MINSK, 26 October (BelTA) – Belarus' trade with Astrakhan Oblast increased by 2.5 times in January-August. Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko mentioned it as he met with Governor of Russia's Astrakhan Oblast Igor Babushkin in Astrakhan, BelTA has learned.
Roman Golovchenko said: “The volume of mutual trade is an indicator of success of trade and economic cooperation. Trade turnover demonstrates very confident positive dynamics this year. In January-August it grew by 2.5 times in comparison with the same period of last year to exceed $48 million. Both Belarus' export to Astrakhan Oblast and Belarus' import of goods from this Russian region are on the rise. Certainly, the sum is small but it is a result.”
In turn, Igor Babushkin noted that Belarus and Astrakhan Oblast successfully advance friendly and mutually beneficial relations. “Today we see an increase in the number of Belarusian transit cargoes going via Astrakhan Oblast, via our ports. Astrakhan Oblast's agricultural goods are in demand in Belarus. Our agricultural producers use vehicles and machines of Belarusian make with pleasure. You and I will open an MTZ trade and aftersales service center tomorrow,” he pointed out.