Belarus is ready to restore the free trade regime with Ukraine if it reconsiders a number of decisions regarding the Belarusian side. This was stated by the First Deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus Alexander Guryanov, the press service of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry reports.
"We are ready to completely repeal all our decisions, we are ready to return the free trade regime in full, but only when Ukraine reconsiders the measures taken against the products of the Belarusian side, which were de facto aimed at simply restricting competition from Belarusian producers," Guryanov said.
He stressed Minsk's readiness to negotiate at any time.
The diplomat also said that the decision of the Belarusian authorities regarding additional control of imports from Ukraine is not connected with the current aggravation of relations between the two countries, with aviation issues, and so on.
"This is pure trade negotiations, which should lead to the clearing of barriers, to which I urge my Ukrainian colleagues," the official summed up.
Earlier, Belarus introduced an individual licensing regime for a number of from Ukraine. The Deputy Economy Minister and Trade Representative of Ukraine Taras Kachka reported this on his Facebook. page.
"According to recent information, Belarus has introduced an individual licensing regime for the import of a number of Ukrainian goods: confectionery, chocolate, juice, beer, chipboard and fiberboard, wallpaper, toilet paper and packaging, bricks, ceramic tiles, glass ampoules, agricultural machinery for sowing, washing cars and furniture. This decision was approved by resolution of the Council of Ministers of Belarus No. 292 dated May 26," the trade representative wrote.