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3 Dec 2019
Vucic: Belarus, Serbia look to reach $500m in trade Vucic: Belarus, Serbia look to reach $500m in trade
“Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko is a sincere friend to Serbia and the Serbian people. Belarus is a truly friendly country for Serbia. We are proud of our Belarusian friends,” said Aleksandar Vucic...
2 Dec 2019
2019 described as one of most fruitful years in Belarus-UAE relations 2019 described as one of most fruitful years in Belarus-UAE relations
“I am convinced that the Belarus-UAE relations will continue to be a shining example of successful, mutually beneficial and lasting international cooperation"...
2 Dec 2019
Belarus, Serbia showing bigger interest in bilateral cooperation Belarus, Serbia showing bigger interest in bilateral cooperation
Valery Brylev noted that bilateral cooperation had its ups and downs in the past...
29 Nov 2019
Ambassador: Latvia is interested in Belarus-EU cooperation Ambassador: Latvia is interested in Belarus-EU cooperation
According to the diplomat, Aleksandr Lukashenko’s visit to Latvia is viewed one of the main events for the two countries in 2020. “This will be an important event both for the bilateral relations of the states and for the European Union in general. Latvia would like to see the cooperation between Belarus and the EU to develop further”...
29 Nov 2019
FM praises role of twinning movement in Belarus-Poland cooperation FM praises role of twinning movement in Belarus-Poland cooperation
Almost 90 Belarusian and Polish cities and towns maintain twinning relations and cooperate, Vladimir Makei noted. This figure increases every year...
28 Nov 2019
Lukashenko: CSTO has potential for stabilizing situation in the world Lukashenko: CSTO has potential for stabilizing situation in the world
Journalists also asked whether the CSTO is going to act “as a clenched fist if, God forbid, something happens.” “All sides have their zones of responsibility. But if it bursts out in the zone where all our interests are concentrated, we will respond to these challenges together. It goes without doubt”...
28 Nov 2019
Belarus’ accession to WTO expected to facilitate UNDP projects Belarus’ accession to WTO expected to facilitate UNDP projects
She emphasized that the organization seeks not only to promote economic growth, but also social justice as well as green, low-carbon and circular economy. “This should be approached in a comprehensive way”...
27 Nov 2019
Contact group on Ukraine in Minsk accomplishes goals set by Normandy Four advisors Contact group on Ukraine in Minsk accomplishes goals set by Normandy Four advisors
The meeting of the trilateral contact group in Minsk on 27 November was second to the last one this year. Martin Sajdik reminded that developments in the conflict zone in Ukraine’s east have inspired certain optimism recently...
27 Nov 2019
Makei: Belarus’ peace initiatives upheld by foreign partners, including CSTO Makei: Belarus’ peace initiatives upheld by foreign partners, including CSTO
Among the initiatives Belarus has put forward recently are launching a new large-scale international dialogue similar to the Helsinki process, establishing a digital good-neighborliness belt and signing a declaration on non-proliferation of short- and intermediate-range missiles in Europe after termination of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty...
27 Nov 2019
Call to harness full potential of EU-Belarus cooperation Call to harness full potential of EU-Belarus cooperation
The European Union and Belarus cooperate in various sectors. Today we interact in energy, transport, environmental protection and implement projects to promote trans-boundary cooperation and to support small and medium-sized business. It would be great if we harness the full potential of our cooperation, Dirk Schuebel said...
27 Nov 2019
Japan to strengthen cooperation with Belarus Japan to strengthen cooperation with Belarus
“This year the Japanese government has taken a decision on a new status for its diplomatic representation in Belarus, which now means under the leadership of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary,” Hiroki Tokunaga said. Thus, the Japanese embassy starts functioning in Minsk...
26 Nov 2019
At least 30 enterprises expected to operate in China-Belarus industrial park in 2020 At least 30 enterprises expected to operate in China-Belarus industrial park in 2020
“At present 17 companies residing in the park are starting their commercial activities. Six of them are busy making mechanical engineering and electronics products. The number of such enterprises will be at least 20 by the end of this year. Their number should be 30 next year”...
26 Nov 2019
Lukashenko on Domracheva’s coaching job in China Lukashenko on Domracheva’s coaching job in China
“I said that I could not say no because Xi Jinping would respond in kind. So they have taken up the job, and it's okay. This is the country with a population of one and a half billion. If they achieve good results in biathlon, then the Chinese will remember that it was the Belarusians who helped"...
25 Nov 2019
Visit of foreign ministers of Sweden and Finland to Minsk described as unique event Visit of foreign ministers of Sweden and Finland to Minsk described as unique event
Among the issues discussed by the foreign ministers were the agreements on visa facilitation and readmission, ways to intensify work on the Belarus-EU partnership priorities, prospects for the framework agreement with the EU, Belarus' accession to the WTO, development of the Eastern Partnership post 2020...
25 Nov 2019
Finnish FM hails talks with Lukashenko as sincere, open Finnish FM hails talks with Lukashenko as sincere, open
The parties also discussed the role of Belarus, which the country plays in the peace process in Ukraine. The meeting took place in the same hall of the Palace of Independence which hosted the Normandy Four talks several years ago...
25 Nov 2019
FM: Unlocking full potential of cooperation with Belarus is important for Sweden FM: Unlocking full potential of cooperation with Belarus is important for Sweden
“Finland, Sweden and Belarus are the countries of the same region, and we have a lot to discuss. We face common environmental problems related to the climate change. We also work closely together on many issues in trade, on increasing the level of contacts between citizens of our countries"...
25 Nov 2019
Belarus interested in building good-neighborly relations with EU Belarus interested in building good-neighborly relations with EU
The president said that Belarus is interested in the best practices of the European Union in many fields. However, first of all, it is essential to complete the process of developing a legal framework and to sign pending agreements. “It would be nice to do it without preliminary terms. We need to move in this direction”...
25 Nov 2019
Pekka Haavisto calls Belarus-Finland relations pragmatic Pekka Haavisto calls Belarus-Finland relations pragmatic
“It is important to discuss relations between Finland and Belarus, because these are indeed good and pragmatic relations. We are promoting our trade and economic contacts and we see some very positive trends in this field”...
25 Nov 2019
Swedish MFA recommends using ‘Belarus’ instead of ‘White Russia’ in Swedish Swedish MFA recommends using ‘Belarus’ instead of ‘White Russia’ in Swedish
“This is a recognition of the Belarusian civil society and the people who have long wanted to emphasize the national identity and sovereignty of their country,” said the Swedish minister Ann Linde, who is in Minsk on an official visit on 25 November together with Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto...
22 Nov 2019
Rumas optimistic about Belarus-UK cooperation after Brexit Rumas optimistic about Belarus-UK cooperation after Brexit
There will be more cooperation opportunities for Belarus and the United Kingdom after Brexit, Belarusian Premier Sergei Rumas said as he met with Prince Michael of Kent, a member of the British Royal Family...
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