In the course of informal communication with Russian President Vladimir Putin we were able to finalize many issues. Some states take years to do so, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg on 27 December, BelTA has learned.

A “Meeting of Friends” was held in Hanoi as part of events to mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Belarus and Vietnam, BelTA learned from the Belarusian diplomatic mission in Hanoi.

Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko attended the informal meeting of the CIS heads of state on 26 December, BelTA has learned.

Almost 380,000 foreigners have visited Belarus as part of the visa-waiver travel program, BelTA learned from the State Border Committee of Belarus.

Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko has congratulated active and retired employees of Belarusbank on its 100th anniversary, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.

Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Vladimir Andreichenko paid a visit to the Begoml auxiliary boarding school of Dokshitsy District to present New Year's gifts to orphans and children left without parental care on 23 December, BelTA has learned.

Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has backed the proposal of the Council of Ministers and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on extending the visa-free travel procedure, which applies to Lithuania, Latvia, and Poland, onto 2023, the Belarus president's press service told BelTA.

Despite difficulties Belarus' energy industry is finishing the year with decent results. Belarusian Energy Minister Viktor Karankevich mentioned it during a solemn event timed to Energy Industry Worker's Day, BelTA has learned.

Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko signed Decree No. 433 to amend Decree No. 13 of 6 January 2012 “On certain issues of subsidized construction (reconstruction) or acquisition of residential premises”, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.

Positive feedback from Belarus' visa-free travel program is behind the latest decision to extend the program. Head of the Central Consular Office of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Andrei Kozhan mentioned it while talking about the ministry's initiative to extend visa-free travel arrangements for residents of Lithuania, Latvia, and Poland onto 2023, BelTA has learned.

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