AMUR OBLAST, 12 April (BelTA) – Belarus and Russia will surely endure in the current circumstances. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko expressed confidence about it during negotiations with President of Russia Vladimir Putin at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia's Amur Oblast on 12 April, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Lukashenko thanked his Russian counterpart for inviting Belarusian construction companies to participate in the construction of facilities at the cosmodrome, to get involved in this huge construction project: “Thank you for inviting us to participate in this construction. We will surely accept your proposal and offer interesting options to you.” In his words, this proposal testifies to a very high level of trust.
Aleksandr Lukashenko pointed out that Belarus has had a powerful civil engineering industry since the Soviet Union times. It was a beacon for the entire huge country. “We've preserved it. We have large private companies, very powerful state-run construction trusts, which not only offer turn-key construction from zero but have their own facilities to make construction materials,” he said. “It turns out we can be useful including as part of such giant construction projects like the construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome.”
The president remarked that one feels no influence of Western sanctions when one visits such facilities like the Vostochny Cosmodrome. “One walks around and feels nothing. Everything is of domestic make. People are busy working. Thousands of people are employed at the site,” he said.
Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed that Russians can always count on Belarus' aid. “You can count on Belarusians,” he stressed. “Know it that in any situation (we are convinced of it but Russians should be convinced of it, too) we will always be nearby regardless of how the situation may develop. And no one should think that Russia is so huge… Mighty indeed. It takes half a day to fly from one side to another. Belarus is smaller. But great things come in small packages. We have something to contribute to huge Russia. We will endure. We need a bit of time.”