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12 April 2023, 13:14

Tatarstan's vice premier: West should have imposed sanctions five years ago

Oleg Korobchenko
Oleg Korobchenko

MINSK, 12 April (BelTA) – Belarus and Russia should mobilize to ensure complete technological sovereignty, Tatarstan's Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Industry and Trade Oleg Korobchenko said in a new episode of BelTA's YouTube project "After the Fact: Lukashenko's Decisions".

A delegation of this Russian region is currently in Belarus on a visit. The delegation comprises 75 people, including representatives of 30 companies. “Our presidents have instructed us to ensure technological sovereignty, independence of our countries from the West and from the East. Our task is to mobilize all forces for the production of equipment, chemical industry, small tonnage chemical sector, aircraft building, and shipbuilding. We need to be completely independent,” the vice premier said.

While in Belarus, the delegation from Tatarstan have visited a number of companies and came to the following conclusion: “We can see that a lot has already been done in Belarus, and we can say that technological sovereignty is almost achieved.”

Oleg Korobchenko mentioned one positive role that the Western sanctions played. They pushed the economies of Belarus and Russia to wider integration, industrial cooperation. “These sanctions came too late. They should have been imposed five years ago. We would have already been producing everything we need. If these sanctions last for another 5 to 10 years, I think everything will be fine in Belarus and Russia. We will do everything ourselves and we will achieve technological sovereignty,” he said.

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