22 June 2015, Monday, 14:26
UFA, 22 June 2015. /Bashinform News Agency, Rozaliya Valeeva/. A meeting with the French delegation was held at Bashkortostan Government. On behalf of the Government of the Republic, the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of the region Rustem Mardanov welcomed the guests.
“Our meeting is taking place in difficult geopolitical conditions, and this affects the development of our relations” Rustem Mardanov said. “In four months of this year, foreign trade turnover between Bashkortostan and the European countries decreased by 40% due to traditional partners in the European Union. It is quite alarming, but I want to assure you that we are interested in development of equal and mutually beneficial relations in the country as a whole and in our republic. We hope that this visit will contribute to the resuming active collaboration after overcoming geopolitical challenges.”
The French Ambassador to Russia Jean-Maurice Ripert, shared his impressions of Ufa and the republic, and expressed his admiration of the process of the old houses restoration.
“Our delegation includes representatives of economic, cultural departments of the Embassy, the Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce and representatives of French companies,” the Ambassador said. “I will remind that the French President, Francois Hollande, together with leaders of other countries, is committed to an early way out of the situation. We are interested in fruitful cooperation.”
The representatives of French companies expressed their interest for cooperation in the field of agriculture, cattle breeding and production of medicines. In addition, the representatives of the French retailers announced their intention to develop business in Bashkiria. In particular, the French party plans to expand a chain of stores "Decathlon" in the republic: soon two stores will be opened — one in Ufa, one in Sterlitamak.