The Belarusian-Russian twin-town relations create a unique environment for productive trade and economic cooperation and the development of public diplomacy as well as make up a spiritual component part of the brotherhood of the two nations, Council of the Republic of the National Assembly, Chairman of the Belarusian public organization Twinned Towns Boris Batura said at the 8th meeting of Belarusian and Russian twin towns in Podolsk on 27 November, BelTA informs.
"Such forums have deep sense and special motivation for both Belarusians and Russians. On the back of the increasing disunity between the states and nations, it is great that such notions as the spiritual strength of our ties and friendship still mean a lot to us. At the same time we understand that they cannot be treated as granted, as well," Boris Batura said.
In his words, ensuring cultural and spiritual compatibility of the nations and mutual recognition of values is a passport to success of the good neighborliness policy, the implementation of interstate economic, political and social programs, business projects.
Today's need in expanding the civil society dialogue has increased many times and twin-town relations are of huge importance. According to Boris Batura, the current meeting highlights cooperation between Russian and Belarusian twin towns for the development of economic, investment and social projects in the Eurasian Economic Union.
According to the member of the Council of the Republic of Belarus, local authorities, companies and institutions, figures of science and culture should remain an important link in the development of the civil position, moral and patriotic education aimed at the protection, preservation and strengthening the Belarusian-Russian ties and mutual relations.
According to Boris Batura, these meetings are important for twin towns. They help coordinate and unite, give an opportunity to share experience and simply to shake hands. Boris Batura also named cities that had already made the history of the twin-town movement as the venues for Belarusian-Russian meetings: Gomel and Mytishchi, Vitebsk and Bryansk, Novopolotsk, Smolensk and Minsk.
Boris Batura expressed gratitude to the authorities of Moscow Oblast and Podolsk that hosted yet another Belarusian-Russian meeting. He also thanked Executive Vice President of the international organization Twinned Towns Professor Sergei Paramonov for the organization of the forum and also to head of Podolsk Urban District Nikolai Pestov.