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Alexander Lukashenko meets with Rostov Region Governor

Russia did not take part in Eurovision 2017 because of the conflict with Ukraine. Belarusians did not give the traditional 12 points to the Russian singer, and Belarus did not compete with Russia in the final of the contest.

Alexander Lukashenko expressed his emotions concerning the competition at the economic market when meeting with the Governor of Russia’s Rostov region. Products, mechanical engineering, and not putting skids to one another were the issues discussed at the meeting.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus:
Finally you have come to Belarus. Together with your colleagues and friends. It may seem that we leave close, Belarus and Russia need one another, and they really do. There are issues to be discussed; there are issues which we must agree on. Let’s compete sincerely and honestly. If Belarus makes harvesters in Gomel and Rostselmash does as well, it needs to be understood that we must agree as partners do. There needn’t be pressure put on one another.
If Rostselmash doesn’t see a possibility to make agreements, what does Belarus have to do? To compete not only on our markets, but o foreign ones as well. What will it lead to? Take MAZ and KamAZ as examples. One of the plants is limping, the other one has stopped, it is just middling. This is what competition resulted in. I am not saying anything about the abroad. For this reason Belarus is for partner behavior. To agree. Even to no agree as it is common for the capitalist production we live in today. Belarus and Russia speak one language, we came agree. And Belarus is prepared for it. However, not in the way as it was with the potash fertilizers. When everything was agreed, they came, created and then stood us up. Today suggestions are made to start this company once again. Let’s do it, I am not against. However, those conditions which Belarus won’t be able to except shouldn’t be put forward. It wasn’t Belarus’ fault. You know it quite well. Belarus is prepared for everything: competition and conducting business humanly. Not even like partners but brotherly. Today Belarus has a possibility to supply Rostov region with a range of certain products. I suppose it concerns agricultural equipment as well. As for machinery, progress should be made concerning MAZ. Yes, you have KamAZ and I understand that somebody will be putting pressure on you, because you have your own machinery. Nevertheless, if it is profitable for Rostov region, we can make agreements. Gomselmash and Rostselmash shouldn’t be enemies. Progress should be made in this direction, why fight with one another? The market is huge, and we mustn’t lose what belongs to us.
At times problems can occur. I suppose that you know what they are. In most cases (I am now sure and you have probably noticed) these problems were created artificially. When I met with Vladimir Putin we made a manly agreement to look at a certain problem from Alexander Surikov’s standpoint. He says right things that “If we want to get over something, then we need to look at everything what is moving across the border together.” And when the situation was taken under control, it changed instantly. It simple disappeared. I hope that it is forever. There isn’t any fighting going on at the moment. Specialists from Russia came to Belarus. From Mr. Dankvert, for instance. They visited Belarusian plants. By the way, Belarusian organizations need to be show. So that he sees what high levels Belarus reached. If you visit such plats in Europe, you will find half of them at such levels, the other half will be at a lower level. For this reason no claims towards Belarus should be made. And you must understand why even I overreact in such situations. When Belarus was in a difficult situation, when food was given for having ration tickets, may be you had it as well, but Belarus survived, but we saved up money and modernized these plants. We managed to do that in blood and sweat. And when Belarus is reproached today (you know for what reasons) for not having the right products, it is too much.
So that you know, Belarus is the only country of the former Soviet Union to keep its All Union standards. Belarussian All Union Standards are stricter than in the European Union, because people were scared and we were scared as well: Chernobyl, the Chernobyl Republic. Belarus had to toughen the All Union Standards towards food products. Today Belarusian plants, farms and complexes produce products of good quality, because these products are checked on the spots and the bad quality products are rejected. When you hear my strident reaction concerning this matter, it is not because I am too emotional as some representatives of Moscow mass media wrote. It is because it cost Belarus too much. If Belarus and Russia have one common market, then no skids should be made to one another.

Alexander Lukashenko meets with Rostov Region Governor