Belarus institutes food embargoes from countries that have introduced sanctions against the Belarusian government. The embargo is to apply from January 1, 2022, the BiełTA agency reported on Tuesday, citing the Belarusian government.
“By the decision of the government, from January 1, 2022, an embargo is introduced on a wide range of food products from countries that pursue discriminatory policies and implement hostile actions towards our country,” the press office of the Belarusian government informed.
The communiqué stated that this was a response to “attempts of illegal sanctioning pressure from the collective West”. As noted, products for individual use, baby food and a number of other “critical imports” items were excluded from the embargo. It was explained that this was to limit the negative impact of the embargo on Belarusian citizens.
The government also announced that it would take steps to increase its own production and imports from “friendly” countries. “In the event of further destructive actions, Belarus reserves the right to extend the list of prohibited goods,” it was reported.
Sanctions against Belarus
Last Thursday The European Union has passed another package of sanctions against Belarus. The restrictions consist of a ban on entry to the EU and an asset freeze. They include about 30 people and entities involved in repressions against civil society and bringing migrants to Belarus. They concern, among others Belavia Airlines. Introducing new sanctions also announced by the US, UK and Canada.
The Polish Economic Institute wrote in a recent analysis that in 2020 the European Union was responsible for almost 20 percent. trade exchange for Belarus and is for it the second, after Russia, trading partner. Poland exports to Belarus mainly rolling stock parts, apples and live mycelium.
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