ST PETERSBURG, 25 June (BelTA) – Cooperation with Belarus advances in a positive manner. President of Russia Vladimir Putin made the relevant statement as he met with Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko in St Petersburg on 25 June, BelTA has learned.
After welcoming the Belarusian leader, the Russian president noted that their meeting was taking place on the day of the 30th anniversary since Belarus-Russia diplomatic relations had been established. “It is not a routine day, this is why you and I had agreed to meet. And our volume of interaction requires us to constantly compare notes, just what we are doing,” Vladimir Putin said to explain the need for a meeting with Aleksandr Lukashenko.
It was noted that Belarus-Russia trade rose by more than a third in 2021 to over $38 billion. Growth continued in January-April 2022, with the growth rate hitting 110%, Aleksandr Lukashenko specified.
Vladimir Putin said: “So we are on the right track, from the look of it. Russia invested $4 billion in economy in previous years, it is our direct investments. Belarusian enterprises have made investments, too. We have good big joint projects.”