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6 Jul 2017
West 2017 army exercise described as important step in ensuring Belarus’ national security West 2017 army exercise described as important step in ensuring Belarus’ national security
“Taking into account the growing terrorist threat in the world, increasing illegal migration, spread of drugs, import of guns, it is needed to improve the system of ensuring border security in the state,” the Belarusian leader emphasized. “These risks have a considerable impact on public security. In this regard law enforcement bodies should step up efforts to ensure the safety of life and work for our citizens”...
6 Jul 2017
Minsk viewed as comfortable venue to discuss new Helsinki Process Minsk viewed as comfortable venue to discuss new Helsinki Process
“The main idea is that Minsk is ready to take the lead in organizing the discussions on the new Helsinki Process. There are many new and old problems piled up in Europe. We should not keep silent about them, as the president remarked. Unfortunately, the global situation has not been changing for the better: a new political and economic landscape is evident now”...
6 Jul 2017
Belarus looks forward to new projects with World Tourism Organization Belarus looks forward to new projects with World Tourism Organization
“On the world’s tourist map Belarus is a relatively young nation. We have a lot to show: beautiful nature, excellent sports infrastructure, very hospitable people, and rich cultural heritage,” Maksim Ryzhenkov noted...
5 Jul 2017
Austrian foreign minister stresses need to implement Minsk Agreements Austrian foreign minister stresses need to implement Minsk Agreements
“Conflicts in the OSCE is something we must focus on. I am referring to the conflict in Ukraine. The situation there is very serious,” he said. OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Austria, Sebastian Kurz stressed that the Minsk Agreements on Ukraine must be implemented...
5 Jul 2017
Opinion: Minsk is a recognized venue for international diplomacy Opinion: Minsk is a recognized venue for international diplomacy
Christine Muttonen emphasized that for decades Minsk has been recognized as a venue for the work of international diplomacy and for resolving conflicts. The diplomat noted that this is synonymous to the effort to achieve a peaceful settlement in Nagorno-Karabakh...
5 Jul 2017
Lukashenko: Europe is in the epicenter of problems, it is necessary to resolve them in time Lukashenko: Europe is in the epicenter of problems, it is necessary to resolve them in time
“If we fail to address these problems in time, they will generate more serious problems that will be impossible to avoid or will require huge amounts of money to deal with. This is why problems need to be resolved in a timely manner,” stated the Belarus president...
5 Jul 2017
Lukashenko in favor of developing unified election standards in OSCE Lukashenko in favor of developing unified election standards in OSCE
The head of state emphasized that there should not be any double standards in holding elections. For example, the OSCE/ODIHR has different requirements to different states, and has absolutely no requirements to certain states....
5 Jul 2017
Lukashenko suggests launching discussion on new Helsinki Process in OSCE Lukashenko suggests launching discussion on new Helsinki Process in OSCE
The head of state said that there is an apparent need to renew the pan-European dialogue on measures to strengthen trust, security and cooperation. “This should be done bearing in mind the enormous positive experience associated with the Helsinki Process of the 1970s that showed that the actions should be proactive, rather than reactive. All this points to the relevance of the idea to launch a new Helsinki Process, a broad dialogue aimed at overcoming the existing differences in the relations between the countries in our Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian region”...
5 Jul 2017
Lukashenko describes alleged mass media freedom infringement in Belarus as old cliche Lukashenko describes alleged mass media freedom infringement in Belarus as old cliche
“Belarus’ mass media space develops vigorously. Mass media with different forms of ownership and political views are represented here. The alleged infringement of mass media freedom in Belarus is a cliche from the old arsenal. It lacks any sense in the age of the Internet”...
5 Jul 2017
Belarus president calls for OSCE’s reform, bigger role in conflict resolution Belarus president calls for OSCE’s reform, bigger role in conflict resolution
“Problems need to be resolved at the very start just like illnesses should be treated at the very beginning. If we let the process develop, you know what it can lead to. It is necessary to respond to such conflicts and respond seriously. The matter of the OSCE reform for the sake of making the organization more efficient and decisive is getting more and more important these days”...
5 Jul 2017
Kupchyna: Belarus seeks to contribute to countering global challenges Kupchyna: Belarus seeks to contribute to countering global challenges
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Austria, Belarus’ Permanent Representative to the OSCE Alena Kupchyna said. Alena Kupchyna said that interparliamentary ties can provide a fertile ground for developing solutions to overcome disagreements and controversies...
5 Jul 2017
Rusnano sees prospects of cooperation with Belarus Rusnano sees prospects of cooperation with Belarus
"The network the [Rusnano] Fund [for Infrastructure and Education Programs] has created may become part of these cooperation schemes. The network comprises 15 infrastructure centers and over 600 small enterprises created by these centers”...
5 Jul 2017
Nuclear power plant to reduce Belarus’ CO2 emissions by 10m tonnes per year Nuclear power plant to reduce Belarus’ CO2 emissions by 10m tonnes per year
Lilia Dulinets, Deputy Director of the Nuclear Energy Department of the Belarusian Energy Ministry, said during the roundtable session held in Minsk to discuss environmental aspects and safety in the development of nuclear power industry...
4 Jul 2017
OSCE PA president describes Belarus as bridge between West, East OSCE PA president describes Belarus as bridge between West, East
Christine Muttonen remarked that a long time ago Minsk became a venue where important forums are convened and world-building matters are discussed. “We already see Belarus not only as a bridge between the East and the West but a bridge between different countries. In other words, Belarus is already an important international platform,” she said...
3 Jul 2017
Lukashenko: We will never forget those, who liberated the country from the Nazi invaders Lukashenko: We will never forget those, who liberated the country from the Nazi invaders
The head of state said: “Today our country celebrates Independence Day. We celebrate the key state holiday today — 3 July — because our people willed it. The choice testifies to the historic memory of Belarusians and continuity of generations. In our hearts Belarus’ independence is inseparable from the country’s liberation from the Nazi invaders”...
1 Jul 2017
Lukashenko: Belarusians have earned the right to live in a free land by surviving trying times Lukashenko: Belarusians have earned the right to live in a free land by surviving trying times
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made the statement in his speech during the solemn assembly held on 1 July on the occasion of Belarus’ Independence Day...
30 Jun 2017
Putin: Integration with Belarus in Union State is a strategic priority for Russia Putin: Integration with Belarus in Union State is a strategic priority for Russia
Vladimir Putin recalled that just over two years ago, Russia and Belarus approved priority areas of further development of the Union State by 2017. According to him, the tasks spelled out in that document have been largely fulfilled...
30 Jun 2017
Belarus, Russia intend to make full use of Union State’s potential for sustainable development Belarus, Russia intend to make full use of Union State’s potential for sustainable development
“We have reaffirmed our readiness to continue constructive dialogue, address the most sensitive issues in all areas of cooperation. Our states intend to make the full use of the Union State's potential to promote sustainable development and improve the well-being of our brotherly peoples”...
30 Jun 2017
Moldova eager to expand trade, economic relations with Belarus Moldova eager to expand trade, economic relations with Belarus
Moldovan President Igor Dodon said that Moldova is interested in strengthening cooperation in all areas of mutual interest placing focus on the trade and economic relations. He pointed out that Belarus and Moldova could establish joint enterprises in agriculture, tractor assembly, and winemaking...
30 Jun 2017
Russia interested in mutually beneficial projects with Belarus Russia interested in mutually beneficial projects with Belarus
“Russia is prepared for close cooperation with Belarusian regions aimed at ensuring sustainable long-term growth of our economies, is ready to build the industrial and technological policy together, develop the infrastructure, promote the formation of the comfortable business environment,” the Russian president said...
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