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20.04.2016

The Council of the Republic of Belarus
Belarus, Russia preparing for 3rd Forum of Regions Belarus and Russia are to find new ways of cooperation at the forthcoming Third Forum of Russian and Belarusian Regions. The sitting of the organizing committee was held in Minsk last week. Minsk is planning to receive guests at the beginning of June.
Estonians to be able to stay in Belarus up to 30 days without registration
Estonians to be able to stay in Belarus up to 30 days without registration Belarus and Estonia have signed an agreement on the entry and stay. Citizens of both countries have been given an opportunity to stay in the territory of the other country up to 30 days without registration. An Estonian delegation is in Minsk these days. The most fruitful area of ​​cooperation between the two countries is trade and economic dialogue. Oil products account for more than 60% of the total Belarusian export. Belarus also supplies to Estonia tractors, trucks and linen fabrics. 
Lidia Yermoshina, Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission of Belarus
Legislative innovations ahead of Belarus' parliamentary vote 2016 The head of the Central Election Commission today told reporters about the innovations and features of the parliamentary elections 2016. According to Lidia Yermoshina, after the 2012 elections, the CEC asked the President to make some changes in the legislation. During the current parliamentary campaign, they will be applied for the first time.
President Lukashenko to address Belarusian people, Parliament on April 21
President Lukashenko to address Belarusian people, Parliament on April 21 President Alexander Lukashenko on April 21 will deliver the State of the Nation address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly. The structure of the address will remain traditional. It will consist of a few large thematic blocks. The economic topic is likely to dominate. Here, the President will outline tasks and objectives for 2016. The most urgent issues in social policy are to be addressed by the head of state too. This is improvement of the pension system, health care and education.
OIC results for Belarus
Results of Istanbul negotiations for Belarus: business dialogue with Kabul already underway The summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul has gone down in history. And with no doubts whatsoever the forum took relations between Belarus and the Eastern countries to a new level. The President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko made a speech at the summit and held a series of bilateral negotiations. The talks were rather resultative. Afghanistan has already begun an active business dialogue with Belarus.

19.04.2016

Belarus participating in CSTO exercises in Tajikistan
Belarus participating in CSTO exercises in Tajikistan Belarusian military are involved in the CSTO drills in Tajikistan. They have brought together intelligence units. In total, there are about one 1,500 troops and aviation. It is the first time large-scale maneuvers have been held within the framework of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). Troops from Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Armenia will conduct exploration in the mountains, as well as work out joint actions to seize and destroy simulated enemy facilities.
President Lukashenko meets with IAEA director general
President Lukashenko meets with IAEA director general Safety is the main priority of the Belarusian nuclear power plant construction, said President Alexander Lukashenko at the April 19 meeting with the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano.

18.04.2016

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano to visit Belarusian nuclear power plant April 18
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano to visit Belarusian nuclear power plant April 18 IAEA Director General is going to visit the construction site of the Belarusian NPP in Ostrovets. Today Yukiya Amano will arrive in our country on a working visit. It is expected that the guest will meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and representatives of other bodies of state administration. In addition, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency will study novelties presented at the exhibition Atomexpo Belarus 2016, which opens in Minsk tomorrow.

17.04.2016

Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Syria's Bashar al-Assad on Evacuation Day
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Syria's Bashar al-Assad on Evacuation Day Syria is marking Day of Evacuation on April 17. On this day, 70 years ago, the last French soldier left the territory of the country and it became in fact independent. President Alexander Lukashenko has sent congratulations to Syrian President Bashar Assad on behalf of the Belarusian people and himself. The head of state reiterated its support for the Syrian society in the fight against terrorism and foreign interference and wished the country peaceful life. 
Will Belarus be offered to join the EU? Picture of the World's special report from London
Will Belarus be offered to join the EU? Picture of the World's special report from London Now let's talk about cooperation, including in the parliamentary dimension. A Belarusian delegation took part in the conference of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in London this week. There is reason to talk about it but in our report, we will also tell you about the scandalous situations circulating in the media, about politicians and ordinary people of England, the views on Belarus from Albion and Belarusian features of Heathrow Airport. However, I will not go into details, let's watch our special report.
Federica Mogherini
Eight European countries, after EU, lift sanctions against Belarus Eight European countries outside the EU lifted sanctions from 170 Belarusian officials and three companies, said head of EU diplomacy Federica Mogherini. These are FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The EU Council decided to lift the sanctions against Belarus on 15 February.  The official report stated that the Council appreciates the steps taken by Minsk over the last two years to improve relations with the European Union. 
Alexander Lukashenko partakes in OIC's Istanbul summit as guest of honor
Alexander Lukashenko partakes in OIC's Istanbul summit as guest of honor Let's start with the most important event of recent days. As many as 56 countries sent their representatives to Istanbul to the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
Vladimir Makei, Belarus' foreign minister
Vladimir Makei about potential of Belarus-Council of Europe relations Now let us turn to European affairs. Belarus does not refuse to join the Council of Europe and would like to cooperate with that structure (not to be confused with the European Union, of course).  This topic was raised a few days ago by Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei, who met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, which is currently chairing the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers.

16.04.2016

Belarus and Monaco establish diplomatic relations
Belarus and Monaco establish diplomatic relations Belarus and Monaco have established diplomatic relations. The joint communique was signed in Belarus’ Embassy to France on April 15, 2016 . The cooperation between Belarus and Monaco will promote the bilateral relations in all spheres.

15.04.2016

Normunds Grostiņš on life in EU and Belarus' politics
Normunds Grostiņš on life in EU and Belarus' politics Today’s special guest at Simple Questions TV program is Normunds Grostiņš , an administrative member of the European Alliance for Freedom. Normunds Grostiņš, board member of the European Alliance for Freedom:If the European Union wanted to join the European Union on its democratic criteria, it wouldn’t be accepted. Unlike Latvia, Belarus has working plants and developed space technologies; Belarus has a mechanism of national presidential elections. As well as Poland, Belarus managed to defend its interests.

14.04.2016

Alexander Lukashenko holds 5 meetings with Asian, Middle Eastern leaders during OIC summit
Alexander Lukashenko holds 5 meetings with Asian, Middle Eastern leaders during OIC summit Today, 14 April, on the sidelines of the OIC summit in Istanbul, Alexander Lukashenko held a series of meetings with world leaders. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, despite the workload and tiredness, met with his longtime friend Alexander Lukashenko closer to midnight. The Presidents have known each other since 2010. This is evident by a handshake.
Alexander Lukashenko speaks at OIC summit in Istanbul
Belarus President at OIC summit: Muslim world can become another pillar of stability The main political news today is coming from Turkey. No nation can feel secure in the face of terrorism, said about an hour ago Alexander Lukashenko at the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. This forum is being held in Istanbul, which is dubbed the crossroad of civilizations. The Belarusian leader is convinced that only through the mutual enrichment of civilizations, through dialogue and cooperation can nations find a way to solve the global challenges facing the world community.
President Lukashenko holds series of bilateral meetings at Istanbul's OIC summit
President Lukashenko holds series of bilateral meetings at Istanbul's OIC summit Alexander Lukashenko has met with Vice-President of Indonesia in Istanbul to discuss mutual trade and cooperation in industry. The two nations are interested in the establishment of a joint venture in Indonesia, which is experiencing a great need for trucks. Belarus can offer the entire range of vehicles.
Alexander Lukashenko in Turkey
Belarus President meets Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Al Thani On the sidelines of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Summit, the Belarusian side will hold talks with heads of other countries. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has already met with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Al Thani. The two leaders discussed various aspects of cooperation. The focus was on economic issues. Tamim Al Thani said that Qatar's relations with Belarus are of strategic nature. He expressed willingness to build cooperation with Belarus in all directions.
OIC Summit in Istanbul: Alexander Lukashenko to speak April 14
Recep Tayyip Erdogan ready to visit Belarus Alexander Lukashenko is taking part in the 13th Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul. The Belarusian Head of State was invited to the forum as a special guest. President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan personally met the summit participants. 
Turkey ready to increase investment in Belarus, develop tourism cooperation
Turkey ready to increase investment in Belarus, develop tourism cooperation Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko continues his working visit to Turkey. Last night, the Belarus head of state held talks with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The two leaders came to conclusion that it was time to restart the economic relations with an emphasis on trade. Belarus and Turkey intend to intensify work in this and other areas and adjust the roadmap of agreements.

13.04.2016

Hybrid warfare: why is it mentioned in Belarus’ new Military Doctrine?
Hybrid warfare: why is it mentioned in Belarus’ new Military Doctrine? The draft of the new Military Doctrine has been approved by the House of Representatives on its first reading this week (April 2016). The main document determining the security of the state was prepared taking into account the new challenges. The previous one was written in 2002, when the situation in Ukraine was far from unstable, when no one was afraid of terror threat in Europe, and when the Arab Spring was 10 years away. No cardinal changes in approaches to national security have been made in the new bill.
Happy Planet Index and 2019 population census: interview with Head of Belarus’ National Statistical Committee
Happy Planet Index and 2019 population census: interview with Head of Belarus’ National Statistical Committee The state strategy and the political tactics will be discussed at the All Belarusian People's Assembly, due presumably in June 2016. But who will propose the right path for the development of the economy, regions, and the country on the whole? Statisticians, of course! The CTV channel interviewed Inna Medvedeva, head of the National Statistical Committee, and asked her about the 2019 population census, personal inflation and even about happiness. Statistics is not able to give you the figures that you want, is it?
Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference may give Belarus observer status
Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference may give Belarus observer status The Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference can give Belarus observer status, said chairman of this organization Janis Vucans. Now 11 countries are its permanent participants on a par with a number of inter-parliamentary organizations. The Belarusian parliament applied for observer status back in 2010. As was noted at the meeting, the current visit could be an important step in this direction.
Belarus President arrives in Turkey on working visit
President Lukashenko arrives in Turkey on working visit President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has arrived in Turkey on a working visit. It is planned that on April 14, the Belarus head of state will attend the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul. The meeting will be held under the motto "Unity and solidarity in the name of justice and peace." Alexander Lukashenko is also set to meet with the Turkish President in the evening.

12.04.2016

New law making season starts at Belarusian Parliament: new laws to be adopted
Belarusian Parliament starts new law-making season The session was opened both in the Oval Hall and in the Council of the Republic of Belarus. The deputies from the House of Representative will decide upon dozens of bills. Some of them are resonant. For instance, a person will be held criminally liable for participation in armed conflicts abroad, or will get fine or warning if their dog barks after 11 PM. During the spring session, the MPs will examine 60 bills. The adopted ones will determine the country's development for years to come.

11.04.2016

Belarus interested in close cooperation with Council of Europe, Foreign Minister says
Belarus interested in close cooperation with Council of Europe, Foreign Minister says Belarus is interested in close cooperation with the Council of Europe, said the foreign minister of Belarus on April 11 meeting with his counterpart from Bulgaria in Minsk.  This Balkan country this year presides over the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers.
Belarus-Bulgaria foreign ministries to hold talks on April 11
Belarus-Bulgaria foreign ministries to hold talks on April 11 Belarus is developing relations with the EU countries. April 11, Minsk will host the talks of the heads of Belarusian and Bulgarian foreign ministries. The meeting participants will discuss the state and prospects of the entire spectrum of the bilateral cooperation and interaction within international organizations.  In view of Bulgaria's presidency of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers in 2016, Belarus discuss relations with this international organization.
Should Belarus be afraid of possible change in EU illegal migration flows?
Should Belarus be afraid of possible change in EU illegal migration flows? Refugees are once again exciting Europe. We are talking about Turkey, which geographically is still part of Europe. However, Ankara does not yet give up hope of joining the EU. At the very least, it would like to secure some more privileges from the EU besides the 3 billion euros (for example, visa-free regime with Europe). So it looks from the outside. 

10.04.2016

Vladimir Makei: Belarus is not a ship drifting in any political direction
Vladimir Makei: Belarus is not a ship drifting in any political direction This week, much has been said about Belarusian-European relations in Brussels and in Minsk. The Belarus President held a meeting with the Foreign Ministry on the productive steps forward between Belarus and the EU. In February, the EU Council lifted most sanctions against our country. Of course, this was a good sign for collaboration in economic terms and not only. Russia remains Belarus' main trade partner but Minsk is ready to listen to pragmatic proposals of the EU.
Vladimir Makei, Belarus' foreign minister
Belarus-Russia Union State to bring more to ordinary citizens, Belarus FM says The Union State of Belarus and Russia has already brought ordinary citizens much and will continue to do so, said Belarus' Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei in Moscow April 8. The Belarusian official took part in the meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the CIS. The heads of the foreign ministries of CIS member states discussed the key issues of cooperation within the Commonwealth.
President Lukashenko: Finally, everyone has realized that EU needs Belarus with multi-vector policy
President Lukashenko: Finally, everyone has realized that EU needs Belarus with multi-vector policy Belarus, by the way, has at all times faithfully guarded the European Union from unwanted migrants. Western Europe does know about this but it may not officially praise it (when politics so require and relations "freeze"). Today, along with storks on the arable land and warmer weather, a chill in relations between Belarus and the European Union is disappearing. This is for the benefit of the two parties, who are building pragmatic relations, said President Lukashenko at a meeting on Belarusian-European cooperation this week.

07.04.2016

All-Belarusian People's Assembly may be held within month
All-Belarusian People's Assembly may be held within month Belarus began preparing for the most important political event of the year - Belarusian People's Assembly. It will be the fifth such event in the recent history of the country. The main goal of the event is to refine the state policy for the coming years.  This important platform of ​​democracy will bring together representatives of all branches of government, industry and business, science, health and culture. The details of the upcoming People's Assembly were discussed by the Government on 6 April.
Foreign Ministry: Belarus reciprocally maintains diplomatic presence in Israel
Foreign Ministry: Belarus reciprocally maintains diplomatic presence in Israel Belarus reciprocally maintains diplomatic presence in Israel, the Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs officially confirmed April 7. The Ministry considered the note reading that the Prime Minister of the State of Israel had decided to keep its diplomatic mission in Belarus in the same format. The keeping of embassies in the two countries is an objective necessity, because of the close ties between tens of thousands of people. This is also because Belarus and Israel are enjoying the positive dynamism of the bilateral relations in various fields.
Belarus-EU relations to be discussed in Brussels April 7
Belarus-EU relations to be discussed in Brussels April 7 Belarus will continue to engage in dialogue with the European Union. In Brussels, the sides will discuss a wide range of issues: from the fight against cross-border threats and investments to energy and transport.  The Belarusian delegation is headed by representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now in Brussels.

06.04.2016

Belarus elected to 3 bodies of UN Economic and Social Council
Belarus elected to 3 bodies of UN Economic and Social Council Belarus reaffirms itself on the world stage again. Our country was elected to three bodies of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations Organization. Belarus got a place in the UN Statistical Commission and was also included into councils dealing with gender equality and human virus infections.
OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs holding talks in Baku on Nagorno-Karabakh
OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs holding talks in Baku on Nagorno-Karabakh The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group began negotiations on Nagorno-Karabakh in Baku. The ambassadors of the US, Russia and France are discussing the termination of fighting in the conflict zone and the transition to the political phase of its resolution. Meanwhile, the parties declare that they strictly adhere to the ceasefire, which has been in force for one day now. It is reported, however, there shooting was heard last night and in the morning on the line of contact.
First meeting of Belarus-EU coordinating group due in Brussels on April 6
First meeting of Belarus-EU coordinating group due in Brussels on April 6 Belarus and the European Union intend to establish a meaningful dialogue in terms of investment, fight against cross-border threats and the simplification of visa regime. The Belarus-EU Coordination Group will meet in Brussels on April 6 in order to consolidate the positive dynamism in the bilateral relations. The meeting in such a format will be held for the first time. The sides plan to discuss the whole range of the bilateral interaction.

05.04.2016

President Lukashenko sees new horizons in Belarus-EU relations
President Lukashenko sees new horizons in Belarus-EU relations The Belarus President has held on April 5 a meeting to discuss the positive dynamism in relations between Minsk and Brussels. In February, the EU Council lifted most sanctions against our country. Of course, this is a good sign for collaboration in economy and beyond. Europe Automotive Holding once declared interest in Belarus and since then the joint production facility has been operating successfully. The lifting of the sanctions was a particular boost for the company.
Armenia, Azerbaijan agree ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh
Armenia, Azerbaijan agree ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to a cease-fire in Nagorno Karabakh. The Armistice Agreement between Baku and Yerevan was reached on April 5 in the morning. This information was confirmed by the Ministry of Defence of Azerbaijan. Vienna is going to host a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh on April 5. Taking part in the discussion will be co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, USA and France.
Belarus President: Do not make us choose between east and west
Belarus President: Do not make us choose between east and west Belarus-EU relations should be built without prejudice in relation to Belarus, said April 5 Alexander Lukashenko at a government meeting. Dynamic relations between Minsk and Brussels can be called positive. In recent years, the level and intensity of contacts has increased and the overall atmosphere of the bilateral ties has improved. In February 2016, the Council of the European Union lifted most of sanctions against Belarus.

04.04.2016

Belarusian MFA: Nagorno-Karabakh problem may be resolved exclusively by peaceful means
Belarusian MFA: Nagorno-Karabakh problem may be resolved exclusively by peaceful means The Belarusian Foreign Ministry has made a statement on April 4 in connection with the aggravation of the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh. The Foreign Ministry noted that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can be resolved only by peaceful means and in accordance with universally recognized principles and norms of international law.
Belarus' draft Military Doctrine adopted in first reading
Belarus' draft Military Doctrine adopted in first reading The new draft Military Doctrine of Belarus has been adopted by Belarusian MPs in the first reading. The updated document defines the main directions of the state's military policy at the present stage of development. There are no fundamental changes to the approach to national security. The defensive orientation of the document has been preserved. The draft clearly states that the use of military force is regarded as an exceptional measure.
Belarusians and Russians: joint projects and Union State programs
Belarusians and Russians: joint projects and Union State programs The two countries are linked by several major joint projects. Including in the framework of the Union State. The two countries are exchanging experience in the field of cell technology. Now they are planning to organize exchanges between the donor registers of the two countries.

03.04.2016

OSCE Minsk Group on Nagorno-Karabakh to meet April 5
OSCE Minsk Group on Nagorno-Karabakh to meet April 5 First blood of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was shed in the late 1980s. Residents of the region, and most of them are Armenians, decided to secede from Azerbaijan. The position of Baku was the preservation of territorial integrity, while Yerevan defends the interests of the unrecognized republic. As a result of 3-year military operation, with the use heavy equipment and artillery about 1 million refugees fled the region.
Belarus hopes for new stage in relations with USA
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
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
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.

01.04.2016

Alexei Begun, head of the Department of Citizenship and Migration at the Interior Ministry of the Republic of Belarus
Belarus improving migration control after recent attacks, refugee crisis Today our guest at "Simple Questions" is head of the Department of Citizenship and Migration at the Interior Ministry of the Republic of Belarus Alexei Begun. Good evening, Mr Begun! Good evening!

31.03.2016

Belarus parliament to review new military doctrine April 4
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.

30.03.2016

Belarus' President meets U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
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.
Belgium terrorist attack
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.

29.03.2016

Alexander Lukashenko counting on continued growth of Parliament's professionalism
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.

28.03.2016

Will Belarus be affected by terrorist attacks in Belgium?
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
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.

27.03.2016

2016 Belarus parliamentary election due not later than 11 September
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
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
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
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
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.

24.03.2016

Belarus MPs building political dialogue with Czech Republic
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.

23.03.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus and Poland can resolve many issues together
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.

22.03.2016

CIS notes transparency during Kazakhstan parliamentary election
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.

21.03.2016

Belarus Communist Party holds congress, voices need for unity of patriotic forces
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.

20.03.2016

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.

17.03.2016

Igor Karpenko, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Belarus
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
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' Foreign Ministry building
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.

16.03.2016

Belarus, Thailand sign agreement on inter-parliamentary cooperation
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.

14.03.2016

Belarusians to check French military units
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

13.03.2016

Ioffe: Sanctions are easy to introduce but then difficult to abolish
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. Grigory, hello! Grigory Ioffe: Hello, Yuri.

12.03.2016

Metropolitan Pavel of Minsk and Zaslavl, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus
Metropolitan Pavel of Minsk and Zaslavl on ISIS What is the root cause of the Middle East conflict? The head of the Belarusian Orthodox Church elaborated on this and other issues.

11.03.2016

State officials and NGOs representatives granted state awards
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.
a Belarusian-Polish customs station
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.

10.03.2016

Belarus handling issue of death penalty
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.
The meeting of Alexander Lukashenko with Stavros Lambrinidis
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.

05.03.2016

Bassam Abdul Majid, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Syria to Belarus
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
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.

04.03.2016

Alexander Lukashenko meets new local executives
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).

03.03.2016

Paris
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).

26.02.2016

Viktor Guminsky
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.
Vienna
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.
The Supreme State Council
Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin on results of Supreme State Council The negotiations in the extended format lasted longer than it was expected. Now we know the outcome of the meeting. The Presidents announced the results of the session when they were talking to the press.
Belarus-Russia cooperation
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.

25.02.2016

The Sureme State Council
Belarus-Russia trade and economic relations to be discussed at Supreme State Council of Union State The trade and economic relations between Belarus and Russia will be the main topic for the discussion at the Supreme State Council of the Union State. The session will be chaired by President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko.  Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, will take part in the talks.

24.02.2016

Belarus-Russia Union State meeting to take place in Minsk February 25
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. 

23.02.2016

Self-employed businessmen gather for rally in Minsk center
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
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.

21.02.2016

Belarus-Azerbaijan: 23 years of diplomatic relations
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 checked in Belarus
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.

18.02.2016

Belarusian governors training to use weapons in case of military conflict
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.       
Pakistani Premier calls Belarus President to discuss bilateral cooperation
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 lifts sanctions against Belarus
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.

17.02.2016

Belarus 45th in Global Firepower list
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
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
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
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.

16.02.2016

Belarus may implement OSCE ODIHR election recommendations
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
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.

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