Afghanistan seeks to import Russian oil products offering minerals in exchange

Afghanistan seeks to import Russian oil products offering minerals in exchange

Afghanistan would like to exchange oil products from Russia for domestically extracted minerals, acting Afghan Minister of Industry and Trade Nooruddin Azizi said on Friday.

"Our priority is to import Russian goods under a barter scheme," Azizi said in an interview, adding that "if operations under this scheme do not work out, then we can use financial transactions."

Kabul, in exchange for the supply of petroleum products and goods from Russia, could offer Moscow minerals extracted in the country, as well as supplies of raisins and medicinal herbs, the minister said.

With the current Afghan government having assumed control of the entire country's territory, it can now "provide Russia with some of our minerals in exchange for Russian imports," including products and energy resources, Azizi said.

There are no restrictions on Afghanistan from the U.S. or the EU on such supplies of raw materials, he said, noting that, if needed, "Afghanistan can pay for these goods with money," Sputnik reported.

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