Ban forest exports: Russia is thinking how to save the taiga from China

The head of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology (Ministry of Natural Resources) of Russia, Dmitry Kobylkin (in office since May 18, 2018), said that Moscow could ban the export of wood to China if Beijing did not contribute to resolving the issue of illegal logging in Russian territory. At the same time, the Minister is confident that if the Chinese side displays consciousness, i.e. takes specific (certain) steps, then this problem can be solved.

The head of the department spoke about this in detail in an interview with the newspaper "Vedomosti"which was published on August 15, 2019. According to Kobylkin, if the Chinese "comrades" continue to engage in primitive buying up timber, leaving Russia only problems, then Moscow will have no other choice but to ban such exports. In addition, the minister announced the offer to Beijing to participate in forest planting.

They come, buy wood, and we rake the rubble. China should clearly understand that if they do not join in the solution of this problem, then we will have no other option but to ban the export of timber completely.

- said Kobylkin.

I propose to China, together with us, on our territory, along the border, to build breeding and seed-growing complexes and to plant forest planting material. To restore for our children and grandchildren what the "black lumberjacks" cut down.

- added Kobylkin.

It should be noted that China is the largest consumer of wood on the planet. According to UN information, this country accounts for 39% of all wood purchases in the world. At the same time, Russia is one of the world's largest exporters of wood. Moreover, a significant part of the export is illegal, as it passes through gray and black schemes, i.e. without payment of due taxes and forest restoration. That is why illegal logging, with further sale to China, is a serious problem for Siberia and the Russian regions bordering this country. Moscow is not opposed to the export of timber to China; it just wants to make this process civilized.
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  1. General Black Online General Black
    General Black (Gennady) 15 August 2019 10: 43
    Arranging locusts is futile.
  2. Atilla Offline Atilla
    Atilla 15 August 2019 10: 58
    Do we already have a border with China? And if so, then why think here. Or in the government, there were only one downs left. There are many questions, but I am not formulating them.
  3. AICO Offline AICO
    AICO (Vyacheslav) 15 August 2019 11: 02
    Still woodpeckers of all sorts of stupid and corrupt in the Duma on the cells to arrange and menu them - millet breakfast, millet lunch, millet dinner well, etc.! And then from lobsters brains swam and conscience covered with scab !!!
  4. Oleg RB Offline Oleg RB
    Oleg RB (Oleg) 15 August 2019 11: 29
    One headline is only worth it. laughing
  5. Bakht Offline Bakht
    Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 15 August 2019 11: 45
    Do not quite understand what China has to do with it?
    Are "black lumberjacks" all Chinese? Do the Chinese get money for the forest? Do kickbacks to law enforcement agencies come from there too? The solution to the problem is to restore order INSIDE the country.
    If you give the Chinese hands, then the Mongols will come. True, they have little money.
    1. SERGEY SERGEEVICS 15 August 2019 16: 58
      Kazakhstan is not bad at buying forest, they also always have money.
  6. SERGEY SERGEEVICS 15 August 2019 12: 19
    It was high time to do this, to ban the export of wood to other countries.
    And where does China come in for joint solutions to this problem?
    We do not have our own people who could track and recreate nurseries for seedlings. We have a lot of unemployed people who could do this. And for the protection of the forest (they want to attract the Chinese side), it is possible to attract Cossack communities (they have proven themselves very well lately, in such problems). Military patrols can be applied.
    1. Victor N Offline Victor N
      Victor N (Victor n) 15 August 2019 15: 21
      They cut down the forest and sell their round timber without treatment. But they do not want to restore the forest: it is better to be registered as unemployed and quietly cut down the forest, to drive it through smuggling (having agreed with YOUR border guards and customs officers) to China. The quirks of patriotism, however!
      1. SERGEY SERGEEVICS 15 August 2019 17: 05
        Until they begin to punish it in all severity, and no China will help. Yes and it was not bad, first of all, to revise the forest legislation.
        1. molotkov60mkpu Offline molotkov60mkpu
          molotkov60mkpu (Yuri) 16 August 2019 12: 22
          The time of revolution from above has matured. If GDP does not go for revolutionary transformations, then we can lose Russia. Such a devastation, probably, has never been in the history of Russia.
  7. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
    gorenina91 (Irina) 15 August 2019 18: 20
    - So, of course ... - Half the taiga burned out and continues to burn ... - What kind of deforestation is there, and even for the Chinese ...
    - And how many poor forest animals were destroyed ... - not one library of "red books" burned down ...
    - A monstrous loss ... - there is no need for war ... - there are so many disasters that it is really incomparable with anything ... - The Tunguska meteorite, in comparison with this fire, is just a childish prank.
  8. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
    Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 16 August 2019 00: 43
    Russia should not be saved from China, but from the enemies of the people in the bureaucratic offices of Russia, selling this very Russia to anyone!
  9. molotkov60mkpu Offline molotkov60mkpu
    molotkov60mkpu (Yuri) 16 August 2019 12: 20
    It is not necessary to offer and warn, but to set the terms and conditions. We didn’t react on time - deliveries were stopped. What could be easier. And so on any issues, including and domestic politics.
  10. Pavel Fedorov Offline Pavel Fedorov
    Pavel Fedorov (Pavel Fedorov) 17 August 2019 10: 17
    Our traders, these are elementary traitors, and even forgive ... The Kremlin pretends not to see, money is a bit of a cap ...