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14 October 2022, 13:00

Belarusian ambassador comments on joint actions in CIS to counter sanctions

Astana, 14 October (BelTA) - Logistics and industrial cooperation are among the priority areas where the CIS countries interact to overcome the sanctions, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Russia Dmitry Krutoi told the media on the sidelines of the CIS summit in Astana on 14 October, BelTA has learned.

According to him, Belarus and Russia are organizing the work on the coordinated effort to counter the economic and financial sanctions at two main economic platforms - the EAEU and the CIS. "The CIS has quickly drawn up a plan of priority measures and response. It consists of about 40 points in 12 areas. Some of them have already been fulfilled," the ambassador said. “The main one for Belarus is logistics, because Belarusian exports need to be redirected from the Ukrainian and Western markets to Russia and the CIS countries. There should be no obstacles to logistics and transport. Therefore, logistics, transit corridors through Russia, Kazakhstan further to Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan for certain types of our products, which were not previously supplied to these countries in such volumes, of course, is the number one issue for Belarus."

Another important area in the CIS is industrial cooperation. At the initiative of Uzbekistan, work has begun on a package of measures in this area. "Now the countries are determining other industries where such cooperation is possible. According to the Belarusian side, the number one priority is the automotive industry, both cargo and passenger. It is here that Belarus and Russia work most actively to replace imports of components. We believe that within the CIS, this topic should become a priority, given the good competencies of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and other CIS countries," Ambassador Dmitry Krutoi emphasized.

He also drew attention to the need to coordinate actions between the CIS and the EAEU. The EAEU, according to Ambassador Dmitry Krutoi, has advanced further in this regard. It has established close coordination in such areas as, for example, veterinary medicine, accreditation, road transport, standardization, and licensing procedures. Now there is an understanding on the part of the CIS participants that it is necessary to quickly eliminate poor coordination. Many documents that the parties could not agree on for several years have now begun to move faster, the head of the diplomatic mission stated.

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