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Friday, 03 April 2020

Lukashenko urges to speed up spring fieldwork

With the current favorable weather conditions we need to accelerate the spring sowing campaign, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said during his working visit to Smolevichi District, Minsk Oblast on 3 April, BelTA has learned.

The head of state was briefed on the progress in spring fieldwork and weather conditions. “The recent dry weather let us kick off spring fieldwork virtually everywhere in the country. We need to be more active, get down to work. No need to wait,” he said.

Thursday, 02 April 2020

Belarus sees no migration-related risks from readmission agreement with EU

The implementation of the readmission agreement with the European Union does not pose any risks associated with migration for Belarus, Belarus Deputy Internal Affairs Minister Aleksandr Barsukov said on 2 April, BelTA has learned.

Wednesday, 01 April 2020

Victory Day parade to take place in Minsk in evening

The parade timed to Victory Day will take place in the evening. Over 3,000 people will take part in the parade, BelTA learned from Belarusian Deputy Defense Minister Sergei Potapenko on 31 March.

The military parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 will take place in Minsk on 9 May. The parade will take place in the evening and will follow the traditional format – aerial units followed by a mechanized column and a column on foot. It will last for up to 60 minutes, Sergei Potapenko said. The parade will be finished with an exhibition drill of the guard of honor company and a performance of the combined army orchestra.

Over 3,000 military personnel and 185 units of equipment are supposed to take place in this year's parade. As many as 42 aerial units will have to fly over the capital city. Military personnel from Russia and China are expected to take part in the parade.

This year's parade will feature only new and modernized units of military hardware. Virtually all the vehicles will be wheeled to minimize the disadvantages the population may experience. Only one parade unit of the mechanized column will be on tracks. Sergei Potapenko did not disclose what new military products will parade in Minsk. Yet he confirmed that the multiple-launch rocket system (MLRS) Fleita will be one of them.

Parade participants train three times per week: the foot column does that on the parade ground of the Minsk military commandant's office while the mechanized column trains in the Lipki airfield. General rehearsals in the city proper are scheduled for 5 May and 7 May.

The foot column will include 22 parade units: 20 Belarusian ones, one from Russia, and another one from China. The mechanized column will include 16 units from Belarus, two from Russia. The column will be led by a T-34 tank. It will be followed by 13 parade units representing the Armed Forces of Belarus, lightly-armored vehicles Lis of the Internal Troops of the Internal Affairs Ministry, a parade unit of the State Military Industrial Committee featuring 27 cutting-edge samples of weaponry and military hardware. The Russian army is expected to be represented by armored personnel carriers BTR-82A and a parade unit of tactical missile systems Iskander.

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Belarus' embassy in Russia looking into ways to get 16 Belarusians home

The Belarusian embassy in Russia is looking into the ways to send home 16 Belarusian nationals stranded in Moscow airports, BelTA learned from the press service of the embassy.

“16 Belarusian nationals, who have come from France, Mexico and Qatar, are currently in the Vnukovo, Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo airports. Due to the cancellation of the Belavia flights, the Belarusian embassy in Russia is mulling over alternative routes to bring the Belarusians home,” the embassy said.

Today, Belavia said that due to the suspension of international aviation operations in a number of countries amid the coronavirus outbreak, the national air company will temporarily stop to perform flights, including to the airports of Moscow (Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo) through 30 April.

Monday, 30 March 2020

The action "Safe Holidays" takes place in Minsk Oblast

From March 16 to April 5, the State traffic inspectorate carries out a set of preventive measures “Safe Vacations-VESNA-2020” in the territory of the Minsk Region, Department of the Interior of Minsk Oblast Executive Committee reported.

The purpose of this event is a timely response to the current situation in the field of road safety, prevention and mitigation of the consequences of accidents involving minors, on the eve of and during the spring school holidays.

Dear adults! You need to take all measures to prevent accidents with children. Control the child’s leisure, be an example of safe behavior on the road for him.

Friday, 27 March 2020

Minsk-Moscow flights to remain available

The Belarusian air carrier Belavia will continue flights to Moscow despite Russia's decision to terminate regular flights and charter flights, the press service of the Belarusian Transport and Communications Ministry told BelTA.

The press service said an agreement had been reached to allow Belavia to continue offering flights to Moscow. The Aviation Department of the Belarusian Transport and Communications Ministry received the relevant notification from the Russian side.

Previously the Russian government instructed the aviation administration agency Rosaviation to terminate regular flights and charter flights as from 27 March except for flights to bring Russians home.

The Aviation Department of the Belarusian Transport and Communications Ministry had been working to keep air service between Belarus and Russia in place. Director of the Aviation Department Artem Sikorsky had consultations with Russian First Deputy Transport Minister Aleksandr Neradko, who is in charge of Rosaviation, by phone. Mutual dedication to preserving air service between the two countries was expressed during the conversation.

Thursday, 26 March 2020

63 stations of water deferrization will appear in the oblast

According to the regional program, by 2025 every resident of the Minsk region will be provided with high-quality drinking water, Mlyn.By reports.

So, according to the information of Vasily Shashka, General Director of the GO “Housing and Public Utilities of Minsk Oblast”, today the quality of water supply reaches 93%. In addition, 34 deferrization stations were commissioned in 2019. Plus, local authorities and enterprises built 21 more at their own expense.

This year it is planned to build 63 stations. But, to close the issue of high-quality drinking water before 2025, another 10-15 are planned to be added to this amount.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Belarusian National Technical University to revisit its 100-year history

Belarusian National Technical University (BNTU) is collecting interesting facts from its 100-year history, BelTA learned from the press service of the university.

“This year the BNTU celebrates its centenary. In order to make this event even more memorable, we are gathering little-known facts about the history of the university, its teachers and students, including photos and other items,” the press service said.

The BNTU invites everyone to take part in the project. “Perhaps, someone is directly or indirectly associated with the university and knows something particularly interesting or important from its history. We would like to reach out to as many graduates as possible in order to demonstrate how the university has changed over the years. We are also designing the website. Gathered interesting materials will be published on the website and also handed over to the university museum. Send your information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,” the university noted.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Belavia's third charter flight brings over 70 people from Vnukovo to Minsk

Another Belavia flight has flown 70 Belarusian citizen and foreigners from Moscow's Vnukovo airport to Minsk. These people could not leave Moscow because of Russia's coronavirus containment measures, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian embassy in Russia.

“Another 60 Belarusians returned home from Vietnam, Thailand, the UAE and the Dominican Republic. This charter flight operated by Belavia brought over 70 people to Minsk from Moscow's Vnukovo airport, including citizens of Armenia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands and Russia,” the embassy informed.

Belavia's first charter flight helped repatriate about a hundred Belarusian nationals on 20 March. The second charter flight flew 82 people including three foreigners (Armenia, Ukraine and Lithuania) on the night of 23 March.

As BelTA has reported earlier, on 18 March, Russia closed borders to foreign nationals, including citizens of Belarus, over the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Yet, it allowed transit through Moscow's airports Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo providing that citizens do not leave the transit zone and fly to Belarus within 24 hours. However, most Russian flights from the Asia-Pacific region arrive at Moscow's Vnukovo airport from which there are no direct flights to Minsk. Later on, Russia relaxed the transit rules to allow nationals of the CIS states, including Belarus, to fly through Vnukovo airport.

Monday, 23 March 2020

Minsk Oblast Executive Committee will hold a direct telephone line

On March 28, a direct telephone line will be held in Minsk Oblast Executive Committee.

It will be led by the chairman of Minsk Oblast Executive Committee Alexander Turchin from 9.00 to 12.00, phone 8 (017) 500-41-60.

A direct line is drawn weekly, every Saturday. Its goal is to increase the efficiency of work with appeals of citizens and legal entities, to eradicate the facts of bureaucracy and to quickly solve the problematic issues that arise among the population.