MINSK, 18 April (BelTA) – It is necessary to diversify suppliers of medicines in order to prevent shortages on the domestic market, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with the healthcare minister, the prosecutor general and the KGB chief, BelTA has learned.
“Saying that someone does not sell us something is a poor excuse... You know, medical equipment and medicines are not under strict sanctions. If the Americans don't sell drugs to you, buy them in India, Cuba. It's just a matter of maneuverability. Therefore, excuses for not having enough medicines or something else are not accepted,” the president said.
The head of state instructed Prosecutor General Andrei Shved to take the supply of medicines and other products under control: “You know how to do it. The same ways as you handled the loss of livestock. We need to take it under control and keep an eye on it so that the government does not become complacent. The only thing I ask the government to deal with is the economy. Economy, economy, the response to the sanctions - this is your area of responsibility, so go ahead and act. At least I do not limit the ministers in anything.”