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THE HAGUE, October 6 (Itar-Tass) — The economies of Russia and the Netherlands can "perfectly complement each other," Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, has told Itar-Tass in an exclusive interview ahead of his official visit to Moscow, scheduled for October 19-21.
"Our economy is export-oriented. Russia is modernizing its economy, and developing the energy sector and infrastructure. We can perfectly complement each other," he emphasized.
When speaking of the 2011-2013 Joint Action Programme signed by Russia and the Netherlands on March 14, this year, Rutte stressed that the Programme "is of immense importance to our contacts not only in the economic sphere and in trade matters but also in culture, sports, and science".
"I think that during the (forthcoming) talks in Moscow and St Petersburg, we shall touch upon the theme of health care, in particular. We have available such enterprises as Philips which manufactures modern medical facilities necessary to Russia. I think we can find very good areas of interaction in this respect. I believe that we shall succeed in strengthening our business partnership. There are also great prospects in such areas as infrastructure, environmental protection, the construction of dykes, the management of water conservancy, in the environs of St Petersburg, for example," he pointed out.
"We, unfortunately, lost to you in a bid to play host to the 2018 World Soccer Cup Finals (WSCF), but we'd like to participate in the development of the infrastructure that will be used during the holding of the WSCF. This is why I am taking with me to Russia our Transport Minister who will deal with this matter," he summarized.
The interview of Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands will be broadcast in full on the Russia-24 television channel in the "Formula of Power" cycle and published in Rossiiskaya Gazeta.