Lukashenka notes progress in expansion of Belarusian-Georgian cooperation

Alyaksandr Lukashenka noted progress in the expansion of Belarusian-Georgian cooperation while he was meeting with Georgian Vice Prime Minister/Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze in Minsk on September 4.

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“A whole complex of impressions, knowledge and our relations push us to continue to have very close, friendly relations with the Georgian people,” the presidential press office quoted Mr. Lukashenka as saying. “Thanks God we have been very intensively developing our relations recently. Of course, this would be impossible without the foreign ministries. We virtually have no disputes. You need us a lot, and we need you a lot. Our economies do not compete with each other.”

Mr. Lukashenka confirmed Belarusian machine-building companies’ willingness to continue to supply necessary products to Georgia.

“We enthusiastically start developing new models of vehicles in order to make them for Georgia and [other] mountainous countries where it is necessary to till small pieces of land that are fertile and give a good yield,” Mr. Lukashenka said.

He noted great respect for and a great interest in the Georgian people and Georgian culture among Belarusians.

“We are always ready to work together and cooperate,” Mr. Lukashenka said. “You are not foreign to us. Georgians are our brothers.”

According to Mr. Lukashenka, Belarusians preserve the memory of Georgian citizens who were killed while liberating the Soviet Union in general and Belarus in particular from the Nazi invaders.

“The two countries have a lot of common history despite the fact that they are somewhat far away from each other geographically,” Mr. Lukashenka said. “We know that the great Georgian nation, Georgian culture contributed to the development of the cultures of other peoples, including ours.”

Belarus is always ready to help Georgia in a difficult situation, Mr. Lukashenka noted.

“There has recently been an emergency in the mountains in your country. One call from you and we responded to your emergency,” he said. “Our people will always be an example of how it is necessary to carry out your duties, irrespective of where you are. That was a good example showing that you can always rely on your Belarusians. You are always welcome in Belarus.”

Last month the Belarusian emergency management ministry sent a Mil Mi-26 helicopter and a 10-strong firefighting crew to Georgia to help with battling a raging wildfire.