The trade turnover between Russia and Belarus would have grown significantly, stick to the Minsk re-export of products subject to sanctions, said Vladimir Makei. According to the diplomat, the Belarus authorities are resolutely fight against this evil.
MOSCOW, 27 Jan. Belarus is not engaged in the supply of products caught in the Russian sanction lists, said the Belarusian foreign Minister Vladimir Makei.
Russia in August 2014 restricted imports of food products from countries that have imposed sanctions against her: USA, EU, Canada, Australia and Norway. A ban were meat, sausage, fish and seafood, vegetables, fruits, dairy products. In June 2015, in response to extension of sanctions, Russia has extended the embargo for one year. According to some media reports, Belarus is actively engaged in re-export to Russia of such products.
“If we were engaged in re-export Podstantsionnaya products received through the territory of Belarus, the trade turnover between Russia and Belarus would have grown significantly. But, unfortunately, the trade turnover with Russia from January to August this year totaled 18.2 billion dollars, which is almost 30% lower than for the same period in 2014,” said Mackay in an interview with the newspaper “Kommersant”.
According to him, Moscow and Minsk agreed that if the goods included in the sanctions lists, will be processed on the territory of Belarus and they will privnosit value added, they can come to the Russian market.
“I do not exclude that, probably, some unscrupulous businesses are abusing this and are re-exported. But the authorities of Belarus and the Russian authorities, resolutely fight against this scourge,” said Mackay.
“Let me emphasize that if products are processed in Belarus, this is not a re-export. Even those shellfish, if there is introduced the value added Belarusian product — and it will not re-export, and supply of Belarusian products to Russia”, — he added.
Moreover, according to the Belarusian Minister, Moscow and Minsk now are talking about how to create such a concept as “goods of the Union state”.
“In that case, it would be easier, maybe, to avoid any sanctions from the third parties,” — said Mackay.