MINSK, 3 November (BelTA) – Rostov Oblast of Russia offers Belarus its port services, but some issues need to be resolved at the federal level, Rostov Oblast Governor Vasily Golubev said as he met with Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko in Minsk, BelTA has learned.
The governor welcomed the progress in cooperation between Rostov Oblast and Belarus. He emphasized the importance of a detailed study of cooperation opportunities, which is needed to draft plans that are not declarative in nature, but practical and can translate into specific projects.
In particular, one of the promising areas of cooperation is the use of Rostov Oblast port infrastructure by Belarus. “I think that our Belarusian partners, our brothers and friends are interested in increasing export supplies. As you know, the Azov-Black Sea basin - our ports in Azov, Taganrog, Rostov - is a topic that requires constant attention. At the same time, we understand that the solution of some issues depends, among other things, on the Russian federal authorities. For example, Russian Railways. We are constantly working on this,” Vasily Golubev said.
According to him, infrastructure upgrade and development is needed in view of the increased workload on Rostov Oblast. “I hope that tomorrow, during my meeting with the government of the Russian Federation, we will discuss this matter with the deputy prime ministers who are in charge of this area of cooperation. This is important for us,” the governor added.
Talking to journalists after the meeting, Vasily Golubev clarified that the port infrastructure of Rostov Oblast is operating at capacity, but it is still possible to expand its use. “To do this, it is necessary to make sure that cooperation projects that we discuss during the working trip do not remain on paper, but are implemented on the ground. This will generate new export opportunities for both Russia and Belarus. We have begun to deal with this issue. And I am sure that we will find a solution. The new situation we are now opens up new opportunities,” he said.
Speaking about the issues that need to be resolved through Russian Railways, the governor explained that it is necessary, among other things, to expand the capacity of some transport sections to increase the throughput. “They include Rostov-Glavny, Rostov-Tovarny. This is our task,” said Vasily Golubev.
Speaking about other areas of cooperation, he mentioned the agricultural industry. “This is our traditional strongpoint that can bring benefits for Belarus and our region, and, most importantly, for people. Very specific steps have already been taken,” said the Rostov Oblast governor.