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MOSCOW, February 12. /ITAR-TASS/. China became the major trade partner of Russia in 2013: trade volume increased by 17% and reached $88.8 billion.
The Netherlands ranks second ($76 billion). However, trade volume decreased by 8.3%.
Trade with Germany increased by 2.2% ($75 billion) while trade with Italy grew by 17.8% ($53.9 billion) and with Japan by 6.6% ($33.2 billion).
Trade volume with Turkey reached $32.8 billion (95.5% by the level of 2012) while trade with Poland amounted to $27.9 billion (102.0%), with the United States $27.7 billion (98.4%), with the Republic of Korea $25.2 billion (101.5%) and with the United Kingdom $24.6 billion (105.8%).
The European Union is Russia’s key economic partner in the country’s external trade. At least 49.4% accounted on the EU (48.7% in 2012). A total of 13.6% of Russia’s trade accounted on the CIS countries in 2013 (14.7% in 2012). 7.1% accounted on the Customs Union countries (7.7% in 2012). A total of 7.5% accounted on the EurAsEC states (8.0% in 2012).