The long history of Belarus and Russia (in all senses) continued this week. It is known that the countries enjoy not only presidential and folk friendship. Not only the Kremlin and the Palace of Independence but also regions of Belarus and Russia are engaged in mutual trade. The 3rd Forum of Belarusian and Russian regions took place in Minsk this time. The previous one was in Sochi. The weather in Minsk was fine, which delegates from the sunny Siberian Khakassia immediately noted. What other good things about Belarus did the high-ranking guests from Russia say? Let's turn over the “menu page” of our program and begin with a dessert!
Vladimir Medinsky, Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation:
Together with my family we have been almost everywhere in Belarus. I remember: we drove from Vitebsk to Nesvizh and Grodno. This is one of the most exciting experiences of my life. Amazing hospitality, beauty, and purity! Going to Egypt after this is a bit uncomfortable.
Viktor Zimin, head of the Republic of Khakassia:
Tractors "Belarus". There are about 90,000 of them in Siberia. And their share in the total farm tractor fleet is almost 40%. In my own republic, this ratio is almost twice as big. Look closer at us: we do not want to replace Belarusian equipment with some other.
Svetlana Orlova, Governor of the Vladimir region:
In Belarus, the food market is a special market. I believe there is nothing to fear here. We need trade representatives, we need to enter new markets and provide good packaging and then go forward! Only forward.
Mikhail Shvydkoi, special representative of Russian President for international cultural cooperation:
Russian man has always felt good in Belarus. When Ilya Repin became rich, he bought an estate in Zdravnevo. He did not go to Finland or Poland although he could. He chose Zdravnevo. It is necessary to go there. Believe me.
Valentina Matviyenko, Chairwoman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation:
We really feel at home in Belarus. This is a genuine sense of hospitality, a true sense of friendship.