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21 Jan 2019
Kneissl: Belarus, Austria are located in the part of the world where black swan events happen Kneissl: Belarus, Austria are located in the part of the world where black swan events happen
“I think we are in a similar geographical situation. Both our countries are average-sized. We have had to be able to get up on our feet, be confident, show quality of work and independence”...
18 Jan 2019
Makei: Belarus will continue a multivector foreign policy without trading in sovereignty Makei: Belarus will continue a multivector foreign policy without trading in sovereignty
“Our head of state sets new ambitious tasks before us, which are determined by time itself. As a self-sufficient, independent European country Belarus will continue a multivector foreign policy without trading in sovereignty depending on momentary considerations”...
18 Jan 2019
Lukashenko warns against crisis in Ukraine spilling over into Belarus Lukashenko warns against crisis in Ukraine spilling over into Belarus
The head of state named other reasons why the parties should work hard to resolve the conflict as soon as possible...
18 Jan 2019
Terms of Belarus’ tighter integration with Russia revealed Terms of Belarus’ tighter integration with Russia revealed
Alexander Lukashenko said: “We are ready for the union. We are ready for unification but people should be the ones to make the decision, not us. We don’t shy away from a single provision. If someone starts talking about unification with me, then the talk starts from the top: let’s have a common currency. We don’t mind a common currency, but it should be common. It should not be the currency of the Central Bank of Russia”...
18 Jan 2019
Makei: No trading off sovereignty despite turbulent times Makei: No trading off sovereignty despite turbulent times
“Being an average-sized European state, Belarus should also think how to protect, defend its interests, to maintain and to strengthen our sovereignty and independence, territorial integrity,” the minister said...
17 Jan 2019
Lukashenko sees great opportunities in Belarus-Zimbabwe cooperation Lukashenko sees great opportunities in Belarus-Zimbabwe cooperation
The head of state remarked that Belarus is not a gigantic country and cannot build cooperation with all African countries on a comprehensive basis. “Therefore, we are trying to find those with whom we could build strategic partnership”...
17 Jan 2019
Mnangagwa praises close relations with Belarus, thanks Lukashenko for support Mnangagwa praises close relations with Belarus, thanks Lukashenko for support
“Since my last visit to the Republic of Belarus nearly four years ago we have maintained close ties. And I am very happy that we have such open and direct contacts,” Emmerson Mnangagwa stressed...
16 Jan 2019
Belarus open to investors as much as possible, official says Belarus open to investors as much as possible, official says
Belarusian Economy Minister Dmitry Krutoi made the statement as he delivered a presentation about Belarus’ investment climate and macroeconomic development during an investment conference (a roadmap) in the headquarters of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London...
16 Jan 2019
MFA: Belarus’ interest in joining WTO remains high MFA: Belarus’ interest in joining WTO remains high
"Our interest remains high. The WTO brings together all the major trading partners of Belarus. In accordance with the instructions given by the head of state in 2016, we have significantly stepped up the negotiation process in the past two years"...
16 Jan 2019
Lavrov surprised by mass media uproar about Belarus-Russia Union State Treaty Lavrov surprised by mass media uproar about Belarus-Russia Union State Treaty
"As for the Union State, I am simply surprised by the inflated uproar about this topic, including in mass media. The treaty on founding the Union State is a publicly available document. One could get familiar with it back when it was signed and one can refresh memory about it now"...
16 Jan 2019
Belarus, China expected to ramp up cooperation in education Belarus, China expected to ramp up cooperation in education
The ambassador noted that thanks to the support of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and Chinese leader Xi Jinping the bilateral cooperation has made significant progress...
15 Jan 2019
Belarus, Austria want bridges, not dividing lines in Europe Belarus, Austria want bridges, not dividing lines in Europe
In his words, Belarus views the visit of Karin Kneissl and the opening of Austria’s new embassy building in Minsk as part of efforts to maintain a positive dialogue and promote bilateral relations...
15 Jan 2019
Call for stronger Belarus-Austria cooperation amid growing confrontation in region Call for stronger Belarus-Austria cooperation amid growing confrontation in region
Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei made the statement as he met with Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration, and Foreign Affairs Karin Kneissl...
15 Jan 2019
Belarus seeks closer economic engagement with France Belarus seeks closer economic engagement with France
would not say that our cooperation with France is at the highest level. But still Pavel Latushko [former Belarusian ambassador to France] did a good job there. Cooperation in certain areas in economy has picked up. Economy is the priority for us, the president said...
15 Jan 2019
Lukashenko: Belarus is open to good neighborly relations with Lithuania without political bias Lukashenko: Belarus is open to good neighborly relations with Lithuania without political bias
Alexander Lukashenko made it clear that the Belarusian nuclear power plant will be built anyway because the country needs it. “If Lithuania wants the project to benefit Lithuania too, let’s take care of the nuclear power plant together. We didn’t start shouting when they were having problems with their nuclear power plant. This is why Belarus will be of use to Lithuania”...
14 Jan 2019
FM: Belarus rejects sanctions, blackmail FM: Belarus rejects sanctions, blackmail
“In recent years we have been gradually re-engaging with the European Union. It is very important that both parties have come to understand that it is necessary to expand cooperation between Belarus and the European Union. This helps build a good foundation for further action,” Vladimir Makei said...
14 Jan 2019
Opinion: Ukraine and its people need Belarus as a peacemaker Opinion: Ukraine and its people need Belarus as a peacemaker
Viktor Medvedchuk said: “The position is heard in Moscow, Kiev, Donetsk, Lugansk… The role of the Belarus president is very important. Both for Russia and Ukraine. Particularly for Ukraine, for resolving the conflict, which exists in the east today”...
14 Jan 2019
Szijjarto: More in EU in favor of closer ties with Belarus Szijjarto: More in EU in favor of closer ties with Belarus
“We are committed to closer cooperation between the European Union and Belarus. I had the opportunity to tell the president that there are more and more supporters of such an approach in the European Union,” said Peter Szijjarto...
14 Jan 2019
Makei: Hungary has always had pragmatic approach to Belarus Makei: Hungary has always had pragmatic approach to Belarus
Vladimir Makei welcomed the development of the political dialogue and intensive trade and economic contacts. He noted that the parties are set to discuss Belarus-Hungary cooperation prospects across many areas during the forthcoming meetings and talks in Minsk on 14 January. The foreign minister expressed hope that this visit will be highly fruitful...
11 Jan 2019
Belarus president promises worthy response to attempts to test country’s independence Belarus president promises worthy response to attempts to test country’s independence
"Those are not simple years because, sincerely speaking, we will be sorely tested in these two years. If we talk about specifics, whether we deserve the independence we talk about all the time or not will be tested"...
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