Important documents aimed at developing the strategic cooperation between Belarus and Russia in urgent issues will be signed at the forthcoming session of the Supreme State Council of the Union State, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said when meeting with Governor of the Saratov oblast Pavel Ipatov in Minsk on November 11, reported Belta.
The head of state said that the preparations for the session of the Supreme State Council are underway. The session will sum up the results and set out the goals for the foreseeable future. "As the chairman of the supreme body of the Union State I say that this is going to be a special meeting," Alexander Lukashenko said.
According to the President of Belarus, regional cooperation plays a big role in strengthening the friendship between the two fraternal peoples. This is the basis of bilateral relations. The issues of practical integration will head the meeting on November 11. According to Alexander Lukashenko, the Saratov oblast is a rapidly developing region of Russia which buys various goods from Belarus. On its part Belarus has got something to offer to the Russians. The Saratov oblast supplies Belarus with such resources as oil, inorganic chemistry products, mineral fertilisers. According to the head of state, Belarus and this Russian region have established strong economic relations. A proof to it is the trade which reached $162 million over the nine months 2008 and surpassed last year's level. A Belarusian governmental delegation has recently visited the Saratov oblast. During the visit the sides signed the agreements to develop and strengthen bilateral links.
According to the head of state, there is another important area of cooperation with the Saratov oblast which is the studying of the Russian experience in the construction of nuclear power plants. "We would like to learn this new activity from you. We will appreciate your assistance in training and exchanging the personnel for the nuclear power plant that is to be built in Belarus," Alexander Lukashenko said.
In his words, there are many areas for efficient cooperation between Belarus and the Saratov oblast. Belarus is ready to take part in the programmes that are being implemented in the Saratov oblast and invite Saratov colleagues to partake in the Belarusian projects.
"We are ready to cooperate in all areas with this powerful industrial and agricultural region. I think these contacts will be advantageous for you too. If you are interested in military, technical and other areas we are ready to provide assistance," the President said.