Lukashenko meets with governor of Russia’s Irkutsk Oblast


Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko met with Governor of Russia's Irkutsk Oblast Igor Kobzev in Irkutsk on 5 June, BelTA has learned.

The Belarusian head of state was greeted with bread and salt and folk songs in front of the Irkutsk Oblast Government building. Veterans of war and labor, artists of the folklore group of the Irkutsk Association of Belarusian Culture and the Obereg folk group of the Irkutsk regional folk art center came to welcome Aleksandr Lukashenko. 

Igor Kobzev informed the Belarusian president about the region’s capabilities and industrial potential. He dwelt on the economy of the region and talked about the major investment projects underway in the region.

“Today we need and want the presence of our brothers, colleagues and partners. We are always open,” the governor said.

After meeting with Igor Kobzev, Aleksandr Lukashenko talked to local residents: the townspeople gathered near the administration waiting for the Belarusian president. As it turned out, many of them have relatives in Belarus.

“Visit us more often,” Irkutsk citizens asked the Belarusian president taking memorable photos with him.

Then the head of state went to Irkutsk Aviation Plant.

Belarus and Irkutsk Oblast have long-standing strong relations. This Russian region is a long-standing important partner of Belarus in trade, investment, and culture.

Belarus and Russia are known to pay special attention to the development of aircraft construction. The Russian aircraft industry is implementing large-scale projects to increase the output of civil aircraft. Belarusian enterprises have long been involved in this work and supply aircraft components, units and assemblies.

Other areas of cooperation include forestry and construction. In addition, Belarusian mining and quarry machinery, trucks, and passenger vehicle may be of interest to Irkutsk Oblast.

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