Earlier this month, Russia introduced a full embargo on imports of meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables from the European Union (EU), United States, Australia, Canada and Norway.
Moscow sought to retaliate for the sanctions imposed by the West following the downing of the Malaysian Airlines flight over Eastern Ukraine in July. The food ban went into effect immediately.
Belarus, itself no stranger to Western sanctions, took the news in stride, promising to increase Belarusian food exports to Russia.
Whether the food embargo indeed holds substantial economic opportunities for Belarus,...