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1 Mar 2019
Belarus described as good place to resolve conflict in Ukraine Belarus described as good place to resolve conflict in Ukraine
“My attitude to Ukraine is that it is our Slavonic country. It is in trouble. We need to resolve this problem. I tell every Russian leader: don’t flatter yourself that you are big and will win. If Americans deploy intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles in Ukraine, you will be in trouble”...
1 Mar 2019
Belarus president in favor of step-by-step approach to Helsinki 2 initiative Belarus president in favor of step-by-step approach to Helsinki 2 initiative
“It is time when we should convene Helsinki 2 somewhere and talk seriously at least at the level of OSCE heads of state [the last meeting of the OSCE heads of state took place in Astana in 2010, the previous one in Istanbul in 1999]. We cannot dash ahead. We have to do it step by step”...
1 Mar 2019
Lukashenko pledges unprecedented support for families Lukashenko pledges unprecedented support for families
“We will take decisions soon. They should be unprecedented. The most important thing is housing. If a family giving birth to a third child gets an apartment from the state virtually for free, it will be a great incentive for them to have more children”...
1 Mar 2019
Lukashenko in favor of new Constitution Lukashenko in favor of new Constitution
“I swear that this Constitution will not be forced. This will not happen. Everything will be absolutely fair because no one else is more interested in things going well in the future, and I do not want people to blame me. I want the Constitution to conform to those realities that we will have in our country in the future”...
1 Mar 2019
Belarus president in favor of supporting native language Belarus president in favor of supporting native language
“The Belarusian language is my native language for me. Just like the Russian language. The Russian language is also our language,” Alexander Lukashenko remarked...
1 Mar 2019
Lukashenko speaks about role of personal relations in politics Lukashenko speaks about role of personal relations in politics
"It takes just one phone call by Ilham [President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev] or my phone call to him to resolve all kinds of issues. This is to illustrate what personal relations between national leaders are about and what impact they have on interstate relations"...
1 Mar 2019
China described as reliable and supportive partner for Belarus China described as reliable and supportive partner for Belarus
The president added that some time ago Belarus was strongly dependent on the Russian market, now we have a formula of an export oriented country (30x30x30) thanks to China and other countries...
1 Mar 2019
Lukashenko: Belarus needs a national idea the entire country will support Lukashenko: Belarus needs a national idea the entire country will support
"Everything I’ve been offered [patriotism, sovereignty, independence as the national idea] was something too worn out, something that doesn’t fit us, doesn’t rub us the right way as people say"...
1 Mar 2019
Lukashenko: Belarus has done a lot to increase people’s earning power Lukashenko: Belarus has done a lot to increase people’s earning power
“It is hard to find another such country that granted so many freedoms to entrepreneurs. You can get your business registered and start working within a day. There have been no complaints of red tape yet”...
1 Mar 2019
Lukashenko: Belarus and Russia need to be together Lukashenko: Belarus and Russia need to be together
"I always said in Russia and here that our fate is to live together. When looking at people around, I can see what policies they pursue. It is the same, in relation to Russia, and in relation to Belarus. Only forms differ. Therefore, we need to be together"...
1 Mar 2019
Lukashenko: Russia has no intention to absorb Belarus Lukashenko: Russia has no intention to absorb Belarus
"If we put the question about the unification of the two states or, like many want in Russia, about the inclusion of Belarus into Russia to a referendum, 90% will vote against"...
1 Mar 2019
Independent mass media in Belarus urged not to cross acceptable boundaries Independent mass media in Belarus urged not to cross acceptable boundaries
"Upon crossing these boundaries they can create an unequal balance in society. They need to understand the responsibility for every word because peace and stability in the country are much more important than professional ambitions"...
28 Feb 2019
Big Conversation to give feedback to prepare Belarus president’s annual address Big Conversation to give feedback to prepare Belarus president’s annual address
The press secretary stressed that the forthcoming Big Conversation with the President is very important not only because it offers an excellent opportunity to sum up last year’s accomplishments, discuss the most prominent events with Belarusian and foreign reporters and experts...
27 Feb 2019
Belarus’ organizing committee for 2021 IIHF WC in first session Belarus’ organizing committee for 2021 IIHF WC in first session
"Belarus hosted the championship before. The 2014 IIHF World Championship was recognized as one of the best in the history of the International Ice Hockey Federation and also beat the attendance records"...
27 Feb 2019
Belarus calls on small and medium-sized states to be moral force of good Belarus calls on small and medium-sized states to be moral force of good
"Belarus believes that small and medium-sized countries must oppose the emergence of new division lines between the great powers’ spheres of influence and reject a far-fetched or an externally imposed geopolitical choice"...
27 Feb 2019
Belarus MFA: UN Human Rights Council serves as platform for ratcheting up new crises Belarus MFA: UN Human Rights Council serves as platform for ratcheting up new crises
In the light of these challenges, Andrei Dapkiunas drew the attention of the council to the initiative of the Belarusian president to launch a new comprehensive dialogue on global security...
27 Feb 2019
Opinion: Lack of coordination in EAEU manufacturing policy Opinion: Lack of coordination in EAEU manufacturing policy
He noted that the EAEU has very few joint stock companies and companies of other forms, though such companies are viewed in the entire world as a backbone of integration projects and innovative global economy...
27 Feb 2019
Belarus wins 680 medals at big international tournaments in 2018 Belarus wins 680 medals at big international tournaments in 2018
Belarus won three (two gold and one silver) medals at the 23rd Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in 2018...
25 Feb 2019
Opinion: Future of mass media depends on their convergence Opinion: Future of mass media depends on their convergence
"We live at a time when the readership of traditional paper media is falling and when preferences are shifting to online content. In this regard, it is important for media outlets to develop their multimedia component"...
25 Feb 2019
Belarus, Kyrgyzstan considering exchange of visits at supreme level Belarus, Kyrgyzstan considering exchange of visits at supreme level
According to the diplomat, the recent meetings between the heads of state and government of Belarus and Kyrgyzstan have been mainly held in multilateral format as part of large-scale international events of the EEC, the CIS, the CSTO, and the SCO...
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