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Minsk negotiators fail to reach compromise on political settlement in Donbas.

MINSK - Members of the Contact Group on Ukraine are failing to agree on political settlement issues, local elections in Donbas are hardly possible this year, a source with the group on organizing the talks told Interfax. “The situation in political settlement is stalemated. No compromise has been reached. We cannot ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Belarusian Deputy PM: MAZ modernization estimated at $500 million.

MINSK - Around $500 million is expected to be invested to modernize Minsk Automobile Plant , Belarusian Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko said at a plenary meeting at A Belarusian Industrial Forum in Minsk. “MAZ fell behind in development, there are problems and production has fallen as a result. We need to ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Sajdik: Use of heavy weapons in Donbas results in more than double rise of civilian toll in past year.

MINSK - OSCE Special Envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group Martin Sajdik is concerned about an abrupt growth of the civilian toll in Donbas. Sajdik told reporters in Minsk on Wednesday, showing the relevant chart, that it had been very regretful that the civilian toll had increased 120% in the past year. He said that The ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Stoltenberg says Donbas fighting reason NATO strengthening eastern flanks.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expects France and Germany to raise the issue of the implementation of Minsk agreements during the meeting of the Alliance leaders on Thursday, May 25, according to an UNIAN correspondent in Brussels.

- UNIAN - UA

UNIAN: Stoltenberg says Donbas war reason NATO strengthening eastern flanks.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expects France and Germany to raise the issue of the implementation of Minsk agreements during the meeting of the Alliance leaders on May 25, according to an UNIAN correspondent in Brussels. The post UNIAN: Stoltenberg says Donbas war reason NATO strengthening eastern flanks appeared ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

MILEX 2017: Russian Helicopters signs MRO agreement.

Russian Helicopters has signed an agreement with Belarus' 558 Aircraft Repair Plant, covering the support and overhaul of Mil Mi-8 and Mil Mi-17 'Hip' helicopters. The agreement, signed on 20 May, will see Russian Helicopters provide engineering and technical support for the

- Jane’s - US

MILEX 2017: BSVT unveils new airborne active jamming system.

Belarus' Belspetsvneshtechnika has developed an active jamming pod for use on fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. The system - which was displayed at the MILEX 2017 exhibition in Minsk - is claimed to be capable of creating false targets, delaying detection, disrupting radar lock-on, and

- Jane’s - US

RFE/RL: The heaviest drinkers around the world .

Lithuania, Belarus, and Moldova lead the rest of the world when it comes to alcohol consumption per capita. How do other countries compare? Watch the infographic here. The post RFE/RL: The heaviest drinkers around the world appeared first on KyivPost.

- Kyiv Post - UA

Kaiman recon vehicle enters Belarusian service.

The Kaiman armoured reconnaissance vehicle has entered service with Belarusian armed forces, a source in the company told Jane's at the MILEX 2017 defence show, held in Minsk from 20-22 May. "The Kaiman is a new vehicle. It has successfully passed state trials and the military has

- Jane’s - US

Kyiv seeking creating Donbas subgroup for control over border with Russia.

The Ukrainian side in the Trilateral Contact Group at talks in Minsk has proposed setting up a working group to restore Ukraine's control over its border with Russia in Donbas, Ukrainian representative in the TCG working subgroup for political issues Oleksandr Motsyk said. “We are now actively advancing this issue. If ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

MILEX 2017: Belarus develops light armoured vehicle variants.

Belorussia's Minsk Wheeled Tractor Plant has revealed new variants of its new 4x4 light armoured vehicle at the MILEX 2017 defence exhibition held in Minsk from 20-22 May. First displayed at the Eurosatory exhibition in June 2016, a prototype baseline vehicle passed

- Jane’s - US

MILEX 2017: Details emerge on Belarusian anti-tank UGV, navigation system

Belarus' Belspetsvneshtechnika has displayed its new tracked unmanned ground vehicle designed for the anti-tank role at the MILEX 2017 exhibition held in Minsk from 20-22 May. Known as the Bogomol self-propelled robotised anti-tank system, the UGV is armed with four laser-guided

- Jane’s - US

MILEX 2017: Belarus develops upgrade package for T-72 MBT

Belarus has unveiled a set of upgrades for the T-72 main battle tank , with the improved vehicle designated the T-72BME. Showcased at the MILEX 2017 exhibition being held in Minsk from 20-22 May, the upgrade is marketed by Belarusian defence export agency BelTechExport with the 140 Repair

- Jane’s - US

Sri Lanka shows interest in Belarusian military hardware

Sri Lanka is showing interest in purchasing the Belarusian military hardware, the Belarusian Telegraph Agency learned from Security Force Headquarters Commander of Sri Lanka, Major General Ruwan Kulatunga at the MILEX 2017 exhibition.

- Dailymirror.lk - LK

The Heaviest Drinkers Around The World

Lithuania, Belarus, and Moldova lead the rest of the world when it comes to alcohol consumption per capita. How do other countries compare?

- Radio Free Europe - US

112.ua: Separatists use Grad in Avdiyivka in Donbas

Russia-backed separatists significantly increased their shelling in certain sectors of the contact line, using weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements. This is reported by the press center of the Ukrainian military headquarters. The post 112.ua: Separatists use Grad in Avdiyivka in Donbas appeared first on ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Belarus Backsliding Badly on Human Rights: U.N. Report

The Belarus government has returned to a policy of large-scale repression, causing a dramatic deterioration in human rights, according to a report published on Monday for submission to next month's session of the U.N. Human Rights Council. Last month the United States extended sanctions relief for Belarus for a further six ...

- Voice of America - US

Future of Normandy format, Minsk accords to be decided at G7 summit – Ukrainian diplomat

Ukrainian diplomat, former Ukrainian envoy to the Minsk Trilateral Contact Group's political subgroup Roman Bezsmertny says that the future of the 'Normandy format' and the Minsk peace agreement on Donbas will be decided during the G7 summit in Italy, according to Radio Svoboda's Ukrainian-language service.

- UNIAN - UA

Next stop Belarus: China gets rolling on direct Shenzhen-Minsk freight rail link

Services got rolling on Monday morning on a new 9,900km railway cargo route linking the Shenzhen port of Yantian with the Belarus capital of Minsk, adding another trade line to China’s planned economic corridor through Eurasia. A train with 41 containers, packed with Chinese products from mobile phones to car parts, ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Merkel tells Poroshenko she wants new talks for Ukraine - DW

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told President Petro Poroshenko that she wants to see Ukraine's peace process restarted. Poroshenko says he sees no alternative to agreements reached in Minsk in 2014 and 2015, Deutsche Welle reports.

- UNIAN - UA

Nikolic: There'll be no change, Vucic and I think alike

Serbia's policy towards Belarus will not change when Aleksandar Vucic takes office, Serbia's outgoing President Tomislav Nikolic has told the BelTA agency. “There will be no new ideology. I have been working together with Aleksandar Vucic for the past 25 years, and our ideas are the same,” Nikolic said.

- B92 - SK

Defense minister discusses closer defense ties with Belarus

Serbian Defense Minister Zoran Djordjevic visited Minsk over the weekend, where he in Minsk with his Belarus counterpart Lieutenant-General Andrei Ravkov. Djordjevic and Ravkov "noted that the signing of the agreement on military technical cooperation between the two governments created legal framework for further ...

- B92 - SK

Sri Lanka shows interest in Belarusian military hardware at MILEX 2017

May 22, Minsk: Sri Lanka is showing interest in purchasing the Belarusian military hardware at the MILEX 2017 defense exhibition in Minsk, according to the Belarusian news agency BelTA.

- ColomboPage.com - LK

Poroshenko, Merkel discuss scenario of pressure on Russia to make it implement Minsk accords

BERLIN – President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that he discussed with the German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel the scenario of exerting pressure on the Russian Federation with the aim of fulfilling the Minsk agreements. “A considerable part of the time was devoted to coordinating the implementation of the ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Deutsche Welle: Merkel tells Poroshenko she wants new talks for Ukraine

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told President Petro Poroshenko that she wants to see Ukraine's peace process restarted. Poroshenko says he sees no alternative to agreements reached in Minsk in 2014 and 2015. The post Deutsche Welle: Merkel tells Poroshenko she wants new talks for Ukraine appeared first on KyivPost.

- Kyiv Post - UA

Poroshenko says Normandy format to be activated in near future

BERLIN - The work in the Normandy format will be activated in the near future, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “We are sure that as there is no alternative to the Minsk process, the Normandy format will be actively involved in the near future too,” ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

UNIAN: Poroshenko promises more active “Normandy format” soon

“Agreements have been reached on active coordination, including with newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron. We are sure: there is no alternative to the Minsk process, but the “Normandy format” will also be actively engaged in the near future,” Poroshenko said in a video address posted on his ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Merkel tells Poroshenko she wants new talks for Ukraine

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told President Petro Poroshenko that she wants to see Ukraine's peace process restarted. Poroshenko says he sees no alternative to agreements reached in Minsk in 2014 and 2015.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Poroshenko urges West to act decisively to make Russia implement Minsk agreements

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko calls on the Western partners to act more decisively to make the Russian Federation implement the Minsk agreements, an UNIAN correspondent reports following the president's joint press conference with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, held in the residence of the German ...

- UNIAN - UA

Reuters: Germany, Ukraine say aim to get back to Minsk ceasefire deal

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko agreed Saturday to try to improve the security situation in eastern Ukraine and return to implementing the Minsk ceasefire deal after an upsurge in violence there. A ceasefire agreement signed in February 2015 in Minsk that aims to end the ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Poroshenko: Kyiv urges western partners to take steps to force Russia to fulfill Minsk agreements

GRANSEE – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that decisive steps should be taken to force Russia to fulfill Minsk agreements. “Of course, now we have another situation when Russian President Vladimir Putin issued an order regarding recognition of fake IDs, the Russian government actually spread the ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

FM: OSCE MG must demand Armenia to withdraw troops from Azerbaijani lands

The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs must in the first place follow the updated Madrid principles they prepared, and demand Armenia to withdraw troops from the occupied Azerbaijani territories, said Hikmat Hajiyev, the spokesman for Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry.

- AzerNews - AZ

Cigarette packet with explosive thrown in Belarusian Embassy's territory in Vilnius - The Baltic Times

VILNIUS – A packet of cigarettes containing an explosive device was thrown into the territory of the Belarusian Embassy in central Vilnius......

- The Baltic Times - US

'That's Ridiculous': Media Fall For Twitter Hoax That Nobel Winner Alexievich Died

An apparent Twitter hoax has duped major Russian and European media into falsely reporting the death of Belarusian author and Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Belarus, Tajikistan seek to expand cooperation in agriculture sphere

Belarus and Tajikistan intend to expand cooperation in the field of agriculture.

- AzerNews - AZ

Nikolic receives Order of Friendship of Nations

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic on Thursday in Minsk received a Belarus state decoration - the Order of Friendship of Nations. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko presented the honor to Nikolic. The two presidents also held a bilateral meeting.

- B92 - SK

120 kilometer fence to be built on Latvian- Belarusian border - The Baltic Times

A fence approximately 120 kilometers long will be built on the Latvian-Belarusian border to help the Border Guard apprehend illegal immigrants a......

- The Baltic Times - US

Serbian president to receive Belarus state decoration

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic will travel to Belarus on Thursday for a working visit, his cabinet announced on Tuesday. Nikolic will meet with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, who will present him with the Order of Friendship of Nations.

- B92 - SK

KB Display develops eyewear-mounted system

Belarus' KB Display has developed a helmet-mounted display system designed for future soldier packages. The NSI-06.2 micro-display is integrated with the wearer's tactical protective glasses. The micro-display system was developed

- Jane’s - US

Deutsche Welle: Minsk agreement 'only alternative' to fighting with Russia

Following meetings in Berlin with his German counterpart, the Ukrainian Defense Minister has spoken to DW about Donbas, eastern Ukraine. For over two years Ukraine has been involved in a conflict with Russian-backed separatists. Watch the video here. The post Deutsche Welle: Minsk agreement 'only alternative' to fighting ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Ukrainian defense minister says Minsk agreement is 'only alternative' for Donbass

Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak has spoken to DW following meetings in Berlin with his German counterpart. Poltorak said the Minsk agreement was the 'only alternative' to fighting with Russia.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Presidential staff comments on Poroshenko's upcoming visit to Germany

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko plans to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin May 20, to discuss deteriorating humanitarian situation in Donbas and possible ways to make Russia implement Minsk Agreements, presidential spokesman Svyatoslav Tsegolko wrote on Twitter.

- UNIAN - UA

Hromadske: Ukraine separatists to release high-profile academic in prisoner exchange

Russia-backed separatusts have agreed that Ukrainian scholar Ihor Kozlovskiy, who was detained in Donetsk, will be included in the final exchange list to be negotiated during the Minsk talks. The post Hromadske: Ukraine separatists to release high-profile academic in prisoner exchange appeared first on KyivPost.

- Kyiv Post - UA

Belt and Road Attendees List

Below, find a list of confirmed attendees at China's Belt and Road Forum, to be held in Beijing May 14-15. Sources are hyperlinked wherever possible; entries without hyperlinks are based on statements provided to The Diplomat. Afghanistan: Unspecified minister-level delegation Argentina: President Mauricio Macri Australia: ...

- The Diplomat - US

Getting Beyond Minsk: Toward a Resolution of the Conflict in Ukraine

Photo credit: dimbar76 / Shutterstock.com The military conflict between Ukraine and Russia remains unresolved. The Minsk diplomatic process, which will be three years old in September 2017, committed Russia to a withdrawal of military forces from the Donbas region and committed Ukraine to constitutional reform and providing ...

- GMF - DE

Deepening division in Donbas

As the Ukraine-Russia conflict in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas enters its fourth year, the line of contact separating Ukrainian and Russian/separatist forces is hardening. Nothing suggests the sides will soon make significant progress on implementing the Minsk II settlement agreement, reached more than two years ...

- Brookings - US

Trump's Policy Challenges in the South Caucasus

Invitation Only Research Event 15 May 2017 - 17:00 to 18:30Add to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Carey Cavanaugh, Director, Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, University of Kentucky; US Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group Chatham House, London Russia and Eurasia Programme, Domestic Politics and ...

- Chatham House - UK

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