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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ivanovo Explores Barter

MOSCOW () -- The Russian textile-producing region of Ivanovo is looking into barter deals with the African nation of Mali for cotton, Interfax has reported.

The Saturday report says officials from the depressed Ivanovo region have held talks with officials from Mali about swapping cotton for Russian vehicles, spare parts, fertilizer and rubber products. Quoting the region's first vice governor, Alexei Zhbanov, the report said the African nation of Benin might also be interested in a deal.