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21 Apr 2017

Lukashenko calls for action in response to EU market access restrictions

Lukashenko calls for action in response to EU market access restrictions

MINSK, 21 April (BelTA) – The Belarusian government should take specific actions in response to the restriction of access to the EU market, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said during the State of the Nation Address on 21 April, BelTA has learned.

“Belarus is kept out of the EU market. Why then do not we respond? Why do not we protect ourselves? Why do not we give a symmetrical and accurate answer and show what Belarus is worth? I expect the government to take specific actions in this field,” the president said.

According to the head of state, nowadays all markets are divided between different companies. “When we try to branch out into any market, even into a remote one, we face local manufacturers as well as companies from the USA, the EU, Japan, and China. I have to hand it to them, they can do well in new markets and cultivate a good reputation of themselves. First of all, they do not use either preliminary conditions or force anyone. They come with money and create jobs. To put it mildly, they capture a share in a market in a civilized way. This is how it should be done,” Alexander Lukashenko noted.

“This is why we literally have to fight tooth and nail to expand into the markets of Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia and Middle East. These tasks have been set long ago,” the head of state summarized.

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