Study of the U.S. Summer Institutes for Scholars 2019

The United States Embassy in Minsk invites Belarusian Scholars to participate in the Study of the U.S. Summer Institutes (SUSI) Program on the following themes in U.S. Studies: American Culture and Values, American Politics and Political Thought, Contemporary American Literature, Journalism and Media, Religious Freedom and Pluralism, U.S. Foreign Policy, and Youth, Workforce Development, and ...
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Study of the U.S. Summer Institutes for Student Leaders from Europe

The United States Embassy in Belarus invites Belarusian students to participate in the two summer 2019 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders programs on two themes: Civic Engagement; and Youth, Education, and Closing the Skills Gap. Deadline for applications is January 21, 2019. Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Student Leaders are ...
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Holiday Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus

Location:  Belarus, countrywide Event:  During the holiday season security measures in Belarus remain heightened due to ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe.  Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations such as holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, and other soft ...
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On the Passing of President George H. W. Bush

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC December 1, 2018 Devoted husband, loving father, steadfast friend, exemplary patriot: this is how I will always remember President George H. W. Bush. Whether he was serving in the skies over the Pacific during World War II, protecting America at CIA headquarters, or leading our nation in ...
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Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) 2019

The U.S. Embassy in Belarus is happy to announce that the application window for the next generation of Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (#YTILI) Fellows is now open! The 2019 Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) Fellowship Program application period closes on January 4, 2019 at 5:00 EST. To access the YTILI application, please follow ...
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Michael Pompeo’s statement on Russia’s Dangerous Escalation in the Kerch Strait

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC November 26, 2018 The United States expresses its deep concern over the incident in the Black Sea that occurred November 25 as Ukrainian vessels attempted to transit through the Kerch Strait. Reports that Russian vessels rammed and fired on the Ukrainian ships, injuring Ukrainian crewmen, before seizing ...
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Statement on Marking the 85th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Holodomor

Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 23, 2018 This month we join Ukrainians around the world in marking the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor, when millions of innocent Ukrainians were deliberately starved to death by the regime of Josef Stalin. The Soviet Union’s barbaric seizure of Ukrainian land and crops was undertaken with the ...
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Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Program: deadline extended to November 30

The United States Embassy in Belarus is extending application deadline for the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation competition to November 30, 2018. This prestigious U.S. Government program has provided direct grant support for cultural preservation projects throughout the world since 2001. The competition is open to Belarusian non-governmental organizations, institutions of culture, museums and other ...
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Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute 2019

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk announces the application season for the 2019 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute, an intensive four-week exchange program for young people aged 16-18 years that focuses on the global issues faced by European and American youth on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Deadline for applications is January 31, 2019. ...
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Heather Nauert on Sham Elections in Russia-Controlled Eastern Ukraine

Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 12, 2018   The United States joins our European Allies and partners in condemning the November 11 sham “elections” in Russia-controlled eastern Ukraine. Yesterday’s illegitimate processes were an attempt by Moscow to institutionalize its Donbas proxies, the so-called “Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.” These entities have no place ...
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U.S. Government Imposes Sanctions on Supporters of Russia’s Occupation of Crimea and Forcible Control of Eastern Ukraine

Today, the United States imposed financial sanctions on three individuals and nine entities that are supporting Russia’s attempt to integrate Crimea region of Ukraine through private investment and privatization projects or those that are engaging in serious human rights abuses in furtherance of Russia’s occupation or control over parts of Ukraine. The sanctioned individuals are ...
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International Day To End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

Today, we commemorate the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists. We renew our steadfast commitment to promoting a free and independent press and advocating for accountability against those who commit violence or other crimes against journalists. Commemorating this day is particularly important this year, as we continue to seek all facts in ...
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USAID Community Connections 2019 announcement

USAID/Belarus announces Community Connections exchange visitor program for 2019. The program will take Belarusian professionals on three-week visits to the U.S. tailored to the participants’ professional needs. Please read the program description here (Russian) and here (Belarusian) Please see the application form here (Russian) and here (Belarusian)
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Assistant Secretary Mitchell Travel to Minsk, Vilnius, and the Hague

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs A. Wess Mitchell will travel to: Minsk, Belarus; Vilnius, Lithuania; and the Hague, Netherlands from October 30 to November 2. On October 30, he will arrive in Minsk, where he will meet with senior Belarusian officials to discuss U.S.-Belarusian cooperation on a range of global issues. ...
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International Religious Freedom Day 2018

Today we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the signing of the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRF Act) into law. The IRF Act expanded U.S. foreign policy capabilities to promote and defend religious freedom around the world. It builds on our founding fathers’ firm conviction that the freedom of individuals to believe as they see ...
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Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Program

The United States Embassy in Belarus is accepting applications for the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation competition. This prestigious U.S. Government program has provided direct grant support for cultural preservation projects throughout the world since 2001. The competition is open to Belarusian non-governmental organizations, institutions of culture, museums and other establishments.  Funded activities include the ...
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U.S. Charge d’affaires participates in a commemoration, related to the 75th anniversary of the destruction of the Minsk ghetto

Charge d’affaires Jenifer Moore participated in a commemoration, related to the 75th anniversary of the destruction of the Minsk ghetto, at the Yama memorial in Minsk today. October 21-23 in 1943 were the last of the deadly 825 days for 100,000 ghetto prisoners, those local and European Jews who had gone through immense tragedies and ...
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State Department Delegation Meets with Civil Society

On October 12, Senior Bureau Official for the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor and former U.S. Ambassador to Belarus Michael Kozak met with representatives of Belarusian civil society, opposition parties, and independent media.  Ambassador Kozak underscored the United States’ continuing support to Belarus’ independence and its path toward a ...
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Ukraine Passes Key Hurdle in Implementation of Minsk Peace Agreements

Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 11, 2018   The United States congratulates Ukraine’s Parliament and Ukrainian leadership on extending the law on special status for Russia-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine. Extending this law, which would have expired yesterday, demonstrates Ukraine’s continued commitment to a peaceful resolution of the conflict and implementation of the ...
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Fifth Annual U.S.-Belarus Human Rights Dialogue in Minsk

On October 12, the United States and the Republic of Belarus will hold the fifth annual bilateral Human Rights Dialogue in Minsk. Senior Bureau Official for the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Michael Kozak will lead the U.S. delegation.  Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Kravchenko will head the Belarusian delegation. ...
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Statement on Russia-backed Sham Elections in Ukraine

Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 12, 2018 The United States condemns the announcement of a plan to conduct “elections” in the so-called “Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.” Given the continued control of these territories by the Russian Federation, genuine elections are inconceivable, and grossly contravene Russia’s commitments under the Minsk agreements. By engineering ...
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On the Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC Today we honor the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the terrorist attacks 17 years ago on September 11. Today also marks six years since the tragic loss in Libya of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, and Tyrone Woods. The diverse nationalities of ...
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Joint Statement on the Salisbury Attack

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 6, 2018   We, the leaders of France, Germany, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, reiterate our outrage at the use of a chemical nerve agent, known as Novichok, in Salisbury on 4 March. We welcome the progress made in the investigation into the poisoning of ...
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2019 Study of the United States Institute on U.S. National Security Policymaking

The U.S. Embassy Minsk is pleased to announce a competition for the 2019 Study of the United States Institute on U.S. National Security Policymaking.  This program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and will cover all participant costs. The Institute will take place from January ...
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Application Period Started for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program 2019-2020

The U.S. Embassy in Belarus is pleased to announce a competition for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program scholarships in the 2019-2020 academic year for graduate students or young professionals from Belarus who have already obtained a bachelor’s degree. The program enables its participants to research and study for up to two years at U.S. universities ...
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Application Period Started for the Fulbright Faculty Development Program 2019-2020

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk is pleased to announce the competition for the Fulbright Faculty Development Program (FFDP). This non-degree professional development program provides promising junior university faculty with the opportunity to: develop new courses and ideas for curriculum reform at their home institutions cultivate teaching skills and techniques based on personal observation of U.S. ...
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Application Period Started for the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program 2019-2020

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk is pleased to announce the annual Fulbright competition for Belarusian scholars for the 2019-2020 academic year. The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program is a non-degree, post-doctoral award program for researchers, university lecturers and experts from academic institutions in Belarus who wish to conduct post-doctoral research, lecture, or pursue combined lecturing and ...
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Jenifer Moore welcomes seven American educators to Minsk

Today Charge d’Affaires Jenifer Moore welcomed seven U.S. faculty members who have just arrived to teach at Belarusian universities under the Fulbright and English Language Fellow programs.  We hope students at the Belarusian State, Mogilev, Vitebsk, Polotsk and Minsk Linguistic Universities will use the opportunity to gain knowledge from these American teachers – and help ...
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Statement on searches and arrests of journalists in Belarus

We are concerned by authorities’ searches and arrests of journalists this week at several independent media organizations’ offices. The United States values freedom of the press as a key component of accountable, democratic governance. Independent media form an integral part of a stable, prosperous, and democratizing Belarus. We urge the government of Belarus to keep its international ...
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Statement on Imposition of Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act Sanctions on Russia

Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC August 8, 2018   Following the use of a “Novichok” nerve agent in an attempt to assassinate UK citizen Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal, the United States, on August 6, 2018, determined under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (CBW Act) ...
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Statement by Secretary Pompeo: Crimea Declaration

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC July 25, 2018 Crimea Declaration Russia, through its 2014 invasion of Ukraine and its attempted annexation of Crimea, sought to undermine a bedrock international principle shared by democratic states: that no country can change the borders of another by force. The states of the world, including Russia, ...
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Belarusian National Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC July 3, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, best wishes to the people of Belarus on the occasion of your officially designated Independence Day. The United States is committed to supporting Belarus’s sovereignty and independence. We continue to work ...
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State Department Relases Trafficking in Persons Report 2018

“Modern slavery has no place in the world, and I intend to ensure, through diplomatic engagement and increased action, that the United States government’s leadership in combating this global threat is sustained in the years to come.” –  Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments ...
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Heather Nauert on Political and Religious Prisoners held by the Russian Government

U.S. Department Of State Office of the Spokesperson Statement By Heather Nauert, Spokesperson June 18, 2018 The United States is deeply concerned by the growing number of individuals—now more than 150—identified by credible human rights organizations as political and religious prisoners held by the government of the Russian Federation. We are especially concerned about the ...
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Donald J. Trump and Kim Jong Un sign joint statement

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a first, historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018. President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and sincere exchange of opinions ...
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On Re-imposition of U.S. Sanctions Related to Iran

In connection with President Trump’s decision to cease the United States’ participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Treasury Department issued an explanatory document on May 8 providing more detailed and concrete information about how the United States government will implement the President’s directive.  The implementation plan includes a 90-day and a ...
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On LGBTI Pride Month

Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC June 1, 2018 The United States joins people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month, and reaffirms its commitment to protecting and defending the human rights of all, including LGBTI persons. In many parts of the world, LGBTI individuals and their ...
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Application Period Started for the 2019-2020 Hubert Humphrey Program

The United States Embassy in Belarus is pleased to announce the competition for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program for the academic year of 2019-2020. This one-year Fellowship program is offered to young and mid-career professionals who have a proven track record of leadership, a public service commitment, and the capacity to take full advantage ...
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Myrna Clayton and Her Jazz Band Perform in Belarus

Throughout the week of May 21 – 25, U.S. jazz ensemble The Myrna Clayton Experience played to diverse audiences in Belarus, garnering wide acclaim and bringing in positive reviews from all media sources.  The five-member group, brought in by the Public Affairs Section within the framework of the Department’s American Music Abroad program, toured all ...
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Secretary Pompeo Releases 2017 International Religious Freedom Report

Remarks of Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC May 29, 2018   Good morning, everyone. It is my great privilege to join you this morning and to release the  2017 International Religious Freedom Report . This report is a testament to the United States’ historic role in preserving and advocating for religious freedom around the world. Religious freedom is ...
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On the Opening of U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC May 14, 2018   Today I am proud to celebrate the opening of the United States Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem. This significant event fulfills a promise made by President Trump. As he proclaimed on December 6, 2017, “Seventy years ago, the United States, under President Truman, recognized ...
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Charge Riley Addresses Belarusian Foreign Relations Students

On May 3, 2018, Charge d ’Affairs Robert Riley shared diplomatic career insights and foreign policy challenges with a jam-packed audience of over 160 faculty members and students from the International Relations Department at Belarusian State University (BSU).  The Charge’s visit, his second to BSU, was initiated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and arranged ...
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InfoUSA space opening in Mogilev

Today Chargé d’affaires Robert Riley together with the local government representatives and the head of the Republican scientific technical library opened the eleventh InfoUSA space in Belarus. The U.S. diplomat welcomed all the guests to the new site and highlighted the important role of the partnership projects the Embassy in the country. With help of ...
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Statement on World Press Freedom Day

United States Mission to the OSCE Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Michele Siders to the Permanent Council, Vienna May 3, 2018 On the 25th annual World Press Freedom Day, the United States renews our commitment to promoting and protecting a free press, which is an essential pillar of democracy. The United States values a free ...
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Secretary of State Statement on the Press Freedom Day

Press Statement Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Washington, DC May 3,2018 On the 25th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day, we renew our commitment to promoting and protecting a free press, which is an essential pillar of democracy. The United States values freedom of the press as a key component of democratic governance. By fostering ...
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State Department releases Belarus 2017 Human Rights report

  On April, 20, the State Department released 2017 country reports on human rights practices. Preface: We are a nation founded on the belief that every person is endowed with inalienable rights. Promoting and defending these rights is central to who we are as a country. The 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (The Human Rights ...
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Embassy-supported Broadway musical presented in Minsk

On March 28, the theater “Territory of Musical” premiered the Pulitzer and Tony award-winning Broadway rock musical Next to Normal to a sold-out Minsk audience. Chargé d’Affaires Robert Riley welcomed the approximately 600 guests to the premiere and noted that such cultural exchange projects are successful when they bring people together to work on a ...
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Statements on the Expulsion of U.S. Diplomats from Russia

  THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary March 29, 2018 Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Russia’s Expulsion of American Diplomats Russia’s action today to expel American diplomats marks a further deterioration in the United States- Russia relationship. The expulsion of undeclared Russian intelligence officers by the United States and more than two ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (22 March 2018)

Location: Announced events include, but are not limited to, the following cities in Belarus: Minsk (National Opera and Ballet Theater) Brest Grodno Vitebsk Baranovichi Kobrin Event: Concerts and rallies are scheduled to take place on March 25 beginning at 1 p.m.  The city authorities of Minsk, Grodno, and Brest have authorized these activities.  There is also the ...
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Spokesperson Statement: Crimea is Ukraine

Statement by Heather Nauert, acting under Secretary for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy, and Spokesperson March 14, 2018   Crimea is Ukraine Four years ago this week, Russia held an illegitimate, fabricated “referendum” in Ukraine in a futile attempt to legitimize its purported annexation of Ukrainian territory.  Crimean residents were compelled to vote under scrutiny by heavily ...
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NAC Statement on Use of a Nerve Agent in Salisbury

  Statement by the North Atlantic Council March 14,2018 The UK briefed the North Atlantic Council today on the use of a nerve agent in Salisbury on 4 March.  The UK confirmed the use of a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia and briefed Allies that it was highly likely that Russia ...
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Statement on Annual Observance of International Women’s Day

  Statement by Secretary Tillerson March 8, 2018 As we commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8th, the United States renews our steadfast commitment to addressing inequalities between women and men at home and abroad and reaffirms the importance of advancing the status of women and girls globally. We will continue to implement measures to ...
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U.S. Embassy announces Small Grants Program

The goal of the Small Grants Program is to support civil society development in Belarus.  The program is interested in projects promoting: Civic dialogue Public advocacy Strengthening of local communities Local self-government Gender equality Market reforms Integration of underserviced groups of the population Environmental awareness and ecological issues Proposals that reach the broadest number of ...
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Statement on 100th anniversary of Brest-Litovsk Peace and Belarusian People’s Republic

One hundred years ago, the Brest-Litovsk Treaty was signed.  A horrible war receded from this land but left conflict, grief and debris in its wake. And unfortunately the peace that ensued did not last long. World War I left an indelible mark on mankind. Together with embassies of other countries, which fought in “the Great ...
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Statement on Local Elections in Belarus

  Issued by the U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus  February 23, 2018   The United States notes with concern the administration of local elections in Belarus, which took place from February 13-18, 2018.  Although some slight improvements occurred in elements of the candidate registration process and the campaign period, the elections overall fell short of Belarus’s ...
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Statement on Fourth Anniversary of Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity

Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 19, 2018   Four years ago, Ukrainians from all walks of life and all regions of the country came together on the Maydan, Kyiv’s central square, to demand their government recognize the choice of the citizens of Ukraine to join Europe. Scores of Ukrainians—the “Heavenly Hundred”—gave their lives ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary

  In June 2017, the Russian military launched the most destructive and costly cyber-attack in history. The attack, dubbed “NotPetya,” quickly spread worldwide, causing billions of dollars in damage across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. It was part of the Kremlin’s ongoing effort to destabilize Ukraine and demonstrates ever more clearly Russia’s involvement in the ...
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Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) Fellowship 2018

The U.S. Embassy in Belarus is proud to announce that the application window for the next generation of Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (#YTILI) Fellows is now open! Launched in 2016, the Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) of the U.S. Department of ...
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OneBeat Music Exchange 2018

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk is happy to announce the call for applications for the OneBeat 2018. OneBeat is a music exchange and incubator for music-based social entrepreneurship, where innovative musicians from around the world launch collaborative projects designed to make a positive impact on local and global communities. An initiative of the U.S. State Department’s ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Year in Review

On December 27, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson published an  editorial  in The New York Times, entitled “I Am Proud Of Our Diplomacy”. Here are some of the highlights: “Americans should be encouraged by the progress the State Department and United States Agency for International Development have made in pushing for global peace and stability.” “I am proud ...
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President Donald J. Trump Announces a National Security Strategy

Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens — to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values. President Donald J. Trump A NEW NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY FOR A NEW ERA: Less than a year after taking office, President Donald J. Trump is unveiling ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Security Reminder

The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.  U.S. Embassy Minsk reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. Review ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Discusses International Security Challenges with Deputy Foreign Minister Dapkiunas

Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Chargé d’Affaires Robert Riley met with First Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Dapkiunas December 5.  The two discussed key international security challenges including North Korea, Ukraine, and other conflicts, as well as the state of play in U.S.-Belarus relations and cooperation within international organizations.  
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The Fulbright Specialist Program 2018-2019

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk is pleased to announce a new application season for the Fulbright Specialist Program. The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) provides Belarusian institutions overseas the opportunity to draw on the expertise of U.S. scholars and professionals and develop linkages with American institutions. The Specialist Program funds American academic experts who wish to ...
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Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute 2018

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk announces the application season for the 2018 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute, an intensive four-week exchange program for young people aged 16-18 years that focuses on the global issues faced by European and American youth on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Deadline for applications is January 31, 2018. ...
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Study of the U.S. Summer Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders from Europe 2018

The United States Embassy in Minsk invites Belarusian students to participate in the Study of the U.S. Summer Institutes (SUSI) Program in the following thematic areas: Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship. Deadline for applications is December 17, 2017. Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Student Leaders from Europe are intensive short-term academic programs whose purpose is to provide ...
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Study of the U.S. Summer Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary School Educators 2018

The United States Embassy in Minsk invites Belarusian Secondary School Educators to participate in the Study of the U.S. Summer Institutes (SUSI). Deadline for applications is December 17, 2017. Study of the U.S. Summer Institutes (SUSI) are sponsored by the State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. Summer Institutes are five-week academic programs for ...
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Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Scholars 2018

The United States Embassy in Minsk invites Belarusian Scholars to participate in the Study of the U.S. Summer Institutes (SUSI) Program in the following thematic areas: American Politics and Political Thought, Contemporary American Literature, Journalism and Media, Religious Pluralism in the United States, U.S. Culture and Society, and U.S. Foreign Policy. Deadline for applications is December 17, 2017. Study of ...
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U.S. Embassy Accepting Applications for the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Program

The United States Embassy in Belarus is accepting applications for the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) competition. This prestigious U.S. Government program has provided direct grant support for cultural preservation projects throughout the world since 2001. The competition is open to Belarusian non-governmental organizations, institutions of culture, museums and other establishments.  Funded activities include ...
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Expansion of visa services in Minsk

On November 1, Chargé d’affaires Robert Riley and consul Aleta Kovensky held a press conference to announce the expansion of visa services in Belarus. Media Statement by the U.S. Embassy in Minsk, Belarus: The Embassy of the United States in Minsk is pleased to announce the expansion of visa services in Belarus. Beginning November 1, the ...
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Belarus and USA to compete at FedCup Final in Minsk

In early November the U.S. Women’s Tennis Team will travel to Minsk to compete with the Belarusian team in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas . The games, which will be held at Chizhovka arena, will take place on Saturday, November 11th and Sunday, November 12th. Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest world tennis competition among women, with over 90 countries competing.  This will ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Minsk Saturday, October 21, 2017

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of an upcoming demonstration planned in Minsk.   The Belarusian National Congress is planning to hold a demonstration on Saturday, October 21 at 14:00 at Oktyabrskaya Square in Minsk.  This gathering has not been approved by Minsk authorities. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can ...
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The Digital Communication Network Exchange 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk is happy to announce the call for applications for the Digital Communication Network Exchange 2017. The Digital Communication Network is an exchange program, funded by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by World Learning. The Digital Communications Network exchange program created and supports a collaborative network of communication professionals ...
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Worldwide Caution

1.  As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated ...
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Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program 2018-2019

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk is pleased to announce the annual Fulbright competition for Belarusian scholars for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program is a non-degree, post-doctoral award program for researchers, university lecturers and experts from academic institutions in Belarus who wish to conduct post-doctoral research, lecture, or pursue combined lecturing and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Upcoming Demonstrations in Minsk

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of two demonstrations planned in Minsk this evening.   A demonstration has been called against the upcoming joint Belarusian and Russian Zapad military exercises at Oktyabrskaya Square today, September 8 at 18:00.  This gathering has not been approved by Minsk authorities.  There will be another demonstration, also protesting the Zapad ...
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U.S. Chargé d’affaires to Belarus met with the Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Belarus

On August 28, 2017 U.S. Chargé d’affaires to Belarus Robert Riley together with the legal attaché from the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America Johannes Van Den Hoogen visited the Investigative Committee of Belarus and met with its Chairman Ivan Noskevich to discuss bilateral cooperation in the fight against transnational crime, ...
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Changes in the Consular Section procedures of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Russia

The U.S. Embassy in Belarus draws the attention of the citizens of the Republic of Belarus that in connection with the changes in the consular procedures the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg will no longer accept new visa applications for residents of Belarus. NIV appointments for Belarussian applicants who ...
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“I got priceless experience and met incredible people”: BFTF alumna shares her U.S. experience

Dziyana Halubitskaya, a 2017 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute program alumna, has returned from the United States, where, together with 54 equally bright and talented young people from 46 countries, she spent a busy month studying American society and culture, while presenting Belarus to Americans and other participants.  Dziyana talks about her exchange experience: ...
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U.S. Embassy, UN and Belarusians remember American buried in Minsk

On August 4, 2017 the U.S. Embassy, the United Nations Office in Belarus and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus held a commemoration ceremony for American Ruth Waller, a member of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) Mission in post-war Belarus. UNRRA’s technical and food assistance, to which the United States was ...
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U.S. Chargé d’affaires to Belarus Robert Riley on the anniversary of the adoption of Belarus’s Declaration on State Sovereignty

July 27 marks the 27th anniversary of the adoption of Belarus’s Declaration on State Sovereignty. The Declaration started the process that led to Belarus’s independence in 1991. As I have said many times, the U.S. strongly supports Belarus’ sovereignty and independence, and we congratulate all Belarusians on this very important date in the history of ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Upcoming Demonstration in Minsk

U.S. Embassy, Minsk, Belarus Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Upcoming Demonstration in Minsk July 6, 2017 The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is planned in Minsk on July 7.  There is a call for demonstrators to gather at October Square starting at 1800. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to ...
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A U.S. congressional delegation is visiting Minsk on July 5-8, 2017.

A U.S. congressional delegation led by Senator Wicker, chairman of the U.S. ‎Helsinki Commission, is visiting Minsk on July 5-9, 2017.  The delegation is planning to participate in the 26th session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, also to meet with Belarus governmental officials, representatives of opposition political parties and members of country’s civil society.
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Secretary of State on Belarus National Day

On behalf of the American people, best wishes to the people of Belarus celebrating Independence Day. The United States remains committed to working with the government and people of Belarus to support the country’s sovereignty and independence, increasing respect for democratic institutions and fundamental freedoms, and promoting a thriving economy. Through continued diplomatic and people-to-people ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Upcoming Demonstration in Minsk

U.S. Embassy, Minsk, Belarus Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Upcoming Demonstration in Minsk June 30, 2017 The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is planned in central Minsk on July 3 at October Square beginning at 2 p.m.  Organizers have characterized the demonstration as a peaceful gathering against the Government of Belarus.  July ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Gathering in Minsk

The U.S. Embassy informs American citizens of a possible gathering called for by an opposition leader at noon on Monday, May 8 at the military cemetery on Kozlov Street in Minsk where participants intend to lay flowers. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  ...
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Belarusian economist shares his experience of participating in a U.S. exchange program

Hleb Shymanovich, an economist at the Research Center of the Institute for Privatization and Management in Minsk, took part in the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP), a U.S. Department of State flagship exchange program, on the topic of the contemporary U.S. economy. The program took place in March of 2017 and was attended by 20 ...
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Europe Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe.  This Travel Alert expires on September 1, 2017. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the ability to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Minsk on May 1

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that two demonstrations are planned in Minsk on May 1, International Labor Day.  Minsk authorities have approved a request for demonstrators to gather at Bangalore Square from 1700 to 1930.  There are reports that demonstrators may also gather at October Square at 1400.  This gathering has not been approved ...
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Issuance of Belarus General License

The Department of the Treasury today announced an extension of the temporary sanctions relief for nine Belarusian entities beyond April 30 for up to six additional months.  Our sanctions relief is intended primarily to support Belarus’s economy and strengthen its independence. We are following the questions of peaceful assembly, association, and free speech closely.  We ...
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Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program 2018-2019

The United States Embassy in Belarus is pleased to announce the competition for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program for the academic year of 2018-2019. This one-year Fellowship program is offered to young and mid-career professionals who have a proven track record of leadership, a public service commitment, and the capacity to take full advantage ...
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Statement of the United States Embassy in Minsk on the Prevention of Freedom Day Demonstrations

The United States notes with deep concern that authorities in Belarus failed to allow peaceful demonstrations in Minsk for the annual “Freedom Day” commemoration. The authorities’ large-scale detention of peaceful protesters, human rights observers and journalists infringes upon basic democratic values. There have been reports of use of force by the security services against those ...
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USAID Contributes to Revitalizing Rural Economies in Belarus

The assistance from USAID supports rural citizens in Belarus in becoming more enterprising and empowers them with new knowledge and tools for establishing and running their own businesses. After participating in USAID-supported training, the Khavriuk family of beekeepers improved their business structure and mead making technology, expanded the variety of honey products, and added producing ...
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Change to Visa Application Procedure

The Embassy of the United States of America in Minsk announces the following change to visa processing procedures: Pursuant to the Executive Order entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” signed by President Donald J. Trump on January 27, 2017, the Embassy of the United States of America in Belarus ...
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President Trump’s full speech inaugural address.

President Trump delivered this inaugural address on January 20, 2017. THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of ...
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U.S. Embassy Minsk Celebrates 25 Years of Diplomatic Relations with Belarus

This year marks the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States of America and the Republic of Belarus.  Since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1991, the United States has strongly supported Belarus’s independence and sovereignty, as well as its path toward a more democratic and prosperous society. Over these 25 years, the ...
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The U.S. Department of State Welcomed a Belarusian Economic Delegation

The U.S. Department of State welcomed a Belarusian economic delegation headed by Nikolai Snopkov, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration, to discuss areas of mutual interest in promoting the economic relationship between our two countries.  The delegation, which was in the United States from December 6-9, met with a variety of government officials as well ...
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U.S. Embassy Accepting Applications for the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Program

The United States Embassy in Belarus is accepting applications for the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation competition. This prestigious U.S. Government program has provided direct grant support for cultural preservation projects throughout the world since 2001. The competition is open to Belarusian non-governmental organizations, institutions of culture, museums and other establishments.  Funded activities include the ...
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2017 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI)

U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the open competition for the 2017 Study of the United States Institutes. Deadline for applications is December 26, 2016. Study of the United States Institutes are sponsored by the State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. They are short term academic programs for multinational groups of university faculty, secondary ...
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BUSINESS EDUCATION CREATES NEW JOBS IN BELARUS

In May 2015, Varvara Aleksandrova of the Belarus city of Vitebsk was searching for employment. To bolster her chances, she took a course on the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. In August 2015, she opened a beauty salon, creating 10 new jobs. Since then, the salon has successfully served and grown its clientele, providing much needed employment. ...
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U.S. Chargé d’affaires Robert Riley, EU missions’ representatives, lay flowers to victims of Stalinist repressions at Kurapaty.

On November 4, 2016, during an annual commemoration of the tens of thousands of victims of the Stalinist era, U.S. Chargé d’affaires Robert Riley and heads and representatives of several European missions in Minsk, Belarus, paid their respects at Kurapaty to those executed there between 1937-41
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Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia Bridget Brink Remarks to the Press

Thank you all for coming here so late in the day.  I am pleased to be back in Minsk. Today, I had positive meetings with Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei, representatives of opposition parties, members of civil society, and human rights activists to discuss the depth and breadth of our bilateral relationship. As part of this ...
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Joint Investigation Team Report on the Downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC September 28, 2016 The United States welcomes the interim report of the Joint Investigation Team on the shoot down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. The Team’s interim findings corroborate Secretary Kerry’s statement in the days following the tragedy that MH17 was shot ...
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The governments of the United States and Belarus entered into an agreement on the preservation of cultural properties yesterday afternoon in New York

The agreement commits the two governments to protect and preserve cemeteries, memorials, historic sites, places of worship, and archives related to all peoples, with a focus on those that were victims of genocide during World War II. Belarus Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei and U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad Chair Lesley Weiss signed ...
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Statement by John Kirby on Parliamentary Elections in Belarus

STATEMENT BY JOHN KIRBY, SPOKESPERSON Parliamentary Elections in Belarus 12 September, 2016 The United States welcomes the peaceful conduct of the September 11 parliamentary elections in Belarus.  We recognize some improvements in the electoral process, and we note that alternative voices will be represented in parliament for the first time in 12 years.  Still, the elections ...
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Chargé d’affaires Robert Riley met with the Chairwoman of the CEC

Bob Riley, Chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Minsk, met on September 6 with the Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission, Lidiya Yermoshina, to discuss the preparations for the 2016 parliamentary elections and to encourage the CEC to take up meaningful reform of Belarus’s electoral legislation and regulations.  The Chargé d’affaires stressed that the ...
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U.S. and Belarus Exchange Non-Resident Defense Attachés

On August 8, Colonel Michael C. VanDeVelde received accreditation from the Government of Belarus as non-resident Defense Attaché from the United States of America to the Republic of Belarus.  His Belarusian counterpart Lieutenant Colonel Andrei Mishuta will be accredited as a non-resident Defense Attaché in Washington, D.C. this month.  Colonel VanDeVelde’s accreditation represents the next ...
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Statement on the Death of Pavel Sheremet

Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC July 20, 2016 We are shocked and saddened by the killing of Ukrainska Pravda journalist Pavel Sheremet in a car bombing in Kyiv. We join the government of Ukraine in support of a full and impartial investigation that will bring those responsible ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on the Occasion of the National Day of the Republic of Belarus (July 3)

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the people of Belarus on the anniversary of Belarus’ declaration of independence from the Soviet Union on July 27, 1990, and on the officially observed Independence Day on July 3. I also congratulate the people of Minsk on the anniversary of the liberation of ...
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U.S.-Belarus Business Briefing

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk, in conjunction with the Foreign Commercial Service Office at the U.S. Embassy Moscow and close cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, hosted a “Business Briefing” for twelve U.S. companies working in the region to look at opportunities to expand business ties in Belarus. The delegation met with First Deputy ...
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Deputy Assistant Administrator for the USAID Bureau for Europe and Eurasia visit to Minsk

Mr. Jonathan Katz, Deputy Assistant Administrator for the USAID Bureau for Europe and Eurasia, is visiting Minsk on April 20-22. While in Minsk, Mr. Katz will have meetings with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economy, and civil society and business community representatives. On April 21st, Mr. Katz will kick-off Venture Day This ...
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Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense visit to Minsk

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Michael Carpenter is visiting Minsk March 28-30, 2016. While in Minsk, Dr. Carpenter will have meetings with the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and President Lukashenka. Dr. Carpenter’s visit follows on consultations held by a Ministry of Defense delegation, which visited Washington, DC in December 2015.
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English Access Microscholarship Program

The English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) provides free English language classes to talented 13-15 year-olds from economically disadvantaged backgrounds through after-school classes and intensive sessions. The program allows students to develop intercultural skills and communication, gain an appreciation for American culture and democratic values, participate successfully in the socio-economic development of their countries, and compete for and strengthen ...
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U.S. Embassy announces the Professional Fellows Program for Belarusians

The Professional Fellows Program is a two-way, global exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The program is designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skills, and build lasting and sustainable partnerships between mid-level emerging leaders from foreign countries and the United States. The defining element of the program for foreign ...
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Biz.Umstvo together with Scott Rauland

On February 19th, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires to Belarus Scott Rauland  opened the first full scale book discussion of the biz.umstvo project. As the first hero of the project, Mr. Rauland selected Steve Job’s biography by Walter Isaacson as a book for discussion. Mr. Rauland shared personal experiences and thoughts about the time and environment where Steve Jobs grew up, as well as ...
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2016 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institutes

The US Embassy in Minsk announces the application season for the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute, an intensive four-week exchange program for young people aged 16-18 years that focuses on the global issues faced by European and American youth on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Deadline for applications is March 18, 2016. The ...
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Farms draw tourists and revenue to Belarus

December 2015—More and more, tourists in Belarus are choosing to experience life on a farm as well as the beauty and value of natural resources. Agro-ecotourism is on the rise, and so are profits for local businesses. Marketing techniques learned through a USAID project helped one of the sector’s entrepreneurs, Tatiana Isaeva, promote her farmstead ...
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U.S. State Department delegation

A U.S. State Department delegation, including Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia Bridget Brink and  Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Robert Berschinski is visiting Minsk November 4-5, 2015. The delegation is scheduled to meet with Belarusian government officials, civil society and political parties representatives, business community ...
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Charge d’Affaires Joins the Celebrations of the UN 70th Anniversary

On October 23-30, Charge d’Affaires Scott Rauland took part in a week-long United Nations-Belarus joint initiative “UN70 Belarus Express: Towards Partnership for Sustainable Development” to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the international organization. Both Belarus and the United States were among the founding nations of the UN, which is headquartered in New ...
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U.S. Country Music Rocks Belarus

On October 26-30, a U.S. country music band “Blended 328” based in Nashville, Tennessee, visited Belarus to play live concerts in Minsk, Gomel, Mogilev and Vitebsk.  The musical group joined the United Nations 70th anniversary celebrations campaign in order to highlight universal values of unity, tolerance and peace. The talented musicians of “Blended328” skillfully demonstrated ...
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USAID Support Nurtures Entrepreneurs and Start-Ups in Belarus

  The USAID Belarus Entrepreneurs Support and Training (BEST) project invested in expanding opportunities to boost entrepreneurship and develop a startup infrastructure in Belarus. Perhaps the biggest accomplishment of the USAID Belarus Entrepreneurs Support and Training (BEST) project is BEL.BIZ, a former local online business content provider, which the project transformed into a unique infrastructure ...
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Presidential Elections in Belarus

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Statement by Mark Toner, Deputy Spokesperson The United States welcomes the peaceful conduct of the October 11 presidential election in Belarus. However, we are disappointed that the elections fell significantly short of Belarus’ international obligations and commitments for free and fair elections, as demonstrated by reports from ...
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Under Secretary of State Kennedy Visits Minsk

Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy arrived in Minsk for an official visit on September 11. While in Minsk, Under Secretary Kennedy toured the embassy compound and met with U.S. Embassy staff.  He also met with Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei to discuss the status of U.S.-Belarusian relations. Under Secretary Kennedy welcomed the recent ...
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Release of Prisoners in Belarus

Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by John Kirby, Spokesperson August 23, 2015 The United States welcomes the August 22 release from prison in Belarus of Mikalai Statkevich, Ihar Alinevich, Mikalai Dziadok, Evgeniy Vackovich, Artyom Prokopenko, and Yuriy Rubtsov.  The release of these six political prisoners is a positive development for the people of Belarus ...
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Visit of U.S. Congressional Delegation

A U.S. congressional delegation, including Dana Rohrabacher, Chairman, Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats; Representative Gregory Meeks, Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats; and Representative Stephen Cohen, Ranking Member, Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee; is visiting Minsk August 2-4, 2015.  The delegation conducted ...
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Fourth of July Message from President Obama

America began as a daring idea. Under the rule of a tyrannous monarch, our Founders imagined and believed in a self-governing nation where all people, having been created equal, would be entitled to life and liberty, and where opportunity could be realized by anyone with determination and a dream. With unwavering resolve to steer the ...
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U.S. Embassy Supported Project Opens New Opportunities for the Visually Disabled

On June 4, the Belarusian Union of the Visually Impaired conducted its final conference, which focused on the results of a project supported by the Embassy’s Small Grants Program, “Promoting New Information Resources as a Means of Creating Barrier-Free Environment for the Visually Handicapped. ” The event took place in the IBB Johannes Rau Center. ...
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U.S. Speaker Engages Belarusian Audiences on Lend-Lease

Hubert Van Tuyll, Professor of History from the Regents University at Augusta, Georgia, visited Belarus on April 26-30 to speak before various Belarusian audiences on the issue of U.S. assistance to the Soviet Union during World War II.  Totaling $140,000,000,000 in today’s currency, the aid under the Lend-Lease Program, which President Roosevelt pushed Congress to ...
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Embassy Employees Join Belarusian Environmental Activists to Clean Up a River Near Minsk

Charge d’affaires Scott Rauland, his wife and three other Embassy employees joined Belarusian environmental activists on April 25 to clean up the 10-km stretch of the Islach River near Minsk in honor of the Earth Day. The action was organized by the “Green Team” travel agency and was attended by volunteers from the international wildlife ...
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The United States of America And Belarus Sign Agreement to Implement the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (Fatca)

Scott Rauland, Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of the United States of America, and Sergei Nalivaiko, Minister of Taxation, signed an intergovernmental agreement today between Belarus and the United States of America to implement the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The agreement signed today provides the necessary legal framework for Belarusian financial institutions ...
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Meeting between Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Eric Rubin and President Lukashenka

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Eric Rubin met today with President Lukashenka. They discussed, among other things, bilateral U.S.-Belarusian relations, human rights and democratization issues, the state of the Belarusian economy, and issues of regional security, including the situation in Ukraine. Mr. Rubin noted the positive role Belarus has played in ...
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Visit of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Eric Rubin to Belarus

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Eric Rubin is visiting Minsk, Belarus February 26-28, 2015. Mr. Rubin will conduct a wide range of meetings, including with government officials (among others, Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei), members of the Diplomatic Corps, civil society, the political opposition, and relatives of political prisoners. In his ...
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American Film Showcase festival in Minsk

Five  documentary films showcasing various aspects of life in the United States will be shown during the American Film Showcase festival that opens on February 23 at the Pobeda movie theater in Minsk and lasts until Friday, February 27. Two movie experts from the United States will be special guests at the festival. Director and ...
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U.S. Embassy Marks Birthday of Tadeusz Kosciuszko With Donation to Museum

A U.S. Embassy delegation headed by Chargé d’affaires Scott Rauland marked the 269th birthday of U.S. Revolutionary War hero Tadeusz Kosciuszko, who is also considered a hero by many others as well, including in Belarus, Poland and France.  Rauland, accompanied by Assistant Army Attaché Major Janis Mikits from the U.S. Embassy Kyiv, brought the museum ...
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U.S. Charge d’Affaires Scott Rauland Visits Grodno

On October 28-30, 2014 Chargé d’Affaires Scott Rauland visited Grodno. The trip—his second official travel to Belarusian regions–included meetings with a wide spectrum of Belarusians, from local authorities to NGO activists and private entrepreneurs. Looking for ways to expand engagement with Belarus, the United States attaches great importance to cultural and educational ties, Chargé Rauland ...
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Brest Fortress Receives U.S. State Department Award

Honorable officials, Fellow diplomats, Dear friends, Today is one of those occasions which highlight the best in our two peoples—the dramatic and glorious history of our partnership to defeat the greatest enemy of the 20th Century.  It is an occasion for Americans to pay respect to the sacred ground in and around Brest Fortress. We ...
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Statement by the Head of the U.S. Government Interagency Delegation on the Conclusion of Their official visit to Belarus

A United States Government Inter-Agency delegation from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Departments of State and Defense completed a two and a half day official visit to Minsk.  The delegation includes Paige Alexander, Assistant Administrator of USAID; Thomas Melia, Deputy Assistant Secretary from Department of State; and Evelyn Farkas, Deputy Assistant Secretary ...
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Visit of U.S. Government Interagency Delegation

A U.S. Government interagency delegation, including USAID Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Europe and Eurasia Paige Alexander, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Thomas Melia, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Evelyn Farkas, is visiting Minsk September 8-11, 2014.  The group plans on conducting ...
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Embassy Minsk Announcement on Expanded Visa Services for Applicants to Renew Petition-Based Visas

The Embassy of the United States in Minsk is pleased to announce visa services for applicants who wish to renew petition-based visas in H, L, P, O and R categories.  Starting September 8, the Embassy will accept applications for renewals of H (Temporary Workers), L (Intracompany Transferees), O (People with Extraordinary Ability), P (Athletes, Artists, ...
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U.S. Embassy to support preservation of historic fortifications in Brest

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that the Belarusian NGO “Brest Fortress Development Foundation” is among the winners of the prestigious international competition for the 2014 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation.  As a recipient of the 2014 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation award, the organization will receive more than USD 100,000 in funding to inventory ...
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“Call Over Centuries” Exhibit at the National Library Commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the Outbreak of World War I

Over 80 students, librarians, museum workers, artists and visitors gathered at the National Library of Belarus to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.  During opening remarks for the “Call Over Centuries” Exhibit on August 7, 2014, Chargé d’Affaires Scott Rauland said, “Today we are here to commemorate the 100th ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Scott Roland’s remarks at the opening of the Project “The Bell of Centuries” at the National Library of Belarus

Today we are here to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, to honor those who served in that war in defense of liberty and their countries, and to promote mutual history and values. We are pleased to share with you our American Embassy exhibit entitled “WWI in American Posters, Books, ...
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U.S. Embassy and UNDP Commemorate Ruth Waller

On August 4, Charge d’Affaires Scott Rauland and UN Permanent Representative Sanaka Samarasinha held a joint commemorative event Minsk in honor of American Ruth Waller who died in Minsk on that day in 1946.  A native of California, Ruth came to the war-ravaged and famined Belarus as an employee of the Belarus Mission of the ...
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Charge Scott Rauland Wishes Good Luck to Belarusian Fulbright Students

On July 30, Chargé d ’Affaires Scott Rauland met with the three young Belarusians who won Fulbright Foreign Student Program scholarships and are heading to the USA to pursue their Master’s degrees at American Universities.  The Chargé remarked that Fulbright is one of the most efficient exchange programs that promote mutual understanding between the people ...
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Embassy Minsk Announcement on Expanded Visa Services and No Extra Cost For One-Year, Multiple Entry Visas

The Embassy of the United States in Minsk is pleased to announce expanded visa services for the first time since 2008. Starting August 4, the Embassy will accept applications for F (Student), M (Vocational Student), and J (Exchange Visitor) non-immigrant visa categories. All applicants applying for F, M, and J visas in Minsk should follow ...
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Announcement Regarding Visa Services

For the first time since 2008, Embassy Minsk will resume offering some visa services to the general public of Belarus. Details of these changes will be posted on this website shortly, along with explanations of the categories of visa applicants who will be eligible to apply at our Embassy in Minsk. Please continue to visit ...
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Visit of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Eric Rubin

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Eric Rubin visited Minsk, Belarus June 2-4 2014. Mr. Rubin conducted a wide range of meetings, including with Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei, members of the Diplomatic Corps, civil society, and relatives of political prisoners. In his meetings, Mr. Rubin explored the possibility for continued improved ...
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U.S. Olympians Visit Minsk

Two members of the U.S. national ice hockey team, Julie Chu and Hilary Knight, are visiting Belarus from May 11 through 17 as Sports Envoys to take part in a series of U.S. embassy-sponsored events in connection with the Ice Hockey World Championships in Minsk. As well as their most recent silver medals from the ...
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America’s Heritage Abroad Commission Chair Visits Belarus

On April 22-27, 2014 the Chair of U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, Lesley Weiss, visited Belarus to discuss protection and preservation of places of worship, historic sites, cemeteries, and memorials associated with the heritage of Americans with roots in Belarus. During her visit, Lesley Weiss held a wide-range of meetings, from ...
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Public Affairs Officer Visits Vitebsk

On March 20, 2014, on her first trip outside of Minsk just one month after arrival in the country, Public Affairs Officer Robin Solomon traveled to Vitebsk, Belarus’ northernmost regional city.  Speaking at the international conference “Dialogue on Languages and Cultures in the Twenty-First Century” before the audience of over 200 students, city officials, diplomats ...
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Barbara Lamb and the Sheepless Knights

A real American bluegrass band Barbara Lamb and the Sheepless Knights will perform at the Minsk State Philharmonic Hall on March 11. From lightning-fast Earl Scruggs banjo tunes to sweet waltzes and the tightest three-part bluegrass harmony singing in America, Barbara Lamb and the Sheepless Knights deliver traditional and progressive bluegrass music from Nashville, Tennessee. ...
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2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

The Department of State submitted to the United States Congress on February 27 its 2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.  The report describes human rights conditions in almost 200 countries and territories.   It covers internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and ...
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Visit of US Foreign Commercial Service Representative to Minsk

Commercial Counsellor Cheryl Dukelow of the US Foreign Commercial Service (Department of Commerce) visited Minsk February 25-26. She met with a wide group of interlocutors, including Deputy Foreign Minister Guryanov and other government officials,  business people and independent business associations, representatives of Belarusian and American companies, and members of the diplomatic corps. Ms. Dukelow provided ...
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Press Statement by Deputy Secretary Burns

Good morning. I am delighted to be back in Kyiv at this historic moment. President Obama and Secretary Kerry asked me to convey a simple message—a message of deep admiration for the courage and determination of Ukrainians in the face of last week’s tragic violence, and a message of strong American support for a stable, ...
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Study Tour to US Inspires Changes in Legal Services

“In the U.S. legal clinics, students deal with a wide range of issues from different social areas. Inspired by my American experience, I adapted this approach in my work.” Yulia Khvatik is a leader in developing legal clinics in Belarus, which allow law students to develop practical skills under the mentorship of professional lawyers and ...
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USAID Helps At-Risk Families Function Effectively

Note: Names have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals. In Belarus, over 20,000 children are members of at-risk families. Their parents struggle to comply with parental responsibilities, address basic needs, and provide proper supervision.  Exposure to abuse and neglect early on adversely affects children’s physical, emotional, and intellectual development. Growing up in a ...
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“Learn About the U.S. Through Comics” Attracts Thousands of Visitors to the U.S. Embassy Booth at the 21st Minsk International Book Trade Fair

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk participated in the 21st Minsk International Book Trade Fair February 5-9, 2014, which included 26 countries and over 600 exhibitors. This year, the theme of the U.S. Embassy booth was “Learn about the U.S. through Comics,” aimed at promoting a deeper understanding of the U.S. through appreciation of American comic ...
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