Russia accuses Belarus of helping West beat Russian food import ban

Russian Belarus customs borderRussia accuses Belarus: Russia’s food watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor is claiming that Belarussian companies are helping EU and Western food exporters beat Russia’s food import embargo by passing off banned goods as their own. In some instances, they are claiming that seafood products such as mussels and oysters originated in landlocked Belarus. Citing data from the National Statistics Committee it points out that, while overall exports from Russia to Belarus 2014 decreased by 8.9% last year, the volumes of food and agricultural raw material exports such as vegetables , fruit and seafood increased significantly. There is a strong suspicion within Rosselkhoznadzor that Belarus is claiming provenance for these goods when they actually came from elsewhere.