Rosselkhoznadzor Head not going to Belarus any time soon

Rosselkhoznadzor Head not going to Belarus any time soon
Sergey Dankvert

Sergey Dankvert said that the Belarusian prosecutors had sent him their regards through Russian Prosecutor General’s Office.

Sergey Dankvert, the Head of Russia's veterinary and phytosanitary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor, is going to refrain from trips to Belarus for now, unless he goes with a TV crew.

The Rosselkhoznadzor Head said on Rossiya 1 TV channel’s Vestiv v Subbotu (‘Saturday News’) that his department staff is also going to stop visits to the neighboring country.

To remind: Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko had instructed the country’s Ministry of Internal Affairs to look into the actions of Rosselkhoznadzor officials before the investigation. Belarus maintains that their actions violated Art. 249 of the Criminal Code (Discrediting Business Reputation of Competitors).

The Belarus Interior Ministry believes that the Rosselkhoznadzor officials hampered the sale of Belarusian products in Russia "in non-professional interests" and in violation of the international law. On top of that, Russian officials are said to have been "spreading false information, discrediting Belarusian manufacturers." The estimated damage caused by said actions has been around $2.63 million.

Dankvert emphasized that it was only after Lukashenko’s demand to initiate a criminal case against him in February 2017 that he saw why his subordinates had been complaining about the climate in Belarus. The Rosselkhoznadzor Head still has hopes that Russia and Belarus will find some common ground after all.⁠

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