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14 June 2022, 12:30

Lukashenko urges closer cooperation with Russia in microelectronics

MINSK, 14 June (BelTA) – We cannot be confined to the national borders in microelectronics. We must work in close cooperation with Russia, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at a government session to discuss the development of the microelectronic industry in the country in Minsk on 14 June, BelTA has learned.

"We cannot stay confined to national borders. This will not yield the desired effect," the Belarusian leader stressed speaking about the microelectronics development prospects. “We need to cooperate not only where we are welcome, for example, in Russia, but also where we are not welcome - with the Americans, the Japanese and so on. At least we need to see the level to which aspire."

"We must work, of course, in close cooperation with Russia. We do not hide our interest in this regard. All the developments that we have (scientific, experimental and design) can be realized only thanks to timely financing. Russia is ready to finance us in this regard. President Putin and I have talked about this many times and have come to this agreement." The Belarusian head of state noted that Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov has been put in charge of this matter.

"The interest is enormous," the head of state continued. "Today, no one needs to be convinced of the need for close cooperation, as was the case before in power engineering, agricultural machinery and automotive components."

Aleksandr Lukashenko suggested setting up a Belarusian-Russian body to coordinate joint work. A proposal has been once made to set up a Belarusian-Russian ministry. “If we create some kind of structure that will be above our ministries, this will not solve the problem. This will only entail money expenditures. Therefore, we need to seriously think about the way to coordinate our work and who will deal with it," the president added.

"Now is a time of opportunities for the microelectronics industry, as well as for other industries. Frankly speaking: our products and services are very much in demand. They are in demand primarily in our fraternal Russia. In Belarus you produce everything, albeit a little but enough to meet the needs of for the Belarusian market (for example, for vehicles, tractors, etc.)," Aleksandr Lukashenko emphasized. “Russia allocates huge funding of these purposes. Keep working. Put this money to good use and produce a competitive commodity."

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