MINSK, 23 November (BelTA) - Trade between Belarus and St. Petersburg amounted to more than $1.5 billion in January-September, Belarusian Deputy Prime Minister Piotr Parkhomchik said at a meeting with St. Petersburg Vice Governor Kirill Polyakov in Minsk on 23 November, BelTA has learned.
"We meet on a regular basis. It is very important that meetings always give a positive effect. Last year, the trade was a little more than $1.7 billion. In January-September of this year, we hit the mark of $1.5 billion. These figures do not include all our exports because part of the products are supplied through the commodity distribution network from other regions,” Piotr Parkhomchik noted.
He noted that Belarus executed a large contract to supply 800 MAZ passenger vehicles to St. Petersburg. "The contract was not easy for us. But we coped with the work," the vice prime minister said. “Now we are fulfilling another large contract as the northern capital of Russia is preparing for winter. This includes tractors, Amkodor utility vehicles. We will do our best to ensure the timely delivery of these goods."
The parties continue to work on an elevator production project. "This topic provides for deep cooperation at industrial premises in St. Petersburg in order to provide both St. Petersburg and the region with goods that Belarus produces," the deputy head of government said.
Piotr Parkhomchik also touched upon food security. "Our agricultural industry stands ready to fulfill all kinds of contracts and execute any order," he stressed.
The vice prime minister expressed hope that during the visit of the Russian delegation, the parties will discuss in more detail the plans for 2023. "I am sure you will place as many orders with as in 2022. You are also set to tour our industrial enterprises. You have already visited the Minsk Tractor Plant, checked how the factory is working on your tractors contract, which we must complete by 1 December of this year and deliver 900 units. Tomorrow you are scheduled to visit Amkodor and MAZ," the deputy prime minister said.
"We are ready to work on any goals and objectives. I assure you that everything that we agree on shall be implemented," Piotr Parkhomchik added.