Meeting with Governor of Primorsky Krai Oleg Kozhemyako
is ready to play its role in the development of Russia’s Primorsky
Krai, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with
Governor of Primorsky Krai Oleg Kozhemyako in Minsk on 16 July.
should know we have never had closed themes with Russia, even more so
with you. We will respond to any request, do everything we can for you
despite the distance (the distance is not so important nowadays.
Although I always think that if you were closer to us, we could have
done more for Russia and Belarus)…,” the Belarusian leader said.
his opinion, the important task for the head of a region is to
implement a large landmark project which could serve as an example and
clearly testify to the effectiveness of the work of the governor. “If
Primorsky Krai has such project and see our role there, please rest
assured that we will be ready to play our part,” the President said.
said that Belarus is ready to supply Primorsky Krai with farm machines,
engineering goods, vehicles for passenger transport. “We are ready to
take part in equipment procurement bids openly and honestly. We are
willing to set up joint ventures, to provide any support and assistance,
including in the development of the agricultural industry,” the head of
state underlined. “You can count on us. We will be reliable friends,
partners for you,” he added.
The President noted that he closely watched the career of Oleg Kozhemyako,
his work on the posts of governors of Sakhalin Oblast and Amur Oblast of
Russia, and since 2018 the head of Primorsky Krai. Throughout his work
on the high posts the relations between the Russian regions and Belarus
developed and improved.
this connection Aleksandr Lukashenko expressed the hope for continued
constructive interaction. “I said to the Russian president: “Ok, you
transferred our friend [Oleg Kozhemyako’s transfer to the post of
governor of Primorsky Krai from the post of the governor of Sakhalin
Oblast] but we will conceive some projects there, in Primorsky Krai,
too. He replied that he would be happy,” the Belarusian leader informed.
Lukashenko said that the Russian leadership highly assesses the work of
Oleg Kozhemyako in the Far Eastern regions and that Russian President
Vladimir Putin invited him to visit these regions. “He invited me twice
this year to visit the Far East of Russia, to go to Vladivostok, the
Russky island. He is very proud of this island and I know why. A lot has
been done there lately. Indeed, Vladivostok got a new lease on life.
There are prospects for development,” he explained.
President repeatedly noted that Belarus is willing to maintain
effective cooperation with Primorsky Krai. “Please be assured, we will
always be your reliable friends. Whatever the relations between the
states are, our personal ties and your ties with Belarus are inviolable,
and we are ready to help at any time,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
his part, Oleg Kozhemyako thanked for the assessment of the joint work
which has contributed to the development of the Far Eastern regions of
Russia over the years. “We have implemented many good projects, useful
for companies of Russia's Far East and Belarus. We have created a good
strong foundation of trust, mutual respect. This is something which will
be used as the starting point in the development of the trade, social
and economic relations between Belarus and Primorsky Krai,” the governor
people in Primorsky Krai have roots in Belarus. “For us this bond is
unbreakable. It is in our hearts. So we will continue to work for the
benefit of our peoples,” Oleg Kozhemyako noted.
governor stressed that Belarus has always lended a helping hand in
difficult times, provided humanitarian assistance, including during the
floods in the Amur Oblast. In addition, great progress has been made in
the development of comprehensive cooperation, implementation of joint
projects in the agricultural sector. He expressed confidence that his
first trip to Belarus as the head of Primorsky Krai will help develop a
roadmap and draw up plans that will be implemented in the future.
President Aleksandr Lukashenko awarded the Order of Honor to Governor
of Russia’s Primorsky Krai Oleg Kozhemyako. The head of state presented
the high award to the head of the Russian region in a solemn ceremony at
the Palace of Independence in Minsk.
Lukashenko thanked Oleg Kozhemyako for the trustworthy constructive
cooperation with Belarus and highlighted his efforts to promote economic
cooperation, his considerable contribution to the strengthening of the
traditions of friendship and cooperation between Belarus and Russia.