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03 June 2022, 16:55

Sanctions seen as opportunity for Belarus, Russia to expand cooperation

BOBRUISK, 3 June (BelTA) - The sanctions have provided an opportunity for Belarus and Russia to rediscover each other and expand cooperation, Governor of Russia's Leningrad Oblast Alexander Drozdenko told the media during a visit to the major industrial enterprises in Bobruisk on 3 June, BelTA as learned.

“Aleksandr Lukashenko gave the correct assessment of our work at the recent meeting," Alexander Drozdenko emphasized. “He noted that we fulfilled his instruction and gradually increased the trade first to $500 million and $710 million in 2021. This year we will add another 30% and approach the figure of more than $900 million. But most importantly, the president stressed that we have opened up new opportunities. Indeed, on the one hand, we are under sanctions and, on the other hand, this situation has encouraged us to rediscover each other and expand opportunities for cooperation."

According to the governor, it is no coincidence that work has begun today in such promising areas as veterinary drugs. "Yesterday we signed an agreement, and it turned out that we used to buy veterinary drugs in Europe and other countries, which are produced here in Belarus," he continued. “Much has also been said about the production of feed for the fishing industry. Today we are rediscovering the Belarusian machines: road building, utility, special-purpose. We used to focus on farm machines made in Belarus. It turns out that the country has created great lineups in various areas.”

"Belarusian equipment is very good," Alexander Drozdenko said. “The short phrase that characterizes it best is a price/quality ratio. Perhaps there are more advanced samples, but Belarus offers a very good price. Today we looked at one of the machines. Its European counterpart is three times more expensive. Therefore, today our task is to find common ground and make counter deliveries. We need to draw up lists of counter-proposals: what we supply to Belarus to replace imports, and what your country is ready to send to Leningrad Oblast. These include R&D, technologies, and know-hows. And, of course, we need to build joint logistics chains."

The delegation of Leningrad Oblast headed by Governor Alexander Drozdenko visited Bobruiskagromash and Bobruisk-based tractor parts factory to get familiar with the lineup and to discuss promising issues of cooperation.

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