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Lukashenko hosts meeting on international agenda, economic matters

MINSK ( BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko hosted a government conference in the Palace of Independence to discuss two major blocks of issues, BelTA has learned.

Attending the event were the prime minister, the Belarus President Administration head, vice premiers and the minister of foreign affairs.

The first block of issues covered the international agenda, including forthcoming meetings and talks.

The second block featured issues of the domestic agenda, primarily the country's economic performance.

The head of state instructed the government officials to pay special attention to providing people in small settlements with the necessary range of food products, including taking into account the upcoming New Year and Christmas holidays. “I would like to warn the government that we need to ensure a normal situation ahead of the New Year and Christmas holidays. There should be no problems with food supplies across the country,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “We do not lack anything. We have enough of everything. This just depends on our management skills, especially for supplying small towns, agro-towns and villages. These are our people. They are not rich. They must be provided with everything necessary. Holidays should be not only for bosses, residents of Minsk and big cities. Everyone should feel the festive mood.”

The head of state explained that he had recently received a big number of complaints. “I understand that there are all sorts of circumstances. But there are a lot of people who complain about the provision of basic necessities. There is no smoke without fire,” the Belarusian leader said.

In this regard, Aleksandr Lukashenko warned the participants of the meeting, and first of all Deputy Prime Minister Leonid Zayats, who is responsible for the agro-industrial complex: “You are too busy with all kinds of violations in the dairy industry. You need to take care of our farmers first. You are in charge of not only [the Belarusian National Union of Consumer Societies] Belkoopsoyuz, but also of agriculture in general. These issues are also within your competence.”

“I am also talking about other issues, on which the president's instructions have been given. Igor Sergeyenko [head of the Belarus President Administration] will report on each instruction, and you will report on the progress in the implementation of these issues," the head of state added.