Vladimir Kukhariov, mayor of Minsk, ordered to remove goods from Ukraine, Poland, and Lithuania from store shelves. According to him, goods from these countries are replacing Belarusian products in stores. It is reported by SB.by.
"Today, a number of countries have imposed sanctions against us – Ukraine, Lithuania, Poland, - and their products (sweets, pastries, tea) are in stores on the best shelves! At the same time, no one looks for the domestic. Therefore, either the situation is changing, or we will take measures from our side," said Kukhariov.
According to DW, the Belarusian authorities have long been planning to reduce the share of imported goods on the domestic market. In particular, the Doctrine of National Food Security of the Republic of Belarus until 2030 assumed a decrease in the volume of sales of imported food products in the domestic market to 15% by 2020 and to 14% by 2030. In fact, the share of sales of imported products in Belarus in 2020 amounted to 22.9%.
As reported before, Poland and Lithuania have urged the EU countries to increase the support of Lithuania amid the crisis with migrants and extend sanctions against Belarus.
“We condemn the use by Lukashenko’s regime of the illicit migration as the weapon for political pressure on the EU and its particular states-members. It shows one more the cynicism of the Belarusian regime and it shows the necessity of the quick response and joint actions of the EU for the solution of this security challenge,” the statement says.