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Lukashenko: Our common Fatherland spans from Brest to Vladivostok


MINSK, 22 September (BelTA) – Belarus is interested in the development of cooperation with Russia's Primorsky Krai in spite of the geographical distance and views the region as a close and important partner, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with Primorsky Krai Governor Oleg Kozhemyako on 22 September, BelTA informs.

“In spite of the geographical distance and many kilometers between us, we do not view Vladivostok as a far and alien city. We often recall our common Fatherland which spanned from Brest to Vladivostok. Thus, you are living in our Fatherland, and we always develop cooperation,” the head of state said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko also mentioned good personal relations with Oleg Kozhemyako has always supported contacts of Belarus as a governor of various Russian regions. “Regardless of where you are working, we will always do everything we can for your region,” the head of state assured. He also praised good ties between Russia's Primorsky Krai and Belarus' Mogilev Oblast.

The president suggested ramping up the export of Belarusian equipment and technologies to the region and providing warranty and support maintenance. “We are ready to offer favorable financing conditions,” he noted. Besides, the president sees good prospects for the delivery of municipal electric transport to Primorsky Krai.

The meeting also focused on agricultural cooperation. They discussed possible export of Belarusian milk, meat and dairy products, baby food, seeds and stocking material to the region.

“Oleg Nikolayevich [Kozhemyako], there is no need to convince you, we are old friends, be sure that we will be friends forever. It is an honor for us to work in Primorsky Krai and to cooperate with you,” the president said addressing the governor.

The trade turnover of Belarus and Primorsky Krai made up $9.1 million in January-July 2020 and increased by 17.7% over the same period of 2019. The export soared by 27.3% to reach $8.3 million; import went up 34.6% to $800,000. Major exports were freight vehicles (the export of this transport went up 1.7 times), aluminum wires and extrusion, ties, cheese and quark, butter (its export almost doubled), plastic construction details.

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