Russia examines relaxation of the embargo against Greece, Cyprus and Hungary

Russia examines relaxation of the embargo against Greece, Cyprus and Hungary

Athens, March 12, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

The Russian Ministry of Rural Economy discusses possible ways to relax the food import embargo on a number of EU countries, such as Greece, Cyprus and Hungary, according to the minister Nikolay Vasilyevic Fyodorov.

“We are actively examining what civilized possibilities exist to respond to their proposals”, Fyodorov said, noting that he primarily refers to Greece, Hungary and Cyprus, but that “it would not be desirable to create problems in the relations between these countries and Brussels”.

“There are some, two or three versions, we are discussing and are close to the implementation capabilities”, Fyodorov said, stating that at present there is no final decision.

The Russian business newspaper «Rosbusinessconsulting» notes in an article on the subject of appeals from a number of leadership of EU member states, in order to fully or partially remove the import embargo imposed last August by Russia in response to EU sanctions against it. It makes a special reference specifically to the talks of Deputy Minister for Rural Development, Panagiotis Sgouridis, with the representative of Russian Phytosanitary Control Service, Alexey Alexeenko, especially the lifting of prohibitions for peaches, strawberries and citrus fruits.

Spokesman of President Putin, Dmitry Peskov, also made a reference to these discussions estimating that there can be no exception for Greece from the sanctions, prohibiting direct imports of fruit, though it would be possible to exclude “indirect imports”, in which fruits and vegetables could be imported as raw material from the food processing industry. Such joint Greek-Russian processing companies could be created in Russia and import exclusively Greek raw materials, Peskov said.