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Sunday, 22 April 2018
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Alexander Lukashenko during expanded-participation negotiations
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Belarus, Moldova need to step up efforts to develop joint ventures
The head of state agreed with the Moldovan prime minister that the countries are connected not only by sentimental friendly relations but also by pragmatic cooperation. “And we have done a lot in this field, this is a good foundation of our relations. But we must always think what's next,” Alexander Lukashenko remarked.
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Alexander Lukashenko and Igor Dodon Lukashenko: Nothing impedes the advancement of Belarus-Moldova cooperation
The Belarusian head of state noted that Belarus makes products, which Moldova needs. In turn, Moldovan products are in demand in Belarus. “Nothing stands in the way of our cooperation,” stated Alexander Lukashenko.

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The Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. An archive photo Anachronisms noted in European Parliament's approaches to Belarus
The diplomat said: “We would like to note that once again the European Parliament tries to talk to Belarus speaking the language it has been using without success for over 20 years. It is the language of someone, who tries to make declarations without caring whether the words will be heard and understood."
Sanaka Samarasinha and Vladimir Makei. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs UN assistance with realizing Belarus' national priorities in SDGs discussed
During the meeting the sides discussed the United Nations Organization's assistance with realizing Belarus' national priorities as part of the efforts to secure the Sustainable Development Goals.
Belarus, Oman discuss cooperation in IT, innovations
The parties discussed the development of bilateral trade and economic cooperation with the focus on interaction in IT and other technology sectors, innovations, and an exchange of specialists.

Economy

Google, Belarus' Hi-Tech Park agree to jointly advance HTP resident companies
The parties discussed cooperation in supporting and advancing product companies, developing an ecosystem for Belarusian startups.

Society

Andrei Kobyakov Belarus prime minister speaks up for equal responsibility for all mass media
The Belarusian parliament passed the first reading to amendments to the Mass Media Law on 19 April. Andrei Kobyakov pointed out that the planned amendments are not designed to create some filters for Internet content.
Photo courtesy of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Belarusian MPs busy planting trees as part of Forest Week 2018 campaign
Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Boleslav Pirshtuk and other MPs, employees of the secretariat of the lower chamber of the Belarusian parliament — over 60 people in total — took part in the nationwide campaign.
Alexander Konyuk and Eduard Harunjen Belarus, Moldova to step up cooperation in fight against corruption, drug trafficking
The agreement on cooperation was signed by the heads of the supervisory agencies of the two countries, Alexander Konyuk and Eduard Harunjen, in Chisinau on 19 April.

Sport

Nine gold medals for Belarus at European Trampoline Championships in Baku
On the final day of the competitions Belarus placed first in synchronized trampoline through Anna Goncharova and Mariya Makharinskaya scoring a total of 49,750 points. Azerbaijan placed second with a total of 47,000 points, while third was Ukraine (44,250 points).