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18 Dec 2018
Lukashenko warns against doping in sports Lukashenko warns against doping in sports
"One anti-doping scandal tarnishes the entire country and all sports. You know how much attention it invites"...
17 Dec 2018
Significant increase in tourist traffic from China to Belarus expected in 2019 Significant increase in tourist traffic from China to Belarus expected in 2019
"The most popular destinations they were interested in include the national park Belovezhskaya Pushcha, the Brest Fortress, the castles in Mir and Nesvizh. Chinese tourists are also interested in the so-called red tourism (places relating to the Communist past)"...
17 Dec 2018
Belarus’ budget 2019 based on conservative scenario Belarus’ budget 2019 based on conservative scenario
"The budget is predicated on quite hard scenario of economic development and imposes a saving mode for budget-financed organizations. But this does not mean that it will somehow reduce the quality of budget services"...
17 Dec 2018
Lukashenko on Russia’s tax maneuver: No catastrophe even in the worst scenario Lukashenko on Russia’s tax maneuver: No catastrophe even in the worst scenario
“There will be no catastrophe in any case. We will just have to revise our domestic and foreign policy to a certain extent, especially in the financial sector”...
17 Dec 2018
Bjorndalen: Minsk is a fantastic tourist city Bjorndalen: Minsk is a fantastic tourist city
“Minsk knocks you off. It is absolutely not the way you thought it would be. Belarusian traditions and hospitality are amazing. Minsk is among the cleanest cities I have ever seen. You have good parks, good air. It is very good for a city of two million. I am saying it as an athlete”...
14 Dec 2018
Belarus president: Time to launch Helsinki 2 process to calm down the world Belarus president: Time to launch Helsinki 2 process to calm down the world
At the same time Alexander Lukashenko remarked that countries have been unable to arrange a proper OSCE summit in order to discuss topical problems of international security let alone launch a new negotiation process...
14 Dec 2018
Lukashenko: Sovereignty is a sacred thing for Belarus Lukashenko: Sovereignty is a sacred thing for Belarus
“If you want to split Belarus into oblasts and merge with Russia just like [the Russian MP Vladimir] Zhirinovsky suggests, it will never happen. If Russian leadership thinks like that, it is detrimental to Russia”...
14 Dec 2018
Call for step-by-step fulfillment of Belarus-Russia Union State Treaty Call for step-by-step fulfillment of Belarus-Russia Union State Treaty
Alexander Lukashenko is convinced that before digging deep it is essential to handle issues lying on the surface...
14 Dec 2018
Lukashenko: Russian audience knows little about real Belarus Lukashenko: Russian audience knows little about real Belarus
“We understand the specifics of the format. However, if you make reports on Belarus, please invite experts who know about the internal political processes in the country, who possess information and can give an adequate and professional assessment”...
14 Dec 2018
Lukashenko: Some issues on Belarus-Russia agenda remain unsettled Lukashenko: Some issues on Belarus-Russia agenda remain unsettled
“We long planned this meeting. Frankly speaking, we were preparing to take stock of the Belarusian-Russian cooperation. Unfortunately, some issues still remain unsettled. My Russian counterpart and I will do our best to address them in the near future,” the head of state said...
13 Dec 2018
Belarus, Russia to continue dismantling trade barriers Belarus, Russia to continue dismantling trade barriers
"It is extremely important to make the trend last. This is why the matter of competitive conditions for doing business in Belarus and Russia is becoming particularly important. Many other cooperation issues have already been resolved. We have yet to work on some other ones"...
13 Dec 2018
Russia ready to continue building Union State together with Belarus Russia ready to continue building Union State together with Belarus
"We have results and we have things to work on in order to increase the trade figures and improve the trade structure. It is necessary to continue working to systemically and persistently remove the barriers that exist and that suppress mutual trade. It is necessary to enable favorable and equal market access conditions for our companies, support small and medium business"...
13 Dec 2018
Belarus-Russia trade balance skewed by slow troubleshooting Belarus-Russia trade balance skewed by slow troubleshooting
Sergei Rumas said: “Bilateral trade has been and remains the key indicator of bilateral relations. Unfortunately, misbalance in Belarus-Russia merchandise trade grew stronger in 2018"...
13 Dec 2018
Russian PM moved by visit to Brest Fortress Memorial Russian PM moved by visit to Brest Fortress Memorial
The Russian PM also highlighted the importance of a new exhibition. “It successful combines historical facts, artifacts and modern visualization. I think that a visit to the museum will be interesting for everyone,” he said...
13 Dec 2018
MFA: No changes in Belarus’ migration policy in wake of UN migration compact MFA: No changes in Belarus’ migration policy in wake of UN migration compact
The work on the document started in April 2017. Belarus supported the compact because it welcomes the efforts of the international community to elaborate a joint action on current issues on the international agenda, Anatoly Glaz said...
13 Dec 2018
Belarus advocates resolving conflicts through negotiations only Belarus advocates resolving conflicts through negotiations only
Andrei Rusakovich highlighted Belarus’ ideas of the new Helsinki process; approaches aimed at making the Eastern European countries a transboundary belt of stability and cooperation; proposals to ensure peace in the south-east of Ukraine...
12 Dec 2018
Belarus views green economy as strategic vector Belarus views green economy as strategic vector
The natural resources and environmental protection minister stressed that Belarus views green economy and low-carbon sustainable development as a strategic vector...
12 Dec 2018
Belarus, Russia’s Karelia urged to aim for $100m in trade Belarus, Russia’s Karelia urged to aim for $100m in trade
He suggested bolstering cooperation in the industrial field having welcomed the project to assemble Amkodor forestry equipment in Karelia...
11 Dec 2018
UNDP Green Cities project in Belarus expected to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 90,000t UNDP Green Cities project in Belarus expected to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 90,000t
Visual maps will be developed as part of the project to assess the reduction of pollutant emissions into the atmosphere in the wake of the initiatives...
11 Dec 2018
Sudan aims for closer economic cooperation with Belarus Sudan aims for closer economic cooperation with Belarus
With the opening of the embassy in Minsk the relations between the two states will raise to a new level, the Sudanese head of state believes. He highlighted the importance of political stability and good economic development in Belarus...
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