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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has levelled criticism at the government’s move to ban meat imports from Poland.

“You should sort things out. If Polish meat turns out to meet standards, take it, process it and supply it to the domestic market. In turn, Belarusian meat shall be exported to the Russian market,” the president said Thursday in Bukhov addressing Belarus Agribusiness Minister Leonid Rusak.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has been visiting Bykhov Thursday on business.

During a short visit to Belarusian-Latvian joint venture BeLatMeat meat-producing company, the head of state said: “Russians are not opposed to us processing Polish meat for our domestic market.” Learning that Russian inspectors revealed facts of Polish meat processed at Belarusian meat-packing factories, the president said: “Let them check the meat we have been exporting to Russia!”

At the same time, the president expressed discontent over the fact that by stopping meat imports from Poland the government has in fact put a few local meat-processing companies to a halt.

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