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20 Nov 2019
Rumas: Belarus-Russia integration outcomes are obvious, undeniable Rumas: Belarus-Russia integration outcomes are obvious, undeniable
To illustrate his point, Sergei Rumas mentioned equal rights of Belarusian and Russian nationals, a common migration space, absence of border checks. In his words, the legal framework of Belarus-Russia cooperation comprises more than 300 interstate agreements and treaties...
19 Nov 2019
Belarus-Russia tighter integration hinges on resolution of critical issues in economic cooperation Belarus-Russia tighter integration hinges on resolution of critical issues in economic cooperation
“This is why today as we sum up results of the efforts to prepare the roadmaps, we are resolute to tackle the issues that still stand. The resolution of these issues and a clear stance on them are extremely important for the proper preparation of the session of the Supreme State Council of the Union State of Belarus and Russia, which we expect will begin a new stage in the development of the Union State”...
19 Nov 2019
Lukashenko: Sports achievements determine the prestige of the country Lukashenko: Sports achievements determine the prestige of the country
The head of state described sport as a versatile activity, which is part of the economy and reflects the level of the country’s technological development...
19 Nov 2019
Lukashenko: Olympic victories unite nation Lukashenko: Olympic victories unite nation
“Sport is one of the most important parts of the social life and politics in the world today. Everyone in Belarus, not only you and I, understand this today. Olympic victories unite the nation, inspire a sense of pride for the country, bring new heroes”...
18 Nov 2019
Partnership of state, private sector in innovations expected to spur Belarus’ development Partnership of state, private sector in innovations expected to spur Belarus’ development
“Along with other countries Belarus is entering the postindustrial information age. Today goods and services offered by science-intensive enterprises, cutting-edge equipment and technologies can be found in all aspects of people’s lives. Digitization has become the fact to determine the competitive ability virtually in all sectors of the economy and in the sphere of state administration”...
17 Nov 2019
Belarus’ important geopolitical role in Europe noted Belarus’ important geopolitical role in Europe noted
Gregory Jullien said: “Belarus plays an important geopolitical role in Europe today, this is why the interest in the elections is so great and this is why so many international observers have come here”...
17 Nov 2019
Lukashenko: Belarus will remain within its borders, will not come to heel Lukashenko: Belarus will remain within its borders, will not come to heel
“Unlike Russia, we do not have a partnership agreement with Nato. Neither do with have an agreement with the European Union, like Russia does. Russia joined the WTO and is helping us to do the same,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said...
17 Nov 2019
Lukashenko: You can’t make people stay in once place in a global world Lukashenko: You can’t make people stay in once place in a global world
The head of state believes that today there are virtually no walls and barriers for the movement and interaction of people. It is wrong to prevent people from moving if they want to work abroad in such industries as science, for example. It is impossible to develop without international contacts...
17 Nov 2019
Lukashenko comments on differences in holding talks with Russia, West Lukashenko comments on differences in holding talks with Russia, West
"As for the United States, they never demand anything from me,” the president said. He recalled that there used to be such a popular thesis - decide, Belarusians, either the West or the East, either you are with us or with them. “I have recently met with high-ranking American politicians and I know their position"...
17 Nov 2019
Lukashenko on election 2020: I am not holding to the post, but will offer my candidacy Lukashenko on election 2020: I am not holding to the post, but will offer my candidacy
According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, he is not holding to the post but believes it is right to offer his candidacy when people will be making their choice...
15 Nov 2019
Minsk church hosts concert to celebrate 75th anniversary of Soviet victory in Great Patriotic War Minsk church hosts concert to celebrate 75th anniversary of Soviet victory in Great Patriotic War
According to Fyodor Povny, soil from all Great Patriotic War graves in Belarus as well as memorials of hero cities and military glory memorials of Russia and other post-Soviet countries will be brought into the undercroft of the Church of All Saints...
14 Nov 2019
China’s experience of development viewed as important for Belarus China’s experience of development viewed as important for Belarus
“The goals of social and economic development of Belarus almost coincide with those of social and economic development of the People's Republic of China. Belarus has entered a period of systemic modernization of its economy”...
14 Nov 2019
Call for equal rights of Belarusian, Russian border guards Call for equal rights of Belarusian, Russian border guards
“The new agreement has to straighten out all the issues. We are equal partners – Russian border guards and Belarusian ones,” Anatoly Lappo continued. “We’ve always honored our Union State commitments and will continue doing so. We’ve never had any complaints. But we demand respect as well”...
13 Nov 2019
Makei unveils Belarus’ foreign policy objectives Makei unveils Belarus’ foreign policy objectives
The minister reiterated that Belarus is “in a tricky and very sensitive situation” as it is located along the borderline between two major geopolitical players – Russia in the east and the European Union in the west...
13 Nov 2019
PM announces goals of Belarus’ competition program PM announces goals of Belarus’ competition program
The Belarusian head of government believes that the state policy in the field of competition should focus on two main areas...
12 Nov 2019
Belarus president makes ardent speech at business forum in Vienna Belarus president makes ardent speech at business forum in Vienna
Aleksandr Lukashenko stated: “I think meetings in this format have been long overdue. The private sector of our countries expects clear political signals (count it as a signal if necessary) demonstrating the readiness of Minsk and Vienna to make the bilateral relations long-term ones. The purpose of my official visit to the capital of Austria is to confirm Minsk’s interest in building solid ties not only with European politicians but with the private sector as well”...
12 Nov 2019
Mutual interest in tighter Belarus-Austria relations noted Mutual interest in tighter Belarus-Austria relations noted
Alexander Van der Bellen remarked upon certain rapprochement between Belarus and the European Union. Aleksandr Lukashenko’s visit to Austria is part of the process...
12 Nov 2019
Belarus described as absolutely open country Belarus described as absolutely open country
“We are an absolutely open country. I can assure you, we are more open than you. Citizens of about 90 states have the ability to enter the authoritarian, as you put it, Belarus without visas. We are absolutely open to all,” the head of state noted...
12 Nov 2019
Lukashenko opines on possibility of abolishing death penalty in Belarus Lukashenko opines on possibility of abolishing death penalty in Belarus
Aleksandr Lukashenko stated that the European Union is demanding that Belarus abolish death penalty. “We cannot disregard this matter, to be honest. We often conduct opinion polls on death penalty. Nothing has changed since the referendum took place”...
11 Nov 2019
Belarus interested in studying Swedish experience of reaching SDGs Belarus interested in studying Swedish experience of reaching SDGs
Marianna Shchetkina noted that active work is in progress in Belarus with a view to achieving the SDGs. She mentioned Belarus’ priorities in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development...
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