Belarusian officials and honor guard.
This official visit should further mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries.
Serbia-Belarus friendly relations are restriction-free, Serbian ambassador says
Serbian President is going to visit Belarus. The official visit, which begins today, November 18, will last three days. During this time the Serbian leader will hold several important meetings, including at the highest level. The two leaders will hold talks in narrow and expanded formats, the results of which will be written in a joint statement.
Serbian President to pay official visit to Belarus November 18-20
Serbian President today, November 18, will arrive in Belarus on a three-day official visit. Alexander Lukashenko and Tomislav Nikolic will hold talks in narrow and expanded formats. The two leaders will sign a joint statement. This visit will contribute to further intensification of the Belarusian-Serbian contacts and contribute to the development of trade and economic relations.
President of Belarus visited Serbia four times. Last time was a year ago. And since 2010, trade between Serbia and Belarus has increased five times.
Belarus President's first overseas visit due to Russia, at Putin's invitation
The Belarusian President intends to make his first visit after the presidential elections to Russia, at the invitation of Vladimir Putin. Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko discussed the preparations for this meeting together with Alexander Surikov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Belarus. The Union State leaders exchange visits constantly. Russia is the main trade partner of Minsk and at the same time the largest export market for Belarus’ goods.
No Belarusians suffer in Paris attacks
The night of November 13 in Paris has become one of the bloodiest in the history of France. The city on the Seine was rocked by several major terrorist attacks.
Little Cambodia in the north of Paris was full of people that evening. Closer to midnight unknown people burst into the terrace and open fire at visitors randomly. The massacre lasted about half an hour.
Belarusian, Russian armed forces set for new cooperation plan
On November 13, President Alexander Lukashenko approved a new plan specifying the cooperation of Belarusian-Russian armies from 2016.
According to the Belarusian head of state, the security issue should be considered in terms of relations in the post-Soviet space where three major integration associations such as the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Eurasian Economic Union, and the Union State of Belarus and Russia exist. It’s indispensable to take into consideration the situation in neighboring countries as well.
Vladimir Makei: Belarus expects EU to abandon sanctions logic
Belarus hopes that the European Union's logic of sanctions against the country will sink into oblivion, said November 12 Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus at a meeting with his Lithuanian counterpart. The sides discussed the bilateral relations as well as trade-economic and investment cooperation. They also talked about the joint projects in transport, transit, and energy and infrastructure development of the common border.
Belarus chose right political course in difficult conditions, Russian Communist Party leader says
Russian Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov has given an interview to the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev.
Mr Zyuganov, thank you very much for taking the time to do this interview during his short visit to Minsk. We are talking a few days before the October 2015 election. What is your assessment of how the pre-election campaign is going in Belarus? How do they differ from the previous elections?
World's news agencies continue to discuss Belarus' presidential inauguration
A new reference point in the life of Belarus. Leading media and news agencies of the world continue to discuss the main political news of Belarus - the solemn inauguration of President Alexander Lukashenko.
The inauguration of a President is a kind of benchmark in the history of any state. This event gives the start of a new stage in the development of the country. Similar ceremonies are always watched closely by the world's media. The event held in Minsk's Independence Palace was no exception.
Alexander Lukashenko sworn in as Belarus President (inauguration speech)
The newly elected President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko officially took office on November 6. The inauguration attracted the attention by novelties in the procedure. In the Palace of Independence, the Belarusian leader was sworn in in civilian clothes, and then appeared in State Flag Square in a military uniform.
According to the Constitution, the President shall take office only after taking the oath. The ceremony, under the law, should be held no later than two months after the elections.
I am proud to serve Belarusians, Alexander Lukashenko says at inauguration ceremony
A new reference point in the life of the country and the most important political event. On November 6 Minsk hosted a ceremony of inauguration of the newly elected President of Belarus - Alexander Lukashenko. For the first time the head of state took the oath at the Palace of Independence. Then the celebrations moved to State Flag Square, where soldiers took an oath of allegiance to the Belarusian people and the President. The whole ceremony gathered thousands of guests.
Foreign Ministry recommends Belarus' tourists to cancel travels to Egypt
The Belarusian Foreign Ministry recommends Belarusian tourists to cancel travels to Egypt for now. This is due to the decisions of the authorities of some states to restrict air travel to the country of pyramids.
Russian airlines have also adjusted the flight schedule, including due to the recent Russian plane crash in Egypt.
CIS: Belarus President’s inauguration opens a new page in the country's development
Minsk accepted numerous guests on November 6. Among those who were invited to the Palace of Independence for the Belarus’ President’s inauguration ceremony were foreign diplomats, spiritual and public organizations’ leaders, famous athletes and politicians. They shared their impressions immediately after the solemn inauguration ceremony.
Belarus open to equal cooperation with West, USA and EU, Alexander Lukashenko says
Alexander Lukashenko has taken office as President of Belarus. The ceremony was held at the Palace of Independence November 6.
According to the protocol, soldiers of the guard of honor brought to the Hall of Ceremonies the flag, the banner and the Constitution, after which Alexander Lukashenko was sworn in. The Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission handed him a certificate of the President of the Republic of Belarus. The President was congratulated by the chairmen of the Council of the Republic and the Constitutional Court.
Alexander Lukashenko sworn in as President (TV version)
An inauguration ceremony of the Belarus President was held at the Palace of Independence.
In accordance with the Constitution, the President shall assume office after taking the following oath: "Assuming the office of the President of the Republic of Belarus, I solemnly swear to faithfully serve the people of the Republic of Belarus, to respect and protect the rights and freedoms of man and citizen, to observe and protect the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus, faithfully and conscientiously fulfill the entrusted to me high duties."
Belarus preparing for Presidential inauguration
A solemn ceremony of the newly elected Belarus President’s inauguration is being prepared in Minsk. It will start at the Palace of Independence and will continue at the State Flag Square on November 6. It is the beginning of the President’s mandate as well as the start of a new chapter for Belarus’ history.
The first inauguration ceremony of the President of Belarus was held in the Parliament Oval Hall in 1994. Beginning from 2001, however, the ceremony was held in the Palace of Republic where the head of the state took an oath.
Belarus President’s inauguration due on 6 November
The inauguration ceremony of the newly elected President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko will take place on November 6. President Lukashenko will take the oath and sign the relevant act in the Palace of Independence.
Alexander Lukashenko will be handed the Certificate of President in the presence of more than 1,000 guests, including the top officials of the country, deputies, executives of various levels, foreign diplomats and guests.
Belarus to use own missile system Polonez
Today, on November 3, the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has visited Precision Electromechanical Plantlocated in the Dzerzhinsk region, where the cutting edge domestic missile system Polonez was demonstrated. The head of state was also updated on the efforts to localize the production of combat missiles.
The Polonez missile system was first demonstrated on May 9, during the parade in Minsk. The Polonez missiles have a range of 200 km. Today only several states have missile systems with such characteristics.
Belarusian special forces: Physical training, equipment and combat missions
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Belarus does not want new world security system to emerge from carnage
Let's start with the main events of the week in which the Belarus President took part. The topic of security and the ability of Belarus to defend its borders has always been one of the most important. Moreover, it is important today in light of the events that are unfolding in the neighboring countries.
Alexander Lukashenko this week visited the 120th mechanized brigade, an elite unit in which the President himself once served.
Thousands of hectares of two military camps, barracks, warehouses, and a firing range.
US partially suspend sanctions against Belarusian companies
The United States followed the EU and partially suspended sanctions against a number of Belarusian companies.
The Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reacted positively to the decision and expressed confidence that the complete abolition of economic restrictions will definitely contribute to the development of cooperation with the United States.
The Council of the European Union decided to suspend for 4 months the freezing of assets and travel bans against 170 people and three companies in Belarus.