What Happened: The Russian government has threatened to ban timber exports to China if Beijing continues to support illegal logging in Russia, according to Russian Natural Resources Minister Dmitry Kobylkin, Reuters reported Aug. 15.
Why It Matters: Moscow's warning underlines areas of disagreement in Chinese-Russian relations despite overall cooperation. The Russian government remains concerned about illegal logging operations in the country's Far East that have resulted in several wildfires in Siberia, according to officials.
Background: Russian timber exports reached 17.4 million metric tons in the first half of 2019, according to federal sources, while the country exported $3.5 billion worth of timber to China in 2018.
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