The meeting that became a logical continuation of the work
of the parties in the framework of resolving existing issues in terms of mutual
deliveries of agricultural products was held today in Moscow. The event was
also attended by representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of
Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Economic Development.
During a constructive dialogue the parties agreed on the
need to develop a clear and understandable mechanism for regulating the transit
of agricultural products across the territories of the EAEU member countries.
It was emphasized that the reluctance of the EAEU Commission represented by Mr.
Nazarenko to resolve such issues leads to a significant slowdown in the countries’
integration process and also complicates import and export operations. Due to
lack of clear control over the transit of products prohibited for deliveries to
Russia from Belarus, such goods are regularly unloaded as they are transported
to other EAEU member countries in the territory of Russia. For example, dry
milk temporarily restricted for import into Russia "dissolves" when
moving through the territory of our country and is used for the manufacture of falsified
products, which are subsequently sold on the Russian market.
The parties also stressed the need for the earliest
development at the level of the EAEU Commission of a procedure governing the
introduction of self-restrictions by countries - suppliers of products on establishments
that supply poor quality and/or unsafe products to the EU country-member. If
such a procedure is implemented, Belarus can independently impose restrictions
on the establishments that supplied products to Russia, which, based on
laboratory tests, did not comply with the veterinary and sanitary requirements.
In this regard Sergey Dankvert informed his colleagues about
the intention of the Service to send to First Deputy Prime Minister of the
Russian Federation - Minister of Finance Anton Siluanov, as well as Minister of
Agriculture of the Russian Federation Dmitry Patrushev and Minister of Economic
Development Maxim Oreshkin a letter about Mr.Nazarenko ignoring repeated
appeals of the Rosselkhoznadzor to work through the above raised issues at the
The Belarusian side stressed that it is interested in
resolving the current situation and is ready to provide assistance to the
Rosselkhoznadzor in this respect.
During the talks the Russian side handed over to the
Belarusian colleagues extensive materials containing information on incompliances
detected in the Rosselkhoznadzor laboratories in products coming from Belarus
to Russia. In response Mr. Smilgin promised to study thoroughly the information
received and take appropriate measures against the incompliant establishments.
During the meeting, the parties reviewed in detail the
restrictions imposed earlier by the services of the two countries, as well as
measures taken by the parties to make the production process aligned with the
As a result of the meeting the parties signed a roadmap on
the procedure for removing mutual restrictive measures for the supply of
livestock products for 2019. According to the document, from February 14 temporary
restrictions on product deliveries to Russia are lifted from the following
production site of OAO “Molodechnensky Dairy Farm (cheese and butter);
"INCO-FOOD" (finished meat products).
However the products of these companies shall be imported
into Russia under stricter laboratory control.