President of the Republic of Belarus

09/30/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/30/2020 10:38

Meeting with Governor of Russia’s Bryansk Oblast Aleksandr Bogomaz

The cooperation between Belarus and Russia is beneficial for both countries, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with Governor of Russia's Bryansk Oblast Aleksandr Bogomaz on 30 September.

First of all, Aleksandr Lukashenko congratulated Aleksandr Bogomaz on the recent election as the governor of Bryansk Oblast. 'I congratulate you on this achievement, you truly deserve this victory. You have recently made revolutionary progress in various fields - in the development of the region, in the gross regional product. This is a deserved victory. We are very happy for you. You are a decent man, people appreciated your work and re-elected you as the Bryansk Oblast governor,' the President said.

The head of state remarked that the 7th Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia had finished its work the day before. During the forum the sides summed up achievements and determined development prospects. The forum was even more productive than the previous ones, the President believes. The sides concluded agreements to the tune of more than $750 million. 'This is a good contribution to the economy of Belarus. And it is significant for Russia,' Aleksandr Lukashenko believes. 'It is also essential to keep in mind the future impact of these contacts. They will give jobs and salaries to our people. This is what we lack in cooperation with other countries. It is good that in these conditions, amid the coronavirus spread and the aggravation of the international situation (you see what is going on around us) we have ultimately found ways for rapprochements and interaction which brings tangible economic benefits.'

Speaking about the regional cooperation with Bryansk Oblast, the President said that this is not only a neighboring region for Belarus but also a very friendly region. 'We think and act in a similar way, we have similar economies. There will always be nuances, but we are fully committed to resolving them. I think that your visit to Belarus will help address these nuances,' he stressed.

As for the bilateral trade, the head described it as decent. 'But I think that if we do our best, we will be able to reach the trade turnover of Belarus and Bryansk Oblast to 1 billion in the second half of your tenure,' Aleksandr Lukashenko said.