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12 September 2022, 15:34

Belarus' ambassador visits Russia's Kaliningrad Oblast

Dmitry Krutoi
Dmitry Krutoi

MOSCOW, 12 September (BelTA) - Belarusian Ambassador to Russia Dmitry Krutoi paid a working visit to Kaliningrad Oblast on 8-9 September, BelTA learned from the press service of the diplomatic mission.

At the meeting with Kaliningrad Oblast Governor Anton Alikhanov, the parties discussed the expansion of trade and economic cooperation between Belarus and the Russian region. “The main areas where we can strengthen our cooperation are agriculture, construction and industry. The Russian president has made a decision to allocate serious resources to joint projects within the import substitution program. Given the large industrial potential of Kaliningrad Oblast, Belarus will be useful in supplying components for various production facilities,” Dmitry Krutoi said.

Belarus confirmed its willingness to participate in the design, construction and equipping of dairy and pig farms, greenhouses and other infrastructure facilities of the agro-industrial complex. The interest has been shown in the participation in construction projects in Kaliningrad Oblast, including such significant projects as continuation of the construction of the Primorskoye Ring, sea port in the city of Pionersky and the cultural and museum complex in Kaliningrad.

“The governor of the Russian region noted that Belarus is the leading trade partner of Kaliningrad Oblast among the CIS countries. Belarus' share in the total turnover of the CIS countries in 2021 was almost 80%. There is a stable growth of trade: according to the results of the first four months of this year there was a nearly 60% growth of imports from Belarus and 38% growth of what the region supplies to the country. We have reached agreements to organize a meeting of co-chairpersons of the Russian-Belarusian Cooperation Council, the 17th meeting of which is to be held in Kaliningrad Oblast,” the press service said.

At a meeting with Elena Dyatlova, head of the administration of the city district “Kaliningrad City”, the parties discussed cooperation in the urban passenger transport sector. “Belarus confirmed the readiness of its manufacturers to take part in the urban passenger fleet renovation program and suggested exploring the possibility of supplying modern buses and electric buses made in Belarus,” the press service said.

The ambassador also visited Sodruzhestvo-Soya, one of the largest processors of oilseeds in the CIS and Europe), and the Za Rodinu fish processing complex. A number of cooperation issues including the supplies of Belarusian packing materials were discussed.

Dmitry Krutoi also met with representatives of the Kaliningrad community of Belarusians, heads of Belarusian goods distribution network in Kaliningrad Oblast.

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