Meeting with Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov

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Production, construction, and innovations should be the driving force of the Belarus-Tatarstan economic cooperation progress, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov on 18 October.

“Of course, our bilateral relations are comprehensive and versatile. Tatarstan is among the top ten trade partners of Belarus among Russian regions,” the head of state remarked. “We believe that production, construction, and innovations are the main driving force of our progress. Besides, there are good prospects in the agricultural industry, we can outline joint projects in this sector.”

In his words, despite the trade turnover has been falling in recent time, Belarus and Tatarstan have a big potential for making up leeway.

The cooperation in the oil and gas industry is one of the priorities. According to the President, he Belarusian industrial group Belorusneft can be involved in the oil industry of Tatarstan. “We would like our company to be work with you. Trust me, it will be much cheaper to work with us than with other companies. Belarus can sign subcontracts or other contracts with you. Thanks to our good relations, I think that our company will benefit from this work, and that you will benefit from it too,” the Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The head of state mentioned the cooperation with the company Tatneft which has opened a network of filling stations in Belarus. “We have a bigger potential. We can agree on the more active involvement of your company in the cooperation and implementation of projects in Belarus. This pertains to oil processing, sale of oil products, the work outside Belarus,” the President said.

The head of state deemed it necessary to promote bilateral projects. These are the project to assemble equipment at the elevator plant in Kazan and to make tractors at the automobile plant in Yelabuga. It is also possible to enhance cooperation ties in the production of cars and vehicle components. In his opinion, Belstankoinstrument Holding Company can take part in the equipment upgrade of Tatarstan enterprises.

In order to restore the trade turnover, it is also possible to deliver Belarusian passenger, freight, municipal, and road engineering equipment, including the equipment running on gas fuel.

Given the robust construction of residential housing and infrastructure facilities in Tatarstan, there are good prospects for cooperation in the construction industry. “We are ready to build houses in Tatarstan, export cement, ceramic tiles, polished glass, other materials and equipment for the designing and turn-key construction of objects in your regions,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

Belarus-Tatarstan interregional ties should play a bigger role in the enhancement of mutually beneficial cooperation.

The participants of the meeting pointed out a high level of interaction in various fields. It can serve as an example for the development of cooperation with other regions and in the interstate relations of Belarus and Russia in general.