Lavrov explained why Russia banned the import of goods from the EU

Russia in the mirror order responded to the EU sanctions, and also prevent potential unfair competition in the Russian agricultural market. In an interview with Austrian magazine Profil said the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, reports

According to him, the lack of countermeasures of the Russian side against the EU could lead to problems in the agricultural market of Russia.

“European sanctions limit the ability of our banks to obtain loans to Finance agriculture. This means that farmers from the EU to the Russian market would benefit from conditions of unfair competition. We had to balance the situation,” Lavrov said.

Responding to a reporter’s question, under what conditions Moscow is ready to cancel sanctions in response, Lavrov said that Russia has imposed restrictions not for her to shoot.

We will remind, Russia in August 2014, imposed restrictions on food imports from countries that have imposed sanctions against her: USA, EU, Canada, Australia and Norway. A ban were meat, sausage, fish and seafood, vegetables, fruits, dairy products. In addition, the list of countries against which sanctions have been imposed, has been expanded – it also included Albania, Montenegro, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

As stated in the Russian Federation on 5 August 2016, the Russian authorities for the year was “rejected” more than 7 thousand tons of production, which in Russia is subject to sanctions and must be destroyed. Rosselkhoznadzor noted that the most affected by Russian sanctions apples, pears, peaches, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, strawberries, oranges, peaches, grapes, and animal products.