Between hammer and anvil: Belarus may lose $100 mln over food deliveries to Russia

Belarus might lose about $100 million due to the situation with the supplies of food to Russia, the Ministry of Agriculture says.

“If the situation remains the same and if our companies do not resume work, the Belarusian export will decrease by about $100 million,” Deputy Agriculture Minister Leanid Marinich stresses.

At the end of November the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) suspended the import of products of more than 15 Belarusian enterprises to Russia. According to the Russian agency, the ban was imposed due to ‘violations of sanitary norms’. But Belarusian exprerts believe that the situation was triggered by Belarus’s supplies of food made of raw materials imported from the countries which had fallen under Russian sanctions.

 “Belarus turned out to be between the rock and the hard place during this EU-Russia war of sanctions,” Belarusian TV channel CTV said.

Belarusian carriers are also going into the red. Althow the both countries are members of the Customs Union and no border control should be exercised all trucks entering Russia are subject to rigorous inspection.

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