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21 June 2024, 09:00

Minsk, Russia’s Penza Oblast discuss cooperation prospects

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MINSK, 21 June (BelTA) – Minsk is interested in interaction with Russia’s Penza Oblast across the board, including in economy, culture, education, and healthcare. Cooperation matters were discussed at a meeting between Minsk First Deputy Mayor Nadezhda Lazarevich and Penza Oblast Vice-Governor  Sergei Fedotov, BelTA has learned.

In 2023, during the celebration of the 956th anniversary of the Belarusian capital, the parties signed a cooperation memorandum. The Penza Oblast delegation took part in the international economic cooperation forum held on the eve of the celebrations. This year, representatives of the Russian region plan to visit Belarus on 3 July, a day when the country will celebrate the 80th anniversary of Minsk liberation from the Nazi invaders.

According to Nadezhda Lazarevich, the regions have established friendly relations, and their trade is on the rise. “There are many areas that are of interest to us. We will step up economic cooperation, look into the possibility to increase supplies of products. Cooperation in education, healthcare, and cultural exchanges are also important,” noted the first deputy mayor.

On 20 June Sergei Fedotov attended a gala concert at the Palace of the Republic and was very impressed by the scale of the event. He also invited a delegation from Minsk to visit Penza Oblast in mid-July for Field Day, a traditional event held in Kamenka District to celebrate workers of the agricultural industry. The Tarkhany museum-reserve is getting ready for the annual All-Russia Lermontov Poetry Festival. It will be held for the 53rd time and promises to be special, because 2024 marks the 210th anniversary of the birth of the great Russian poet Mikhail Lermontov and the 85th anniversary of the foundation of the museum.

On 20 June the parties focused on discussing the drafting of a roadmap to implement the cooperation memorandum between the Minsk City Council and the Penza Oblast government.
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