Belarus, Russia come up with approaches to resolving milk trade issues


Belarus and Russia have found approaches to resolving milk trade issues. Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Mikhail Rusy made the statement after meeting with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on 1 March, BelTA has learned. According to the source, the Belarusian side has held several meetings at premises of the Russian Agriculture Ministry and the Russian government to discuss shipments of dairy products. “Approaches have been found,” assured Mikhail Rusy.

Mikhail Rusy pointed out that Belarus sold nearly 4 million tonnes of milk and dairy products to Russia in 2017. According to the statistics, prices for these products were higher than those for competing products made in Russia or prices for third-country imports. This is why Belarus cannot accept any blame for dumping prices, the deputy prime minister made it clear. “We have prepared a roadmap to lift restrictions from certain enterprises.

It is now being looked into at the level of the Belarusian and Russian agriculture ministries. Instructions have been given and backed by the Russian government to adopt milk powder trade figures during a meeting of representatives of both ministries in March. We are ready to embrace any offer with prices at least as high as those in the Russian Federation,” noted Mikhail Rusy. The head of state closely follows these matters, concluded Mikhail Rusy.


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