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Over 100 Russian companies at BA exhibition

THE RUSSIAN National Exhibition presented more than 100 top Russian companies at the Incheba fair centre in Bratislava between June 20 and 24 to support commercial ties between Russia and Slovakia, the TASR newswire wrote.

On 3,000 square metres, pro-export oriented companies, scientific-research institutes, and schools from the Russian Federation presented their most sophisticated technologies and production samples.

"There were always good relations between Slovakia and Russia," director of the Russian Exhibition Centre Vlastislav Butov told TA3 television. "After the break-up of the Soviet Union these were interrupted. Now we want to renew them."

The initiative to hold the exhibition came from Russia. Preparations took two years. This event, supported by the Russian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, is held in three to four countries around the world every year.

"Human relations between Russian and Slovak entrepreneurs are very good," a representative of the Russian Federation in Slovakia, Grigorij Sarisvili, told the Sme daily. He claimed that Central European countries are very important for Russia. Trade between Russia and Slovakia has nearly doubled over the last four years.

"Natural gas and crude oil account for more than three quarters of the current Russian exports to Slovakia," director of the Slovak Society for Foreign Policy, Alexander Duleba, told Sme.

In particular, Russia wants to increase its export of goods and technologies. Russian companies doing business in Slovakia include Atomstrojxport, Gazpromneft and Utair. Moscow apparently has the support of the Slovak government in these endeavours. During his recent visit to Moscow, PM Robert Fico indicated his full support for the idea of extending the broad-gauge railway from Slovakia's eastern border to Bratislava.

Compiled by Spectator staff from press reports

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