The Prime Minister of Belgium arrived in Moscow on an official visit

© AFP 2018 / CharlierПремьер Thierry-Minister of Belgium Charles Michel. Archive photoThe Prime Minister of Belgium arrived in Moscow on an official visit© 2018 AFP / Thierry Charlier

The Prime Minister of Belgium Charles Michel on Monday arrived on an official three-day visit to Russia, the correspondent of RIA Novosti.

The Board with the Prime Minister landed at the airport «Vnukovo-2» around 17.40 GMT.

Policy met with the Director of the Department of state Protocol of Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Igor Bohdashiv, the Belgian Ambassador in Russia Jean Arthur Resibo, Russian Ambassador to Belgium Alexander Tokovinin. The honor guard played the national anthems of both countries.

For Michel, who took the post of Prime Minister in 2014, this is the first visit to Russia. As reported RIA Novosti, the official representative of Michel Frederick Coderre, Belgian Prime Minister will hold meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev. In addition, Michelle will meet with representatives of the Belgian Diaspora in Moscow.

The visit comes ahead of the next meeting of Mixed economic Commission between Russia and Belgium-Luxembourg, which will take place in February in Sochi. To participate in this event will visit Russia, the foreign Minister of Belgium Didier Reynders, who is also in Moscow to meet with foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Russian-Belgian economic relations are unable to avoid the negative impact of sanctions, however, Belgium continues to be for Russia as a reliable and promising trade and investment partner. In total in Russia implementing projects with the participation of about 35 Belgian companies. The scope of their activities are varied: light and heavy industry, agriculture, information technology, healthcare, logistics and retail.

The volume of Russian-Belgian trade turnover in 2014, according to the Federal customs service of Russia amounted to 12.8 billion. In 2015, the bilateral trade turnover decreased by 34.4%, to $ 8.4 billion. The negative trend continued in 2016, the results of which mutual trade turnover declined by 5.3% to of 8.01 billion. In January-November of 2017, the volume of Russian-Belgian trade turnover amounted to 8.9 billion dollars. Exports amounted to 6.2 billion dollars and imports of $ 2.7 billion.

The mixed Commission on economic cooperation between the Russian Federation and the Belgo-Luxembourg Economic Union, established in 1993, plays an important role in strengthening economic ties between the two countries.