No concessions from Minsk in the ‘dairy war’

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April 22, 2016 18:44

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev supported Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich’s initiative to launch an anti-dumping examination against Belarus on the dairy market.

In a way, it was the Kremlin’s reaction to the delayed privatisation of large Belarusian assets for the Russian capital’s benefit by President Lukahenko. Amid falling exports of industrial products, Belarus’ dairy exports to Russia grew in 2013 and made up a substantial part of the state budget revenues. If a ‘dairy war’ unfolds, Belarus will not yield to the pressure from Russia, because Lukashenko counts on President Vladimir Putin’s support within the Eurasian integration project.

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