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EU warns candidate members Turkey and Serbia
Publication date: 8/26/2014
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Jan-Kees Boon, Fruit & Vegetable Facts:
Many pears going to Russia via Belarus
After the Russian import boycott was put in place in the EU (and a few other countries) in August 2014 the import of pears to Russia dropped sharply. By November 2014 the effects of the boycott were clearly visible. In the period between November 2014 and February 2015 the import of pears fell to 74,000.....
Moldovan apples and plums return to sender
Russian politicians: allow import through pro-Russian companies
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European export up, but not for fruit and veg
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Boycott possibly until 2018
Russia launches apples to ISS
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