Alyaksandr Lukashenka

Lukashenka directs that average pay increase to $500 next year

While visiting the Mahilyow region on Monday, Alyaksandr Lukashenka told the government that average monthly pay in Belarus was not high enough and should increase to $500 in 2017.

Tax ministry orders about 50,000 people to pay “parasite” tax

The Ministry of Taxes and Duties has so far sent letters to about 50,000 people, ordering them to pay non-worker tax, Deputy Minister Svyatlana Shawchenka told reporters in Minsk on Wednesday.

IMF may approve new loan program for Belarus before end of this year

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) may approve a new loan program for Belarus before the end of this year, Finance Minister Uladzimir Amaryn told reporters in Minsk on Monday.

Lukashenka attacks Russia over oil supply cut

Alyaksandr Lukashenka has denounced Russia's decision to reduce its oil exports to Belarus amid a fresh gas price dispute between the two countries.  

Lukashenka warns against forcing people to vote

Alyaksandr Lukashenka warned on Tuesday that authorities should not compel people to vote in the ongoing elections for the House of Representatives.

Lukashenka: Teachers' pay should be raised by 25 percent

The government should raise school teachers' pay by at least 25 percent, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said in Minsk on Thursday, speaking during a visit to a boarding school for hearing-impaired children.

Accident-hit reactor pressure vessel should be replaced if even minimal damage is found, Lukashenka says

The reactor pressure vessel (RPV) that was involved in last month`s accident at the construction site for the Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant will have to be replaced if tests find even minimal damage, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said on Thursday.

Turkish president scheduled to visit Belarus this month

The Turkish embassy in Minsk is preparing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Belarus, a representative of the diplomatic mission told.

Lukashenka: Olympics is big politics

Alyaksandr Lukashenka described on Tuesday the Olympics as "big politics" and warned that competition for Olympic medals had "intensified to the maximum."

Lukashenka talks up relations with United States

Belarus wants to normalize relations with the United States on mutually beneficial terms, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said in Minsk on Wednesday, speaking at a meeting with U.S. Charge d'Affaires Scott Rauland in connection with the end of the diplomat's tenure

Lukashenka to his military generals: We should be the first to die if necessary

Alyaksandr Lukashenka on Tuesday presented general's shoulder straps to a number of senior officers of the Armed Forces, the interior ministry and the Investigative Committee who had recently been promoted to the rank of general major.

Lukashenka: Belarus ready to become Shanghai Cooperation Organization's "western gate"

Belarus is ready to expand relations with China and the SCO.

Lukashenka: All-Belarusian People's Assembly is real mechanism of grass-roots democracy

The All-Belarusian People's Assembly is a real mechanism of grass-roots democracy, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said Wednesday in his opening address at the fifth edition of the event held at the Palace of the Republic in Minsk.

Lukashenka: Redenomination is serious political event

The upcoming currency redenomination is a serious political event, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said Thursday in Minsk while meeting with Prime Minister Andrey Kabyakow and Pavel Kalaur, head of the National Bank of Belarus.

Obama extends U.S. sanctions against Lukashenka, other Belarusians

President Barack Obama has extended by one year the United States’ sanctions against Alyaksandr Lukashenka and certain other Belarusians.

Trade ministry transformed into ministry of anti-monopoly regulation

Alyaksandr Lukashenka on June 3 signed a presidential edict transforming the Ministry of Trade into a Ministry of Anti-monopoly Regulation...

Emigre politician Navumchyk makes surprise trip to Belarus

Emigre opposition politician Syarhey Navumchyk arrived in Minsk on Tuesday on his first visit to Belarus in 20 years.

Lukashenka meets with Pope Francis in Vatican

Alyaksandr Lukashenka on Saturday had a 40-minute private audience with Pope Francis in the pontiff’s studio in the Vatican.

Lukashenka to visit Italy, Vatican this week

Alyaksandr Lukashenka will visit Italy and the Vatican on May 20 and 21, reported the press office of the Belarusian leader

Authorities set to change university admission rules

The government is drawing up a presidential edict that will introduce changes to the rules of admission to schools of higher learning and vocational schools.

Lukashenka approves proposals for «improving» electoral process

He was commenting on the results of Mr. Lukashenka's meeting with top election officials and government officials on Wednesday.

Lukashenka: Parliamentary elections should be held in democratic atmosphere

Mr. Lukashenka reportedly warned that no numerical restrictions should be placed on foreign observers.

Lukashenka announces «game-changing» year for economy

Alyaksandr Lukashenka said on Thursday that 2016 should become a «game-changing year» for the Belarusian economy.

Belarus seeks closer ties with Muslim world, Lukashenka says

Belarus does not want to limit its international cooperation to relations with European countries and seeks to forge closer ties with the Muslim world, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said on Thursday, speaking at a summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation

Lukashenka tells public not to worry about national defense

Alyaksandr Lukashenka suggested on Tuesday that the public should not worry too much about Belarus' defense capability and said that it was his direct duty as the army's commander-in-chief to ensure the country's security.