It has been six years since the EU imposed sanctions on Russia, to which Moscow responded with a ban on imports of agricultural products from the EU. However, parties inside and outside Greece are resisting the sanctions that still remain, and that have resulted in the loss of millions of euros from Greek exports. Among them are many farmers, especially in Northern Greece, who lost 50 to 85% of their exports and would like the reopening of Greek-Russian trade.
Panagiotis Petrakis, a professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Athens, also spoke in favor of opening the market amid a pandemic: “The return of free trade is to the benefit of the country and business. It would be a great breath for our agricultural products not to have restrictions on their movement, especially in the midst of the pandemic which has unpredictable consequences.”