Updated at 13:48,15-08-2017

Lukashenko about devaluation, potassium and Myasnikovich's retired

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The governor went to the factory "Motovelo" and made a number of loud statements.

President Alexander Lukashenko calls for increased efforts to boost exports, including potash.

"There are places where they are read to buy our products. You must reach these places and sell there," he said when visiting OAO Motovelo on 6 September.

Alexander Lukashenko demands efficient work from the government officials and an inflow of foreign exchange into the country. He said that no artificial conditions, including the devaluation of the Belarusian ruble, will be created. "There will be no devaluation of the Belarusian ruble to suit production sector needs," the President said.

"Your direct duty is to trade. What is the problem? We have our representatives (ambassadors) in 50 countries, even more. Take and sell potash fertilizers which, by the way, you have started to do today," the President said. "Everyone should work to their level best. Today Deputy Foreign Ministers circle the globe together with representatives of Belarusian Potash Company seeking contacts in order to overcome the crisis," Alexander Lukashenko noted.

The head of state also touched upon the Belaruskali sale issue. "They say why he does not sell Belaruskali? One should be an idiot to sell the company at its bottom price," the President said.

Lukashenko has promised to dismiss government officials and company chiefs for failure to meet inventory clearance and production growth targets by 1 January 2014.

"If you fail to do what you promised by 1 January, neither Semashko nor company chiefs will keep their jobs. We will also assess the actions of the Premier. He might follow them hand in hand. I just have no other choice," the head of state said.