MINSK, 29 April (BelTA) - Chairwoman of the Council of the Republic Natalya Kochanova met with State Secretary of the Union State of Belarus and Russia Dmitry Mezentsev in Minsk on 29 April, BelTA learned from the press service of the upper house of the Belarusian parliament.
The agenda was wide: from Belarusian-Russian cooperation in the social, economic, scientific and cultural avenues to specific projects and events.
At the beginning of the meeting, Natalya Kochanova spoke about the anniversaries and events timed to them, which will be held in Belarus in the Year of Historical Memory. In particular, the parties talked about the 1030th anniversary of the founding of the first Polotsk diocese in the Belarusian lands and the 1160th anniversary of Polotsk, the oldest city of Belarus.
The 9th Forum of the Regions of Belarus of Russia, and the joint patriotic project The Memory Train were discussed in great detail. Natalya Kochanova said that the organizing committee has already prepared a program, a train schedule, the uniform participants and symbols."We very much hope that, like the Forum of the Regions of Belarus and Russia, the Memory Train will become a traditional event. It's about our roots, history, memory. Every year there are fewer veterans and witnesses of those terrible events. Therefore, it is very important now to keep this memory alive, to involve young people in these efforts so that it is passed down from generation to generation," the speaker emphasized.
In general, the parties acknowledged that the governments, parliaments, and other state bodies in the Union State operate quite successfully. However, there are still many issues that still need to be worked on.
The parties thanked each other for fruitful cooperation and expressed mutual interest in further close cooperation across a wide range of areas.