30 June 2015, Tuesday, 17:29

Dvorkovich counts to feed Kaliningrad with Belarusian food

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Arkady Dvorkovich wants to correct the imbalance in the food market of Russia's Kaliningrad region with products from Belarus.

The Russian deputy prime minister said it to Russia 24 TV channel.

“Kaliningrad region is a special case. It is the closest to Belarus region. I think the imbalance in the Kaliningrad market will be corrected by Belarusian products,” Arkady Dvorkovich said.

The situation in Kaliningrad is not easy. According to the regional department of Rosselkhoznadzor, the share of Polish pears, green vegetables and cabbage was from 10% to 50% of the total amount of vegetables and fruit imported by the region in the first half of the year. The share of imports of Polish apples exceeded 70%.

In early August, Russia suspended imports of food from the countries that imposed sanctions on Moscow (the US, the EU, Canada, Australia and Norway) for a year. The list of banned products includes beef, pork, vegetables, fruit, poultry, cheese and dairy products, nuts and other food items.

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