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Sanctions particularly damaging to EU
Russia boycotts Afghanistan and Somalia
Russian authorities have proclaimed a temporary boycott of cherries from Afghanistan and nectarines from Somalia. The Russians suspect that European products are being smuggled into the country hidden among these products. The import ban also applies to re-export from other countries. The Russian.....
Turkish grape growers celebrate better relationship with Russia
Cyprus also votes against sanctions
The camp against the sanctions within the EU is growing. Cyprus has also openly joined the opponents. Putin discussed the situation in the Ukraine with Hollande and Merkel. Turkish grape growers celebrated their improved relationship with Russia and the Russian government remains positive about self.....
Putin closes borders to transit
Boycott Turkey not lifted
Although the relationship with Ankara is improving, no decision has been made yet about lifting the boycott on fruits and vegetables, according to Prime Minister Medvedev in an article on Russian news website RT.com. This was the response of the Prime Minister to earlier reports of retailers hoping to resume.....
Arminian trade fears Turkish competition
Slovakia wants debate on sanctions
After the extension of the sanctions against Europe, debate within the Union has not yet been wrapped up. Slovakia wants to enter into discussions in the coming months. On the other hand, the relationship between Russia and Turkey is improving. According to the Kremlin, the Russian sector does not need to.....
Turkey once again a Russian holiday destination
Russia extends boycott
Whilst Europe is finalising the extension of the sanctions against Russia until 2017, president Putin is ramping the pressure on Europe up higher. In a presidential decree he announced the boycott of Western products, including European fruit and vegetables, will be extended to 2018. Officially the boycott,.....
Turkey apologises, hopes for a better relationship with Russia
Turkish president Erdoğan apologised to Russia for downing the Russian fighter plane in November 2015. In a response to this incident Russia imposed a boycott of, among other things, Turkish fruits and vegetables. That response hit Turkey hard. Moscow demanded an apology form Ankara, before talks about.....
Hilde Vautmans (Open VLD) pressures European Parliament:
"There are cracks in the European position towards Russia"
"The EU is extending its sanction against Russia by six months. The Russian prime minister announced in April that the Russian boycott would also be extended until the start of 2017. All European countries seem to agree with decision to expand the sanctions, but there are cracks in the European position from.....
Russian import stagnates
Europe continues sanctions against Russia
Europe has prolonged the sanctions against Russia by half a year, according to various media. According to the Dutch Broadcasting Foundation (NOS), the ambassadors of the Member States have agreed to this. Originally, the sanctions were to be until 31 July, according to this agreement they remain in.....
Is Europe extending the sanctions?
This month, Europe must decide whether it will extend the sanctions against Russia. Tomorrow, the EU member states will meet to discuss the next step. Last week, the sanctions against the Crimea and Sevastopol were extended by one year.The European Commission issued a press release last week reporting that.....
Turkey approaches Russia
Putin meets Juncker
President Putin spoke to EC president Juncker in St. Petersburg. President Erdogan is trying to approach Russia and former president Sarkozy believes the sanctions should be gradually abolished. Besides all the political news the boycott is being felt in the sector. The Belgian agriculture is losing 5.....
Business community wants to get rid of sanctions
Turkey loses 300 million because of boycott
Now that the European assembly on renewing the sanctions is approaching, criticism of the sanctions increases. French parliament voted against renewal, the German business community also does not much like the sanctions anymore, and the Italian ambassador thinks sanctions should not be allowed to block.....
Still tension between Russia and Turkey
Russia opens the borders
Russia has opened its borders to a very limited number and volume of products. The boycott has been lifted for raw materials for the production of baby food. According to the Kremlin, it is possible for the boycott list to be reconsidered if Europe eases its own sanctions. Germany, however, is not in favour.....
Kremlin preparing extension of sanctions
EC president Juncker visits St Petersburg
The Kremlin is sending a double message. On the one hand, preparations are underway to extend the boycott; on the other hand, Putin says he will lift the sanctions imposed if the West lifts them, too. EC president Jean-Claude Juncker is the first senior Eurocrat to visit Russia since the crisis began in.....
Armenian growers want a boycott on Turkish vegetables
European Commission extends support measure
The European Commission extends support measures for fruit and vegetables. Russian retail wants to get rid of best-before dates on fruits and vegetables. Kazakh apple import has been decreasing for months, Russia imports more from Uzbekistan and Armenian growers want a boycott on Turkish greenhouse.....