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09 June 2022, 12:36

Kursk Oblast plans to spend huge money to buy equipment from Belarus

Roman Starovoyt
Roman Starovoyt

MINSK, 9 June (BelTA) – Kursk Oblast receives colossal financial resources to implement national projects and is going to spend them, among other things, on the purchase of Belarusian machinery and equipment, Kursk Oblast Governor Roman Starovoyt said after he met with Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko, BelTA has learned.

“Being an agricultural region, it is very important for us today to be able to purchase world-class agricultural machinery, and such machinery is produced in Belarus,” the governor said. He noted that Belarus uses component parts made in Kursk Oblast to manufacture this machinery: “Cooperation in this field has already been established. And now we have an opportunity to replace spare parts and equipment that unfriendly countries refused to sell us.”

According to him, a similar situation can be observed in a number of areas, in particular, in the supply of construction and road construction machinery. He recalled that national projects initiated by Vladimir Putin are underway in Russia. “Colossal funds are allocated for these purposes. Kursk Oblast alone received RUB7 billion this year for the construction of roads, hospitals, polyclinics, for repair works and creation of public spaces. All this requires equipment and machinery, which we are already purchasing in Belarus and plan to keep doing it,” he said.

According to Roman Starovoyt, this year Kursk is launching a large-scale three-year project to replace and upgrade public transport. “There are problems with the supply of components from abroad. Belarusian manufacturers had embarked on import substitution before, thus today their public transport is much more competitive in terms of price than vehicles produced by other manufacturers. Therefore, we are keeping our finger on the pulse and expect that these products will be delivered us,” the governor explained. He added that the contract to purchase public transport from Belarus has not yet been concluded, but it is highly likely to be done: “Obviously, we will buy public transport manufactured in Belarus. Today, it is more competitive in terms of cost,” he said.

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