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9 Sep 2019
Minsk suggested as venue for next Europe v USA match Minsk suggested as venue for next Europe v USA match
“We suggest you should spend these two years in Belarus. Don’t rush to the faraway Europe or America. If you trust us with it, we will arrange another match at an even higher standard”...
9 Sep 2019
Belarus may host 2024 European Athletics Championships Belarus may host 2024 European Athletics Championships
He said that Belarus is among the countries that are bidding to host the international competitions. Svein Arne Hansen said that at today’s meeting with Aleksandr Lukashenko they discussed issues related to the organization of several international competitions...
9 Sep 2019
Plans for regional athletics center in Belarus Plans for regional athletics center in Belarus
Sebastian Coe stressed that this topic was on the agenda of the meeting with the Belarusian president. If implemented, this project will help the country train high-level track and field athletes...
9 Sep 2019
IAAF president on Match Europe v USA: We feel like home in Belarus IAAF president on Match Europe v USA: We feel like home in Belarus
“I am convinced that you, as the country leader, the world leader, will share my view that sport helps build bridges between nations even in the most difficult of times. Here we feel like home. We really appreciate the opportunity to show the best of sport [athletics] here for the two days that are ahead,”
9 Sep 2019
Opinion: Digital neighborhood belt initiative can prompt wide-ranging discussion Opinion: Digital neighborhood belt initiative can prompt wide-ranging discussion
“This proposal can encourage a very active positive debate. The phrase ‘good neighborhood’ which Aleksandr Lukashenko added to the digital wording seems very successful because it emphasizes the role of the human factor”...
8 Sep 2019
Match Europe v USA described as main event prior to 2019 IAAF World Championships Match Europe v USA described as main event prior to 2019 IAAF World Championships
According to initiator of this historic match, President of the European Athletics Association Svein Arne Hansen, Minsk has been gradually becoming a big athletics center, while the upcoming match will be the main event in the European sport calendar ahead of the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha...
8 Sep 2019
Official Minsk describes Russia-Ukraine detainee swap as significant step Official Minsk describes Russia-Ukraine detainee swap as significant step
"Yes, this is the first step. It is always hard to do it. The Belarusian president has always stressed the need for sincere interest of all the parties in settling the situation. We understand that today we can move the process from the dead point only if we start with small steps"...
6 Sep 2019
Medvedev: Economic development of Russia, Belarus depends on success of integration program Medvedev: Economic development of Russia, Belarus depends on success of integration program
According to Dmitry Medvedev, before the meeting of the presidents of Belarus and Russia scheduled for early December, the parties have to do a lot of important work. In particular, they need to develop 31 roadmaps for the implementation of the deeper integration program...
6 Sep 2019
Lukashenko reaffirms commitment to multi-vector foreign policy Lukashenko reaffirms commitment to multi-vector foreign policy
"Everyone wants to have a role here. You know me and my character very well. I do not accept a situation when someone’s influence turns detrimental to our people. I totally reject it. Our vision is based on the multi-vector policy. We should look at the East and the West"...
6 Sep 2019
Lukashenko: Belarus could co-host Olympic Games with Russia or Ukraine Lukashenko: Belarus could co-host Olympic Games with Russia or Ukraine
"We have necessary facilities for the Olympic Games. We are going to build the National Football Stadium and a swimming facility. Russia has necessary football infrastructure. We can co-host the Olympics with them"...
6 Sep 2019
Lukashenko: Belarus is proud to host Match Europe v USA Lukashenko: Belarus is proud to host Match Europe v USA
He added that he had asked IAAF President Sebastian Coe before to grant Belarus with the right to host the competitions. "I asked him and then thought that they would not allow us due to such politization. But we have been granted the right to host the match. Not every country receives such an honor"...
6 Sep 2019
Belarus president talks about relations with Russia Belarus president talks about relations with Russia
Belarus maintains brotherly relations with Russia. Belarus’ foreign policy has not turned towards the West...
6 Sep 2019
Lukashenko: Belarusians should do everything themselves, learn new skills Lukashenko: Belarusians should do everything themselves, learn new skills
“My objective is as follows: we should do everything ourselves. Even if we don’t know how to do certain things, we should learn, all technologies are available,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “Therefore, we will encourage you to master new technologies”...
6 Sep 2019
Lukashenko compares present-day Brest to city of his youth Lukashenko compares present-day Brest to city of his youth
“It has changed. Brest has become a modern city. It is an absolutely different city, even the border, where I spent my military service period, has become absolutely different – well-tended, beautiful,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said...
6 Sep 2019
Brest Oblast described as fine example of sustainable development Brest Oblast described as fine example of sustainable development
Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “Nowadays Brest Oblast is an example of stable development: from effective farming to cutting-edge technologies. I often refer to our western regions as an example to follow. I take pleasure in visiting them although I do it not as often as I would like to”...
5 Sep 2019
Belarus-Russia cooperation on the rise Belarus-Russia cooperation on the rise
Igor Petrishenko and Dmitry Mezentsev discussed topical matters of bilateral cooperation. Regional cooperation was mentioned in addition to cultural and humanitarian contacts...
5 Sep 2019
Jin Liqun confident in Belarus-AIIB successful partnership Jin Liqun confident in Belarus-AIIB successful partnership
“We had very fruitful talks with the president. We discussed our partnership opportunities and the role our bank can play in the further social and economic development of the country. I am confident that Belarus will become a very good partner for our bank”...
5 Sep 2019
Presidents of Belarus, Russia to sign integration program in December Presidents of Belarus, Russia to sign integration program in December
“The presidents are set to sign the program and a package of roadmaps, as well as a number of agreements that will address sensitive issues, first of all those related to gas. This will be a presidents’ package,” the minister noted...
4 Sep 2019
Belarus’ initiatives viewed as contribution to regional security Belarus’ initiatives viewed as contribution to regional security
According to the state secretary, foreign partners showed a big interest in the dialogue. "They wanted to listen to our assessment, our position and proposals. We are glad to see the striving for dialogue"...
4 Sep 2019
Call for dismantling trade barriers between Belarus, Egypt Call for dismantling trade barriers between Belarus, Egypt
“During the visit of the Egyptian president to Belarus in June, we agreed that this is not the limit. We hope that in the coming years we will double or even triple the trade. Of course, to achieve this we should remove trade barriers that, unfortunately, still exist between our countries”...
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