MIL OSI – Source: President of the Republic of Belarus – Press Release/Statement
Headline: Negotiations with Governor of Russia’s Kaliningrad Oblast Anton Alikhanov
13 November 2017
Belarus is prepared for
the all-round cooperation with Kaliningrad Oblast, Belarus President Alexander
Lukashenko said as he met with Governor of Russia’s Kaliningrad Oblast Anton
Alikhanov on 13 November.
“We are prepared for the cooperation in all areas of interest for
Kaliningrad Oblast. You can be sure of it,” Alexander Lukashenko stressed.
The President said that Belarus
views this region of Russia
as a very promising and close trade and economic partner. “Despite the absolute
figures are rather modest, there is a big potential. We have projects and
programs of cooperation,” the head of state remarked.
In particular, there are big prospects for advancing industrial
cooperation, interaction on agriculture, construction, and transport. “Our
country is traditionally strong in the development of such sectors. We can also
cooperate in the manufacturing sector, car industry and machine-tool building. There
are big prospects for cooperation in the construction of agricultural
facilities and construction in general. Belarus used to be a beacon and a
good example in the construction industry,” the President said.
Alexander Lukashenko remarked that Kaliningrad Oblast is now gearing up
for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. “If you need help, we are here. We can not only
provide construction services, like we did in Sochi, we can also offer a helping hand in
the transport industry. We can supply you with steelwork, cement, and other
construction materials,” he said.
There are also good prospects for cooperation in the development of the
digital economy and IT. “This industry is increasingly vibrant. We have created
a strong IT park. World IT companies are registered there. We have gained
experience. Therefore, you are welcome to use anything you need,” the head of
Belarus is also ready
to cooperate with Kaliningrad Oblast in the R&D sector. “Your scientists
can visit Belarus
and work here, or we can set up strong affiliated companies, schools,
institutes. We can do it,” the President is convinced.
There is a big potential for humanitarian cooperation, the Belarusian
leader remarked. “Education is the main thing. Russia has big achievements in this
field. Our education minister visited Russia. They agreed on many things.
We will also support these avenues of cooperation,” Alexander Lukashenko said.
“I hope we will continue developing our relations in this context
because we are not strangers, we have a common homeland. We do not divide Russia and Belarus by borders. We are united
in a common cause. And we call it the UnionState,”
Alexander Lukashenko said.
The President paid special attention to certain issues of concern for Belarus and Kaliningrad Oblast in particular and
in general. “The things that happen on the borders with Belarus reflect
the situation on the border with Kaliningrad Oblast. We are facing the
enhancement of the NATO. In economy and trade everyone pursues their own
interests. I cannot say that they like you or us, Russia
very much. Therefore, in spite of all the discussions of these issues, the
attempts to make us pro-Western and so on, we realize that this is rhetoric. Concrete
facts show that Belarusians and Russians should not count on anyone. We should
protect our own interests and the interests of our people,” the head of state
“You can always count on Belarus.
We will always support you in a difficult moment,” Alexander Lukashenko said. “You
should know that Belarusians will always offer a helping hand to you because we
are close people. I want you to understand the ideology of our relations this
According to the President, Belarus and Kaliningrad Oblast have
maintained close relations since Soviet times. “Belarus has been a friend of
Kaliningrad Oblast since Soviet times. We are very close, many Belarusian
people worked and stayed there. In the mid-1990s I said that we will take care
of Kaliningrad Oblast. Belarusians have always been taking care of it and will
be doing so in the future.”
The head of
state expressed hope that after the first official visit to Minsk Anton
Alikhanov will have good impressions of Belarus. This visit is expected to
give an impetus for the development of bilateral relations.