MINSK, 6 June (BelTA) - Turnover and logistics are a driver of economic growth, Governor of Russia's Leningrad Oblast Alexander Drozdenko said on the air of the ONT TV channel on 5 June, BelTA has learned.
"Until recently, Belarus used the seaports of the Baltic states to ship its main export commodity. The volumes were quite large volumes, tens of millions of tonnes. Shipments must be safe. There should not be concerns that the other might ‘pull the plug'. For about six months, we have been discussing the issues of placement of specialized terminals for Belarusian cargo," Alexander Drozdenko said.
If the matter is about your own terminal, then it needs to be built from scratch, and this will take about two years, he said. "Therefore, we are considering a combined option. Belarus can start the construction on the allocated plot of land and simultaneously use the existing capacities in Ust-Luga, under a joint use agreement, a lease agreement or under another scheme," the governor added.
"Any turnover and logistics mean jobs and, most importantly, new opportunities. When we talk about the operation of a particular terminal, it is not only the mooring wall, but a whole chain of events. Each of them involves hundreds of people. Therefore, for us it is a driver of economic growth. In modern conditions, this is very important," Governor Alexander Drozdenko emphasized.