Meeting with head of the Udmurt Republic Alexander Solovyov

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Belarus and Udmurtia need to advance cooperation to a higher level, President of the Republic of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with head of the Udmurt Republic Alexander Solovyov on 27 February.

The President stressed that it is important to enhance cooperation to overcome the negative trends in the bilateral trade between Belarus and Udmurtia. “We have a lot of common interests. We are ready to consider all the suggestions of your delegation and to come up with concrete agreements that will give a boost to the bilateral cooperation,” Aleksandr Lukashenko emphasized. The head of state also guaranteed that Belarus will do its best to implement previous agreements.

The Belarusian leader noted that the trade between Udmurtia and Belarus had shrunk in recent years. There are some objective reasons behind it. “However, we should not be okay with it and we are not. After all, our common economic union that became operational in 2015 offers additional opportunities to boost the bilateral contacts. The union is designed to create as comfortable conditions as possible for promoting cooperation between the member states,” the President noted.

The head of state expressed confidence that joint efforts will help Belarus and Udmurtia overcome the negative trends in the bilateral trade. Aleksandr Lukashenko reminded that the trade was several times bigger in its heyday. “We should strive to replace the commodities we used to trade in – that was mostly the export of oil products - by the supplies of agricultural products, machinery and consumer goods. We can do that,” the President said. In his words, Belarus is ready to build up the export of a broad range of agricultural and road construction machinery, passenger transport, municipal vehicles and automobiles to the Udmurt Republic.

Apart from that, Belarus produces high quality foodstuffs and light industry products. He expressed confidence that the delegation of the Udmurt Republic could see it with their own eyes during their tour to Belarusian enterprises.

“It is important to pay due attention to industrial cooperation. This way we will be able to make the most of our industrial, scientific, technological and intellectual potential and get the necessary synergic effect,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. He illustrated his point by mentioning the successfully operating joint venture Udmurtagrosnab.

The head of state noted that both Belarus and Udmurtia prioritize the development of agriculture. If Udmurtia is interested, Belarus can share best practices in growing and processing a broad range of agricultural products, including flax. The head of state expressed confidence that the two parties should establish long-term cooperation in the field of transport, road construction, municipal services and humanitarian field.

Alexander Solovyov, for his part, remarked that as part of the visit the delegation of Udmurtia held a number of successful business meetings and added that it will have a positive influence on bilateral relations.