MINSK, 10 February (BelTA) – Belarusian citizens should be able to afford imported goods, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at a meeting on pricing matters in Minsk, BelTA reports.
"We prevented empty shelves and brought back the variety of assortment thanks to new suppliers, mainly from friendly Russia and Turkey. But this is not a reason to be complacent. Our citizens should be able to afford imported goods, especially those we do not produce ourselves," the Belarusian leader stressed.
“Import should also be under the strictest control. Otherwise it may bring down the entire domestic market."
Another problem is the unequal conditions for domestic producers and importers, which contributes to the sale of mainly foreign products. "Importers have the opportunity to form a favorable price outside the country and receive a large profit. Let's listen to how fair it is, and whether the government sees this problem," Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “I am well aware that any system of regulatory measures is a living organism that changes taking into account internal and external factors. Not everything depends on us in the country. But I do not want us to regulate the whole world. My task, and also yours, is to control the processes that are taking place within the borders of our Belarus. Sometimes it is permissible to accelerate positive changes, as they say, manually."