Minsk Province

Kobyakov: Serbia our key economic partner in Balkans

MINSK - Serbia is Belarus's key economic partner in the Balkans, Belarusian PM Andrei Kobyakov said Thursday.

Belarus is committed to long-term cooperation with Serbia, Kobyakov said after a meeting with Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic, welcoming the signing of a road map for bilateral cooperation, aimed at creating optimal conditions for economic ties.

Vucic arrives in Minsk, to meet with Lukashenko, Kobyakov

MINSK - Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic arrived in Minsk Wednesday on an official visit to Belarus, where he will have bilateral meetings with President Alexander Lukashenko and PM Andrei Kobyakov on Thursday and Friday.

Vucic was welcomed at the Minsk airport by Trade Minister Vladimir Koltovich.

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Ukraine says five troops killed in worst clash in months

Ukraine said five of its troops were killed Dec. 18 by pro-Russian insurgents in the bloodiest clash in the war-scarred ex-Soviet republic in months.

Kyiv military spokesman Leonid Matyukhin told AFP that another six soldiers were wounded in the battle for control of the strategic city of Debaltseve.