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21.07.2017

Petro Poroshenko: Belarus remains among priorities for Ukraine

Petro Poroshenko: Belarus remains among priorities for Ukraine

Belarus is interested in developing close cooperation with Ukraine. The countries need to enter the markets of third countries with joint products. This was discussed at the talks of Alexander Lukashenko with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko.
Belarus to build four gas wells in Poltava region, Ukraine

Belarus to build four gas wells in Poltava region, Ukraine

Belarus will build four gas wells in the Poltava region of Ukraine. The market of oilfield services in that country is growing and it is necessary to increase oil and gas production. Taking part in tenders is Belorusneft. On July 21 Kiev is hosting a joint business forum, where business circles of the two countries are discussing joint prospects. The portfolio of contracts has already exceeded expectations. On the site, transactions totaling more than $45 million were concluded.
Shakhter Soligorsk and Torpedo Zhodino replaced managers

Shakhter Soligorsk and Torpedo Zhodino replaced managers

The head coach of the national team of Belarus Igor Kriushenko confirmed that he is leaving the post of Torpedo Zhodino manager. The Belarusian coach headed the team from 2011. At the moment Torpedo are seventh in the championship of Belarus. In the nearest Sunday Kriushenko will leave his post, while Andrei Zygmantovich will act as the head coach. Shakhter Soligorsk have also replaced their manager. Oleg Kubarev resigned being replaced by Polish manager Marek Zub. He officially took office several days ago. Before that, he managed Jurmala's Spartak.
International camp on international law in Belarus gathers 15 countries

International camp on international law in Belarus gathers 15 countries

Participants from 15 countries gathered a summer camp on international law on the banks of the Berezina River in Belarus. Among them are students from Yale, Harvard, the Geneva Academy and winners of international law Olympiads. The main theme of this summer's summer school is the law in the field of cyber technologies.  World-class professors gave lectures on the intricacies of regulating modern realities - from hybrid wars to blockchain. 
Belarusian medicines more expensive than foreign ones?

Belarusian medicines more expensive than foreign ones?

Analysis of drug prices conducted by the Ministry of Health reveals that a number of drugs are more expensive in the Belarusian market than those from neighboring countries. The issue of pricing in the market of medicines was raised during the recent working visit of the President to the Vitebsk region. People complained that some drugs cannot be bought because of the high cost. The head of state instructed to analyze this information.
What will Belarusian and Ukrainian presidents discuss on July 21?

What will Belarusian and Ukrainian presidents discuss on July 21?

On July 21, in Kiev, negotiations will be held between Alexander Lukashenko and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. It is expected that the heads of state will talk over the whole spectrum of bilateral cooperation. Special attention will be paid to the economic block. On July 21, the Belarusian-Ukrainian business forum will be held in the Ukrainian capital. Both sides are voicing a record figure: contracts estimated at $40 million are slated for signing.
FC Dinamo Minsk into Europa League 3rd qualifying round

FC Dinamo Minsk into Europa League 3rd qualifying round

Two Belarusian football clubs held home matches of the 2nd qualifying round of the Europa League on July 20. Dinamo Minsk won against the Macedonian club Rabotnicki from Skopje. At the 21st minute the captain of the Minsk club Alexander Noiok struck in the near corner for 1:0 scoreline.

20.07.2017

Belarusian becomes four-time winner of Yandex. Algorithm

Belarusian becomes four-time winner of Yandex. Algorithm

Programmer from Belarus Gennady Korotkevich became the four-time winner of the competition in sports programming "Yandex. Algorithm". Participating in the championship, which is held since 2011, this year were almost 5,000 people from all over the world, including India, China, Peru, and Cameroon. As reported on the company's website, more than half of applications were from Russia. Second in terms of the number of participants were programmers from Belarus with Ukraine placed third.
Lebedev: We hope Ukraine will resume cooperation with CIS

Lebedev: We hope Ukraine will resume cooperation with CIS

The Executive Committee of the CIS expects Ukraine will resume full paricipation in the Commonwealth, said Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee Sergei Lebedev. Representatives of the Commonwealth countries gathered on July 20 at a meeting of the Council of Permanent Plenipotentiaries. Currently, Ukraine is less involved in integration activities. However, Sergey Lebedev expressed his hope that steps to resume full-fledged cooperation within the framework of the CIS can be undertaken.
Kyiv hosting Belarusian-Ukrainian business forum on July 21

Kyiv hosting Belarusian-Ukrainian business forum on July 21

More than 40 million dollars - such are the expectations from the Belarusian-Ukrainian business forum. On July 21 it is underway in Kiev. In recent years, this is one of the most large-scale economic events in the bilateral relations. Business interests are confirmed by the number of participants: representatives of more than 300 partners will get together. The portfolio of contracts has been formed. Belarus expects to sign a contract for the supply of its quarry equipment worth $5 million.
Belarusian Yegor Gerasimov reaches quarterfinal of tennis tournament in Astana

Belarusian Yegor Gerasimov reaches quarterfinal of tennis tournament in Astana

Belarusian tennis player Yegor Gerasimov has got a second victory and reached the quarter finals of a tournament in Astana (the prize fund is $125,000). In the second round Ygor Gerasimov confidently beat Turkish tennis player Cem İlkel, 6:2, 6:3. In the opening match Gerasimov defeated Andrei Golubev from Kazakhstan, 6:1, 6:1. Yegor Gerasimov's rival in the quarterfinals will be Russian Yevgeny Donskoy.
Final preparations for West 2017 drills held in Belarus

Final preparations for West 2017 drills held in Belarus

The final stage of preparations for the strategic exercise Zapad 2017 (West 2017) was held in Belarus. This time signallers' readiness was checked. The main task is to provide various types of troops with means of open and closed communication at headquarters and in the field. During the maneuvers, new and modernized information systems were used.
Belarusian polar explorers to go to Antarctica in December 2017

Belarusian polar explorers to go to Antarctica in December 2017

Belarusian polar explorers began preparations for the tenth Antarctic expedition. In early August, Belarus will select a team that will include six people, who will go to work on the coldest continent of the planet in December 2017.
Latvian foreign minister visits Belarus: Belarus-EU cooperation discussed

Latvian foreign minister visits Belarus: Belarus-EU cooperation discussed

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs arrived in Minsk on a visit. Latvia does not have any questions to Belarus regarding the West 2017 exercise. This statement was made by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Latvia on July 19 following the talks with his Belarusian counterpart Vladimir Makei. Other important issues for the countries were discussed, including the international agenda. In particular, the prospects for cooperation between Belarus and the European Union.
Average Belarusian has deposit of about $3,500 in bank

Average Belarusian has deposit of about $3,500 in bank

The National Bank of Belarus has studied the average depositor. It turns out that men from 26 to 60 years trust banks most often. They store an average of BYN 7,000 (about $3,500). Women also have their savings and open most deposits after 55. At the same time, the share of accounts in foreign currency is many times greater. But the National Bank states that in June 2017, the number of deposits in Belarusian rubles sharply increased. 
Belarus wins bronze at Modern Pentathlon European Championship

Belarus wins bronze at Modern Pentathlon European Championship in Minsk

On July 18 Belarus began to host the European modern pentathlon championship. The first day of these competitions brought Belarus a bronze medal. Russians won silver while gold went to Germany. Nine duos competed for the title of the champion of Europe in the women's relay. Belarus was represented by Ekaterina Orel and Tatyana Kholdoba. It took Katya a year to recover from a leg injury, and the Minsk start was her first outing into the big pentathlon world.

19.07.2017

Latvia’s Foreign Ministry: We have no questions to Belarus concerning Zapad -2017 military drills

Latvia’s Foreign Ministry: We have no questions to Belarus concerning Zapad -2017 military drills

Latvia has no questions to Belarus concerning Zapad-2017 military drills. The issue is closed and the upcoming drills cause no fears. This was stated by Latvia’s Foreign Minister on July 19, 2017 after meeting with Vladimir Makei, Belarus’ Foreign Minister.
Passenger flow increases in National Airport Minsk

Passenger flow increases in National Airport Minsk

The passenger flow in National Airport Minsk increased by one third from the beginning of 2017. As many as 2 million passengers. In June alone the number of passengers was 425 thousand.
Exhibition dedicated to Francysk Skaryna, Martin Luther opens in Minsk

Exhibition dedicated to Francysk Skaryna, Martin Luther opens in Minsk

Legends of the Renaissance era. An exhibition dedicated to Francysk Skaryna and Martin Luther opened in Minsk. Most of the works concern the German reformer. Among the works are lithography about his life and work, which demonstrate the Renaissance era as a whole. What is more, copies of 95 thesis , which were on the doors of the Castle Church in Wittenberg are presented.
Marianna Shetkina delivers speech at UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

Marianna Shetkina delivers speech at UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

Marianna Shetkina delivers speech at UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development The discussions of the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development finished in New York. Marianna Shchetkina, the national coordinator of the project, delivered a speech on Belarus’ work in this direction. Belarus delivered a speech at such a forum for the first time. However, it emphasized the special role of UN platform in solving global problems of today and completion of the Goals of sustainable development.
Belarus, UAE forensic scientists to exchange experience

Belarus, UAE forensic scientists to exchange experience

On July 19, 2017 a memorandum on cooperation between the police of Abu Dhabi and the State Forensic Examination Committee of the Republic of Belarus was signed in Minsk. Besides the cooperation in criminalistics sphere, the sides agreed to hold joint trainings of employees.   
Joint training of Belarusian and Chinese special forces

Joint training of Belarusian and Chinese special forces

The special forces of Belarus and the People's Police of China have completed the joint training. The final demonstration performances were held at a training ground near Borisov. The soldiers simulated a counter-terrorist operation. According to legend, militants captured a settlement and took refuge in buses. It took the military about half an hour to search and eliminate terrorists.
Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Ukraine to last from July 20 to 21

Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Ukraine to last from July 20 to 21

The President of Belarus will pay an official visit to Ukraine on July 20-21, according to the press service of the head of state. Negotiations with Petro Poroshenko are planned in a one-on-one format and in an expanded format. It is expected that the heads of state will discuss the political and trade-economic cooperation. One of the topics of the meeting will be the settlement of the conflict in the east of Ukraine, in which Belarus actively participates, providing a negotiating platform for the parties to the process.
Orsha District still facing development issues

Orsha District still facing development issues

The development of the Orsha region has shown some positive trends. The government on July 18 discussed the fulfillment of the instructions of the head of state. The number of unprofitable enterprises has decreased, the organizations fully repaid their arrears in salaries. Overall economic indicators have improved. There are shifts in industrial production, good results for builders and trade is growing.
Tourists from Australia, USA, Finland among visitors of Belarusian sanatoriums

Tourists from Australia, USA, Finland among visitors of Belarusian sanatoriums

Belarusian sanatoriums have increased export of services by more than 9% in H1 2017. Experts also note that the scope of vacationers is expanding geographically. The lion's bulk of the guests - about 90% - are of course Russians. Meanwhile, people from the Baltic countries and Poland more and more often come to Belarus for health improvement.
Belarus taking part in International Air Show MAKS 2017 in Moscow Region

Belarus taking part in International Air Show MAKS 2017 in Moscow Region

The latest developments and technologies in the aerospace industry. Belarus is widely represented at the XIII International Air Show MAKS-2017. It is underway in Zhukovsky, Moscow region. The Belarusian stand features innovative monitors and display modules, helmet systems, aviation components and drones. Among them is the reconnaissance and strike vehicle Burevestnik MB, created with a large share of innovative components.
Belarusian Sergei Vyazovich among top 10 at Silk Way Rally 2017

Belarusian Sergei Vyazovich among top 10 at Silk Way Rally 2017

The rally-raid Silk Way 2017 continues. Alexei Vishnevsky's crew became the best among Belarusian crews at the 10th stage. His MAZ came in 7th. It took him 3 hours 49 minutes to complete the route of 360 kilometers in the Gobi Desert. Alexander Vasilevsky finished today 11th. Sergey Vyazovich was 12th.  In the overall standings, Vyazovich still has the best result among Belarusians - seventh place.
26th Slavonic Bazaar in Vitebsk becomes the most commercially successful in history

26th Slavonic Bazaar in Vitebsk becomes the most commercially successful in history

The 26th Slavonic Bazaar Festival in Vitebsk has become the most commercially successful in its history. This was announced on July 18 by the forum directorate. Applications from artists for 2018 are already being accepted. Over 80,000 tickets for various festival's concerts were bought.
Refinancing rate in Belarus down to 12% on July 19

Refinancing rate in Belarus down to 12% on July 19

Available money means affordable investment. Belarus again reduces the refinancing rate. Now it is at 12%. This is the sixth decline since the beginning of 2017. Stability in the foreign exchange market, the balance of the country's solvency and, of course, the low level of inflation - all this enables the National Bank of Belarus to make such decisions. The reduction in the refinancing rate will primarily affect loans: they will become more affordable for people.
BATE through to Champions League 3rd qualifying round, set to face Slavia Prague

FC BATE through to Champions League 3rd qualifying round, set to face Slavia Prague

BATE continues the performance in the UEFA Champions League. On July 18 in the second leg of the second qualifying round, Alexander Ermakovich's team defeated the Armenian club Alashkert in Yerevan 3:1. The Borisov team conceded first, but replied with two goals in the first half thanks to the skills of Gordeychuk. In the second half, Volodko summed it up. After the first-leg draw 1:1 BATE thus progress to the third qualifying round where they take on Czech Slavia from Prague.