20 Feb 2023 14:08

Belarus seeking to boost exports 6.5% to $24.4 bln to Russia in 2023

MINSK. Feb 20 (Interfax) - Belarus expects to boost exports 6.5% to Russia in 2023, the country's Deputy Economic Minister Dmitry Yaroshevich said on the Belarus 1 TV channel.

"Last year, 64% of our exports went to Russia and China, and we are retaining these markets this year. We would even like to boost [exports] to Russia by 6.5%. Not only would we like to do so, we are calculating for this," Yaroshevich said.

"We plan to receive $24.4 billion in export earnings from Russia, which would be one-and-a-half billion more than last year. I think that we can handle this, given the circumstances that are currently happening in Russia. Where markets have been cleared, there are some high-level agreements between the leaders of our countries. Therefore, the main goal here is to be quick and seize the moment," Yaroshevich said.

Yaroshevich stressed that Belarus showed good export results in 2022, with a share of 64% going to Russia and China.