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12 Jul 2017

Lukashenko meets with Ignatenko and Gusman, gives interview to TASS

Lukashenko meets with Ignatenko and Gusman, gives interview to TASS

MINSK, 12 July (BelTA) – Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with Vitaly Ignatenko, President of the World Association of Russian Press (WARP), UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, and Mikhail Gusman, WARP Executive Secretary, First Deputy Director General of the Russian news agency TASS on the sidelines of the 19th World Congress of Russian Press in Minsk, BelTA has learned.

The sides exchanged views on the global issues, including the initiatives brought forward by Belarus at the 26th OSCE PA Annual Session to organize a new large-scale international forum, similar to the Helsinki Process. They also discussed the role of mass media in today’s global processes.

For his part, Vitaly Ignatenko commended Belarus’ and Alexander Lukashenko’s initiatives aimed at strengthening stability and safety in the region and the world. “We are tired of conflicts and mutual misunderstanding. Today everyone is looking for mutual understanding. It was for a reason that the OSCE PA session was held in Belarus,” he remarked.

Alexander Lukashenko also gave a brief interview to TASS. He touched upon the results of the session of the Supreme State Council of the Belarus-Russia Union State in Moscow, the key avenues of Belarus-Russia relations, and the prospects and problems of the Union State. The Belarusian leader also spoke about the matters congruent with the agenda of the 19th World Congress of Russian Press in Minsk. This interview will make part of the new episode of TASS’ Formula of Power program due to be released in August.

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