President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that world trade wars were reflected in Russian-Belarusian relations in the form of dairy, sugar and meat battles. This is stated in his message to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly.
According to the president, strategic rivalry and competition between countries have become commonplace phenomena. “We do not have to go far for examples – take at least dairy and meat battles, sugar, which our closest partner arranges, blocking access to natural Belarusian products on its market,” Lukashenko said.
He believes that in conditions when the world trade system “actually breaks down”, the peace-loving and balanced foreign policy of all countries is particularly relevant.
“For our allies, Belarus, with its social and political consent, interfaith peace and policy, which is problem-free for neighbors and other states, is a special value,” Lukashenko said.
In February, the Rosselkhoznadzor announced the restriction of the supply of dairy products from Belarus. Initially, the ban was to enter into force on February 26, but later it was postponed to March 15.
On March 13, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said that Russia does not produce about 25% of milk from the required volume for domestic consumption. The day before the restrictions began, on March 14, Rosselkhoznadzor was informed that they would not prohibit deliveries.
Since April 10, Rosselkhoznadzor has imposed a ban on the supply of pork from Belarus. The department said that restrictions are introduced after the genetic material of the African swine fever virus (ASF) was found in meat products.
Nikol Pashinyan (Photo: Artem Geodakyan / TASS)