Belarus and Kazakhstan refuse to purchase products labelled ‘Made in Crimea’ referring to the ‘complicated political situation’, Sergei Katyrin, Head of Russia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, says.
“Crimean commodity producers have difficulty entering new markets, including with export-worthy products. In light of the unstable political situation, many are wary of selling products ‘Made in Crimea’, in particular, Kazakhstan and Belarus back down on buying such products,” Katyrin said in an interview with RIA Novosti.
At the same time, Belsat TV journalists have repeatedly turned the spotlight on the appearance of Crimean goods wine, soda and tea in Belarusian shops.
Officially, Belarus has never recognised Crimea as part of Russia. For example, after the conflict in Donbas broke out, president Alyaksandr Lukashenka said that Ukraine ‘should stay united’ but stressed that ‘Crimea is de facto Russia’s territory’. The Belarusians are also divided on this issue.