MINSK, 12 May (BelTA) – Russia's Khabarovsk Territory is ready to build even closer cooperation with Belarusian enterprises, Governor of the Russian region Mikhail Degtyarev said at a meeting with Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko in Minsk on 12 May, BelTA has learned.
The head of the region thanked Aleksandr Lukashenko for the opportunity to visit Belarus and to hold a meeting at the highest level. "This is my first time here, but I feel at home. This is our big country - the Union State, the Russian language, the common Victory in the Great Patriotic War," said Mikhail Degtyarev. He noted that Belarus pays great attention to the preservation of historical memory, and this is especially important at a time when Belarus and Russia have faced the unprecedented sanctions pressure from the West.
"They are imposing illegitimate sanctions, actually expropriating the property of our countries abroad. This is the West's choice, not our choice. In the current situation, we are willing and prepared to build even closer cooperation with Belarusian enterprises. I came with a team of government officials and a business mission: builders, agrarians, loggers and, of course, entrepreneurs engaged in trade who seek to diversify purchases and increase supplies of high-quality Belarusian products to Khabarovsk Territory," the head of the region said.
The delegation also includes the head of the union which unites more than 15 fish manufacturers. They are willing to tap into the Belarusian market. "Being a geographically remote region we are interested in quickly engaging in the integration processes, and we will definitely do this," the governor added.
Khabarovsk Territory, according to him, is the industrial center of the Far East. Recently, the role of the transport and logistics complex which includes railways, air harbors, seaports and a large postal terminal has been increasing in the region. For the first time in 120 years, a new private railway is being built in the region. Construction of a coal seaport for 30 million tonnes of coal per year will begin this year.
"If we talk about cooperation with Belarus, we have a good framework which has been developed for the past 20 years. Now is the time to set new highs," Governor Mikhail Degtyarev said. According to him, the delegation intends to visit a number of Belarusian machine-building enterprises whose products are of particular interest to Russian entrepreneurs. These are, in particular, MAZ and BelAZ. By the way, Khabarovsk Territory has a significant need for the products of the latter. "Today, mining in Khabarovsk Territory has been gaining steam. We mine tin, coal, copper, gold. We need dump trucks, including underground dump trucks," the governor said.