Alexander Lukashenko urges Russia to sort things out before introducing bans on the supply of food from Belarus. The Belarusian leader touched on the topic of Belarus-Russia disputes about the quality of food products meeting with the governor of the Kostroma region February 7.
According to Alexander Lukashenko cooperation of Belarus with Russian regions strengthens relations between the two countries, especially in times like these, when they undergo a series of disagreements, including on the supply of products.
Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
Kostroma region has long been a very promising and reliable partner for our country. In earlier times, the volume of our bilateral trade exceeded $100 million abroad. Not with every major country do we have such a turnover today. But the volume of trade turnover has decreased significantly over the last two years, which worries me. Our Eurasian Economic Union does not bring us increase in trade volumes, we are only losing in trade amounts. Our trade has fallen by 60% over two years. Is that the integration we wanted? I say this and this for some reason causes confusion and rejection in Moscow and Minsk. But we need to talk about this, it is necessary to find bottlenecks and glue of our relationships.
The Kostroma region is a long-standing and reliable partner of Belarus. The parties are interested in increasing trade and the search for untapped reserves.
Photo: Official Internet portal of the President of the Republic of Belarus