Baku, May 25 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Azerbaijan will join neither NATO nor the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), but is prepared to cooperate with both, a presidential aide said. "As Azerbaijan has been participating in NATO's Partnership for Peace programme since 1995, we envision our future security model within the framework of the Non-Aligned Movement," said Ali Gasanov, head of the presidential department for socio-political issues.
Minsk, May 23 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The Belarusian foreign ministry has dismissed part of the Religious Freedom Report published by the US State Department about the country as "outdated" and failing to take into account the current situation in the country. "As for the State Department's report, it is permeated with trite phrases and usual abstract rubber stamps which the authors of the report rewrite every year, without even taking the trouble of doing reality checks," Maria Vanshina, deputy head of the ministry's information department, said in a statement. "For the Belarusian side, the report is of little interest, being an internal State Department document submitted to Congress," she said.
Minsk (Belarus), May 21 (IANS) Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has told Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko that India deeply values its relations with the east European country, a statement from her office said Tuesday. "India deeply values the cordial and friendly relations between the two countries," said the speaker, who is leading a parliamentary delegation to Belarus. Meira Kumar also met Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich and House of Representatives chairman Vladimir Andreichenko separately to discuss issues of mutual interest.
New Delhi, 18 May 18 (IANS) Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar Saturday left for Belarus leading an Indian parliamentary delegation to the east European country.
Singapore, May 16 (IANS) The Football Association of Singapore named Bernd Stange the new coach of the national team for two years. The association Wednesday said Stange's "illustrious coaching career includes leading Belarus during the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying campaign where they defeated France in an away qualifier". He led Belarus to a FIFA ranking of 36th in 2011 from 90th in 2008 with his remarkable achievements including victories over the Netherlands as well as draws against traditional powerhouses Germany and Argentina, reports Xinhua
Havana, May 10 (IANS) Minister of Sport and Tourism of Belarus Alexander Igorievich Shamko says his country wants to strengthen sports cooperation with Cuba. Shamko said his trip to Havana aims to encourage joint training in both countries in volleyball, wrestling and gymnastics, reports Xinhua
Lima (Peru), May 9 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Artem Okulov took gold in the 85 kg category at the junior weightlifting World Championship, bringing Russia's medal count to three. Okulov Wednesday lifted 165 kg in the snatch and 195 kg in the clean and jerk for a total result of 360 kg. His 56 points overall surpassed silver-medallist Aleh Khuhayeu of Belarus and Cuba's Arley Mendez, who won bronze.
Minsk, May 7 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia does not have conclusive evidence that chemical weapons have been used in Syria, Russian Security Council head Nikolai Patrushev said. "In my view, no one has reliable information about the use of chemical weapons in Syria," he said after a meeting with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko
Moscow, May 4 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Co-host Finlands world ice hockey championship campaign got off to a stuttering start with a 4-3 overtime win against Germany.
Minsk, April 29 (IANS/WAM) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Belarus have held talks over bilateral relations and ways to boost them in all fields while stressing on the need to enhance the existing bonds between them. The talks were held earlier this week between Belarusian Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich received and UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash