Russian quotas on Belarusian dried milk are nonsense, said First Vice Premier of Belarus Vladimir Semashko, answering the questions of the members of the House of Representatives. According to him, Belarus and Russia have already gone through a "milk war" quite successfully.
According to Vladimir Semashko, today Belarus has no problems with the sale of skimmed milk. These products are currently bought by Venezuela. This year 16 thousand tons of the product will be supplied there, BelTA informs.
First Deputy Prime Minister believes that the prices of skimmed milk powder, set in Belarus, allow the industry to operate successfully.
Vladimir Semashko considers quotas on exports to Russia as nonsense. This issue has been recently discussed by prime ministers of Belarus and Russia in St. Petersburg, he recalled.
According to him, it was noted at the meeting that if Russia entered the WTO, hence the milk from New Zealand and Australian might be supplied to Russia without any restrictions. So, why couldn’t it be the milk from Belarus?
Vladimir Semashko says that Belarus is also concerned about Russia's entry into the WTO, as customs duty on commercial vehicles, agricultural machinery and tractors may be reduced. So, the Belarusian authorities are looking for ways to compensate for those losses.
Russia has already decided upon this issue and is planning to introduce a salvage fee as compensation for these potential losses, Vladimir Semashko noted.
"In fact, this is a new tax to support its products. Therefore, we are also are committed to a civilized way to minimize these risks," said the first deputy prime minister.
As Telegraf previously reported, the resolution, adopted by the participants of the All-Russian conference of representatives of the dairy industry, stipulates that Russia should suspend imports of Belarusian dry whole milk, skimmed milk powder, whey powder and butter of 72.5% and 82.5% of fat from June 4 until December 1.