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04 January 2024, 13:24

Ambassador: Belarus should strive for Soviet-era heights in its relations with India

Mikhail Kasko
Mikhail Kasko
MINSK, 4 January (BelTA) – Belarus needs to try to restore the kind of relations with India that the Soviet Union had, the newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to India Mikhail Kasko told reporters, BelTA has learned.
 
When making personnel decisions, the president urged to consistently expand contacts in key areas of cooperation, primarily in the economy. “We should try to bring back all the good things that we had back in the Soviet period, when many students studied in our country, assembly factories were in operation, and the widest range of equipment was supplied,” said the ambassador. “We should try to restore this, focusing on two, three, four breakthrough projects,” he remarked.
 
“We should ship the products that are of interest to India, and purchase from them what is of interest to us,” added Mikhail Kasko. For example, it is necessary to build on the cooperation potential in the pharmaceutical industry that was first untapped during the Soviet period. “It is a win-win, as Belarus will get investments and medical substances,” the ambassador noted. Belarus, in turn, is ready to continue supplying potash fertilizers and mechanical engineering products to India.
 
The ambassador is confident that new prospects for interaction with India will emerge once Belarus is granted a full membership status at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

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