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MINSK, October 29 (Itar-Tass) — Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko believes that the Customs Union and the Common Economic Space offer new opportunities for Belarus and Russia.
“The Customs Union and the Common Economic Space offer new opportunities for Belarus and Russia in developing their economies, domestic and foreign trade as well as industrial cooperation,” the president said at talks with Russian Krasnoyarsk Territory Governor Lev Kuznetsov.
According to the Belarusian leader, Belarusian and Russian people pin big hopes on integration processes “in conditions of all-embracing international competition”. “There is no time for a slow start, particularly in view of Russia’s WTO entry,” he stressed.
On the whole relations with Russia develop dynamically, while the implementation of integration projects in the post-Soviet space offers new opportunities. “Over the recent time relations between our fraternal states have been developing satisfactorily. I mark a high pace of these relations,” he stressed.
According to Lukashenko, mutually advantageous cooperation gets stronger and expands into Russian regions. “The Krasnoyarsk Territory is a promising and reliable partner for us, not only in the trade sphere,” the president noted. He said that trade between Belarus and the Krasnoyarsk Territory has grown more than twofold over the past three years, amounting to almost 132 million dollars.
Lukashenko stressed that it is necessary now to get down to the implementation of joint projects instead of just exchanging products. He said Belarus is ready to supply to the Krasnoyarsk Territory Belarusian hardware with its further assemblage in the region. Besides, Belarus can take part in the implementation of projects for the development of transport infrastructure in the Krasnoyarsk Territory, as well as projects in the agricultural and construction sectors.
“Belarus will maximally quickly consider your offers with an aim to boost our cooperation,” Lukashenko said. Kuznetsov, for his part, expressed interest in bilateral cooperation in different directions, including the development of industry, transport infrastructure, as well as the construction of social and sports facilities. “We expect a high pace in the development of our cooperation,” he stressed.