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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”...
14 Feb 2017
Shamko: Minsk is ready to host 2017 European Fencing U23 Championships Shamko: Minsk is ready to host 2017 European Fencing U23 Championships
"Over the past years Minsk has gained wide experience in hosting various high-level sports forums. Participants of every of these tournaments praised the organization level and the hospitality of Belarusians. I believe that the competitions among the Europe’s best fencers will also be a success”...
14 Feb 2017
Promoting connectivity in greater Europe outlined as priority for Belarus CEI Presidency Promoting connectivity in greater Europe outlined as priority for Belarus CEI Presidency
“Belarus sees the promotion of connectivity in a greater Europe as the top priority of its presidency of the CEI. This vast theme covers different aspects of the interaction that are equally important and complementary in promoting the unity of the CEI countries and also various integration associations on the continent,” Vladimir Makei said...
14 Feb 2017
Lukashenko wants constructive proposals from business representatives Lukashenko wants constructive proposals from business representatives
“I would like to address the representatives of business circles, especially those present at the meeting today. In the process of work you have to deal with a variety of absurd requirements and endless checks. I would like you to have the most honest and open dialogue in the group,” the President said...
13 Feb 2017
Yakzhik: Winter sports gaining popularity thanks to well-developed infrastructure Yakzhik: Winter sports gaining popularity thanks to well-developed infrastructure
“The Belarusian national student team bagged three gold medals to place ninth in the overall standings. This is notable success for the Belarusian athletes. We are happy for the results of our speed skating athletes, especially taking into account the fact that Minsk Arena will host the WUC Speed Skating 2018"...
13 Feb 2017
Peter Szijjarto: Great progress in Belarusian-Hungarian cooperation over 25 years Peter Szijjarto: Great progress in Belarusian-Hungarian cooperation over 25 years
Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Peter Szijjarto said in his message of greetings to Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries...
13 Feb 2017
Makei: Belarus seeks closer cooperation with Romania Makei: Belarus seeks closer cooperation with Romania
Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei wrote in his message of greetings to Romanian counterpart Teodor Melescanu on the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Belarus and Romania...
13 Feb 2017
Lukashenko congratulates Berdimuhamedov on re-election as Turkmenistan president Lukashenko congratulates Berdimuhamedov on re-election as Turkmenistan president
“This convincing victory testifies to the recognition of your indisputable authority as a national leader, the support of your commitment to the strengthening of independent Turkmenistan and its positions on the global arena,” the message of greetings reads...
13 Feb 2017
Hopes for Spanish embassy to open in Belarus soon Hopes for Spanish embassy to open in Belarus soon
Says the communique on the 25th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the two countries, learned from the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs...
13 Feb 2017
Lukashenko talks politics, economy with Narodnaya Volya editor-in-chief Lukashenko talks politics, economy with Narodnaya Volya editor-in-chief
“I am happy with the results of the meeting with the president. The issues of national importance were raised. The conversation was very open and sincere. The President cares about what is happening in Belarus,” Iosif Seredich said...
12 Feb 2017
Portnoy: Launch of visa-free entry to Belarus is groundbreaking step Portnoy: Launch of visa-free entry to Belarus is groundbreaking step
“This is a groundbreaking step. This is a gesture of goodwill. The country is open. It is clear that the flow of tourists will not increase manifold in the first two or three months. We expect some 15 to 20% increase,” Mikhail Portnoy said...
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