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Newsline: Dutch Embassy Office opens in Minsk

An Office of the Embassy of the Netherlands was opened in Minsk on 10 July. The ceremony was attended by Vladimir Makei, Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Johanna Brandt, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, BelTA has learned. According to Johanna Brandt, the opening of the diplomatic mission is a landmark event for the Netherlands and Belarus, particularly considering the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. She commented on the status of the relations between Belarus and the Netherlands in the context of the developments of the past several years in Belarus and the fact that the country borders on the European Union.

http://eng.belta.by/politics/view/dutch-embassy-office-opens-in-minsk-103185-2017/

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Newsline: Belarusian Ambassador to Russia Hopes for Quick Resolution of Border Issues

Belarusian Ambassador to Russia Igor Petrishenko told Sputnik he hoped for a quick settlement of the situation related to the border control between the two states. In January, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko signed a decree under which citizens of 80 countries can enter Belarus through the checkpoint of the Minsk National Airport and stay during five days without a visa. The decree, which affects Russia due to the free movement regime between the countries under the Union State of Russia and Belarus, entered into force in February. Russia in its turn established a border zone in Pskov, Smolensk and Bryansk regions on the border with Belarus to block illegal transit migration, drug trafficking and illegal movement of material assets in the wake of Lukashenko’s decree. The move was criticized by Minsk. “One of the current problems, which raises concern and criticism among citizens of Belarus and Russia, as well as among nationals of third countries, is some of the… changes related to crossing the Belarusian-Russian border…,” Petrishenko said. The ambassador pointed out that establishment of the border zones and restoring passport control created many difficulties for the Russian and Belarusian citizens.

https://sputniknews.com/politics/201706261054968555-ambassador-belarus-russia-border/

Newsline: Belarus hopes Indonesia will open embassy in Minsk

Belarus ambassador to Indonesia Vladimir Lopate-Zagorsky said that he hoped Indonesia would open an embassy in the Belarussian capital of Minsk in the near future, given that relations between the two countries had improved over the past few years. “We hope that Indonesia will establish an embassy in Minsk to promote bilateral relations. In the economic sector, Belarus and Indonesia complement each other, as we have goods that Indonesia needs and vice versa,” Zagorsky said as quoted by Antara. According to data from the Belarussian embassy in Kuningan, South Jakarta, trade between Indonesia and the former Soviet republic totaled U$219.2 million in 2011, a massive increase on the U$1.8 million recorded in 1995. Lopate-Zagorsky claimed that opening an embassy in Minsk would ease business partnerships between both countries, as well as promote Indonesia in Belarus. Indonesia currently conducts its affairs with Belarus via its embassy in Moscow, Russia.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/08/21/belarus-hopes-indonesia-will-open-embassy-minsk.html

Newsline: Criminal case opened against Ukraine’s ambassador to Belarus

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine brought suspicions against the country’s former defence minister. Journalists learnt it from Prosecutor General Vitaly Yarema. “We brought suspicions against former defence minister Yezhel some days ago,” Yarema said. The suspicions were presented in a criminal case over undermining the army’s defence capability, according to him. The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine launched an investigation in May 2014 into activities of the country’s former defence ministers in recent years. In particular, investigators assess the legality of decision of ministers and their actions during the processes of reorganisation or reduction of the Armed Forces. Mykhailo Yezhel was appointed ambassador of Ukraine to Belarus in April 2013 by former president Viktor Yanukovych. He was a minister of defence in 2010-2012.

http://www.charter97.org/en/news/2014/8/14/111107/

Newsline: Belarus to establish embassy in Pakistan

The Belarusian side has announced opening the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus to Pakistan on the September 1, 2014, as well as introduced the Pakistani side to the future extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of Belarus to Pakistan. Both sides announced their interest in establishing mutually beneficial cooperation in the field of defence production. Both sides agreed to develop a plan of action for establishing military and technical cooperation between the two countries.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/13-Jul-2014/belarus-to-establish-its-embassy-in-pakistan

Newsline: Ukraine recalls its ambassador from Belarus

Ukraine has recalled its ambassador in Belarus, Mykhailo Yezhel, over Belarus’s stance on Crimea, Yevgen Perebiynis, director of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry information policy department, told a briefing. “Following a statement made by President Alexander Lukashenko, the Foreign Ministry (of Ukraine) has recalled the Ukrainian ambassador from Belarus for consultations and sent a note to the Belarusian side saying that the remarks of the Belarusian president were contradicting universally recognized norms of international law and the position of most countries of the world which condemned Russia’s actions,” Perebeinos stressed. Earlier, Lukashenko said that Belarus had recognized de facto that Crimea was part of Russia.

http://en.itar-tass.com/world/725113

Newsline: Ecuador eyes embassy in Minsk within next three months

There are plans to open Ecuador’s embassy in Minsk within the next three months, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa Delgado told BelTA after the high-level talks in Minsk on 31 October. In his words, the embassy will include an office on trade and economic cooperation. Rafael Correa Delgado named the agreement on diplomatic missions one of the most important results of the talks with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. “Alexander Lukashenko told me that the Belarusian embassy in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito, will be opened next year,” Rafael Correa Delgado said.

http://news.belta.by/en/news/politics?id=731447