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West Looking for Ways to Bypass Russian Food Embargo - Chizhov

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The West is searching for ways to bypass the Russian food embargo as exports of food products from the EU to Russia have dropped significantly, hurting European producers, Russian Ambassador to EU Vladimir Chizhov said.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Russian government announced on Thursday that the one-year extension of Moscow's ban on imports of certain food products from countries that have imposed sanctions against Russia comes into force immediately.

"We have some estimates. For example, the exports of agricultural produce under the ban have decreased significantly, but not completely, because the EU and its business-sector are clearly searching for ways to bypass the embargo," Chizhov said in an interview with the Kommersant newspaper to be published on Friday.

The list of products, first prohibited to be imported in Russia in August 2014, comprises meat, poultry, fish, seafood, dairy products, fruit and vegetables.

Speaking at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that European producers have lost up to 100 million euros ($112 million) because of the sanctions war.

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