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Belarus cannot stand aside from the tragic events in Russia, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said in Minsk on 26 December, BelTA has learned.

“A terrible tragedy happened in our Russia yesterday. Unfortunately, this sequence of tragedies was an ill fate for our brotherly nation: a big number of people died in Irkutsk from alcohol poisoning, Russia's Ambassador was killed in Turkey, a massive loss of life was caused by the crash of the military plane carrying 92 people. Crew members, famous artists, mass media representatives, servicemen and civil servants, a doctor died in the plane crash. Of course, on this day we could not stand aside from these tragic events,” Alexander Lukashenko stressed.

The President remarked that the state flags are flown at half mast, entertainment events are abolished in Belarus in solidarity with the Russian nation. “There was a huge response to this tragedy from our people who visited the Russian embassy. I think that the number of people coming to the embassy will not decrease, so I want the law enforcement bodies to maintain public order near the embassy,” Alexander Lukashenko said. “The Book of Condolences was opened at the Russian embassy on 26 December. I am convinced that our civil servants and other people will respond and come to the embassy.”

The participants of the meeting with the head of state observed a minute of silence to commemorate the victims of the tragedy in Russia.

Monday, 26 December 2016 09:32

Belarus declares 2017 the Year of Science

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko signed the decree to declare 2017 the Year of Science, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.

This decree aims to promote the role of science in the social and economic development of the country, create favorable conditions for the preservation and development of the scientific potential, enhance of the international image of Belarus as the country with a high level of intellectual and human capital.

The government, the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, oblast executive committees, the Minsk City Hall have been instructed to prepare and approve the republican plan of events for the Year of Science in 2017 to highlight the interaction of science with the social sector, branches of the economy, innovative activities, international and sci-tech cooperation.

The implementation of this plan will help develop Belarusian scientific schools, university and industry-specialized science to ensure sustainable economic growth in Belarus, multiply the country's scientific potential, support talented young scientists and specialists, promote their patriotic education.