MINSK, 16 November (BelTA) - Belarusian goods, especially food products, are very popular among Russians, Yulia Shvakova, Deputy Prime Minister of Ryazan Oblast of the Russian Federation, told BelTA.
Belarusian food products are supplied to 77 regions of the Russian Federation. A considerable part goes to Ryazan Oblast. Yulia Shvakova noted that Belarusian farm produce is one of the largest import items to the region.
"We are very connected with Belarus, it is our strategic partner. Trade has grown by 20% since the beginning of the year. Your country is the first in terms of trade with Ryazan Oblast among the CIS countries and is in the top five among all countries with which we maintain trade relations," Yulia Shvakova informed.
"The current foreign political situation shows that we need to advance cooperation with Belarus, nurture cooperation ties and implement actively the Union State programs in various areas, including in food security," she added.
In January-August 2022, Belarus' agricultural exports to the Russian Federation amounted to $5.168 billion, up by a quarter year-on-year.