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11 December 2015
Russia's Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service (Rosselkhoznadzor) made an announcement at the beginning of the month warning Belarus that if concerns over sanctioned products, which have been re-exported through the eastern neighbor, were not met with an appropriate response, then bans could be introduced against Belarus. Pavel Ljogkij, minister-counselor of the Embassy of Belarus, said in response that there is no established trend for illegal re-export adding that every instance of illegal re-export should be considered separately.
The representative of the Belorussian embassy explained that products re-exported through Belarus to the Russian market is an issue of logistics. He said that for some countries it is cheaper and more profitable logistical solution to ship through Belarus than through other routes. “Suppliers simply decided to direct their goods destined for Russia by way of Belarus,” he said. “For them, these logistics are profitable and convenient. Later it was the media that got up and joked: 'look, kiwis grow in Belarus'." Belarus' official position on the issue of re-export is that the struggle with illegal supplies is one of the country's duties as a friendly country to the Russian state and as a member of the East Asian Economic Commission. Other than announcements of exotic fruits appearing out of Belarus, mass media quoted Alexey Bogdanov, chief of the foreign trade office of Belarus' Ministry of Agriculture and Food, regarding measures for tightening border control which he described was swordplay between the two countries over the issue of re-export.   Bogdanov also said that on December 1 there was a meeting between representatives of the agriculture ministry of both countries during which there were a number of arrangements, one of them being to jointly strengthen control at the border. Russia will also give Belarus a database of the countries that are most likely to issue counterfeit food certificates. “We agreed that we will work together in a strengthened stance, and we will not allow products under phytosanitary and veterinary control to illegally cross the border and enter the country,” Bogdanov said. FruitNews article (Russian): http://www.fruitnews.ru/home-page/fruits/45102-belorussiya-otvetila-na-novye-obvineniya-rossii-v-dopushchenii-kontrabandy.htmlSource: http://www.tks.ru/news/nearby/2015/12/01/0011?utm_source=email, http://ria.ru/world/20151202/1334215675.html

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