Lukashenka: It is necessary to unite the nation

It is necessary to unite the nation to achieve the common goal of creating a strong and secure state, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said Friday in his annual address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly.

Opposition activists Dashkevich, Palchewski released from custody

Zmitser Dashkevich and Syarhey Palchewski, two members of an opposition youth group called Malady Front (Young Front), were released on their own recognizance on April 15 after more than three weeks of detention.

European Parliament condemns repression in Belarus

The European Parliament on Thursday adopted a resolution condemning repression in Belarus and calling on the Belarusian authorities to respect human rights.

At least 17 suspects said to have been arrested in mass disorder case

At least 17 suspects are believed to have been arrested in what is described as a mass disorder case, according to human rights defenders.

EU extends restrictive measures against Belarus for one year

The Council of the European Union has decided to prolong restrictive measures against Belarus until February 28, 2018.

Minsk describes Lithuanian foreign minister as overwhelmed with emotions

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius is being overwhelmed with emotions over Belarus, Dzmitry Mironchyk, spokesperson for the Belarusian foreign ministry, said in a statement on Wednesday.

Minsk protests remarks by director of Russian Institute of Strategic Studies

The Belarusian foreign ministry has protested anti-Belarusian remarks by Leonid Reshetnikov, director of the Russian Institute of Strategic Studies.

Ihar Karpenka appointed minister of education

Alyaksandr Lukashenka on December 15 appointed Ihar Karpenka, leader of the Communist Party of Belarus, to serve as minister of education in succession to Mikhail Zhurawkow.

PACE rapporteur calls for one-year moratorium on death penalty

Andrea Rigoni, rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the situation in Belarus, on Tuesday called for a one-year moratorium on the death penalty in the country.  

Minsk proposes Russia-U.S.-EU-China summit

Minsk proposes that Russia, the United States, the European Union and China hold a summit to discuss the reasons for the current crisis in international relations, Belarusian Foreign Minister Uladzimir Makey said Thursday, speaking at the 23rd meeting of OSCE Ministerial Council in Hambur

Lukashenka calls for closer political ties with Poland

Alyaksandr Lukashenka met with the speaker of Poland's Senate in Minsk on Monday, calling for closer political ties between the two countries.

At least two death row inmates executed in quick succession

Syarhey Khmyalewski, a 32-year-old man who was found guilty of murdering three people, has reportedly been executed in Belarus. The man’s relatives were informed about the execution on November 29.

Makey: Belarus, Russia share opinions on virtually all foreign-policy issues

Belarus and Russia share opinions on virtually all foreign-policy issues, Foreign Minister Uladzimir Makey said in Minsk on Tuesday, speaking at a joint board meeting of the two countries' foreign ministries.

EU launches Mobility Partnership with Belarus

A Mobility Partnership between the European Union and Belarus to ensure better management of migration flows was formally launched on October 13 on the sidelines of a meeting of the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council in Luxembourg.

Belarus to close embassy in Israel in reciprocal step

The step will be made in response to Israel’s decision to close its embassy in Minsk, he explained.

Karatkevich asks election authorities to invalidate vote results

Tatsyana Karatkevich on Wednesday formally requested the central election commission to invalidate the results of Belarus' October 6-11 presidential election.

EU foreign ministers agree to suspend sanctions against Belarus

At their meeting in Luxembourg on Monday, the European Union’s foreign ministers agreed to provisionally suspend the bloc’s restrictive measures against the Belarusian authorities.

OSCE observers describe Belarus` election as flawed

Belarus` October 6-11 presidential election "once again indicated that Belarus still has a considerable way to go in meeting its OSCE commitments for democratic elections".

Minsk fulfilled all of West’s wishes ahead of election, Lukashenka says

The Belarusian authorities have fulfilled all of the West’s wishes ahead of the October 6-11 presidential election...

High-ranking EU official meets with Belarusian civil society activists

Helga Schmid, deputy secretary general at the European External Action Service, met with representatives of Belarus’ civil society in Minsk.

Mourners bid farewell to former Agriculture Minister Lyavonaw

Mr. Lyavonaw, who spent years in prison on what was widely viewed as politically motivated charges, died on January 4 at the age of 76.

Valery Fralow dies at 67

Valery Fralow, a prominent opposition figure and retired military general, has died a sudden death in Minsk at the age of 67.

Directorate head confident of Belarus' accession to Council of Europe

Belarus has already signed some of the conventions of the Council of Europe...

Contact Group on Ukraine adopts memorandum

The Contact Group on Ukraine adopted a memorandum in the early hours of Saturday as a result of six-hour talks in Minsk, which provided for the establishment...

Lithuania considers establishing visa application centers in all regional capitals in Belarus

The centers will only assist in processing visa applications, whereas Lithuanian consular officers will continue to decide whether or not to issue a visa