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08 December 2021, 17:24

Opinion: Belarus in lockstep with Russia when retaliating to Western sanctions

MINSK, 8 December (BelTA) - In terms of retaliation to the Western sanctions Belarus is in lockstep with Russia, political analyst Aleksei Dzermant said in an interview with the SB. Belarus Segodnya newspaper, BelTA has learned.

“Belarus' food embargo is rather extensive. Belarus produces both meat and milk in sufficient amounts. Yet there are Western players in the Belarusian market who have serious interests here. Let's recall the French Danone and its once aggressive policy in the Belarusian market. In 2015 Russia imposed its food embargo against the states applying the economic sanctions. If we add our counter-sanctions to the list, Western exporters will feel the cumulative damage worth tens of millions of euros or even more," the expert said.

According to him, Belarus is in lockstep with Russia in terms of retaliation to the Western sanctions pressure. "The Russian experience demonstrates that the mirror response to the sanctions has provided a great incentive to improve the quality, expand the assortment and increase the output of agricultural products. We can also expect a similar effect as we replace imports and fill free niches in the EAEU market," Aleksei Dzermant noted.

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