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16 Jun, 2009 20:36

Russia-Belarus declare dairy ceasefire

Russia and Belarus have settled their dispute over dairy imports. The countries agreed that Russia will use domestic milk powder to satisfy some of its demand, while increasing imports of other Belarusian dairy products.

The milk war was sparked some ten days ago when Moscow imposed a ban on Belarusian dairy products, claiming they didn't meet sanitary standards.

Relations between the two countries had soured, with Minsk accusing Moscow of using the milk ban as a political tool, then angrily boycotted a major meeting of former Soviet countries.