MOSCOW, Aug 13 - RIA Novosti/Prime. Ban on export of products to the Russian Federation From 4 countries - Albania, Montenegro, Iceland and Liechtenstein - will not have in fact any impact on the diversity and availability of products on shelves of retail outlets, on this subject agree and the retailers themselves, and the government of the Russian Federation.
on Thursday, Russia has extended food import ban imposed in response to punishment, Albania, Montenegro, Iceland, and Liechtenstein, as well as Ukraine, but With a delay - import Ban on its products will start to operate only in the case of the Kiev economic part of the agreement about unification With the European Union.
in General, the restriction of imports of food items From countries that have imposed regarding the Russian Federation punishment, began work in August 2014. The Ban covers meat, sausages, fish and seafood, vegetables, fruits, dairy products. In June 2015, in response to the extension of the sanctions Russia has extended food embargo for one year, until August 5, 2016, with the deletion From the list of juvenile oysters and mussels, banning the import of any of the cheeses and set more strict rules for the import of lactose-free dairy products.
The Russian trading networks are still in the process of discussing the possibility of expanding the sanctions list said: the introduction of countersanctions against Albania, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Ukraine and Montenegro will not have an impact on the range of products on the shelves of retail outlets.
The reason is simple: in Russia there are almost no products of these States. The exception is, probably, only Iceland, which was supplied to the Russian Federation fish. For example, the Icelandic herring in small volumes purchased " Ribbon ". However, retailers indicated That the main supply of fish occur in the far East of Russia, the Faroe Islands and Latin America.
What about Ukraine, then part of the products of this state has been banned in the past year. Small products were found domestic alternative, and in some cases themselves Ukrainian organization relocated production to the Russian Federation.
From Iceland to Russia in January-may this year was brought 32, 25 thousand tons of fish. However, working in the North Atlantic anglers, and Russian, have the opportunity to unload their catches in the Faroe Islands, instead of Iceland.
so, said Fins news the head of the Federal Agency for fishery Ilya Shestakov, Icelandic fish can be legitimately Faroe and will not disappear From Russian counters.
"maybe in the case of closure of Iceland, flows fish will go through the Faroe Islands, any such correction involves certain risks, predict them quite difficult, it is clear That We will not stay without the object itself, but the question of price is the fresh supply chain, importers have to adapt to the fresh realities and this boosts the probability of the cast to a certain cost," said Shestakov.
He clarified That the Russian Federation imports From Iceland, and among them the following species, which in Russian territorial waters are found in a small volume.
"in Iceland there is a species that in the structure of import to the Russian Federation play a significant role is and Atlantic herring, and halibut, mackerel. We in Russia, for example, the mackerel catch, but comes to us most of the mackerel, which is not suitable for pickling, marinating - it goes only in canned ", - noticed the head of Federal Agency for fishery.
according to information from the Ministry of economic development, the share of deliveries of countries that fall Under the extension of the food embargo, is about 1, 55% of the total volume imported in Russia in January-may of agricultural products. The total volume of import to Russia From Montenegro, Albania, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Ukraine - 2, 157 billion dollars, the amount of the food supply and agricultural production to 155 million dollars (out Of 10, 04 billion dollars of imports of products in five months).
The trade turnover of Russia With Ukraine in January-may of current year has decreased in 2, 6 times, amounting to USD 6 billion and imports by 2, 3 times, to 2, to 1 billion dollars. The basis of Ukrainian imports were machinery and equipment (27, 2%), chemical products (20, 5%), metals (17, 4%), mineral products (12, 4%), wood (8, 9%) and products of agricultural sector (4, 8%).
Foreign trade Turnover With Albania five months decreased by 44, 3% and amounted to twenty-two million dollars, while imports From Albania increased by 64, 2% to 6, 7 million dollars. In the structure of imports was dominated by food and agricultural products (62, 8%), textiles and footwear (33, 7%).
With Montenegro Turnover in January-may fell by fifteen, 5%, to fifteen, 9 million dollars, imports to Russia fell by 66, 6%, 1, $ 13 million. Main import goods were wine (71%), processed stone for construction (22%), drugs (5, 8%), products (1, 2%).
Trade With Iceland for the reporting period decreased by 40, 1%, amounting to 56, 5 million dollars, while imports to the Russian Federation decreased by 36, 7%, to 51, 5 million. From Iceland to the Russian Federation during this period were exported fish and fish fillets (89%), floating beacons, medicines, canned food. Trade With Liechtenstein in January-may fell by 63, 4%, 2, $ 4 million, nearly the entire volume occupied imports (pharmaceuticals, animal feed, furniture).