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    Belarus is facing shortages of imported goods following its international currency deficit, with items like fruit juices, diapers and household chemicals disappearing from the shelves.

    Belarus is facing shortages of imported goods following its international currency deficit, with items like fruit juices, diapers and household chemicals disappearing from the shelves.

    Over the last two months, Belarus has experienced a currency deficit which affected the exchange rate, sending it plunging from 3,000 to 5,000 Belarusian rubles per dollar.

    The country has exhausted more than 20 percent of its hard currency reserve since the beginning of the year.

    Internet stores have shut down and previously made orders have been canceled.

    "Nobody wants to bear financial losses," a shop assistant in a Minsk shop said.

    In the weeks before Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko was reelected in a disputed vote in December, the European Union offered Belarus a $4.2 billion aid package if the elections were declared free and fair.

    The offer was withdrawn after Lukashenko launched a violent crackdown on opposition activists protesting the results of the poll.

    MINSK, April 29 (RIA Novosti) 

     

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