On June 8, days of Moscow officially opened in Minsk. The ceremony took place on June 7, with the mayors of the two cities taking part. It is worth noting that Minsk is one of the strategic partners of the Russian capital. In 2016, trade turnover between the cities already exceeded $1 billion.
Zhanna Birich, deputy chairwoman of the Minsk City Executive Committee:
Moscow has an interest in our businesses. And we see that trade in goods has increased by 1.5 or even almost 2 times.
A business forum opened during the Days of Moscow. This platform has become a kind of beginning of new projects.
Vadim Arutinov, representative of a company for the production of power equipment (Russia):
We came here in the hope that we will establish first contacts. Technologically, the networks in Belarus and Russia were built alike. Therefore, we hope Belarus will express interest in our equipment.
Vladimir Davidovich, director of the Minsk City Technopark:
Our developments of laser technology for medicine really impressed them. This is a bio-laser that combines three wavelengths. Russia does not have anything like that.
Park-and-ride facilities in Minsk are the idea of Moscow designers. In turn, Belarusian engineers help design subway stations in Moscow. A snow melting station, an idea of Moscow engineers, will open in Minsk in the autumn of 2016.
The first Belarusian trolleybus will be launched in Moscow in a few days. The vehicle has a diesel-generator set. The innovative model of public transportation works with the help of electrical network but can also move without it. The carrier will ply the Sadovoye Koltso (Garden Ring).
Cooperation on infrastructure and development of the cities is one of the main themes of the Forum.
Sergei Sobyanin, Mayor of Moscow:
In the past 20 years, after the [Soviet] Union collapsed, Moscow retained close and friendly relations with Belarus and Minsk. And with each passing year, these relations are acquiring new dynamism, covering various sectors of the economy, ranging from the social sphere to transportation.
And with each passing year the friendship between the two capitals is growing. On 7 June, the Moscow and Minsk delegations signed an agreement to strengthen cooperation.
Andrei Shorets, chairman of Minsk City Executive Committee (Minsk Mayor):
This is a specific road map that defines the actions of the Republic of Belarus and Moscow in trade, economic, humanitarian, social cooperation, in the fields of science, technology and innovation.
The Days will continue on 8 June. Some events will be held in the House of Moscow, which is located near Minsk's Museum of Great Patriotic War.