Regional cooperation is the pillar of bilateral cooperation between Belarus and Russia, Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich said at a meeting with Governor of Astrakhan Region of Russia Alexander Zhilkin. He called joint companies the main instrument in developing bilateral relations. The Chairman of the Council of the Republic invited Alexander Zhilkin to attend the Forum of the Regions of Belarus and Russia in Mogilev in October. The Russian Governor suggested creating more joint ventures and consider the possibilities of advancing Belarusian goods through the emerging comfortable conditions of interaction between the Caspian states.