MINSK, 13 September (BelTA) – Belarus and Russia will continue defending the truth concerning the two countries. Chairwoman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus Natalya Kochanova made the statement as she met with members of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, BelTA has learned. The senators represent Russia's Krasnodar Territory.
Natalya Kochanova said: “The Krasnodar Territory governor attended our Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia. He and I became acquainted. Krasnodar Territory and Belarus are connected by good relations. Not only in economy although it is important. Our trade has increased. Russia's south is a bread basket. You know the Belarus president's attitude to agriculture. A great deal has been done and is being done to support our country's agribusiness. We are glad that we've had a good harvest this year, the weather helped. This is why our cooperation advances but there is no limit for perfection.”
In her words, it is very important for the upper chambers of the Belarusian parliament and the Russian one to start cooperating in work with youth. “In my opinion, the Memory Train is a unique project. I intend to visit Moscow soon and together with Valentina Matviyenko we are going to discuss this project for the next year. We've set up a youth council under the National Assembly, the second convocation has been recently elected. This is why we will be happy if our young people become friends and cooperate with each other. They communicate as it is. But if tight relations are established with Krasnodar Territory, it will be amazing. We will think about some other projects that will allow us to work with regard to the youth policy. Future belongs to young people and we should promote this cooperation. In turn, we will do our best,” the speaker of the upper chamber of the Belarusian parliament noted. “And certainly the 28 Union State programs, which were signed by the presidents of our countries at a Supreme State Council session. We've agreed we will monitor their realization.”
There are many avenues for Belarus-Russia cooperation, Natalya Kochanova stated. The speaker stressed that governors had established interaction but it is also necessary to organize the exchange of visits at the level of heads of oblast, city, and district councils of deputies. “Yes, there are twinned cities, they indeed explore all avenues of cooperation, but there are not so many official visits of lawmakers of the two countries. It seems to me the number is insufficient. When Valentina Matviyenko and I summarized results of the Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia in an informal setting, I put forward this initiative and she backed me up,” the senator continued. “It seems to me that members of the parliament, senators represent a main component in cooperation between our countries. And together we are going to do everything in order to counteract the challenges our countries face these days. What we are actually doing. We support each other on all the international platforms. And now we need it more than ever due to the totally crazy West with its sanctions. This is why together we should do everything to defend the truth concerning our countries. I am convinced cooperation in various areas will produce results.”