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Alexander Lukashenko
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Belarus president pleased with troops performance at Zapad 2017 army exercise
Alexander Lukashenko stressed: “The exercise went in line with the approved concept. Its goals have been reached. Training missions have been completed in a quality manner. Joint defense in conditions of modern challenges and security threats was practiced at a decent level.”

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GDP in Belarus In January-July 2017 the Gross Domestic Product was Br66.2 billion (101.6% as against 2016) and increased in four out of six regions.
Zapad 2017 army exercise The Belarusian-Russian strategic army exercise Zapad 2017 is scheduled for 14-20 September. Some 12,700 military personnel will be deployed as part of the exercise.
Belarus-India: Trade and Economic Cooperation Belarus-India annual trade was around $400 million a year from 2014 to 2016, with Belarus having a trade surplus.
Belarus' Foreign Trade in January-July In January-July 2017 Belarus' foreign trade rose by 19.5% over the same period of 2016 to total $19.739 billion.

President

Lukashenko commends participants of Belarusian-Russian army exercise Zapad 2017
The Belarusian head of state congratulated the military personnel on the successful completion of the army exercise. He wished them every success in their military service in the name of security and peaceful labor of the two brotherly nations.

Politics

Makei, Steiner discuss cooperation in achieving SDGs
Belarus' Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei and UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner discussed the cooperation in mitigating the impact of the Chernobyl disaster and in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Martin Sajdik. An archive photo OSCE representative in Minsk group on Ukraine notes positive effect of school armistice
During the media briefing Martin Sajdik described the situation in Ukraine's east after participants of the working group on Ukraine confirmed their dedication to a timeless ceasefire in view of the beginning of the school year.
Belgian parliamentary delegation to visit Belarus on 21-23 September
The delegation will meet with Vice Speaker of the House of Representatives Boleslav Pirshtuk and the members of the working group of the National Assembly of Belarus on cooperation with the Belgian Parliament.

Economy

Belarus relaxes foreign exchange surrender regulations for exporters
The amount of foreign currency that must be surrendered by Belarusian exporters on the official foreign exchange market will be reduced from 20% to 10% on 1 October 2017.

Society

Installation of second reactor vessel of Belarusian nuclear power plant to begin this autumn
According to the source, the reactor pressure vessel is on its way from the manufacturing site in Russia to the construction site. It is supposed to reach the construction site near Ostrovets in September – early October.
During the exercise Swedish observer praises smooth organization of Zapad 2017 army exercise in Belarus
Thomas Moller took part in several observation missions before coming to Belarus. In Belarus everything is organized in an excellent manner, he remarked. He went on saying that during the exercise he had been able to receive all the necessary information.
State Secretary of the Union State Grigory Rapota. An archive photo Belarus, Russia provide exhaustive answers about Zapad 2017
Grigory Rapota stressed that “comprehensive answers are provided by the defense ministries, the governments and the two heads of state.” The state secretary emphasized the openness of the exercise and a big number of observers invited to attend it.

Sport

EOC Coordination Commission for 2019 European Games on visit to Minsk
The National Olympic Committee of Belarus has already hosted working meetings. The visit will last through 23 September. The EOC Coordination Commission is led by Chairman of the Greek National Olympic Committee Spyros Capralos.