Will Russia be left without Belarusian milk?

The intention to completely abandon the Belarusian producers in favor of their own has recently beenn expressed by the Minister of Agriculture of Russia Alexander Tkachev. In Moscow, Belarusian producers are accused of machinations.

Officially, Alexander Tkachev explained the offer to Belarusian producers to look for other markets by the fact that “unfair competition with dairy products containing vegetable fats and milk powder prevents the normal development of the market.”

Earlier, the Russian side claimed there were antibiotics in Belarusian milk.

The latest claims of this kind were to the Shchuchyn creamery. Political scientist Valery Karbalevich believes that Russia is now actively developing food production. The product embargo against the EU countries eliminated competitors and, accordingly, affected the flow of private capital into the agro-industrial complex.

“I do not think that there are any political reasons. Here, we have exclusively economic reasons. Lobbyist groups in Russia have their own interests and they lobby for the restriction of Belarusian products through Rosselkhoznadhor ,” the political scientist said.

According to the agreements of the Eurasian Economic Union, there should be free trade between its countries. However, according to the political scientist, Russia has gone through administrative obstacles to get rid of competitors. True, there are claims to the Belarusian side as well.

“The same Tkachev in this statement accused Belarus of dumping. The fact that the Belarusian products are delivered at lower prices, which is done artificially, to squeeze out others. And indeed, there is a certain element of truth here, because Belarusian food is much cheaper in many parts of Russia than in Belarus itself,” Karbalevich points out.

Today Belarus is the largest supplier of milk to Russia

The domestic share in total imports of dairy products to Russia last year was 86%. Russia will be able to restore the deficit in the domestic market, according to Alexander Tkachev, within five to seven years. And what can Belarus expect in the new conditions?

“We can really think about African countries, about Africa, and Asia. Separately, we can think about the countries in the Persian Gulf zone, but we have been hearing these conversations for ten years, a decade and a half already,” says Alyaksandr Yarashuk, an expert in the agro-industrial complex.

Although during the visit to Dzyarzhynsky district Lukashenka ordered to search for new markets, hopes for resolving the issue through political negotiations remain. The head of state assured that he intends to discuss the situation face to face with Vladimir Putin after his inauguration.

Yulia Labanava, Belsat, photo: Rymakov Vadim / TASS / Forum

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