MINSK, 29 June (BelTA) – Asia is eager to buy the timber Belarus used to export to the European Union. Belarusian First Deputy Forestry Minister Aleksandr Dragun made the statement as he met with a Russian delegation, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Dragun said: “Asian countries, including China, are ready to buy all the shipments of reclaimed wood, which we used to ship to the European Union. They are ready to take the entire volume of sawn timber. The logistic difficulties are undoubtedly temporary. Russia is already developing and modernizing the network of its railways. The use of sea transport for delivering various cargoes, including woodworking products, is under consideration. All the measures are being taken to restore the volumes we had before the sanctions. We are also going to more actively develop domestic consumption.”
Belarusian Forestry Ministry officials met with a Russian delegation led by Deputy Natural Resources and Ecology Minister Sergei Anopriyenko. Head of the Federal Forestry Agency of Russia Ivan Sovetnikov also took part in the meeting. Part of the delegation will take part in the 9th Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia on 30 June.