ZHODINO, 8 October (BelTA) – The meeting of Belarusian and Russian sister cities is a symbol of friendship and unity of the two states, Chairman of the Board of the Belarusian public association Sister Cities, Chairman of the Council of Elders under the Presidium of the Council of the Republic Boris Batura said at the opening of the 10th meeting of sister cities of Belarus and Russia, BelTA has learned.
“It was not easy for us to get together in this difficult time: the world is shaken by political and economic instability, and the epidemiological situation remains alarming. Undoubtedly, there are also many concerns at the local level that require daily attention and involvement. Nevertheless, we are here, in the Belarusian city of Zhodino, and I would like to quote a poetic line “It's great that we all have gathered here today”, because our meeting is a symbol of our friendship, our priorities and unity,” Boris Batura emphasized.
According to him, the need for dialogue between nations has increased many times over. “This is not only about economic interests. We are witnessing the deterioration of the social and political situation across the world; entire hostile structures are working to replace concepts and values. Our cultural, civilizational and spiritual unity, our brotherhood sealed in blood during the Great Patriotic War have been put to the test,” Boris Batura said.