Food embargo Russia imposed in response to the European punishment, forced EU countries to compete with each other, said trade Commissioner of Russia to Belgium Anatoly Gorshkov.
"of course, food anti-sanctions had a serious impact on Belgium, And the numbers are certain. Farmers, by their own estimates, in 2014, lost 5, 5% of turnover in agriculture. If predicciones last year's total exports to the Russian Federation amounted to 5 billion euros, in absolute terms in 2014, Belgium had allegedly lost five hundred million euros as a consequence of our response ", - has said the trade representative in the interview to RIA " Novosti ".
Gorshkov added that " this figure (500 million euros) – about 10% of the total export of Belgium in the Russian Federation ". According to his statement, the authorities of Belgium And other European countries have taken a number of measures, for example, has allocated subsidies to agricultural producers, but as long as this is not enough." Everyone recognizes, because It is a drop in the ocean. Manufacturers looking for new markets, but they find it difficult. In search of alternative markets for agricultural products, European countries began to compete among themselves-It is during the single system of the EU ", - has said the trade representative." This is a very unpleasant thing that they always tried to avoid ", - has drawn the attention of the pots. Relations between Russia And the West deteriorated in connection with the situation in Ukraine. At the end of July 2014, the EU And the US from point penalties against certain individuals And organizations have moved to the measures against entire sectors of the Russian economy, such as military industry And high technology. On 22 June, the EU Council formally extended the penalties against Russia for another six months, until 31 January 2016. The President's press Secretary Dmitry Peskov called the extension of the EU sanctions against Russia unjustified And illegal. And, according to his statement, Russia will proceed from the principle of reciprocity. The Russian President Vladimir Putin said the signing of the decree on the extension of protective measures from 6 August 2015, and the Cabinet of Ministers of Russia issued a decree on the extension of the countermeasures relative to the countries that supported anti-Russian punishment. The EU is obliged to consider the question of waiver or extension of anti-Russian sanctions in January 2016. At the same time Moscow has stated many times that not privy to the events in the South-East of Ukraine, not a party to domestic conflict And is interested in Ukraine overcame political And economic crisis.