MINSK, 9 September (BelTA) – Murmansk Oblast will buy more Belarusian machines, vehicles, and equipment. Governor of Russia's Murmansk Oblast Andrei Chibis made the statement during an international forum on economic cooperation timed to the 955th anniversary of Minsk, BelTA has learned.
Andrei Chibis said: “Belarus and Murmansk Oblast are connected by old and very tight manufacturing cooperation ties. We have a very solid foundation of mutual relations. 300 BelAZ haul trucks are used in mines and quarries of our mining companies. 200 units of passenger transport of Belarusian make enable comfortable transportation for residents of not only Murmansk but other cities. This solid foundation presents new opportunities today.”
The governor remarked that Western sanctions present additional challenges for Belarus and Russia. “But as we tackle those challenges, we grow stronger and more united and achieve new results in interaction,” the governor noted.
Andrei Chibis met with Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko, Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko, deputy prime ministers, and ministers on 8 September. The official said: “We are transitioning to a brand new level of cooperation. Our flagship joint project is the transshipment of Belarusian exports via Murmansk Oblast ports. It is a new milestone in our mutual relations. Apart from that, we will increase purchases of machines, vehicles, and equipment from Belarusian enterprises by several times.”
Plans have been made to build an ironworks in Murmansk Oblast. The governor said that Belarusian companies had been hired for it. “It proves both your competences and our trust in Belarusian colleagues,” he added.
The international forum on economic cooperation is taking place in the National Library of Belarus today. It is timed to the 955th anniversary of the Belarusian capital city. An exhibition of Minsk's industrial sector has been opened outside the library, too. It features products made by MTZ, MAZ, Amkodor, and Belkommunmash.