Belarus and Nizhny Novgorod region will develop cooperation in the industrial areas. The issue was discussed during the talks between Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and Governor of the Russian region Valery Shantsev. The parties talked over the cooperation of Belarusian companies with the Russian automobile manufacturer GAZ Group, metallurgical, machinery, and gypsum plants. Nizhny Novgorod region assembles Belarusian lifts, operates the Belshina trading house. Dealers of such mechanical engineering giants as Gomselmash, MTZ, MAZ and Amkodor are represented in the Russian region. Nizhny Novgorod plans to buy Belarusian urban passenger vehicles, including modern commuter trains and electric buses. The parties also discussed cooperation in infrastructure development, especially ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.