Fact Check: India Did NOT Sanction Belarusian Potash Fertilizer Exports


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Fact Check: India Did NOT Sanction Belarusian Potash Fertilizer Exports Never Imposed

Did India lift sanctions on the import of needed Belarusian potash thereby presenting new opportunities for agreements and business ventures between India and Belarus? No, that's not true: India never was a part of US and EU sanctions and trade restrictions on any Belarusian goods and services, therefore there were no sanctions to lift. A reduction in Belarusian potash export to India was caused by logistical issues that prevented Belarus from using port facilities in neighboring countries that did observe sanctions against the country.

The claim appeared in a video (archived here) published on TikTok by sotniktiktok on December 18, 2023, with a caption, translated into English from Russian by Lead Stories staff, that read:

India is lifting sanctions against Belarus. The Indian government came to the need to remove sanctions on Belarusian potash and resume the import. This affects the fertilizer price in the country and the region. It is planned to sign new agreements and develop new business opportunities between India and Belarus.

This is what the post looked like on TikTok at the time of writing:

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(Source: TikTok screenshot taken on Wed Dec 20 07:45:36 2023 UTC)

In an interview with CTV Channel (archived here) in December 2023, Belarusian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in India Andrei Rzheussky pointed out that Belarus is looking for ways to "unlock" the paths to import potash fertilizers into India. This is in reference to the inability to export its fertilizers through neighboring ports in Lithuania, for example, and through countries that do observe sanctions against Belarus.

Belarus was one of the leading potash suppliers (archived here) to the Indian fertilizers market until the European Union and United States sanctions were introduced (archived here) on the export of Belarusian goods in December 2021. In addition, Lithuanian Klaipeda port refused (archived here) to transport Belarusian soil fertilizers to other countries, leaving Belarus with fewer ways to cheaply export its products to India.

An attempt to restore the potash trading between the countries was taken in February 2022, when the two states discussed (archived here) the possibility of payments in Indian rupees due to US and EU sanctions on the use of dollars and euros for trade with Belarus.

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