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09 June 2021, 17:26

Western sanctions to force Belarus to embrace tighter manufacturing cooperation with Russia

MOSCOW, 9 June (BelTA) – The threat of sanctions on the part of Western countries encourages the Belarusian production sector to embrace even tighter manufacturing cooperation with Russian enterprises. Belarusian Deputy Industry Minister Dmitry Kharitonchik made the statement on the sidelines of the Belarusian-Asian Forum, which took place in the Belarusian embassy in Moscow on 9 June, BelTA has learned.

The official said: “Russia is traditionally our main trade partner and the main partner as far as manufacturing cooperation is concerned. The existing situation when many European countries have declared they intend to enforce sanctions once again encourages us towards even tighter manufacturing cooperation. We see the same interest in our Russian partners, too.”

In his words, the Belarusian Industry Ministry and the Russian Industry and Trade Ministry are actively discussing the expansion of cooperation and manufacturing ties. “We have a very good, constructive dialogue about various matters including high technologies relating to space exploration, the manufacturing of industrial goods, automobile engineering, and other spheres,” he noted.

Speaking about manufacturing cooperation projects, Dmitry Kharitonchik mentioned the construction and development of an Amkodor factory in Petrozavodsk, MTZ enterprises in Tatarstan, and cooperation with Bryanskselmash. “And other enterprises consider increasing the localization rate at their existing enterprises and attracting more partners from Russia that supply components. This is why we see that the process of development of manufacturing cooperation is becoming more intensive,” he added.

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