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    The Polish Peasant Party, formerly part of the country’s ruling coalition, called for the lifting of the EU sanctions against Russia, the party’s Supreme Council said in a statement on Saturday, Polskie Radio reported.

    Party leader Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz said during a meeting in Warsaw that Polish farmers had been hit the hardest by the Russian food embargo introduced in response to European sanctions imposed against Moscow.

    He said that it was the government’s obligation to take care of the country’s farmers.

    “The EU and Russia have so far been unable to settle their political scores and Polish farmers and business people have found themselves on the losing end of this all. We need to lift the sanctions and find a different way of addressing the political issues at hand,” Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz emphasized.

    Relations between Russia and European Union went downhill in 2014, following Brussels' decision to join Washington in accusing Moscow of fueling the Ukrainian crisis and to impose several rounds of sanctions against the country.

    The Russian authorities have repeatedly refuted the allegations, warning that the Western sanctions are counterproductive.

    In response to the Western restrictive measures, in August 2014, Russia announced a one-year food embargo on some products originating in states that imposed sanctions against it.

    The ban has since been extended for another year.

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    European Union, Food embargo, losses, peasants, anti-Russian sanctions, Peasant's Party, Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz, Poland
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