Russia's Bashkortostan eager to assemble more Belarusian tractors, interested in UAVs

13:00, 7 December

The Republic of Bashkortostan, Russian Federation would like to assemble more Belarusian tractors. Head of the Republic of Bashkortostan Radiy Khabirov made the statement after meeting with Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko on 7 December, BelTA has learned.

The Bashselkhoztekhnika enterprise assembles Belarusian wheeled tractors in Bashkortostan. But the Russian region desperately needs tracked tractors now.

Radiy Khabirov said: “We have seven million hectares of arable lands. It is a huge figure. And we need hundreds of tracked tractors. This is why together with our colleagues from the Belarusian Industry Ministry we are going to consider the possible assembly of tracked tractors in our republic. It is interesting both for Belarusian companies and us.”

The head of the Russian region government also mentioned high competences of the Belarusian design bureau Unmanned Helicopters. He said that Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise in Bashkortostan will soon begin making compact unmanned helicopters BAS-200. In his words, these possibilities may become another contact point in Belarus-Bashkortostan cooperation. “We have created an unmanned aviation cluster in our republic. It is in the initial development phase. I believe we can succeed taking into account Belarus' competences,” Radiy Khabirov said.

Bashkortostan is also interested in the Belarusian experience of tram manufacturing. Specialists have yet to evaluate prospects of manufacturing cooperation in this area.

While in Belarus the Bashkortostan delegation is expected to participate in a session of the working group on bilateral cooperation. The Russian delegation will present Bashkortostan's investment and economic potential and will hold negotiations with representatives of Belarusian companies.

BelTA reported earlier that during the meeting with the head of Bashkortostan Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko mentioned possibilities, which can help restore Belarus-Bashkortostan trade to pre-crisis levels: the bilateral trade peaked at $700 million in the past. The president is convinced that Belarus and Bashkortostan can raise the figure to $1 billion in the future.

In his words, in January-September 2021 trade totaled $280 million, 16% down from January-September 2020. Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “The visit of such a representative delegation is very significant for us in these complicated times. Our main task is obvious and quite doable – to restore trade figures up to precrisis levels as soon as possible.”

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