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Belarus extends embargo on Western food, agricultural products through 31 December 2023

MINSK ( BelTA) – Belarus has extended the duration of the current embargo on the import of several kinds of agricultural and food products from unfriendly countries by another six months through 31 December 2023. Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko has signed the relevant resolution, the press service of the Belarusian government told BelTA.

Among other things the document prohibits importing apples from unfriendly countries except for the period from 1 July through 31 July. The document introduces a prohibition against importing beer and low-alcohol beverages from Lithuania and Poland since similar products are made in Belarus in sufficient amounts.

BelTA reported earlier that on 6 December 2021 the government passed resolution No.700 “On the application of special measures in relation to certain types of goods”. The resolution introduced a food embargo against a broad range of goods made in the countries, which pursue a discriminatory policy and take unfriendly actions against Belarus. Back then the prohibition affected a number of imports from the European Union, the United States of America, Canada, Norway, Albania, Iceland, North Macedonia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Montenegro, and Switzerland.