Belarussian govt to check all firms representing Russian companies.

MOSCOW, September 26 (Itar-Tass) - The Belarussian government intends to check, within a month, all the firms in the country acting as representatives of Russian companies, Belarussian Prime Minister Sergei Sidorsky told a news conference after a session of the Council of Ministers of the Belarus-Russia Union State on Tuesday.

Sidorsky said some companies pose as representatives of Russian enterprises in order to derive profits by marking up prices of Russian goods. It often hurts the interest of Russian producers. "One should raise integration to direct relations between Russian and Belarussian companies to the maximum extent," he stated.

During the Tuesday talks, the parties discussed the problem of non-tariff restrictions in mutual trade, Sidorsky said, according to Prime-Tass.

He said there are no special barriers to Russian goods on the Belarussian market, in particular to Russian agricultural machinery.

For his part, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov said the parties had come to accord in issues of trade restrictions. "We assume that we should not create artificial barriers. It was very important to hear that the Belarussian colleagues have no intention to do so deliberately," Fradkov said.