BELARUSSIAN AMBASSADOR TO RUSSIA CALLS ON BOTH COUNTRIES' MEDIA OUTLETS TO JOIN EFFORTS

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MOSCOW, MARCH 29 (RIA Novosti correspondent Natalia Belova) - It is Russian and Belarussian mass media's duty to provide a united information environment beneficial to both countries, Vladimir Grigoryev, Belarussian Ambassador to Russia, said in a Novosti interview.

This is among key objectives of bilateral cooperation. The media based in the two fraternal countries must make constructive efforts toward unity.

The majority of Russian-based media outlets are circumspect in their coverage of bilateral integration. The Russian press is displaying ever greater respect of the two national tops' work for a Russian-Belarussian union. Belarus is grateful to see all that.

Nevertheless, united Belarussian-Russian information environment still remains something of one-way traffic. Every Belarussian, with token exceptions, can watch telecasts by Russia's leading companies, and it is no problem buying Russian periodicals in Belarus, with more than three thousand in permanent offer. Belarus has far scantier chances to circulate its information in Russia. Russians are ignorant of the Belarussian television, and only seldom ever see a Belarussian newspaper or magazine, the diplomat pointed out with regret.

He called on Russian national and provincial media outlets to make well-wishing and unbiased coverage of Belarussian politics and social and economic developments. That would come as a promising practical contribution to the union cause.

It is every Belarussian's constitutional right to receive reliable and exhaustive information about the situation in and outside his country. The Belarussian top is doing everything possible for every citizen to enjoy that right, emphasized Mr. Grigoryev.

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