Contents tagged with food embargo

  • Lukashenko urges Belarusian exporters not 'to seek fortune' in Russia

    The Belarusian Telegraph Agency (BelTA) reports that during a working visit to the Dzyarzhynsk District in Minsk Oblast, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has ordered to search for new export markets due to issues with exports to Russia.  

    "We need to clarify things. If they are going to pressure us no matter what, we will seek our fortune in other places," said Lukashenko.

    He added that he will meet with President Vladimir Putin after his inauguration to "address all the issues in …

  • Russia bans milk imports from Belarus

    On Monday, February 26, Russia banned imports of Belarusian milk, cream, whey and other dairy products, as reported by the press service of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance of Russia (FSVPS).

    The ban includes: pasteurized, sterilized, and UHT milk and cream in bulk; dried, concentrated, tinned and condensed milk and cream; ripened, concentrated and dry whey, as well as concentrated whey and milk protein.

    FSVPS adopted the decision “due to the numerous …

  • Kremlin suspects Ukraine of importing cheese through Belarus ignoring Russian sanctions

    The Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) suspects that 25% of all cheese in the Russian market was produced in Ukraine, repacked in Belarus, and imported into the Russian Federation as produced from third party countries, as stated by RBC news agency citing the official representative of Rosselkhoznadzor, Julia Melano.

    According to her, cheese-like products produced mostly from vegetable fat, but presented as milk cheese, are repacked in …

  • Russia threatens to withdraw from WTO due to multibillion dollar EU lawsuit

    Russia can withdraw from the World Trade Organization (WTO) in case the EU's claim to recover 1.39 billion euros per year from Russia due to the restriction on pork imports is satisfied. The very fact that the EU sanctions were introduced against Russia completely contradicts the principles of the WTO, the first deputy head of the economic committee of the Council of Federation Sergey Kalashnikov said to RIA Novosti on Sunday.

    Earlier, Politico reported that the European Union intends to …

  • Russia to restrict import of fruits and vegetables from Kazakhstan after ‘attempts to bring sanctioned goods through this country’

    The Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor, Russian Federation) has announced its intention to ban the import of fruits and vegetables from Kazakhstan.

    The regulator explained its decision is based on the increase in attempts to import banned products through Kazakhstan to Russia, as well as the import of food products with invalid or missing phytosanitary certificates.

    Rosselkhoznadzor stated that in November 2017 it recorded several attempts …

  • Russia intends to introduce criminal responsibility for imports of sanctioned goods

    The Ministry of Finance of Russia has prepared a bill that provides for the introduction of a criminal penalty for the import of sanctioned goods into the Russian Federation. The document was published on the Russian federal portal of drafts of normative legal acts.

    The Ministry proposed to supplement the criminal code with Article 226.2 on the violation of the prohibition on the turnover of certain categories of goods in the Russian Federation established in accordance with the legislation of …

  • Russia expands its anti-Western sanctions

    Russia has banned the importation of live pigs and cattle by-products from the European Union, the United States, Canada and several other countries, as stated in a decree by the Russian government.

    The ban will be valid until December 31, 2018 for the countries of the European Union, the USA, Canada, Australia, Norway, Ukraine, Albania, Montenegro, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

    "The imposed restrictions on the import of goods will not affect the domestic needs of Russia," the resolution says. …

  • Russia lifts ban on imports of Turkish tomatoes

    Russia will lift its restrictions on the import of tomatoes from Turkey beginning November 1, as announced by the Russian Energy Minister, Alexander Novak, who is also the Co-Chairman of the Russian-Turkish Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation.

    "The decision has been prepared. The possibility of supplying 50,000 tons of tomatoes to the Russian Federation starting November 1 has already been agreed upon by our authorities," said Novak to the reporters, TASS quotes.

    He …

  • Russia destroyed 17,000 tons of foreign food products over the last two years

    In Russia, since August 6, 2015, about 17,000 tons of food products imported from countries that fell under Russia’s food embargo have been destroyed, the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) reported.

    The territorial offices in Bryansk, Smolensk, Tver and Pskov regions located on the administrative border with Belarus are the most active in identifying the sanction products because the main attempts to smuggle prohibited products go through those …

  • 'Tomato war' with Turkey costs Russia $1.5 billion

    The restrictions on the import of agricultural products from Turkey have led to an increase in food prices in Russia. As a result, Russian consumers are suffering, as well as cereal, oil and sugar producers.

    This is the conclusion of the economic situation research conducted by the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), the Gaidar Institute and the All-Russian Academy of Foreign Trade (RFTA).

    According to the experts, Russia has lost $1,3-1,5 …