Vladimir Makei: foreign observers will assist in making elections transparent

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April 22, 2016 19:22

Foreign observers will assist in making elections transparent, states Vladimir Makei, Foreign Minister of Belarus during his meeting with Sergey Lebedev, head of CIS observers’ mission. More details  are provided here.

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