The Minister of agriculture of Belarus Leonid Zayats, invited the head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Sergey Dankvert to visit Belarus to improve relations between the two countries “in the supply of products,” and promised to guarantee his safety during visit, according to “RIA Novosti”. “Happy to meet, show our companies will inform you about everything. We must somehow meet and come to an agreement,” said the Hare.
When asked if he could guarantee that Dankvert will return home after a visit to the country, he said, “sure! Sure, will send.” “And what was the obstacle to citizens of the Russian Federation?” — added the Hare. He explained that Belarus is legal and safe state and to guarantee “the safety of any who came around on the territory of the Republic of Belarus”.
Rosselkhoznadzor’s inspection on 9 February, has postponed his visit to Belarus from-for fears of “provocation”. The head of the main Department of foreign economic activity Ministry of agriculture of Belarus Alexei Bogdanov said at the time that the concerns of the Rosselkhoznadzor in vain.
In December 2016, in an interview with Sergey Dankvert said that the Belarusian providers often behave “unfair” and “I want to take advantage of the situation when the Russian market closed for deliveries from the EU with Ukraine”.
In 2016, the Rosselkhoznadzor has repeatedly claimed to the quality of production imported from Belarus, especially of meat and milk. In particular, the Ministry stated that Belarusian milk processing enterprises falsifiziert products, “out of greed” by adding powdered milk. Meat supplies are also repeatedly carried out with violations, such as improperly documented or in an unsatisfactory condition.
In early February, the Rosselkhoznadzor has banned the import of Belarusian beef. According to authorities, the Belarusian side could not provide proper veterinary control, so imported meat is found “harmful microorganisms”. The representative of the press service of Rosselkhoznadzor then confirmed the presence of claims to be supplied from Belarus to beef. According to him, in January 2017 was foiled attempt to import more than 40 shipments of dairy and meat products of Belarusian origin not satisfying the requirements of technical regulations and veterinary regulations of the EEU.
After that, the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko demanded to bring criminal case against the head of the Rosselkhoznadzor “for damages to the state.” The charges were related to previously entered restrictions on import of products from Belarus. “All these Dankvert — people are concerned, everyone has a huge latifundia, they are manufacturers of a product” — then said Lukashenko.
The head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Sergey Dankvert with a request from the Prosecutor General’s office associated with the claims of the Belarusian side due to the prohibition of supply for the products of its enterprises. Then he explained that the Prosecutor intends to check the legality of the closure. “We are all legal,” — said Dankvert and added that he was preparing to answer all the questions of the Prosecutor.
In addition, of its intention to contact the Prosecutor’s office in connection with a possible conflict of interests of the head of the Rosselkhoznadzor reported the Russian division of the human rights organization Transparency International. “Dankvert owns companies that operate in the field, which it regulates as a Federal official,” — said the Deputy Director of the human rights organization Ilya Shumanov. According to him, this automatically creates a situation of conflict of interests.