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Belarus stands by food exports to Kaliningrad Oblast

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko assured the media on Friday that his country will be able to meet the demand for food exports from the Kaliningrad Oblast area in Russia.

Lukashenko told Russian journalists that if needs are not being met it is due to regional authorities. He also said that the region could be considered the responsibility of Belarus.

"If there are problems, it is only because the region authorities are not doing enough," Lukashenko said. "You are welcome to come visit us. We will agree on the food supplies, legitimately and legally, without violating any embargos. We can redirect some one to two percent of the export from the Russian main territory to Kaliningrad.”

Lukashenko's comments came on the heels of punitive measures against Russia by the U.S. and European Union in response to the Kremlin's handling of the situation in the Ukraine.

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