ST PETERSBURG, 25 June (BelTA) – Belarus is satisfied with the location the Russian side has provided for building a Belarusian port on the Baltic Sea shore. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement as he met with President of Russia Vladimir Putin in St Petersburg on 25 June, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “I've been to Bronka where we intend to build the Belarusian port. Thank you for support. You've approved that construction project. I looked around. I was very pleased to see what Kronshtadt is. To encounter it face to face. The dam which construction was completed with your huge assistance. And I wanted to see other places. I wanted to see what St Petersburg is from water. It was very important for me. And useful from the point of construction of port facilities.”
The president added: “We are satisfied with the location you have earmarked and supported. A good place. We have already started loading small amounts of mineral fertilizers over there. I think it will be the most powerful port over there. Its capacity may not even be enough for us. But as we've agreed, we will wait and see whether we need to expand it.”
BelTA reported earlier that Aleksandr Lukashenko was made familiar with progress of construction of the Belarusian port in Bronka in the first half of the day on 25 June.
The multifunctional sea transshipping complex Bronka is the only deep-water terminal in the St Petersburg port. The depth of the terminal's approach canal and water area is 14.4m. Port Bronka is conveniently placed thanks to the short approach canal (only 13 nautical miles from the receiving buoy), short distance to the railway station Bronka (1.2km railway), and connection to the St Petersburg ring road. The transshipping complex Bronka is located to the southwest of St Petersburg and outside the city limits.