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23 Mar 2017
Rigoni notes Belarus’ positive attitude to development of relations with EU Rigoni notes Belarus’ positive attitude to development of relations with EU
“I would like to thank you personally for this meeting that shows that you are open to dialogue and that Belarus has a welcoming and positive attitude to the development of the relations with the Council of Europe and the European Union in general,” Andrea Rigoni said...
23 Mar 2017
Rigoni emphasizes recent progress in Belarus-Council of Europe relations Rigoni emphasizes recent progress in Belarus-Council of Europe relations
"When we talk to each other calmly, we compare the issues we have and are able to build trust-based relations, as it should be,” Andrea Rigoni said. On PACE’s behalf he thanked Belarus for everything that has been done to promote this cooperation...
23 Mar 2017
Steps of Belarus, Council of Europe towards each other praised Steps of Belarus, Council of Europe towards each other praised
Vladimir Andreichenko stressed that the Council of Europe is the oldest international organization with a powerful expert potential. He added that Belarus is interested in multilateral cooperation with the Council of Europe in the area of democracy and human rights, economic sector, investment, the fight against corruption and trafficking in persons...
22 Mar 2017
PM: Belarus will prepare well for European Games 2019 PM: Belarus will prepare well for European Games 2019
“Preparations for the European Games are on schedule. There is no extra burden on the country’s financial system. We were going to complete the sports venues regardless of the European Games. But fortunately, the works are scheduled to be completed by the sporting event. I believe that we have every opportunity to prepare for the European Games in the best possible way”...
21 Mar 2017
Ambassador: China places high priority on cooperation with Belarus Ambassador: China places high priority on cooperation with Belarus
The diplomat noted that the Belarusian authorities are placing high emphasis on strengthening the relations with China: “Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has signed a decree to boost the Belarusian-Chinese cooperation. Both sides have been bolstering support to each other. The governments of the two countries have been strengthening mutual political trust. Pragmatic cooperation has been steadily developing”...
21 Mar 2017
Driga: М@rt.kontakt forum is a major event in Belarus’ theatrical calendar Driga: М@rt.kontakt forum is a major event in Belarus’ theatrical calendar
"It has been growing increasingly popular year on year. Every edition of the festival sees new countries making their debut, and the number of participants is constantly growing. The program of the festival is always eventful with many modern and offbeat productions. The festival invites its participants to discuss the current theater-related issues,” Irina Driga noted...
21 Mar 2017
Belarus ready to host International Fencing Federation congress Belarus ready to host International Fencing Federation congress
“In April, the 2017 European Fencing U23 Championships will be no exception. A new generation of talented athletes is growing in Belarus, and we believe that the hosting of the championships will help them to improve their skills, and will attract more audience to fencing,” Alexander Shamko noted as he met with Chief Executive Officer of the FIE Headoffice Nathalie Rodriguez...
21 Mar 2017
Lukashenko expects breakthrough in Belarusian science Lukashenko expects breakthrough in Belarusian science
“I would like our science to make a breakthrough and defeat the horrible disease that we have not yet managed to cure. If a breakthrough happened and we learned to cure cancer just like any other disease, it would be a blessing,” Alexander Lukashenko noted...
21 Mar 2017
NATO welcomes Lukashenko’s initiative to invite observers to monitor Zapad 2017 army exercise NATO welcomes Lukashenko’s initiative to invite observers to monitor Zapad 2017 army exercise
According to the source, no invitation has been received so far, but the opportunity to watch the maneuvers will be welcomed. NATO expects that channels of the NATO-Russia Council will be used to brief the Alliance about the exercise...
21 Mar 2017
Lukashenko pledges support for honest investors in Belarus Lukashenko pledges support for honest investors in Belarus
On the example of the enterprise, the head of state said that investors can use various preferences in Belarus. “If they work in an honest way just like your enterprise is doing, I promised that we will support them in any fields. Members of the government, ministers, and I analyze the situation and try to meet investors halfway,” Alexander Lukashenko said...
20 Mar 2017
Details of Belarusian-Russian army exercise Zapad 2017 unveiled Details of Belarusian-Russian army exercise Zapad 2017 unveiled
The geographic span of the exercise is impressive — from the Kola Peninsula direction in the arctic zone to Belarus, said the Defense Minister. During the joint strategic exercise in Belarus the Russian Federation will be represented by about 3,000 military personnel and about 280 vehicles, said the Belarusian Defense Minister...
20 Mar 2017
Lukashenko urges maximum transparency during West 2017 army exercise Lukashenko urges maximum transparency during West 2017 army exercise
"You will see that this army exercise is purely defense oriented. You will see that Belarus and Russia are not going to attack anyone and are not going to provoke anyone here. This is not the case. We are getting ready to ensure our security in any situation just to be on the safe side,” Alexander Lukashenko said...
17 Mar 2017
Belarus president in favor of rooting out non-core functions from government machine Belarus president in favor of rooting out non-core functions from government machine
Alexander Lukashenko stressed: “Constant improvement of the management system and its mechanisms is crucial to improving the effectiveness of the government machine. We need to achieve results with skills instead of superfluous efforts. Instead of blowing up personnel numbers it is necessary to systematically shape a compact structure and an effective management model"...
16 Mar 2017
Belarusian pavilion at EXPO 2017 in Kazakhstan expected to draw crowds Belarusian pavilion at EXPO 2017 in Kazakhstan expected to draw crowds
“We know that your country pays great attention to the development of alternative and renewable energy. Therefore, I believe that your pavilion will be one of the most interesting and popular ones,” Nurlan Nigmatulin said...
16 Mar 2017
Military town for Belarusian nuclear power plant security detachment opened Military town for Belarusian nuclear power plant security detachment opened
"We know and have mastered all the technologies for securing and defending a nuclear power plant. The nuclear power plant will start working under our protection,” stressed Igor Shunevich....
16 Mar 2017
Belarus views OSCE PA as key venue for inter-parliamentary dialogue Belarus views OSCE PA as key venue for inter-parliamentary dialogue
Vladimir Makei noted that Belarus views the OSCE PA as an important venue to develop mutually beneficial inter-parliamentary dialogue on common approaches to the key issues of ensuring stability and security in the OSCE region. He reaffirmed the ministry’s readiness to provide all possible assistance in the organization of the forthcoming OSCE PA summer session in Minsk...
16 Mar 2017
PM: Belarus eager to restore trade with Kazakhstan to $1bn PM: Belarus eager to restore trade with Kazakhstan to $1bn
Belarus is also ready for active participation in the third stage of Kazakhstan’s modernization program. “We have a number of ideas to propose within the framework of Nursultan Nazarbayev’s large-scale initiative on the country’s third modernization. Belarus expects to take part in this project,” Andrei Kobyakov underlined...
16 Mar 2017
Belarus’ commitment to border security underlined Belarus’ commitment to border security underlined
"For the sake of maintaining stability at the border the Belarusian border service pays close attention to ways of guarding the border using various forces and units. Laws on the state border, on the border service agency get amended as well as laws on administrative violations and criminal violations, regulatory acts on the border line and the depth of the border line”...
15 Mar 2017
OSCE PA appreciates Belarus’ readiness to host 26th summer session OSCE PA appreciates Belarus’ readiness to host 26th summer session
Christine Muttonen noted that it was her first visit to Belarus but she was already looking forward to a new meeting in July because the annual summer session is the key event in the work of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. During such sessions top officials of the Assembly are elected, declarations and resolutions are adopted...
15 Mar 2017
Speaker: Belarus contributes significantly to European security Speaker: Belarus contributes significantly to European security
The visit of the OSCE PA delegation to Belarus, the signing of the agreement on the 26th summer session are another step towards promoting cooperation and dialogue on all issues of mutual interest, Vladimir Andreichenko said...
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