Putin orders to introduce anti-dumping measures against European suppliers of herbicides
Russia will introduce its own anti-dumping duties on the supply of herbicides from Europe, President Vladimir Putin said at the Business Russia forum on Wednesday, TASS reports.
He recalled that earlier Kazakhstan had blocked the decision of the Eurasian Economic Commission on the introduction of anti-dumping duties on these products. However this does not prevent each country of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) to take such measures independently.
"Therefore, I hope the relevant ministry will hear me, take the initiative, the antimonopoly service will also support me. I see no obstacles why we should not do this," Putin said.
According to the President, European companies sell herbicides on the Russian market cheaper than on their own market, which clearly indicates dumping on their part.
"Therefore, the decision that was made by the Eurasian Commission (in 2018 - the Commission decided to introduce duties on the supply of herbicides - TASS) is certainly justified. <...> Kazakhstan blocked it, for unknown reasons, in fact. Well, some lobbyists apparently working," Putin said.
He added that despite the introduction of own anti-dumping duties on herbicides, certain volumes of such products can continue to flow to Russia through the territory of Kazakhstan.
"We need to think how to minimize our losses in this regard," Putin concluded.