The message reads, in part:
“The partnerships established by many dozens of cities in our two countries serve as important and effective public diplomacy tools. Regular contacts between regional and local government officials, as well as business-to-business, civil society, academic and cultural ties within this framework offer great opportunities for coming up with useful joint projects in multiple areas.
Your meeting has a packed agenda, which demonstrates your commitment to engaging high-potential and genuinely relevant mechanisms and methods for promoting region-to-region ties. Holding a youth event devoted to patriotic education is quite an important and timely initiative, considering that the external threats our nations currently face demonstrate that consistent efforts on this front have special relevance at this point in time.
I am certain that you will engage in meaningful and constructive discussions while the ideas and initiatives you put forward will help further expand the multifaceted ties between Russia and Belarus and help strengthen the Union State’s institutions.”