Russia and Belarus Settle Dairy Conflict

MOSCOW - Russia and Belarus have rounded up talks on the ‘dairy problem’ and have reached an agreement that both sides find acceptable, Russian Agriculture Minister Yelena Skrynnik said late night Tuesday after talks with Belarussian officials.
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“We ended our consultations and talks at an encouraging note and signed an agreement acceptable for both countries,” she told ItarTass, the Russian news organisation.

According to ItarTass, joint efforts helped the countries to agree on zero imports of powered milk from Belarus in the second and third quarters of the year.

This means that Russian dairy factories will buy powdered milk from Russia producers in the period of ‘big milk yields’, Skrynnik said adding that this will make it possible to rule out the situations of powered milk sale at dumping prices.

“Simultaneously, Russia will increase the imports of Belarussian curdles, cheese and butter in line with the market demand in this country,” she said.

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