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7 Apr 2017
Lukashenko talks about Belarus’ benefits in CSTO Lukashenko talks about Belarus’ benefits in CSTO
“The primary benefit is that we get the latest profound knowledge, first of all about the current wars. We ourselves do not lag behind either. We have been developing our military science. We get this knowledge, however, from the Russian Federation in the first place. Our military, ministers and generals, act together, and we, together with President Putin, are also in the know,” Alexander Lukashenko said...
6 Apr 2017
European Parliament’s resolution on Belarus described as unconstructive European Parliament’s resolution on Belarus described as unconstructive
“The method of barks and admonitions that the European Parliament uses more often than not does not work with Belarus. Even justified criticism needs to be constructive and unprejudiced. It needs to take into account the objective reality and processes going on in our country and the region as a whole. The resolution demonstrates that the European Parliament did not try to achieve that. We understand that getting rid of anti-Belarus cliches takes time and political wisdom. We will wait”...
6 Apr 2017
Lukashenko: Western politicians should look at their own ‘democracy’ before criticizing Belarus Lukashenko: Western politicians should look at their own ‘democracy’ before criticizing Belarus
“Today I received a letter from a group of U.S. congressmen, including the famous [John] McCain, who searches for democracy in Belarus. The letter complains that we’ve apprehended someone here and so on and so forth. In my reply I suggested they should take a look at what kind of democracy is practiced in Western countries. Brussels, London, Paris, and Germany saw bombs, poison, tear gas, water cannons, and police batons only recently”...
6 Apr 2017
Lukashenko: CIS participation should be interesting for all member states Lukashenko: CIS participation should be interesting for all member states
“To spark interest and enhance the CIS, we have decided to encourage member states to step up their efforts in the organization. We have signed a free trade zone agreement, enhanced our cooperation. Now we should, let us say, sign an agreement on the free movement of services. To a certain extend we have already done it in the EurAsEC and the Union State"...
6 Apr 2017
Opinion: Increasing allowed visa-free stay will boost popularity of Belarusian health resorts Opinion: Increasing allowed visa-free stay will boost popularity of Belarusian health resorts
Gennady Bolbatovsky noted that the number of foreign nationals who take advantage of the opportunity to visit Belarus visa-free and spend a weekend at a local health resort is on the rise. The tourists give preference to the centers located in the vicinity of the capital city, in Grodno Oblast or Brest Oblast. If a decision is made to increase the allowed period of visa-free stay in Belarus, this will boost the popularity of the Belarusian health resorts...
6 Apr 2017
Belarus’ adherence to EAEU commitments emphasized Belarus’ adherence to EAEU commitments emphasized
Dmitry Mironchik noted: “Belarus has been persistent in promoting tight interaction within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union and remains solidly committed to the fulfillment of all the agreements including bilateral and multilateral ones. Work on analyzing all the documents we were suggested to sign in December 2016 has been finished. We expect that no pending questions we have to answer will be left soon”...
5 Apr 2017
Visa-free entry to promote business tourism in Minsk Visa-free entry to promote business tourism in Minsk
“Some 8,000 people have already taken advantage of the opportunity to visit Belarus visa-free. These figures show that Minsk has every reason to become a promising platform for the promotion of business tourism in Belarus,” the minister said and underlined that Belarus boasts a well-developed transport sector, infrastructure and security...
5 Apr 2017
Environment Ministry: Joint project with EU has promoted development of green economy in Belarus Environment Ministry: Joint project with EU has promoted development of green economy in Belarus
"The development of green economy is particularly relevant in the context of the Year of Science in Belarus. We are always proud to say that our country has great intellectual potential. However, we should run slightly ahead of the global standards. We hope that the solutions designed by Belarusian scientists will help us achieve the goals that we have set out in the national action plan for the development of green economy for the period until 2020"...
5 Apr 2017
Kiev mayor: Belarusian equipment meets European standards Kiev mayor: Belarusian equipment meets European standards
The Kiev authorities will pay attention both to the price and quality of the product, the mayor said. “Belarusian equipment meets the European standards. We will continue working with our Belarusian partners,” Vitali Klitschko said...
4 Apr 2017
Belarusian Written Language Day inspires development of spiritual centers like Polotsk Belarusian Written Language Day inspires development of spiritual centers like Polotsk
“Polotsk is a sacred city for us, the cradle of Belarusian statehood. It deserves the closest kind of attention. Such cities, which act as the centers of our spirituality, history, and culture, acquire a new development impulse during celebrations and anniversary events,” Belarusian Information Minister Lilia Ananich noted...
4 Apr 2017
Makei: Belarus and Russia have never had disagreements on key issues Makei: Belarus and Russia have never had disagreements on key issues
Vladimir Makei noted that disagreements can occur between economic entities of the two countries. Disputes in the trade and economic cooperation cannot be ruled out as well, the minister added. “As for the key foreign political or security matters, Belarus and Russia have never had and, as I am convinced, will never have any disagreements,” the minister stressed...
3 Apr 2017
Dvorkovich: Russia will resume oil supplies to Belarus in full Dvorkovich: Russia will resume oil supplies to Belarus in full
He added that Gazprom would offer Belarus a discount with a decreasing coefficient for the oil price formula for the period from 2018 to 2019. The relations between the countries after that period will depend on further negotiations, Arkady Dvorkovich added...
3 Apr 2017
Putin: No disputable issues in Belarus-Russia relations any more Putin: No disputable issues in Belarus-Russia relations any more
“There are no more matters of argument today. We will move further, strengthen our relations within the Union State and work on improving the legal framework and the development of the Eurasian Economic Union,” the President of Russia stressed...
3 Apr 2017
Supreme State Council meeting to focus on agrarian issues, industrial policy Supreme State Council meeting to focus on agrarian issues, industrial policy
“We have truly solved the oil and gas issues. We have been discussing the agrarian problem a lot and agreed that it will be included in the agenda of the Supreme State Council meeting. The industrial policy matters will be also discussed. In the near future we will harmonize the terms and make a decision on these and other issues at the session of the Supreme State Council,” the Belarusian head of state said...
3 Apr 2017
Visa-free entry for 2019 European Games guests Visa-free entry for 2019 European Games guests
“As for the 2019 European Games, visa-free rules will be in force. Time will show what these rules will include. Such events are also an opportunity to show the country’s tourism potential. Tourists attend sports events and also get familiar with the country"...
3 Apr 2017
Andreichenko: Successful OSCE PA summer session in Minsk is a matter of national honor Andreichenko: Successful OSCE PA summer session in Minsk is a matter of national honor
"MPs, in close cooperation with all the stakeholders, should do their best to provide politicians from more than 50 countries with conditions meeting the highest international standards. It is one of the most important factors to strengthen inter-parliamentary ties with our European partners"...
1 Apr 2017
Putin: Boosting cooperation in the Union State is in the interests of Belarusian, Russian people Putin: Boosting cooperation in the Union State is in the interests of Belarusian, Russian people
“For more than twenty years, Russians and Belarusians have been making steady steps along the integration path. Much has been achieved over these years. The level of trade, economic, scientific, technical, and humanitarian cooperation has been raised considerably"...
31 Mar 2017
Twinned cities help expand Belarus-Russia cooperation Twinned cities help expand Belarus-Russia cooperation
Viktor Guminsky said that noble goals of the twinned cities movement match the spirit of the international agreements, which have been adopted and are being implemented in the Commonwealth of Independent States. The noble goals also allow fully utilizing the human potential in interstate relations...
31 Mar 2017
Belarus looks forward to international congress of Association of Space Explorers Belarus looks forward to international congress of Association of Space Explorers
"Belarus had been recognized by the UN as a space-faring nation and had worked on space projects with other organizations on the international level. The fact that Belarus will host an international congress of the Association of Space Explorers once again testifies to the recognition of our country by the world"...
31 Mar 2017
Manufacturing cooperation ties between regions of Belarus, Russia noted Manufacturing cooperation ties between regions of Belarus, Russia noted
Alexander Solovyov, Head of the Directorate for Relations with Russian Regions of Belarus’ Foreign Ministry said during the 9th meeting of the Belarusian and Russian sister cities in Mogilev...
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