The mayors of the two sister cities, Minsk and Novosibirsk, discussed the prospects of cooperation on the last day of March during a videoconference. The teleconference was timed to the anniversary of the signing of the first agreement on the establishment of the Union State of Russia and Belarus.
The Belarus capital and the Russian city have been connected for a number of years by close economic, cultural, trade and business relations. The turnover in 2015 amounted to more than $60 million, with commercial activities in the Novosibirsk region being carried out by more than two hundred enterprises of Minsk.
During online communication the participants noted the need for greater humanitarian and cultural cooperation. They discussed the possibilities for the exchange of guard of honor delegations during the celebration of Victory Day, as well as the exchange of creative teams for the City Day.
Andrei Shorets, chairman of Minsk City Executive Committee (Minsk Mayor):
Minsk and the city administration today don't have closer relationship with anyone else except Novosibirsk. We often visit each other and delegations at various levels are also exchanging visits. We boast productive cultural and economic ties. And I am sure that today's videoconference will give a new impetus, a new breakthrough in the development of our relations.