YEREVAN, April 15. / ARKA /. Armenia is not going to follow suit of Russia and Kazakhstan and stop the import of Ukrainian dairy products, Armen Poghosyan, head of a consumer watchdog, told a news conference today.
Rospotrebnadzor, Russian consumer watchdog, banned a week ago the import of dairy products of several Ukrainian enterprises ‘because they do not comply with Russian requirements for milk and dairy products." Kazakhstan followed suit banning the import of Ukrainian cheese.
According to Armen Poghosyan, the ban in Russia and Kazakhstan was politically motivated. He said Ukrainian dairy products have always been famed for their high quality. He said isolated cases of defective food products are found everywhere, but it should not be used as a ground to ban imports.
Armenia’s trade with Ukraine in January- February 2014 slashed by almost 32 percent year-on-year to $22.7 million. Armenian exports grew by 38 percent to $2.48 million, while imports fell by 35.3 percent to $20.25 million. -0-