“I am happy to meet you, to hear again what has changed in our Far East. How are you feeling economically? Is there any progress in co-operation with your neighbours, what are the difficulties here? How Belarus can assist in this regard?” Head of State welcomed his guest.
Aleksandr Lukashenko stated that nothing has changed in Belarus in relation to the Primorsky Krai and its Governor personally, “We are ready to meet you at any time and in any weather; you should feel it. I often mention you at my meetings with the Russian leadership and the governors who come to us. We find common ground, and we see that all the problems that are developing today in the economies of both Russia and Belarus are surmountable. We are trying to overcome them.
The President noted with regret that there are certain bureaucratic hurdles, “We will discuss them. This concerns not the Primorsky Krai, but our co-operation with Russia in general. In the near future, we will meet with the President of Russia, and we will also discuss these issues. Actually, if some minor issues are removed, then we can make significant progress in terms of import substitution. This is the key point for us right now. This year has shown that we can handle it. As I say, just a little time is needed, but we will cope.”
During their three-day visit to Belarus, the Russian delegation members plan to hold talks in the Government and visit some enterprises in Minsk and Brest. In the first nine months of 2022, the trade turnover between Belarus and Russia’s Primorsky Krai made about $40m, growing 1.8 times against the same period in 2021. Belarusian exports increased 2.2 times over this time.