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31 Mar 2016

Photo exhibition Together for Centuries opens in Moscow

MINSK, 31 March (BelTA) – The photo exhibition Together for Centuries featuring items from the holdings of the National History Museum of Belarus opened in Moscow at the business and culture center of the Belarusian Embassy in Russia on 31 March in anticipation of the Day of Unity of the Peoples of Belarus and Russia, BelTA has learned.

The Day of Unity of the Peoples of Belarus and Russia is a holiday symbolizing the past, present and future, said Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Russia Igor Petrishenko at the opening of the exhibition. “It symbolizes the past because for centuries Belarus and Russia have been standing shoulder to shoulder helping each other overcome any difficulties, the present because back in the 1990s we decided to stand by each other and move ahead together, and the future because the Union State is headed forward and is aimed at creating favorable conditions for the citizens of the two countries,” the diplomat explained.

He noted that a lot has been achieved over the past 20 years. For instance, Belarus and Russia have developed a legal framework, ensured equal rights to all Belarusian and Russian citizens, and established cooperation in all major areas.

The photo exhibition tells about the political, economic and cultural cooperation between Belarus and Russia in the Union State. The documentary photos provided by the Belarusian news agency BelTA depict the achievements of the two countries on the road towards historical and spiritual unity.

The exhibition also features items from the holdings of the Contemporary Belarusian Statehood Museum, a branch of the National History Museum of Belarus, reflecting the fraternal ties between the Belarusian and Russian peoples and the leaders of the two countries. The exhibits include presents that the Belarusian leader received from his Russian counterpart, Russia’s prime minister, governors, official delegations, and individuals. Besides, among the items on display there are paintings, works of decorative and applied art, books, commemorative coins, and souvenirs.

Attending the opening ceremony were Russian MPs, representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Belarus-Russia Union State, the CIS Executive Committee, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Eurasian Economic Commission, and Belarusian diplomats.

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