The head of the diplomatic mission specified that the governor of the Primorsky Territory, Kozhemyako, will visit Minsk in the near future. In this regard, he referred to Lukashenka’s comment, who noted that eight Far Eastern regions with which Belarus has trade and economic relations contribute only $115 million to the total treasury of exports with Russia.
This is very little, although the demand from the Russians is enormous, the ambassador explained. The problem is still based on unregulated logistics schemes, routes and financial instruments offered by Belarusians.
Therefore, the head of state, in his words, “has set himself an ambitious task to double or triple the export of products to the Far East.” And perhaps even – the president does not exclude – before the end of the year, either within the framework of the Far East Economic Forum, or as part of a separate visit, the leadership of the Republic of Belarus should definitely visit there.
The industrial centers of the Urals and Siberia also require great attention. These points on the map of Russia are conditionally designated by Lukashenka at numbers two and three, Krutoy explained. According to the information agenda that the head of state has, he also sees it very well that the Belarusians can work more actively there.
Summarizing the results of the meeting as a whole, the ambassador noted that despite the good results of exports to Russia and the achievement of a positive balance, Lukashenka keeps a number of areas under special control, considering the number one issue. to protect the market and those basic products for which there are still problems. Therefore, he asked to report in detail on specific assets, the ambassador said.
According to him, overall, out of $23 billion of Belarusian exports to Russia, $6 billion is food. The remaining $17 billion is in manufactured goods. “It is often understood that these are the products of the flagships of the Ministry of Industry. And we somehow miss other types of economic activity and our other ministries,” Krutoy said.
True, he clarified, the showrooms of light industry products of Belarus show themselves well, where you can buy everything from linen products to clothes and shoes. However, there are not many such objects on the territory of the Russian Federation.
Another area, he said, is carpentry, an industry that has also been sanctioned by the West. Yes, Belarus is represented in Russia by furniture and a number of other basic products, but from the point of view of the president, there is still no clear concept for promoting this type of product on the Russian market.
A similar situation can be traced in the chemical industry. Lukashenka called fibers, paints, varnishes, many construction products an additional niche that is still not in demand after the withdrawal of Western companies from the market. “Here we will also have to intensify,” summed up the diplomat.