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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russian-German Trade

SAARBRUECKEN, Germany ( -- Russia has fallen behind eastern Europe among Germany's trading partners because its market reforms are lagging, an industry group said Wednesday.

German trade with Poland and the Czech Republic is now higher than with Russia, said Peter Spary, secretary of the German Wholesale and Trade Association. He did not give any figures.

To compete with eastern Europe, Russia needs to impose orderly administrative rules and tax laws and to fight corruption, Spary said in a German radio interview.