Lukashenko said the supply of shrimp from Belarus in Soviet times

President Of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko

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President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that in Soviet times the Republic was delivered the shrimp. So he responded to suspicions of re-export of made in Europe products

Speaking at a meeting with representatives of Russian regional media the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko rejected accusations of Moscow that Belarus is re-export of products prohibited for import to Russia. “You want something to defend himself, and then starts to discredit. We imposed an embargo, and Belarus is beginning to put shrimp and some herring. Yes, we are still from the Soviet Union supplied you shrimp and herring”, Lukashenka is quoted by the Agency TASS.

The Belarusian President explained that in the free economic zone “Brest” there is a large private company that buys the fish, including in Russia. “We delivered on our businesses, processed and delivered to you. Why distort this is quite normal practice,” he added.

In 2014, the conference for regional mass media Lukashenka explained the emergence of Belarusian shrimp in Kursk oblast, telling that these products were delivered to Russia last 15 years. He explained that in Russia from Belarus is not sent raw and processed products. According to Lukashenko, this re-export is not.

As told in an interview with RBC representatives of several Russian processing companies, they import fish from Norway to Belarus, where, place orders at its primary processing in local factories. Processed in this way, the fish changes the code of the customs classification, and the products are in contact in Russia is officially considered to be Belarusian. It was noted that, formally, this scheme is absolutely legal.

In November last year, Russia has tightened control on the Belarusian-Russian border. Customs officers began to check all the trucks, even after inspections by Belarusian employees. The reason for this was suspicion of the Russian authorities that Belarus reexporter banned products from the EU.

Yesterday, 16 November, the Rosselkhoznadzor has promised to check the tomatoes, delivered from Belarus, knowing that they came to this country from sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, fake phytosanitary certificates.

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