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Vice premier accuses Russia of trade restrictions

26-06-2009, 16:36

Deputy Prime Minister Uladzimir Syamashka has accused the Russian government of placing restrictions on sales of Belarusian-made equipment.

While talking at a joint session of the House of Representatives and the Council of the Republic on June 26, Mr. Syamashka said that the Russian government was reluctant to subsidize the purchase of Belarusian goods by Russian enterprises. "And today one may say that there’s a ban on sales of Belarusian equipment," he said.

"If we look at statistics, 85 to 90 percent of all tractors and trucks and farm machinery are bought in Russia by certain consumers with the help of preferences, subsidies from the federal budget provided through Rosselkhozbank. It is clear that only Russian-made equipment is purchased as a result," he said.

The Belarusian government offers to subsidize the purchase of domestic and Russian-made equipment and suggests that Russia do likewise, according to Mr. Syamashka.