"Extrapolated on the whole year of 2015, we must base on a decline in German export to Russia to tens of billions of euros ending with the total of only 20 billion euros [some $22 billion]," the committee's head Eckhard Cordes said, as quoted in the press release.
In 2014, Russia banned the import of many food products from EU countries, the United States, Australia, Canada, and Norway. The move was a response to economic sanctions imposed on Moscow by Western nations alleging interference in Ukraine's internal military conflict.
According to the press release, German exports to Belarus, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan in the first five months of 2015 decreased by 31, 29, and 26 percent respectively.
Romania, Bulgaria, and Croatia were named the only Eastern European countries with a positive prospect of German export growth in 2015.