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Czech Republic wants to expand trade with Russia — minister

November 24, 5:17 UTC+3 YEKATERINBURG

Havlicek noted that his visit to Russia together with Czech President Milos Zeman is aimed at maintaining ties between Russian and Czech companies

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YEKATERINBURG, November 24. /TASS/. Czech Republic is interested in expansion of trade with Russia, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, Jiri Havlicek said on Thursday.

He arrived in Yekaterinburg as part of the delegation of the Czech President Milos Zeman.

According to the minister, now about 80% of Czech trade is focused on the markets of the European Union.

"Our goal is to diversify our foreign trade, and from this point of view, Russia is one of the main trading partners, besides the EU," he said.

"After the crisis, we see that our trade with Russia is developing very well. In comparison with the previous year, it grew by more than 30%," he added.

Havlicek noted that his visit to Russia together with Czech President Milos Zeman is aimed at maintaining ties between Russian and Czech companies.

"A good example of our cooperation is the GRS Ural company, where the Czech experience of production is applied," he added.

The Minister also stressed that the Czech Republic seeks to develop cooperation not only with Russia, but also with the markets of other countries. "It is very important that we do not focus only on one market, we need opportunities to export to other markets," he said.

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