The mayor of Riga called for a partial lifting of sanctions between the EU and Russia

The mayor of Riga nil Ushakov believes Latvia needs now to prepare for the lifting of EU sanctions against Russia and the abolition of the food embargo by Russia. It is hoped that this will happen already this year, he wrote in his account on Facebook after a meeting with Vice Premier of Russia Arkady Dvorkovich. Policy visited the Riga dairy plant.

“Now there is a very small, but the hope that this year the EU may take the decision to cancel part of the sanctions. And then there is the same little hope that sanctions, for example on the same dairy products, cancel and Russia. And we should prepare to it now. Because when the sanctions are lifted, for the return to the Russian market will fight all the Lithuanians, Estonians, and poles. And we should be the first. And my job as politics as much as possible to help our entrepreneurs,” wrote Ushakov.

The mayor of Riga said that the loss of the Riga dairy plant last year because of the conflict between the EU and Russia and the sanctions reached €6 million Purchase price for milk for Latvian farmers, he said, fell to €of 18.23 per hundredweight.

Last week, on July 29, Reuters with reference to European diplomats wrote that the EU could begin a gradual lifting of the sanctions on Russia in 2017. According to them, it may be under increased pressure from their own farmers and companies.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Ministry of economic development announced the amount of losses of suppliers from the introduction of the food embargo. So, for 2015, according to the Ministry, the suppliers, the US, EU, Canada, Norway and Australia lost from the food embargo market in the Russian Federation at $8.6 billion per year.

Western countries have imposed sanctions against Russia in 2014 because of the situation in Ukraine. In the summer of that year, Russia imposed retaliatory measures by installing an embargo on the importation into the territory of the Russian Federation of a number of products, including meat, vegetables, fruits, dairy products. Subsequently, after the extension of anti-Russian sanctions Western countries food embargo has already been extended twice. Currently, the ban on the import of products from Western countries, which supported anti-Russian sanctions extended to 31 December 2017.