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20 Feb 2019
Hospitable Belarus charms National Geographic Israel editor-in-chief Hospitable Belarus charms National Geographic Israel editor-in-chief
"Despite the weather, as we have come during the off-season, I feel special warmth here. I was, first of all, touched by people. They are very hospitable. I felt at home everywhere"...
19 Feb 2019
Belarusian government to focus on making public sector more effective in 2019 Belarusian government to focus on making public sector more effective in 2019
The prime minister reminded that the head of state had clearly specified requirements concerning the development and submission for approval of the measures designed to support enterprises...
19 Feb 2019
Opinion: Providing one free IVF procedure is the right thing to do Opinion: Providing one free IVF procedure is the right thing to do
"Maternity benefits alone (the benefits for mothers raising children under three years of age) are estimated at nearly Br2.2 billion, or 1.8% of GDP. We realize that the country can be proud of that. According to experts, nearly 5% of GDP is spent on supporting families"...
19 Feb 2019
Belarus views Serbia as reliable partner Belarus views Serbia as reliable partner
In his words, the friendly nature of the Belarusian-Serbian relations is reconfirmed during every meeting at the supreme and high levels. Oleg Kravchenko also emphasized the importance of the upcoming visits to Serbia this year...
18 Feb 2019
Belarusian Raubichi fit to welcome international competitions Belarusian Raubichi fit to welcome international competitions
“The Legends Race gives me pleasure. I feel joy from coming back to my friends, with whom I raced here many years ago. The Raubichi Stadium has been greatly renewed: there are good tracks, a shooting range, it deserves every bit of praise. It offers excellent conditions for hosting international competitions”. Vladimir Drachev also noted that while racing he is an athlete, not a sport functionary and craves victory...
18 Feb 2019
PM: Belarus, EU may restore bilateral trade of almost $27bn in 2019 PM: Belarus, EU may restore bilateral trade of almost $27bn in 2019
“Belarus-EU relations have been vibrant recently. Last year we had good figures in bilateral trade. The Belarusian exports to the European Union grew 30%. If we continue like this, we will be able to reach the maximum of 2012 ($26.9 billion) in 2019”...
18 Feb 2019
EU plans to increase project financing for Belarus EU plans to increase project financing for Belarus
One of such cooperation avenues is improving transport infrastructure. "Belarus has a long border with the EU member states; it is a very important transit country when it comes to transit flows between the EU and Russia"...
18 Feb 2019
Lukashenko: Belarus-EU issues are not chronic Lukashenko: Belarus-EU issues are not chronic
“However, the word ‘possible’ does not probably fit here. We have always had these issues and will probably have them in the future. However, we have seen in recent times that all the issues are not chronic and can be settled”...
18 Feb 2019
Belarus, Poland to focus on investment cooperation Belarus, Poland to focus on investment cooperation
"We discussed a great number of projects and concluded that we need to send a positive message to the business community (first of all, this will be done by the Polish side), to encourage more Polish businesses to come to Belarus"...
16 Feb 2019
Poland ready to arrange V4+EaP foreign ministers visit to Minsk Poland ready to arrange V4+EaP foreign ministers visit to Minsk
"Poland upholds Belarus-EU rapprochement and is interested in the prompt signing of the visa facilitation agreement. It also welcomes the contribution of the Belarusian government to the Minsk agreements"...
15 Feb 2019
Lukashenko: Belarus will adopt Russia’s best practices in education Lukashenko: Belarus will adopt Russia’s best practices in education
“Today we are ready to open a technology park similar to Sirius,” Alexander Lukashenko said. “The experience of Sirius in revealing talents is very important for us. Of course, it is also a good example in terms of programs, education and accommodation for young people. Russia has gone a very interesting path, and this path is important for us. We will use it as an example. We should adopt all the best practices that we can see here”...
15 Feb 2019
Lukashenko: Sovereignty is sacred Lukashenko: Sovereignty is sacred
“Why would we raise the question of sovereignty of Belarus and Russia? It is a sanctuary, it is sacred. We have no problem with sovereignty [in relations between the two states]. We do not discuss these issues even in this context,” Alexander Lukashenko said...
14 Feb 2019
Albers: Belarus’ leading athletes recovering, preparing for IBU European Championships Albers: Belarus’ leading athletes recovering, preparing for IBU European Championships
"The situation ahead of the championships is complicated. As is known, our team went down with a virus. We were looking for the cause and finally came to the conclusion that the athletes fell ill after the return from Antholz. Iryna Kryuko and Dzinara Alimbekava have almost recovered"...
14 Feb 2019
Visa waiver, nature hailed as competitive advantages of Belarus’ health resorts Visa waiver, nature hailed as competitive advantages of Belarus’ health resorts
“Increasing export is another priority. We pin great hopes on the visa-free program as we are working to diversify the export. It is no secret that our main foreign market is Russia. We hope to see more customers from other countries in our health resorts”...
14 Feb 2019
Raubichi ready for Legends’ Race, IBU Open European Championships Raubichi ready for Legends’ Race, IBU Open European Championships
"The sport center has proved its worth during the Snow Sniper biathlon tournament. We hope that athletes and spectators will associate the upcoming forum with positive emotions"...
13 Feb 2019
Chinese diplomat: China greatly values relations with Belarus Chinese diplomat: China greatly values relations with Belarus
The diplomat noted that Belarus-China relations are very strong. “The Belarus-China friendship has a very solid political foundation, and we are determined to continue our cooperation with Belarus in all the areas,” Luo Zhanhui said...
13 Feb 2019
Putin: Belarus is the most important strategic partner and ally of Russia
“For us Belarus is the most important strategic partner, an ally. For me it is very important to compare notes with the Belarus president about these matters, including matters of integration in the post-Soviet space”...
13 Feb 2019
Belarus calls on international community to use modern means to protect family values Belarus calls on international community to use modern means to protect family values
During the event, the deputy foreign minister of Belarus made a statement on behalf of the Group of Friends of the Family, in which he noted that a strong family is a pillar of social stability, cultural identity and morality of any society...
12 Feb 2019
Poland appreciates Belarus’ contribution to Minsk agreements Poland appreciates Belarus’ contribution to Minsk agreements
Poland supports the process of improving relations between Belarus and the European Union and is interested in seeing the visa facilitation agreement signed as soon as possible...
12 Feb 2019
Belarus wants higher level of political dialogue with Poland Belarus wants higher level of political dialogue with Poland
The diplomat noted that Poland is a major economic partner of Belarus: Poland ranks fifth in terms of its investment and import in Belarus and is sixth in terms of export and trade in general...
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