Russian government may consider lifting sanctions against some countries


The list of the countries has been defined by the presidential decree, said Agriculture Minister Nikolay Fyodorov

The Russian government may consider the abolition of food sanctions against some EU countries, Agriculture Minister Nikolay Fyodorov told reporters.

"The list of the countries has been defined by the presidential decree, and the government may propose removing some countries from the list, taking into account full assessment of the relations between Russia and individual countries on the list," said Fyodorov answering the question about the possibility of lifting the Russian sanctions against Greece.

According to Fyodorov, the government is actually discussing the abolition of sanctions against a number of countries. "These are Greece, Hungary, and Cyprus. These are the countries that are discussed," said Fyodorov.

However, he noted it was unlikely that any decision would be made during the negotiations with the Prime Minister of Greece on Wednesday. "I believe, it is unlikely that any decisions concerning the so-called embargo will be made tomorrow, but the issue will be discussed - it may be the subject of the opinion exchange," said Fyodorov.

Lifting of embargo

As previously reported, on April 8-9, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will visit Moscow to discuss the possibility of lifting sanctions against the import of Greek agricultural products. This was announced by the spokesperson for the Greek government Gabriel Sakellaridis.

"Agricultural products embargo imposed by Russia has seriously affected the Greek economy. There are issues that can be discussed and resolved in the course of the visit, which will support the Greek economy greatly," he said.

On March 1, it was reported that Greece requested Russia to lift food embargo partially, as well as to let down the restrictions on the import of Greek strawberries, oranges and peaches.

After the meeting with Deputy Minister of Agriculture of Greece Panagitis Sgouridis, Assistant Director of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance of the Russian Federation (Rosselkhoznadzor) Alexey Alekseenko said that Greece was mostly concerned about the harvest of peaches, since that industry had been especially established to supply the Russian market. In addition, Greece also asks to lift restrictions on the import of Greek strawberries, kiwi and oranges to the Russian Federation.

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