According to Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko, Belarusian households and enterprises will not feel the impact of the counter-sanctions. On 1 January, Belarus will introduce a food embargo on a number of goods from the states that carry out unfriendly actions against Belarus.
"We have repeatedly warned that actions against our country will not go unanswered. When making this decision, we calculated the risks. It is clear that no counter-sanctions action is absolutely painless. Nevertheless, we analyzed the experience of our Russian partners, who took such a step in 2014, took into account some issues that were overlooked at that time," Golovchenko said.
"Our producers are able to satisfy the domestic demand for all other items, except for certain types of vegetables and fruits," the prime minister added. "As for vegetables and fruits that do not grow in Belarus, for example, tangerines or persimmons we see no problem here," the prime minister said. “We import them from several countries, not only from Italy, Spain, which have fallen under the embargo but also from Morocco, South Africa, Brazil, Turkey.”