AMUR OBLAST, 12 April (BelTA) - Belarus is ready to send its builders and specialists to the Vostochny Cosmodrome within a short time, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he spoke to the cosmonauts and employees of the Vostochny Cosmodrome on 12 April, BelTA has learned.
One of the employees asked the leaders when to expect builders from Belarus at the cosmodrome. “As soon as you need them!” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
The head of state added that his Russian counterpart spoke about the work under sanctions and expressed confidence in overcoming their negative impact successfully. The Belarusian leader said that during the visit to the cosmodrome it seemed to him that there were no sanctions at all. Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “You do everything with your own hands. Why do we bother about these sanctions? Won't we be able to build houses? Yes, we will. We will do everything. We just need a little time. That's why the president invited me here so that I could see everything with my own eyes.
“To take a look at the volume, at the scale,” Vladimir Putin added.
In his words, Belarusian builders have a very good reputation, and it is not the only area for cooperation on space issues. Vladimir Putin stressed that Belarus has good enterprises from the Soviet times whose experience and know-how are now in demand in joint space projects with Russia. “Belarus has good Soviet-period plants. Aleksandr Grigoriyevich supported them, helped them survive. We will use their know-how and experience. These are absolutely concrete things,” the Russian president said.
Vladimir Putin is sure that just as the USSR achieved tremendous success in conditions of technological isolation, Belarus and Russia will overcome the sanctions pressure for the quality development of certain areas. “We will work with those of our partners who want to cooperate. We will be raising our own competences,” the Russian leader said.