Positive negotiations. Belarus will continue to increase trade with St. Petersburg. Also, Belarus will get a trade space in the center of import substitution, which is currently under construction in St. Petersburg. This was one of the topics of the July 6 meeting of the working group of the Council of Business Cooperation of St. Petersburg and the Republic of Belarus.
Sergei Movchan, Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg:
Today's very large package will be a significant step forward in the development of our business relations. In September, St. Petersburg is to get its own center, the Center for Import Substitution. There, Belarus will be able to exhibit its products. We in Russia consider it domestic too.
For Belarus, Saint Petersburg is one of the top regional partners in Russia. This city has long been among Belarus' top 5 trading partners. The next round of talks between Belarus and St. Petersburg is scheduled for autumn 2015. At the same time, the northern Russian capital will host days of Belarusian culture.
Sergei Misuragin, advisor of the St. Petersburg branch of the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the Russian Federation:
During the year, in November, the Prime Minister will visit St. Petersburg, where he will partake in the eighth meeting of the Business Council. And, accordingly, there will be held days of Minsk in St. Petersburg.