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MINSK, March 30. /ITAR-TASS/. Belarus has noted positive trends in reciprocal trade with Russia and has plans to increase exports by 6%, the Belarusian government’s press service told Itar-Tass.
“Special attention will be paid to foreign trade cooperation with Russia, which is Belarus’ major trading partner,” the government source said, adding the Council of Ministers had approved plans to increase the exports of goods to Russia by 6% in 2014 compared to 2013.
Russian-Belarusian trade saw positive trends in the first months of 2014, the Belarusian government’s press service went on to say. Belarus’s foreign trade balance with Russia in trade with goods was minus 0.6 billion dollars in January 2014 but has improved by 133.6 million dollars thanks to a 4.2% growth of exports over imports. Food exports have gone up by 3.5%.
According to the Belarusian National Statistics Committee, petroleum products form the bulk of Belarusian exports to Russia (January exports were worth 88.6 million dollars); milk and condensed and dry milk (76.5 million dollars); cheese and cottage cheese (56.7 million dollars); beef (49.6 million dollars); tractors and road tractors (42,9 million dollars); furniture (29.5 million dollars); trucks (22.7 million dollars); butter (22.1 million dollars); sugar (20.5 million dollars); sausages and meat products (18.4 million dollars); poultry meat (16.7 million dollars).
Russian imports to Belarus are made up of crude oil, including gas condensate (imports in January stood at 709.4 million dollars); natural gas (377.3 million dollars); electric energy (24.5 million dollars); liquefied gas (17.7 million dollars); TV sets, video materials and video projectors (16.6 million dollars); light cars (10.6 million dollars.