Belarus to supply milk powder, tractors to Venezuela

Belarus will supply Venezuela with milk powder and agricultural machinery in line with contracts singed in Caracas, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro said.

A delegation of Belarusian government officials concluded their visit to the Latin America country on Friday.

During the talks, Belarus agreed to supply 16 metric tons of milk powder, 570 tractors and hundreds of trucks to Venezuela, Maduro said.

Belarus will also help Venezuela build three agro-industrial complexes, the minister said, adding that Belarusian specialists are already involved in the construction of 7,000 houses for low-income families in the Latin American country.

Cooperation between Belarus and Venezuela has intensified lately as Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko turned his eyes to the West in a bid to find an alternative for Russian oil supplies.

Minsk and Caracas agreed on the supplies of Venezuelan oil to Belarus in March, shortly after a brief dispute over oil supplies with Russia. Venezuelan crude is delivered in tankers to the Ukrainian port of Odessa and is transported by railroad through Ukraine to Belarus.

Another contract on oil supplies, under which the Latin American country will annually supply 10 million metric tons of oil to the ex-Soviet republic in 2011-2013, was signed during a visit by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to Minsk in October.

Belarusian Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko said last month that only oil exports from Venezuela "helped us survive."

MEXICO, November 20 (RIA Novosti)


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