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11 Jul 2017
EU, U.S. pledge support to Belarus with WTO accession EU, U.S. pledge support to Belarus with WTO accession
“Belarus has made substantial progress in bilateral talks with the WTO members. The country has finished negotiations with 12 states and signed protocols with Japan and South Korea in April. We are now holding substantive negotiations with another 13 WTO members, including the EU and the U.S."...
11 Jul 2017
Belarus urged to raise its voice on international arena Belarus urged to raise its voice on international arena
“At the modern stage of development, the Belarusian state needs to build its foreign policy and foreign economic activities in a new way, a more ambitious and aggressive way. I believe that the time has come for Belarus to assert itself on the world stage, to promote and protect the national interests more actively"...
11 Jul 2017
Lukashenko on Belt and Road initiative: We should seize the historic chance Lukashenko on Belt and Road initiative: We should seize the historic chance
The Belarusian leader said that the current high level of trust-based all-round strategic partnership and mutually beneficial cooperation with China requires increased attention to the implementation of bilateral projects and the interaction in large international associations...
11 Jul 2017
Further normalization of relations with EU among Belarus’ foreign economic priorities Further normalization of relations with EU among Belarus’ foreign economic priorities
“Our neighbor, the European Union, is going through tough times. It is facing a number of serious challenges. I believe the EU will tackle them successfully. I have mentioned many times that we need an economically and politically strong European Union. The EU is one of the pillars of the multipolar world"...
11 Jul 2017
Belarus president calls for more effective removal of barriers in common economic space Belarus president calls for more effective removal of barriers in common economic space
“Enabling equal conditions for commercial entities within the framework of the Union State of Belarus and Russia and the Eurasian Economic Union is a strategic task for us. We should accomplish it in a resolute manner as soon as possible”...
11 Jul 2017
Lukashenko: Helsinki 2 initiative reflects concerns over negative developments in the region Lukashenko: Helsinki 2 initiative reflects concerns over negative developments in the region
“This step should not be viewed as an ambitious international initiative for the sake of an initiative. First of all, it reflects our vision and concerns over the negative developments in the region,” the Belarusian leader emphasized...
10 Jul 2017
Opinion: Belarus plays a very important role in ensuring stability in the region Opinion: Belarus plays a very important role in ensuring stability in the region
“Belarus is a very important partner for us as it is located in the geographical center of Europe and borders on the European Union. The country plays a very important role in ensuring stability in the region. We are very glad that Belarus has organized the Minsk dialogue,” the diplomat said...
10 Jul 2017
Belarus, Netherlands to continue vigorous political dialogue Belarus, Netherlands to continue vigorous political dialogue
Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei said during the opening ceremony of the office of the Embassy of Netherlands in Minsk. Vladimir Makei underlined that the office of the embassy is opened in the year of the 25th anniversary of Belarus-Netherlands diplomatic relations. The office will open a new page in the history of the bilateral relations...
10 Jul 2017
UNWTO ready to help Belarus switch to e-visas UNWTO ready to help Belarus switch to e-visas
“Belarus needs to increase the period of visa-free stay for foreign tourists,” Taleb Rifai noted. “It is much more profitable to attract tourists who can come for a longer term. Foreign nationals would like to stay here a bit longer. You do not need to expand the list of countries eligible for your visa-free entry program"...
8 Jul 2017
Lukashenko urges Belarusians to revive home towns Lukashenko urges Belarusians to revive home towns
“I would like to address all the people, who can do something for the country today, particularly people of means with certain capabilities. Let’s do what everyone can do, what can be done for our birthplaces in the next few years"...
8 Jul 2017
Kupala Night Festival named symbol of Belarusian culture Kupala Night Festival named symbol of Belarusian culture
The deputy prime minister said that this large-scale art project is aimed at preserving and developing cultural traditions and enabling the mutual enrichment of cultures. The festival grows more and more popular every year and is about to become a Belarusian brand. “Today we see new guests from various countries at the festival venues,” said the official...
6 Jul 2017
UNWTO head: Belarus can receive 2 to 4 times more tourists UNWTO head: Belarus can receive 2 to 4 times more tourists
Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization Taleb Rifai noted that everything is in place in Belarus for a significant increase in the number of tourist arrivals in the coming years. Taleb Rifai believes that at this stage, it would be worthwhile to focus on developing the country’s brand...
6 Jul 2017
Lukashenko: Belarus-USA dialogue on sensitive matters should continue in a constructive manner Lukashenko: Belarus-USA dialogue on sensitive matters should continue in a constructive manner
“It is necessary to continue the Belarus-USA dialogue on sensitive matters in a constructive manner. Time has shown that it is an effective way to mutually adjust our views and address the existing differences of opinions. We should advance from mutual complaints and demands towards vigorous cooperation"...
6 Jul 2017
U.S. congressman: Relations with Belarus will be important to U.S. foreign policy U.S. congressman: Relations with Belarus will be important to U.S. foreign policy
Roger Wicker said he sees certain opportunities for cooperation with the new Administration of Mr. Trump. He also said that he sees great opportunities for positive changes and new joint achievements for the United States of America and the Republic of Belarus...
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...
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