President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin said that only sectors with a high degree of competence should participate in import substitution.
By the beginning of 2015, the negative effects of import restrictions significantly worsened the situation on the domestic retail store market in terms of fruit prices and assortment. Contributing to this situation was the drop in value of the Russian ruble, and a reduced consumption of products of middle and upper price segment due to the general deterioration of the economic situation as well as uncertainty about the future growth in consumption among Russian consumers.
Russia's Federal Anti-monopoly Service Proposes To Decrease Tariffs On Fruits, Vegetables Imports By Next Harvest27 February 2015
Increasing potato supplies from Egypt was developed as a result of joint efforts of specialists of Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) and officials of Egyptian Plant Quarantine of the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture, according to a press release of Rosslkhoznadzor.
From September 26 – 29, journalists at FruitNews set out to evaluate the situation on the shelves in fruit sections at six large retail networks in Moscow, and then compared their findings to the product prices of the previous year.