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24 Feb 2017
Energy Ministry: BelNPP open to international inspectors Energy Ministry: BelNPP open to international inspectors
“With regard to the statement by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, I would like to say that we are open. We work with the European Union in part of the preparation of the national report on the stress tests which we have already conducted,” Vladimir Potupchik said. The results of the stress tests will be submitted to the European Commission as well...
24 Feb 2017
Giorgi Margvelashvili: Belarus-Georgia relations get a new impetus Giorgi Margvelashvili: Belarus-Georgia relations get a new impetus
“The openness Alexander Grigoryevich [Lukashenko] has, the focus on the most important issues we are addressing for the benefit of the nations have helped us intensify the relations between our countries at the intergovernmental and bilateral level. Business contacts have been gaining momentum as well"...
22 Feb 2017
Petrishenko: Belarus is a pillar of security in the region Petrishenko: Belarus is a pillar of security in the region
“Modern Belarus is ready to withstand any aggression, combat international terrorism, decisively suppress any of its manifestations. Our military doctrine has a purely defensive nature. We cooperate closely with our allies, first of all, with Russia"...
22 Feb 2017
Peace viewed as Belarus’ main achievement Peace viewed as Belarus’ main achievement
“The Armed Forces are celebrating another birthday. We have achieved good results. I am confident that we will further maintain peace in our country under the leadership of our President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus”...
22 Feb 2017
Lukashenko: Belarus prioritizes protection of national interests Lukashenko: Belarus prioritizes protection of national interests
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has sent greetings to soldiers, warrant officers, officers, veterans, and all Belarusians on the occasion of the Fatherland Defenders’ Day. The message of greetings was read out by State Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus Slanislav Zas during the solemn meeting at the Palace of the Republic...
22 Feb 2017
Interest in Belarus soars after launch of visa-free travel Interest in Belarus soars after launch of visa-free travel
"This is a chance for the tourism business to move to the next level, demonstrate the country’s openness. We hope to cooperate with the Belavia air carrier in the organization of five-day tours. Some hotels and travel agencies have met us halfway so that we could reduce the price of our tour packages to the level of those offered by competitors,” Filip Guly said...
22 Feb 2017
Belarus, Brazil interested in exploring new cooperation avenues Belarus, Brazil interested in exploring new cooperation avenues
Vladimir Makei underlined that Belarus always considers Brazil as the largest partner in Latin America. “We confirm the readiness to advance tighter relations with your country in politics, education, and culture, and at platforms of international organizations. I am convinced that active trade and economic partnership should be the engine of the bilateral relations”...
22 Feb 2017
Slovakia named Belarus’ reliable partner in Europe Slovakia named Belarus’ reliable partner in Europe
Chairman of the House of Representatives Vladimir Andreichenko said as he met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Slovakia to Belarus Jozef Migas...
22 Feb 2017
Ambassador: Hungary appreciates Belarus’ openness, drive towards closer relations Ambassador: Hungary appreciates Belarus’ openness, drive towards closer relations
"Belarusian openness and hospitality attract foreign visitors to the country. It is important that as many foreigners as possible come to see Belarus with their own eyes. The Hungarian partners appreciate the openness of Belarus and its steps to bring the countries closer together," Alexander Khainovsky said...
21 Feb 2017
Lavrov views Belarus-Russia ministerial cooperation as businesslike Lavrov views Belarus-Russia ministerial cooperation as businesslike
“The current stage of our joint work is marked by an uneasy media background. But I want to assure all our colleagues that the interaction between our foreign ministries and other departments is proceeding in a businesslike manner and in the proper working order,” stressed the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs...
21 Feb 2017
Makei: Belarus and Russia should mark 25 years of diplomatic relations with real achievements Makei: Belarus and Russia should mark 25 years of diplomatic relations with real achievements
Belarus’ Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei said as he met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow...
21 Feb 2017
Belarus border authorities: No violations of visa-free travel rules by foreigners Belarus border authorities: No violations of visa-free travel rules by foreigners
Anton Bychkovsky, official representative of the State Border Committee of Belarus, told...
20 Feb 2017
Belgian business ready to help Belarusian entrepreneurs enter new markets Belgian business ready to help Belarusian entrepreneurs enter new markets
"When we compare Belarus with neighboring countries, we see that Belarusian enterprises are more ready to export to new markets, including the European Union’s common market. But not everyone has enough experience in sales. Belgian companies have a vast experience and can help enterprises from Belarus properly build up sales strategies and enter new markets by joint efforts,” he said...
20 Feb 2017
Kazakhstan Ambassador commends quality of Belarusian education Kazakhstan Ambassador commends quality of Belarusian education
"The quality of education in Belarus is very high. The country also has good living standards, which attracts Kazakh youth to come and study here,”Yergali Bulegenov said. At the moment, about 300 Kazakhstan citizens are studying in the universities all over Belarus...
17 Feb 2017
Ryzhenkov: The main point of Decree No.3 is to encourage people to pay taxes Ryzhenkov: The main point of Decree No.3 is to encourage people to pay taxes
The First Deputy Head of Belarus’ President Administration added that many western countries envisage fines for tax evasion. Using the mechanisms of Decree No.3 Belarus tries to make up for the public spending on the social services provided to people who do not pay taxes in full or at all...
16 Feb 2017
Ambassador: Belarus actively supports UN International Mother Language Day Ambassador: Belarus actively supports UN International Mother Language Day
The diplomat noted that the Belarusian language is one of the oldest languages among the Slavic ones. In late 14th century, the Old Belarusian language became a language of written business and legislative documents. “UNESCO researchers say that Belarusian is the second most melodic language in the world after Italian,” Igor Petrishenko noted...
16 Feb 2017
Riley on the dialogue with Belarus: We are getting closer to understanding each other better Riley on the dialogue with Belarus: We are getting closer to understanding each other better
“We work closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, some of the best diplomats I’ve ever worked with. They work hard to understand others’ perspective, and this is exactly what we are all supposed to do. And I think that slowly but surely, at least in my experience with the individuals I work with, we are getting closer and closer to understanding each other better”...
15 Feb 2017
MFA: Visa-free stay in Belarus may be extended to two weeks MFA: Visa-free stay in Belarus may be extended to two weeks
When asked to give details about the possible extension, Dmitry Mironchik noted that the possibility of combining tourism with visits to health and wellness resorts is one of Belarus’ advantages. An average stay at a health improvement center lasts for about 12 days...
15 Feb 2017
MFA: Belarus’ decision to introduce visa-free travel welcomed by foreign partners MFA: Belarus’ decision to introduce visa-free travel welcomed by foreign partners
"The first days since the launch of visa-free travel have seen quite positive results. German, Polish, Chinese, Italian and Lithuanian nationals have been among the most active users of the visa-free travel option. Belarus has also welcomed guests from other countries, for instance, Malta"...
15 Feb 2017
Lukashenko: Internationalist soldiers nurture the spirit of patriotism among young people Lukashenko: Internationalist soldiers nurture the spirit of patriotism among young people
“On this anniversary please accept my sincere gratitude for the courage and bravery displayed in the hotspots of the planet. We remember the sons of Belarus who reaffirmed their loyalty to duty at the cost of their lives, mourn together with their parents, widows, and children”...
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