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Now that's a good one!!!

Poland asks US to buy apples banned by Russia

Published time: August 10, 2014 21:19
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Poland has asked the US to purchase the country's apples after Moscow banned all food imports from the EU, the US, and other countries who imposed sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

Prior to the full embargo on food exports from the West, Russia’s agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor banned the import of practically all fruits and vegetables from Poland, citing a breach of food safety standards.

"We are interested in a quick decision because the situation is extraordinary," said Poland's ambassador to Washington, Ryszard Schnepf, as quoted by Polish press agency PAP.

He added that he had met with Michael Scuse, a senior official in the US Department of Agriculture, and discussed the opening of the US market to Polish apple producers.

"He told us to begin the procedure,” he said, adding that the next meeting with US agricultural officials is planned for August 18.

Rosselkhoznadzor banned Polish fruits and vegetables from August, saying that they pose a threat to public health due to an excessive amount of pesticide residue levels and the presence of nitrates.

Read more: Russia’s food import ban sparks online frenzy in Poland

Agriculture is a crucial part of the Polish economy, as about 60 percent of Poland's territory is agricultural land. Poland is Europe’s largest producer of apples and the biggest supplier to the Russian market, accounting for 50 percent of apple imports. According to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Poland is the fifth largest producer of apples in the world. China is in first place, followed by the US.

On Thursday, the restriction on Polish imports was followed by Moscow’s full ban of EU, US, Australian, Canadian, and Norwegian food exports to Russia. The ban was imposed for one year and came in response to Western sanctions imposed on Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

"There is a greater understanding on account of the fact that the United States has also been hit by Russian sanctions," Schnepf said.

The US restricts the import of fresh fruit and vegetables from the EU, with a few exceptions – including Polish exports of peppers and broccoli, as well as apples and pears from Italy, PAP reported.

Poland is one of the key European allies of the United States, being part of both NATO and the EU. Warsaw has supported the US in many initiatives, including the Global War on Terror, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, and coalition efforts in Iraq.

In 2012, the US deployed a full-time aviation detachment at Łask Air Base, which marked the first continuous presence of US troops in Poland. Poland also plays a critical role in the European Phased Adaptive Approach to NATO missile defense, under which the US plans to deploy a missile defense system to Poland in 2018. Earlier this year, the US increased its military presence in Poland based on claims that Russia plans to intervene and is amassing troops at the border.

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Post time 2014-8-12 12:31:48 |Display all floors
Tokyo announced its sanctions under Washington’s orders.

Japan's New Sanctions Against Russia 'Unfriendly, Short-Sighted' – Moscow

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11:35 29/07/2014

TOKYO, July 29 (RIA Novosti) - Japan’s announcement of further sanctions against Moscow is “unfriendly and short-sighted,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Tuesday in a commentary.
“We consider Japan’s announcement of July 28 of so-called additional sanction measures against Russia to be unfriendly and short-sighted and based on a grave mistake in the interpretation of the real reasons that are occurring in Ukraine,” the ministry said.

The ministry said it considers tying sanctions with the Malaysia Airlines plane crash in Ukraine to be inappropriate.

“It looks particularly inappropriate to tie these measures to the Malaysian airliner crash on the territory of Ukraine with Tokyo’s accompanying comments ‘to induce Russia to action,” the ministry said.

The ministry also stressed that additional sanctions against Russia will harm bilateral relations and cause regression, and highlighted that Tokyo needed to take this into consideration.

“Tokyo's imposing new sanctions against Russia, no matter what reservations were arranged, will inevitably harm the entire complex of bilateral relations and will cause regression. Japan needs to take this into consideration," the ministry said, adding that Tokyo announced its sanctions under Washington’s orders.

“Japan's stunt proves that Tokyo’s numerous assurances of attempting to continue its efforts in developing relations with Russia are simply a smokescreen covering the inability of Japan’s politicians to break out of Washington’s wake and carry out their own individual line [of policy] that corresponds to the root national interests of their country,” the ministry said.

On Monday, Japan released a list of new sanctions against Russia over the crisis in Ukraine. The sanctions envisage freezing of assets of the individuals “involved in Crimea annexation and responsible for destabilizing the situation in Ukraine” and restrict imports from Crimea. Tokyo will also freeze funds for new projects in Russia in accordance with the policy of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

The sanctions are yet to be officially endorsed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet but that decision is expected later this week.

US Secretary of State John Kerry thanked Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister Fumio Kishida for the sanctions put in place against Russia.

The United States and EU member states have already imposed sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis. In addition to that, the European Commission has suggested sectoral sanctions against Russia that will be concerned with capital market access, the defense sector, dual-use goods and sensitive technology export in the energy sector.

Moscow has said many times that threatening Russia with sanctions was inappropriate and counterproductive. Russia has also pointed out that it is not involved in the conflict in Ukraine.

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Post time 2014-8-12 12:42:58 |Display all floors

Russia sanctions hit Canadian pork

August 7, 2014 3:18 PM

Ottawa (AFP) - Russian retaliatory sanctions against Canada will mostly affect pork producers, who through a representative said Thursday they hope to redirect ships carrying the frozen meat already en route to Russia.

Canadian agricultural exports to Russia rose 45 percent from 2009 to 2012 to C$563 million ($515 million), according to the latest government figures. Of that, 87 percent was pork, making Russia Canada's third largest export market for pork after the United States and Japan.

"Right now our biggest concern is that we typically sell frozen product to Russia," Canadian Meat Council chairman Jim Laws told public broadcaster CBC.

"We're trying to get a handle on exactly how many containers may be on the water right now. It's possible we have as many as 1,000 containers, possibly up to C$50 million worth of product on the water."

Laws said Canadian producers are hopeful Russian authorities will allow the shipments to be redirected to other export markets or be returned to Canada.

Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz meanwhile downplayed the impact of the Russian sanctions, saying they will "negatively impact the citizens of Russia far more than Canadians."

He added that the measures levelled as well against the 28-member European Union, the United States and Australia "show short-sighted desperation" by Moscow.

Canada, which has a large Ukrainian diaspora, has been a fierce critic of Moscow for its support of rebels in Ukraine.

On Wednesday, Ottawa unveiled an 11th round of economic sanctions and travel bans on Russian officials and companies.

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Post time 2014-8-12 12:48:57 |Display all floors
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Russia’s ban on farming import to harm Spanish economy - Prime Minister

9/08/2014 Itar-Tass

Shortly after Russia declared it was restricting the import of some agricultural products as a counter-measure to Western economic sanctions Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Brey has acknowledged that this aspect of foreign trade is sensitive to his country.

“This decision is surely of no help to us, but I am certain that it will encourage Spanish producers to work harder,” Brey said after a meeting with King Felipe, of Spain, on Majorca Island on Friday.

“Although the bulk of Spanish farming export is EU-bound, the supplies of foods, mostly vegetables and fruit, to Russia are rather significant for our economy,” Rajoy said. “Spanish producers in that branch of agriculture had exerted great efforts to better the quality of their products to win a worthy presence on the Russian market.”

Rajoy estimates Spain’s overall export of agricultural products to Russia at 500 million euros.
On Thursday, August 7, in response to the sanctions the West had introduced against Russia over the crisis in Ukraine Moscow declared it was suspending the import of beef, pork, vegetables, fruit, poultry, fish, cheeses, milk and dairy products from the European Union, Australia, Canada, Norway and the United States.

According to ITAR-TASS estimates based on the Federal Customs Service’s 2013 statistics, the value of the twelve-month-long import ban is 9.1 billion dollars. The European Union countries - the providers of 6.5 billion dollars worth of foods from the sanctioned list to the Russian market - will be the hardest-hit. The restricted import from other countries is far smaller - 1.2 billion dollars from Norway (not a EU member), 843.8 million dollars from the United States, 373.6 million dollars from Canada, and 182 million dollars from Australia.

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Post time 2014-8-12 20:03:33 |Display all floors
OH YEAH, import all the poisoned CHINESE fruit and veggies.
This will be fun to watch as the Russkies start dropping like flies.
I'm just here for the money

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Spain seeks EU compensation over Russian food ban

Published time: August 12, 2014 14:23
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Isabel Garcia Tejerina

Moscow’s food ban could cost EU $16bn, spark crisis in Europe

Spain will meet with EU officials Thursday to discuss offsetting the country’s estimated €337 million in food and agriculture losses due to blocked access to the Russian market.

Spanish Agriculture Minister Isabel Garcia Tejerina said the restrictions have prompted her ministry to convene a meeting with the European Commission in Brussels on Thursday.

Last week Russia announced a ban on agricultural imports from the EU, US, Canada, Australia and Norway.

READ MORE: Moscow’s food ban could cost EU $16bn, spark crisis in Europe

The Spanish Agriculture Ministry will analyze the impact of the Russian trade embargo and try to address possible solutions.

“The ministry will perform specific monitoring of each of the sectors to see how they evolve their markets and to ask, in the event of disruption, compensation for these measures from the European Union,” Tejerina said, as quoted by Spain’s Region Digital.

To prepare for the meeting in Brussels, local Spanish industry representatives will meet to discuss and share data.

“We will carry out a detailed follow-up on the progress of our industries in relation to the restriction on the Russian market,” Tejerina said.

The Spanish government has estimated that agricultural losses will amount to €337 million, or about 1.8 percent of Spanish exports. Other groups, like Spain’s opposition Socialist Party, have estimated the losses to be higher- €581 million.

Last year, 37,000 tons of tomatoes, 35,000 tons of peaches, and 33,000 tons of mandarin oranges were exported from Spain to Russia, according to Spain’s Small Farmer’s Association (UPA).

“The decision that was adopted involves many political issues that exist between Russia and the European Union, and not just the EU. As a result, it may be necessary to compensate us for these political decisions - the producers who work all year and want to at least be paid enough at least to cover production costs,” Lorenzo Ramos, Secretary General of UPA, told RT.

A quarter of Spain’s €111 million meat exports were bound for Russia until the ban, and it will be difficult for Spanish farmers and meat producers to quickly find alternative markets for their products, since all other EU countries are in the same boat

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