Posted: 19.05.2022 11:22:00

Kochanova: close co-operation is necessary under sanctions

Trade-economic interaction is at the heart of everything, and working today under sanctions imposed on Russia and Belarus by Western countries, seeing how they behave towards our countries, we understand that we must liaise closely – as stated by the Chairperson of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus, Natalya Kochanova, receiving a delegation from the Legislative Assembly of the Nizhny Novgorod Region

As she noted, we can live in peace only thanks to collaboration between our two countries, and with other states which are aimed at constructive interaction.

Moreover, Natalya Kochanova said that the sanctions were imposed not only on the economy. This is also the collapse of relations in the humanitarian spheres: they are trying to impose a mentality that is absolutely not characteristic of either Belarusians or Russians.

“Parliamentarians represent the people, and we must actively declare wherever possible about what is happening in relation to our countries,” said Ms. Kochanova. “We must tell the truth about how history is distorted today and how outright lies are pouring. After the events of 2020, we addressed our colleagues in international organisations many times, but, unfortunately, they do not want to hear us. Therefore, the voice of the parliamentarians should sound more clearly in the international arena. Belarusians and Russians support each other in this and we need to continue this work more intensively.”

The Chairperson of the Council of the Republic invited the Nizhny Novgorod guests to participate in the 9th Forum of the Regions of Belarus and Russia, which will be held in Grodno, the main topic will be further strengthening the role of interregional co-operation in the Belarusian-Russian integration. She also spoke about the new project proposed by the Chairperson of the Federation Council of Russia, Valentina Matviyenko: Memory Train. 100 Belarusian and 100 Russian youngsters will set off together from the Brest Fortress to the places of military glory of the Soviet people in order to celebrate the Independence Day of Belarus in Minsk on July 3rd. “I hope that the Memory Train will become another good Belarusian-Russian tradition,” added Ms. Kochanova.