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Author: Irina Koziy, RK Marketing/Fruit News Director

There is an active, ongoing discussion in media regarding a story about an export scheme in which Polish fruits were passed off as Moldovan with counterfeit certificates. Even federal television channels gave screen time to the revelation of this issue. Moldovan officials and businessmen from Belarus, Lithuania and Estonia are being blamed for the "Moldovication" of 20 thousand tonnes of Polish products that had found a second home in the eastern European country.

The Russian government has not made a decision on whether to increase special economic measures against Turkey, and the Russia's Ministry of Economic Development (Minekonomrazvitiya) has said that it does not support of such periodic proposals put forward by other Russian agencies, First Deputy Minister Alexey Likhachv said.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls are to meet on February 13 to discuss the prospects of lifting the food embargo on French imports after representatives of supermarkets voiced their market concerns with the country's federal officials a week ago, according to the France’s Minister of Agriculture Stephane Le Foll.

Russian exporters are not expected to suffer huge loses as a result Ukraine's ban on Russian goods that took effect on January 10, according to Russia's Ministry of Agriculture (Minselkhoz).

Russia's policy to ban Ukrainian agricultural products went into effect as of January 1, coinciding with the start of Ukraine's Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) - a part of the Association Agreement - with the European Union (EU).

According to a poll, conducted by the Public Opinion Fund and published December 6, approximately 70 percent of Russians surveyed (1,500 participants in 53 subjects of Russia) support the country's restrictions against Turkish food imports.

Russia has made a breakthrough in the agricultural sector in a short amount of time, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a his address to the federal assembly. “Just 10 years ago we practically imported half of [our] food from abroad, dependent on imports,” Putin said. “Now Russia is one of the exporters.”

According to Egypt's Minister of Industry and Trade Tarek Kabil, the country will be able to produce enough fruits and vegetables to fill the gap left in the Russian market after Turkish products are banned.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich announced the government's decision to provide a transitional period for banned products from Turkey. The final list of restricted produce will be provided by Russia's Ministry of Industry and Trade, but it's already been announced that the measures will prohibit Turkish fruits and vegetables from entering the country.

Armenia's Ministry of Agriculture announced in a press release that the introduction of Russia's economic sanctions against Turkish products could play into the hands of Armenian exporters.

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