Aleksandr Lukashenko warned the responsible officials in Belarus that all agreements and contracts concluded with Russian partners must be strictly performed. "This should be done for sure. This is very important for our economy," he stressed.
The Head of State recalled that, on the eve of his official talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he had met with St. Petersburg’s Governor Alexander Beglov. “I came to St. Petersburg a day before my meeting with Putin. I met with the St. Petersburg Governor then and asked him whether he had any complaints regarding the work with Belarus. About 1,000 buses had been ordered by the city, and I asked how many of them had been delivered, and how many had not. I asked about the existing problems, and he explained everything to me,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
"So make sure no project is disrupted. This is not charity," the President addressed the Belarusian officials, adding that a thousand buses was a very large order for MAZ. “We should fulfil this order this year. We have other orders as well,” he said.
According to the President, a recent incident with a bus in St. Petersburg related to a fire was also touched upon during his meeting with Mr. Beglov. “He told me there was nothing to worry about,” Aleksandr Lukashenko explained. "Well, our journalists know how to present, but I was worried. I think maybe something really exploded there. Moreover, we have started producing gas-powered buses for St. Petersburg. They have proved themselves very well. St. Petersburg residents are pleased with our electric buses, and even our people – who went there – note that Belarus-made buses are everywhere. The second city in Russia and the most beautiful city in the world uses our vehicles, including municipal machinery. It has ordered more than a thousand of municipal tractors.”