There are problems with the export of Belarusian food to Russia despite previous agreements. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko stated the fact as he dealt with a number of personnel appointments on 16 May, BelTA has learned. The head of state said: “As you can see, it is very difficult to work on our traditional markets these days. Moreover, Russia's behaviour is incomprehensible. We've even signed program documents on trade in milk, meat with them and we cannot fulfill them because they've closed their market.”
“It is not good business if we agree how much we will sell to Russia and we can't due to these brakes. It is a serious matter. We have to discuss the problem seriously at a high level, at the level of the governments.” Lukashenko said he believes that perhaps Belarusian agricultural companies should not work extra hard to increase the production of meat and milk because it is not easy to export these products these days.
“We still spend hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars on imports, particularly vegetables and fruits. We should produce them domestically. We should pay attention to these matters,” Lukashenko stressed.