MINSK, 19 December (BelTA) - The Belarusian-Russian talks at the highest level in Minsk were very productive, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a one-on-one meeting with Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko after the extended-format negotiations with the participation of government members, BelTA has learned.
"I think that today's meeting was very productive," the Russian leader said.
Vladimir Putin noted that people will make assessment of the decisions worked out during the negotiations based on the results of the joint work. "Last year there was already a 30% increase in trade, and this means specific things. These are jobs, wages for people. This year we can reach $40 billion in trade. This is a large, serious volume," the Russian president said.
He also drew attention to the fact that the countries cooperate in manufacturing industries in various fields, in agriculture, including the supply of agricultural products. "These are the key things. Industrial cooperation… I think that's very important. Haulage, transport...,” Vladimir Putin noted.