Minsk appreciates Latvia's assistance in expanding Belarus-EU cooperation

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Minsk appreciates Latvia's assistance in expanding Belarus-EU cooperation

Belarus and Latvia should hold the World Hockey Championship in 2021 at the highest possible level, said February 7 the Prime Minister of Belarus at a meeting with his Latvian counterpart.

The two countries are actively preparing for the competition. The games will be held in Minsk and Riga. Such a tournament should invigorate tourist flows between the countries.

This visit of the Latvian Prime Minister to Belarus is the first in the last 9 years. The basis of political dialogue is economic interaction. In 2017, after some recession, joint trade revived.

In the future, Latvian businessmen may be interested in the capabilities offered by the High Technologies Park and the Belarusian-Chinese industrial park The Great Stone. Latvia is ready to optimize the transit of Belarusian goods and oil products through its ports.

Andrei Kobyakov, Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus:
We agreed on comprehensive support for a joint Belarusian-Latvian project, oriented to the markets of the European and Eurasian Union and to the implementation of the Chinese initiative "The New Silk Road."

We appreciate the interested balanced position of the Latvian side on expanding cooperation between Belarus and the European Union, and we also note a balanced and pragmatic approach to the implementation of the project - the construction of a nuclear power plant.

Māris Kučinskis, Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia:
Many Latvian companies are interested in Belarusian partners. At the same time, we are open for Belarusian investments in Latvia. Especially we should note the agreement on cooperation in the field of nuclear safety and radiation protection. It is necessary to pay special attention to the observance of all relevant international safety requirements at the Ostrovets nuclear power plant.

The basis for the negotiations on nuclear safety will be an agreement in this field, signed by Belarus and Latvia on 7 February. In total, the parties concluded six agreements on cooperation in various fields - from economy to sport. The Prime Minister of Latvia also met with Belarusian MPs. The parties confirmed a course for mutually beneficial cooperation.