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10 Apr 2017
Guo Shengkun: Chinese partners value order and stability in Belarus Guo Shengkun: Chinese partners value order and stability in Belarus
In his words, the foundation for good contacts between Belarus and China has been laid down by regular meetings at the supreme level and “a strong friendship between Alexander Lukashenko and Xi Jinping who outlined the vectors of bilateral cooperation”...
10 Apr 2017
Belarus interested in China’s experience in organizing large-scale sports events Belarus interested in China’s experience in organizing large-scale sports events
The President drew attention to the forthcoming large-scale competition in Belarus. “In the run-up to the biggest mass sports event, the 2nd European Games, we are very much interested in the experience accumulated by China before and during the 2008 Olympic Games,” the head of state said...
7 Apr 2017
Belarus open to dialogue on education with European Union Belarus open to dialogue on education with European Union
“We are open to the dialogue and are ready to discuss any matters that may be interesting for us and beneficial for both sides.” He noted that Belarus is interested in the experience of the European Union, of the European educational system and leading universities. “Productive interaction with European countries in education affairs will continue,” stated Igor Karpenko...
7 Apr 2017
Lukashenko in favor of perfecting instead of reforming Belarusian science Lukashenko in favor of perfecting instead of reforming Belarusian science
“If we see that the way Belarusian science is run is subpar, let us — the older generation, who have created this science, and the younger generation, to whom the future of science belongs — make decisions,” stressed the head of state. “If it is an anachronism, if the country doesn’t need this system now, if it is unacceptable, we should make the relevant decisions. We cannot pretend nothing is going on”...
7 Apr 2017
Lukashenko: The countries' problems should push Belarus and Russia to unity within Union State Lukashenko: The countries' problems should push Belarus and Russia to unity within Union State
“Let us not be isolated within the national framework. Yes, the situation got worse. Sanctions have been imposed on Russia. In some areas Belarus still suffers from sanctions as well. It is clear that we have problems. This means we need to act together. This is the moment which should push us to unity. We, on the contrary, create additional problems that separate us,” said Alexander Lukashenko...
7 Apr 2017
Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan urged to address crisis situations together Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan urged to address crisis situations together
“By doing so we are trying to distance ourselves from one another and to protect ourselves separately. This is not the right thing to do in this situation. We should join our efforts, this will make things easier. I do not think it is normal that last year our trade fell, if I am not mistaken, by almost 40% and this year the decline continues. This is not normal,” Alexander Lukashenko stressed...
7 Apr 2017
Lukashenko talks about Belarus’ benefits in CSTO Lukashenko talks about Belarus’ benefits in CSTO
“The primary benefit is that we get the latest profound knowledge, first of all about the current wars. We ourselves do not lag behind either. We have been developing our military science. We get this knowledge, however, from the Russian Federation in the first place. Our military, ministers and generals, act together, and we, together with President Putin, are also in the know,” Alexander Lukashenko said...
6 Apr 2017
European Parliament’s resolution on Belarus described as unconstructive European Parliament’s resolution on Belarus described as unconstructive
“The method of barks and admonitions that the European Parliament uses more often than not does not work with Belarus. Even justified criticism needs to be constructive and unprejudiced. It needs to take into account the objective reality and processes going on in our country and the region as a whole. The resolution demonstrates that the European Parliament did not try to achieve that. We understand that getting rid of anti-Belarus cliches takes time and political wisdom. We will wait”...
6 Apr 2017
Lukashenko: Western politicians should look at their own ‘democracy’ before criticizing Belarus Lukashenko: Western politicians should look at their own ‘democracy’ before criticizing Belarus
“Today I received a letter from a group of U.S. congressmen, including the famous [John] McCain, who searches for democracy in Belarus. The letter complains that we’ve apprehended someone here and so on and so forth. In my reply I suggested they should take a look at what kind of democracy is practiced in Western countries. Brussels, London, Paris, and Germany saw bombs, poison, tear gas, water cannons, and police batons only recently”...
6 Apr 2017
Lukashenko: CIS participation should be interesting for all member states Lukashenko: CIS participation should be interesting for all member states
“To spark interest and enhance the CIS, we have decided to encourage member states to step up their efforts in the organization. We have signed a free trade zone agreement, enhanced our cooperation. Now we should, let us say, sign an agreement on the free movement of services. To a certain extend we have already done it in the EurAsEC and the Union State"...
6 Apr 2017
Opinion: Increasing allowed visa-free stay will boost popularity of Belarusian health resorts Opinion: Increasing allowed visa-free stay will boost popularity of Belarusian health resorts
Gennady Bolbatovsky noted that the number of foreign nationals who take advantage of the opportunity to visit Belarus visa-free and spend a weekend at a local health resort is on the rise. The tourists give preference to the centers located in the vicinity of the capital city, in Grodno Oblast or Brest Oblast. If a decision is made to increase the allowed period of visa-free stay in Belarus, this will boost the popularity of the Belarusian health resorts...
6 Apr 2017
Belarus’ adherence to EAEU commitments emphasized Belarus’ adherence to EAEU commitments emphasized
Dmitry Mironchik noted: “Belarus has been persistent in promoting tight interaction within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union and remains solidly committed to the fulfillment of all the agreements including bilateral and multilateral ones. Work on analyzing all the documents we were suggested to sign in December 2016 has been finished. We expect that no pending questions we have to answer will be left soon”...
5 Apr 2017
Visa-free entry to promote business tourism in Minsk Visa-free entry to promote business tourism in Minsk
“Some 8,000 people have already taken advantage of the opportunity to visit Belarus visa-free. These figures show that Minsk has every reason to become a promising platform for the promotion of business tourism in Belarus,” the minister said and underlined that Belarus boasts a well-developed transport sector, infrastructure and security...
5 Apr 2017
Environment Ministry: Joint project with EU has promoted development of green economy in Belarus Environment Ministry: Joint project with EU has promoted development of green economy in Belarus
"The development of green economy is particularly relevant in the context of the Year of Science in Belarus. We are always proud to say that our country has great intellectual potential. However, we should run slightly ahead of the global standards. We hope that the solutions designed by Belarusian scientists will help us achieve the goals that we have set out in the national action plan for the development of green economy for the period until 2020"...
5 Apr 2017
Kiev mayor: Belarusian equipment meets European standards Kiev mayor: Belarusian equipment meets European standards
The Kiev authorities will pay attention both to the price and quality of the product, the mayor said. “Belarusian equipment meets the European standards. We will continue working with our Belarusian partners,” Vitali Klitschko said...
4 Apr 2017
Belarusian Written Language Day inspires development of spiritual centers like Polotsk Belarusian Written Language Day inspires development of spiritual centers like Polotsk
“Polotsk is a sacred city for us, the cradle of Belarusian statehood. It deserves the closest kind of attention. Such cities, which act as the centers of our spirituality, history, and culture, acquire a new development impulse during celebrations and anniversary events,” Belarusian Information Minister Lilia Ananich noted...
4 Apr 2017
Makei: Belarus and Russia have never had disagreements on key issues Makei: Belarus and Russia have never had disagreements on key issues
Vladimir Makei noted that disagreements can occur between economic entities of the two countries. Disputes in the trade and economic cooperation cannot be ruled out as well, the minister added. “As for the key foreign political or security matters, Belarus and Russia have never had and, as I am convinced, will never have any disagreements,” the minister stressed...
3 Apr 2017
Dvorkovich: Russia will resume oil supplies to Belarus in full Dvorkovich: Russia will resume oil supplies to Belarus in full
He added that Gazprom would offer Belarus a discount with a decreasing coefficient for the oil price formula for the period from 2018 to 2019. The relations between the countries after that period will depend on further negotiations, Arkady Dvorkovich added...
3 Apr 2017
Putin: No disputable issues in Belarus-Russia relations any more Putin: No disputable issues in Belarus-Russia relations any more
“There are no more matters of argument today. We will move further, strengthen our relations within the Union State and work on improving the legal framework and the development of the Eurasian Economic Union,” the President of Russia stressed...
3 Apr 2017
Supreme State Council meeting to focus on agrarian issues, industrial policy Supreme State Council meeting to focus on agrarian issues, industrial policy
“We have truly solved the oil and gas issues. We have been discussing the agrarian problem a lot and agreed that it will be included in the agenda of the Supreme State Council meeting. The industrial policy matters will be also discussed. In the near future we will harmonize the terms and make a decision on these and other issues at the session of the Supreme State Council,” the Belarusian head of state said...
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