Meeting with UK Ambassador Fionna Gibb

Source: President of the Republic of Belarus

7 August 2019

The UK ambassador has made a big contribution to the development of relations with Belarus, President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with outgoing Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Fionna Gibb on 7 August.
According to the head of state, he does not meet with all outgoing ambassadors. “You have done more than anybody else during your stay and service in Belarus. More than all UK ambassadors. Therefore, I am very grateful to you,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “This is your achievement. I think so, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shares this opinion. Thanks to your energy, determination, openness, honesty and justice you have been always calling for (and it is equally important for us), you have achieved all that.”
The President remarked that $3.5 billion worth of bilateral trade is a foundation of any relations. “The UK is Belarus’ third largest trade partner after Russia and Ukraine,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
“There are some issues, and you know it. Our export and trade largely depend on the supply of oil products. Our trade turnover has shrunk a bit after the situation arising from the pollution of oil in the Druzhba pipeline. Therefore, we need diversification,” the head of state added.
At the meeting Aleksandr Lukashenko emphasized the importance of further efforts to bolster and intensify Belarus-UK cooperation.
The President thanked the UK side for cooperation in the humanitarian field, helping children from Chernobyl-affected regions. You have helped and still help our children after Chernobyl. With recuperation and rehabilitation. They visit your country. We appreciate your help and support,” the Belarusian leader emphasized.
He also spoke about the participation of UK athletes in the 2ndEuropean Games. “You team performed very well here,” he said. Aleksandr Lukashenko asked Fionna Gibb to convey the best wishes to President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Sebastian Coe. “He will be pleased that we remember him in Belarus. And we hope that he will attend the Match Europe v USA Minsk 2019 on 9-10 September. Thanks to him our people will see this sports event,” the head of state said.
“This is the spectrum of our relations. We just need to develop these relations. We can find new areas for cooperation. And we should not lose time. I think that the new prime minister, the new government [in the United Kingdom] will step up these relations. Perhaps, one day in the future you will come to Belarus (you can come any time without any visas, you are close person for us), and we will discuss our new restored relations. The period of your service as ambassador in Belarus will be the foundation of these relations. Thank you for everything, I wish you every success,” Aleksandr Lukashenko concluded.
Fionna Gibb, in turn, thanked the Belarusian head of state for kind words, especially about her contribution to the development of Belarus-UK relations. “I truly believe that the relations between the two countries have improved within three and a half years,” she said.

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Meeting with former president of Kyrgyzstan Kurmanbek Bakiyev

Source: President of the Republic of Belarus

6 August 2019

Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko met with his friend and colleague – the former president of Kyrgyzstan Kurmanbek Bakiyev on 6 August.
The meeting was prompted by Kurmanbek Bakiyev’s 70thbirthday, which he marked several days ago. In the Palace of Independence Aleksandr Lukashenko congratulated Kurmanbek Bakiyev and presented symbolic gifts. The picture Nomads Hunt With a Golden Eagle combines national peculiarities and ethnic zest of the Kyrgyz people. The golden eagle is a special symbol in the world view of the nomads. Kurmanbek Bakiyev was also gifted a dirk and a bouquet of Belarusian flowers.
“This is my country… Horses, golden eagles…” Kurmanbek Bakiyev said as he saw the picture.
“Your country and your environment. This proud bird looks like you,” Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked.
Kurmanbek Bakiyev thanked Aleksandr Lukashenko for the gifts.
Aleksandr Lukashenko went on saying: “All of us will come to your place for the birthday party. Can you cook Kyrgyz pilaf for us? Bring pilaf. We will bring wine.”
Kurmanbek Bakiyev responded by saying he would be pleased to receive the guests and would personally cook the food. “I will cook everything,” he stressed.
Aleksandr Lukashenko and Kurmanbek Bakiyev stood for some time outside the office of the Belarusian head of state near the state flags of Belarus and Kyrgyzstan. Instead of fabrics the flags were displayed using holograms. A special projector was presented by a company residing in Belarus’ Hi-Tech Park when Aleksandr Lukashenko visited the park. “It was made by our IT specialists. Today is the day of Belarusian-Kyrgyz friendship in honor of your jubilee,” Aleksandr Lukashenko noted.
After the congratulatory part of the meeting Aleksandr Lukashenko and Kurmanbek Bakiyev spent some time talking about matters of current interest.

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Report on preparations for building national football stadium, international-level swimming pool in Minsk

Source: President of the Republic of Belarus

6 August 2019

Preparations for building the national football stadium and an international-level swimming pool in Minsk were discussed at the meeting held by Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko on 6 August. It is planned that these facilities will be erected using China’s gratuitous technical and economic aid.
The meeting focused on the draft decrees concerning the construction of the stadium and the swimming pool. “During my latest visit to China Xi Jinping demonstrated the architectural models of these facilities to all of us. I want to stress that the construction of such sports facilities in Minsk in cooperation with China is unprecedented and should be an example for other projects which will be implemented in the future,” the head of state said.
In his words, plans to build such sports facilities were made long ago. “Of course, it is expensive. Of course, it is not easy to find such money and I think that private companies will not embark on such projects. You know how we use budget money. Some time ago I asked Xi Jinping to help us build these facilities,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
The President added that the Belarusian side also approached other countries apart from China. “They did not have money or did not want to do it. The People’s Republic of China and its leader responded.”
According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, it is very important to create all necessary conditions to build the swimming pool and the stadium in compliance with international standards as soon as possible.
“I asked to prepare draft decrees with this in focus. We will use gratuitous aid, so there should be no bureaucratic delays. They will build this facility. Of course, they will use our materials, our people will work there. There should not be any ambiguous standards from the Soviet times. I have already warned the minister, the prime minister that we need European standards. We can keep our standards if we know for sure that they are as good as international ones. We will erect these sports facilities in compliance with international standards,” the President said.
“The Chinese side is ready to launch the construction in H1 2020,” the Belarusian leader said addressing Deputy Head of the Belarus President Administration Nikolai Snopkov. “We must fulfill all agreements with the Chinese side.”
Aleksandr Lukashenko asked about the preparation of construction sites. “We must prepare the construction sites where the Chinese side will build these facilities. I know that there are certain problems with soils, especially in the area where the swimming pool will be built, some issues (we need to address them) regarding the location of the football stadium,” the head of state noted.
According to the President, it is inadmissible to cut too many trees. “I understand that there are many old trees and we need to replace them. If we cut 10-20 trees, we should plant trees in other places. The procedure has been determined,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
The President also expressed doubts that the National Olympic Training Center for Water Sports and the National Olympic Stadium Dinamo should be in charge of these construction projects. “I want to know why it is their responsibility. Maybe, ministers and other high-ranking executives just want to shift responsibility. Will the Dinamo Stadium cope with the task to monitor the construction of the national football stadium? Will the water sports center cope with the task to monitor the construction of the international-level swimming pool? Will they manage to ensure engineering, technical and legal monitoring at the highest level?” the Belarusian leader wondered.
The head of state said that the swimming pool and the stadium will be built by 2023. “It is round the corner. And today we must start thinking about hosting high-profile international sports competitions there. By the way, it will stimulate builders and all executives to finish the construction on time,” he said.
“We will build the stadium and the swimming pool. We need them,” the President stressed. “Our state needs such national facilities.”
In this context, Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked that football is a very popular sport in Belarus and worldwide. “We need a football stadium where the national team will compete, where our best football clubs will play, where international matches will be held,” the head of state believes.
“We also have a good swimming school. And we need good training conditions,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
“I am going to discuss the prospects of our athletes in swimming and football with specialized ministers and representatives of sports organizations next time,” the head of state concluded.

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Meeting with Head of Operations and Analysis Center Andrei Pavlyuchenko

Source: President of the Republic of Belarus

Meeting with Head of Operations and Analysis Center Andrei Pavlyuchenko | Events | The Official Internet Portal of the President of the Republic of Belarus

5 August 2019

Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has met with Head of the Operations and Analysis Center Andrei Pavlyuchenko.
The head of state asked the head of the agency about results of the work to fulfill previously given instructions to develop the agency.
The main areas of the agency’s work were also discussed as well as matters of current interest in the scope of the agency’s work and personnel matters. Andrei Pavlyuchenko informed Aleksandr Lukashenko about how the Operations and Analysis Center keeps an eye on headline-making criminal cases and a number of major infrastructure projects.

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Meeting with EIB Vice President Vazil Hudak

Source: President of the Republic of Belarus

5 August 2019

The cooperation between Belarus and the European Investment Bank (EIB) is increasingly vibrant, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with EIB Vice President Vazil Hudak on 5 August.
“It is important for me to meet with you because I also want to thank you for the cooperation that we have today. I assure you that the intensity of this cooperation and the level that we have today are unprecedented,” the head of state stressed.
He remarked that the framework agreement with the EIB was signed not long ago, in May 2017. “I am for this framework agreement. The portfolio of the European Investment Bank in Belarus made up €335 million in the past 18 months,” the President said.
Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked that the EIB sponsors a number of serious projects in Belarus. “I also want to thank other banks which are co-investors in these projects,” he said.
The President mentioned the renovation and modernization of the M7/E28 Minsk-Oshmyany-the border of Lithuania (Kamenny Log) motorway, the renovation of a corresponding border checkpoint. “This road will be as good as the roads to Gomel, Mogilev, Grodno. This is a key to logistic attractiveness. You know that there are some problems with the Baltic direction,” the Belarusian leader said.
Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed that the transport infrastructure is develoved not only in the interests of Belarus. It also plays a big role internationally. “We understand that this thousand-kilometer-long window through Belarus is very important for Europe, Russia, China. The roads that we are improving with you are crucial arteries for Belarus and for the whole world,” he remarked.
The President added that many international motorways connecting Minsk with oblast capitals have been already renovated. “There is great infrastructure. I think that sooner or later we will start using the north-south road. It gives access to Saint Petersburg and Odessa. It is in a very good condition in Belarus, but there are problems in other places. I think that this road will be in demand. Of course, the road can be used now. However, even a better road is needed for our region,” the head of state said.
The president spoke in positive terms about EIB’s participation in environmental projects. “I love nature, I was born in a small village. This is a very important aspect for me,” he said.
In this context, Aleksandr Lukashenko mentioned the project to renovate the Minsk sewage treatment plant, improve the utility service sector. “The most important thing is that you help us modernize our boiler houses in the utility sector. There are many forests in Belarus, we have enough wood. However, our major fuels are natural gas and oil products. This is not normal,” the President said.
“There are many projects. I am really grateful to you for it and I hope that our cooperation will remain increasingly vibrant. I hope that we will find new areas for joint work which will benefit your bank and Belarus. I am ready to be the guarantor, just like for other foreign banks. Our country has always been a reliable partner. Belarus has a rather small but efficient history of cooperation with the EIB. The investment portfolio reached a substantial amount of €335 million in the past 18 months,” the head of state concluded.
Vazil Hudak, in turn, thanked Aleksandr Lukashenko for praising the work of the European Investment Bank in Belarus. “Of course, this results from the fact that Belarus is a dynamically developing country with interesting investment opportunities,” he said and added that the EIB is focused on long-term investments with a period of financing of 15-25 years.
“Such long investments are meant only for countries with sustainable development, for countries where investors are optimistic about development prospects and stability. It is very important in the modern world which is full of various threats and instability. I want to thank you for guiding the country is this direction,” Vazil Hudak stressed.

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Greetings to workers of Belarus President Property Management Directorate

Source: President of the Republic of Belarus

5 August 2019

Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has sent greetings to workers of the Belarus President Property Management Directorate on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the organization.
“You successfully cope with responsible tasks to facilitate the operation of public administration bodies, to create conditions for welcoming official delegations and for the productive work of the diplomatic service, and to develop foreign economic cooperation. Your agency creates necessary conditions for the preservation of unique natural complexes and traditional crafts, implements humanitarian cooperation programs, provides healthcare, recuperation, and recreation services to the population,” the message of greetings reads.
Aleksandr Lukashenko also remarked that the organizations of the Belarus President Property Management Directorate demonstrate good results in construction, hospitality business, agricultural production, transport, trade and public catering.
The President expressed confidence that good traditions ensuring robust development of this important multi-industry structure will encourage its workers to do their best for the benefit of Belarus.

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Meeting with senior officials of the Council of Ministers

Source: President of the Republic of Belarus

2 August 2019

Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko is holding a meeting with senior officials of the Council of Ministers to discuss economic matters on 2 August.A meeting with the country’s top officials responsible for the economic sector is a traditional format used by the Belarusian head of state to discuss the state of things in the domestic economy and work out efficient solutions.“We are having another meeting to discuss current issues, though there are also some strategic matters, like relations with Russia within the framework of the Union State. We are to discuss these matters and to take decisions. These are not the kind of issues where we need to start from scratch trying to come to grips with them. These matters are well known, they are discussed one way or another in the society. We need no self-reports. We need concrete proposals and their substantiation,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.The matters to be discussed cover finances, investment and foreign economic activities. “People who initiated a number of projects, decrees and resolutions of the President and draft laws will be asked to provide further explanation and clarification on these documents. It is also important to hear alternative views in order to take balanced decisions. Therefore, this traditional economic session is attended not only by government members, but also other high-ranking officials, heads of law enforcement agencies and bodies whose work has to do with the matters discussed at the meeting.

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Belarus President congratulates State Control Committee on anniversary

Source: President of the Republic of Belarus

2 August 2019

Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has congratulated current and former employees of the State Control Committee on the 100th anniversary since Belarusian state financial audit bodies were founded.The congratulation reads: “Your agency has played a significant role in counteracting economic crimes at all stages of establishment of the young sovereign republic. I would like to particularly thank the agency’s veterans, who have made an invaluable contribution to the establishment and development of this agency.”Personnel of the State Control Committee are well-known for their excellent professional skills, complete dedication, adherence to duty and law. “The effectiveness of usage of the country’s financial and material resources depends largely on your fidelity to principles and objectiveness,” Aleksandr Lukashenko believes. “I am convinced that while preserving and multiplying traditions, the agency’s personnel will continue dealing with complicated multifaceted tasks concerning the protection of Belarus’ interests and the reinforcement of its economic security with honor.”

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Belarus’ recreation center Zubrenok to welcome 92 children from China

Source: President of the Republic of Belarus

1 August 2019

The Belarusian national children’s education and recreation center Zubrenok will welcome 92 kids from China for recreation holidays. About Br387,000 will be allocated for the purpose from the Belarus President’s Reserve Fund. Belarusian head of state Aleksandr Lukashenko has signed the corresponding executive order.  Funds are allocated as part of the efforts to implement the memorandum of understanding signed between the Education Ministries of Belarus and China on 10 January 2019 to cooperate in providing recuperation services to minors.The program of stay for Chinese children includes spa and health improvement services at the children’s recreation center Zubrenok, excursions and cultural events in Minsk and other regions.The mutual hosting of children will contribute to cooperation in social and humanitarian sector between the two countries. This will also become another important event held as part of Belarus’ Year of Education in China.

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Telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Source: President of the Republic of Belarus

31 July 2019

Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky had a telephone conversation on 31 July.Aleksandr Lukashenko congratulated the Ukrainian President on successful political campaigns and wished him every success in forming the government and in his overall work.Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed his earlier invitation for the Belarusian President to visit Ukraine within the framework of the 2nd Forum of Regions of Belarus and Ukraine that will be held in Zhitomir in October this year. Aleksandr Lukashenko accepted the invitation and noted that he was an initiator and co-founder of this event which he views as a highly efficient and useful instrument for promoting the economies of the two countries.Volodymyr Zelensky provided a detailed update on the situation in Donbass and thanked the Belarusian President for offering an efficient negotiating platform and for the role Belarus plays in the conflict resolution. The Belarusian leader assured that Minsk will keep investing every effort in settling the situation in the region and that Ukraine can count on Belarus as an advocate of peaceful initiatives and processes.A separate set of matters dealt with economy and trade, in particular partnerships in the manufacturing industry and agriculture. The two presidents paid special attention to the harvesting season in the two countries. In addition, the parties discussed joint efforts in maintaining national security in the energy sectors of Belarus and Ukraine.Volodymyr Zelensky congratulated Aleksandr Lukashenko on the excellent conduct of the 2nd European Games and emphasized that Ukraine closely followed the events. Aleksandr Lukashenko congratulated his counterpart on the great performance of the Ukrainian team.Aleksandr Lukashenko invited the Ukrainian President to visit Belarus any time and in any format. Volodymyr Zelensky gladly accepted the invitation.

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