The Defense Industry
Belarus's large defense industry has been severely hit
country's cutbacks in imports of fuels and raw materials
as by decreased demand for military products across the
Soviet Union in general. Because Belarus is now paying
prices for its fuels and raw materials, the cost of its
has increased, prompting a decrease in purchases not only
Russia but by other former Soviet republics as well.
to civilian industry has not been quick or successful, as
case across the former Soviet bloc. The defense industry
Belarus hopes Russia will give it more business now that
is paying some of the costs of maintaining Russian troops
Belarusian soil. Belarus has also tried to increase its
markets. In mid-1995 arms deals Iran and the People's
China were pending.
Data as of June 1995