Belarus, Russia Presidents urge to keep high growth rate of bilateral trade
The Presidents of Belarus and Russia believe it is necessary to keep the high growth rate of bilateral trade. The statement was made during the opening of the talks in an extended format in Brest, reported Belta.
For the four months 2008, trade between the two countries was up 65% from the same period 2007. According to Dmitry Medvedev, it is necessary to keep that pace. "The fact that trade is increasing despite the difficulties on the international financial and food markets is a good sign. The trade was up by two thirds. This is not little. Last year we had trade worth $26 billion. And we would like to increase this figure", the President of Russia said. He also said that it is necessary to take all efforts to keep this dynamics during the year.
"There are other issues in our relations, but still economy determines the development of the two countries", Dmitry Medvedev noted.
The visit of Dmitry Medvedev to Belarus as the Russian President "is a working trip", Foreign Minister of Belarus Sergei Martynov told BelTA, "The fact that the visit was held on June 22, which is an important day for Belarus and Russia, gives it special importance attesting, above all, to the common past and close ties between the two nations", the Foreign Minister said.