Cooperation between Belarus and Russia is growing thanks to ties with the regions. It was said by President Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with the governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region.
Valery Shantsev visited Belarus four times already.
In 2014, the parties' trade amounted to $600 million. This is the eighth largest trading partner of Belarus in Russia. But, in comparison with 2013, the turnover fell slightly.
Therefore, as the President said, positive dynamics of trade must be a priority.
Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President:
We just have to find new points of contact and seek new forms of cooperation, supporting old cooperative ties between Belarusian and Nizhny Novgorod industries, dynamically developing cooperation in the field of construction and housing and communal services. We have something to offer Nizhny Novgorod, you know it well. And especially in the run-up to the 2018 World Cup, which will be held in the Russian Federation.
Cooperation between us and the Nizhny Novgorod region is going on actively. And I very much hope that the current leadership will offer many other areas that we will be able to open.
Along with the economic component we cooperate in the field of exhibitions, culture, education, sports, and youth policy. I am sure that this visit will contribute to further development of mutually beneficial relations between Belarus and the Nizhny Novgorod region. It will be an additional factor in the strengthening of Belarusian-Russian cooperation.
Valery Shantsev, Governor and Chairman of the Government of the Nizhny Novgorod region of the Russian Federation:
I appreciate the attention you personally pay to the development of relations with our region. Cooperation with Belarus is one of the cornerstones of foreign economic activity in our region. In 2014, your republic was the third biggest trading partner of our region. And note that we trade with 143 countries. Last year we reduced mutual trade activity. Still, regardless of this, our cooperation is actively developing in all spheres.
The Nizhny Novgorod region delegation began with commemorative events: laying a wreath at the monument in Victory Square.
Seven decades ago, Belarusians and Russians fought shoulder to shoulder against the Nazi invaders. Memory of the victims during that terrible war was observed with a minute of silence. The anthems of the two countries were played.