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Friday, 14 December 2018
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Alexander Lukashenko tops CIS leaders' approval rating in Russia According to the opinion poll conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VtsIOM), Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko is the most popular CIS leader with the 65% approval rating in Russia.
Belarus' most frequent visa-free visitors As of 29 November Belarus welcomed almost 179,000 visitors from various countries.
Belarus' international reserve assets In November 2018, Belarus' gold and foreign exchange reserves went up by $323.3 million (4.7%)* to total $7,439.9 billion in equivalent as of 1 December
Junior Eurovision 2018 results Roksana Wegiel from Poland triumphed at the Junior Eurovision 2018 with the song Anyone I Want to Be.

President

Belarus seeks to maintain normal relations with neighbors
The head of state remarked that he traditionally meets with foreign ambassadors in order to realize the prospects of developing relations with crucial partners.

Politics

Dmitry Medvedev Russia ready to continue building Union State together with Belarus
The Russian prime minister said: “I would like to emphasize that Russia is ready to continue advancing along the path of building the Union State in the manner stipulated by the Union State Foundation Treaty of 8 December 1999.”
Issues in Belarus-EU visa facilitation talks resolved
We have agreed on the provisions that are acceptable to everyone,” Anatoly Glaz, Head of the Information and Digital Diplomacy Office, Press Secretary of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
Belarus advocates resolving conflicts through negotiations only
Belarus has consistently advocated resolving all contentious issues in security through negotiation as the only way, Andrei Rusakovich said at the international workshop “International security and NATO in 2018” in Minsk.

Economy

Sergei Rumas Belarus, Russia to continue dismantling trade barriers
“We've agreed to continue the dialogue about enabling favorable conditions in mutual trade and increasing Belarus-Russia trade turnover, including by removing barriers and restrictions standing in the way of trade,” said Sergei Rumas.

Society

Belavia, Wargaming present new World of Tanks-themed aircraft
The new aircraft is the second joint project of the two companies. The aircraft is painted black. Its body bears the silhouette of a tank made up of camouflage in World of Tanks bright colors. A bison stands in the center of the composition as one of Belarus' key symbols.
Minsk to host Days of Hungarian Culture in 2019
The Days of Hungarian Culture will be held in the Upper Town area in Minsk in 2019, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Hungary to Belarus Zsolt Csutora told a press conference in the Minsk Town Hall on 13 December.
Russian PM moved by visit to Brest Fortress Memorial
“Every visit to the Brest Fortress leaves a lasting impression. The immortal feat of the hero defenders will always stay in memory of the grateful descendants,” Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.

Sport

Russian Minister of Sport Pavel Kolobkov and Belarus' Sport and Tourism Minister Sergei Kovalchuk Russia to lift cap on Belarusian athletes in early 2019
he decision will take effect in a couple of weeks,” said Russian Minister of Sport Pavel Kolobkov.