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8 Feb 2017
Ryzhenkov: Minsk Book Fair is a prestigious event in Eastern Europe Ryzhenkov: Minsk Book Fair is a prestigious event in Eastern Europe
“The 24th edition of the forum has brought together many participants who have come to present a variety of books and stands. The big number of professionals that the fair has gathered confirms its status. It is one of the most prestigious events in Eastern Europe,” Maksim Ryzhenkov believes...
7 Feb 2017
Voronetsky: Belarus and Austria have established good investment cooperation Voronetsky: Belarus and Austria have established good investment cooperation
The chairman of the permanent commission stressed that Belarus and Austria are important partners to each other. Meetings between the presidents of the two countries, contacts between the governments and ministries of foreign affairs testify to the fact. Valery Voronetsky stressed that Belarus and Austria enjoy good investment cooperation. Belarusian products sell well through Austrian trading networks...
7 Feb 2017
Austrian Ambassador: It is important to build equality-based friendly relations Austrian Ambassador: It is important to build equality-based friendly relations
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Austria to Belarus Alexander Bayerl said when speaking at the function in the House of Friendship to mark 25 years of the Belarusian-Austrian diplomatic relations...
7 Feb 2017
Ambassador: Belarus’ visa-free policy will contribute to stronger economic ties Ambassador: Belarus’ visa-free policy will contribute to stronger economic ties
"This will not reflect right away in the trade or tourism relations. It takes time to develop them. Still, this actually removes barriers for coming here,” Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sweden to Belarus Martin Aberg said...
6 Feb 2017
Belarus President Administration urged to be example of government optimization Belarus President Administration urged to be example of government optimization
“As the political headquarters of the head of state, it should be in the vanguard of the government bodies’ optimization, be an example of the renewal and optimization that we have started,” the President said...
6 Feb 2017
Belarus President Administration urged to step up cooperation with experts Belarus President Administration urged to step up cooperation with experts
“The President Administration should have experts, smart people in all fields whom they can invite to contribute on a voluntary basis. If they work well, we will find ways to reward their efforts,” the head of state noted...
4 Feb 2017
Belarus’ contribution to regional security helps form Austria’s positive attitude to country Belarus’ contribution to regional security helps form Austria’s positive attitude to country
“Belarus’ multi-pronged foreign policy (which was mentioned by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko during his meeting with members of the public, Belarusian and foreign media representatives), the country’s openness to all international partners, and also our considerable contribution to strengthening the regional security and stability are important factors which help form Austria’s positive attitude to Belarus”...
3 Feb 2017
Lukashenko: I am a man of the 20th century Lukashenko: I am a man of the 20th century
“Yes, I am a man from the 20th century who is trying to adapt to the 21st century,” Alexander Lukashenko said and admitted that he was not prepared for such a philosophical question. “I am trying to adapt to the new realities”...
3 Feb 2017
Lukashenko gives travel tips for five-day stay in Belarus Lukashenko gives travel tips for five-day stay in Belarus
“What do tourists need? To see something new. Belarus can offer this. We have things that we are proud of,” the Belarusian head of state said...
3 Feb 2017
Belarusians and Russians advised to live by their wits Belarusians and Russians advised to live by their wits
“We need to build our life together with Russian people. We should focus on ourselves, not America,” Alexander Lukashenko believes...
3 Feb 2017
Lukashenko: National idea should come naturally Lukashenko: National idea should come naturally
“We have not managed to formulate it using our administrative resources. I have come to believe that, probably, in our development we have not yet reached the point where this idea would strike our minds and hearts. I have put myself at rest: if the society cannot come up with anything, then I cannot suggest anything either because this is a very responsible task. So we live as we do, without this idea. Though we would want to have one”...
3 Feb 2017
Lukashenko: I want the West to see Belarus as independent sovereign state Lukashenko: I want the West to see Belarus as independent sovereign state
“I would like the West to see Belarus as an independent sovereign state. That’s all,” the head of state stressed...
3 Feb 2017
Lukashenko: Lifting of Western sanctions will give momentum to Belarus’ economy Lukashenko: Lifting of Western sanctions will give momentum to Belarus’ economy
“We did not deserve the sanctions. It is good that they were lifted. For example, we have started to make arrangements in the textile industry, etc. We want our economy to get at least ‘a breath of fresh air’ at the expense of the West,” the Belarusian leader said. According to the President, huge efforts will be required to promote Belarusian machine-building, petrochemical and other products on Western markets...
3 Feb 2017
Lukashenko: I will never tolerate insults to Belarusian state, people Lukashenko: I will never tolerate insults to Belarusian state, people
“I never ask for trouble. I have already seen a lot and burned my fingers several times. I can retreat and be flexible if necessary, but I will never tolerate the insults to the Belarusian state and people,” Alexander Lukashenko stressed...
3 Feb 2017
Belarus does not seek NATO membership Belarus does not seek NATO membership
“We have no NATO ambitions. We hold sacred our agreement to protect our land, as I always say, our homeland – Russia and Belarus,” the Belarusian head of state noted...
3 Feb 2017
Lukashenko: Belarus has not violated a single agreement with Russia Lukashenko: Belarus has not violated a single agreement with Russia
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made the relevant statement as he met with representatives of the general public, Belarusian and foreign mass media...
3 Feb 2017
Lukashenko vows to keep Belarusian-Russian relations friendly Lukashenko vows to keep Belarusian-Russian relations friendly
The head of state underlined that his relations with Russia President Vladimir Putin are rather good even if they are not easy sometimes. However, Alexander Lukashenko said that there are different forces in Russia, including in the country’s government. As a result, “certain issues are at odds with the opinion and resolutions of the president,” the Belarusian leader said...
3 Feb 2017
Socially-oriented economy seen as only option for Belarus Socially-oriented economy seen as only option for Belarus
“I believe that the socially-oriented economy is the right development model for us and for all the Slavonic peoples in general. I do not see any other model of development for Belarus"...
3 Feb 2017
Lukashenko: No alternative to multi-vector policy Lukashenko: No alternative to multi-vector policy
"Being in the epicenter of not just Europe but the whole Eurasian continent, we have no other option but to develop the multi-vector policy. This is consistent with our mentality: we should be friends with all our neighbors. Neither Russia nor Ukraine or Poland or Lithuania, or Latvia are alien lands for us. They are our neighbors. Full stop. Nothing more should be said, although it is possible to put a comma and continue and say a lot,” Alexander Lukashenko said...
3 Feb 2017
Lukashenko: Belarus’ population should be 2-3 times larger Lukashenko: Belarus’ population should be 2-3 times larger
In this context, the state will continue supporting families with many children. At the same time, Alexander Lukashenko stressed that families with many children should not sit idly and count only on the president’s support...
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