A regular Russia-Belarus foreign-ministry consultation on the issues of bilateral interregional and cross-border cooperation took place in Moscow on February 3. Taking part in the consultation from the Russian side was Valery Kenyaykin, the Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Department for Relations with Subjects of the Federation, Parliament and Public Associations.
Alexei Mozhukhov, Head of the Directorate for Relations with Russian Regions of the Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was also received by State Secretary, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Grigory Karasin.
During the consultation the dynamic nature of bilateral interregional cooperation was noted and priorities for its further development were discussed. As a positive experience the sides highlighted the activities of the business cooperation councils, established jointly with the Belarusian side in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad and Nizhny Novgorod Regions and in other parts of Russia. They emphasized the effectiveness of such a new form of work as the organization of visits at the level of federal districts.
During the consultation, both sides noted the need for diplomatic support for the development of interregional and cross-border ties, and reiterated their interest in continuing cooperation between the foreign affairs agencies of Russia and Belarus in this direction.