Kachanava holds clear-the-air meeting with Roma in Mahilyow

Natallya Kachanava, head of the Presidential Administration, met Thursday in Mahilyow with representatives of the city’s Roma community in an attempt to clear the air over the arrests of dozens of its members following a young police officer’s death last week.

Shunevich: No grounds for apology to Roma

The police will not apologize for the arrests of Roma following last week’s death of a traffic police officer in Mahilyow, Interior Minister Ihar Shunevich told reporters in the House of Representatives on May 23.

Lukashenka says he won’t recognize Crimea as part of Russia

Alyaksandr Lukashenka explained at a news conference on Friday that he would not formally recognize Crimea as part of Russia because he had signed an international agreement guaranteeing Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

Lukashenka issues warning over NATO enlargement

NATO’s expansion has complicated the security situation close to Belarus’ borders but the country is ready for dialogue with the military bloc, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said Friday in Minsk, speaking at a meeting with cadets and faculty at the Military Academy.

Lukashenka rules out Belarus’ unification with Russia

The unification of Belarus and Russia is out of the question, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said Thursday in Minsk, speaking at a meeting with top government officials focusing on this year’s economic prospects and integration with Russia.

Lukashenka calls for equal conditions for entities of Belarus and Russia

It is necessary to ensure equal conditions for the citizens and economic entities of Belarus and Russia, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said Wednesday while meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Minsk.

Minsk criticizes Poland's request for U.S. military base

A U.S. military base in Poland would not strengthen stability in the region, a spokesperson for the Belarusian foreign ministry told reporters in Minsk on September 27.

There will be no policy revision, new prime minister says

There will be no revision of previous decisions and revolutionary turns, new Prime Minister Syarhey Rumas told the secretariat of the Council of Ministers in Minsk on Monday.

Lukashenka fires ministers of industry and construction

Alyaksandr Lukashenka has dismissed Vital Vowk and Anatol Chorny from their positions as industry and construction ministers, respectively.

UN rapporteur condemns BelTA case

A so-called BelTA case is aimed at obliterating the remnants of journalistic independence in Belarus, according to Miklos Haraszti, the UN Human Rights Council's special rapporteur on the situation in Belarus.

Businessman Zaydes: Closure of Poyedem Poyedim restaurant is out of question

The closure of the Poyedem Poyedim restaurant is out of the question, and so is its transfer from the Kurapaty site to a different place, Leanid Zaydes, a co-owner, said in a statement that he read out to reporters at the restaurant on Friday.

Lukashenka: Russia should decide on border guards’ presence at Belarusian border

Alyaksandr Lukashenka said on Friday that Russia should decide on its border guards’ presence at the Belarusian-Russian border.

Lukashenka: Belarus stands good chance of becoming regional IT leader

Belarus stands a good chance of becoming a regional leader in the sphere of information technologies, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said Monday in Minsk, speaking while meeting with top government officials and businesspeople to discuss a draft presidential decree that may, among other things, re

Lukashenka signs decree titled "On Development of Enterprise"

Alyaksandr Lukashenka on Thursday signed a presidential decree titled "On the Development of Enterprise," which is the centerpiece of a package of government-drafted ordinances aimed at improving Belarus' business climate, said the presidential press office.

Belarus ready to send peacekeepers to Ukraine, foreign minister says

Belarus is ready to send peacekeepers to Ukraine, Foreign Minister Uladzimir Makey told reporters in Moscow on Wednesday following his meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov.

Nyaklyayew, Statkevich appeal to EU over summit invitation for Lukashenka

Leading opposition politicians Mikalay Statkevich and Uladzimir Nyaklyayew have described the European Union’s decision to invite Alyaksandr Lukashenka to an Eastern Partnership summit as its recognition of him as a legitimate president and the legitimation of his repressive policies.

Belarus receives $200-million loan tranche from EFSD

Belarus on October 25 received the fifth, $200-million tranche of a $2-billion loan from the Eurasian Fund for Stabilization and Development (EFSD), reported the press office of the finance ministry.

Lukashenka: Utility rates should be affordable

Alyaksandr Lukashenka stressed the importance of affordable utility rates for households while he was speaking at a national seminar on the development of Belarus’ utilities sector on Friday.

Prominent lawyer for opposition figures facing disbarment

A lawyer who defended a number of government opponents in high-profile cases has "failed" a performance review by the justice ministry and may have her license revoked.

Labor union's leader charged with felony tax evasion

Henadz Fyadynich, chairman of the Belarusian Union of Electronic Industry Workers, has been charged with felony tax evasion, according to the Investigative Committee of Belarus.

Lukashenka issues warning to non-workers

Alyaksandr Lukashenka reiterated on Friday that the government would take efforts to make able-bodied people work.

Belarus raises $1.4 billion via dual-tranche Eurobond

The Belarusian government has raised $1.4 billion by selling a dual-tranche Eurobond, the finance ministry's press office told BelaPAN.

Lukashenka unhappy with performance of oil refineries

Alyaksandr Lukashenka expressed concern on Thursday over the performance of Belarus' two oil refineries.

Another man charged in riot case released

Mikalay Mikhalkow, director of a Babruysk-based military club called Patriot who is one of those charged in a so-called riot case, has been released from custody, the Vyasna Human Rights Center reported on Thursday.

Lukashenka announces arrest of dozens of "armed militants"

A few dozen "armed militants" have been arrested in Belarus, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said Tuesday in the Mahilyow region, speaking to workers at a woodworking plant.