Rather interesting prospects appear
Belarus and Russia discuss new space-related projects
By Lidia Krapova
“We are looking at joint projects with Russian Technologies and Federal Space Agency companies,” noted the First Deputy Prime Minister, Vladimir Semashko, on meeting Russia’s Minister of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov. They discussed the possibility of Belarusian enterprises Peleng JSC and Integral JSC joining forces with a Russian partner. Mr. Semashko added, “We agree on what should be done next to carry out planned projects.”
Mr. Manturov noted the importance of discussing policy issues with Belarus regarding the automobile industry and others — particularly light industry. “We need not only discussions but actions,” he emphasised, adding that more co-operative industrial projects are possible. Russia is keen to develop its strategic composite materials, liaising with Belarus to best effect, as the Russian Minister stresses. He considers that joint work on artificial fibres production could also bear fruit. He added that positive prospects for joint development are to the fore, rather than debate on obstacles.
“The integration of MAZ and KAMAZ, and the development of light, chemical and electronic industries are major spheres of possible work. Within the Single Economic Space, our countries enjoy a shared industrial policy and should be able to solve any task,” asserted Mr. Manturov.