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Official visit to Belarus

June 24-25, 2009: The official delegation of the Rostov Oblast headed by Governor Vladimir Tchoob visited the Republic of Belarus. Among the delegates of the Rostov Oblast were: Mayor of Taganrog Nikolay Fedyanin, President of the TICCI Alexander Amerkhanov, Director for Strategic Development of the Krasny Kotelshchik, Deputy of the Taganrog City Council (Duma) and Director of Municipal Corp. Spetsavtokhozyastvo Valery Selivanov, and Foreign Relations Officer Alexander Mirgorodskiy.

The visit's highlight was the meeting between Governor Tchoob and Rostov Oblast delegates with the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. The parties discussed the possibilities of further expansion of contacts between the Rostov Oblast and Byelorussia, development of industrial cooperation and sales of farm machinery. The President of Belarus in his address highlighted that there are no problems that cannot be solved between Byelorussia and Russia. The Republic is always open for Russia and Russian people. Governor Vladimir Tchoob thanked the President for the invitation to visit Belarus on an official visit, for warmness and kindness of the hosts and emphasized that he welcomed the changes that are taking place in Belarus. The Governor also pointed out at positive dynamics of our relations. Since 2002 when the "Agreement on extensive cooperation, development of trade, economy and scientific and cultural exchanges" was signed, the trade turnover between Rostov Oblast and Belarus grew more than threefold.

Mayor Fedyanin and Mayor Gordich (right) sign a partnership agreement between the cities (Governor Tchoob and Prime Minister Sidorsky standing)

The delegation also met with the Byelorussian Prime-Minister Sergey Sidorski at the House of the Government. At the meeting with Byelorussian Prime-Minister the Mayors of Rostov on Don and Taganrog signed sister city agreements with their counterparts from the cities of Gomel and Pinsk (Brest Oblast) respectively.

The members of the Rostov delegation visited the Minsk Tractor Factory, "Belkommunmash" factory producing street carts and trolley buses, agricultural fabric "Dzerzhinski" and the National Library of Belarus.

Rostov Delegation on excursion to the National Library of Belarus