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01 June 2023, 14:22

Russia's Lipetsk Oblast interested in Belarusian drones, special-purpose equipment

MINSK, 1 June (BelTA) – Russia's Lipetsk Oblast is interested in Belarusian drones and special-purpose equipment, Governor of Lipetsk Oblast Igor Artamonov told the media after a meeting with Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko in Minsk on 1 June, BelTA has learned.

Igor Artamonov noted that cooperation between Lipetsk Oblast and Belarus is diverse. For example, every second tractor that the region buys is Belarusian-made. The region also loves Belarusian food products and household appliances.

"In addition, we discussed the possibilities for Belarusian designers to gain a foothold in the Lipetsk market. Belarus has serious competencies in the form of state design institutes, which are urgently needed in Russia today," the governor said. "We talked a lot about the opportunities for Belarusian builders in terms of building social facilities in the region."

Lipetsk Oblast is also interested in Belarusian drones: they are actively used in agriculture in the region. The parties are also discussing a project to set up a joint assembly production of Amkodor vehicles at Lipetsk Tractor Plant.

"We have outlined a lot of points of contact. And, I hope, we will have a new dynamics," Igor Artamonov said.

Belarus' trade with Lipetsk Oblast of Russia has been steadily growing since 2020. In 2021, it amounted to $315 million. In 2022 it reached almost $334 million, with Belarusian exports up from $70 million in 2021 to more than $91 million last year, or by 31%.

During the meeting the president suggested hitting $500 million in bilateral trade. “I think we will reach this goal in the near future," the Belarusian leader is convinced. “There are enough reserves. Moreover, we are starting to reap the fruits of the momentous decisions within the framework of our union of Belarus and Russia."

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