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Belarus-Moscow Oblast cooperation discussed

MINSK, 27 December (BelTA) – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to the Russian Federation Igor Petrishenko met with Acting Governor of Moscow Oblast Andrei Vorobyov to discuss trade and economic cooperation between Belarus and Moscow Oblast, BelTA learnt from the press service of the Foreign Ministry of Belarus.

In particular, close attention was turned to industrial cooperation. The parties discussed supplies of Belarusian equipment and industrial products to Moscow Oblast, Belarus’ participation in the construction of housing, industrial and agricultural facilities.

Moscow Oblast is second among Russian regions in what concerns Belarusian exports. In January-October 2012 the trade between Belarus and Moscow Oblast totaled $392.1 million, up 35.9% in comparison with the same period last year. Exports made up $2474.9 million, up 28.1%. Moscow Oblast accounts for 18.5% of Belarus’ total export to the Russian Federation. Belarus’ main exports to Moscow Oblast are dairy and meat products, trucks.

The Moscow region has a well-developed commodity-distribution network of the Belarusian companies. The companies of the Belarusian Industry Ministry have set up 18 commodity-distribution networks in the region. All in all, there are over 80 commodity-distribution units with the Belarusian capital in Moscow and Moscow Oblast.

Belarus and Moscow Oblast also closely cooperate in agriculture, sports, tourism, education and culture.