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Russia bans food imports from Bulgaria
Russia has banned imports of all agricultural produce from Bulgaria as of September 1, over forged certificates from the EU country, Russia's agriculture watchdog said in a statement Thursday.A wide range of food imports from Bulgaria is already subject to Russia's food embargo, which Russia introduced.....


Putin's workout programme
Russian growers concerned about storage facilities
Supposing you're the president of Russia, how would you start your Sunday off? Russian site RT watched as Putin started his day with a workout programme. The Russian growers aren't so relaxed. While the government is going for higher yields, growers are concerned about outdated storage facilities. Large.....


Russian retail ordered to scratch Western brands
Food destruction causes division
The Russian policy of destroying confiscated food, is dividing the Russian population. Although a majority is in favour of the policy, particularly when public health is at stake, others are speaking out against the policy. Recently, 20 tonnes of tomatoes from the Czech Republic were destroyed. Ecuador and.....


Russia has destroyed 606 tonnes of food since August 6
Rouble plunges even further
The Russian Minister of Agriculture supports the proposal to deal with smugglers of banned food more harshly. Since the beginning of August, Russia has destroyed about 606 tonnes of food. At the request of local residents, the Russian inspection investigated a greenhouse centre. Neighbours had complained.....


Russia: food smuggling equal to arms trade
Valencia wants kakis and pomegranates on compensation list
The government of Valencia pleads with the EU to add kakis and pomegranates to the list of products for which support is possible. The region expects that growers will be hit hard once again. The Polish minister invited Prime Minister Medvedev to come and sample apples. Recently, Medvedev accused the Poles.....


Moody's: Russia's import substitution only works for food
Putin dives during visit to Crimea
During a controversial visit to Crimea president Putin descended to the bottom of the Black Sea to look at a medieval shipwreck. Kiev responded angrily. According to Russia it is a domestic affair. The rouble reached a new low. After a period of recovery in the first half of the year the value of the Russian.....


Stricter border controls between Belarus and Kazakhstan
Russian government sued over destruction of food
There have been many responses in Russia to the government's demand that boycotted products be destroyed. Communists want the food to be given to the poor. Others propose using the products to generate power. A consumer organisation sued the government over the destruction. A legal proposal has been made in.....


Albania, Montenegro, Iceland, Liechtenstein & Ukraine
Russia extends food embargo to 5 countries
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree that extends the list of countries that fall under Russian counter sanctions, he said at a Cabinet meeting on Thursday, TASS reported."Now in addition to the European Union countries, Australia, Canada, Norway and the United States, that saw a ban on.....


Supermarket loses customers after sales sanctioned products
Year of Russian product embargo in figures
Polls show that the majority of Russians support the embargo, in spite of the rise in food prices. This week marked one year since the introduction of Russian food sanctions: up to the introduction of these sanctions, imported foreign foodstuffs made up more than 30% of the Russian market. Below is a figures.....


Russia to destroy banned Western food, Egypt exports more
Russia may extend list with 7 countries on embargo
The Russian food embargo may extend to another seven countries because of their support for anti-Russian sanctions. The new measures will affect production to the value of more than €460 million and the hardest hit manufactures will be Japan, Iceland and Ukraine. It is not yet known whether Switzerland will.....


Africa urged to exploit Russian opportunities
Russia opened doors for Mexican berries, avocados and lemons
The Russian borders are now open for Mexican produce from Jalisco. The first shipments of avocados, berries, lemon, cactus and other produce will start within 6 months. Currently, Jalisco is the leading producer of raspberry and blueberry, with 1,512 and 611 hectares planted, respectively, while.....


Brazil to strengthen trade relations with Russia
EU extends price support for produce hit by Russian import ban
Measures to support the price of EU dairy products, fruit and vegetables implemented last year in response to a Russian ban on European imports, will be extended into next year, the European Commission confirmed on Thursday.The European Commission, the EU executive, decided to take some produce off the.....


EC works on new support measure
Video: Russian growers benefit from boycott
In the Kaliningrad region, growers are benefiting from the boycott. A British news site made a video report at growers and the local market. The European Commission is working on a new compensation measure to absorb the market disruption risks caused by the boycott. In Russia, the government reports that.....


Compensations, new markets and smuggling routes
Retrospect: one year of closed Russian borders
Almost a year ago, the EU imposed sanctions on Russia due to Russian support to the separatists in Eastern Ukraine. In response to the sanctions, Russia closed the borders to products including fruit and veg from Europe, North America and Australia. We’re looking back on a year full of commotion for the.....


Russia best investment country BRICS
Mouldy oranges in Russian supermarket
In the Russian region of Pskov, the governor found mouldy oranges in the supermarket. The leader says it's not the first time. The Russian economy is deteriorating further, poverty is on the rise, retail revenue is up and the real wages are going down. Moscow calls on Kiev to implement the Minsk agreement,.....


Proposal Duma: lift boycott Greece
Copa Cogeca: EU extends support measure
Russia says it wants to support Greece by supplying energy and guarantees to Russian companies investing in Greece. In the Russian parliament, a proposal was made to lift the boycott against Greece. Copa Cogeca reports that the EU is extending the support measures for the agricultural sector. Later this.....


BRICS conference: Russia not isolated
Polish apples and Belgian pears intercepted
The European sanctions have a negative impact on Russia. Although by no means all investments in Russia are covered by the sanctions, it turns out that European companies do not want to run any risk. It's different in the energy sector, where Gazprom, in collaboration with three European companies, made a.....


Jeroen Buyck:
“Support for traders after boycott could be better”
The Russian boycott came as a surprise for everyone. Jeroen Buyck (right) of Calsa, located in Ardooie (Belgium), talks about the consequences of the trade war for the export and the investments to gain access to new markets. A market with millions of consumers can’t be replaced from one day to the next.What.....


Russia hit by drought
Russia intervenes in Greek crisis
President Putin decided to intervene in the Greek crisis. The president called the Greek Prime Minister, the French President and the IMF. In Russia, analysts are concerned about the consequences for Russia of the Greek 'no'. The Russian envoy in Europe said in an interview that European companies still try.....


FAO: boycott caused shift trade flows
"Insufficient results boycott for Russia"
According to the FAO, the main consequence of the closed Russian border is a restructuring of the global trade flows. According to an adviser to the Greek exporters, the door to Russia is really locked, and the country has to look for growth without this market. In Russia, critical voices are heard, saying.....


Canada reinforces sanctions, Russian response expected
Devaluation rouble, not boycott, biggest support growers
A study among Russians shows that most of the population believes the West wants to "humiliate and weaken" the Russians. The counter-sanctions have broad support among the population. Russian research shows that it wasn't the boycott that supported the Russian agricultural sector, but the devaluation of the.....


Boycott list remains the same
The list with boycotted products remains unchanged, the Russian Prime Minister says. Spanish export organization Fepex calls for an extension of the compensation, and an Iranian site interviewed a Serbian researcher about the situation. Het views the boycott from a different perspective.Boycott list remains.....

Inge Ribbens: "Careful recovery mainly thanks to external factors"
"Extension boycott not surprising, but disappointing"
The announced extension of the Russian boycott was no surprise for Inge Ribbens, responsible for the market access dossiers within GroentenFruit Huis. "There was already a lot of speculation in the media about the extension of the European sanctions, which is why exporters already indicated that an extension.....


boycott extended by a year, flower boycott feared as well
Putin doesn't take half measures
Yesterday it seemed that Russia would extend the boycott by six months, the same term by which the European sanctions were extended. Yesterday evening, President Putin signed a decree in which the extension of the boycott is established. Remarkably, the boycott isn't extended by six months, but by a year......


EC sees nothing in extension compensation
Russia extends boycott by 6 months
After the EU extended the sanctions, press agency Reuters reports that the boycott is also extended by six months. A proposal for the extension is reportedly on president Putin's table. A new list with products is also said to be in the making, which includes stricter rules regarding the boycott. It's not.....


Possible support BRICS Bank for Greece
EU extends sanctions against Russia: end boycott further off?
The EU has agreed on an extension of the sanctions against Russia. Although the European ministers of Foreign Affairs still have to vote on the proposal, this means an end to the boycott seems to be getting further out of sight. Russia has repeatedly announced in the media that a decision on lifting the.....


Russia embraces Chinese yuan
Draft proposal end boycott?
Russian companies are more frequently switching to the Chinese yuan in trade. Due to the sanctions, the dollar is less popular. Russian import turned out lower on average in the first months of the year, including from countries that aren't boycotted. Moldova resumes the export to Russia, and despite the.....


Russia open for Macedonia
464 projects to make Russia self-sufficient
The Russian borders will be opened to fruit and vegetables from Macedonia. Earlier, the country was boycotted because Russia feared criminals would export products illegally with forged certificates. Poverty in Russia is on the rise. The Russian government also says that the number of inhabitants below the.....

Interview to Oleg Pugaev, Agricultural Counsellor, Dutch Russian Embassy
Abolition of the boycott still fully depends on the EU’s actions
Oleg Pugaev, Agricultural Counsellor at the Embassy of the Russian Federation to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, talked to FreshPlaza and offered some updates regarding the situation with the Russian ban on agricultural imports from the EU, as well as its future developments. We heard many rumours about a.....


G7: more sanctions if situation Ukraine doesn't change
Video: a lot of fresh produce on Moscow market
The inflation in Russia turned out lower in May than in April, a good sign for the economy. According to prime minister Medvedev, the country is largely self-sufficient. The G7 warned Russia that the Minsk agreements have to be carried out, otherwise the sanctions will be tightened. If the boycott of Moldova.....


First reefer line service South African fruit arrives in St Petersburg
Medvedev warns Europe against stricter sanctions
Russian prime minister Medvedev warned Europe that tightening the sanctions will be repaid by Russia in kind. Earlier this week, the first reefer entered the port of St. Petersburg, directly from South Africa. This season, reefers should follow every week. Chilean plums are 20 percent cheaper in St......


Russian supermarkets want imported produce
Moldova prefers Europe over Russia
Russia is taking steps to lift the boycott of Moldovan fruit. Still, the Eastern European country chooses the EU over Russia. Russia is inspecting companies in Lithuania. After Hungary, Cyprus and Greece, it's now the Baltic country's turn. The inspection is necessary to gain access to the Russian market......


Russian soldiers gather at border Ukraine
Belgian top fruit up to 40% cheaper because of boycott
At the eastern border of Ukraine, a convoy of Russian soldiers has been spotted, with equipment including tanks and missile installations rolling toward the border. America will maintain the sanctions the country imposed after the annexation of Crimea. The acreages in Russia have increased. According to.....


Medvedev: Decision on boycott lifting in August
Russian Prime Minister Medvedev confirmed once again that any decisions about the boycott will be taken in August and will depend on the position taken by Europe. According to the Russian phytosanitary service, there are negotiation attempts underway, but Europe is not collaborating. The EU approved about.....


FAO seedlings for East Ukraine
Russian incomprehension for tolerance illegal re-export EU
Sergey Dankvert, head of the Russian phytosanitary service in Russia, voiced his incomprehension of Russian media about the forged certificates for re-export he says are tolerated by European customs. The inspections of companies in Hungary, Greece and Cyprus have been completed. The phytosanitary service.....


Why Lavrov gave potatoes and tomatoes to Kerry
5,900 tonnes fruit and veg intercepted in 2015
The Russian economy has contracted in the first quarter. Prices for cabbage, onions and carrots have sharply increased. During a meeting between Russia and the U.S. last week, Lavrov gave potatoes and tomatoes to his American counterpart John Kerry. Several countries, including Uzbekistan, Jordan and.....


2 billion dollar Chinese-Russian agriculture fund
Tighter rules European re-export in the making
The authorities in Russia are considering tightening the re-export rules for Europe, with suspected document fraud being an immediate cause. In addition, Russia completed the inspections of Greek and Hungarian companies, but these countries do not have access to the Russian market yet. Russia is blocking.....

July 31 decision on EU sanctions Russia
European government leaders will ultimately take another decision on how to proceed with the sanction measures against Russia on July 31, 2015. Throughwww.handelmetrusland.nl, EVO keeps an eye on all developments regarding the sanctions. In July 2014, the EU government leaders decided to establish economic.....


Russian reserves replenished, but flight of capital continues
Austria against long-term conflict Russia
Austria visits Moscow, with talks about the Minsk agreements being included on the agenda. Austria is against a long-term conflict between Europe and Russia. There is also a lot of economic news about Russia. The country’s capital reserves increased by the end of April, but the lower reserves over the.....


Stricter import regulations Serbian apples
Polish apples destroyed
Russia is imposing stricter import regulations on Serbian apples to put an end to fraud and illegal imports of European apples, reports the Russian inspection service. Serbia understands the measure. A batch of Polish apples has been destroyed. The apples were found at a market after arriving from the.....


Turkey victim of Russia's goal to achieve self-sufficiency?
Russia inspects Greek companies
The Russian phytosanitary started its visits to Greek companies. Russia stresses that no final decisions have yet been made regarding the future of the boycott. Agriculture Minister Tkachev aims for the country to achieve 90% self-sufficiency in 2 to 3 years. Turkey seems to be a victim of Russia's strict.....


Cabbage prices triple
Russia tightens boycott
Russia has taken the first step to tighten the sanctions against Europe. Re-exports from Bulgaria have been prohibited since last weekend and the Kremlin does not discard adding more countries to the list. The reason is alleged document fraud. Cabbage prices in Russia have tripled over the past six months;.....


Fraud with documents import Russia
Russian ministry proposes removal products embargo list
A new Minister of Agriculture is to give the Russian sector a boost. The assignment for Alexander Tkachev, who took up this position on Wednesday: fill up the market as quickly as possible with domestic produce. The Russian Ministry of Economic Affairs proposes to remove products from the embargo list......


Grimme gets into Russian potato cultivation
Greek export Russia not without approval Brussels
If Russia opens its borders to Greek products, approval from the European Commission is required before trade can get started, an EU representative told Russian media on a visit to the country with a delegation. The Russian inspections at companies in Greece, Hungary, Cyprus and India will continue......


“Russia over worst of crisis”
The Russian economy will start growing again within two years, president Putin said yesterday during his annual TV show in which he answers questions from the people for hours. “Experts believe the worst of the crisis is over for us,” the president said. Since the beginning of this year, the rouble has.....


Nikolai Patrushev: “West wants to take over the world”
Limited impact boycott on greenhouse vegetable sector
In general, the Russian boycott has little impact on the Dutch greenhouse vegetable sector, accountancy firm Accon writes in a press release. Egyptian export to Russia doubled last year, Egyptian exporters report. Russia is also in talks with Chile and Thailand to increase export. China is simplifying.....

Russian ban may be lifted for Greek, Cypriote and Hungarian products
According to the head of the Duma Committee on International Affairs, Alexei Pushkov, Russia is studying the possibility of lifting the embargo on food imports for three EU countries: Greece, Cyprus and Hungary.Next week, the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance.....


Price war Russia Kazakhstan
Russia opens borders to Dutch seed potatoes today
Russia opens its borders to 24,000 tonnes of seed potatoes from the Netherlands. That makes the Netherlands the fourth EU country to be given permission for export. Potato import from Egypt is limited by Russia through temporary restrictions, and Germany is reported to have suffered 600.....


Moldovian apple producers suffer from Russian ban
Constantin Furculita, apple producer in Moldova says that “we found ourselves from one day to the next under the embargo with harvest in the fields”. The 35 year old, who has invested about 2 million dollars in a 42 hectare orchard, explains that “until 2014, 99% of my production was destined for the.....


Russian alternative to American fast food
Greek 'bypass' for boycott
There appears to be some room for a bypass, which means Greece would be able to export banned products to Russia after all. No official agreements have been made, but there are possibilities through a construction with joint ventures. The planned inspections of Greek companies by the Russian phytosanitary.....


No boycott end after Greek visit to Moscow
Yesterday, Greek prime minister Tsipras visited the Kremlin. The EU could only watch with clenched teeth as the Greek prime minister travelled to Moscow. One of the items on the agenda was a partial lifting of the boycott. Although expectations were high, especially after a minister reportedly said that.....


Russian funds decreasing
Athens flirts with Moscow
Russian funds have decreased by 9.5 billion dollars. The money was used to support Russian companies. Athens is still flirting with Moscow. This week, Greek prime minister Tsipras is visiting the Kremlin. The agenda includes partially lifting the boycott, and a lower gas price. Poland is building guard.....


Indian grape export profits from boycott
First Polish apples in India
Russian import decreased by 35% in the first quarter. The most important cause is the economic situation in the country meanwhile the rouble seems to be recovering further. Indian fruit importer and exporter IG International expects to profit from the boycott this year, by increasing the export to the.....


Capital for Russian companies: IPO or Asian investors
Greek prime minister withdraws support EU sanctions
Athens is flirting with Moscow. In addition to a lower gas price and Greek interest in a new gas pipeline through Turkey, prime minister Tsipras has publicly renounced his support of the European sanctions. Serbia is prosecuting a number of exporters suspected of illegal re-export, the boycott is off. A.....


Poland gives apples to US soldiers
Russian companies incur 2.4 billion loss
In Eastern Europe, concerns about the crisis with Russia are increasing. Countries including Poland and the Baltic states are afraid that they'll be the next country on the list where Putin will interfere. The rouble appears to stabilize, which is a ray of hope for the Russian economy. On the other hand,.....


EU extends sanctions against Russia
Russia on road to partial end boycott
The EU is extending its sanctions against Russia at least until the end of this year. That is the outcome of last week's talks. Russia, on the other hand, has embarked on the road to ending the boycott. The inspection service is visiting a number of producers of animal products next month, beginning in.....

Poland and Oman talking about trade agreement
Ambassador Russia: no danger boycott Serbian fruit
Russians appear to be resorting to currencies other than the rouble, and Russian have removed 34 billion dollars in capital from Russian banks last year. Poland sees many opportunities in Oman, the Gulf state has confidence in Polish produce. The Ukrainian apple import, especially from Poland and.....


Spain and Bulgaria also in talks with Kremlin
Stricter legislation for foreign transport companies in Russia
Russia confirmed last week that Greece has filed an official request to lift the sanctions against Greece. According to a Greek strawberry grower, plenty of European products are finding their way to Russia, however. The EU appears to be stopping a previously announced deal between Hungary and Russia on a.....


Transnistria included in Russia's self-sufficiency programme
Russia and Switzerland want to address illegal re-export
Russia is including the internationally unrecognized state of Transnistria in the Russian self-sufficiency programme. In future, export from Transnistria should become easier. Russia is also attempting to make a deal with Switzerland regarding an electronic system to track products. Russia is still having.....


Russian Central Bank lowers interest
Chilean plums cheaper in St. Petersburg
Today, it's possible that Putin's disappearance will come to an end. The Russian prime minister hasn't been seen in public for over a week, resulting in a lot of speculation about his health and whereabouts. For today, a meeting with the president of Kyrgyzstan is planned. This week, the EU is also meeting.....


Putin's divide and conquer strategy?
EC publishes overview price development
The European Commission recently published an overview of the price changes for a number of products in the final weeks of 2014. Several European countries appear to be strengthening the ties with Moscow. Hungary got a visit from Putin. Greece asked Russia to lift the sanctions on the country, and the.....


Putin lowers ministers' wages
EU working on support plan for Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova
The EU is working on a package of aid measures for Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova. The package is to be presented at a meeting in May in Riga. Within the EU, it's feared that Russia will also get involved in the political situation in other Eastern European countries. During an LTO Noord meeting, Mark.....

Russian investors to Serbia
No support Russian ministry for quota domestic produce
Last month, two proposals were made in the Russian parliament to establish a quota for Russian produce on store shelves. The Ministry of Industry and Trade, however, has announced it doesn't see the proposal as a viable option. A large study of the Russian agricultural sector should provide additional.....


Russian politicians propose ending sanctions
Greeks ask for sanctions to be lifted: Russia optimistic
Greece unofficially asked Russia this weekend to lift the ban on certain Greek products. Russia is looking into the possibilities, for instance import of Greek fruit as a raw material for processed products. Last month, Putin announced a desire to cooperate with companies in Hungary. Cyprus also wants to.....