Head of State holds meeting with Governor of Kaliningrad Region

25 November 2019
The day of negotiations at the Palace of Independence was a busy one. Just minutes after the meeting with representatives of Sweden and Finland, the meeting with the Governor of Kaliningrad Region began. 

On March 19, 1946 the Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR Mikhail Ivanovich Kalinin died. The All-Union Head of State was just a formal head of state under Stalin, but he was loved by people, and on July 4 of the same year, Koenigsberg was named Kaliningrad, and unlike many other communist toponyms, it withstood the collapse of the USSR. There's a monument to Kalinin in Minsk, too. Historically, Kaliningrad Region, which is close to Belarus, was repeatedly considered as a possible part of the Belarusian socialist republic during the USSR years. 

And, of course, the logical development of relations is the visit of the head of the region to Minsk. Anton Alikhanov is an example of a new generation official. A careerist, an economist, he is only 33 years old. Kaliningrad region is an exclave. The westernmost region of Russia, the famous amber region faced the most severe economic crisis after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Now it has railroads and highways, river ports, seaports.  In short, Kaliningrad Region is the most important transport artery in the Baltic States and Central Europe.

The border visa-free regime with Poland and simplified regime for the Baltic States made the region interesting for guests and financial investments.

Alexander Lukashenko proposes to make the joint trade turnover ($360 million in 2018) more solid. The cooperation is not only about buying and selling.  In general, the work with Kaliningrad Region is a vivid example of the Belarusian foreign policy, because being in the west, the region is a part of the eastern country. One thing complements the other.