Inauguration of second runway at Minsk National Airport

Source: President of the Republic of Belarus

3 May 2019

The second runway has been inaugurated at Minsk National Airport. The ceremony was attended by Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko on 3 May.The ribbon was cut by Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko, Transport and Communications Minister Aleksei Avramenko, and Director General of Minsk National Airport Dmitry Melikyan. The event was attended by employees of the airport, Belavia airline, Belaeronavigatsia enterprise and organizations that participated in the construction of the new runway.Aleksandr Lukashenko called the opening of the second runway an extraordinary event. “Many experts persuaded me that we were not up to the task, that we had never built runways and that we needed to invite a world-class company. We almost reached an agreement with one of them. But when they brought me a document for singing, it spelled out the amount worth of $600 million. Thus the project was tabled then,” the President said recalling the events.

According to the head of state, the new runway was still needed because the airport is the face of the country. It was agreed, however, that the project would be carried out by Belarusian specialists.
The runway was tested in late April as the air force one took off it heading to China and landed on it too upon return to Minsk. “My pilot told me that he saw such a runway only in the Arab Emirates. This means we are capable of implementing such projects. The project cost us not $600 million, but three times cheaper. This is our great achievement,” the President said.The head of state recalled the 1990s when there was an endemic privatization. Many foreign investors wanted to buy all the airports in the country. “I decided against the privatization of the airports, including this one. The main gate to the country should remain in the hands of the state,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.According to the President, if Minsk National Airport had been privatized then, it would not be developing at such a pace today.Aleksandr Lukashenko expressed gratitude to builders for the construction of the second runway and told them to be ready for new projects.The President added that with the opening of the new runway the airport will not stop growing better. “We need to continue modernization efforts and make it more comfortable for people. We need to get this compound into shape, make it appealing. It seems nice but lacks appeal, as airports in other states have,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.In honor of the opening of the second runway the airport employees gave the head of state a mock-up Boeing 767 300ER – air force one.The President talked to the workers and thanked them for their contribution to the construction of the new runway. Aleksandr Lukashenko was also interested in their working conditions and salaries. The Belarusian leader noted that with the increase in passenger traffic, the salaries of airport employees will also rise. “Stability, however, is what matters most. If there is instability, no one will come here. We should remember this,” the head of state said.“Thank you for what you did. It seemed impossible from the point of view of our government. Well done!” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.The second runway at Minsk National Airport is a set of engineering structures, including the concrete strip, which is 3.7km long and 60m wide, the runway and taxiways, a cargo apron, parking space for aircraft, checkpoints and other infrastructure facilities. The estimated cost of the project exceeded Br395 million. The construction of the second runway took three years and involved nearly 900 specialists and 300 construction vehicles. The new runway has been rated as 4F, which enables the airport to handle aircraft of all types without restrictions in severe weather conditions.

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Aleksandr Lukashenko thanks representatives of Belarusian Public Association of Veterans

Source: President of the Republic of Belarus

3 May 2019

For many years of fruitful work, significant personal contributions to the patriotic upbringing of young Belarusians letters of thanks of the president of Belarus have been bestowed upon representatives of the Belarusian Public Association of Veterans. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has signed the relevant executive order on 3 May.The list of awardees includes Chairman of the Committee of Great Patriotic War Veterans of the Brest City Organization of the public association Vasily Bereznev, Chairman of the Volkovysk District Organization Anatoly Ignatovich, and First Deputy Chairman of the Minsk City Council of the Belarusian Public Association of Veterans Viktor Kostko. Letters of thanks have also been given to First Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Gomel Oblast Organization Vasily Kozyrev, Chairman of the Council of the Mogilev District Organization Viktor Pinchuk, and a member of the Council of the Polotsk District Organization Nikolai Sushkov.

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Greetings to Japanese Emperor Naruhito on ascending the throne

Source: President of the Republic of Belarus

2 May 2019

Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has extended greetings to Japanese Emperor Naruhito on ascending the throne.“I am confident that with your support the Belarusian-Japanese relations will continue developing for the benefit of the two countries. I would be happy to establish contacts with Your Highness and promote them to discuss the prospects of bilateral cooperation and issues of international importance aimed at building a safe and confident future for our friendly nations,” the message of greetings runs.The head of state also sent a message to Emperor Akihito, who declared his abdication, noting that Belarus respects and understands the decision. “It was a great honor and pleasure for me to maintain contacts with you over all those years,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.According to the President, Belarus and Japan established diplomatic relations under the ruling of Emperor Akihito. The countries also provided mutual assistance in mitigating the consequences of manmade disasters, developed cooperation on the international arena, and also in the economic sector, sports, education, culture and science.The head of state extended greetings to the people of Japan on the beginning of the era of beauty and harmony and wished peace and wellbeing to the people of the country.

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Foreigners accredited for 2nd European Games Minsk 2019 no longer require police registration

Source: President of the Republic of Belarus

2 May 2019

Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has signed Decree No.164, which addresses some aspects of organization of the 2nd European Games Minsk 2019.The document amends a number of presidential decrees concerning the organization of the games. In particular, the new decree regulates the use of state property, the use of radio electronics and high-frequency devices, medical aid for participants and guests of the 2nd European Games Minsk 2019, and other practical matters concerning the games’ organization. Measures to reduce the cost of this large-scale event are stipulated.In addition to free passage in Minsk city passenger transport systems participants and volunteers of the games will be able to travel for free by suburban passenger transport between Minsk and the Minsk National Airport and between Minsk and Zaslavl. Foreign citizens with accreditation for the games will no longer have to seek police registration in Belarus.

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Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus O.Kravchenko visits the U.S.

Source: Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs in English

03-05-2019
On April 29 – May 2, 2019 the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Oleg Kravchenko, paid a visit to Washington, DC.
At the National Security Council Oleg Kravchenko met with the Special Assistant to the President, NSC Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs, Fiona Hill.
At State Department the Deputy Foreign Minister met with the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Philip Reeker, and Senior Bureau Official, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Michael Kozak.
At Congress, meetings were held with the Co-Chairman of the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, U.S. Senator from Mississippi, Roger Wicker, as well as professional staff members of several Senate committees.
Oleg Kravchenko had a discussion with the leaders of the National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry Mark Levin and Leslie Weiss.
The visit also included meetings with the representatives of think tanks: Senior Director of Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, Michael Carpenter, President and CEO of Hudson Institute, Kenneth Weinstein, President of Jamestown Foundation, Glen Howard, Senior Vice President of American Foreign Policy Council, Ilan Berman, and a group of researchers of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, including Director and Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program, Eugene Rumer, and Vice President for Studies, Russia and Eurasia Program, Andrew Weiss.
The development of economic ties was discussed with the Chairman of Belarus-U.S. Business Council, David Baron.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus V.Makei participates in the opening of the exhibition “The Rhine Journey” from the collection of the National Museum of Liechtenstein

Source: Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs in English

02-05-2019
On May 2, 2019 at the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Vladimir Makei, addressed the participants of the opening ceremony of a landscape graphic exhibition “The Rhine Journey” of the 19th-century artist Johann Ludwig Bleuler from the National Museum of Liechtenstein collection.

The event was also attended by the Director General of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, Vladamir Prokoptsov, the Director of the National Museum of Liechtenstein, Rainer Vollkommer, Archpriest Fedor Povny, as well as representatives of the diplomatic corps, accredited in Belarus, academia.

The exhibition is reciprocal: from March 27 to June 10, 2019, the National Museum of Liechtenstein hosts an exhibition of Belarusian icons of the XVII-XIX centuries from the collection of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus.
The exhibition project, which is implemented with the assistance of the Foreign Ministry of Belarus and the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in Switzerland, is dedicated to the 300th Anniversary of the Principality of Liechtenstein and the 80th Anniversary of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus.

In his speech, the Belarusian Foreign Minister expressed confidence that the implementation of joint projects in the field of culture would make a significant contribution to the development of bilateral relations between Belarus and Liechtenstein, which have good prospects and serious potential.

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Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus O.Kravchenko participates in the Holocaust Remembrance Day at the U.S. Department of State

Source: Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs in English

02-05-2019
On May 1, 2019 on the Holocaust Remembrance Day for the first time in history of Belarus-U.S. relations the U.S. Department of State (Washington) hosted joint event to commemorate victims of Nazi genocide of Jewish population.

It was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, the U.S. Department of State, and the Embassy of Belarus in the United States. The event was dedicated to the 75th anniversary of elimination of the Minsk Ghetto.
Representatives of the Department of State and other U.S. government agencies, Jewish organizations, diplomats, journalists were among the participants. In total over 100 people took part in the event.
Special guests of the evening were Savely Kaplinskiy – Minsk Ghetto survivor, member of underground, war veteran and Svetlana Gebeleva – daughter of the leader of the underground in the Minsk Ghetto Mikhail Gebelev.

The participants of the ceremony were addressed by the Deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus, Oleg Kravchenko, and the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Philip Reeker.
Thematic photo exhibition based on materials prepared by the Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War was deployed in the hall of the U.S. Diplomatic Center of the Department of State. The exhibition will continue to be demonstrated for one week.

After demonstration of the film “Chronicle of the Minsk Ghetto”, an interactive discussion took place with Savely Kaplinskiy, who answered numerous questions of the audience.
During the program, the Embassy of Belarus in the U.S. organized a tasting of the Belarusian cuisine.
The event made it possible to attract attention of American and international community to systemic efforts of the Belarusian state to preserve memory of victims and heroes of World War II.
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Meeting with Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus Mikhail Orda

Source: President of the Republic of Belarus

2 May 2019

It is necessary to organize and carry out the forthcoming campaign to elect members of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly in a decent, beautiful, and honest manner. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the relevant statement as he met with Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus Mikhail Orda on 2 May.The head of state expects trade unions to take an active part in the election campaign. “Don’t go far away from the pre-election campaign – together with public organizations, government agencies, political parties may play some role in the process regardless of whether they are opposition ones or, as we say, pro-government ones. We should decently, beautifully and honestly organize this process,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed.“We are now in quite a large electoral cycle – the parliamentary elections followed by the presidential election. You understand perfectly well that no other organization in Belarus is more organized and united than our trade unions,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stated.This is why the head of state spoke in favor of broad and vigorous inclusion of the trade unions in election processes, particularly at the stage of the parliamentary elections. It is particularly true for work in election commissions which core is traditionally represented by teachers, medics, and members of the Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus. “I would very much like you to provide support to municipal authorities in the course of setting up the commissions and organizing the entire pre-election process,” Aleksandr Lukashenko noted.Trade unions are also expected to actively nominate candidates during the forthcoming parliamentary elections. “Those are experienced people, representatives of labor collectives. Such people should be promoted and nominated. We need good specialists, who could work in the parliament. You’ve worked in the parliament and know that it is hard labor,” the President said. “This is why it is very important for us to see sensible people there.”

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Meeting with former Lithuanian President, member of the European Parliament Rolandas Paksas

Source: President of the Republic of Belarus

2 May 2019

Belarus wants to have peaceful amicable relations with Lithuania, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with former Lithuanian President, member of the European Parliament Rolandas Paksas on 2 May.The head of state welcomed Rolandas Paksas in Belarus noting that Lithuanian politicians do not often come to Minsk to discuss problems in bilateral relations. He noted that Belarus and Lithuania share similar views on some topics but also have their differences on others. However, this is normal for neighboring countries, the President said.“Since we are neighbors, and you do not choose your neighbors, they are God-given, we need to be good neighbors to each other, whether we like it or not. To live peacefully and amicably (we in Belarus do not see any other way and you know it well), we need to communicate and discuss a variety of topics, starting from the common security in the region (now, as you know, there is a storm in Europe, a strong one, and I hope we can weather this storm). On the other hand, there are local problems, for example, the construction of a nuclear power plant. This topic is very relevant in Lithuania and, we believe, very politicized,” Aleksandr Lukashenko noted.The head of state believes that the visit of Rolandas Paksas to Belarus will mark a good start to the discussion of the existing problems. The president also noted that trade and economic relations make up the basis of bilateral cooperation. “Despite political differences, their level is very high. We are always very pleased to use your seaport infrastructure for transshipment of our goods. The terms of work have always been comfortable for us. Many Belarusians visit Lithuania for tourism purposes and we have never put any barriers for Lithuanian visitors,” Alexander Lukashenko said.The President added that Belarus and Lithuania were once part of one state. The shared historical past should contribute to the development of bilateral relations. “We should look for some good things in the history to rely on. We have a lot of these good things. Let us capitalize on them and build good relations in the future,” the Belarusian leader said.

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Ambassador of Belarus I.Poluyan meets the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of Ecuador

Source: Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs in English

02-05-2019
On April 30, 2019 the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to Ecuador, Igor Poluyan, held a meeting with the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of Ecuador, Xavier Laso Guerrero.
Igor Poluyan made a detailed presentation of the economic, agro-industrial, logistic, scientific and technical potential of Belarus. Particular attention was focused on the readiness of the Belarusian side to assist in the mechanization of agriculture in Ecuador, as well as the prospects for scientific cooperation between the two countries, in particular, in the field of potato production.
The Belarusian diplomat invited the delegation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Ecuador to visit the international exhibition “Belagro” in Minsk in June 2019 to get acquainted with modern agricultural technologies, present their own products and to hold talks with Belarusian partners.

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