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Tatar-Bashkir Report: July 24, 2000

24 July 2000
Shaimiev Meets With Bashkortostan's Prime Minister
Tatarstan's president, Mintimer Shaimiev, met behind closed doors with the prime minister of Bashkortostan, Rafael Baidavletov, and Uchaly city administration head Renat Abdullin, Tatar Radio reported on 24 July. Baidavletov told reporters after the meeting that despite only the semi-official nature of the visit, it was very useful. He said that they negotiated deliveries of Tatar oil to Bashkir refineries. Baidavletov added that the volume of Tatar oil being processed in Bashkortostan should be increased from 200,000 tons to 500,000 tons a month.

Bashkortostan To Boost Ties With KamAZ
Tatar Prime Minister Rustam Minnikhanov and Bashkir Premier Rafael Baidavletov attended the Autoservice-2000 Auto show in Chally on 21 July, Tatar Radio reported. A KamAZ delegation headed by the company's general-manager, Ivan Kostin, and accompanied by Baidavletov, just returned from Ufa where it held talks with the government of Bashkortostan and signed a cooperation agreement. Among other things, the prospects for delivering oil products to KamAZ from Bashkortostan were at the top of agenda. Bashkortostan, which has about 17,000 KamAZ automobiles, is the second-largest buyer of trucks made in Chally after Tatarstan itself. Bashkortostan is also a KamAZ partner and delivers 400 million rubles worth of spare parts and other products annually to the concern. In Chally, Minnikhanov and Baidavletov talked about developing cooperation and mutually advantageous trade.

Tatar Public Center Accuses Russian Constitutional Court of Political Aggression
Tatarstan's nationalist organization, the Tatar Public Center (TPC), in an appeal to the world community, international organizations, and the legislatures of national republics, said it considers the Russian Constitutional Court's recent abolition of sovereignty language in the republican laws of many Russian regions "political aggression against the independence of national republics," Tatar Radio reported on 21 July. The TPC agreed to hold an extraordinary meeting on this issue on 29 July.

Nizhnekamskshina Shareholders Elect New Management
Tatar Premier Rustam Minnikhanov led a shareholders meeting of the Nizhnekamskshina tire company on 21 July, Tatar Radio reported. An investment program for the next three years was adopted and a new Board of Managers was elected at the meeting. Shafagat Takhautdinov, the general manager of Tatarstan's leading oil company Tatneft, was appointed to run the board.

Kazan And Moscow Aircraft Designers To Unite
Kazan's Gorbunov Air Industrial Association may soon join the Moscow Tupolev Company, Tatar Radio reported on 21 July. The Board of Managers of the possible partner sent the necessary documents for such cooperation to the governments of Russia and Tatarstan. Merging the enterprises, according to experts, would allow for production increases and greater income for both companies, and would result in more TU-204s to be built and modified.

By Gulnara Khasanova