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The harvest season has started in Belarus, BelTA learned from the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry.

As of 16 July, an estimated 124,600 hectares planted with cereals and leguminous crops were harvested, which is 5.9% of the sown area. This year's harvest season arrived in Belarus earlier than in the previous year.

Brest Oblast is currently leading having cropped 20.


Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk always has this unique atmosphere of international friendship, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said at the opening ceremony of the 27th edition of the International Festival of Arts Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk on 12 July, BelTA has learned.

It always has the atmosphere of international friendship that goes beyond national borders, political and religious views and convictions.


Belarus is set to reconcile its positions with the IMF in key areas of focus, Chairman of the Council of the Republic Mikhail Myasnikovich said as he met with chief of the IMF mission in Belarus Jacques Miniane on 11 July, BelTA has learned.

The speaker underlined that Belarus will be glad to use the IMF's expertise and knowledge. We are going to reconcile our positions across the issues where we do not quite have a common ground.


The ties between people of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine will always be above any political interests and ambitions, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said as he addressed the Kupala Night Festival (Alexandria Gathers Friends) on 7 July, BelTA has learned.

The head of state noted that the major theme of the festival is friendship between peoples. It was designed as an event that brings neighborly nations together.


Belarus and Russia will update the roadmap on lifting mutual restrictions from dairy trade in 2018, the press service of the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry told BelTA.

Belarusian Agriculture and Food Minister Leonid Zayats negotiated with Russian Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev on 2 July. The sides discussed the lifting of restrictions from the export of milk and dairy products.


Belarus invites France to intensify investment cooperation. The matter was discussed at a meeting between Chairman of the Council of the Republic Mikhail Myasnikovich and a delegation of the France-Belarus Friendship Group of the National Assembly of France on 25 June, BelTA informs.

Mikhail Myasnikovich suggested discussing the prospects of investment cooperation, which Belarus is eager to intensify.


The renovated Dinamo Stadium will reopen for the public in a spectacular ceremony on 21 June, BelTA has learned.

The organizers of the opening ceremony have prepared a diverse music and sports program for the audience. Performing for the public will be famous Belarusian artists, including Anatoly Yarmolenko, TEO, Anna Blagova, Victoria Aleshko, as well as the Defense Ministry Orchestra and the State Dance Company of Belarus.


Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko signed decree No.239 on measures to implement the Digital Economy Development Ordinance on 18 June. The document is designed to bring a number of legal acts into compliance with the Digital Economy Development Ordinance signed by the head of state on 21 December 2017, the press service of the Belarusian leader told BelTA.

In particular, the charter of the Minsk-based Hi-Tech Park will be expanded with provisions, which implementation will help provide the manpower the national economy needs in the sphere of information and communication technologies.


The relations with Uzbekistan are increasingly vibrant, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said as he met with Speaker of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis Nigmatilla Yuldoshev on 13 June, BelTA has learned.

Within a year or maybe a bit more, if we speak about the new era as I often describe it to my friend Shavkat (Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. BelTA's note), we have made even more progress that there was in the past 20 years.


Belarus and India should work more actively on expanding economic relations, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said as he met with Sumitra Mahajan, Speaker of the Lok Sabha, the lower house of India's Parliament, on 12 June, BelTA has learned.

Taking into consideration our common stance on the international agenda, mutual support at international organizations, first of all, at the United Nations, we need to act more decisively and actively in promoting economic relations, investment and so on, Alexander Lukashenko said.

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