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25.09.2017

What threat does the USA-North Korea conflict pose for the world?
What threat does the USA-North Korea conflict pose for the world? As they say, you can postpone a war, but never a lunch. Bakers even baked special bread in honor of the military drills “West 2017”. The west felt worried about the Belarusian-Russian military drills, and they were saying that it was posing a threat.

06.09.2017

Prisoner exchange to be discussed during contact group meeting on Ukraine in Minsk
Prisoner exchange to be discussed during contact group meeting on Ukraine in Minsk A meeting of the tripartite contact group on the settlement of the conflict in the southeast of Ukraine will take place in the Belarusian capital. It is planned to discuss the results of the so-called school truce in the Donbass. The cease-fire arrangements for the start of the new academic year were agreed in Minsk at the previous OSCE-Ukraine-Russia meeting. They began to operate from midnight on 25 August.

21.08.2017

US special envoy on Ukraine to visit Belarus on August 21
US special envoy on Ukraine to visit Belarus on August 21 On August 21, Minsk once again becomes the peacekeeping area as the US special envoy on Ukraine arrives in the Belarus capital. Kurt Walker will meet with an official envoy of Russia. It is known that the negotiations will be closed to the press. The sides will discuss the settlement of the conflict in Donbas. It is known that the US official will travel from Minsk to Vilnius and Kiev.

02.08.2017

Michael Morgulis about helping victims of Ukraine crisis
Michael Morgulis about helping victims of Ukraine crisis Michael Morgulis, Honorary Consul of Belarus in the State of Florida (USA), theologian and political scientist in the TV program Simple Questions with Yegor Khrustalev. What do you think, is the point of no return gone through? And we will never return to the situation we had?
Morgulis about situation in Ukraine
Morgulis about situation in Ukraine Michael Morgulis, Honorary Consul of Belarus in the State of Florida (USA), theologian and political scientist in the TV program Simple Questions with Yegor Khrustalev. Don’t the spiritual ties work?

19.07.2017

Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Ukraine to last from July 20 to 21
Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Ukraine to last from July 20 to 21 The President of Belarus will pay an official visit to Ukraine on July 20-21, according to the press service of the head of state. Negotiations with Petro Poroshenko are planned in a one-on-one format and in an expanded format. It is expected that the heads of state will discuss the political and trade-economic cooperation. One of the topics of the meeting will be the settlement of the conflict in the east of Ukraine, in which Belarus actively participates, providing a negotiating platform for the parties to the process.

17.07.2017

Why are Ukrainians grateful to President Lukashenko?
Why are Ukrainians grateful to President Lukashenko? Many Ukrainians came to Belarus in the last couple of years. Ukraine says thank you to Belarus for the support and for the peace keeping mission. A visit of Alexander Lukashenko is planned Kiev during the week. Presidents of the two countries will surely discuss political issues. It is not easy for Ukraine at the moment. Tamara Pchelkina, resident of Repki village (Ukraine):It is nice hear. Trees, forests, blueberries. The problem is that it is too expensive here. I cannot buy nor do anything with the money I get.
Alexander Lukashenko's presidency: 23 years of stability in Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko's presidency: 23 years of stability in Belarus Not only enterprises are preserved in Belarus, as the President said, but new plants have been created, a nuclear power plant is being built, logistics centers and housing. Successes of Belarus in IT and high-tech areas are known. Tranquility and security are also the hallmarks of the country. The OSCE delegates who visited Minsk last week and the Russian-speaking journalists who came to Belarus this week, despite the opposite of political views and points of view, agree on the assessments of life in Belarus. Both sides are delighted.

12.07.2017

Belarus President: Minsk process should remain and continue more vigorously
Belarus President: Minsk process should remain and continue more vigorously Belarus needs to tell the world about itself, said on July 11 the head of state. Already in the first minutes of the meeting, Alexander Lukashenko marks the main priorities: we need to improve the efficiency of foreign economic activity, develop a new export strategy and increase export of services. It is also necessary to take care of increasing the role of Belarus in world politics.

06.07.2017

Belarus ready to discuss human rights issues with USA in any format
Belarus ready to discuss human rights issues with USA in any format Belarus and the USA should continue to dialogue on sensitive topics in a constructive way. The parties need to move from mutual reproaches and demands towards active cooperation. This is what President Alexander Lukashenko said on July 6 meeting with a group of American congressmen from the largest delegation at the 26th session of the OSCE Parliamentary Session. The United States is represented by 35 people. Such interest cannot be called incidental, the head of state underlined.

28.04.2017

Experts on April 26 meeting of Belarusian and Ukrainian presidents
Experts on April 26 meeting of Belarusian and Ukrainian presidents Despite the difficult situation that is emerging these days in the European region, Belarus has managed not only to maintain peace and tranquility in the country, but also remain a peacemaker. We are talking about the assistance of the Belarusian state in resolving the conflict in the south-east of Ukraine. Meeting with President of Belarus Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko said: "Minsk agreements" still remain a single way to solve the Ukrainian issue.

27.04.2017

Minsk remains invariable platform for peaceful solution to Ukrainian crisis
Minsk remains invariable platform for peaceful solution to Ukrainian crisis Belarus will work only for peace in Ukraine, said Alexander Lukashenko during a meeting with Petro Poroshenko. Minsk remains the invariable platform to search for peaceful solutions to the Ukrainian crisis. A meeting of the trilateral contact group is being held in the Belarus capital right now.

06.04.2017

Assistants to presidents of Russia, Ukraine, France and German chancellor to discuss Ukraine crisis in Minsk
Assistants to presidents of Russia, Ukraine, France and German chancellor to discuss Ukraine crisis in Minsk The "Normandy format" returns to Minsk. The Belarus capital is preparing to meet aides to the presidents of Russia, Ukraine, France and the German Chancellor. This information was confirmed in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus. The ministry also clarified that the negotiations will be closed to the media. The meeting was announced after the Tuesday telephone conversation between the heads of Russia, Germany and France. The leaders of the three countries agreed to continue contacts in the "Normandy format".

21.03.2017

Writer Zakhar Prilepin speaks on the situation in Ukraine
Writer Zakhar Prilepin speaks on the situation in Ukraine Zakhar Prilepin, a Russian writer, took part in the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev. We are having a discussion on the threshold of the Forgiveness Sunday.
Armed people try to violate Belarus-Ukraine border near Aleksandrovka
Armed people try to violate Belarus-Ukraine border near Aleksandrovka The incident occurred last night. The Jeep car was heading to Belarus from Ukraine. The driver knocked down the gate, drove through the forced stop facility and, having received mechanical damage, tried to escape. As a result, the border guards had to use a service weapon. The car was detained by the State Border Committee special operations group in the area of ​​the village Gabrileevka, Gomel region.

19.03.2017

Angela Merkel: I am glad that President Trump supports Minsk ceasefire agreements
Angela Merkel: I am glad that President Trump supports Minsk ceasefire agreements The most discussed subject in the world of politics today is the dialogue between the USA and the EU. The first meeting of US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel took place in Washington. The leaders discussed a set of questions; they talked about NATO, combating terrorism and the crisis in Eastern Ukraine. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany: The US Administration and President Trump personally support Minsk Ceasefire Agreements. We need to solve this problem.

25.02.2017

Minsk ceasefire agreements:a platform for further work of the OSCE
Minsk ceasefire agreements: a platform for further work of the OSCE Vienna urges compliance on Minsk ceasefire agreements. This concerns the current situation in Ukraine. It is one of the key subjects discussed at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. “Minsk ceasefire agreements need to be used as a platform for further work of the OSCE”. This was said by Swedish delegates at the sitting of the Political and Security Committee.

24.02.2017

Ukraine crisis to be discussed at OSCE PA in Minsk in summer 2017
Ukraine crisis to be discussed at OSCE PA in Minsk in summer 2017 Belarus will host the next OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in the summer of 2017. Today in Vienna there was held a presentation of Belarus as the host of the forthcoming forum. The event of this level will be held in Belarus for the first time in more than 20 years.

23.02.2017

Belarus takes about 160,000 Ukrainians in recent years
Belarus takes about 160,000 Ukrainians in recent years The difficult situation emerging in the south-east of Ukraine again became the topic of discussion on 23 February at the Belarusian Foreign Ministry. It commented on the mechanism permitting Ukrainian refugees a temporary residence in the country, responding to a question about the status of Donetsk and Lugansk passports. Dmitry Mironchik said the President of Belarus in August 2014 adopted a decree that which contains a number of rules that enable migrants to avoid serious problems in the process.

20.02.2017

Minsk agreements mentioned during Munich Security Conference
Pence defends role of Minsk agreements in Ukraine crisis resolution "Minsk agreements" sounded again at a high international level. The Munich Security Conference opened on Friday. It is already 53rd in a row. For more than half a century, the political elite has gathered in the heart of Bavaria to discuss the most urgent issues. Today on the agenda, besides the Ukrainian crisis, are the fight against terrorism; West's relations with Russia; situation in Europe; Syria and, of course, the near future of NATO during the presidency of Donald Trump (and not only of NATO). The new owner of the White House did not attend the forum.
Merkel says still no alternatives to Minsk agreements on Ukraine
Merkel says still no alternatives to Minsk agreements on Ukraine The International Conference on Security continues in Munich. One of the key issues is the settlement of the crisis in south-east Ukraine. This topic was discussed by the foreign ministers of the "Normandy 4". They agreed they would promote the truce in the Donbas from 20 February. Angela Merkel did not stay aside from the problems. The German Chancellor called the Minsk agreements - quote - "the only thing that we have in order to continue the dialogue and solve problems."

31.01.2017

Petro Poroshenko instructs to convene emergency meeting of Ukraine contact group
Petro Poroshenko instructs to convene emergency meeting of Ukraine contact group The situation in the south-east of Ukraine is worsening. Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has urgently demanded to convene an emergency meeting of the trilateral contact group. It is not clear whether it will be held in Minsk or in the format of a videoconference. Earlier it was planned that the negotiators will take place in Minsk on February 1. The Foreign Ministry of Belarus confirmed on January 31 that it is strongly willing to contribute to the organization of the meeting.

22.12.2016

Minsk ready to become large-scale discussion platform during OSCE PA summer session
Minsk ready to become large-scale discussion platform during OSCE PA summer session Minsk is ready to become a large-scale discussion platform during the summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. On December 22, this matter was discussed at a meeting of Belarusian MPs with the OSCE delegation. It is planned that Minsk will host about 700 participants from 56 countries.

18.12.2016

Mikhail Morgulis: Trump said Belarus' WWII feat deserves respect
Mikhail Morgulis: Trump said Belarus' WWII feat deserves respect Mikhail Morgulis, political scientist, writer, theologian, founder of the spiritual concept of diplomacy, Honorary Consul of Belarus in the State of Florida (USA) has given an interview with the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev. For Belarusian audience it is very difficult to understand what the electoral system in the United States looks like. Why does it happen that the majority voted for Clinton but it was Trump who won? Who are the electors? How to explain it simply?

05.12.2016

Normandy talks on Ukraine in Minsk: No sensations this time
Normandy talks on Ukraine in Minsk: No sensations this time If there's still a precedent and for the first time in post-war Europe, the radical right will come to power, this will give confidence, for example, to the leader of France's National Front, Marine Le Pen, which next year will fight for the presidency in the country. Moreover, Hollande said this week that he would not participate in the elections. And it is also a precedent - never before in modern France did the acting head of state refuse to run for a second term. However, Merkel, said that she would try to become German Chancellor for the fourth time.

29.11.2016

Normandy 4 foreign ministers to hold talks on Ukraine November 29 in Minsk
Normandy 4 foreign ministers holding talks on Ukraine in Minsk The foreign ministers of the Normandy Quartet (also known as Normandy 4) are holding talks on the Ukrainian crisis in Minsk November 29. The meeting is taking place at President Hotel. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin was the first to arrive in Minsk. Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov was the last to come. As expected, the talks will hinge around security and humanitarian issues, in particular, the release of hostages.

24.11.2016

Foreign Ministry: Belarus ready for Normandy 4 ministerial meeting
Foreign Ministry: Belarus ready for Normandy Four ministerial meeting Belarus is ready to provide all necessary conditions for the effective conduct of the Normandy Quartet ministerial meeting if the parties so decide, said the Foreign Ministry of Belarus. It became known yesterday that France and Germany are preparing a meeting in this format on November 29 in Minsk, because of the deterioration of the situation in the Donbass. This is according to head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

21.11.2016

Belarus President's press conference to Russian journalists: main points
Belarus President about his pets and son's social networks The President of Belarus sent a letter of cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky with appreciation that an astronaut does not forget his roots. On Thursday, meeting with journalists from 46 regions of Russia, Lukashenko remarked that Novitsky is now a Russian citizen, but inside he's still a Belarusian man.
Belarus remains pole of stability in Europe
Belarus remains pole of stability in Europe Belarus is increasingly seen as a pole of stability in the region, said Belarus President on November 21 as he met with the delegation of the Political and Security Committee of the EU Council. According to Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus cannot face a choice between East and West. Belarus' foreign policy is consistent and predictable, he added.

16.11.2016

Belarus supports over 60,000 Ukrainian asylum-seekers in recent years
Belarus supports over 60,000 Ukrainian asylum-seekers in recent years In recent years, Belarus has supported more than 60,000 Ukrainians who arrived in the country in search of asylum. They receive the necessary medical care from the budget, while their children, on a par with Belarusians, enroll in preschool education and schools. The Ukraine crisis and global policy in this area was discussed in Minsk by experts from 10 countries at a conference dedicated to migration and demographic development.

28.10.2016

Minsk still a platform for peace negotiations, President Lukashenko says
Minsk still a platform for peace negotiations, President Lukashenko says Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Independent States will meet on 28 October at the National Library of Belarus. The session was preceded by the meetings of heads of CIS delegations with the President of Belarus. It is already known that Alexander Lukashenko has met with the Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Yagub Eyyubov. According to the Belarusian leader, Minsk still fulfills its obligations of a peace talks platform aiming to resolve various conflicts.

20.10.2016

Foreign Ministry: Belarus welcomes any progress in resolution of Ukraine crisis
Foreign Ministry: Belarus welcomes any progress in resolution of Ukraine crisis Belarus welcomes any progress, contributing to end the bloodshed in eastern Ukraine. Such a statement was made by the Foreign Ministry of Belarus. This is a reaction to the talks in Berlin of the Normandy Four leaders. Their main achievement was the agreement to budge the stalled process of implementation of the Minsk agreements.
Normandy Four talks finish in Berlin, OCSE mission to be expanded
Normandy Four talks finish in Berlin, OCSE mission to be expanded The Minsk road map and the extension of the OSCE mission are the main results of nearly five-hour talks in the Normandy Four format in Berlin. They ended the day before late at night. According to experts, it seems that the sides have managed to budge the stalled process of implementation of the Minsk agreements to resolve the situation in the east of Ukraine. The current meeting of the leaders of Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France was the fourth in a row.
Normandy Four meeting starts in Berlin October 19
Normandy Four meeting starts in Berlin October 19 The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany (the Normandy Four) gathered in Berlin October 19. The parties plan to check whether they are on the same page on the further settlement of the crisis in south-east Ukraine. The most important issues are the situation in the Donbass and the implementation of the Minsk agreements, which are at an impasse. The participants continue to recognize the need for compliance with these agreements, however, they interpret the agreement differently.

19.10.2016

Minsk agreements on Ukraine to be discussed in Berlin October 19
Minsk agreements on Ukraine to be discussed in Berlin October 19 A meeting of Normandy Four to discuss the Ukrainian crisis will be held on October 19 in Berlin. The meeting participants will estimate the implementation of the Minsk agreements since the last meeting and will discuss the next steps.  Angela Merkel has sent the leaders of Russia, France and Ukraine's an invitation to Berlin. After that, the German Chancellor, Hollande and Poroshenko had a telephone conversation in a trilateral format.

02.09.2016

Hollande, Merkel still committed to Minsk agreements
Hollande, Merkel still committed to Minsk agreements French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are ready to continue work on the full implementation of the Minsk agreements on Ukraine. The two leaders have made a joint statement on this.  The fact is that France and Germany are concerned about the security situation in the east of Ukraine, especially along the contact line. They support the cease-fire in the Donbass in connection with the beginning of the academic year.

18.07.2016

Descendant of d'Artagnan, Aymeri de Montesquiou, shares impressions about Belarus
Descendant of d'Artagnan, Aymeri de Montesquiou, shares impressions about Belarus This guest of this edition of the program "Week" on the CTV is better known for his affinity with the musketeer described by Alexander Dumas. Duke Aymeri de Montesquiou d'Artagnan visited Belarus this week. Why? Our correspondent Yana Shipko found out. Mr. de Montesquiou d'Artagnan, thanks for taking the time to talk with us! I am very pleased to pronounce your name, because I've been a fan of Dumas books since childhood. Incredibly, you actually belong to this family tree?

13.07.2016

Document on separation of forces in Donbas may be signed 14 July
Document on separation of forces in Donbas may be signed 14 July The conflicting parties in the south-east of Ukraine agreed to sign a document on the separation of forces in the Donbass. It is planned to make it on 14 July. Talks of the trilateral contact group have just completed in Minsk. Now the work of experts is focused on security issues. The ultimate goal is to reduce the number of incidents involving weapons in the conflict zone.

22.06.2016

5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly: Day 1 summary
5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly: Day 1 summary The 5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly opened in Minsk June 22. This is the most democratic way of democracy. Journalists pick different epithets and comparisons for the forum. But the Belarus President explains it simply and clearly. He speaks about the purpose of the meeting itself and the people taking part in it.

15.06.2016

NATO chief: No alternatives to Minsk agreements on Ukraine
NATO chief: No alternatives to Minsk agreements on Ukraine There are no alternatives to the Minsk agreements on Ukraine, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. It is again hot in Donbass and this is in spite of the ceasefire supported by both sides of the conflict. Artillery fire sounds in several towns in the region. There are no casualties among civilians, but the situation is heating up with each passing day. In this regard, the Alliance's secretary general urged the Ukrainian army and the forces of the self-proclaimed republics to respect the Minsk Agreements. 

08.06.2016

Belarus taking 'calm and adequate' measures in view of increased NATO presence
Belarus taking 'calm and adequate' measures in view of increased NATO presence Current approaches to achieving economic security became the main topic at a forum of heads of delegations who gathered in Minsk for a session of the Council of CIS supreme bodies of financial control. The President of Belarus met with international experts June 7. According to Alexander Lukashenko, the CIS should become a political and economic center of power. This is particularly important in light of the 25th anniversary of the Commonwealth. The leading financial experts of the CIS countries will stay in Minsk a few days.

26.05.2016

Belarus welcomes mutual exchange of military personnel by Ukraine and Russia
Belarus welcomes mutual exchange of military personnel by Ukraine and Russia The Foreign Ministry of Belarus welcomes the steps taken between Russia and Ukraine on the way to the implementation of the Minsk agreements. The sides have exchanged military personnel. Thus, one of the issues that was an obstacle to progress towards a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Ukraine is now off the agenda. The Foreign Ministry expresses hope that the event will be positive for the whole negotiation process.

24.05.2016

Normandy Four approves OSCE police mission in Donbass
Normandy Four approves OSCE police mission in Donbass Leaders of the Normandy Four have supported the creation of the OSCE police mission in Donbass. The heads of state agreed on this in a telephone conversation.  In addition, the leaders reiterated the importance of the full execution of the Minsk agreements. Also, a special council for the preparation of local elections in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions will be operating in the east of Ukraine. For now, fighting has resumed in the Donbass, with the OSCE noting violations of ceasefire every day. However, there are no casualties among civilians.

16.05.2016

Belarusian, Russian foreign ministers discuss Minsk-Moscow cooperation, relations in Eurasian Economic Union
Belarusian, Russian foreign ministers discuss Minsk-Moscow cooperation, relations in Eurasian Economic Union On May 16, the Belarusian and Russian foreign ministries held talks in the foreign ministry of Belarus.  The sides discussed a wide range of issues. Much attention was paid to the interaction between Moscow and Minsk and collaboration in the framework of the integration entities such as the Eurasian Economic Union, the CSTO and the CIS. Security issues were also talked over.

08.05.2016

Canada to remove sanctions against Belarus
Canada to remove sanctions against Belarus Canada has removed sanctions against Belarus, reads the Canadian foreign ministry website.  "Pursuant to the Government of Canada’s commitment to diplomatic re-engagement with the international community, and in response to recent positive developments in Belarus, Global Affairs Canada will initiate the regulatory process to remove Belarus from the Area Control List (ACL), thereby lifting sanctions that have been in place since December 14, 2006," the message reads.

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.

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).

17.02.2016

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.

15.02.2016

Metropolitan Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz: "With prayer, the world will become better"
Metropolitan Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz: "With prayer, the world will become better" Statistics show that every 5 minutes on average one person in the world dies for his faith in Christ. Basically we are talking about hotspots. Persecution of Christians has become a major topic of conversation in Francis Pope and Patriarch Kirill. The primates of the Catholic and Orthodox churches met for the first time in a thousand years. Their paths crossed in Havana's Jose Marti airport, near a wooden crucifix. According to the Christian tradition, the meeting began with a triple kiss and ended with a final declaration on 10 sheets. 

12.02.2016

One year past Minsk agreements on Ukraine: what is still to be implemented?
One year past Minsk agreements on Ukraine: what is still to be implemented? On February 12, the world marks exactly one year after the Minsk agreements. On the same day in 2015, in the capital of Belarus, a package of measures to resolve the situation in Ukraine was adopted.  The document was endorsed by the 'Normandy 4' - the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France. The package of measures was supported by the UN Security Council and has become mandatory for implementation of the peace process in the conflict zone.
Foreign Ministry: Belarus urges to consolidate efforts to support Minsk peace process
Foreign Ministry: Belarus urges to consolidate efforts to support Minsk peace process Belarus calls to consolidate efforts to support the Minsk peace process on Ukraine, reads the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in connection with the anniversary of the coordination of the "Complex measures for the implementation of the Minsk agreements." There is still a long way to resolve the Ukrainian crisis, but at stake is not only the life and well-being, but also the fate of the entire system of European security.  An important role in this process belongs to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. 

11.02.2016

Experts from Normandy 4 countries gather in Minsk February 11, 2016
Experts from 'Normandy 4' countries gather in Minsk February 11, 2016 Experts are discussing possible ways out of the Ukraine crisis.  And although the meeting is informal its results will help to find new ways to address the issue. For the normalization of the situation in Ukraine, all parties must make every effort. The resolution of the conflict in a civilized manner shows the stability of the entire European region to modern challenges and threats.
Security key topic at Minsk meeting to settle Ukraine crisis
Security key topic at Minsk meeting to settle Ukraine crisis Security has become a key theme at the meeting of working subgroups to resolve the conflict in Ukraine. On February 10, in Minsk, the OSCE Special Representative Martin Sajdik called on the parties to observe the ceasefire. The withdrawal of heavy weapons still remains an open question, as well as mine clearance. The shelling has become the main cause of unresolved economic and humanitarian problems.

28.01.2016

NATO: Minsk agreements remain the only basis for peace in Ukraine
NATO: Minsk agreements remain the only basis for peace in Ukraine Minsk agreements remain the only basis for peace in Ukraine, said NATO Secretary General, presenting on January 28 the annual report on the work of the alliance. Jens Stoltenberg confirmed the inviolability of the agreements reached in Minsk, and urged all parties to implement them. According to him, NATO see both progress and problems in the implementation of the Minsk agreements. More on Ukraine crisis

26.01.2016

Lavrov: Kiev must meet Minsk agreements
Lavrov: Kiev must meet Minsk agreements Moscow stands for the strict implementation of the Minsk agreements on Ukraine, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on January 26 at a big press conference. According to the diplomat, not all the agreements have been implemented.  Therefore, Lavrov reminded, it was decided to continue this work in 2016. The objectives remain the same, they are all set out in documents. The Minsk agreement provides complete cease-fire in the conflict zone, the release of prisoners and the restoration of infrastructure in the region.

20.01.2016

New round of Ukraine contact group talks underway in Minsk January 20
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.

19.01.2016

Ukraine contact group to meet in Minsk January 20
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.

14.01.2016

Another cease-fire for Donbas: Will it hold?
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.

11.01.2016

Minsk 2015
Minsk 2015: Major Events of the Year Belarus emerges from winter holidays - Catholic and Orthodox Christmas and the New Year’s Eve - so it’s perfect time to look back on 2015 and remember the major events of the bygone year. In 2015, Minsk became a city of the world’s hope. The leaders of Russia, Germany, France, and Ukraine came to Belarus to find a way to solve the Ukrainian crisis. Everything was meticulously prepared by the President of Belarus for hosting the talks between President Putin, Chancellor Merkel, President Poroshenko and President Hollande.

03.01.2016

Belarus President names the most significant event of 2015
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.

30.12.2015

Normandy 4 leaders hold telephone conversation
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.

23.12.2015

Martin Sajdik
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.  

15.12.2015

Belarus' strengthens control over arriving Ukrainians, Syrians
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.

08.12.2015

Minsk hosting trilateral meeting of Ukraine contact group
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.

03.12.2015

Belarus' to partake in OSCE foreign ministers' meeting in Belgrade
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.

15.11.2015

Belarusian, Russian armed forces set for new cooperation plan
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.

28.10.2015

Ukraine contact group agrees on exchange of 20 prisoners
Ukraine contact group agrees on exchange of 20 prisoners During yesterday's meeting of the tripartite contact group to resolve the situation in Donbas it was agreed to release a number of prisoners on both sides, OSCE spokesman Martin Sajdik said. According to him, the exchange will take place on October 29. There will be released 11 representatives of Ukraine and 9 from "a number of areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions." 

26.10.2015

Minsk agreements on Ukraine become peacemaking brand
Minsk agreements on Ukraine as a kind of peacemaking brand The planet as a whole starts to perceive Belarus as a peacemaker. New Switzerland. The peacemaking brand - the Minsk agreement - is constantly mentioned in speeches by the presidents of the USA and Russia and European leaders. And Ukraine, of course, too. And here are the examples of recent days.

12.10.2015

Juan Díaz Nicolas
Juan Díaz Nicolas: I was surprised that Belarusians come to the polls with kids Profession of sociology of the Madrid University Juan Diaz Nicolas is in our studio today. Could you tell us about your impressions of what you saw during the Belarus election?
Andrei Rusakovich, political analyst
Andrei Rusakovich, expert: Belarus has significantly improved its position in the international arena Andrei Rusakovich, Head of the Diplomatic and Consular Service Department of the Faculty of International Relations of the Belarusian State University (BSU): Do you know, Belarus in the past few years has significantly improved its position in the international arena. I will name just a few factors that testify to this. This is, above all, a stable position with respect to security, both international and regional. This was highlighted in the process of the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis. 

11.10.2015

Doctor of Political Sciences, Sergei Kizima: Europe and world discovering real Belarus
Doctor of Political Sciences, Sergei Kizima: Europe and world discovering real Belarus On October 11, the main voting day, the Palace of the Republic has become a kind of analytical center. Numerous international observers and political analysts come here and share their views with journalists. A CTV correspondent is in the CEC Information Center. Expert:People came to the polls as on holiday, they came with children, the whole families. The elderly told that they were paid a visit at their homes. At two or three polling stations, we saw several people born in 1920 or 1921 who came on their own.

04.10.2015

Alexander Lukashenko takes part in Prayer for Belarus ceremony
Alexander Lukashenko takes part in Prayer for Belarus ceremony With prayers for Belarus. Hundreds of the faithful gathered on October 2 at the walls of the Minsk Church of All Saints. Representatives of almost all religious denominations - Orthodox, Catholics, Protestants, Jews and Muslims - were present. For decades, they have co-existed peacefully in our land. Taking part in the ceremony was the President, Alexander Lukashenko. In the center of the crypt stood a lamp with Holy Fire from Jerusalem. The Belarus President used it to light a memorial candle.

01.10.2015

Weapons in Ukraine to be withdrawn from line of contact
Weapons in Ukraine to be withdrawn from line of contact The Tripartite Contact Group on the settlement of the Ukraine crisis has managed to reach a compromise. Earlier in Minsk they initialed an agreement on the mutual withdrawal of weapons from the zone of contact. Additions to the Minsk Agreement suggest that the withdrawal of weapons will be carried out over a distance of 15km and will take place in two stages. The first one will start in two days after a complete ceasefire.

29.09.2015

Belarus at the UN General Assembly in New York: Speech by Alexander Lukashenko
Belarus at the UN General Assembly in New York: Speech by Alexander Lukashenko Alexander Lukashenko with the most "peaceful" tribune spoke of "non-peaceful" atmosphere on the planet and talked with the leaders of many countries. In the general debate the powerful countries - including the United States and Russia - voiced their positions. There was also a kind of political debut - Xi Jinping spoke at the UN General Assembly for the first time. 

27.09.2015

Tajik family in Belarus
How does Belarus cope with influx of refugees? A wave of migrants from the Middle East has not touched Belarus but our country is also hosting refugees. The majority of them come from Ukraine and other places of the FSU.  This Chechen woman with three children and a disabled husband has been living at the Brest railway station for a week. She several times "storms" the border with the European Union. Lisa Osmalova:We live at the station, we spend nights and eat. And every morning we buy return tickets.

22.09.2015

Next meeting of tripartite contact group on Ukraine to be held in Minsk September 22
Next meeting of tripartite contact group on Ukraine to be held in Minsk September 22 The withdrawal of weapons and the law on Donbass’ special status – peaceful resolution of the Ukrainian crisis is sought in Minsk. It’s expected that the next round of the tripartite contact group talks will be held in Minsk on September 22.

17.09.2015

Astrologer Pavel Globa: Alexander Lukashenko will be like Fidel Castro, quite clearly. Castro ruled about 50 years
Astrologer Pavel Globa: Alexander Lukashenko will be like Fidel Castro, quite clearly. Castro ruled about 50 years Guest of the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev is astrologer Pavel Globa. Mr Globa, thank you for taking the time for this conversation. I had the honor to interview you more than 20 years ago when I was a young journalist. Pavel Globa: I remember. You look wonderful. It seems times doesn't affect you. Pavel Globa: You flatter me. I do not care. Women care but I don't...

08.09.2015

Ukraine contact group working subgroups start another meeting in Minsk September 8
Ukraine contact group working subgroups start another meeting in Minsk September 8 Full ceasefire and the law on the special status of Donbass. The Belarusian capital on September 8 once again become a meeting place for a peaceful settlement of the Ukrainian crisis. At this moment President Hotel is hosting the meetings of the four working subgroups of the Contact Group. In the afternoon, representatives of the tripartite contact group are expected to meet at the negotiating table.

07.09.2015

Over 100 injured in Ukraine parliament protests
Over 100 injured in Ukraine parliament protests In Kiev, last week began with an explosion at the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament. The grenade injured more than 100 people.  Ukrainian authorities promised to respond rapidly to the incident that led to the death of four people. However, the shock relay continued. Two days later a bomb exploded in the office of the nationalist "Right Sector".

06.09.2015

Oleg Romanov, CTV special correspondent
Material and spiritual humanitarian aid for Donetsk from Belarus Despite fluctuations of the Russian and Belarusian ruble they feel much more confident than the Ukrainian hryvnia, for example. Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republic have switched from the hryvnia to the Russian ruble, by the way. Our special correspondent Oleg Romanov had just returned from areas where people wake up to the roar of cannon fire but buy Belarusian goods for all the money that circulate there. Particularly brisk was trade in Donetsk on the Miner's Day. Death walks around, but life goes on.

03.09.2015

EU, Brazil and the Vatican diplomats visit refugee families in Gomel region
EU, Brazil and the Vatican diplomats visit refugee families in Gomel region Immigrants from Syria found a new life in Belarus. Families forced to flee from the deadly threat in their home country are happy with peaceful heaven in Belarus. Sept. 3 diplomats from the EU, Brazil and the Vatican could see it in person. Representatives of diplomatic missions visited Syrian citizens in their new homes in Gomel in the framework of a United Nations project.
Jean Yves Bouchardy, representative of the High Commissioner for Refugees in Belarus
UN praises Belarus' work with Ukrainian immigrants Belarus has been thanked for the good deeds. The UN praised the work of Belarus with Ukrainian immigrants. In H1 2015 alone, more than 27,000 Ukrainian citizens officially arrived in Gomel Oblast. Every fourth of them has arrived from the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of war-turn Ukraine. All who asked for help were assisted quickly in finding housing and job. The work has been praised: written thanks of the representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees have been delivered to Gomel.

01.09.2015

Ceasefire being observed September 1, political subgroup of Ukraine contact group says
Ceasefire being observed September 1, political subgroup of Ukraine contact group says Minsk remains the main site for the resolution of the Ukrainian crisis. On September 1 in Minsk, there ended another series of talks of the political subgroup of the tripartite contact group on Ukraine. The meeting was held behind closed doors. The main issues that the sides discussed were the constitutional reform and the special status of Donbass. One but very important conclusion was voiced: on September 1, the ceasefire is being observed.
Political sub-group of Ukraine Contact Group holding meeting in Minsk
Political sub-group of Ukraine Contact Group holding meeting in Minsk September 1 is a key date for the implementation of the next steps for the establishment of peace in the south-east of Ukraine. Previously, an agreement was reached on the withdrawal of weapons with a caliber of up to 100 mm from the contact line. But the question remains unresolved. A trilateral political subgroup of the contact group on Ukraine is now holding a meeting on Ukraine behind closed doors. The agenda includes constitutional reform and the status of the Donbas.

31.08.2015

Ukraine runs risk of energy crisis
Ukraine runs risk of energy crisis Ukraine faces an energy crisis. Due to the fact that Donbass mines have stopped working, the country is running out of coal. Now, Ukraine has to buy fuel in Africa.  The government has warned the public about the increase in utility tariffs. The Ministry of Energy has compiled an hourly schedule of power outages in the winter.

27.08.2015

Working subgroup on Ukraine in Minsk cannot come to consensus on withdrawal of arms in Donbass
Working subgroup on Ukraine in Minsk cannot come to consensus on withdrawal of arms in Donbass A working subgroup on the settlement of the Ukraine crisis, which is working in Minsk, cannot come to a consensus on the issue of withdrawal of arms in the Donbass, report news agencies citing a source in the security subgroup of the tripartite contact group. The document on the withdrawal of weapons of a caliber less than 100mm in the Donbass cannot be agreed because of the lack of consensus on several contentious areas along the line of contact.

26.08.2015

President Hotel in Minsk
Minsk hosting another meeting of Ukraine contact group August 26 On August 26 Minsk is hosting after the three-week break a meeting of the Ukraine contact group and its four sub-working groups. As expected, the subgroup on security will submit to the contact group two versions of the text of the document on the withdrawal from the line of contact of arms of a caliber up to 100 mm.

20.08.2015

Belarus reinforcing border with Ukraine
Belarus reinforcing border with Ukraine Belarus is reinforcing its southern borders. Against the backdrop of new alarming news from the southeast of Ukraine, Belarus is taking special care about the strength of the Belarusian-Ukrainian border. Demarcation works have been underway since November 2013, when the first border sign was installed.

19.08.2015

OSCE emergency meeting on Ukraine underway in Austria
OSCE emergency meeting on Ukraine underway in Austria An emergency meeting of the OSCE on Ukraine is being held in Austria. There is only one but very important issue on the agenda - the aggravation of the situation in the Donbass. In recent days, there has been a sharp increase in the number of civilian casualties. The monitoring mission of the OSCE, which is now working in Horlivka, confirmed the death of three people. At least six more were injured in fighting near Mariupol. 

17.08.2015

Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant privatization not on the cards for now
Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant privatization not on the cards for now The state is not going to sell Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant (MZKT trademark) now, said Alexander Lukashenko while visiting the company on August 14. The Head of State familiarized himself with the work of the new production facilities and was shown samples of products. In addition, the President talked with the staff of the plant.

14.08.2015

Vladimir Makei, Belarus' foreign minister
Foreign Ministers of Belarus, Ukraine and Lithuania discuss Donbass conflict The trilateral meeting of foreign ministers of Belarus, Lithuania and Ukraine - Vladimir Makei, Antanas Linkevičius and Pavel Klimkin - took place in Odessa, the press service of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry informs. "The ministers thoroughly discussed the regional situation related to the conflict in south-eastern Ukraine, and spoke in favor of the quick achievement of specific agreements, which will be acceptable to all parties, within the framework of the Tripartite Liaison Group," the press-service reports.

13.08.2015

Vladimir Makei, Belarus' foreign minister
Minsk, Kiev preparing roadmaps to restore bilateral trade Minsk and Kiev are preparing roadmaps to restore the previous level of trade between the countries. This was stated by the head of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry in Kiev. Vladimir Makei is here on a working visit. The talks with the leadership of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry also focused on the situation in the Donbass. Vladimir Makei assured that Belarus is doing everything for soonest peace and stability in the sourth-east of Ukraine.

12.08.2015

Belarusian Foreign Minister begins visit to Ukraine August 12
Belarusian Foreign Minister begins visit to Ukraine August 12 The head of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry will discuss the settlement of the situation in the Donbass during his visit to Ukraine. Vladimir Makei arrives there on August 12.  The head of the Foreign Ministry of Belarus will also review trade and economic relations between the two countries and cooperation in the field of politics. The chiefs of the Foreign Ministries of Belarus and Ukraine will discuss the dialogue between the two countries within international organizations.   

04.08.2015

Negotiations on Ukraine continuing in Minsk August 4
Negotiations on Ukraine continuing in Minsk August 4 The Ukraine negotiation marathon continues in Minsk. The previous meeting of the contact group and its working groups was held in Minsk yesterday. It lasted about 12 hours and ended late at night. Today, on August 4 Minsk again brought together representatives of the subgroup on security. The meeting is not going to be adjourned until the parties find a compromise on matters of principle. In particular, they will focus on the removal of weapons from the line of contact. This is another attempt to find common ground. The day before, it failed.

03.08.2015

Contact Group to discuss Shirokino demilitarization, Donbass' special status in Minsk August 3
Contact Group to discuss Shirokino demilitarization, Donbass' special status in Minsk August 3 A meeting of coordinators of subgroups of the Ukraine contact group began in Minsk. This was reported by the Belarusian Foreign Ministry. OSCE representatives have gathered at President Hotel. Today the tripartite contact group will also meet. The meetings will be held behind closed doors, as always. The agenda includes the situation in Shirokino, withdrawal of weapons and the special status of Donbass.

31.07.2015

OSCE special monitoring mission observers arrive in Ukraine's Horlivka
OSCE special monitoring mission observers arrive in Ukraine's Horlivka In Donbass, the sound of cannon fire was again heard in Donbass. Horlivka again came under fire. The shelling killed two civilians. Another six people were injured. In order to assess the damage special observers of the OSCE monitoring mission arrived in the city. Since the beginning of the year more than 160 Horlivka civilians have been killed.
Oleg Romanov, CTV correspondent
Destinies of Donbass residents: Mixture of war and horror The inhabitants of ruined cities of Donbass now have to build their lives in accordance with the military schedule. In particular, they can go to the store or see a doctor only during breaks in the shelling. And some families have to live in bomb shelters. Reporter of the news program "24 Hours" on the CTV channel Oleg Romanov reports from the Donbass.

29.07.2015

Reflections and fate of Ukrainian students in Belarus
Reflections and fate of Ukrainian students in Belarus The protagonists of our next report arrived in Belarus for seemingly trivial things, like peace of mind, the opportunity to learn and work. The true value of these things in all colors opens only when they disappear. Alisa is going to the university for the first time. The college student at the University of Luhansk had not planned to change the university but in the spring of 2014 mines began to explode in the streets of her hometown.
Another round of talks on the situation in Ukraine held in Minsk July 28
Another round of talks on the situation in Ukraine held in Minsk July 28 Another attempt to negotiate. On July 28, Minsk held another round of talks on the situation in Ukraine. This time the political subgroup on Donbass was working. The meeting took place is President Hotel as before. Still, one of the sticking points between the parties is the special status of certain regions of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as plans to hold local elections. The talks took place against the backdrop of the ongoing violations of the silence regime in which participants of the clashes accuse each other.

28.07.2015

Another round of Ukraine talks underway in Minsk
Another round of Ukraine talks underway in Minsk Another attempt to negotiate. On July 28 another round of talks on the situation in Ukraine began in Minsk. This time the political subgroup on Donbass is working. The meeting place is President Hotel as before. Still one of the sticking points between the parties is the special status of certain regions of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as plans to hold local elections. The talks will take place against the backdrop of the ongoing violations of the silence regime in which participants of the clashes accuse each other.

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