Belarus–India relations

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Belarus-India relations
Map indicating locations of Belarus and India


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko.

Belarus–India relations are the bilateral ties between India and Belarus. Belarus has an embassy in New Delhi whilst India has an embassy in Minsk. Both countries are members of the Non Aligned Movement.


Both India (British Raj) and Byelorussia were the founding members of the United Nations. India was one of the first few countries to recognise Belarus' independence.

Energy Cooperation[edit]

India has participated in the reconstruction of power facilities in Belarus for energy generation and transmission. An Indian company Bharat Heavy Electricals worked on similar project in the Grodno power plant.[1] Other agreements include exploration of energy resources in Belarus and in electrical equipment.

Economic relations[edit]

MoUs have been signed in the field of Trade and Commerce. Belarus has Potash mines which is used in pharmaceutical and fertilizer industry which is big part of India imports. A MoU was signed between Bureau of Indian Standards and Belarus' State Committee for Standardization to cooperate in the field of standardization. Some others include that on broadcasting, textiles, manufacturing and defense.[2][3] India and Belarus also have set a trade target of US$1 Billion, to be achieved by 2018.[4] India is also involved in seeking investment and resources through Belarusian route for developing smart cities.[5] Other terms include improving the manufacturing sector and increasing skill development and considering Swach Bharat initiative by improving sanitation and cleanliness. The India CIS Chambers of Commerce and Industry was formed to devise correct policies and monitor the trade relations between the CIS states including Belarus and India.[6]

Other Inclinations[edit]

Belarus supports India at the NSG (Nuclear Suppliers Group) and for the permanent membership in United Nations Security Council. India supports Belarus for its membership in the NAM (Non-Alignment Movement) and in IPU (Inter-Parliamentary Union).[7]

State visits[edit]

During the visit of Pranab Mukherjee, the president of India, in June 2015, many agreements were signed which include exchange of students and promotion of tourism.[8] It also included science & technology cooperation.

Culture and education[edit]

The cultural relations between both countries were established from the time when Belarus was part of Soviet Union. India's national poet Rabindranath Tagore visited Minsk in 1931 where he met with other intellectuals. The musician, Nicholas Nabokov, visited India in the 1960s and was impressed by India's musical traditions.[9][10]


  1. "Pranab Mukherjee: India intends to take relations with Belarus to a higher trajectory | Latest events in Belarus - Speeches & Interviews". Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  2. "India, Belarus agree on road map for stronger ties". The Hindu. 2015-06-04. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  3. ""India is top priority for Belarus"". The Hindu. 2007-04-16. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  4. "India and Belarus set a Trade Target of US$1 Billion by 2018". Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  5. "Belarus to spend $170m borrowed from India on 22 projects". 2015-12-02. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  6. "India Belarus Trade Relations". Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  7. "Sweden, Belarus support India's Permanent Membership in UNSC: Pranab -". Archived from the original on 2015-12-25. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  8. "India, Belarus to enhance bilateral ties". timesofindia-economictimes. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  9. "President of India on an official visit in Belarus". Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  10. "Indian President on first official visit to Belarus". Retrieved 2015-12-25.

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