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05 June 2024, 06:42

Lukashenko fulfills one of his longtime dreams during his visit to Irkutsk

IRKUTSK, 5 June (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko went to see Lake Baikal during his visit to Russia's Irkutsk Oblast, BelTA has learned.

Together with Governor of Irkutsk Oblast Igor Kobzev and Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Siberian Federal District Anatoly Seryshev, the head of state took a boat trip along the Circum-Baikal railroad.

By the way, the section of the Circum-Baikal railroad running along the lake shoreline along the foot of the Olkhinsky plateau from the town of Slyudyanka to Baikal village is a unique example of engineering art. In 1902-1905 it was literally carved out in the rocks above Baikal. There are 424 engineering constructions on the 84km section of the road, including 39 tunnels with the total length of almost 9km, 47 stone galleries, 14km of supporting walls. At the beginning of the 20th century this section of the road was called “the golden buckle of Russia's steel belt”.

The president repeatedly spoken about his desire to visit unique natural places in Russia, including Lake Baikal.


“Lake Baikal, Altai, Primorye, Sakhalin and Kamchatka... One should visit and see these miracles of nature,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said at a meeting with Governor of Primorye Territory Oleg Kozhemyako in Minsk in September 2020. 

A couple of years later, in April 2022, the head of state once again touched upon this topic during his visit to the Far East of Russia.

The Belarusian leader said that he would be interested in visiting Kamchatka, Sakhalin, Magadan, Chukotka, Altai, Lake Baikal in Russia. “For me, this is of great interest. I more or less imagine everything else,” he explained.

Aleksandr Lukashenko emphasized that during the years of his presidency he had traveled around the world and can say that Russia is a unique place. “There is no better resort to go skiing than Sochi,” the head of state said. He also emphasized the ecology, the cleanest air in places like Primorye Territory. “To see, to breathe fresh air… It is only here,” he said. 
Aleksandr Lukashenko was also recommended to visit these incredibly beautiful places by his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. "There are so many interesting things in Russia. There is such beauty that I have not seen yet and I want to see it. Vladimir Putin suggested I go to Altai, Baikal, Kamchatka, stay there and see the sights. For me, Russia is open. This is very interesting to me," the head of state said in one of the interviews.
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