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I am ready to do everything to make the relations between the two countries truly fraternal, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Belarus Mikhail Babich told the media before a ceremony to present the credentials to Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on 25 September, BelTA has learned. 

I am determined to do everything possible to make our relations truly fraternal, to strengthen them, to promote full economic integration and to further our political union to the extent possible, Ambassador Mikhail Babich said.


The Hi-Tech Park is happy to report an unprecedented increase in the number of resident companies and the volume of the export of services, the Hi-Tech Park press service told BelTA.

In January-September 2018 the Hi-Tech Park welcomed about 200 new companies more than the number registered in the entire 12-year history of the Hi-Tech Park. In addition to higher numbers quality growth of all the resident companies has been reported.


In January-August 2018 Belarus' GDP rose by 3.7% as compared to the same period a year before, the National Statistical Committee of Belarus told BelTA.

According to initial estimates, Belarus' GDP totaled Br77.4 billion in current prices or 103.7% as against January-August 2017 in comparable prices.

In January-August 2018 the GDP deflator index totaled 112.


The 13th Belarusian international media forum Partnership for the Future: Digital Agenda for Media Space will be held in Minsk and Minsk Oblast on 11-14 September, BelTA learned from the Belarusian Information Ministry.

Taking part in the media forum will be about 300 representatives of nearly 30 CIS and non-CIS states, including Germany, France, Austria, Bulgaria, the United States, Israel and others.


Belarus will receive the sixth tranche of EFSR within a month. This was announced today to journalists by the Deputy Chairman of the EDB Andrei Krainy, BelTA.

"This is a very technical issue, I am currently processing documents, I think that within a month, money will be definitely given," Andrei Krainy said, referring to the timing of Belarus receiving the sixth tranche of the $ 200 million EFSD loan.


In January-August, BelAZ Holding, the management company of BelAZ Holding, increased exports by 46.1% compared to the same period in 2017, BelTA learned from the company.

Since the beginning of the year, BelAZ-branded products have been supplied to 28 countries around the world. The main sales markets were Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Serbia, Estonia, Poland, Bulgaria and Indonesia.


President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko directs troubled enterprises on the development of import-substituting industries. He said this today, taking personnel decisions, the correspondent of BelTA.

"I do not have time to return, they tell me that holding companies in Orsha will organize something else." In general, they want to unite the hedgehog with the toad, you do not have to practice in these holdings, there's nothing to hide there.


Belarus from September 1 reduces export duties on oil and oil products exported outside the customs territory of the Eurasian Economic Union. The corresponding decision is contained in the resolution of the Council of Ministers No. 620 of August 28, 2018, BelTA reports with reference to the government website.

The export duty rate for crude oil will be reduced from $ 135.


The Ministry of Defense of Belarus warns drivers about the movement of columns of military equipment to the command post exercise. Such information is posted on the website of the defense ministry.

The output of military and special equipment columns in the Brest, Vitebsk, Grodno, Mogilev and Minsk regions continues from August 27 to September 5, the Ministry of Defense specified.


Mass harvesting of cereals is coming to an end in Belarus, BelTA informs with reference to the website of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

As of August 23, grain and leguminous crops were harvested from 1.94 million hectares, which is 96.4% of the planned area. In total, more than 5.12 million tons of grain have been threshed in the country with an average yield of 26.

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