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Intelligence services of Belarus and Russia have established close cooperation in the protection of the national interests of the two states, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said as he met with Director of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service Sergey Naryshkin on 17 October, BelTA has learned.

You are the leader of a very important agency. We are not going to conceal that we maintain close contacts.


Belarus' Minister of Taxes and Dues Sergei Nalivaiko reaffirmed the moratorium on new taxes and fees in Belarus in an interview with the Belarus 1 TV channel on 15 October, BelTA has learned.

We are not planning to impose new taxes, fees. This is reflected in the program of social and economic development of the country for the current period, and in the set of documents to be signed by the head of state (to stimulate business activity note by BelTA), Sergei Nalivaiko said.


The Belarusian nuclear power plant is supposed to recoup investment in 15 years. There are plans to reduce electricity rates by 15-20% after the nuclear power plant goes online, BelTA learned from Yevgeny Chervyakov, Deputy Director General of the state enterprise Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant, on 12 October.

Yevgeny Chervyakov said that in line with the project's business plan the payback period is 15 years.


Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko criticized the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly for low efficiency at the session of the CIS Council of Heads of State in Sochi on 11 October, BelTA has learned.

Alexander Lukashenko said that he had already had an opportunity to share opinions about the operation of certain CIS bodies, in particular, the Interparliamentary Assembly, with Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev.


Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with Azerbaijan Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov to discuss the prospects of military and technical cooperation, BelTA has learned.

The head of state remarked that Belarus and Azerbaijan continue cooperation, including in the military and technical dimension. I am not going to explain the nature of our relations to anyone.


By 15 November Belarus and Russia intend to discuss the natural gas pricing formula that will be in force as from 2020. Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vladimir Semashko made the statement during the Belarusian Energy and Ecology Forum on 10 October, BelTA has learned.

Vladimir Semashko said: We intend to hold another meeting by 15 November, during which the Russian side will suggest a formula for pricing natural gas to us.


The Council of Ministers of Belarus has prepared amendments to decree No.253 on measures for the financial rehabilitation of agricultural enterprises. Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov made the statement while on a working trip to Grodno Oblast on 6 October, BelTA has learned.

Andrei Kobyakov said: This Tuesday we will hold a session of the Council of Ministers' Presidium to sum up results after one year since decree No.


Belarus is always on the lookout for new opportunities for economic growth and for new partners. Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov made the statement as he met with honorary consuls of Belarus in the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 5 October, BelTA has learned.

Andrei Kobyakov stressed that Belarus continues expanding cooperation with leading distant-arc countries on all the continents.


Banks will send in 2018 for housing loans under the targeted subsidy program Br426 million.


Housing improvement will always be one of Belarus' social policy priorities, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said at the session to discuss a new wording of the Housing Code and the improvement of legislation concerning the number of abandoned and shabby houses on 3 October, BelTA has learned.

We should create all conditions and mechanisms to help people with housing improvement.

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