Belarus called leader in anti-Russian sanctions

ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - DECEMBER 6, 2018: Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko ahead of the Nutcracker ballet at St Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre as part of an informal meeting of the leaders of the CIS member states at Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library. Mikhail Metzel/TASS

The Russian Ministry of Economic Development has published a report which estimated the trade restrictions lifted from other countries in 2018.

Russia has saved USD 330 million over the 32 restrictions or threat of restrictions that were lifted.

According to the document, during the past year the rate of value added tax on goods from Belarus and the Eurasian Union was flattened and the procedure of state sanitary-hygienic examination (except for products, which belong to the state registration) was cancelled.

In total, Belarus applied 13 restrictive measures (which are not specified in the document) against Russia and was on the 4th place after the EU countries, Ukraine, India, and Turkey.

However, the Russian Ministry also claims that the Belarusian limitations did not harm Russia much. For comparison, it mentions figure of 2,4 billion — it is this much that the Russian economy is losing as a result of European sanctions.

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