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Country News

3 December 2012

Belarus invited to deep-water port project in Kaliningrad Oblast

MINSK, 3 December (BelTA) – Kaliningrad Oblast suggests that Belarus should consider the possibility of taking part in the construction and consequent operation of a deep-water port. The information was released by Kaliningrad Oblast Governor Mr Nikolai Tsukanov at the meeting with President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on 3 December, BelTA has learned. The Governor said: “A deep-water port will be designed in 2013. We are ready to consider Belarus’ participation not only in the construction but, possibly, in the consequent operation of one terminal or the entire port”. Nikolai Tsukanov said: “Kaliningrad Oblast is traditionally concerned with cargo and passenger transit. Today we are going to meet each other half way and I am thankful to the Belarusian side for supporting us in the dialogue with Lithuania and our neighbors. We may discuss the construction of a speedway between Minsk and Moscow and between Minsk and Kaliningrad. It is a very important project for us. Certainly, we will have to discuss this project with our partners from Lithuania”. Speaking about the bilateral trade and economic cooperation, Nikolai Tsukanov pointed out that the mutual trade turnover was rising but still there was a potential to raise it considerably. He agreed with Alexander Lukashenko that the sides should use advantages of the Customs Union and the Single Economic Space to expand the bilateral cooperation. “I am convinced that our trade turnover can be much larger,” said the Governor.

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