The Minsk Automobile Plant (MAZ) is planning to export about 1,500 trucks to Iraq in 2004, Valentin Gurinovich, the General Director of this Belarusian truck producer, told RBC. According to him, contracts with Iraq have been approved by the United Nations, however "the market of this country is closed for the plant so far". In 2002 MAZ supplied 1,000 trucks to Iraq. According to estimations of the Belarusian enterprise, there are about 3,000 MAZ automobiles in Iraq.
"We should use shock therapy to sober up the Americans. In this case, the Americans will speak about the need to resume dialogue. There is no other option"
The United States is concerned about the current crisis in the relations with Russia and suggests returning to reasonable policies to avoid a nuclear war