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Alexander Lukashenko: Russia can't easily refuse from Belarusian goods

Belarus needs to tell the world about itself more bravely, said on July 11 the head of state. The main task of Belarusian diplomatic missions abroad is export. Over the five months the exports grew by 20%, and this is $2 billion. $1.7 billion came from sectors not related to raw materials. By the way, Russia accounts for more than 50% of that growth. As we can see, Russia remains the main trade and economic partner of Belarus. The regions of the two countries are not far behind.

In general, in 2016 alone, Belarus was visited by more than 70 delegations.

About 70 agreements were signed at the last Fourth Forum of Regions in Moscow. BelAZ, Belneftekhim, light industry enterprises have a total of more than one million dollars in the portfolio. The figures are considerable, which means that there is a demand for our goods.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
If Russians today say that embargoes and sanctions is actually a chance for their economy, you should understand that this is also a chance for our economy, because our economic ties are very intertwined and the cooperation is profound. Russia won't have it easy without our goods. And when they talk about import substitution, consider that this is a chance for our import substitution process.

Unfortunately, there are certain difficulties for Belarus in this market. Domestic goods are at a disadvantage because of large-scale support of Russian enterprises from federal sources. But the main problem is barriers in the common economic space. The creation of equal conditions for business entities within the framework of the Union State and the Eurasian Economic Union is a strategic task for Belarus.

At the same time, it is necessary to develop joint approaches to protect the common domestic market.

Private companies and businessmen have presented me a report on some parallel imports. I will ask the government to seriously address the problem of parallel imports. Look for forms and methods of work so that the domestic market is protected, no matter how difficult it is for us.

The Belarusian ambassador to Russia agreed saying that Belarus is known in Russia and that country's businessmen want to work with us. About 85% of tractors on Russian fields are of Belarusian origin. Belarus accounts for 14% of Russian food imports.

Igor Petrishenko, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus to the Russian Federation:
Russian regions are not fully involved. If in Moscow and St. Petersburg you can buy Belarusian sweets then the situation is slightly different in Russia's other regions. We are dealing with this topic, including logistics, working with networks.

In general, all the prerequisites for growth remain in terms of food exports.

Alexander Lukashenko: Russia can't easily refuse from Belarusian goods