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Belarus, Russia PMs discuss 2016 cooperation prospects

Belarus and St. Petersburg are going to recover a turnover of $2 billion. The city on the Neva River on January 29 became a platform for a business cooperation council. Also, talks between the governments of Belarus and Russia were held. The premiers, Andrei Kobyakov and Dmitry Medvedev, confirmed the joint plans and in anticipation of the Supreme State Council of the Union State - the meeting will be held in February in Minsk - they checked whether the countries are on the same page on the key issues.

Gennady Svidersky, Deputy Minister of Industry of the Republic of Belarus:
We have established good co-operation between plants in St. Petersburg and BelAZ, that is dump trucks get power equipment from St. Petersburg. Now the association "Zvezda" (St. Petersburg) will start production and delivery of engines for mining trucks. In general, this cooperation is expanding, and we are confident that in 2016, volumes will grow by at least 1.5 times.

Additional impetus for existing projects and new initiatives were discussed at the meeting of the Business Cooperation Council of Belarus and St. Petersburg. Taking part in it was the Prime Minister of Belarus, Andrei Kobyakov. By the way, it was the eighth such council. It was held in the local center of import substitution and localization.  

Mikhail Lobin, manufacturer of lightweight, compact multi-purpose high-speed diesel engines (Russia):
In 2015, we completed the development of a new diesel engine of the M150 series, which is used on many vehicles, including the 90-ton BelAZ. And today we are actively working together with BelAZ on the adaptation of the diesel engine and new supplies for the new vehicles.

Following the meeting four documents were signed, including the range and volumes of supplies of food products from Belarus. Bestsellers are beef, cottage cheese, milk and cheese.

The next meeting of the Business Cooperation Council will be held in Minsk in the fourth quarter of 2016. Then the results of the current arrangements will be evaluated.

Andrei Kobyakov, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus:
There are proposals to move from local projects, which create new research products, to ensuring that the scientific and technological products of the Union State are applied as part of complex systems associated with intelligent control of such large systems as urban utilities, and everything related to security and traffic.

Georgy Poltavchenko, Governor of St. Petersburg:
We really now set the task to move from mere trade cooperation to the development of innovative high-tech products, with which the city of St. Petersburg and Belarus could enter foreign markets in several areas. 

In St. Petersburg, there are already 2 production sites assembling Belarusian elevators. 19 trade-conductive networks have been created.

Yekaterina Zhilyanina, CTV:
Trade turnover between Belarus and St. Petersburg earlier reached two billion dollars. The first lines of Belarusian exports to the Russian region are occupied by food products the industrial complex has very serious intentions. On mutual interest, but on a larger scale, the talks continued in the Konstantinovsky Palace, at the meeting of the two Prime Ministers - Andrei Kobyakov and Dmitry Medvedev.

Belarus and Russian regions are enjoying strong ties. Besides, they have partnerships in the framework of the Union State and other the integration associations.

Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation:
There is an opportunity today to briefly exchange information on the current situation - the economy, major projects, plans that we have in the format of both the Union State and the Eurasian Economic Union. We can look at how ties are developing this year, look at the state of trade and outline plans for the current year. Moreover, a series of events are scheduled to take place very soon.

The premieres discussed joint plans for next year. However, our countries are connected not only economic interests but also common milestones and spiritual values. The Belarusian delegation visited the Piskarevskoe cemetery where they laid flowers in memory of those killed during the siege of Leningrad.

Belarus, Russia PMs discuss 2016 cooperation prospects