Producers hurt by Russian embargo will be compensated, says government spokeswoman

Producers hurt by Russian embargo will be compensated, says government spokeswoman

Spokeswoman for the Greek government, Sofia Voultepsi, has promised Greek farmers compensation for losses suffered as a result of the Russian embargo on imports from the European Union.

“Greek producers will have the state’s full support,” the Foreign Ministry also said in a statement late on Saturday as it sought to play down the impact of the temporary ban by Russian authorities.

“The Russian market is a very important destination for fresh Greek agricultural products but the turnover in terms of number is limited and can be dealt with on a national and European level,” said the Foreign Ministry.

Moscow imposed last week a one-year ban on all meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables from the United States, the 28 EU countries, Canada, Australia and non-EU member Norway. Russia is by far the biggest consumer of EU fruit and vegetables and a major global consumer of fish, meat and dairy products.