MOSCOW, 17 January (BelTA) – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Russia Dmitry Krutoi is convinced that Belarus and Russia will gradually move away from reliance on parallel import, BelTA has learned. The ambassador made the statement after negotiations with Governor of Moscow Oblast Andrei Vorobyov.
Dmitry Krutoi noted that parallel import, in particular, parallel import in production sector, had been discussed at a recent meeting of Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko and President of Russia Vladimir Putin. Dmitry Krutoi said: “No doubt, the parallel import, which Russia and Belarus use now, has become a measure in response to the first shock of Western sanctions and it was probably justified. It was impossible to stop the manufacturing projects, which import a broad range of critical components, parts, and the rest. But today the two presidents tasked the deputy prime ministers, who are in charge of the production sector, with reducing this list of parallel imports gradually. And the intermediaries, which are being used, should gradually become a thing of the past as our own import-substituting projects get realized.”
“I think in 2023 this problem will not be as acute as it was in 2022 and we will gradually curtail this work,” Dmitry Krutoi added.