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Friday, 06 March 2020

Azerbaijan's SOCAR to deliver 250,000t of oil to Belarus in March

The Azerbaijani company SOCAR is set to ship 250,000 tonnes of oil to Belarus in March, BelTA learned from Press Secretary of the Belarusian state petrochemical concern Belneftekhim Aleksandr Tishchenko.

Thursday, 05 March 2020

Belarus' commitment to integration, with focus on national interests emphasized

Belarus will remain committed to integration processes while safeguarding its own interests, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Stanislav Zas on 5 March, BelTA has learned.

“Since Belarus is presiding in all integration bodies this year, our country will do it with dignity,” Aleksandr Lukashenko emphasized. “As before, we will remain committed to integration processes, including in the military sector, while safeguarding our own interests. You know who pushes republics located around this integrator to this super pragmatic position.”

According to the president, it is essential to look out for Belarus' interests in all integration associations. In his words, right now these interests are absolutely in sync with the interests of neighboring countries, especially CSTO members. “They are in sync with the interests of Russia, other CSTO members. And they don't really contradict the interests of Ukraine, our main southern neighbor. At least, we have been doing and will be doing everything for peace and accord in Ukraine,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “This is our position stemming from the mentality of Belarusian people.”

Russia will host the CSTO summit in 2020. In this regard, the president asked for information about the agenda of the forum and about the efforts to promote Belarus' proposals regarding the development of the organization. In particular, Belarus is advocating for strengthening the authority of the CSTO, expanding its interaction with other associations. And the implementation of the resolution concerning the legal status of a CSTO partner and a CSTO observer, which was initiated by Belarus, can be very useful here. “What is the progress on the matter? It would be great to handle these issues at the next summit,” the Belarusian leader said.

The head of state also asked Stanislav Zas about the organization of work at the CSTO. “If any personnel decisions are needed, please tell me, and I will initiate them at the next meeting. I will discuss this topic with Vladimir Vladimirovich [Putin], other presidents to have a clear picture. If the secretariat continues to work like before, the Collective Security Treaty Organization will do the same. Neither the situation nor the time permits procrastination,” Aleksandr Lukashenko noted.

Before speaking about the operation of the CSTO, Belarusian Stanislav Zas shared his impressions about the first business trip to his home country. He said it was very unusual for him to come to Belarus as a guest. “Frankly speaking, I am a bit homesick. I am not used to these realities yet,” the CSTO secretary general said.

CSTO countries will hold several joint events this year to rev up efforst against collective security challenges and threats. One of them is the traditional anti-drug operation “Channel”. It will take place in two stages: police are planning to contain the “northern flow” of drugs from Afghanistan and take measures to prevent the spread of synthetic drugs. Headquarters will be located in Dushanbe and Saint Petersburg. Besides, the schedule includes operations to prevent illegal migration and cybercrimes also known as “Illegal” and “Proxy”.

A number of exercises will take place within the framework of a plan of joint training of administrative bodies and collective security forces. Armenia will host the headquarters exercise “Interaction”, the special exercise involving intelligence forces “Search”, and the special exercise involving the supply and technical maintenance division of the CSTO Collective Forces “Echelon”. Kyrgyzstan will host the exercise of the rapid response forces of the Central Asian region “Frontier”. Belarus will host the headquarters exercise involving the CSTO peacemaking forces “Inviolable Brotherhood”. A plan of events also includes the special exercise involving rescue divisions of the Emergencies Ministry and the special tactical training exercise involving special operations forces “Cobalt”.

Wednesday, 04 March 2020

Lukashenko extends Police Day greetings

Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has extended Police Day greetings to current members and veterans of law enforcement bodies, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.

“Each day and hour you are at the forefront  of crime fighting efforts. By protecting law and order, constitutional rights, freedoms and lives of people, you make a meaningful contribution to maintaining stability and strengthening sovereignty and independence of the Republic of Belarus,” the message reads.

The head of state is confident that law enforcement members will remain capable of efficiently addressing all the challenges and threats and will serve their country with honor and commitment, in keeping with their glorious traditions.

“On this day I wish all police members and veterans, as well as their family members, good health, family happiness and many successes in this difficult, but very important work for the benefit of our country and people,” Aleksandr Lukashenko underlined.

Tuesday, 03 March 2020

Lukashenko invites Bulgaria president to visit Belarus

Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has sent greetings to Bulgaria President Rumen Radev as the country celebrates Liberation Day on 3 March, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.

“The long history of peaceful coexistence of our peoples and numerous human ties give us today a unique opportunity to significantly deepen cooperation in various directions,” the message runs.

The head of state invited the Bulgarian leader to work on joint projects in trade, investment, science and technology, energy, logistics, education and tourism. “We will be happy to welcome you in hospitable Belarus to discuss a wide range of issues on the bilateral and international agenda,” the president said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko wished Rumen Radev strong health and every success on his responsible post, and also peace and prosperity to the Bulgarian nation.

Monday, 02 March 2020

Lukashenko congratulates Kazakhstan's Assembly of People on 25th anniversary

Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has sent greetings to first president of Kazakhstan, Chairman of the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev as the organization celebrates the 25th anniversary, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.

“Founded upon your initiative, this organization has a unique and unparalleled history. It consolidated the potential of the society for the sake of state development, evolved into an authoritative institution of international relations,” the message of greetings reads. “Preservation of cultures, languages and traditions of numerous ethnic groups living in Kazakhstan, respect for the rights and liberties of citizens are effective tools for the maintenance of accord in the country and stability in the Eurasian region.”

Aleksandr Lukashenko thanked Nursultan Nazarbayev for supporting Belarusians who found their second Motherland in Kazakhstan and wished him strong health, kindness and every success. He also wished all people of Kazakhstan peace and prosperity.

Friday, 28 February 2020

Lukashenko to address Congress of Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus

Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko will take part in the 8th Congress of the Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus on 28 February, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.

The congress has drawn more than 500 delegates from all the regions of the country and from all walks of life. Among the delegates are the country's high-ranking officials, heads of ministries, government agencies, public associations, mass media outlets, as well as foreign participants.

The head of state is expected to deliver a speech where he will discuss the role and achievements of the trade union movement of Belarus and will give his take on the proposed initiatives and pending issues.

The 8th Congress of the Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus is taking place in Minsk on 27-28 February. On 27 February the participants of the forum took stock of their work over the past five years and discussed the draft action program of the Federation of Trade Unions for 2020-2025. At present the Federation of Trade Unions has more than 4 million members and is one of the country's biggest public associations.

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Lukashenko sends National Day greetings to Kuwait

Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has sent greetings to Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Crowned Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah as the country celebrates National Day, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.

The head of state emphasized the interest in expanding comprehensive cooperation. “I am convinced that there is a considerable potential for the development of Belarus-Kuwait relations which we can jointly realize for the sake of prosperity of both states, security and further progress,” the message of

Monday, 24 February 2020

Lukashenko sends birthday greetings to Emperor Naruhito of Japan

On behalf of Belarusian people and himself President Aleksandr Lukashenko has extended birthday greetings to Emperor Naruhito of Japan, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.

The head of state noted that bilateral cooperation has great potential, in particular in trade, manufacturing, investment and technology. People of the two countries can discover the beauty and diversity of Belarus and Japan through cooperation in sport, culture and tourism.

“I am confident that with your support the friendship and multifaceted contacts between Minsk and Tokyo will keep growing stronger,” the president noted.

Friday, 21 February 2020

Lukashenko emphasizes Belarus' interest in direct contacts with Russian regions

Belarus remains greatly interested in direct contacts with Russian regions, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with Governor of Arkhangelsk Oblast of Russia Igor Orlov on 21 February, BelTA has learned.

“We remain deeply interested in direct contacts with Russian regions,” the head of state said.

In 2019, Belarus-Arkhangelsk Oblast trade totaled $45.8 million. Belarus' exports to the Russian region reached $22.9 million. The imports made up the same. Belarus' main exports included beef and poultry, concrete, cement and artificial stone products, sugar, vehicles, spare parts and other goods. Belarus purchased paper, cardboard, ferrous scrap, wood pulp and wool from Arkhangelsk Oblast.

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Lukashenko sends greetings to Yanka Kupala University as it marks 80th anniversary

Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has sent greetings to the staff of the Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno as it marks its 80th anniversary, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.

The success of the university is attributed to the team's efforts to preserve the best traditions of Belarusian education, constant improvement and novel approaches, the head of state noted.

“Today the university is by right called one of the country's best higher learning institutions. It is a regional hub for research, innovations and creativity. Its high status and good international standing are due to professional achievements of many generations of graduates,” the message reads.

The president expressed confidence that professional excellence and dedication of the staff, talent and thirst for knowledge of students will always serve the strategic goals of the country, namely the intellectual growth of the nation, training of specialists with a strategic mindset and determination to work for the benefit of Belarus.