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Russia's Magadan Oblast plans to replace Japanese equipment with Belarusian-made


We plan to replace Japanese vehicles with Belarusian equipment, Governor of Russia's Magadan Oblast Sergei Nosov told the media after the talks with Belarusian Ambassador to Russia Dmitry Krutoi and Governor of Gomel Oblast Ivan Krupko in Moscow on 13 November, BelTA has learned.

"Mining is the main industry in our region. We need heavy-duty trucks to transport ore, and also heavy bulldozers, excavators, and vehicles to transport goods through the territory of Magadan Oblast. We also need Belarusian tractors because, strange as it may seem to some, we do have agriculture," the governor of Magadan Oblast noted.

"On the one hand, there is a need, and on the other hand, there is a unique opportunity associated with the sanctions, the withdrawal of various companies. There are opportunities for business to occupy these niches and to grow. We have experience in using heavy-duty trucks and maintenance but everything was geared up for maintenance of Japanese equipment. Today, there is also an opportunity to organize work in terms of Belarusian equipment. This idea must translate into a roadmap," Sergei Nosov said. He stressed that such steps should be taken before his visit to Belarus and meeting with President Aleksandr Lukashenko, which are scheduled for the first half of next year. "We must make specific proposals to the Belarusian president," the governor stressed.

According to him, Magadan Oblast is also interested in the supply of Belarusian food products. "The quality of Belarusian food is one of the highest in Europe, if not in the world," Sergei Nosov said. For its part, Magadan Oblast is ready to supply fish and seafood to Belarus.

Health and recreation tourism in Belarus is another area of cooperation, the head of the Russian region said. "Belarus is an epitome of high quality, comfort and safety, and today it is very important," he said. Sergei Nosov proposed to organize trial groups, including children's groups, for recreation in Belarus next year.