Ukraine and Belarus need to further develop cultural and information ties, as stated by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during a speech in the final part of the Second Forum of the Regions of Ukraine and Belarus held in Zhytomyr.
“I will note the successful holding of the Days of Ukrainian Culture in Belarus in 2018 in Minsk, Aleksandriya and Gomel. I think we should definitely hold Days of Belarus in Ukraine. And we will do it after the reorganization of the Ministry of Culture is completed,” the Head of State emphasized.
According to him, one of the positive examples of the partnership between the two countries in the humanitarian sphere is the launch of the broadcast of the Ukrainian state-owned channel UATV in the cable networks of Belarusian operators, which took place this year. “We have discussed this issue with Mr. President and we expect other Ukrainian channels, both commercial and state-owned, to appear in cable and satellite networks. I think this is a very good idea. And vice versa – we expect Belarusian channels in our networks,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
In addition, the President of Ukraine drew attention to the potential of cooperation between the two countries in the field of tourism.
“We are always glad to see Belarusian citizens in Ukraine: on the shores of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, in the Carpathian Mountains and Ukrainian cities and towns filled with colorful history and architecture. And it is interesting for many Ukrainians to get acquainted with Belarusian cities, iconic monuments of history and architecture, incredible Belarusian Polesia,” he said.
For his part, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko stressed that the dialogue of cultures had a special place in the relations between the two countries. In particular, he recalled the Days of Culture of Ukraine in Belarus.
“Your bands, artists became the decoration of the Slavianski Bazaar international festival in Vitebsk, the Kupala holiday in Aleksandriya. We are glad that Belarusian performers are also popular in Ukraine,” the President of Belarus said.