MINSK, 8 June (BelTA) - The sanctions have provided an additional impetus to cooperation between Belarus and Russia, Belarusian Taxes and Duties Minister Sergei Nalyvaiko told the media in Minsk on 8 June, BelTA has learned.
"The sanctions have drummed up interest of Belarus and Russia in each other. Today we held a meeting of the working group on cooperation. A joint forum has been launched for representatives of our enterprises. There are a lot of points of contact between our countries, so the sanctions have provided an additional impetus to bilateral cooperation. We have a huge potential for cooperation. This is why it is now important to establish business contacts in order to harness this potential. I am convinced that this will have a positive impact on the development of the economy of both our country and the Russian Federation," Sergei Nalyvaiko said.
According to him, there is mutual interest in tourism. "Tourism in many countries generates a significant share of GDP. Belarus and Russia also have large reserves in this sector. There is room to grow," the minister said.